In the Kherson region, the tensions may have been characterized as intense counter-battery operations between both sides. The occupants continue to launch artillery attacks against the civilian infrastructure of Kherson, Beryslav, Ochakiv, and other cities on the right bank of the Dnipro. At the same time, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have intensified their fire attack on the Kinburn Spit, a strategically important area, which allows them to institute control over the Black Sea access to the Dnipro delta.
In February, the Russian army intensified missile assault against the city of Zaporizhzhia, indicating attempts to prevent the Ukrainian army from launching a counter-offensive in the South. The Russian forces concentrate their troops near Orikhiv and Huliaipole (Zaporizhzhia region), however, the Ukrainian forces continue to restrain the aggressor's offensive. On the whole, the frontline remained stable in February, with clashes occurring in the "grey zone" separating the forefront positions of the parties.
In the Kharkiv region and northern Luhansk region, Russia seeks to carry out its primary offensive strategy - to push Ukrainian Defence Forces to the left bank of the Oskil River and the Oskil Reservoir. To that end, the Russians have resumed their offensive against Kupiansk, which was liberated during the Kharkiv military operation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in September 2022. Severe and bloody clashes continue in the area of Kreminna (Luhansk region), with no significant progress in recent weeks for both sides.
The most violent battles occurred in the area of Bakhmut and Vuhledar. After the Ukrainian Armed Forces withdrew from Soledar, northeast of Bakhmut, at the end of January, the position of Ukrainian forces in the region became much more complicated. The Russian tactic is to encircle the city, thereby blocking the food and ammunition supply routes that the Ukrainian units depend on. As of early March, the Russians were targeting the main communication lines of Bakhmut's defenders and launching an offensive on the northern flank of the city's defense. At the same time, the Russian Air Force has intensified its activities. Therefore, the Russian military command is trying to compensate for the lack of heavily armored vehicles on the front line through the use of aviation.
At the same time, Russian attempts to seize Vuhledar (Donetsk region) have completely failed. During the assault, the occupants lost hundreds of soldiers and dozens of tanks and armored vehicles. The defeat at Vuhledar had a demoralizing effect on the Russian military and a part of Russian society strongly supporting the war.
Across the Ukraine-Russia border (north-east direction), Russia has concentrated up to 20 tactical battalion groups (17,000 personnel) and continues to hold a group of up to 10,000 servicemen in Belarus. However, these units are under-equipped, and therefore currently lack offensive capabilities.
Regarding the missile terror of Ukraine, there has been a significant decrease of the intensity of attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure over the previous month. This is a sign of the Russian military and political command's admission of failure in the war against Ukraine's energy system, which has demonstrated a significant degree of resilience.