March 13 became the day of the intensification of Russian strikes on the military infrastructure of Ukraine and places of concentrations of foreign mercenaries and supplies that arrive to the country from its ‘foreign partners’.

These strikes came amid even increased level of hysteria in MSM about the ‘Russian aggression’ against the ‘peaceful Ukrainain government’ that allegedly seeks a diplomatic settlement of the current situation.

To highlight the peaceful stance of the Kyiv government, it would be interesting to quote the March 12 statement of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba:

“The elimination of Russian President Putin will be sufficient to end the war in Ukraine, but the de-Putinization of Russia is required to restore peace and security in the Euro-Atlantic space,” Kuleba said.

These statements are accompanied by victorious claims of the Ukrainian leadership that alleges that Russia has lost over 12,000 soldiers since the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine on March 24.

With such statements it is clear that at least in the local media space Kyiv pretends that its forces are ‘winning the war’ with Russia and dissiminates dreams how it would ‘shape the future of Europe’ and receive ‘contributions’ from Moscow. This posture contrary to what the Ukrainian leadership tries to show on the international scene pretending that it is a ‘victim of Putin’s attack’. However, relying on facts have never been the strong side of moderm mainstream media outlets. So, these mutually exclusive concepts exist simultaneously in fairy tales circulated in their reports.

Therefore, missile strikes and offensive operations are the only kind of dimplomatic statements that Kyiv’s leadership is at least formally ready to take into account.

On March 13, Russian missiles pounded the Yavorovo military range in Lviv Region. The range is a part of the military facility used in the area by NATO to train Kyiv’s forces in the previous years. After the start of the Russian military operation, the area became a hub and training center for foreign mercenaries that came to Ukraine.
Lviv authorities claimed that at least 8 missiles hit the facility calling this the ‘act of Russian aggression’.

Impact of the strikes on the camp:

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dreams About Death Of Putin. Russian Missiles Purge Camp With Foreign Mercenaries

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dreams About Death Of Putin. Russian Missiles Purge Camp With Foreign Mercenaries

Meanhwile, the Russian Defense Ministry released footage of the destruction of a command post of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv Region. The “Krasnopol” guided artillery shell hit the command post and completely destroyed the target, according to the Russian side.

Destruction of the command center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Kyiv Region:

In the region of Donbass, the Russian Armed Forces and unist of the people’s militia of Donetsk and Lugansk continued their offensive operation to get rid of Kyiv’s forces in the area.
Especially intense clashes were recenbtly reported in the area of the Severodonetsk-Lysichansk agglomeration. A series of intense artillery and air strikes also hit high points and military infrastructure objects around Slovyansk and Kramatorsk. Units of Kyiv’s forces deplyoed on Karachun Mount, near Slovyansk, appeared to be among the targets of these strikes and suffered casualties.

According to the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian-led forces have already blocked Severodonetsk from the eastern and southern directions. This indicates that the settlement of Borovske, south of Severodonetsk is also fully blocked. The northern vicinity of the town of Popasnaya is in the hands of units of Russia and the Lugansk People’s Republic. They have been developing the offensive in the area.

Impact of strikes on Kramatorsk airfield controlled by Kyiv’s forces:

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dreams About Death Of Putin. Russian Missiles Purge Camp With Foreign Mercenaries

At the same time, units of the Russian Armed Forces established control over the southern areas of the settlements of Blagodatne, Vladimirovka, Pavlovka and Nikolskoe located near Volnovakha.
In the area of Nikolskoe Russian forces freed about 300 civilians that were held hostage by fighters of the Aidar battalion of Kyiv’s forces in the area of the Uspensky Nikolo-Vasilyevsky Monastery. Aidar units established firing positions just in the area of the monastery. Units of these criminals were eliminated or dispersed. Hostages and the monastery area were liberated.

The Russian military also reported that recently aviation and air defense of the Russian Aerospace Forces shot down a Su-24 aircraft of the Ukrainian air force in the Lyubimovka region and two unmanned aerial vehicles.

According to a representative of the authorities of the Crimean Republic of Russia a Tu-141 Strizh reconnaissance drone (developed in the Soviet era) was also shot down near Crimea in the recent days. The drone was launched from the direction of Odessa.

The Russian side reports that since the start of the operation a total of 3,687 Ukrainian military infrastructure facilities have been put out of action. In the same period Russian forces destroyed: 99 aircraft, 128 unmanned aerial vehicles, 1,194 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 121 multiple rocket launchers, 443 field artillery pieces and mortars, 991 units of special military vehicles.

The prospects of any really effective diplomatic agreement between Moscow and Kyiv in the current conditions are shady. However, the further elimination of Kyiv’s forces and Ukrainian military infrastructure will likely make the diplomatic settlement of the conflict much closer than it is now.