|Author: David Batashvili, Research Fellow at the Rondeli Foundation|
This is a special issue of the Rondeli Russian Military Digest dedicated to the Russo-Ukrainian War, composed on the basis of numerous open sources.
The reported period saw more numerous Ukrainian attacks and territorial gains than ever since the beginning of the Russian offensive on 24 February.
Ukrainian forces made territorial gains while hitting retreating Russians with artillery, and in some cases defeating them in maneuver combat before they could retreat.
Ukrainians liberated the Russian-occupied part of the Kyiv-Zhytomyr highway and villages in that area. Then they attacked to the north of the highway, regaining territory there as well. As of the afternoon of 1 April, Ukrainians took back large areas including the towns of Hostomel, Ivankiv, Demydiv, Dymer and many others.
Ukrainians successfully advanced east of Kyiv and Brovary too, regaining territory including the town of Nova Basan and numerous villages.
To the south of Chernihiv, Ukrainians lifted the Russian siege of this city after pushing Russians from the Kyiv road and surrounding villages.
Static shot from the Russo-Ukrainian War interactive map, the plight of Russians around Kyiv, 1 April. All information on the maps is approximate.
Ukrainian forces made a successful attack advancing north of the town of Derhachi, near Kharkiv.
Russians were reported to have taken all of Izyum as of 1 April.
They continued to attack at numerous spots of the Donbas frontline, and street fighting continued in Rubizhne and Popasna, without major changes in territorial control.
Siege of Mariupol
No new information regarding changes in territorial control within Mariupol emerged during the reported period. Street battles continued unabated.
Ukrainians counterattacked southeast of Hulyaipole after repelling Russian attacks in the direction of this town, regaining a small area.
Black Sea Area
Ukrainians attacked in several areas in the north of Kherson Oblast, regaining some territory. Russians attacked in the area of Oleksandrivka, on the Black Sea coast 30 kilometers west of the city of Kherson, without reported success at the time of writing.
Area of Mykolaiv and Kherson