On Saturday, March 26, Russian troops invaded the city of Slavutych in the Kiev region of Ukraine and seized the city hospital, said Alexander Pavlyuk, head of the Kiev regional military operation.
“According to the latest information, the mayor of the city, Yuri Fomichev, was kidnapped by the invaders. The city council continues its work in full force,” Pavlyuk said.
According to him, the residents of the city went to the rally with the national symbols of Ukraine, they gathered on the main square of the city, chanting: “Slavutych is Ukraine” and “Glory to Ukraine.”
In the Sumy region, fierce fighting continues in the Konotop, Akhtyrsky and Sumy regions, said the head of the regional military-civilian administration Dmitry Zhivitsky.
“The situation remains tense, the fighting continues. This is the Konotop region – the active phase of the fighting took place over the past day. This is the Akhtyrsky region, the Sumy region,” the head of the region said in a morning video message.
According to him, some cities in the region are under the control of Russian troops.
According to the morning summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian troops are trying to restore the combat capability of the units, to deliver ammunition and fuel for the offensive. In addition, almost all units of the Russian Guard, which were deployed in the annexed Crimea, were deployed to suppress the resistance of the inhabitants of the captured Kherson, Genichesk, Berdyansk and in certain areas of the city of Mariupol.
The Russians, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, are trying to intensify the activities of sabotage and reconnaissance groups on the territory of Kyiv.
The Ukrainian military also points to problems with the recruitment of Russian units, the poor condition of Russian equipment that is sent from warehouses, and predicts a problematic spring conscription in Russia.
In turn, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, said that the Russian military was fighting for the settlements of Novomikhailovka and Novobakhmutovka (Donetsk region of Ukraine).
According to Konashenkov, Russia fired Caliber missiles at a Ukrainian military depot in the Zhytomyr region, Russian air defense systems shot down three Ukrainian aircraft and six unmanned aerial vehicles near the village of Vyshneve (Kyiv region of Ukraine).