1. Russian soldiers are regularly brought to the Belarusian Republican Research and Practice Center for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology: “Gomel, about 7 medical PAZs have arrived at the Republican Research and Practice Center for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology. Russian soldiers are brought to this center on a regular basis”(Source: UP).
1. Nuland: The Russian side is suffering incredible losses. According to our estimates, more than 10,000 Russians were killed. But until there is a real truce, there will be no serious talks. (Source: NV).
1. The representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Colonel-General Alexander Fomin, on March 29, after negotiations between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul, said that Russian troops “drastically, at times, reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernigov directions.” This decision is directly related to the new Russian plan to continue the war: the command is going to concentrate all forces to encircle Ukrainian troops in the Donbass. (Source: Meduza).
2. Yakovina: An interesting turn took place in the Kremlin’s initial dirty political struggle: Defense Minister Serhiy Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov fell into disfavor and were effectively removed from command of a military operation in Ukraine. There are many reasons for their elimination, but the main one is, of course, the catastrophic failure of the Russian army on all fronts. Two weeks after the start of the war, it became clear that the situation was extremely unfavorable for the Russians, and after March 11, Shoigu, and with him Gerasimov, disappeared from Russian television for a long time. They reappeared on March 26, but in a strange capacity. (Source: NV).
Economy, Social life, and Culture
1. The productivity of Ukrainian IT companies during martial law is 80-90% of pre-war. This gives hope that the Ukrainian IT sector can fully resume operations in 2022. (Source: NV).
1. European Union officials raided the offices of the German divisions of Gazprom. The events were held as part of an investigation into the role of the Russian company in setting record gas prices in Europe. (Source: SF).
1. In the 34 incomplete days of Russia’s war, 4,119,290 people have been forced to flee the country in search of security, protection and assistance. Such data as of 13:00 on March 29 are provided by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). (Source: NV).