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Analysis of the Russian Missile Strike on the Okhmatdyt Hospital in Kyiv

On the morning of July 8, Russia launched a wave of missile strikes against cities across Ukraine (see our summary on strikes on civilian infrastructure for details of civilian casualties), with Kyiv being one of the primary targets. Missiles and fragments of intercepted missiles hit several city districts. Specifically, the Shevchenkivskyi district experienced missile strikes on the Artem military plant and Okhmatdyt, the largest children’s hospital in the country. Unlike other strikes conducted on July 8, and more broadly in the two and a half years since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, a video of relatively good quality captured the moment of impact. As a result, we had a rare opportunity to examine the specific...

Easing Restrictions on Striking Russian Territory Protected Kharkiv from S-300 Missiles—Lifting Them Completely Will Save Even More Lives

Throughout the second half of May, as Russia launched its offensive on the Kharkiv axis, discussions intensified about the need to lift the ban on using Western precision weapons, particularly of American origin, against targets on Russian territory. By the end of the month, a positive outcome seemed imminent, and on May 30, several major media outlets (1, 2) reported that the Biden Administration had informed its Ukrainian counterparts that the ban had been lifted. On May 31, the White House publicly announced the decision, which was later confirmed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. However, the ban was not entirely lifted and some caveats soon followed: Ukraine was permitted to use US-supplied weapons only in Russian regions bordering...

Restrictions on the use of Western weaponry on Russian soil have made Lancet loitering munitions one of the primary threats to the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Kharkiv axis

Since the onset of the Russian offensive on the Kharkiv axis, ZALA Lancet loitering munitions have become a key means of targeting AFU assets on this part of the frontline. Pro-Russian Telegram channels are profusely publishing videos showing these UAVs striking various types of Ukrainian military equipment, particularly artillery systems.

After-Parade Report 2024: Russian Victory Day Vehicle Numbers Low, Same as Last Year

CIT has conducted for the third consecutive year, in collaboration with volunteers, an analysis of the military vehicles featured in May 9 parades across Russia commemorating the victory over Germany in WWII (see our reports for 2022 and 2023).  As part of this year’s analysis, we once again examined parades in 57 cities across the country, thus covering virtually all major Victory Day parades.

Some Insights into Mobilization in Russia. Part 2. The Assignment of Mobilized Soldiers to Regular Units and the Creation of New Units

In this second part of our investigation, we analyze the primary methods used to assign mobilized soldiers to units within the Russian Armed Forces, and shed light on units that were established after the mobilization was declared.

Some Insights into Mobilization in Russia. Part 1

A "partial" mobilization announced by President Putin on Sep. 21, 2022 marked one of the major milestones of the war, significantly affecting its trajectory. Since the day Russian mobilization—unprecedented since WWII—was ordered, CIT has been closely following the draft campaign, its dynamics and implications. Together with a team of volunteers, we assess the situation through monitoring coverage in more than 60 media outlets and on social media platforms. Based on this data, we release daily summaries covering developments and incidents we consider to be most important.

After-Parade Report: Russian Victory Day Vehicle Numbers Decreasing for Second Year in a Row  

Last year, the CIT team, together with volunteers, had already counted military vehicles participating in regional Victory Day parades and managed to cover 20 cities. This year we have analyzed footage of 56 parades. Thus, we were able to examine almost every major parade that took place in Russia on May 9.