Early on the morning of February 24th, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on state television that Russia will carry out a 'special military operation' in eastern Ukraine.
Moscow claims the 'operation' is aimed at 'denazification and demilitarization' of Ukrainian territory at the request of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk 'people's republics', and is based on the right to self-defence. Russia also says that it does not attack the civilian population.
But, the fact is, Russian armed forces have killed innocent people, including children and the elderly. Russia deliberately targets civilian infrastructure and falsely claims that it is Ukraine's army that puts people's lives at risk.
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Fires in Chernobyl, Kharkiv, Zelensky's interview with Russian journalists. The war. Key events on March 27
Russia once again launched rocket attacks on Ukraine on the evening of March 27. Two humanitarian corridors worked today; more than a thousand people have been evacuated from the danger zones. Suspilne gathered the main news of the thirty-second day of the war.
Shelling continues in Kharkiv
A woman, man and 3-year-old child died by shelling in the Izium district, between the villages of Shevelivka and Husarivka. Also in the Izium district, the Russian military fired artillery shells at the village of Oskil, killing seven people including a 7-year-old boy, reports the Regional Prosecutor's Office. Five people were injured.
Earlier it was reported that heavy battles are ongoing near Izium, the south is controlled by the Ukrainian army, the north is occupied by the Russians. Head of the Regional Military Administration Oleh Synyehubov said that the invaders are trying to reach Donbas through Izium to "cut off the Joint Forces Operation line".
Fires in Chernobyl
More than 10,000 hectares of forests in the Chernobyl NPP exclusion zone are burning because of the fights. 31 fires were reported so far, causing increased levels of radioactive air pollution. This was reported by the Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova, and the information was confirmed in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is impossible to attend to the fires as the exclusion zone is occupied by Russian troops.
Slavutych Mayor Yuriy Fomichev said in his video address on March 27 that as of 15:00, Russian invaders have left the city. A big anti-Russia rally was held in the city the day before, the mayor was captured and then released. He claimed that there were no weapons in the city, so the Russian troops agreed to leave. However, he later reported that Russians remain in the city and check people for weapons.
Slavutych has been blocked by Russians for several weeks. The humanitarian situation is difficult, and no official humanitarian corridor has been established. A humanitarian aid base will operate in Slavutych on March 27 according to Slavutych City Council.
The International Committee of the Red Cross and kidnapping of Ukrainians
The scandal around ICRC broke out after a meeting between its president Peter Maurer and the head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Serhiy Lavrov. Maurer then stated that he would like to improve ICRC logistics in Russia.
According to the data available to the Ukrainian government, about 40,000 Ukrainians were forcibly moved to Russia. Russian troops prevent Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied territories from leaving through humanitarian corridors to Ukraine. The Committee of International Red Cross is facilitating daily agreements between Ukraine and Russia for evacuation corridors, Iryna Vereshchuk told Suspilne. According to the information received by Ukraine, ICRC plans to open an office in Rostov-on-Don.
Ukraine received British Starstreak MPADS
The UK has transferred a batch of Starstreak man-portable air defence systems to Ukraine. This was reported by the Centre for Counteraction to Disinformation at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine with reference to the UK Defence Minister Ben Wallace. Initial operational training has been completed, and the first Starstreak systems are currently being deployed for combat use.
Starstreak is a British man-portable anti-aircraft missile system designed to hit low-flying helicopters and aircraft. The complex uses the world's fastest short-range surface-to-air missiles and can hit air targets at an altitude of up to 5 km. A Starstreak rocket can speed up to 4,200 km per hour.
The LPR no longer wants a referendum on joining Russia
In the morning of March 27, Leonid Pasichnyk, the self-proclaimed head of the LPR, the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region, announced a referendum on joining Russia. Ukraine and several international partners stated that this referendum would have no legal force. In the evening of the same day, Pasichnyk claimed that the LPR was not preparing for the referendum.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky gave the first big interview to Russian journalists after the beginning of the war.
Russian regulator Roskomnadzor immediately stated that Russian media must not publish the interview. Zelensky spoke about his vision of victory and said that Ukraine will ensure the safety of Russian businessmen should they support Ukrainian Forces.
More than 40 international companies continue to fully operate in Russia
42 large international companies have ignored calls for withdrawal or reducing operations in Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine. Acer, Alibaba, Asus, Auchan-Retail, Huawei, Lenovo, Metro, Turkish Airlines, Xiaomi and others are among them. The full list is available here. We remind that Ukraine calls for boycotting these companies.
The next round of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will be held in Turkey on March 28-30. For some time, negotiations were held remotely. Both Ukrainian and Russian sides have confirmed the meeting in Turkey.
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Russian troops continue the militarization of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. It increases the risk of damage to the shelter structure installed above the station's fourth power unit after the 1986 explosion. According to the General Staff of Ukraine, in the city of Chernobyl, the Russian army deployed a temporary command post of the Eastern District. Dozens of tons of ammunition are transported there every day on the road through the city of Pripyat and a few hundred meters from the isolation facilities of the nuclear power plant.
Furthermore, over 30 fires have been recorded in the forests around the nuclear power plant. More than 10,000 hectares of forests are burning due to the fighting, which causes an increased level of radioactive air pollution, said the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova.
On the night of March 27, a rocket from the Russian Grad MRLS pierced the roof and concrete floors of the school in Kharkiv. Then, there were people inside the school, the residents of the nearby houses came to the shelter for the night. No one was injured. During the day, teachers and residents of the neighborhood cleared the debris.
A Ukraine — Russia negotiating group member, MP David Arahamiya, said their next meeting would be held offline in Turkey on March 28-30.
The self-proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic" is currently not preparing for a referendum on joining Russia, said Leonid Pasichnyk, the "leader" of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic. Earlier, he said that a referendum could soon be held in the occupied territories. Later on, the State Duma of the Russian Federation explained that now it's not the right time for this step.
Since the war began, 264 hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities have been damaged; 13 of them have been completely destroyed, Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said. 65 emergency medical teams and cars were also damaged. Six medics died, 18 were seriously injured, and now stay in hospital.
Adviser to the head of the President's Office, Oleksii Arestovych, urged the Ukrainian military and civilians not to humiliate captured Russian servicemen. He noted that there would be many more prisoners as the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched a counteroffensive in some areas.
On March 26, Ivano-Frankivsk Mayor Martsinkov and his team came under Russian militaries' fire near Chernihiv. They delivered humanitarian aid to civilians and soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, but did not reach the regional center.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces have launched tactical counterattacks in Sumy and Kharkiv regions, and continue to do so in Kyiv and Kherson regions. Adviser to the head of the President's Office Oleksii Arestovych said that the situation of Russians and the situation of Ukrainian troops have not changed in the last 24 hours.
One of the settlements in Kryvyi Rih district was shelled by Russian troops with "Tornado-S" volley fire system. The missile was equipped with prohibited cluster munitions - the Office of the General Prosecutor
The Centre of Disinformation Resistance under the National Security Council of Ukraine confirms information about Russia's plans to use Ukrainian hryvnia currency in the territories of illegal "people's republics" in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It was planned to bring a ruble to the occupied territories and make an exchange, but such an operation requires at least 1.5 billion rubles, and Russia has no money. That's why they decided to use hryvnias. According to the Center, the population of temporarily occupied settlements flatly refuses rubles and shows maximum resistance to the occupiers.
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In Kherson, people again went to a peaceful rally. They chanted "Kherson is Ukraine!". Russian militaries dispersed a peaceful rally, throwing smoke grenades at people.
A similar rally took place in Kakhovka.
In Kharkiv region, the Ukrainian army counterattacked and liberated one settlement, - said the head of the regional administration.
In the east, while defending Ukraine, Lviv cameraman Yurii Oliynyk was killed, - his colleague and friend Lviv journalist Andriy Drozda reported.
The leader of the so-called "LPR" Pasichnyk announced a "referendum" on joining the Russian Federation.
In the morning of March 27, Russians launched two missiles at Odesa. None of them hit any target - officer of the operational command "South" Vladislav Nazarov.
More than 71,000 people were evacuated from Mariupol, - the mayor said. Evacuation of residents from the blockade
The mayor of Mariupol Vadym Boychenko published an appeal in which he said that the evacuation of Mariupol residents, who were able to reach Berdyansk on their own, has been going on for 15 days.
"This is a big and difficult work, which was impossible without consolidating efforts at all levels. Thanks to everyone who helps save the lives of Mariupol residents. We have already managed to evacuate more than 71 thousand people from this hell, which used to be a wonderful city, the city of Mariupol. It's the merit belongs to all participants of this complex but extremely important process", - Boychenko stressed.
About 40,000 people have been forcibly transported to Russia, - Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said. The data is inaccurate, she says. And she advises people to get in touch so that the Ukrainian government can help them through the UN and other international structures.
She added that today the issue is being resolved for Russia to extradite these people: "Because we cannot exchange people with parity, we do not capture their(Russian) civilians."
Firefighters extinguish fire at industrial facility after Russian military attack, Lviv, March 26
As of the morning of March 27, 2022, 139 children were killed and more than 205 injured due to the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. Children in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Donetsk regions were the most affected, the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office reports. In the morning of 26 March, the figures were as follows: 136 children's deaths and 199 injuries.
There were 7 attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk directions, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports. Russia lost 8 tanks, 8 armoured vehicles, 3 vehicles and one mortar.
In Popasna, the enemy tried to storm the artillery, but suffered losses and fired mortar shells at its own positions. Head of Luhansk region Military Administration Serhii Haidai reported. 3 multi-storey buildings and 8 private houses were damaged by fire in Severodonetsk, Lysychansk and Rubizhne. The school, the infrastructure of the ambulance station also came under fire. Two people were injured.
The oil depot in Dubno was destroyed as a result of a Russian missile attack on the evening of March 26, there are no casualties, the head of the Rivne regional administration said.
Russia shoots from afar so as not to endanger its planes. This is evidenced by the latest British intelligence released by the British Ministry of Defense.
Russia again used banned phosphorus bombs in Ukraine, the correspondent of BuzzFeed News Christopher Miller reported.
"This is happening now on the front line near Avdiivka, Russian troops are using white phosphorus against Ukrainians. Photo from a Ukrainian lieutenant, taken in real time. He described the situation as "insanity," the journalist wrote.
Biden in Warsaw, the shelling of Lviv, the liberation of Trostyanets’. War, the thirty-first day. Top news
31 days of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian military invasion have passed. Russian troops are suffering losses, hiding the real loss of personnel. Russia is conducting a partial covert mobilization and removing equipment from long-term storage. But it is in extremely unsatisfactory technical condition and dismantled. Instead, the Armed Forces continue to defend their positions and go on the counterattack. Within a day, the city of Trostyanets’ in the Sumy region was liberated, in addition, the Ukrainian military drove the occupiers away from Kyiv for more than 70 kilometers, and in some areas — for 35 kilometers. Suspilne gathered the main events of the day.
Biden delivered a major speech in Warsaw at the end of a two-day visit to Poland. He called on the world not to be afraid, assured Ukrainians of US support and noted that Putin was doomed to defeat.
Russia launched two missile attacks on Lviv. At 4:45 p.m. and 7:09 p.m., the Russian Federation fired on an oil depot as well at a defense facility in Lviv from Sevastopol and 5 people were injured. Lviv Mayor Sadovyi said that in this way Russia conveyed greetings to Biden, who was on a visit nearby in Poland.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed three bills to facilitate the stay of refugees from Ukraine.
All out of 10 agreed humanitarian corridors worked on March 26. 5,208 people were evacuated. 331 people traveled from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia by their own vehicles.
Trostyanets’ and Boromlya in the Sumy region were liberated from Russian occupation. Defeated, the Russian army fled Trostyanets’, leaving behind weapons, equipment and ammunition.
The Russian army occupied Slavutych, the mayor said in a video message. He confirmed the deaths of three city residents.
The US State Department is offering up to $10 million for information about four Russian hackers.
The Defense Ministry said that the militants of the Russian private military company "Wagner" were preparing an assassination attempt on President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denis Shmygal.
The government equated bulletproof vests and helmets to humanitarian aid. The Cabinet of Ministers also simplified the import of portable radios, UAVs and quadrocopters, binoculars, optical sights, and thermal imagers.
Boombox leader Andriy Khlyvnyuk said he was wounded in the shelling.
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On March 26 all ten humanitarian corridors worked. All evacuation buses from Mariupol reached Zaporizhia, more than 4,000 people were evacuated, - said Reintegration Minister Vereshchuk.
Russian troops fired two missiles at an oil depot and a plant in Lviv, - the head of Lviv regional administration Kozytsky said. Five people called for medical help, and the fires continue to be extinguished.
Russian troops have launched a missile strike on an oil depot in the city of Dubno in Rivne region, - said the head of the regional administration Koval. Also Ukrainian militaries shot down a Russian drone over Rivne region.
The mayor of Slavutych said that Russian troops had occupied the city, and confirmed the death of three residents after peaceful rallies these days.
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Russian army again fired on neutron source research facility in Kharkiv.
It is impossible to estimate the extent of the damage due to hostilities. Bombing or shelling could have severe radiation effects, according to the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate.
A monument on the territory of the memorial complex in Drobytsky Yar near Kharkiv, where Jews were shot during World War II, was destroyed by Russian military shelling. "The Nazis are back. Exactly 80 years later," the museum said.
The town of Trostyanets in the Sumy region has been liberated from Russian occupation, the Kholodny Yar brigade said.
Remains of military equipment after the fighting in Trostyanets.
According to intelligence data, the Russian army is actively using the transport network of Belarus. The number of air transportation of military cargo from the territory of the Russian Federation is growing. For the most part, the enemy uses An-124 transport aircraft to launch missiles of various types and ammunition.
The US President Biden delivered a speech in Warsaw on Russia's war against Ukraine. "Putin is to blame for everything, period!" said Biden.
The main thing he said:
- Ukraine is at the forefront of the struggle for freedom and democracy. The United States supports Ukraine.
- The war against Ukraine is already a deep strategic failure of Russia.
- The Russian economy was one of the largest, but will soon not even be among the top twenty economies in the world.
- US troops are in Europe not to come into conflict with Russian forces, but to protect NATO allies.
- Putin can and should end the war. And Europe must stop its gas dependence on Russia.
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Three powerful explosions took place near Lviv — the head of the Lviv Regional Military Administration Maksym Kozytskyi.
Russian troops have attacked Kyiv region with heavy artillery: at least five houses have been destroyed, and there are civilian casualties, including one child, Andriy Nebytov, chief of the Kyiv Oblast National Police.
In Chernihiv region, near the village of Vyshneve, the Ukrainian military destroyed Russian equipment and an ammunition depot — the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russian troops did not give up to storm Kyiv, "it was simply postponed", said Interior Minister Vadym Denysenko, an adviser to the head of the Interior Ministry. "They do not have the strength now, but they are pulling everything they have to the Belarusian border. And from another point of view, they throw everything at Mariupol and Izyum as 2 key points for gaining control over Donbas.”
Russia has struck the Point-U missile in Lysychans’k, in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region — the head of the Luhansk regional state administration Sergii Gaidai. Several houses are on fire. Due to the shelling, the mine where the workers are currently underground was de-energized.
As a result of the Russian invasion, 45% of Ukrainians have become worried about food shortages, and one in five in the country is forced to overcome hunger, for example, by reducing the number of meals or reducing adult rations for children, according to the UN.
In Russia, after 12 Rosguard officers refused to go to war with Ukraine, it became known about similar incidents in other places - Novgorod, Omsk, Stavropol, as well as in the temporarily occupied Crimea, said Pavlo Chikov, head of the Agora International Human Rights Group.
Ukrainian intelligence reports that the commander of the 13th Panzer Regiment of the 4th Panzer Division of the Russian Federation shot himself. They found that out of 10 “disconserved” tanks in this division, only one is in a more or less operational condition, some do not even have engines.
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In the morning of March 26 in Slavutych town of Kyiv region, where Russian troops entered, people gathered for a pro-Ukrainian rally in the city's central square. Russians began using tear gas, throwing light-noise grenades into the crowd and shooting. It was reported that a person was killed and some others were injured. The regional military administration of Kyiv region does not confirm the information about the victim.
It was reported that Russian occupiers seized the city hospital. Mayor Yuri Fomichev was kidnapped by Russian servicemen, but was released later.
Residents of Slavutych at a rally. Photo by Slavutych City Council.
Slavutych has been surrounded by the enemy since the first days of the Russian invasion. Yesterday, March 25, battles for the city continued.
Well-known Ukrainian artist, the leader of the Boombox music band Andriy Khlyvnyuk, who went to defend Ukraine, came under mortar fire and was wounded in the face.
Ukrainian FM radio channels have stopped working in Kherson. Residents of the city report that currently only Russian radio channels are broadcasting in this range.
In Kharkiv region, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are launching a counteroffensive, several settlements have already been liberated, and fighting is ongoing, - said the head of the regional administration Oleh Synehubov.
Russian militaries shelled a train moving to Kyiv. One person was injured by broken window glass.
Cars, evacuation buses and ambulances with injured children transporting people from Berdiansk are in a big traffic jam on the way to Zaporizhzhia. According to the head of Donetsk regional administration Pavlo Kyrylenko, Russian militaries have been checking those who cross their checkpoint for a long time and creating obstacles for the rapid movement of the convoy.
Video of the head of Donetsk RMA Pavlo Kyrylenko
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Militants of Russia's private military company "Wagner" were preparing to assassinate President Zelensky and Prime Minister Shmygal, - said Markiyan Lubkivskyi, an adviser to Ukraine's Defense Minister. According to him, Ukrainian intelligence tracked down the militants, eliminating them several times on their territory.
As of 6 a.m. in the directions of Donetsk and Luhansk, the Ukrainian army repulsed attacks and destroyed 8 tanks, 17 units of armored vehicles and 11 units of automobile vehicles, shot down 3 planes and 3 UAVs of Russians. The losses among the Russian militaries are about 170 people, - the General Staff reported.
On the occupied territories, Russians have deployed all units of the Rosguard from the Crimea, which will be used to suppress the resistance of residents of Kherson, Henichesk, Berdiansk and some areas of Mariupol.
Russian militias shelled a humanitarian corridor accompanied by journalists in Chernihiv region. The military correspondent of the 1+1 channel Andrii Tsaplienko was wounded in the shelling. The correspondent is currently in hospital.
Russian militaries shelled a military unit in Zhytomyr. Immediately after the rocket strike, two fire adjusters were detained who aimed the shelling, - Mayor Serhii Sukhomlyn said.
Ukraine has received military assistance from Germany in the form of 1,500 Strela anti-aircraft missile systems, 100 MG3 machine guns and 8 million pistols. The country also sent humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Joe Biden arrives in Poland, Yevhen Lavrenchuk is released, Tiffany's exits Russia. The war, day 30. Top News
March 25 is the thirtieth day of Ukraine's resistance to the Russian invasion. Russian troops keep attempting to advance into Kyiv and other large cities along the front line, so far unsuccessfully. Russian military losses exceeded 16,000. Russian political leadership began to look for those responsible for the failure of the offensive on Kyiv, says the National Security and Defence Council. Suspilne gathers the key events of the day.
US President Joe Biden met with President of Poland Andrzej Duda in Rzeszów. Together with representatives of international humanitarian organisations, the two leaders discussed aid to Ukraine. Then Biden shared a pizza with the Polish military.
18 humanitarian corridors were established in Ukraine during the week. A total of 37,606 people were evacuated from the besieged cities. 7,331 Ukrainians managed to evacuate on March 25.
Spotify has left the Russian market. Jewellery retailer Tiffany & co suspended purchases of all rough diamonds from Russia, as well as diamonds of Russian origin, regardless of where they were cut and polished.
Russian troops launched a missile attack on Vinnytsia, says the General Staff. In total, Russian troops fired six cruise missiles, some of them were shot down by air defence.
300 people were killed in the Mariupol Drama Theatre by bombing on March 16.
Russian army losses in Ukraine exceeded 16,000 personnel.
Russian singer Yuliia Chicherina was informed about the suspicion of encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and violation of the state flag of Ukraine. The artist arrived in the Zaporizhzhia region to support Russian troops. Together with the invaders, she removed the Ukrainian flag from the roof of the Enerhodar City Hall building.
1,035 Ukrainian civilians have died, and 1,650 have been injured since the beginning of Russia's invasion on February 24 according to the report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office.
The National Security and Defence Council reported that Russian Federation is ready to launch chemical attacks. According to the intelligence, Russian officers fighting in Ukraine have been receiving injections of Pralidoxime (an antidote to organophosphorus compounds) since March 17. On March 20, the command staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation received ampoules with atropine (an antidote for chemical poisoning).
Ukrainian director Yevhen Lavrenchuk, who was illegally detained in Naples in December 2021 at Russia's request, was released. Lavrenchuk has been under house arrest since the end of January.
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The Russian leadership is looking for those responsible for failure to take Kyiv, says Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Oleksiy Danilov. According to the Ukrainian intelligence, there is now a quarrel in the military and political leadership of the Russian Federation. "Everyone is trying to prove that it's not their fault that Kyiv wasn't taken over in 4 days as they promised to their Fuhrer," said Danilov.
Russian military blocked the distribution of humanitarian aid in Melitopol, reported Mayor Ivan Fedorov. According to him, this was ordered by Halyna Danylchenko, the self-proclaimed head of the invaders' administration.
Russian troops launched a missile attack on Vinnytsia, says the General Staff. They fired six rockets. Some were shot down by the air defence. The rest have hit several buildings, causing significant destruction to the infrastructure.
Ukrainian President has awarded a driver of a Kherson ambulance Volodymyr Kovalchuk with a posthumous medal. On 26 February, the Russian military shot and blew up an ambulance transporting a wounded man near Kherson. The driver and the patient have burned alive.
Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station, seized by the Russian military in the first days of the invasion, is under the control of Ukrhydroenergo (the main hydropower company in Ukraine).
In the Luhansk region, Russian troops have been shelling civilian cities with artillery and aviation non-stop for several days. Rescuers cannot attend to fires and must work under constant shelling.
In the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian Forces have destroyed a Russian device, that 'muted' telecom, electronics, Ukrainian air defence systems, and drones. About 50 Russian personnel servicing the device were killed as well. 17 more Russian soldiers were taken prisoner.
A Kharkiv sight, the Taras Shevchenko monument, is fortified against shelling.
Taras Shevchenko monument, March 25.
Photo credit: Serhii Prokopenko/Facebook
National Security and Defence Council receives increasing evidence that Russia is planning to use chemical weapons like sarin (toxic nerve agent) against the cities they can't take over. For example, the Russian military is administering antidotes to their personnel.
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On March 24, 70 Russian servicemen who are located in Melitopol, raised a rebellion: they refused to execute orders and participate in military actions against the defenders of Zaporizhzhia, - the spokesman of Zaporizhzhia Regional Administration reported.
However, shelling in Zaporizhzhia continues: artillery strikes were drawn in the city of Guliaypole. And in Polohy Russian militaries resorts to discrediting the Ukrainian army, reporting "shelling from Ukrainian defenders".
In Kharkiv the largest market in Europe "Barabashovo" is burning for the second time due to shelling.
The widespread fire was avoided. As of 13.30, the fire was localized.
The city of Korosten in Zhytomyr region is preparing for a possible military assault from Belarus, - informed the mayor. According to him, all people, who wanted to leave the city, have left it. Next week over 100 women with children will be evacuated to the French city of Bourges, which is a twin town of Korosten. Korosten has already suffered from air raids by the Russian Federation. The city is located in the north of Zhytomyr region, where shelling doesn't stop.
In Chornobaivka, the Armed Forces eliminated another Russian general. This information was confirmed by the Advisor to the Head of the Presidential Office Oleksii Arestovych.
The SBU has exposed 7 agents of special services of the Russian Federation and Belarus during the war . They collected and provided Russians with the military information, - the SBU spokesman Andrii Dekhtiarenko reported on the broadcast of Rada channel.
Turkish President Erdogan stated that Ukraine and Russia are "close to consensus on four of the six points of the negotiation process, in particular regarding the adoption of Russian as an official.
The minister of Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba has denied the statement and reminded that Ukraine insists on ceasefire, safety guarantees and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
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In Chernihiv, an average of 40-45 people are buried daily. The waiting for a funeral is a week-long, the mayor of Chernihiv Vladyslav Atroshenko informs. The deceased are buried in old, closed cemeteries because the active one is in the war zone - it is impossible to get there.
In the Volyn direction, the enemy did not take decisive action. The probability of involving the Belarusian armed forces in the aggression against Ukraine is estimated to be high, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports.
More than 70% of Ukrainians consider Ukrainian their mother tongue. In 2012, it was 57%. The share of Ukrainian citizens who consider Russian their native language has decreased from 42% to 20% in 10 years. This is the data of a poll conducted by the Rating group. In addition, the poll showed that 83% of citizens are in favor of Ukrainian being the only state language in Ukraine. Sociologists stressed that this opinion dominates in all macro-regions, age, and language groups.
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According to eyewitnesses, the bombing of the Mariupol Drama Theater on March 16 killed 300 people, - the city council reports.
Former First Deputy Chief of the National Police of Ukraine Vyacheslav Abroskin offered himself to Russian occupation forces in exchange for an opportunity to release children from besieged Mariupol.
Consequences of the shelling of the oil depot in Kyiv region. The shelling happened last night. There was a fire that lasted until this morning.
Video: Andrii Stasiuk / Suspilne.
In Kharkiv Russian troops shelled a city clinic where a humanitarian aid center was located. Four people were killed and injured, - Kharkiv Region police reported.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, 1,035 civilians have been killed and another 1,650 wounded. The latest UN data. Most people died from explosive weapons: heavy artillery, multiple rocket launchers, missiles and air strikes.
The losses of the Russian army in Ukraine exceeded 16,000 personnel - the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The residents of Novotroitske in Kherson region went to a rally with Ukrainian flags. They are holding posters "Novotroitske is Ukraine, not the People's Republic of Kherson", "Occupiers, get out from Ukraine!".
Photo: Suspilne Kherson.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has assigned the status of a "hero city" to Bucha, Okhtyrka, Irpin and Mykolayiv.
Key battles this night took place in Kyiv region, said the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Vadym Denysenko. The Ukrainian army destroyed 12 tanks of the Russian Federation, several aircraft and more than 10 units of Russian armored equipment. At the same time, the human losses of the troops of the Russian Federation during the day are at least three hundred people.
The Russian military, which escaped during the counterattack of the Ukrainian military, is wanted in the Kyiv forests, the head of the Kyiv territorial defense Petro Kuzyk said. Near Kyiv, Russian troops moved, 40 Russian troops were destroyed, and there is captured Russian equipment.
This morning, the Russians let a humanitarian convoy to Melitopol. Approximately 350 people will be able to evacuate on the way back, Mayor Ivan Fedorov said.
In Kharkiv region, Russian troops have lost half of their personnel, although they are trying to conduct offensive actions near the city of Izyum, the Chief of Staff reports.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, 135 children have died. Most often in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Chernihiv regions. 184 children were injured, the Prosecutor General's Office reported.
For the first time in 30 years, France has deployed three nuclear submarines simultaneously, reinforcing one submarine that patrols all the time.
Support for Ukraine at the NATO summit, exchange of prisoners, cancellation of External independent evaluation. The 29th day of the war. Top news
March 24 marked exactly one month since Russia attacked Ukraine at 4:40 a.m. During this month, the lives of Ukrainians have changed radically — about 10 million people have become IDPs, almost half of Ukrainian families have split due to the war, thousands of people and more than a hundred of children died. Unprecedented economic sanctions have been imposed for Russian invasion , which will inevitably lead to the country's default. However, Putin, as President Zelensky said, is not seeking peace, but continues to threaten the world, even with nuclear weapons. The war in Ukraine was the topic of an extraordinary NATO summit, Suspilne gathered the main events of the day.
Following the Alliance's extraordinary summit in Brussels, Jens Stoltenberg will be NATO Secretary General for another year. NATO leaders called on Putin to withdraw his troops from Ukraine, and Joe Biden warned that if Russia uses chemical weapons in Ukraine, the response will be proportionate.
By order of President Volodymyr Zelensky, the first full-fledged exchange of prisoners of war took place. As a result, 19 sailors from the rescue boat, which had been directed to the Zmiyiny island, were released from captivity.
The Verkhovna Rada passed Bill №7132, which provides for the cancellation of the External Independent Assessment in 2022 (replacing it with another model of admission to universities), state final certification and a single professional entrance test.
The United States in coordination with the European Union and the G7 has imposed sanctions on more than 400 members of Russia's elite, including members of Russia's State Duma and Russia's defense companies. In addition, Canada imposed sanctions on 160 members of the Federation Council, which facilitated the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops. The UK has also imposed new sanctions against Russia and Belarus.
The losses of the Russian army during the month of the war in Ukraine are approaching 16 thousand. But Russia is trying to turn the war into a protracted phase.
All seven humanitarian corridors announced on March 24 worked. 3,343 people were evacuated.
Ukraine mirrored Belarus' expulsion of 12 diplomats. The staff of the Belarusian embassy in Ukraine has been reduced to five.
The international hacking group Anonymous has hacked the Central Bank of Russia, as well as the websites of companies that have not left the Russian market yet due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The British government has eased sanctions on London's "Chelsea" which has been under sanctions because of its owner — Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. Due to restrictions, the team could not sell tickets for their matches, make transfers and continue to operate club shops. However, the government has renewed the club's license and allowed the sale of tickets.
The creators of Fortnite have raised more than $ 50 million in aid for Ukraine.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine. A month of the war in photos
A month ago, on February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the entire Ukrainian territory. Suspilne collected one photo from each day to show Ukraine suffering from the war.
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A humanitarian aid station in Kharkiv, where people were standing, was shelled from "Uragan" rocket system with cassette elements carrying hundreds of fragments, - sappers told Suspilne at the scene. Rockets fell on private houses nearby, reporters saw smoke in the yards. At least six people were killed and 15 were injured.
The Russian occupiers shelled the Memorial of Glory which was built on the graves of the liberators of Ukraine from Nazism, - Kharkiv City Council reported.
In addition, a Russian helicopter opened friendly fire near Kharkiv. As a result a huge number of personnel and military vehicles of the occupying forces were eliminated in Mala Rohan, - the head of the regional administration said.
Russian militaries continue shelling Luhansk region: on March 24, 5 civilians were killed, 8 were wounded, also houses, a cinema and a school were damaged - the head of the regional administration Serhii Haidai.
Smog, which has been observed in Kyiv for several days, is related to fires in the region, which occur due to hostilities, - explained the State Emergency Service.
In Kharkiv air defenses shot down a fighter and a drone. In Odesa region, the air defense shot down a missile launched by the Russian army towards the city. Russian troops also tried to shell the coast of Odesa from naval artillery, but all the shells fell into the sea.
Hennadii Matsehora, the mayor of Kupyansk city in Kharkiv region, who is suspected of treason due to his cooperation with occupants after invasion, announced the detention of his daughter by SBU officers in Ivano-Frankivsk region and asked Zelensky to save his daughter. "If you think that I, as the mayor of the city, committed a misdemeanor and being unarmed resisted the armed army on my own, then judge me. But help save my daughter."
At the moment the front is almost frozen. The General Staff and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine report that the Russian army does not have the resources to continue the assault. The only areas where Russia continues to focus its efforts are Izyum in Kharkiv region, Marinka and Mariupol in Donetsk region.
According to preliminary data, the advanced command post of the Russian 49th Army in the south was destroyed and a large landing ship carrying approximately 400 Marines, 20 tanks and 45 armored personnel carriers suddenly exploded in the port of Berdiansk. Another ship was damaged. According to the information of Ukrainian Navy, both of these ships were commanded by Ukrainians, who betrayed their country and joined Russia in 2014.
Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia region is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe: the city is running out of food, medicines, cash and fuel at gas stations. The humanitarian aid was sent to the city today, but it was deliberately hold by Russian militaries at the checkpoint for 8 hours. If it arrives in Melitopol at night, the goods are likely to be looted by Russian militaries, - Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov said.
According to him, people are constantly kidnapped, blackmailed and intimidated in the city. There was an attempt to start teaching at schools in Russian, but the education department refused.
In Kharkiv six people were killed and 15 others were injured in a shelling of a humanitarian aid station located at a post office, - the head of the regional administration said.
The Russian militaries continues to detain people in Kherson region. In the village of Stara Zburyivka, Russian militaries captured the village headman, a doctor and several other people, - the head of the community said.
Mariupol is under siege and under constant shelling. At the time of the blockade, there were between 350,000 and 400,000 people in the city. Russian militaries send residents of Mariupol to filtration camps, where they are moved to various remote regions of Russia.
Video: Mariupol City Council
In the city of Izyum, Kharkiv region, at least 30 people may be under the rubble of one of the buildings. Dismantling the blockagesIt is impossible - there are no special equipment and shelling continues.
Reintegration Minister Vereshchuk announced the "first full-fledged exchange of prisoners of war" - 10 Ukrainian servicemen were exchanged for 10 Russian ones.
Vereshchuk also said that 19 Ukrainian civilian sailors from the "Sapphire" ship are returning, who had been captured by Russian troops while trying to pick up Ukrainian servicemen from Zmiyiny Island. In exchange 11 civilian Russian sailors will be released.
Russia has committed 148 crimes against journalists and the media during the month of war in Ukraine. Five journalists were killed in the line of duty, seven were injured and one went missing. At least six Russian hostages have been reported. The Russian military shelled 10 TV towers. At least 70 regional media outlets were forced to shut down due to threats from the Russian occupiers, seizure of newsrooms, and the inability to work under temporary occupation. This is the data of the Institute of Mass Media.
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Russian militaries are forcibly deporting thousands of Mariupol residents to Russia, - Mariupol City Council reported.
In occupied Dokuchaevsk in Donetsk region, the Russian Federation has set up a filtration camp to transport people from the occupied territories. FSB officers "work" on the people. After passing filtration camps, people are taken to Russia to economically depressed regions.
Chernihiv was shelled all night by artillery and bombed by Russian aircrafts, - said the head of the regional administration Vyacheslav Chaus. As a result of shelling 2 people were killed, 1 was injured.
On the night of March 24, the Russian army fired at the center of Kharkiv with "Caliber" missiles from the Black Sea Fleet ships. In addition, the Memorial to the Victims of Totalitarianism, where Poles are buried, was shelled in Kharkiv. The damage was discovered in the afternoon of March 23.
Kherson, city council. Restored state flag.
19,000 people have returned to Ukraine across the western border in the past 24 hours. Most of them are Ukrainians, the vast majority of whom are men who have returned to defend the country. In total, about 386,000 people have returned to Ukraine since February 24. Reported the State Border Guard Service.
Destructions in Kyiv since the beginning of the war: 87 houses, 10 private estates, 12 schools and 6 kindergartens were damaged. The data provided by Kyiv City Administration.
The Russian occupiers see the siege of Kyiv as an opportunity to ensure themselves a "rich" life. It is evidenced by almost all the conversations of the occupiers, who are currently in Kyiv region, and which are regularly intercepted by the SBU.
Since the beginning of the war, 128 children have died in Ukraine, and nearly two hundred more have been injured in shelling of peaceful cities by Russian troops. This is updated data for the month of the war, but not accurate, because it is impossible to determine the exact number of casualties due to hostilities.
200,000 people do not have access to water throughout Donetsk region - the UN press service.
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On February 24, Russia declared war on Ukraine. For a month now, Russian troops have been shelling Ukrainian cities, destroying entire residential areas, and shooting at civilians. President Putin believed that his army in Ukraine would be greeted with flowers. Instead, it was met with total resistance of the population. In Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Kherson, Mariupol or Mykolayiv region, Ukrainians do not give up and do not retreat.
We have gone through a difficult month, however, it is a month of our heroic confrontation!
In the Russian-occupied port of Berdiansk, a large landing ship "Orsk" of the occupants' Black Sea Fleet was destroyed, - the Ukrainian Navy said.
At night Luhansk region was shelled with rockets and probably phosphorus bombs. Four people died, including two children. Six more people were injured, - said the head of Luhansk regional administration Serhii Haidai.
Since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Russian troops have launched more than 1,200 missiles, - the US Department of Defense. The Pentagon believes that Russia has the vast majority of surface-to-air missiles and cruise missiles.
According to the Pentagon spokesman, despite the fact that Russian militaries have spent a large number of missiles prepared for action in Ukraine, "they still have a lot left."
During the day, Russia lost 7 planes, 1 UAV, 1 helicopter and 2 cruise missiles, according to the General Staff. Russian aviation continues to take active action and strikes from the air, - said the General Staff. During last 24 hours, more than 250 aircraft departures were recorded, which is 60 more than on March 22. The main targets of Russian aviation remain military and civilian infrastructure in Kyiv, Chernihiv and Kharkiv regions.
Yesterday forest fires were burning in Chornobyl zone, today most of them have already been extinguished, - said the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Vadym Denysenko. The fires in Kyiv raised cesium levels slightly, but the environment ministry said there was no danger to residents. The data is still unknown today .
Ukrainian Forces encircled Russian troops near Kyiv, Kremlin is selling gas for rubles. The war. Key news from March 23
Russian troops shelled Kyiv. Shelling in Chernihiv caused an ammonia leak. Ukraine hopes to return the Ukrainian personnel captured at Zmiinyi island. Russia will sell gas for roubles from now on. Sergei Shoigu's disappearance. Zelensky appealed to France. Suspilne sums up March 23, the twenty-eighth day of the war.
Russian troops are encircled near Kyiv
A parking lot was shelled in Kyiv on the evening of March 23, leaving a man killed. Earlier the Russian military shelled shopping malls and residential areas in the Svyatoshynskyi and Shevchenkivskyi districts of Kyiv. Four people were injured. At the same time, Ukrainian forces encircled Irpin, Bucha and Hostomel hereby surrounding Russian troops. Police have resumed work in Irpin.
Oksana Baulina, the correspondent of the Russian The Insider media, was killed by shelling in Kyiv. She filmed the destruction of the Podilsky district and came under rocket fire. Another civilian was killed with her, two accompanying people were injured and hospitalised, reported the media.
Shelling has caused an ammonia leak in Chernihiv
Russian military shelled a food enterprise. Some ammonia has leaked, but its concentration is within the acceptable range, the head of Regional Military Administration Vyacheslav Chaus told Suspilne. Suspilne-Chernihiv reminds safety rules in case of ammonia leakage.
Evacuation and exchange of prisoners.
Ukraine hopes to return the Ukrainian military prisoners captured on the Zmiinyi island, exchanging them for Russian sailors soon, said the Minister of Reintegration Iryna Vereshchuk.
Some humanitarian corridors functioned today but not all. 4,554 people were evacuated. No corridor was established in Slavutych. The mayor of the city urged people not to try to leave. The city has been surrounded by Russian troops since the beginning of the war.
Russia lost more than 15,000 troops
Russian military losses reached approximately 15,600 personnel. According to NATO, Russia has lost up to 40,000 soldiers in the war with Ukraine. It is estimated that from 7,000 to 15,000 personnel were killed, and the total losses, including wounded, missing and prisoners, mount to up to 40,000.
Meanwhile, Russian journalists noted that the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu disappeared from public space, he was last seen on March 11. Journalists have not seen him for 12 days. The head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, has not attended any public events after March 11 either.
Zelensky addressed France
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the French parliament on March 23. Among other things, he encouraged France to support Ukraine's application to join the European Union, not to sponsor Russian aggression and to introduce new sanctions against Russia. "We need more support. If freedom intends not to lose, it must be well-armed: tanks, anti-tank weapons, anti-aircraft weapons, we need all this. You can help us, the world should support us with sanctions against the aggressor, a new sanctions package every week. French companies should leave the Russian market. Renault, Auchan, Leroy Merlin, and others. They must stop sponsoring Russia's war machine. Sponsoring murders of children and women. Sponsoring rapes, robberies and looting by the Russian army," said Zelensky.
Russia started an "economic" war against EU
Putin ordered to only accept Russian roubles from "unfriendly" countries, i.e. US and EU, as a payment for the natural gas. Russia's decision to only accept rubles is an attempt to strengthen the currency and declare economic war on the EU, said the head of the President's Office Andrii Yermak. At the same time, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that a significant reduction of Russian gas imports is likely to have a positive impact on the entire European Union in the long term.
More than half of Ukrainians lost their jobs due to the war
53% of Ukrainians who had a job before the war are unemployed today. The economy has significantly deteriorated by 52% as well. 22% of Ukrainians continue working as usual during the war. 1% is working remotely or partially, only 2% have found a new job.
Also, according to the Rating's survey, 44% of Ukrainians are temporarily separated from their families due to the war.
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Russian militaries have almost destroyed Mariupol. All civilians in the city must be evacuated, - said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. "Every day we try to evacuate 3-4 thousand people who go on foot," - she said. People walk 10-20 kilometers to reach the buses.
The city has no infrastructure, no water, no heat, no communication and no food. There are doctors left in the city who help people. There are also volunteers who reach civilians. But the Red Cross and the UN do not have access to Mariupol. Every day organizations ask for a humanitarian corridor.
According to the deputy commander of the Azov Regiment, Russian bombs fall in Mariupol every ten minutes. In addition to tanks and artillery, the city is shelled by Russian landing ships.
For eight days more than 35,500 internally displaced persons arrived in Zaporizhzhia from Mariupol.
Ukraine received 50 ambulances from international partners. Ambulances will be transferred to the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces so that doctors can safely and quickly evacuate the wounded from the combat zone and provide them aid.
Since the beginning of the large-scale invasion, Russian troops have shelled 58 ambulances and killed six medics.
In the evening of March 23, the Russians shelled one of the food companies in Chernihiv from the artillery. There was a leak of ammonia, but its concentration is within acceptable limits, - the head of the regional administration Vyacheslav Chaus reported. No one was killed or injured in the shelling. Fire and rescue work continues.
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The Insider journalist Oksana Baulina was killed in shelling in Kyiv while performing an editorial task, the newspaper reports. She was filming the destruction after the Russian troops fired on the Podilsk district of the capital and came under new missile fire, the newspaper writes.
The Russian military fired on the parking lot of a shopping center in Kyiv's Podilskyi district. One person died and two were hospitalized, Mayor Klitschko said.
On March 23, Russian troops fired on the railway infrastructure in Ocheretyn in the Donetsk region, said Ukrzaliznytsia chairman Alexander Kashymin. There are no casualties.
Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko has left the city and is in constant contact with the authorities and the military to organize a humanitarian corridor for civilians, which is currently blocked by Russian troops.
The casualties among civilians from February 24, 2022, when Russia started the war against Ukraine, to 24:00 on March 22, 2022 amounted to 2571 civilians (in the sum of the day before - 2510), including 977 dead (953), according to the Supreme Commissioner. UN Human Rights on Wednesday.
Since the shelling of the Kharkiv regional administration on March 1, the bodies of 24 victims have been removed from the rubble. Disassembly of the debris continues. Yevhen Vasylenko, a spokesman for the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Kharkiv Region, told Public about this on March 23. On the first day, rescuers reported seven dead, later 10 victims. There is no final information, as the work is ongoing.
1,143 buildings in Kharkiv have been destroyed by Russian army since the invasion of Ukraine, 998 of them were residential, - Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said on March 23. According to him, public utilities and volunteers are restoring everything that can be restored.
In Kharkiv, firefighters rescued a rabbit, which was left in an apartment. It was found during the firefighting that broke out in the central part of the city. Firefighters sheltered the animal and named it Lucky. Now the rabbit will live in the fire department.
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In Melitopol, Kherson region, Russian forces broke into the house belonging to Ria-Melitopol website journalist Svitlana Zalizetska and kidnapped her 75-year-old father. Meanwhile, Deputy Oleksandr Ponomaryov went missing in Berdyansk.
Enerhodar residents overthrew and burned the flagpole with the Russian flag, hung by the invaders the day before, reported NAEK "Energoatom".
Chernihiv may become the next Mariupol, says the presidential advisor Oleksiy Arestovych. Russian forces are attacking residential quarters. There is no water, electricity, or gas supply in the city and practically no central heating. Chernihiv is holding the defence, and humanitarian corridors, as well as military supply routes, are functioning in the city. The bombing of the Desna road bridge in Chernihiv was also an attempt to prepare Russian assault on the city.
Besieged Mariupol. Video by Mariupol City Council.
Russian military constantly shells Mariupol from artillery, aviation, and ships. There are no water, gas, heating, electricity, communication, food, or medicines in the city. Between 350,000 and 400,000 residents were in Mariupol when the siege started.
44% of Ukrainians had to temporarily part with their families due to the war. The largest number is in the east of the country (54%), decreasing to the west (39%). 72% of respondents are constantly communicating with their relatives, 48% stay in touch with their friends. These are the results of a nationwide survey by the sociological group "Rating".
In Mariupol, a Russian airstrike has destroyed Arkhyp Kuindzhi Art Museum. No Kuindzhi's original works were on display at the time of the bombing, however, paintings of other famous Ukrainian artists, such as Aivazovsky, Glushchenko, and Yablonska, were in the museum.
Ukrainian sniper has eliminated the commander of the 810th brigade of the Marine Corps of the Russian Army. The Russian commander was liquidated near Mariupol.
In the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military shot down 6 Russian aircraft, 1 helicopter, 5 drones, and 5 cruise missiles. In total, 105 Russian aircraft were destroyed according to the presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych. He added that in the past day, Russian aviation has not taken any action outside of Joint Forces Operation and Mariupol zones, where the air defence system is less effective due to military losses.
Kharkiv resident plays the cello among the destroyed buildings in the city centre. March 2022.
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The Local Sigma TV channel operator Viktor Diedov was killed in Mariupol during Russian shelling, reported the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. His house came under a mortar fire on March 11. "Unfortunately, Victor could not be buried, because his house burned down in 4 days after being hit by another missile," reads the message.
Irpin, Bucha, Hostomel, all near Kyiv, are encircled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Several villages remain under constant shelling, and at least 6 villages are occupied and approaching a humanitarian catastrophe, Bucha City Council reported. Meanwhile, Ukrainian police are resuming work in Irpin, a city near Kyiv. Law enforcement officers will start clearing territory from saboteurs and help residents who remain in the city.
The consequences of the morning shelling of Kyiv city centre. Civilian houses, apartment buildings, and a shopping mall were shelled. Four people were injured.
Russian military used prohibited phosphorus munitions in the north-western outskirts of Kyiv. The estimated affected area covers Hostomel and Irpin, said Mayor of Irpin Oleksandr Markushyn.
In Kherson, the Russian military arrested the director of the regional music and drama theatre, Oleksandr Knyha.
Another body was retrieved from the rubble of the Kharkiv Regional Administration. It belongs to volunteer Valeriia Yutina, a graduate of the Academy of Culture. Russian aviation bombed the building in the city centre and Freedom Square on March 1. The destruction is so extensive that the rescuers have not yet completely cleared the rubble.
In Melitopol, occupied by Russian forces and their self-proclaimed city administration, the invaders seize local businesses and extort money, said Mayor Ivan Fedorov. About 80,000 people remain in the city. The supply of food, medicines, and fuel is troubled. There are known issues with cash withdrawals.
Russia is trying to draw Belarus into the war against Ukraine. According to Ukrainian intelligence, Belarusians are offered 1,000-1,500 USD a month and preferential tuition in Russian universities for performing "special tasks". At the same time, Belarusians themselves have a low motivation to fight in Ukraine.
121 children died in Ukraine since the beggining of the Russian aggression. 167 children were injured. Children in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Donetsk regions suffered the most. As of yesterday's morning, 155 children were injured, and 117 died.
In Chernihiv on the night of March 23, the Russian occupiers dropped aircraft bombs on a road bridge across the Desna, which connected the city with Kyiv. The impact demolished one of the bridge's spans. The bridge's destruction will not prevent the city from receiving humanitarian aid.
The Russian military shelled a shopping mall and residential areas in Kyiv. No information about the dead was reported. Four people are injured.
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In Rubizhne, Luhansk region, a Russian shell hit an apartment block. Rescuers uncovered three dead on the spot, two of them children. The head of Regional Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported.
Satellite images show that Russia withdrew most of its helicopters from the strategic airport in Chornobayivka in southern Ukraine, writes The New York Times. Probably, this happened due to the constant successful attacks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on these positions of the Russian military.
A family with a one-month-old child was in one of the apartments during the shelling of the Vynohradar district in Kyiv on March 19. Little Viktoria managed to survive and not get injured because her mom covered her with her own body. The mother has multiple deep wounds to her face and head. Both of them are in the capital's hospital now.
During the previous day, the Armed Forces hit more than 17 air targets: 6 planes, 5 UAVs, 1 helicopter, and 5 cruise missiles. The General Staff notes the high activity of enemy aviation and missile strikes in recent days.
In Berdyansk, the Russian military abducted businessman and MP Oleksandr Ponomarev. In protest, local businesses stopped their operation.
In Lysychansk, Luhansk region, a Russian plane targeted the Lysychansk oil refinery owned by the Russian company Rosneft and set it on fire. The head of Regional Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported.
In the Sumy region, a large-scale fire broke out in Trostyanets, where street fighting with Russian troops continues. The head of the Regional Administration reported. He also urged residents to remain in shelters because of artillery shelling.
According to the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management, the Russian military looted and destroyed the latest analytical laboratory in the city of Chornobyl in the Kyiv region worth 6 million euros. It had equipment that had no analogs in Europe. The laboratory had highly active samples of radionuclides.
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Ukrainian air defence units shot down four Russian aircraft and a Tochka-U missile in Donbas. Also, Ukrainian troops repelled 7 attacks in the region, destroyed 7 tanks, 2 infantry fighting vehicles, 6 artillery systems, 2 drones, 7 vehicles and 100 Russian personnel, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
5,926 people were able to leave Mariupol for Zaporizhzhia by personal transport today, said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. In total, 211,000 people were evacuated during the war, including 32,000 from Mariupol.
Russian rockets destroyed a vegetable storehouse and a sausage factory unit near Kyiv. Inflicted losses total to more than 600 million UAH according to Yevhen Kolomiets, managing partner of the company that owned the warehouses.
Russian troops attacked a military infrastructure in the Rivne region three times, reports the head of the Regional Military Administration Vitalii Koval. Yesterday, Russia bombed a military training area in the region twice. In response, the Ukrainian military shot down one drone and one Russian missile.
As a result of shelling of Lozova in Kharkiv region, one person was killed and 8 civilians were injured. About 20 houses in the private sector were destroyed, the Lozova City Council said.
The Ukrainian military shot down a Russian military plane over Mariupol, the press service of the Mariupol City Council reported. This is the hundredth Russian plane shot down by the Ukrainian army.
Meanwhile, the losses of the Russian army in Ukraine in 26 days are greater than in 10 years of war in Afghanistan (according to official data), according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Russia launched missile strikes in Pavlograd, Dnipropetrovsk region. As a result of the shelling, the Pavlograd-2 railway station was destroyed. Destroyed railway line and tracks. 15 freight cars derailed. One person died. Traffic through the station is suspended indefinitely.
The chairman of the Okhtyrka district council from the "Sluga Narodu” (in Ukrainian “Servant of the People") Serhiy Kirichko has been released from captivity by the Russian occupiers, the party chairman said. He was kept in the basement for a week.
In Kyiv, two houses and a truck were involved in the shelling. One person was killed and three others were injured, according to the military administration of the capital.
On March 22, 144 people were evacuated by train from Luhansk region. 40 people were taken out of Rubizhne.
Women and children are being forcibly deported to the territory of the Russian Federation from the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. There are no exact data on the number of deported persons, but the Prosecutor General's Office is investigating the fact of illegal deportation of at least 2,389 children from Donbass to Russia. Meanwhile, Russian propaganda claims 206,000 migrants from Donbass.
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Russian military released journalist Victoria Roshchina from captivity. She is now on the territory controlled by Ukraine and is heading to Zaporizhzhia, Hromadske reported. To free herself, the journalist was pressured by Russian forces to record a video denying her claims to the Russian army and saying that they saved her life.
Photographer Maks Levin disappeared on the front line around the Ukrainian capital. He was last online from Vyshgorod district on March 13.
Russian ships shelled the coastline of the Odesa region, said the officer of the operational command "South" Vladyslav Nazarov. According to him, there were no military targets within the shelling range.
Mariupol was destroyed even more with two aerial bombs Russian forces dropped on the city today. "They want to level Mariupol with the ground and turn it into dead scorched earth," said the Mariupol City Council, citing the Azov regiment.
Lozova in the Kharkiv region, an evacuation destination for people from cities and villages of the region, was shelled today. Russian forces have made four strikes at Lozova's industrial enterprises. There is no information about casualties yet, says the City Council.
A humanitarian catastrophe is approaching Kherson due to the Russian siege: there is a critical lack of food and medicines in the city. It will especially affect newborns who lack baby food and hygiene products, as well as seriously ill people. This is stated on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs page. For twenty-seven days, Russian troops keep attempting to take control of the Kherson region, despite the strong resistance of the residents.
Video by Suspilne. Russian military dispersing a peaceful rally in Kherson with tear gas grenades today.
The eighth strike of Ukrainian forces at the Chornobai airfield in Chornobayivka near Kherson, where Russian troops are trying to base their equipment. Ukrainian Forces destroy Russian equipment and personnel in Chornobayivka almost every day. This prompted lots of jokes and memes about the Russian military and the location, such as "Groundhog Day in Chornobayivka" or "To see Chornobayivka and die".
American company Maxar Technologies has released new satellite images of the destruction caused by Russian troops in Irpin, Mariupol, and Chernihiv. In Irpin, Kyiv region, two fires are visible next to administrative buildings and residential development.
The photos of Mariupol show Russian military equipment and positions of Russian artillery. Fires are going on in the city.
Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov appealed to the residents of the territories temporarily occupied by Russia to surrender to Ukrainian forces, promising that their lives would not be threatened on the Ukrainian side. The Minister promised that Ukraine would take into account effective remorse.
More than half of residents left Chernihiv. Mayor Vladyslav Atroshenko reported that approximately 130,000 people remain in Chernihiv out of 285,000 who were living there before the war. A lot of ill and disabled people remain in the city.
In Kherson, people went out to a peaceful rally again. The Russian military used tear gas to disperse them. When the smoke cleared, some of them returned to the square.
During the night Russians attacked a seaport in Mykolaiv and seriously damaged its infrastructure, reported the Seaports Administration. No casualties have been reported so far.
In a field around Kryvyi Rih, a Russian sabotage and reconnaissance group exploded on a mine barrier planted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said a representative of the Kryvyi Rih territorial defence brigade.
193 enterprises from eastern and central Ukraine volunteered to move to the Lviv region due to the war, 13 of them have already moved. These are agro-industrial complex, light and chemical industry enterprises, reported the regional administration.
Russian NTV channel posted a video of the captive volunteer Yulia Payevska (Tyra). In the video, she asks to find a solution to evacuate all civilians from Mariupol. The volunteer and her driver were abducted by the Russians on March 16. She was treating wounded civilians in Mariupol.
Dmytro Muratov, editor-in-chief of the Russian Novaya Gazeta, is auctioning off his Nobel Peace Medal to collect aid for Ukrainian refugees.
As of March 22, 2022, 117 children have been killed, and 155 children have been injured since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, according to Ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repulsed 13 attacks in a day, carried out a counterattack in the Mykolayiv direction, and drove Russian troops away from Makariv in the Kyiv region, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. The Russian army temporarily holds a land corridor to the occupied Crimea and blocks access to the Sea of Azov.
In the Okhtyrka area in the Sumy region, about 300 Russian soldiers refused to carry out an order to conduct hostilities and left the locality, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported.
In Kramatorsk, Russian troops used phosphorous munitions prohibited by international law. The video was published by the first deputy chief of the Kyiv Patrol Police, Oleksii Biloshytskyi.
The mayor of Boryspil, Kyiv region, Volodymyr Borysenko, urged the civilian population to leave to make the work of the Armed Forces of Ukraine easier. According to him, fighting is already ongoing around the city.
In the Luhansk region, the shelling of the Russian military destroyed 25 buildings - houses, a hospital, a school, food warehouse, garages, infrastructure, said the head of the regional administration, Serhii Haidai.
In Ukraine, at least 3,780 residential buildings were damaged by shellings and bombings of the Russian Federation; 651 houses were completely destroyed, according to the State Emergency Service.
In early March, 7-year-old Amelia sang in a bomb shelter where she was hiding from Russian shelling. Now, the little girl from Kyiv sang the National Anthem of Ukraine at a charity concert in Poland to help raise money for Ukraine.
According to Antonov state enterprise, 700 million to 1 billion dollars are needed to build a new Mriya aircraft. The unique Ukrainian AN-225 Mriya, the world's largest and most potent transport aircraft, was bombed at the Hostomel airport in the afternoon of February 24 - the first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to Antonov's spokeswoman, Mriya was under repair and supposed to fly abroad that day. But she didn't make it because the sky was closed. "We could not take the plane to the sky because we could lose 20 lives; this is the plane's crew. Our workers tried to cover the Mriya under bullets, but they did not manage to hide the plane," she said.
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Pentagon proposes to provide Ukraine with long-range anti-air defence systems according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
Seven of eight green corridors for civilian evacuation and humanitarian aid agreed for March 21 were operational. 8,057 people were evacuated in the past 24 hours, says Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
In Trostyanets, Sumy region, Russian military stole the last available ambulance car, reported the head of the Regional Military Administration Dmytro Zhyvytsky. A&E is left without transport, doctors can’t reach any patients. Zhyvytsky added that the Russian military continues to loot the city for the third week.
Fighting on the outskirts of Izium, Kharkiv region: Ukrainian Forces broke up a Russian convoy, which abandoned more than 20 units of useful equipment according to the Izium City Hall.
In Donbas, Russian army lost about 30 pieces of equipment and 300 people in one day, reports the General Staff.
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During the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol, Russian militaries continued shelling civilian vehicles, including families with children. Thus, in the village of Malynivka, Zaporizhzhia region, the Russian military fired from automatic weapons at two cars moving along the humanitarian corridor. Two children and four adults were injured, - the spokesman of Zaporizhzhia Regional Administration Colonel Ivan Arefiev said.
Employees of the Melitopol Information Department and Mykhailo Kumok, the owner of the MID holding, who were kidnapped, are safe, - Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov said.
Beryslav Mayor and local activist have been held captive by the Russian militaries in Kherson region for three days. Their location is unknown.
In Kherson Russian militaries shot at people who went to a peaceful rally. Eyewitnesses reported the use of light grenade by Russian troops. There are wounded.
During 25 days of the war in Ukraine, Russian troops shelled 135 hospitals, 9 of them were completely destroyed and cannot be rebuilt. 43 ambulances came under fire, 6 paramedics were killed and 16 were seriously injured, - the head of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine Viktor Liashko reported.
Doctors and ambulance drivers who were transporting food along the humanitarian corridor to Vovchansk were captured by the Russian militaries, but were released today.
Due to the Russian military aggression, the seaports of Mariupol, Berdiansk and Skadovsk are temporarily closed, - the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reported.
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In Kharkiv, a former Nazi concentration camp prisoner Borys Romanchenko was killed in shelling. The shell hit his apartment. "He lived in that apartment for more than 30 years, recently he lived alone. I offered him to leave, but he refused. He couldn't walk and hear well, but didn't agree to leave," — said his granddaughter Julia.
Mobile units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Chuhuiv shot down a fighter of the Russian enemy — the head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Oleh Sinehubov. "Also in the morning on the territory, which is temporarily controlled by the occupiers, in Kharkiv district a mobile group of special operations forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down two Russian Orlan drones," — he added.
Anonymous hackers called on international network companies to leave Russia. "We give you 48 hours to think and leave Russia, otherwise you will come under our sights," — said the group in the statement.
Russia has illegally transferred 2,389 Ukrainian children to its territory — the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine: "They were in the temporarily occupied districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Suck kind of act is a gross violation of international law, in particular the violation of international humanitarian law ".
Zhytomyr Region was shelled from Grad multiple rocket launcher systems for the first time. Three servicemen and one civilian were killed, said Vitalii Bunechko, head of the Regional Administration
As a result of Russian military aggression against Ukraine, more than 3 million Ukrainians have fled abroad. Up to 12 million more have left their cities and became internally displaced people, said Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the Presidential Office.
The accident at the Sumykhimprom chemical plant, where ammonia leak happened at night, was eliminated - the press service of the chemical plant.
Consequences of the Russian missile attack on the Retroville shopping mall in Kyiv.
The Russians hit the Retroville shopping mall in Kyiv. March 21, Author: Yelyzaveta Servatynska, Suspilne.
The blast wave also damaged six neighboring houses. Now, three of them are unfit for life. Two schools and two kindergartens were also damaged.
Drivers and a doctor of the humanitarian convoy, detained by the Russian military on their way to the city of Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region yesterday, have returned.
Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Army has lost more than 15,000 personnel and 1,535 tanks.
As of March 21, 8 humanitarian corridors in Donetsk, Kyiv, and Luhansk regions have been agreed upon - Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
The Russian army fired two missiles at a military training facility in the Rivne region. The head of the regional administration, Vitalii Koval, reported. He added that a special commission is working on the spot. Details will be announced later.
At night in Sumy, due to shelling by Russian troops, ammonia leaked from the Sumy Chemical Plant. The 50 tons tank with ammonia was damaged. The affected area is about 2.5 km. In three hours, the leak was localized. Rescuers and workers of the plant are working to bring the ammonia cloud down. According to preliminary information, there are no victims.
Mariupol City Council refused to side with Russia. "They gave us time to draft an answer by the morning. But why wait for so long if the answer is clear already. Screw you! You won't get Mariupol," Mariupol mayor's adviser Petro Andryushchenko wrote.
Late in the evening on March 20, as a result of the shelling of the Sviatoshyn district in Kyiv, 8 people were killed and another was injured, according to preliminary data. The shelling of the shopping mall led to a fire of 1,500 square meters. It took firefighters more than three hours to put out the fire.
Terror and looting spread on lands captured by the Russian military. The Russian military brings back home appliances, cars, other valuables, and products, according to the General Staff. Forced mobilization in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions continues.
Ukrainian mathematician from Donetsk Kostyantyn Olmezov committed suicide in Russia. The lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov reported. Olmezov tried to leave Russia after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The FSB detained the mathematician fabricating an administrative protocol against him. The mathematician published a death note, writing that he killed himself because he could not bear the horror of what was happening.
In Belarus, partisans are stopping Russian trains, damaging Russian equipment, and handing out leaflets to prevent Belarusian troops from invading Ukraine, opposition leader Franak Vyachorka said.
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Several explosions were heard in Kyiv near one of the shopping centers, rescuers are working on the spot. Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said that at least one person had been killed.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation addressed an official letter to Ukraine. It contains an eight-page ultimatum: by 5:00 on March 21, the Ukrainian militaries have to lay down their arms and leave Mariupol. Only after that the evacuation of civilians will take place. Ukraine did not agree to this. "We can't talk about surrendering weapons. Instead of spending time on 8 pages of letters, just open a humanitarian corridor," — said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. About 350,000 civilians remain in Mariupol, which is almost completely destroyed by Russia.
Switzerland has agreed to mediate the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, — Swiss President Ignacio Cassis. He also called for the immediate opening of humanitarian corridors in Ukraine. In addition, the President of Switzerland said that he plans to visit the Polish-Ukrainian border on March 21.
Russia's crimes in Ukraine are being investigated by six countries — Prosecutor General Irina Venedyktova: "Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden. We are working closely with them to speed up the exchange of information and evidence." According to the International Criminal Code, the prosecutor's office of a state can investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity around the world.
In the directions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukrainian troops have repulsed seven attacks of the Russian Federation and destroyed 12 tanks, 9 infantry combat vehicles, 3 cars, and about 170 servicemen. Air Defense units shot down 1 Su-34 and 1 helicopter — the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
There is a covert mobilization in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, and Russia has agreed to send Libyan "volunteers" to Ukraine to fight on the side of Russia — the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Russian invasion of Ukraine, the 25th day. Top news
March 20 marks the 25th day of Ukrainian resistance to Russian aggression. According to the General Staff, Russian troops have lost assault potential, however, in Kuban, Primorsky Krai, Yaroslavl region and the Urals Federal District of Russia a covert mobilization was announced to make up the losses of personnel. In addition, Moscow agreed on involving of Libyan "volunteers". The transfer of military mercenaries is likely to be carried out at the expense of the private military company "Liga" (formerly "Wagner", whose mercenaries fought in Syria). Suspilne gathered the main news of the day.
Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree to extend martial law for 30 days from March 26. Thus, the martial law in Ukraine is extended from 5.30 a.m. on March 26 for a period of 30 days.
President Zelensky gave a long interview to CNN. In particular, he said he was ready to negotiate with Putin to prevent the third world war. At the same time, he excluded any concessions to Russia concerning territorial integrity of Ukraine. In particular, this applies to the Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk regions. President Zelensky also spoke online at the Knesset. He called on Israelis to help Ukraine and quoted Golda Meir: "We want to live. Our neighbors want to see us dead. This does not leave much space for compromise."
The war in Ukraine took the lives of at least 902 civilians and another 1,459 people are wounded, — the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports. The majority of civilian deaths or injuries were caused by the use of explosive devices with a large area of damage, including heavy artillery shelling and multiple rocket launchers, as well as missiles and air strikes.
President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decision of the National Security Council suspending the activities of 11 political parties during the war, including the "Opozytsiyna Platforma — Za Zhyttia". This faction is the second largest in the Verkhovna Rada. Among the reasons for the decision are: the propaganda of war, calls for a change in the constitutional order, the threat of violation of sovereignty, collaborationism.
For the first time since the beginning of the war, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant managed to carry out a partial rotation of personnel. In total, 64 workers were evacuated from the station and 46 volunteers will replace them and will serve the station.
The United States has discussed with Turkey the possibility of transferring Russian C-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine to help protect it from Russian missile and air strikes. Officially, the Turkish authorities have not yet commented on the negotiations on the supply of Russian missile defense systems.
Four of the seven humanitarian corridors worked today. 7,295 people in total were evacuated during the day. According to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, the delivery of aid to the village of Mala Rohan (Kharkiv region) was disrupted. The connection with the humanitarian aid convoy for the city of Vovchansk (Kharkiv region) also disappeared: communication with 6 people was lost — 5 drivers and 1 doctor.
The Ministry of Health in in Ukraine has banned the use of 39 medicines which are manufactured in Belarus or have their applicants registered an office in Belarus. In particular, Acyclovir-Belmed, Neurotropin and Riboxin of Belarusian production were banned. The full list of banned drugs is available at the link.
In Kyiv region, civilians were banned from visiting forests. The ban will last at least until the end of the martial law regime. The ban applies to both pedestrian visits and entry into the forests of Kyiv region (except for transit routes) of vehicles and other self-propelled vehicles.
The Queen has released a YouTube concert from Kharkiv to raise money to help Ukraine, game development studio Epic will donate its proceeds from the new season of Fortnite to affected Ukrainians, and David Beckham shared his Instagram page, which has 71.4 million subscribers, with the doctor who manages perinatal center in Kharkiv for 1 day.
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The personnel of Chornobyl nuclear power plant was managed to be partially rotated and some people were evacuated for the first time since the beginning of Russian invasion of Ukraine. The staff was at work for about 600 hours, they were replaced by 46 volunteers working at the station, - Chornobyl NPP.
In Chernihiv, a shell hit a car, which delivered water to citizens. According to preliminary information, two people were killed and several others were injured.
This area of the city is constantly under fire.
Russian troops are turning the occupied and besieged settlements of Ukraine into concentration camps, where civilians are starving, - says Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denysova. "Depriving civilians of food and medicine is a torture, a direct violation of the Geneva Convention,", - she said.
About a third of the territories of the nature reserve fund of Ukraine are under threat of destruction. Ukrainian nature reserves are in a zone of humanitarian crisis, due to shelling and blockade of territories by Russian army it is impossible to deliver food for animals and birds, - said the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denysova.
In Kharkiv, for last 10 days more than a thousand Kharkiv residents have joined cleaning up rubbles, rubbish and repairing houses damaged by shelling and bombing.
Citizens clean Kharkiv after shellings, March 2022. Photo: Kharkiv City Council.
Work without days off, under fire, in a shelter. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham showed 71 million subscribers the work of the Kharkiv Perinatal Center - he shared his Instagram account with the center's director Iryna Kondratova for one day.
Artillery of the 81st separate airmobile brigade of the Airborne Assault Troops of the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed Russian military equipment.
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Several thousand citizens gathered in a peaceful protest against the Russian military occupation of Kherson. They chant: "Go home, while you're still alive!", "Kherson is Ukraine!".
March 20, 2022, Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia region. People went to the rally demanding the release of the deputy mayor abducted by the Russian military.
On March 18, the Russian Armed Forces soldiers threw a grenade at civilians on a Trostyanets street. The blast killed two men, the Sumy Regional Prosecutor's Office reports.
Russian military released journalist Oleh Baturin from Kakhovka; he was held captive for eight days. "Virtually no food. Some days almost without water. No understanding of where I am. But they clearly knew why. They wanted to break, to trample me down," Oleh wrote on his sister's Facebook page.
In Berdyansk, about 200-250 people went on a peaceful protest against the Russian occupation. The Russian military began to beat and detain them, Hromadske reports with reference to locals.
In the Sviatoshyn district of Kyiv, at about 2 p.m., shell fragments hit a residential building and started a fire. So far, rescuers have eliminated it and managed to evacuate six people. Information about the injured is being clarified.
Mariupol situational update. Direct speech by Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk regional administration: "Bombings, airstrikes, urban warfare, gunfights in the city. There are victims in cases where people were taken out of shelters. The Russians are no longer looking for a reason to target civilians."
Queen has released a 2008 concert in Kharkiv on YouTube to raise money to help Ukraine. At that time, the concert on Freedom Square, dedicated to the fight against AIDS, gathered more than 350 thousand people - another 10 million watched the live show on TV.
The first two images show Freedom Square in Kharkiv during the Queen concert in September 2008. The third demonstrates the same area after the Russian airstrike on March 1, 2022.
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93% of Ukrainians believe that Ukraine will be able to repel Russia's attack, according to a poll by the "Rating" group. At the same time, almost half of respondents hope that this will happen in the coming weeks.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reports that the threat of an attack from the territory of Belarus in the Volyn direction is high, but assures that it's ready for it.
The combat losses of Russian army from February 24 to March 20 are approximately 14.7 thousand personnel.
"Azovstal" Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol has not been closed forever and will be rebuilt after returning to the city. This was announced by the director of Azovstal Enver Tskitishvili. He noted that the company was shut down according to the rules and does not pose a danger to the environment. Previously the plant was completely shut down only in 1941.
Russian militaries in Sumy Region shot at a car with a family delivering bread to a local community, - the head of the regional administration said. Those old people were local entrepreneurs. The woman was seriously injured, the man died.
Today it became known that on March 11 the Russian troops shot a retirement home of the Luhansk region close from the tank, 56 people were killed. This was announced by the head of the regional administration Serhii Haidai. 15 people survived, they were taken to the temporarily occupied Svatov. It is currently impossible to reach the place of the tragedy.
Today seven humanitarian corridors have been agreed in Ukraine to evacuate the population and deliver goods to the civilians. Corridors should work in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions.
"The one and only, united Ukraine!", "Ukraine is above all!" - A peaceful rally is held on the streets of Kakhovka, which is temporarily captured by Russian troops.
Video: Snizhana Shestakova / Facebook
Russian troops dropped bombs on an art school in Mariupol, where about 400 people were hiding, - Mariupol City Council reports. The building is destroyed, people remain under the wreckages. There is no information about any victims at the moment.
During the war, 115 children were killed and more than 140 were injured, - the Attorney General's Office reported.
About a third of inhabitants left Mykolaiv after Russian intervention in Ukraine, - the mayor Senkevich reported.
71 children from a specialized orphanage were evacuated from Sumy, - the head of Sumy regional administration Dmytro Zhyvytsky said. Some of them remain under the supervision of specialists from the Heart Institute of Ukraine.
A new wave of mobilization has been announced in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region, - the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported. The age limit for mobilization has been raised to 65 years.
On March 19, the Ukrainian Armed Forces liquidated two high-ranking Russian commanders: the deputy head of the Black Sea Fleet and the deputy head of the engineering troops of the Western Military District of the Russian Federation, - an adviser to the Minister of Interior Affairs Denysenko said.
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Russian military equipment is approaching the Belarusian border, and Belarusian diplomats have left Ukraine. The Ministry of Internal Affairs calls this a "disturbing signal", but they say that Ukraine is ready to defend itself in case of a new invasion.
Russian troops forcefully moved several thousand people from Mariupol to Russia, reports the city hall. "The invaders illegally moved people from the Livoberezhny District and the vault in the sports club building, where thousands of people (mostly women and children) were hiding from constant bombing," the report said. It is known that captured Mariupol residents were taken to filtration camps, where they had their phones and documents checked. After that, some of the Mariupol residents were transferred to remote cities of Russia, the fate of others remains unknown.
Eight out of ten humanitarian corridors successfully worked on March 19, says Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. 6,623 people were evacuated.
During the day of March 19, the Ukrainian military shot down three Russian helicopters. Russian forces have significantly reduced the presence in the sky, says the Air Force Command of Ukraine.
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Evacuation. From Bucha to Bilohorodka in Kyiv region a convoy of 7 buses arrived — Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.
About 190,000 people have already been evacuated through humanitarian corridors — Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
21 rescuers died since the beginning of hostilities — the State Emergency Service.
Since the beginning of the war, 228 people died in Kyiv, including 4 children. 912 people were injured — the City Hall.
Russian army shelled the western part of Chernihiv. A fuel and oil warehouse, a plastic products factory and in warehouses are on fire. And due to shelling in residential buildings, 10 buildings caught fire — Chernihiv Regional State Administration.
In the evening in Kharkiv, the Russian Federation bombed several districts again, a man and a 9-year-old child were killed — the head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration Oleh Sinehubov.
Russian troops fired from "Grad" volley fire systems at Novi Petrivtsi in Kyiv region. Gas station was damaged. The fire was extinguished. There are no victims - the police of Kiev region. Mezhyhirya National Park, the former residence of Viktor Yanukovych, is located in Novi Petrivtsi.
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Russian militaries did not pass 14 trucks with humanitarian goods (food, baby food, medicines) into Kherson region and did not allow unload them, - said the head of the regional administration Hennadii Lahuta
Russia fired a missile at one of the military units in Ivano-Frankivsk region. No one was killed or injured. The attack was probably carried out at the night between the 17th-18th March.
The spokesman of the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Yurii Ihnat reported.
In Kyiv region, Russian troops are changing their tactics to defending one, they continue chaotic shelling, - the head of Kyiv regional administration Oleksandr Pavliuk said. At the same time, the Armed Forces are monitoring the situation and striking at Russia's positions.
Consequences of the shelling of Makarov village in Kyiv region. 7 people were killed and 5 were injured.
Photo provided by the police of Kyiv region.
In Rubizhne, Luhansk region, two dead children and a woman were pulled out from the ruins of a house that collapsed due to shelling by Russian troops, and another child was rescued.
At the moment, there are officially 562 Russian prisoners of war in Ukraine, - Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.
The sports ski base in Chernihiv was destroyed by Russian shelling. It was actively used during the Ukrainian biathlon championships.
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On March 19, 471 Mariupol residents, including children, traveled in five buses from Berdyansk to Zaporizhzhia. Now, psychologists and social workers are with these people.
In Mariupol, the Ukrainian military destroyed Russian ammunition depots. According to preliminary data, the soldiers of the Azov Regiment destroyed one tank, two armored personnel carriers, and trucks.
Nine people were killed in two missile strikes on the suburbs of Zaporizhzhia on March 18. The Regional Administration provided the data.
In Chernihiv, on March 18, the Russian military fired on dormitories. 11 people were injured.
A sabotage and reconnaissance group was detected on the 15th floor of a residential building in Kharkiv. Antennas and other radio equipment were found in the apartment. The Security Service of Ukraine officials are already investigating the details.
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Russia has mined roads from the Bosphorus to Odessa and said those were Ukrainian mines. This was stated by the head of the project "Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies" Andrii Klymenko.
He also noted that mines drifting in a stormy sea cannot be counted.
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced the humanitarian corridors to be opened on March 19:
from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia. A convoy of buses moved to transfer Mariupol residents from Berdiansk to Zaporizhzhia;
from Bervytsia and Bohdanivka to Brovary in Kyiv region;
from Bucha to Bilohorodka, from Borodianka to Bila Tserkva in Kyiv region;
from Lysychansk, Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Popasna to Bakhmut.
It is also planned to deliver 14 humanitarian aid trucks to Kherson.
Despite the constant bombing and shelling, public utilities are operating in Kharkiv. Garbage is being taken out in the city, damaged water and heat supply networks are being repaired. "We'd rather die standing up than live on our knees," - said an utility worker who is cleaning up the city under fire with his colleagues.
The video was shot on March 18
Last night in Kharkiv was relatively calm, - the regional administration said. During the day Russians made 29 strikes - artillery, mortar strikes, shelling from multiple rocket launchers.
Russian troops have damaged nearly 500 schools in Ukraine, and 69 of them have been completely destroyed, - said a chairman of the Verkhovna Rada's education committee Serhii Babak.
Since the beginning of the war, 112 children have been killed and more than 140 wounded in Ukraine. Mostly in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions.
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Russian militaries attacked soldiers with a missile in Mykolaiv on March 18. The rescue operation is still ongoing. Official data is being clarified, said the head of the regional administration Vitalii Kim.
Fighting for Azovstal is going on in Mariupol. Russian troops have destroyed the metallurgical plant by shelling. "We have lost this economic giant, one of the largest factories in Europe is actually being destroyed," - said an adviser to the Minister of Interior Affairs.
In Luhansk region, a silence regime was agreed from 9:00 to evacuate people from Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Popasna, Lysychansk and Novozolotarivka - the head of the regional administration.
Fume in Kyiv. The IQAir service assesses the state of the air as "unhealthy".
The adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Denysenko declared: "This smoke is from a landfill which burns down near New Petrivtsi."
The fire situation in Chornobyl zone is normal.
Near Kherson, at the airfield of Chornobayivka, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed the advanced command post of the 8th Army of the Southern District of the Russian Federation.
This is the fifth time that the Ukrainian military has destroyed enemy vehicles and manpower at the Chornobayivka airfield.
Trostyanets. Russian vehicles destroyed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. March 18, 2022
More than 180,000 people have been rescued during the entire period of humanitarian corridors, said President Volodymyr Zelensky. During one day on March 18, 9,000 people were taken out of surrounded Mariupol. The President stressed that Russian troops are currently blocking the supply of humanitarian goods to the city.
"They have a clear order: to do absolutely everything to make the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukrainian cities as an "argument" for Ukrainians to cooperate with the occupiers. This is a war crime. They will be responsible for this. 100%»
As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, almost 10 million people have been displaced, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Among them, 6.5 million are internally displaced persons and more than 3 million people have gone abroad. The organization noted that almost a quarter of Ukraine's population, which numbered about 44 million before the war, had been forced to flee their homes.
"Ukrenergo" repairmen restored the 750 kV high-voltage line of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, which was damaged by the Russian military. The line ensures stable work of Zaporizhzhia NPP, - the company said.
The Lebanese Shiite Islamist group Hezbollah denies sending its militants to support Russia in the war against Ukraine. This was stated by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
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During the day on March 18, the Russian military launched four missile strikes (14 missiles in total) and carried out more than 40 air raids on Ukraine, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russian troops have temporarily cut off Ukraine from Azov Sea, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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On March 18, the Ukrainian Armed Forces struck 12 air targets of the Russian Federation: 2 planes, 3 helicopters, 3 unmanned aerial vehicles, 4 cruise missiles — the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Maxar has published new satellite images of the destruction of Mariupol by Russian troops: “They show more damage caused by the chaotic Russian bombing. Massive wreckages of civilian buildings destroyed by explosions are clearly visible. The cloud obscured the image of the ruined drama theater. The third image shows the line of evacuating cars.
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On March 18, 9,145 people were evacuated through humanitarian corridors — Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko. Almost five thousand people moved from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia, 1,124 of them are children. More than 4,000 civilians were evacuated from Sumy Region.
Russian troops that stay in villages near Mykolayiv are holding civilians hostage and "mute" mobile communications and the Internet — Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Russia has launched 1,080 missiles on the territory of Ukraine — the Pentagon.
Shelling of residential buildings, customs benefits and world celebrities' poems. The 23th day of war: the main news
March 18 — Ukrainian people have being resisting the Russian military invasion for 23 days . The Ukrainian Armed Forces pushed the Russian occupiers away from the right Dnieper bank of Kyiv to a distance of up to 70 kilometers, which makes it impossible to conduct fire, except rocket one. The General Staff said that the refusal of Russian servicemen to take part in hostilities had become more frequent. Suspilne gathered the main events of the day.
In Kyiv, a neighbourhood in Podilsky district was shelled. The remains of the downed rocket fell on a residential building, damaged five more, as well as a kindergarten and a school, and a five-story apartment building caught fire. Emergencies rescued 12 people and evacuated 98 residents. Four people were injured and one died. Since the beginning of the war, 222 people have died in Kyiv, including 60 civilians and four children.
Russian troops have launched six cruise missiles from a submarine in the Black Sea. Several of them hit the area of the aircraft repair plant. The area near the Lviv airport was also shelled. Two missiles were intercepted. No one was killed and one was injured.
The court allowed to arrest Medvedchuk. People's Deputy, the head of the political council of the "Opozytsiyna Platforma Za Zhyttia" political party, Putin's crony Viktor Medvedchuk is suspected of treason and promotion of a terrorist organization. His spokesman Oleh Babanin told Suspilne that he did not take part in a meeting, did not contact Medvedchuk and his position was exclusively pro-Ukrainian.
Hromadske journalist Victoria Roshchina was probably detained by the Russian FSB in temporarily occupied Berdyansk. Currently, nothing is known about her location. For two days, the publishing house did her best to release the journalist in a private manner, but failed. Roshchina made videos and wrote articles from hotspots in eastern and southern Ukraine, including Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk oblasts.
Nine humanitarian corridors were announced for March 18, but seven of them were operational. 9,145 people were evacuated, most of them were taken from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia — 4,972 people, including 1,124 children. Due to the violation of the regime of silence, the work on the delivery of humanitarian aid to the cities of Balakliia and Izyum were disrupted again.
In Ukraine, sets of social products will be distributed for free to people who are surrounded or living on the front line. Local military administrations will apply for the number of products for each of these cities. Ukrzaliznytsia will purchase products and, together with the Humanitarian Headquarters, deliver them to the regions. The products will be delivered to the temporarily occupied settlements through international humanitarian organizations.
US President Joe Biden and Chinese Leader Xi Jinping spoke for two hours via video conference about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. After the talks, the parties issued various statements: the White House said that Biden had informed China about the position of the United States and its allies and described the consequences that would occur if China provided material support to Russia. And Chinese side said that Biden expressed readiness to communicate with China to prevent escalation of the situation.
The Polish government has introduced the "Anti-Putin Shield" program, which provides "de-Russification" of the economy. It provides the abandonment of Russian oil and gas, the fight against inflation, the preservation of jobs, support for companies that have worked in the Russian market so far, and so on. In addition, Russian and Belarusian diplomats were forbidden to enter the European Parliament buildings in Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
Steven Spielberg donated $1 million to humanitarian organizations in Ukraine, Oleh Skrypkana wrote a song for the Ukrainian army, and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi read a poem by U2 frontman Bono about Ukraine.
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Russian army fired shelled a civilian facility in the village of Natalivka, Zaporizhzhia region. A firefighter was killed and five others were injured, — the State Emergency Service. Today in this region, Russians fired at the military training ground, one of the factories and the adjacent quarry using BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launchers. A fire broke out on the territory of the plant. Firefighters, who went out to put extinguish the fire, were shelled by Russian militaries.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces have returned control of more than 30 settlements near Kyiv, — Volodymyr Zelensky. In some areas, Russian troops were pushed back 70 km from the capital.
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It’s impossible to talk about the relieving of Mariupol at the moment — an adviser to the head of President’s Office Oleksii Arestovich: “Other units are 100-120-150 kilometers away from Mariupol defending positions there. They can't move more than 120 kilometres through the bare steppe under air raids from Crimea and Rostov region". Arestovich noted that there is no military solution for Mariupol at the moment, so diplomatic mechanisms will be used for relieving of Mariupol.
Russian soldiers are not particularly motivated for the war in Ukraine — the head of the US Central Command, General Frank Mackenzie: "In my opinion, they don't seem to be especially motivated or involved in the campaign that they carry out."
In Ukraine, there are already 6.5 million internally displaced persons, and also 3.2 million people moved abroad — UN.
Kharkiv. A man was rescued from the debris of a building that was shelled in the morning, he has no serious injuries. "I was waiting for the rescuers to get me out of there, thank to the rescuers," - said the rescued. A foreign journalist asked the rescued man if he hoped to survive. "Of course," - the man replied.
The staff of the Kharkiv Academic Drama Theater named after Pushkin demands to remove the word "Russian" from the name. The relevant appeal letter was sent by the theater staff to the head of the regional administration. "We have nothing to do with those who are destroying Kharkiv city with "Grads"," - said the staff.
The giant emblem of Ukraine with 1.5 million fresh flowers was created on Sofia Square. After the event, volunteers will present flowers to women.
In Avdiivka, a nine-storey building, a shop and an administrative building were shelled, - said the head of Donetsk regional military administration Pavlo Kyrylenko. According to preliminary information, two people were killed and three were injured.
Photo of the vehicles destroyed by the 93rd mechanized brigade "Holodny Yar" near Trostyanets. Photo provided by the soldiers of brigade.
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There is no information about any dead people in the shelter under the Drama Theater in Mariupol at the moment.
There is information about one seriously injured person. People continue to be rescued from the logjams of the theater destroyed by Russian troops, - the City Council reports. Up to a thousand people were in the shelter at the time of bombing. Most of them are women, children and old people who hid in the basement from continuous shelling by the Russian army.
A warehouse with paint and varnish products caught fire in Sumy after shelling. The fire covered more than 6 thousand square meters. Sumy residents are urged to close their windows. There is no information about any victims yet.
The military of the Russian Federation detained the secretary of Nova Kakhovka City Council Dmitry Vasiliev and keep him for 2 days. His wife says he is being held in the basement of Nova Kakhovka police station, which is used by Russian militaries as so-called "commandant's office."
The head of Velyky Burluk community Viktor Tereshchenko has been released and hospitalised, - the head of Kharkiv regional administration Oleh Synehubov reported.
The head of Luhansk regional administration urged not to believe the fakes about the seizure of Ukrainian cities: "Kreminna is ours. A part of Rubizhne is ours. Severodonetsk is ours. Lysychansk is ours. A part of Popasna is ours. Russian troops are trying to capture these cities, but Ukrainian militaries are not retreating.
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A journalist from Hromadske in Berdiansk was probably taken prisoner by Russian occupiers. According to the editorial office, Victoria Roshchina made videos and wrote articles from hotspots in eastern and southern Ukraine all days of the Russian-Ukrainian war. In particular, she prepared materials on hostilities in Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions. In the evening of March 11, Victoria Roshchina was probably traveling from Zaporizhia to Mariupol. The next day there was no contact with her.
"As we learned from witnesses, whom we cannot name for security reasons, the journalist was in temporarily occupied Berdiansk at the time. On March 16, we learned that Victoria Roshchina had been detained by Russian FSB the day before (probably on March 15). There is no information about her location today", - the statement of Hromadske says.
A shot down missile from the OTR-21 Tochka missile system of the Russian military fell in Nova Zburyivka.
Locals say it happened at 1:30 a.m. Everyone heard a loud rumble and explosion.
Video: Vitalii Bohdanov / Facebook
In Kherson region, in Vysokopillya, the occupiers established rules for walking and transport. "Every resident should wear a white rag on his left hand, and a side mirror should be tied with it on cars," - said local activist Yurii Samokhvalov.
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In Lysychansk, Luhansk region, Russian militaries shelled a hospital with 10 powerful shells, - said the head of Luhansk regional administration Serhii Haidai.
"The hospital and nearby houses left without windows. Information about the victims is being clarified. Rescue services are working at the facility," - he said.
In Ukraine 64 educational institutions were completely destroyed and 464 were damaged as a result of shelling and bombing. During the last 24 hours, 24 educational institutions were damaged and one was destroyed. - the head of Education, Science and Innovation Committee Serhii Babak said.
Rescue work at the Mariupol Theater, which was bombed by Russia, continues
Rescue work is underway at the site of the Russian occupation of the theater, where Mariupol residents hid from shelling and used it as a shelter. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi noted that more than 130 people had been rescued so far (the same number was called by government officials yesterday): "But hundreds of Mariupol residents are still under the logjams. Despite the shelling, we will continue rescue work."
Almost 500 Mariupol residents travel by bus from Berdiansk to Zaporizhzhia, - the Mariupol City Council said. These are people who managed to leave the city, which has been under siege for 17 days, on their own. As of March 17, more than 30,000 people left Mariupol.
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There is no humanitarian corridor in in the city of Izyum in Kharkiv Region again due to shelling, - the head of the City Council department Maksym Strelnyk reported. Nevertheless, the authorities and territorial defense forces deliver humanitarian aid to the villages of Izyum district and evacuate people from there.
Lviv, Rynok Square. 109 empty prams. It's the number of Ukrainian children that have been killed by the Russian militaries since the invasion.
Over the past day, two attempts of Russian troops to move forward were repulsed near Chernihiv, many vehicles were destroyed, - the North Operational Command reported.
It is no longer possible to launch plants in Mariupol due to their complete destruction, - says Mariupol Deputy Mayor Serhii Orlov. "Full stop already. It is no longer possible to launch them. Azovstal has been bombed. Completely. Azovstal took a lot of air raids,", - he said.
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The mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov told about his stay in Russian captivity. He was not physically abused, but they put psychological pressure on him. "Believe that the seven people with weapons who are nearby are enough to convincingly prove their position. Or someone was tortured in a nearby cell, there were those screams that were exactly psychologically pressured so that it could definitely be compared to pressure, tortures, and so on," he said. The mayor of Melitopol was kidnapped on March 11. On March 16, he was exchanged for nine captive Russian soldiers.
In Donetsk region, the Russian military shelled 11 settlements per day. At least 16 residential buildings and infrastructure have been damaged. As a result of the Russian troops' strikes, there are dead and wounded, including children, as well as police officers and rescuers. It was reported in the regional police department. Mariupol, Avdiivka, Krasnorivka, Mariinka, Vuhledar, Bogoyavlenka, Novomikhailivka, Stepne, Olhynka, Vasylivka, Verkhnotoretske were under the fire of the Russian army from jet and heavy artillery.
In the vicinity of Glukhov in Sumy region , local residents found a cruise missile manufactured by the Russian Federation, which did not explode. They believe that it was released by a Russian aircraft at the beginning of the war – at the end of February. This was reported by a local Oleksandr to Suspilne (we do not specify his surname for security reasons).
The missile was identified as an X-31 air-to-surface tactical guided missile.
During the war in Ukraine, 109 children died, more than 130 were injured, the Prosecutor General's Office reported. The largest number of victims was recorded in Kyiv region — 55 children, Kharkiv region – 34 children, Chernihiv region – 29, Donetsk region – 26. In addition, as a result of bombing and shelling of Russian troops, more than 439 educational institutions were damaged, of which 63 were completely destroyed.
On the morning of March 18, Russian troops shelled Kramatorsk, hit a residential building and an administrative building. Two people were killed in the shelling and another 23 were wounded.
In the suburbs of Zaporizhzhya, Russian military shelled a military range, a factory and an adjacent quarry with "Smerch" multiple rocket systems. There was a fire at the plant. The scale of destruction and loss is established — reported in the regional administration.
Morning in Podilskyi district of Kyiv, where rocket debris damaged six houses. Photo of the State Emergency Service.
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As of March 18, the total losses of the Russian army since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine amounted to about 14,200 killed personnel, 450 destroyed tanks and more than 200 aircraft. This was reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces.
In Odesa, near the military facility, representatives of the Territorial Defense of the city destroyed a geodetic beacon, according to the regional administration. A geodetic lighthouse was attached to the pole. It was removed and destroyed by the military.
On March 18 at 5 o'clock in the morning in the Odessa region shot down a Russian cruise missile naval base - Air Command "Pivden"
Near Kyiv in Podil, the remains of a downed rocket fell on a residential building and damaged five more, as well as a kindergarten and a school. 19 people were injured, four of them children. Almost a hundred people were evacuated. Rescuers and medics are working on the spot.
This is what the house looks like now. Video - Suspilne.
The shelling of Kharkiv does not stop, said Mayor Igor Terekhov. At night, the Russian military hit both residential and administrative buildings. In total, the mayor said, more than 700 buildings were destroyed in the city.
The fire at the Barabashov market, which broke out in the afternoon of March 17 due to shelling, was contained.
Here is a video of the consequences of one of the morning shellings in Kharkiv. At about 8:40 a.m., the Russian army hit a six-story educational building of a higher educational institution. Two neighboring houses were damaged. 1 person died, 11 were injured, 1 person is still under the rubble.
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On March 18 a humanitarian convoy is to arrive in Berdyansk, which is currently without electricity and gas and hot water. According to the head of the Zaporizhzhia regional administration Oleksandr Starukh, these cars left yesterday, but they were detained by checks of the Russian military. Next, 10 more buses will be sent to enable residents of Berdyansk and Mariupol residents whose cars broke down to travel from Berdyansk to Zaporizhia.
On March 18, 6 humanitarian corridors for evacuation of people will operate in Sumy region from Velyka Pisarivka, Trostyanets, Krasnopillya, Lebedyn and Konotop communities. From 13:00 a convoy of cars and buses must leave Sumy.
Humanitarian cargo is planned to Balakleya and Izyum in Kharkiv region. Also tomorrow they plan to deliver aid to the cities of Kherson and Luhansk regions.
Despite the shelling of Russian troops and the lack of humanitarian corridors, humanitarian goods are being delivered to Luhansk region and people are being taken away. Up to 500 people leave the region every day, the head of regional administration Sergii Gaidai reported. He added that the humanitarian aid coming to Luhansk region is not enough.
"Some of our bomb shelters have up to 1,300 people. If we even brought a few trucks there, it would still not be enough, "he said
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Explosions were heard in Lviv at about 6:30. Several missiles hit the area of the aircraft repair plant. It is located near the airport. The blows destroyed the factory buildings. The active work of the plant was stopped in time, so none of the people were injured, said Lviv Mayor Sadovyi. The missiles were fired from the Black Sea. According to preliminary data, there were 6 of them, two of which were destroyed by the Ukrainian military.
For the third time since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Russian troops have been carrying out air strikes on the territory of Lviv Region.
About 6:00 air strike was inflicted at Voznesensk in the Mykoliav area. The Russian military has entered the warehouse with weapons, said Voznesensk’ Mayor Yevgen Velichko. According to the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vadym Denisenko, the air strike hit the train.
There is currently no information on injuries or deaths.
As a result of night shelling by the Russian military in Severodonetsk and Rubizhne, two people were killed and six were injured - the head of the Luhansk regional administration.
The fire at the Barabashovo market in Kharkiv, which occurred as a result of the shelling by Russian Federation, has not yet been extinguished. Yesterday afternoon trade pavilions in different parts of the market caught fire. In addition to the pavilions, the fire engulfed two residential buildings. The total area of the fire is about 7 hectares. During the fire, the Russian army fired on the market. One of the rescuers died of his injuries.
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“Continuous Ukrainian counterattacks are forcing Russia to use large numbers of troops to defend supply routes. This limits Russia's offensive potential,” says the British Ministry of Defence. MOD also notes that Russia has problems in manoeuvring, does not control the air, and limited movement opportunities prevent food and fuel supplies to its front-line troops.
Police question Ukrainians living in Moscow and check their phones. Two such cases were reported to the Russian human rights project OVD-Info. As reported earlier, Russian security forces arrested a Ukrainian sailor from a Portuguese ship anchored in Vladivostok for calling Russia an aggressor country.
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Russian troops are trying to discover the system of Ukrainian Air Defence along the Black Sea coast. Meanwhile, during the day of March 17, the air defence forces of Ukraine destroyed 14 Russian air targets, reports the General Staff.
Russia has hired about 1,000 volunteers from the so-called army of Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah (organisation partially or fully recognised as terrorist by EU countries, the United States, Canada, Israel). The main requirement for foreign fighters is an experience of fighting in a city. At the same time, the mercenaries do not intend to fight in Ukraine but perceive it as an opportunity to get into European countries, says the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
At least three wholesale warehouses with medicines, some in Kharkiv, were damaged by Russian shelling. Mykhailo Radutsky, Chairman of the Parliament Committee on National Health: “Currently, there is no shortage of medicines in the country. Deliveries may only be disrupted in the cities where active fights are ongoing.”
The number of people killed by Russian shelling in Merefa, Kharkiv region, increased to 23, 26 more were injured, reports the Regional Prosecutor's office. Rescue operation continues on the scene. The city of Merefa was shelled by Russian troops on the morning of March 17. The Prosecutor's Office opened a criminal case on violation of the customs and rules of war, combined with premeditated murder.
Zelensky in the Bundestag, the terms of the meeting with Putin, the enter of PayPal. The 22nd day of the war: the main events
March 17 — the twenty-second day of Ukrainian people's resistance to Russian military invasion. Russian occupiers continue taking hostages and killing civilians, shooting civilian cars, looting and obstructing the movement of humanitarian columns intended for evacuation of the population. Instead, Ukraine receives help from its allies and stops the enemy in all directions. Suspilne gathered the main events of the day.
President Volodymyr Zelensky made a speech in German Bundestag online. He rebuked German authorities for delaying the imposition of preventive sanctions against Russia and called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to take the lead and help Ukraine end the war. After Zelensky's speech, Scholz announced that the federal states of Germany would provide Ukrainians with aid and the procedure would not be complicated.
The Kremlin has refused to comply with an order of the UN International Court of Justice. This was stated by Putin's spokesman Dmitriy Peskov, but he did not explain the exact reason, only noting that "the international court has such a concept as" agreement of the parties ", and there can be no agreement." In response, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that Russia, on the one hand, does not want to comply with a mandatory order of the UN International Court of Justice, and on the other, it wants to continue using the privileges of international law.
The President's Office called the condition of the meeting with Putin. Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the President's Office, said that after the completion of the peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia, the two presidents can meet and this can happen in the coming weeks.
Ukraine is establishing the National Information Bureau, which will be under the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories and it will collect data on Ukrainian prisoners of war, dead, missing, and illegally arrested by the Russian Federation, including civilians.
The Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus has opened a criminal case against the adviser to the head of the President's Office Oleksii Arestovich. He was charged under Part 3 of Article 361 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. It is alleged that no later than March 17, 2022, Arestovich "recorded and posted a video in the Internet, which consists public calls for acts of terrorism and sabotage against Belarusian Railways." In response, Arestovich said that "representatives of this regime cannot even qualify the case properly."
In Mariupol, people trapped in a bomb shelter have been released from the logjams of the Drama Theater, which was bombed by Russian militaries on March 16. The shelter withstood the bombing. However, the Russian occupiers began firing at emergency workers who tried to unblock the people. Italy has taken the initiative to renovate the Mariupol Drama Theater at its own expense.
The number of dead people in Chernihiv has risen to 14. The day before, Russian militaries shelled civilians standing in line for a bread. On March 17, at about 10 a.m., Russian troops shelled civilians on the streets of a downtown neighborhood — four people were killed.
In Kyiv, the remains of a downed rocket hit a high-rise building, one person was killed. In addition, Russian army shelled the village of Novi Petrivtsi, where 2-year-old child was killed.
Following the Estonian Parliament, the Lithuanian Seimas unanimously supported the resolution on providing a no-fly zone over Ukraine for Russian aviation. A similar decision was made by the Latvian Seimas.
PayPal payment system has fully entered Ukrainian market. Now Ukrainians will be able to shop online, transfer funds and withdraw money to Ukrainian bank cards. Previously, the list of its services was limited.
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Over past 24 hours, Ukraine has evacuated 3,810 people — Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko. 2,000 residents of Mariupol were able to reach Zaporizhzhia, and another 1,810 residents of Kyiv region from Vorzel, Bucha, Hostomel, Shevchenkove and Borodyanka are already safe.
In Bucha, Kyiv region, on March 5, the Russian militaries executed Ukrainian scientist, polyglot and teacher, historian and translator Oleksandr Kysliuk, — Archbishop Yevstratii (Zorya).
Dozens of people are looking for information about their relatives and acquaintances in half-occupied Izyum city — Deputy Izyum Mayor Volodymyr Matsokin: "There are no lists of the dead, no burials, ritual services do not work, and relatives bury the dead in the yards." According to him, there is no single list of those who managed to evacuate from Izyum: there are separate lists kept by different volunteer groups. The fighting for Izyum and bombing of the city by Russian troops have been going on since February 24.
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About 30 thousand people left Mariupol by their own transport — Mariupol City Council. "In total, about 6,500 cars escaped from the siege of Mariupol," — the statement said. Some people have already reached Zaporizhia, where they received first aid at support centers.
Russian troops shelled one of Kyiv's districts. One person died — the State Emergency Service.
"Theatres of all countries belong to the whole mankind" — Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said. Italy declared it was ready to renovate the Drama Theater building destroyed by Russian troops. The bomb shelter withstood the attack and people were released from the logjams today.
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The head of Velyky Burluk community in Kharkiv region Viktor Tereshchenko is in captivity. The Russian military kidnapped Tereshchenko from his office and now he is being held at the district police station, - the head of Kharkiv regional administration Oleh Sinehubov reported.
More than 320,000 Ukrainian citizens, most of them are men, have returned home since the beginning of Russian open armed aggression against Ukraine, - the State Border Guard Service reports.
The President visited the Vlasenko family in the hospital, who came under fire from the occupiers during the evacuation from the city of Vorzel in Kyiv region. 16 y.o. Katia covered her younger 8 y.o. brother Ihor with her body and received significant injuries. Seeing his sister bleeding, Ihor got out of the car and started shouting at the Russian militaries raging them for what they had done. Tatiana's mother also suffered shrapnel wounds. Roman's father carried the wounded daughter in his arms to help her.
The Vlasenkos settled in Kyiv region after the beginning of Russian occupation of Crimea, as they did not want to acquire Russian citizenship.
The head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov said he was his assistant Apti Alaudinov went to Ukraine to take part in the war. The head of Chechnia noted that his "brother" was "going to take part in a special operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine."
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Barabashovo market in Kharkiv caught fire as a result of Russian shelling. It is the largest market in eastern Europe and one of the largest in the world. Suspilne correspondent reports that the fire is spreading through stalls. Shells from "Grad" multiple-launch fire systems are seen next to the fire, black smoke is rising over Kharkiv.
Four buses with kids from a children’s home arrived at Zaporizhzhia from Berdyansk. Children are safe and will leave for Italy later, said Deputy Head of the President's Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.
A few hours ago, the Russian military fired cluster bombs at the village of Kozacha Lopan in the Kharkiv region. At least six people died as a result of the attack, the number of injured is currently unknown.
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The Neutron Source nuclear research facility in Kharkiv has been de-energized due to the Russian shelling. Currently, radiation levels do not exceed the norm. "If bombing or shelling goes on, it can lead to severe radiological consequences with contamination of the surrounding areas," the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology stated.
There is no contact with the missing journalist from Kakhovka, Kherson region. It is suspected that he was transported to Crimea. His sister Olha told Suspilne about it.
The journalist from the Novyi Den newspaper disappeared on March 12. An acquaintance called him and offered to meet near the bus station. The man hasn't returned from that meeting.
A two-year-old child died in the aftermath of the Russian shelling in the village of Novi Petrivtsi, Kyiv region. The heavy artillery of the Russian Federation demolished a high-rise building and damaged nearby houses. "For now, we know about the death of a two-year-old child and multiple injuries of four people," the National Police said.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine defeated a group of Russian soldiers near Pryluky, the Defense Ministry stated.
In the temporarily occupied part of the Kyiv region, the Russian tanks fired at the evacuation convoys during the evacuation of people in the Bucha area. One policeman was killed, and another was injured. The same situation occurred in Irpin when a Grad projectile hit a police car. "Only now we were able to take away the body of the police officer," the head of the Kyiv Region Police Department said.
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In the temporarily occupied by Russian troops Kherson region, citizens of Skadovsk removed the Russian flag from the city council.
According to the Air Command East, The Ukrainian Air Forces destroyed two missiles fired by Russian troops in the Dnipropetrovsk region and a Russian UAV over the Kharkiv region.
US citizen is among those killed in the March 17 Russian shelling of Chernihiv city center, Chernihiv Oblast Police Chief Volodymyr Nidzelskyi said. At about 10 a.m., Russian troops shelled civilians on the streets of a residential area. As of now, four deaths have been reported.
Russian troops fired on the residential area in the center of Chernihiv with such a munition.
Destruction in the church, Kharkiv, March 17, 2022. Photo: Kharkiv Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God was damaged by shelling on the night of March 17. No parishioners were injured or killed.
One of the few hospitals left in Mariupol is now overcrowded. The wounded lie in the corridor and the dead bodies are kept in the basement and on the street. "All the wounded are brought here because other hospitals have been demolished," said Dr. Valerii Drenhar. The doctor admits that it's unknown how to bury them. The bed where the babies are lying is covered with a blanket if the windows shatter during the bombing. Follow the report to see how the Mariupol hospital lives.
Warning: the video contains sensitive content.
In the last two weeks, more than 70,000 people have been able to evacuate in the Kyiv region, the head of the regional police department said. These data covers only those who left with the help of the authorities and humanitarian organizations. At the same time, a lot of people use their private cars.
On March 16, the Russian shelling damaged the high-voltage power transmission line of the Zaporizhzhia NPP. While fighting is ongoing in the area of impact, it is impossible to repair the lines. The capacity of the two operating power units of the nuclear power plant has been reduced, Energoatom reported. Zaporizhzhia NPP and the city of Enerhodar, where it is located, have been under Russian military control for 13 days.
Twelve men were detained in Volyn, 100 meters from the Polish border. They were probably trying to cross the border despite being banned from leaving the country. Each of them is 31 to 41 years old, the spokeswoman of the Volyn border guards Marharyta Vershynina said. Among those detained were three Volyn residents; they charged 500 USD for each border crossing.
Kharkiv residents ask mayor Ihor Terekhov to remove Russia-related naming from the city. The appeal to return the city's streets their historical names and rename Moskow Avenue to Kharkiv's Defense Avenue (as one of the options) is signed by journalists, historians, writers, and musicians.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, said that Russia would not comply with the instructions of the UN court and added that Ukraine and Russia were still far from signing a peace agreement. This was reported by RIA Novosti. "The International Court of Justice has a notion such as 'agreement of the parties.' There can be no agreement here," Putin's spokesman said.
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Humanitarian cargoes with products, medical supplies, and hygiene products arrived in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk. According to the head of the Luhansk administration, Serhii Haidai, aid comes in the Luhansk region every day. However, there is a problem with its delivery to remote settlements.
As of March 17, only two out of ten Russian armies remained as operational and strategic units. Also, 97 Russian battalion tactical groups have more than 90% of their equipment and personnel destroyed. Oleksii Arestovych, an adviser to the head of the President's Office, stated. Currently, Russian troops are acting in three operational areas before there were six. According to him, Russia has sent 97 battalion tactical groups to Ukraine, i.e., more than 130,000 combat personnel. As of March 15, 15 of them are completely destroyed, and 18 cannot fight. More than 90% of Russian equipment and personnel are completely destroyed, and more than 60% remain incapacitated.
80-90% of Mariupol has been ruined. "There is no building without damage. Either destroyed or damaged," said Mariupol Deputy Mayor Dmytro Orlov in his interview to Forbes Ukraine. As of March 14, about 2,357 people were found dead in the city. However, those are the ones found on the streets. It's likely that under the rubble, there may still be dead. Vice-mayor said that only 70% of the dead could be identified. At first, people were buried in a closed cemetery. Now there is no place left. Burials mainly occur in mass graves in the City Garden, which is in the city center.
On March 17, at about 10 a.m., Russian troops fired on civilians on the streets of Chernihiv's downtown. The press service of the regional police confirmed the information to Suspilne and added that there were dead and injured.
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In the Kherson region, for the first time since the invasion, a supplier tried to deliver humanitarian aid to the Oleshkiv orphanage. The Russian military at the checkpoint took away part of the aid sent for children, the orphanage staff told Suspilne. In the morning, the mayor reported that the Russian army had entered the city. He later reported that they have left.
People in the bomb shelter in Mariupol Drama Theatre, bombed on March 16, are now being released as the rubble is being cleared, reported ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova. According to her, now there is no information about the dead and injured. About 130 people have already managed to get out of the rubble by noon, according to deputy Olha Stefanyshyn.
In Severodonetsk, Russian shells once again hit the cathedral of the Moscow Patriarchate, said the head of Luhansk Regional Administration Serhiy Haidai. "The church now serves as a bomb shelter for many city residents," he said.
Russian mass media disseminate materials about the liberation of the village of Kozacha Lopan (Derhachi community in Kharkiv region) "from nationalists and Banderivtsi who reigned for 8 years". The village was seized by the Russian military, but the head of the community Vyacheslav Zadorenko called citizens to keep common sense and not to succumb to provocation.
The number of casualties queuing for bread in Chernihiv when a nearby house has shelled has increased. On the morning of March 16, it was reported that 10 people have been killed and this number grew to 13 by the evening. 14 deaths have been reported today.
Drawings of patriotic cats appeared on the streets of Odesa, painted by the local artist Ihor Matroskin.
A shell destroyed a civilian house in Zolochiv community, Kharkiv region. A 44-year-old woman was killed. The mother covered her 4-year-old daughter with her own body during the artillery shelling. The girl is injured. This was reported by the head of the community Viktor Kovalenko.
Russian troops entered the city of Oleshky, Kherson region. They are preparing to base in the city, said Mayor Yevhen Ryshchuk. "We do not know their positions. We were told: "maintain the order as you did before, we will have nothing to do with right now", - said Ryshchuk. Kherson region is completely occupied by Russian troops, the Office of the President reported this morning. All-day long, the region was attacked by the Russian military. Almost each of 49 communities experiences interruptions with electricity, water, and gas supply. As of the evening of March 16, 64 communities have no power. The situation in the region is critical due to the lack of food and medicine and Russians terrorising civilians.
The bomb shelter of the Drama Theatre in Mariupol has survived the Russian bombing, said deputy Serhiy Taruta. "The debris is being cleared, people are coming out alive!", he said.
In the Mykolaiv region, during the fight in one of the communities, Ukrainian border guards and marines seized a Russian truck with ammunition for small arms. This was reported by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.
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Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, 108 children have died, and more than 120 have been wounded. According to the Prosecutor General's Office data.
According to the East Air Command, the Ukrainian air defense shot down two Russian planes over the Dnipropetrovsk region during the night.
Nine humanitarian corridors for evacuation of people will be open in Ukraine on March 17. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said. The routes are as follows:
from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia. Buses will be sent from Zaporizhzhia to Berdyansk to get people from Mariupol; a fuel tank will move in the direction of the corridor to refuel private vehicles in which people evacuate;
from Borodyanka in Kyiv region to Zhytomyr, from the village of Shevchenkove to Brovary; humanitarian aid will be delivered to Hostomel, Bucha, Semypolkiv, Markivtsi, and Opanasiv;
from Kharkiv to Vovchansk. Work is underway to deliver humanitarian aid to the temporarily blocked cities of the region.
In the Luhansk region, Russian occupation forces targeted Rubizhne last night. At least 27 houses were destroyed in the shelling. "The Russians brought hell to Rubizhne. The shelling lasted all night," said Luhansk regional administration head Serhii Haidai. The shelling targeted Popasna and Sievierodonetsk. Information on the dead and wounded is being clarified.
In the Kharkiv region in town of Merefa, at 3:30 am, the Russian shelling destroyed a school and a house of culture. At the same time, nearby homes were damaged. There are casualties among the military. No civilian suffered. The fire in the school is still being extinguished, the head of the Merefa community Veniamin Sitov told Suspilne.
In Kyiv, in the Darnytsya district, the debris of a downed rocket hit a high-rise building, a fire broke out. Rescuers are working on the spot. The fire was extinguished. According to preliminary assessment, one person was killed, and four others were injured.
Video: State Emergency Service.
It is the Neptune swimming pool destroyed in Mariupol. Russian aviation targeted it together with the Drama Theater. People were inside the pool's building, including pregnant women and women with children.
Russia has probably spent much more aviation weaponry than initially planned, so now it is using older and less accurate armaments. This could lead to even more significant losses among Ukraine's civilian population. The British Ministry of Defense stated it.
The People's Deputy Olha Vasylevska-Smahlyuk reported on cases when people receive messages from an unknown number and offer evacuation. It turns into forcible deportation to Belarus. "People come to the church of the Moscow Patriarchate. Then they are forcibly taken to Gomel, Belarus," the deputy said.
The Center for Combating Disinformation at the National Security Council of Ukraine reports that Russian sabotage groups are coming to Ukraine from Europe under the guise of journalists.
"They come here using the credentials of video agency Ruptly, a subsidiary of Russia Today. The Russian news agency has an office in Berlin. They may also be called Redfish Channel or Maffick Agency," the Center's statement reads. The Center urges to inform SBU about suspicious people who may be saboteurs.
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Word "Children" was written two times on the square near the Mariupol drama theatre, specifically for aviation pilots, reports Reuters with reference to Maxar Technologies pictures from March 14. On March 16, Russian troops dropped a bomb on the building of the drama theatre, in which hundreds of civilians, including children, were hiding from shelling. The number of casualties is still unclear—the rescue operation cannot start due to shelling.
Ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet continue to block navigation in the north-western part of the Black Sea, says the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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Over the Kyiv region, Ukrainian troops shot down one Russian Su-25 jet and hit another Su-35, reports the General Staff of Ukraine. As reported earlier, the Ukrainian military has already destroyed 10 Russian aircraft today.
The city of Sarny in the Rivne region was shelled with rockets, reported Mayor Ruslan Serpeninov. The missile targeted "one of the military infrastructure facilities", explained the head of the regional military administration Vitaliy Koval. He added that there were no casualties.
The Mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, was exchanged for 9 Russian prisoners, says the Office of the President of Ukraine. "The kidnappers were holding the mayor for more than 5 days, trying to force him into cooperation. But Fedorov refused. To release him, Russia got 9 captive soldiers born in 2002-2003. These are in fact children, conscripted soldiers, who, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence, "are not in Ukraine". But the whole world sees again that they are there," said the Presidential Office.
The twenty-first day of the war. Main events
March 16 is the 21st day when Ukraine resists the military invasion of the aggressor country. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are carrying out the set tasks, deploying parts of the reserve and counterattacking in certain areas. As of March 16, the Russian army had lost about 14,000 troops, more than a hundred aircraft and as many helicopters. Suspilne gathered the main events of the day.
UN International Court of Justice
A session of the UN International Court of Justice took place in The Hague, at which a decision was announced on the request to impose interim measures in the case of “Ukraine v. Russia” on genocide. According to the court ruling, Russia must immediately suspend all hostilities in Ukraine and stop any military or irregular armed groups under its control or influence. The court also ruled that both parties should refrain from any action that could aggravate or prolong the dispute and complicate further proceedings.
At the same time, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that there were grounds to believe that Russia would not comply with the decision of the UN International Court of Justice.
Zelensky addressed the US Congress
On March 16, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky made a virtual address to the US Congress on Russia's war in Ukraine and the provision of economic and humanitarian assistance, as well as security assistance.
He called on Congress to immediately support the closure of Ukraine's sky from Russian aviation and called for new sanctions every week until Russia ends the war. The President of Ukraine also proposed to create a new association — United for peace.
Ukraine has joined ENTSO-E
The Ukrainian energy system has officially joined the EU energy system. Thus, Ukraine became a member of the "Energy European Union". This guarantees the security of Ukraine's energy system.
Assistance from the United States and its allies
The United States plans to hand over $ 1 billion in military aid to Ukraine this week. This was stated in a statement by President Joe Biden. The new package will include 800 anti-aircraft systems, 9,000 anti-tank systems, and 20 million pieces of ammunition, 7,000 small arms and drones.
The British government has agreed to supply Ukraine with the most operational anti-aircraft missiles Starstreak, said Defense Minister Ben Wallace. At a meeting of NATO defense ministers, the British representative said he would supply missile systems to Ukraine. The day before, Wallace said that the country is considering such an opportunity and looking for the best ways to implement it.
Slovakia has previously agreed to provide Ukraine with an S-300 air defense system to protect against Russian air strikes. According to CNN sources, if Slovakia provides its S-300, it may receive an American-made Patriot anti-aircraft missile system. Slovakia, one of NATO's three allies with such defense systems, wants assurances that these systems will be replaced.
The Czech Republic has also approved additional military assistance to Ukraine. Details in the country's government are not disclosed, but previously the Czech government provided Ukraine with weapons worth 725 million Czech crowns, other planned deliveries should be around the same amount.
Switzerland has approved sanctions against more than 200 individuals and legal entities from Russia "in connection with serious violations of international law by Russia in Ukraine." From now on, the list of individuals and legal entities subject to Swiss sanctions is fully in line with the EU list.
Shelling of Mariupol, Chernihiv, Kyiv region
On March 16, in Mariupol, Russian troops struck the Neptune Basin, where pregnant women and children were. The number of victims is still unknown. In addition, the Russian army launched an air strike on the drama theater, where hundreds of people were hiding from the shelling. Russian troops in Mariupol took hostage Yulia Payevska — a volunteer and paramedic. The Russian army also fired from Grads on a convoy of cars traveling from Mariupol.
In Chernihiv, Russian troops fired ot people standing in line for bread, killing at least 13 civilians. The US Embassy said it was considering all possible options for prosecuting any violent crimes in Ukraine. In addition, during the examination of the rubble of the dormitory in the neighborhood of ZAZ in Chernihiv, rescuers rescued 5 people from the rubble, 3 of them — children. The shelling took place on March 13.
In Kyiv, Russian military struck residential buildings in the Podil’s’kyi district of the city, 5 houses were damaged.
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On March 16, Ukrainian Air Defence destroyed three Russian Su-30SM fighter jets, two Su-34 jets, one unidentified type aircraft, three helicopters, and one drone, reported the command of the Air Force of Ukraine.
The number of people killed while queueing for bread in Chernihiv increased to 13. As reported earlier today, in Chernihiv Russian troops shelled a civilian queue for bread from heavy artillery.
In Mariupol, Russian troops took a volunteer paramedic Yulia Payevska and her driver hostage. She was treating wounded civilians in the city. As reported before, a few hours ago Russian troops dropped bombs on a local drama theatre and pool with hundreds of civilians hiding there. The number of casualties is currently unknown as the shelling of the city continues.
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Russian troops again shelled residential buildings in Kyiv, says Mayor Vitali Klitschko: "The fire has been contained, but firefighters continue working in the site. No casualties have been reported so far".
The Financial Times published an alleged draft agreement between Russia and Ukraine to end the war. The alleged document consists of fifteen points, including Kyiv’s refusal to join NATO, restrictions on the armed forces, and obligation not to deploy foreign military bases in Ukraine. From their side, Russia withdraws its troops, while the United States, the United Kingdom, and Turkey provide security guarantees for Ukraine. "The Financial Times has published a draft that reflects Russian requests. Nothing more than that. The Ukrainian side has its own position. The only thing we can confirm at this stage is a ceasefire, withdrawal of Russian troops, and security guarantees from several countries, " commented Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the head of the President's Office.
On March 16, rescuers retrieved the bodies of 5 people from the rubble of the dormitory in Chernihiv, 3 of them are children, reports the State Emergency Service. As reported before, Russian aviation has shelled Chernihiv yet again on March 13.
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Russian troops dropped a bomb on the building of the Drama Theater in Mariupol, where hundreds of people were hiding. After the bombing, the central part of the theater was destroyed and the entrance to the building's bomb shelter was destroyed. Information about the victims is being clarified, said the Mariupol City Council.
Mayor of Melitopol Fedorov was released from captivity, said Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko. "The operation to release Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov from captivity has just been successfully completed," Tymoshenko said.
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The UN International Court of Justice in Hague has announced the decision in "Ukraine against Russia" case on genocide and ordered Russia to suspend hostilities in Ukraine immediately. The decision was adopted by 13 votes to 2.
Three people died and five were injured in a fire at the market near the Heroiv Pratsi metro station in Kharkiv. The fire was extinguished by half a hundred rescuers with the involvement of nine units of vehicles. The fire covered more than 3.6 thousand square metres.
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In Zaporizhzhia region, the Russian military fired on a convoy of civilians evacuating from Mariupol. It is known about 5 wounded, one child in critical condition. The child is operated on with the remote involvement of Okhmatdyt doctors. A fire broke out in the field along the road due to shelling.
Video: Zaporizhia Regional Administration.
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During the shelling of Kyiv by Russian troops, the building of the children's specialized hospital "Okhmatdyt" was damaged by rocket fragments. According to the hospital, one of the missiles hit a building 300 meters from the hospital. According to doctors, the bed in the ward was shaken by the explosion. "Fortunately, no one was injured in Okhmatdyt," the statement said.
Zelensky said that Ukraine has officially joined the European energy system ENTSO-E. Affiliation means that the work of the Ukrainian system will not be influenced by Russia and Belarus.
More than 1,565 cars from Mariupol arrived in Zaporizhzhia. This is 4329 people, including 1033 children. Everyone receives hot food, medicine, groceries. Doctors examine the victims. Message from the Mariupol City Council.
Consequences of the shelling of resorts in the Odesa region, March 16, 2022. The shells damaged 5 buildings at the recreation center. Two people were injured.
More than 10 civilians were killed in shelling in Chernihiv region. The head of the regional administration Vyacheslav Chaus reported. "This is not the first such arrival. And not the first shelling of civilians by the enemy. But objectively speaking, Chernihiv has got the most today," he said.
Saboteurs are trying to seize the form of the State Emergency Service.
"These are the clothes of firefighters, which unknown people are asking to provide as charitable assistance. To do this, the person makes phone calls to respective units," - is said in a statement. They suggest that the saboteurs want to use the form of the SES for provocations.
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More than 200 shelters in Kyiv have already been connected to Wi-Fi, - said the deputy mayor of Kyiv. 19 providers joined the project. In total, the mayor's office received 727 applications for internet connection in shelters.
Russian troops were stopped in Sivershchyna direction. The occupiers are trying to gain a foothold on the achieved frontiers, they are regrouping troops and trying to restore the combat effectiveness of their units, - The press service of the General Staff reports.
Russian troops do not stop trying to capture Chernihiv, however they do not conduct any active assault operations.
In the morning of March 16, the Russian military came to the mayor of Skadovsk, his assistant and the secretary of the City Council. People gathered to demand their release and chanted: "Skadovsk is Ukraine." According to a protester, Russian troops tried to disperse people, using grenades and tear gas against peaceful protesters. Later, the mayor Yakovlev was released: he stated that he remained acting mayor, and said that later they promised to release his assistant and secretary of the City Council.
The Russian Federation has been officially expelled from the Council of Europe after 26 years of membership. The day before, the PACE announced that the final decision would be made on March 17, but decided not to wait. Yesterday Russia said in advance that it had decided to leave the Council of Europe.
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Consequences of the rocket attack on the TV tower in Vinnytsia.
The TV tower of the RRT Concern (a part of the State Special Communications Department) in Vinnytsia was shelled in the morning of March 16. Broadcasting temporarily does not work in the city.
Photo: the head of the regional administration Serhii Borzov.
In Skadovsk, Kherson region, the Russian military opened fire and used tear gas against people standing in the square in front of the City Council.
From the orphanage in Mykolaiv area, which is control under control of security forces, 63 kids aged from 1,5 years were evacuated to the western Ukraine. They were accompanied by 22 orphanage staff and 4 families. Evacuation from other children's institutions continues.
Russian warships shelled four settlements on the coast of Odesa region, - the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported. Artillery attacked the resorts of Lebedivka, Sanzheika, Zatoka and Bilenke. There is currently no information about the wounded or injured.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, a point of extradition of the bodies of the dead "mobilized" residents of the occupied territories has been opened in one store of Luhansk. The relatives of the victims are issued only a death certificate and a burial permit. No documents other documents which testify any circumstances or a location of death are not provided. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense with reference to intelligence data. There are no payments for the dead of those mobilized from "Luhansk People's Republic" and "Donetsk People's Republic". Relatives of the officially killed Russians have been promised a payment of 12 million rubles.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a law that forbids the print media, television and radio to justify, declare legitimate and deny Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine, which has been going on since 2014. Calling the war "internal conflict", "civil conflict", "civil war", denying the temporary occupation of part of Ukrainian territory is forbidden. It is also forbidden to glorify the statements and actions of those who carry out Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine.
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A nationwide moment of silence was introduced in Ukraine to honour the memory of the killed. The minute's silence will be held every morning at 9 o'clock.
The International Criminal Court investigation team started working in Ukraine, said President Volodymyr Zelensky. "The invaders will be held responsible for all the war crimes against Ukrainians. As of this morning, 103 children have been killed. Probably, there are no non-nuclear weapons left, which the invaders have not yet used against civilians," he said. Donbas and regions close to the Russian border are affected the most.
Russian troops have been shelling various areas of Kharkiv almost non-stop for more than 4 hours, according to Suspilne's correspondents. At 11:00 it was reported that two rescuers who were extinguishing a burning house were injured. During the past 24 hours, Russian troops carried out more than 50 attacks on the districts of Kharkiv. Since the beginning of the active invasion, Russian troops have used cluster bombs, vacuum bombs, cruise missiles, and Iskander systems.
Russian military losses from February 24 to March 15 exceeded 13,800 people. In addition, the Russian army lost 430 tanks, 1375 armoured combat vehicles, 190 artillery systems, 70 multiple launch rocket systems, 43 air defence systems, 84 aircraft, 108 helicopters, 819 vehicles, 3 ships, 60 fuel tanks, 11 drones.
Video of a house in Kyiv, hit by a shell at 6:00 on March 16. Two people were injured according to the current reports.
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In Chernihiv, Russian troops shelled civilians queuing for bread, Suspilne correspondent reported from the scene. According to her, the shelling took place on 16 March at around 10:00. At least 10 civilians were killed.
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Two-thirds of the Russian rockets fired at Ukrainian territory hit civilian buildings. "In the past 24 hours, the enemy launched rockets from strategic planes and Iskanders," said the freelance Presidential Adviser Oleksiy Arestovych.
The Russian military looted all the enterprises' offices in Chornobyl and stole PPE and computers. As reported by the Chairman of the Public Council under the State Agency of Ukraine for Management of the Exclusion Zone Oleksandr Syrota. He noted that no civilians were hurt. But Russian forces destroyed the vehicles that remained on the territory of the enterprises. The city, where about 300 people remain, currently has no electricity.
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Ukrainian military shot down two Russian Su-30 aircraft over the Black Sea, reported the head of Odesa Regional Administration. According to him, one aircraft was shot down by Ukrainian SAM, another tried to reach its base but later fell into the sea with the crew onboard.
On the night of March 16, the Russian military launched a rocket and artillery attack on the Odesa region, said the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko. The area around Tuzla village was shelled from Russian ships. Ukrainian military sees this as an attempt to test the Ukrainian coast guard system. "They fired huge quantities of ammunition from a great distance. With no results whatsoever. Haven't even attempted a landing operation," added Herashchenko.
The rubble of the television tower near Rivne, which suffered an airstrike on March 14, was fully cleared. Final information about the casualties: 21 people died (previously reported 20), 9 people were injured, said the head of the regional administration.
Burning Russian equipment at Kherson airport was visible on satellite images published by CNN. "The satellite picture shows smoke rising from Kherson International Airport on Tuesday, March 15. If you zoom in, you can see several burning helicopters," writes CNN.
Photo credit: Planet Labs, PBC
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Ukraine has not received a response from the Red Cross on the opening of humanitarian corridors on March 16, while working on organizing corridors for Izyum and Mariupol, developing routes to deliver aid to temporarily blocked or occupied cities - Reintegration Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
3207, who left the blocked Mariupol, reached Zaporozhia. According to the press service of the Mariupol City Council. More than 3,000 people, of whom 772 children have already been resettled.
During the night, the Russian military continued to fire on Rubizhne and Severodonetsk: 12 houses caught fire as a result of shelling in Rubizhne, killing one person. In Severodonetsk, fires broke out in seven houses.
In Zaporozhia, the Russian army fired on civilian objects - the Zaporozhia-2 railway station and the botanical garden. According to preliminary data, no one was injured. Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) said that repairs had already begun - the damage was insignificant by the standards of war.
At night, Kharkiv residents heard a powerful explosion in different areas. Sirens were all around the city. According to the State Emergency Service, at 3:00 Russian shells hit one of the Kharkiv schools. Three-storey part of the building with an area of 800 square meters was destroyed. There is one wounded.
Russian occupation forces tried to break through to Chernihiv on the night of March 16, but were faced with territorial defense. This was reported to the Public by a representative of the regional department of forces "North". Night battles were fought. The enemy suffered heavy losses and retreated. Territorial defense holds positions and increases the number of fortifications.
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In the morning, a shell hit a 12-storey building in the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv. It affected the neighboring 9th floor building. Previously, two were injured. Rescuers are working on the spot.
Every day for the past 20 days, more than 70,000 children in Ukraine have become refugees, withn 55 children fleeing the country every minute, said James Elder, a UNICEF spokesman. In total, the organization claims 1.5 million children have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24.
After the end of hostilities in Ukraine, it will take several years to demine the territory of the country, said Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky. Ukrainian rescuers will need help from all countries, the European Union in particular, and the United States and Britain.
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Near Kyiv, the Russian military shot a civilian who raised his hands up — German media outlet ZDF Frontal released a video from a drone.
Nine Russian high command officers have died since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, reports the Centre for Counteraction to Disinformation under the National Security and Defence Council. Namely, Major General Magomed Tushayev, Major General Vitaliy Gerasimov, Major General Andriy Kolesnikov, Colonel Andriy Zakharov, Colonel Serhiy Porokhnya, Colonel Ihor Nikolaev, Lieutenant Colonel Yuriy Agarkov, Lieutenant Colonel Dmitriy Sofronov, Lieutenant Colonel Mykhailo Yermolin.
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The Vice-Minister of Poland Jarosław Kaczyński offered to provide Ukraine with an armed peacekeeping mission of NATO: "It will serve world, bring humanitarian aid, but it will also be protected by the relevant forces, armed forces."
As of March 15, Ukrainian troops disarmed up to 40% of Russian units involved in the war in Ukraine — General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
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Since the beginning of the war, Russian troops launched more than 950 missiles in Ukraine, the Russian and Ukrainian armies have 90% of their combat power, and Russia almost did not make progress in achieving its goals — Pentagon reported.
The shelling of cassette ammunition from the Missile Complex OTR-21 Tochka in the center of Donetsk on March 14 was carried out from the territory that under Russian control — Conflict Intelligence Team. Experts have done such a conclusion after investigating the position of the missile tail that fell on the ground. The shelling of Donetsk was denied in the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. Previously, Russian media stated that a rocket from the missile complex OTR-21 Tochka was launched by the Ukrainian militaries and reported that 20 people were killed, and 28 were injured.
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More than a million Ukrainians remain without electricity or gas as a result of the Russian invasion, says Energoatom. In the last 24 hours, Ukrainian engineers restored the electricity supply for about 43,500 consumers.
On March 15, about 20,000 people left Mariupol via the humanitarian corridor, said Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko. Of the 4,000 cars that left the city, 570 have already arrived in Zaporizhzhia. Others will stay overnight in the cities of Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions. A total of around 29,000 people have been evacuated via humanitarian corridors today.
Russia destroyed 3,500 infrastructure facilities in Ukraine, reports the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Namely, 230 transport infrastructure facilities, 165 power switch stations and gas pipelines, 72 educational institutions, 21 health care facilities, 2,700 residential buildings, 10 social institutions, 400 other facilities, including headquarters of the State Emergency Service, the National Police, etc.
Negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations will continue tomorrow. “A very complex and viscous negotiation process. There are fundamental contradictions. But, of course, there is a space for a compromise," — said the presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak.
Stories of Mariupol residents who managed to evacuate to Zaporizhzhia
On March 14, private cars arrived in Zaporizhzhia. Those are civilians from Mariupol that managed to evacuate in their personal vehicles. The evacuees shared with Suspilne their stories about the last two weeks in one of the most kinetic spots of this war. They asked not to mention their names.
Below, you can read their direct quotes:
"All factories are on fire, houses are on fire, people are sitting in basements, all your life moves to the basement. In addition to the fact that there is no water, we drink it almost from the river. And to get to the river, you need to run under fire. There's no food. We had to fry pickle juice-based flatbreads on the open fire. "
"We fled as we could. We gathered as many cars as possible and just went forward. Good luck, bad luck, that's it. There is simply no other option to leave. And it is impossible to live there. The city is on fire. Everything is destroyed."
"Bodies are lying everywhere, morgues are not working, they need to be put somewhere. That's why we dug holes, dumped bodies, buried them. There was no other way out. It's so frustrating..."
"Unfortunately, they burn down the entire districts, residential complexes, and so on. Mines are everywhere, shells are falling and sticking out of the asphalt. It becomes normal. You stop hiding from these explosions, you understand which one is far and which is closer. For two weeks, we've been in Mariupol without light, without water, without gas, without communication, cut off from the world."
"Every day, you start feeling worse and worse psychologically. Planes fly by. You understand that something is coming now. I wanted to escape from Mariupol in every possible way. That's it. Like many others, I understood perfectly well that it's a 50/50 chance that we will get out today. There was a chance that we couldn't get here or leave the city. We can say we were lucky."
The Ministry of Interior Affairs has no confirmed information that the Kremlin-controlled Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is near Kyiv, - said an adviser to the minister Vadym Denysenko.
The Verkhovna Rada supported the bill, which stipulates that territorial defense volunteers will be able to recognize themselves as participants in hostilities and will be able to recognize persons withdisabilities as a result of the war. Also new category of persons such as the families of deceased defenders of Ukraine will be provided with social protection.
In Kherson region the Russian aggressor continues to destroy schools, kindergartens and other educational institutions. Most educational institutions were damaged directly in Kherson - 6, 23 in total. The prosecutor's office initiated proceedings on each fact.
On March 15 Russian troops struck two settlements in Odesa region, there is information about two wounded - the head of the regional administration Maksym Marchenko reported.
In the morning of March 15 Russian troops shelled several districts of Kyiv, five people were killed. The shells hit houses in the districts of Osokorky, Podil and Sviatoshyn. In Lukyanivka district the facade of the metro station and nearby shops were damaged by the shock wave.
Consequences of shelling of residential buildings in Kyiv - in the report of Suspilne
On March 15 residents of Zalizny Port in Kherson region held a peaceful rally against the occupiers. People with national flags and slogans "Zalizny Port is Ukraine" sang the anthem of Ukraine.
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Ukrainian military has seized some of the Russian equipment in the Mykolaiv area. Head of the Regional Administration Vitaly Kim has published photos of the equipment and Russian personnel documents.
Russian military took staff and patients of a Mariupol hospital hostage, said the head of Donetsk Regional Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko with reference to one of the patients. He says that the Russian forces gathered 400 people from nearby houses to the hospital. "It is impossible to get out of the hospital. There's intense shooting, we're hiding in the basement. Cars haven't been able to get to the hospital in two days. Multi-storey buildings are burning around it," the medical staff told Kyrylenko.
The Russian army has concentrated its forces to attack Mariupol and Mykolaiv, large forces were also moved to the Donbas area. Kyiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv are defencing and carrying out local fights of tactical importance. This was reported by the Presidential Adviser Oleksiy Arestovych. According to him, Russian aviation is not able to conduct complex air operations, because it requires many years of training and money. "83 of their aircraft have already been shot down by our Armed Forces. They already used 120-150 out of 500, half of them is gone", the politician said.
President Volodymyr Zelensky urged foreign partners to increase supplies of equipment and weapons. “The amount of equipment you give us for a week we use in 20 hours,” stressed Zelensky. Ukraine is using all the available military equipment: its own, provided by the partners and captured in combat. But it is not enough.
The State Bureau of Investigation has searched several 'Opposition Platform — For Life' deputies, including Vadym Rabinovych. Among other things, three guns and large amounts of cash in UAH and USD were confiscated from him. The deputy Viktor Chorny was possessing 2 grenades (F-1 and RGD-5), and the deputy Oleh Voloshyn had a gun. The searches were related to the case of abuse of power or office by an officer of a law enforcement body under aggravating circumstances.
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Soldiers of the Azov Regiment defeated one of the Russian 22nd Special Forces Brigade units. Photo of the destroyed equipment.
In the village of Mokhnatyn near Chernihiv, Russian occupiers shot dead three local teenagers. The victims are two twin brothers, 17 years old; the third was 19. The head of the Chernihiv Regional Prosecutor's Office, Serhii Vasylyna, stated. The agency received the information on March 14. According to the witness, the boys were shot dead as they walked past columns of Russian military equipment (7 fuel trucks and 3 KAMAZ trucks carrying ammunition accompanied by an infantry fighting vehicle).
Two thousand cars left Mariupol, and the same amount is waiting on the exit from the city. People are going from Mariupol via Berdyansk to Zaporizhzhia, where they will get the necessary assistance, the press service of the Mariupol City Council reports.
Seventeen rescuers were killed, and 32 were injured since the beginning of hostilities, the State Emergency Service stated. One rescuer is in captivity: a captain who took part in the evacuation of civilians on March 11 in Hostomel. Today, 14,000 people and 3,000 pieces of special fire-rescue equipment are on round-the-clock duty.
The Verkhovna Rada extended the martial law in Ukraine until April 25. 343 MPs voted in favor.
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You can't buy or sell real estate during the war because the state register of real estate rights doesn't work, said Vladyslav Kulishenko, a representative of the Association of Real Estate Specialists. However, you can sell the apartment by power of attorney.
In Ukraine, the mobilization of conscripts of all categories has begun. Almost 100% of the reservists, who were drafted in the first place into the army due to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, are already defending Ukraine and performing defensive tasks, said Roman Horbach, a spokesman for the Ground Forces Command.
Since the beginning of the Russian armed aggression in Ukraine, civilians have received tens of thousands of firearms to defend the country, said Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky.
"Every citizen of Ukraine can apply to the police department, prove that he or she works to defend Ukraine, and get the appropriate weapons."
Russian Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles use a special trap missile that interrupts radar signals and deceives Ukrainian air defenses. It was reported by The New York Times, citing sources in US intelligence. The electronics of the missile trap send signals to suppress radars.
According to the Ministry of Finance, Ukraine's losses from the war will amount to about 500 billion USD, which is at least a third of GDP.
Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said that the death toll from the shelling of a high-rise building in Kyiv has risen from two to four.
This morning three multi-story residential buildings came under fire. People died in the explosion and fire of a 16-story building in the Sviatoshyn district.
The photo shows a high-rise building, which was hit by the projectile. Photo by Yelyzaveta Servatynska / Suspilne.
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Corner of Tankopia St and Bohdan Khmelnytsky Blvd in Kharkiv. A shell hit a residential building at about 10:00 am, reports the Suspilne correspondent. Evacuation continues, rescuers begin to dismantle the debris.
“Look, it’s coming! Everyone to the shelter!” – a video of bombing the area around "Armiyska" underground station during the evacuation of people from the destroyed house. At least two shells fell down, according to the Suspilne correspondent.
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Ukrainian Railways, Ukrzaliznytsia, begins the nationalisation of Russian rail cars in Ukraine. This affects more than three thousand cars of VTB Leasing, Sberbank Leasing, Web Leasing, Gazpromtrans and others. Currently, 15,000 Russian cars belonging to 250 companies are located in Ukraine. Nationalisation became possible after the President signed the Law "On the Basic Principles of Compulsory Seizure of Property Rights of the Russian Federation in Ukraine".
In Dnipro, Russian troops destroyed the airport runway and damaged the terminal. Two missile strikes hit the airport at night, says the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration Valentyn Reznichenko. Preliminary data indicate that the explosions were caused by Iskander missile systems.
Russian military losses from February 24 to March 15 exceeded 13,500 people. In addition, the Russian army lost 404 tanks, 1,279 armoured combat vehicles, 150 artillery systems, 64 multiple rocket launchers, 36 air defence systems, 81 aircraft, 95 helicopters, 640 units of vehicles, 3 ships, 60 fuel tanks, 9 drones.
A difficult and dangerous moment is now in Kyiv, said Mayor Vitali Klitschko. The city military command has set a two-day curfew for the safety of civilians: from 20:00, March 15 to 7:00, March 17. Only people with special permits are allowed in the streets. Others may only go outside to get to a shelter.
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Укрзалізниця розпочинає націоналізацію російських вагонів, які перебувають в Україні. Це понад три тисячі вагонів ВТБ лізинг, Сбербанк лізинг, Веб лізинг, газпромтранс та інших. Зараз 15 тисяч російських вагонів стоять на коліях України, вони належать 250 компаніям. Це стало можливим після підписання Президентом Закону "Про основні засади примусового вилучення в Україні об'єктів права власності РФ".
У Дніпрі війська РФ зруйнували злітно-посадкову смугу та пошкодили термінал. Вночі по аеропорту здійснили два ракетні удари — голова Дніпропетровської обласної адміністраціх Валентин Резніченко. За попередньою версією, вибухи спричинені обстрілом з ракетних комплексів "Іскандер".
Втрати російських військових з 24 лютого по 15 березня перевищили 13500 осіб. Крім того, армія РФ втратила 404 танки, 1279 бойових броньованих машин, 150 артилерійських систем, 64 реактивних системи залпового вогню, 36 засобів протиповітряної оборони, 81 літак, 95 гелікоптерів, 640 одиниць автомобільної техніки, 3 кораблі, 60 цистерн з паливом, 9 безпілотників.
В Києві настав складний и небезпечний момент, заявив мер Віталій Кличко. Він повідомив, що віськове командування міста задля безпеки мирних жителів втановило комендантську годину на два дні: з 20.00 15 березня до 7.00 17 березня. На вулицях можуть бути лише ті, хто мають перепустки. Іншим людям виходити можна тільки, щоб дойти до укриття.
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The Prime Ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia will arrive in Kyiv today for talks with President Zelensky and Prime Minister Shmygal.
As of the morning of March 15, 97 Ukrainian children had been killed and more than 100 injured. According to the Office of the Prosecutor General. "The most affected children are in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kherson, Mykolaiv, and Zhytomyr regions. At least five children die under shelling every day," the statement reads.
First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Oleksandr Korniyenko, said that about 20 MPs are outside the country. These are deputies who have previously demonstrated their unpatriotic sentiments, Kornienko said. He refused to name these members of the parliament.
Reintegration Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that nine humanitarian corridors would be open on March 15:
from Berdyansk to Mariupol. The convoy with humanitarian cargo and empty buses will continue to move towards Mariupol, where it could not get yesterday due to the Russian military.
from Bohdanivka, Nova Bohdanivka, Bobryk to Brovary.
from Sumy, Lebedyn, Shostka, Konotop, Trostyanets to Poltava.
from Oskol to Donetsk region.
In Rubizhne, Russian troops shelled and destroyed a boarding school for visually impaired kids, a city hospital, and three schools. Four people died. The head of the Luhansk Regional Administration, Serhii Haidai, reported. The Russian army doesn't stop shelling other settlements of the region. "The military, police, emergency services, doctors, and volunteers rescue people, pushing themselves to the limit of human capabilities, 24/7," he said.
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Adviser to the head of the President's Office, Oleksii Arestovych, said that the war would end no later than May. "No later than May, early May, we should probably reach a peace agreement. Or maybe much sooner, let's see, I'm talking about the worst-case scenario."
The death toll of the March 14 TV tower strike near Rivne has risen from 9 to 19 today. Rescuers continue to clear the rubble. Thus, the death toll can rise.
At about 5.30 am, a shell hit a nine-story apartment building in Kyiv's Sviatoshyn district.
In total, this morning, during the shelling of Kyiv by the Russian military, they hit three high-rise residential buildings and one private house:
The crater from the explosion near the house is about 5 meters, Suspilne correspondent reports.
The shell hit a 9-story residential building in Kyiv. Sviatoshyn district.
The aftermath - fire and condition of the building.
Consequences of a shell hitting a private house in Kyiv. Osokorky district. 15 March 2022:
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The Russian military has not stopped trying to capture Mariupol, but Ukrainian defenders have repulsed their attacks, - the General Staff reports. The total losses of Russians on the outskirts of Mariupol are about 150 people, two tanks, 7 infantry fighting vehicles and one armored personnel carrier. After the losses, they stopped the attack and retreated. Ukrainian artillery and aircrafts fired at Russian military vehicles and columns. According to preliminary information, 12 units of vehicles are destroyed, and tactical groups of the Russian army also suffered losses.
On the night of March 15, the Russian army attacked Kharkiv again and shelled the city's infrastructure. "Our most painful spot is Kharkiv. Kharkiv is really a catastrophe. The city is being destroyed", - said an adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Vadym Denysenko.
The head of the Odessa regional administration Maksym Marchenko said that the risk of Russian troops landing on the coast of Odessa region is still exists. "Our servicemen are ready for this, and the only thing that the enemy will see is the bottom of the Black Sea!", - Marchenko said.
Tonight a shell hit a ten-story building in Podilsky district of Kyiv. Due to this, the 1st and 5th floors caught fire. The fire was extinguished at 6:51. According to preliminary data, one person was hospitalized.
In Kyiv an explosion wave damaged the facade of the Lukyanivska metro station.
Marupol City Council, despite a lot of false information, reports the latest deaths in the city. Official and confirmed information as of the end of March 14, 2022: approximately 2357 thousand dead Mariupol residents.
The city has been under siege, there is a humanitarian catastrophe.
The British Ministry of Defense believes that Russia may plan to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine to stage an attack on its own troops. "Russia may be planning to use chemical or biological weapons in an operation under a false flag. Such an operation can look like a fake attack, a staged "uncovering" of agents or ammunition, or fabricated evidence,", - the statement said.
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Explosions took place in Kyiv at night of March 15
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Barricades at dusk, Kyiv, Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square)
14 March. 19th day of the war
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Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 90 children have died in combats and another 100 have been injured, — human rights ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova.
A Ukrainian soldier passes by a destroyed a trolleybus and taxi after a Russian bombing attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
In the city of Trostyanets in Sumy region Russian militaries forcibly gather people in fake "green" corridors, take mobile phones away from civilians. They still do not allow to restore electricity supply and create obstacles for the delivery of humanitarian aid, — the head of the Sumy military administration Dmytro Zhyvytskyi is telling about the humanitarian catastrophe in Trostyanets.
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Russian troops are trying to seize Mariupol. In a repelled attack they lost about 150 personnel, two tanks, seven IFVs and one APC, after which they stopped the offensive and retreated, reported the General Staff of Ukraine.
Mayors of temporarily occupied Melitopol and Dniprorudny, who did not cooperate with the Russian invaders, remain in Russian captivity, said Deputy Prime Minister on the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk.
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Kharkiv. On the afternoon of March 14, a car with Help Army volunteers got under fire in the Gorky Park area. A 26-year-old man was killed, and a woman was injured, as Angela Denysenko, a Help Army volunteer told Suspilne.
Martial law in Ukraine will be extended for another 30 days from March 24 — the President has submitted the corresponding draft to Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament).
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On March 14, Russian troops once again shelled Chernihiv's residential buildings. According to preliminary information, 10 people died. Investigations have been initiated into the violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder — Chernihiv region Prosecutor's Office.
Since the beginning of the invasion of the Russian Federation, Ukrainian air defenses have destroyed 45 enemy air targets. 19 aircraft, 20 helicopters, 5 unmanned aerial vehicles, 1 cruise missile — Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny.
On March 14, Russians killed five residents of Donetsk region: 2 in Avdiivka, 2 in Kramatorsk and 1 in Petrivsk. Three were injured: 2 in Avdiivka and 1 in Toretsk — the head of the Donetsk Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko.
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Eastern Ukraine. Russian troops tried to break through the resistance of Ukrainian defenders in the Donetsk direction, but in battle the Russian army lost up to 100 personnel, two tanks, three infantry fighting vehicles and one armored personnel carrier. In the battle in the Volnovakha direction, Russia lost 4 infantry fighting vehicles and up to two infantry platoons. Ukrainian aircraft and artillery destroyed the Russian support column - more than 12 units of motor vehicles.
Humanitarian cargo with food, water and medicine could not reach Mariupol. The Russians have not let the humanitarian convoy through for several days, it is 60 kilometers from the city — the Office of the President of Ukraine.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague will rule on Ukraine's case against Russia on March 16.
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The first among NATO states, the Estonian parliament has urged to close the skies over Ukraine. "The Riigikogu [Estonian Parliament — ED.] asks UN member states to take immediate steps to establish a no-fly zone to prevent mass casualties among civilians in Ukraine," the statement reads.
Territorial defense squads seized a radar station and communications center from the Russians and transferred them to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine: "Now we will see skies and land and track the enemy at a distance of 150 km. What a wonderful gift for Ukrainian Volunteer Day."
In Kyiv, the shell hit one of the shopping malls — Kyiv City Hall.
Fighters belonging to the guard of the Chechen republic's head, Ramzan Kadyrov, planned to take hostage residents of an orphanage in the Kyiv region. Fortunately, the children were evacuated in time — Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Vadym Denysenko. The video that the fighters shot in this orphanage helped to find out this information, Denisenko explained.
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A British journalist got a shrapnel fracture of two legs on a battlefield that Russian troops caused in Ukraine. He is in an intensive care unit, — said Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova.
In Vorzel, Kyiv region, a Ukrainian scientist, experimental physicist, deputy director of the Institute of Semiconductor Physics named after V.Y. Lashkarev NAS of Ukraine Vasyl Kladko was executed. He came to Vorzel to take his family to a safe place. This was reported in the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
As a result of the air strike on the TV tower in Rivne region, nine people died and nine others were injured — the head of the Rivne regional administration reports.
A pregnant woman who was injured on March 9 during bombing of a maternity hospital has died in Mariupol. This is the female from video/photo reports from the bombing site of the children's hospital in Mariupol (maternity hospital), who was carried on a stretcher. Doctors were unable to save her child. How the birth is given under fire and in constant danger when it is still impossible to leave Mariupol — in the report by the Associated Press.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine denied involvement in the attack of the occupied Donetsk city center with the "Tochka-U" missile.
More than 1,700 people were evacuated from the Luhansk region. One of the trains came under fire, and its conductor was killed, said the head of the Luhansk Regional Administration. Russian troops do not respect the ceasefire regime. The shelling is ongoing throughout Ukrainian-controlled territory.
Ukraine's air defense system saves thousands of peaceful lives every day and night, stated the commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi. As of the morning of March 14, 259 missile strikes have been carried out on Ukrainian territory, and 395 cruise missiles have been fired since the beginning of the direct war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The guardians of the Ukrainian sky have already downed 77 planes and 90 helicopters of the Russian Federation.
In the morning, Kyiv was attacked. A Russian shell hit a high-rise building in the Obolon district. It is a residential area with no military facilities - only a school and stadium. As a result of the shelling, one person was killed, and 10 others were injured. Later on, the rocket's debris fell on the road in Kurenivka. One person was killed, and six were wounded.
The negotiations with Russian Federation are on a technical hold until tomorrow. "The pause is taken for additional work in the working subgroups and clarification of certain definitions", - said an advisor to the Head of the Presidential Office Mykhailo Podoliak.
More than 1700 people have been evacuated today by humanitarian corridors in Luhansk region. Also 5 more buses with humanitarian aid were sent, - said Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.
Izyum. Kharkiv region. Russian occupiers fired at private minibus, the fate of passengers is unknown - the head of the department of Izyum city council Maksym Strelnyk
Personnel officer of Russian armed forces, a native of Dnipropetrovsk, Igor Rudenko surrendered to captivity. The man has a nephew in Mykolaiv, aunt and uncle, three brothers and a sister in Kharkiv. According to him, the Russian occupiers set six howitzers just in the middle of the stadium among residential quarters in Nova Kakhovka.
Video: Security Service of Ukraine
In Kryvy Rih somebody unknown "edited" the inscription on the monument to Bohdan Khmelnytsky (the creator of the Ukrainian Cossack State and the First Hetman). The phrase "forever united with great Russian people" were replaced by "forever united with great Ukrainian people".
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Forces of the Russian Federation undermined a part of the ammunition on the Zaporizhzhia NPP territory and plan to continue undermining, - reports Enerhoatom.
From Mariupol, which is under the siege of the Russian Army, more than 160 private cars went out through the humanitarian corridor , they move to Zaporizhzhia, - said Mariupol City Council. According to the latest infomation on the humanitarian corridor, the ceasefire is observed.
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Insulin is now free in Ukraine during martial law. This decision was adopted by the National Security and Defence Council. Free insulin will be available at designated pharmacies in most regions.
Evacuation buses left Rubizhne, said Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko. People are taken to Slovyansk.
The press service of Energoatom published a photo of the Zaporizhzhia NPP occupied by the Russian military. Shattered windows in the building are covered with wooden planks.
Russian trucks are blocked for the third day on the border between Poland and Belarus. According to volunteers, the queue is stretching for 28 kilometres. A Russian driver tried to ram a group of Polish and Ukrainian activists, said volunteer and journalist Yevhen Klimakin.
"Polish and Ukrainian activists talk to drivers, explain the reasons for the block, talk about the war, victims, destroyed cities," the journalist said. In response, Russian drivers threaten activists with physical violence, declare that they do not care about the Kremlin's actions, that there is no war in Ukraine, and all of this is propaganda. Another activist Iryna Zemliana reported that Russians draw Z (the marks are on Russian military equipment fighting in Ukraine) on their trucks and threaten to drive over activists.
On March 14, the Russian military searched the home of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine priest Oleh Nikolayev in the occupied Berdiansk. The priest was abducted, his whereabouts are currently unknown. This information was reported by the Zaporizhzhia Diocese.
About 400 people have left Sievierodonetsk in the evacuation convoy, Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko informed.
According to the WHO, 18 million people have suffered, and almost 3 million fled during the war in Ukraine. In addition, as of March 12, the organization had recorded a total of 31 attacks on the health care system. As a result of these attacks, 12 deaths and 34 injuries were confirmed. Among those, eight injured, and two deceased are medical personnel.
The Russian military damaged the powerline to the Chernobyl NPP again. Ukrenergo specialists repaired it on the evening of March 13. Emergency service teams have to go to the danger zone one more time and repair the damage. Reliable power supply to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is critical from the point of view of nuclear safety.
On March 14, a bombing attack in Chernihiv destroyed one of the city's water pumping stations. Four people died (one security guard, one employee, and two family members), said Chernihiv water department director Serhii Malyavko.
In Kyiv, the debris of a rocket fell on the road in Kurenivka, one person was killed, and six were injured. The trolleybus was completely destroyed - there were no passengers in it. The surrounding houses were damaged. The Kyiv City Administration reported this.
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The personnel of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant occupied by the Russian military can no longer carry out repairs and maintenance due to physical and mental fatigue, reported the IAEA. More than 200 people who were on duty on the eve of the Russian invasion have been unable to rest for almost three weeks.
An evacuation convoy has left for Hostomel, three more for Irpin, said the head of the Kyiv Regional Administration Oleksiy Kuleba. "So far we have a ceasefire, however nominal. You can even hear explosions, but there are no active fights," he said. The evacuation in the region lasts for the fifth day. The situation with food and medicines remains difficult.
As of March 14, Russia has lost more than 12,000 personnel, 77 aircraft and 90 helicopters, more than 380 tanks, 617 vehicles, 1,249 armoured vehicles, 150 artillery systems, 64 multiple launch rocket systems, and 34 air defence systems. Data is provided by the General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Distance learning was resumed in all schools, technical colleges, and universities in the Poltava region. Classes will be suspended in the event of an air-raid alert so that everyone can hide in shelters. The internet connection in the region is stable. Each community and educational institution make the final decision to resume online lessons. Information was provided by the head of the Regional Administration Dmytro Lunin.
This morning, shelling has destroyed a 1911 residential building in Kharkiv centre, which is an architectural heritage. Gas has ignited on the site after the shelling. Rescue operation is underway.
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Israel has agreed to mediate negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. It will also take part in a humanitarian mission, - said the head of the President's Office Andrii Yermak. As the result of the intensive dialogue with Israel on its participation in the humanitarian component some goals have been have achieved.
Mariupol is under complete blockade by Russian troops. The occupiers fired at the city with artillery, missiles and aircrafts. There is no water, electricity and heating in the city.
Video: city council
The situation in Mariupol is currently the hottest, - says an adviser to the head of the President's Office Oleksii Arestovych. "The Russians are erasing the city from the face of the earth now. More than 2.5 thousand people killed. And this is a catastrophe", - he said. Today, a humanitarian convoy moved there again and it's unable to reach the city due to shelling.
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There will be 11 humanitarian corridors on March 14:
Zaporizhzhia - Mariupol. The convoy with humanitarian aid and empty buses will continue to move.
Bohdanivka, Nova Bohdanivka, Peremoha, Bobryk - Brovary.
Hostomel, Nemishayeve, Vorzel, Dmytrivka - Bilohorodka.
Peremoha - Kyiv.
Seivierodonetsk, Popasna, Hirske, Novoaydar - Slovyansk.
Explosion in Vynarivka, Kyiv region: a rocket hit telecommunication tower. Employees of the State Emergency Service and police are working on the ground.
The Russian army shelled the center of Kharkiv again. The video from the scene shows a destroyed four-story house on Svobody street, which is 200 m from the Kharkiv Regional Administration.
In Kherson, unknown people burned down the house of the City Council secretary. Eyewitnesses said that in Antonivka, near the home of Halyna Luhova, they saw two people who broke a window and threw something heavy inside, after which the house caught fire. Halyna Luhova confirmed the information. "I was left homeless. I think I'm on the hit-list," she said. There was nobody in the house at the time of the arson.
90 children have been killed and more than 100 injured since the beginning of the war on February 24, the Attorney General's Office said.
In Kyiv's Obolon district, rescuers continue searches in a residential building hit by an artillery shell.
On the night of March 14, the Russian military shelled the Chernihiv Polytechnic National University, said Vyacheslav Chaus, head of the Regional Administration. Also, at night, the city of Nizhyn was shelled from Grad multiple rocket launchers.
In the morning, in addition to shelling a high-rise building in Obolonsky district, another attack was carried out on Kyiv, - said the first deputy head of the Kyiv City State Administration Mykola Povoroznyk. Russian troops fired at the "Antonov" plant in Kyiv. At least 3 missiles were launched.
One person died in a high-rise apartment house in Kyiv today, and three were taken to hospital. Rescuers evacuated 63 people from the burning house. Rescuers continue search work in the apartment house in Kyiv's Obolon district, which was hit by an artillery shell.
In Okhtyrka at least three people were killed in a nighttime air strike on residential neighborhoods, - said Mayor Pavlo Kuzmenko.
In Mykolaiv region on March 14 at 06:00 Russia using aircrafts fired at the town of Snihurivka: 5 apartment houses were damaged, - the head of the regional administration Vitalii Kim reported.
Unknown people hacked the website of the Zhytomyr Regional Council and posted fake information about the emergency evacuation of the city's residents. The fact of the hacking was confirmed to the Suspilne by Oleksandra Stezhko, the head of the public relations department of the Zhytomyr Regional Council. As of 8 a.m. on March 14, access to the site was blocked for visitors.
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Ukraine's leadership is negotiating with the world at the highest level to release the mayors of Melitopol and Dniprorudny captured by Russian occupants.
The adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Denysenko reported about it live on Rada TV channel.
"Unfortunately, not much information is known. We know that they were kidnapped. We know that they are being forced to make certain political statements for Russian television to show that we mocked the people of "L/DPR," - Denysenko said.
He promised to optimize the number of checkpoints on the roads and manage their work in order not to interfere the movement of citizens and goods.
On March 14 at 02:40 in the village of Stavyshche in Zhytomyr region, 4 people were injured as a result of a rocket strike on administrative buildings.
In Kyiv at 5 am a shell hit a nine-storey apartment house. The house was partially destroyed by the explosion: from 1 to 3 floors are destroyed, the apartments on the 3rd and 4th floors caught fire. There are no victims according to preliminary information.
A television tower near Rivne was damaged, - said the head of the Rivne Regional Military Administration Vitalii Koval. The TV tower was damaged as a result of an air strike on the night of March 14 at 05:20. Relevant services are currently working on the spot, and the details of the event are still being clarified.
Evacuation from Bucha - "No food, no mobile connection, no electricity". Photo report
On March 13 another evacuation from Bucha took place. This city is one of the hottest spots near Kyiv. A "green corridor" was opened to the center of Bucha. Residents of neighboring Irpin also came here to escape the war. 17 evacuation buses took people to Bilohorodka and then to the capital.
Iryna and her family from Irpin had to overcome 10 kilometers on foot to the highway to get on the bus: "There are no food, no mobile connection, no electricity. It is forbidden to turn on the phones.
They took them away and destroyed them so that there was no connection. We were allowed to cook something on the fire all the time. Take the remains of people from there. There are a lot of them. There are 17-18 people on our territory. We managed to bury two of them, but the shelling started. Our neighbors Maryna and Pasha were buried.
The Russian militaries have established their own regime in the city: after 16:00 it is forbidden to go outside and turn on mobile phones, and civilians are required to wear white armbands.
A woman's house was shelled. It is located on the outskirts of the city: "My mother's room was completely shot through, the sleeve was left on the bed, it's good that she was brushing her teeth in the bathroom at the time. Otherwise she just wouldn't be alive"
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Russia is preparing an offensive against Brovary, Kharkiv, Sumy, and Severodonetsk, reports the General Staff of Ukraine. Russian troops are trying to secure their positions and maintain the pace of advancement. Russians are trying to resume the offensive against Kharkiv and Sumy. Attempts to capture Mariupol remain unsuccessful.
In Romny, Sumy region, the Territorial Defence managed to take over some Russian military equipment, says the head of the Sumy Military Administration Dmytro Zhyvytsky. In general, in the last 24 hours, fighting continued around Sumy, the villages of Boromlia and Velyka Pysarivka suffered from shelling, and Okhtyrka was bombed again. However, the Ukrainian military managed to deactivate one of the Russian artillery positions, said Zhyvytsky.
Trostianets in the Sumy region remains temporarily occupied by Russian troops according to the head of the Regional Military Administration Dmytro Zhyvytsky. He also reported that Russian troops occupied the railway station, from where they shell the city.
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The Russian military is preparing for a landing in Odesa. Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Oleksiy Danilov said that the threat of invasion from the sea has increased, but paratroopers “will be met".
On March 13, Ukrainian troops destroyed four aircraft, three helicopters and a drone of the Russian army, reported the Ukrainian Air Force.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ukrainian army destroyed a part of Russian armoured vehicles near Mariupol. As previously reported, Russian troops have been bombing the city's residential areas since February 25, disrupting humanitarian corridors, and shooting residents. 2,187 civilians were killed in Mariupol during this time.
Shelling in Lviv region, the death of an American journalist. The war. The main thing for March 13
March 13 is the eighteenth day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Russian troops stalled the offensive, the Defense Ministry explained that it was due to heavy casualties (more than 12,000 Russian troops). At the same time, the Russian army regroups, rocket fire does not stop. According to the National Security and Defense Council, the Russian military are preparing for landing in Odesa.
More than 5.5 thousand people have managed to be taken out of the shelling today, according to the Ministry of Education and Science. 3950 of which Kyiv region, Butcha — 600.
Suspilne gathered the main news on March 13.
Russian troops on the morning of March 13 airstrikes on the International Center for Peace and Security in Lviv, better known as the "Yavoriv Military Range". As a result of an airstrike by Russia on the Yavoriv Military Range, 35 people were killed. Another 134 with varying degrees of lesion are in hospital.
Explosions sounded in Ivano-Frankivsk after the air alarm was released around 7 am. Mayor Marzinkiv reported that Russia struck the city with a rocket.
As a result of airstrikes of the Russian occupiers on Mykolaiv, 9 civilians were killed. In addition, on the morning of March 13, enemy aviation dropped a bomb on a school in the village of Zelenyi Hai in Mykolaiv region, where people were hiding in a shelter — four people died, three others were injured.
In Irpin, journalists were shot
At about 13:30, Russian troops in Irpin, Kyiv region, shot a car with American journalists. Journalist Brent Renauld died, he worked for The New York Times, but this time he was not in Ukraine for their accreditation. Time reported that Reno worked for them. He highlighted the global refugee crisis.
Five other people, including American journalist Juan Arredondo, were injured. Tomorrow, work for journalists in Irpin is prohibited.
According to the Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ), since the outbreak of Russia's war against Ukraine on February 24, three journalists have been killed and 10 assassination attempts have been made.
Mariupol and Kharkiv
Humanitarian cargo did not reach Mariupol again — the city has been under siege for more than a week, without light, gas and water. The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection said that the convoy in Berdyansk was unable to get to Mariupol and evacuate people, because the Russians again attacked the city from the air. There are killed people.
In Kharkiv, Pivnichna Saltivka, a large sleeping area on the outskirts, suffers the most from shelling, and Russian troops are closest there. How the city lives today — in a brief review of the journalist of Suspilne.
Protests and kidnappings in the temporarily occupied territories
Thousands of Kherson residents again went to a peaceful rally against the occupiers. At the same time, the occupation authorities "prohibited peaceful assembly". Rallies were also held in temporarily occupied Berdyansk, Melitopol, and Nova Kakhovka.
At the same time, a convoy of Russian occupiers came to Skadovsk, Kherson region, and they were accommodated in one of the children's camps. The day before, the mayor of the city reported that there were no Russian troops there.
In the morning of March 13, Yevgeny Matveev, the mayor of Dniproudnyi, was also kidnapped. Earlier, on March 11, during his work in the crisis center, the mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov was kidnapped. Instead, the occupiers of the Russian Federation put Opposition Block deputy Galina Danilchenko. The Russian Federation responded to such actions in the EU — the President of the Euro Council and the EU High Representative condemned the abduction of the Mayors of Melitopol and Dniprorudny by the Russian armed forces, noting that it was an attack on democratic institutions.
The next round of negotiations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation will take place on 14 March. At the same time, the adviser to the Head of the OP Mykhailo Podoliak reported that non-stop videoconferencing was underway. And on March 14, there will be a summary of the preliminary results.
The Prime Minister Denis Shmygal urged Ukrainians to continue working. According to him, no one can say that the war will end tomorrow, so the reconstruction of the economy to new realities should be the key foundation for victory. He stressed that working Ukrainians are part of the economic front, the state needs them more than ever.
"Who can work and has a job — work. Who has business in the territories where there are no active hostilities — resume activity", — the head of the Ukrainian government declared.
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Ukraine-Russia negotiations will be continued on March 14. New round of negotiations will take place via video link, - Putin's spokesman Peskov said. The information was confirmed by Oleksii Arestovych, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Russian troops have destroyed 7 Ukrainian hospitals, they are no longer subject to repair. 104 health facilities have been damaged but can be repaired, - the Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko reported. In addition, 34 ambulances took fire and most of them are disabled. 6 medical workers were killed and more than 12 were seriously injured. The Minister assured that there are enough medicines in the country, the supply is regular.
Rallies against Russian actions in Ukraine took place in Berlin and London. Meanwhile, more than 700 people were arrested in Russia during anti-war rallies.
Since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, three journalists have been killed and 10 assassination attempts took place. These cases were documented by the Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ). In general, at least 35 attacks have been carried out on journalists since the start of hostilities, most of them by the Russian militaries.
Viktor Dudar was lost during hostilities near Mykolaiv;
Live cameraman Yevhen Sakun was killed in a rocket attack in Kyiv;
American video journalist and former author of The New York Times Brent Reno was killed at a checkpoint in the city of Irpin in Kyiv region.
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Buses and trucks with humanitarian aid intended for Mariupol remained in Berdiansk. They will make another attempt tomorrow, said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. The convoy was unable to reach Mariupol and evacuate people, as the Russian army attacked the city from the air yet again. Many civilians were killed.
At the same time, humanitarian corridors worked in Luhansk and Kyiv regions, from where thousands of people left. More than 140,000 people were evacuated in total.
A mass mobilisation that started on February 19 continues in the illegal "people's republics" on the occupied territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. "Mass mobilisation continues, but nobody is willing to fight, men simply hide in houses and don't go outside", said a local resident Dmytro. He also told that the region's mining industry is fully disrupted by large-scale mobilisation. Even before February 24, lots of miners were mobilised and taken away directly from the mines.
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A Russian Su-type plane was shot down during an air raid in Chernihiv, - he North Operational Command reports. The photos are promised later, because the bomber fell in a forest, which is now dangerous to reach. "But the bright flames over the horizon show that another Russian plane "followed the ship" " - the militaries added in a statement.
The mayor of Irpin Oleksandr Markushin said that journalists would not be allowed into the city of Irpin in Kyiv region for security reasons.
Today, during the filming of the evacuation of civilians, the Russian militaries fired at a car and killed an American journalist. At least five people were injured in the shelling in Irpin. There were a photojournalist and a driver who picked up journalists among them. Photojournalist Juan Arredondo was hospitalized at "Okhmatdit". He has soft tissue injuries. The police do not know where the injured driver who picked up the journalists is.
The dead American journalist had a certificate from the world-famous New York Times. The publisher says that they collaborated with him a few years ago.
The video shows a photojournalist in hospital. Video: Oleksii Mandzii / Suspilne
Ukrainian poet Serhii Zhadan was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
"Free Ukraine largely speaks and thinks in the words of Zhadan and listens to them carefully. Today the poet is in his Kharkiv. And he is fighting," - said in a statement of the committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The Russian army fired at the Avdiivka coke and chemist plant using the "Grad" multiple rocket launcher. Five shells hit the plant, - the Prosecutor General's Office said. Several production facilities and a pipeline were destroyed. There is also no heating in the town of Avdiivka due to the shelling.
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Dozens of houses are on fire in the cities of Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Popasna in Luhansk region, there are victims, rescuers are working non-stop. Dozens of apartments and a vocational school building were on fire today in Severodonetsk due to shelling by the Russian army. And from the very morning hostiles fired at the Christmas Cathedral. The shelling of Zolote town and Toshkivka village continues. Information about the injured citizens and the destruction is being clarified - the head of the Luhansk military administration Serhii Haidai.
Power supply at the Chornobyl NPP has been restored — Enerhoatom. "Today, thanks to the incredible efforts of our nuclear power plants and electricians, it was possible to return the power supply to the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, which was seized by the Russian occupiers," - the statement said. The cooling systems of wasted nuclear assemblies will operate normally again, without using backup power. The Chornobyl nuclear power plant was cut off for four days. Russian troops captured it on the first day of the invasion, February 24.
In Luhansk region, near Severodonetsk, Russians entered the house of pro-Ukrainian volunteer Oleksandr Kononov and shot him in a wheelchair, — the head of the Luhansk military administration, Serhii Haidai.
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During another attack of Mykolaiv the troops of the Russian Federation bombed a school, — the head of the Mykolaiv regional public administration Vitaly Kim reported. In general, nine civilians have been killed in today's shelling of the city.
Russia's shelling of Kanatove airfield in Kirovohrad region killed 7 people — the head of the Regional Military Administration Andrii Raikovich reported.
Ukrainian military destroyed a pontoon passage near Hostomel in Kyiv region. Russian troops tried to set it to intensify the attack on Kyiv — the Land Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Every day Mariupol suffers from air strikes by Russian troops. In last 24 hours there were at least 22 bombings in the peaceful city and about 100 air bombs have been dropped — targeted at homes, crowded places, and children's hospitals. To date, 2,187 Mariupol residents have died from attacks by the Russian Federation — Mariupol City Council reported.
In the temporarily occupied Kherson, Nova Kakhovka, Berdiansk, and Melitopol, civilians, despite threats and gunfire from the Russian military, rallied against the occupation.
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The Russian army launched an artillery strike against a psychoneurological institution in Pushcha-Vodytsya. During the shelling, the institution's patients and staff have already been evacuated to safety. Currently, specialists are working at the shelling site, the Kyiv City Administration informs.
On March 13, the Russian occupiers shelled the Yatsevo cemetery. In the aftermath, the fire spread to the church of St. Theodosius of the Chernihiv Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
In the basement of the church, The people were hiding from the shelling, the secretary of the Chernihiv eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ihor Pydan said. As of 14.45, evacuation of the people and the dispatch of the fire brigade was impossible; there is constant shelling.
On March 12, Oleh Baturin, Novy Den newspaper's journalist, disappeared in Kakhovka, Kherson region. The Kherson Regional Prosecutor's Office is investigating the disappearance of Novy Den journalist Oleh Baturin. Yesterday, in Kakhovka, he went for a meeting and didn't return. Russian servicemen and members of illegal military formations are probably involved in the disappearance.
The shell hit a hospital in Chernihiv on March 13. In one of the wards, the roof was demolished, and the hospital's windows were shattered.
The local TV station in Enerhodar (a city in the Zaporizhzhia region, which the Russian military is trying to control), the EnTS (Enerhodar Television Systems) TV channel, has been forced to stop broadcasting. "We don't cooperate with the occupiers," the channel's official website reads. From now on, the original staff of the channel has nothing to do with the content, which is broadcasted or may be broadcast by the occupiers. For now, they will only work via Facebook.
On March 12, Russian occupation forces opened fire 49 times in the Luhansk region. As a result of the shelling, three people were killed and wounded.
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In the Kyiv region, the Russian military shot The New York Times journalists
In Irpin, the Russian military opened fire on a car carrying The New York Times U.S. reporters. One of them died, the other got wounded. The injured journalist was treated in the Okhmatdyt hospital. The Kyiv Region Police reported this to Suspilne.
"The Russian military shot at the car carrying journalists," a police spokeswoman said.
"We were going to film other refugees leaving, and we got into the car. Someone offered to take us to the other bridge, and we crossed the checkpoint, and they started shooting at us. So the driver turned around, and they kept shooting at us. There were two of us. My friend Brent Reno and he has been shot and left behind. I saw him being shot in the neck, and we got split," the journalist Juan said.
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One person was killed and three were injured during a shelling on a street in Kharkiv.
Residents of Kharkiv also report that Russian shells hit private houses in the morning of March 13. Rescuers got the fire reports, but they are unable to reach the area and analyse the effects of the attack because of the shelling.
Half a hundred shellings were recorded in Kharkiv region last night, said the head of the regional administration Oleh Synehubov. Due to the fighting, the "green corridor" for the evacuation of residents of Izyum, a city in Kharkiv region, was not opened.
Several thousand Kherson residents have already joined the peaceful rally in Kherson. The rally in Freedom Square continues. People shout "Kherson is Ukraine!". Today the city celebrates the anniversary of liberation from the Nazis.
According to Kherson Mayor Ihor Kolykhayev, there is information that the Russian militaries are trying to bribe people in the region and bring them to a rally for the formation of illegal "Kherson People's Republic". He does not know when this fake referendum on its creation will take place. Deputies of the City Council opposed formation of "the people's republic". Kherson really needs food, medicines are running out in medical institutions. Authorities are negotiating this.
Kyiv has prepared for a possible blockade: the city has formed a two-week supply of necessary products for the remaining two million people, - the Kyiv City Administration said.
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Russian troops in the morning on March 13 carried out an air strike on Mykolaiv, as a result 9 people died, - the head of regional administration Vitalii Kim reported
During 12 days of the war, Russian troops killed 1,582 civilians in Mariupol, which is under constant blockade, - said Deputy Interior Affairs Minister Mary Akopian. The circular defense of the city continues. "The city has strategic importance for the enemy to provide a land corridor to the occupied Crimea from the occupied territory of the south part of Donetsk region, which is controlled by the Russian Federation," - the deputy minister added.
Updated information on the victims of the air strike on the International Centre of Peacekeeping and Security in Yavoriv near Lviv. 35 people died and 134 were injured. Work is underway to dismantle the logjams and survey the area.
Since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, 85 children have died and almost 100 have been injured, - the Office of the Attorney General. Most victims were in the regions of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Sumy, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Zhytomyr.
The bombing and shelling damaged 369 educational institutions, 57 of them were completely destroyed.
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On March 13, occupiers kidnapped Dniprorudny Mayor Yevhen Matveyev, - Zaporizhia Oblast Regional Administration Chairman Oleksandr Starukh reported.
Details of the shelling of the International Centre of Peacekeeping and Security on Yavoriv shooting range near Lviv. The air strikes took place this morning. 9 people died, 57 people were injured, - said the head of the regional administration Maxim Kozytsky.
"The strike was carried out by missiles previously by planes from Saratov. In Russia, planes took off, struck on their combat course without flying into the territory, according to preliminary data, more than 30 missiles were fired," he said. A number of missiles were shot down by the Ukrainian air defense system.
As of March 12, the Prosecutor General's Office is investigating 1,717 criminal proceedings against Russian war crimes in Ukraine, - Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said.
Consequences of the destruction of a 9-storey residential building in Chernihiv after the air strike. According to preliminary information, 7 people were rescued, 1 person died and 1 was injured.
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On March 13, 14 humanitarian corridors will operate, according to Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova.
A convoy of humanitarian aid and empty buses will go from Zaporizhzhia to the city of Mariupol in Donetsk region to evacuate people.
A convoy with humanitarian cargo and empty buses for evacuation of people will move from Polohy town in Zaporizhzhia region to Zaporizhzhia.
In Kyiv region evacuation buses will try to take out people: from settlements Kozarovychi and Peremoha in Kyiv region to the city of Kyiv,
from the village of Andriyivka and the cities of Makariv and Borodyanka in Kyiv region to the city of Zhytomyr,
from Svitylnya and Velyka Dymerka villages of Kyiv region to Brovary.
There will be an attempt to evacuate people in Luhansk region from the cities of Kreminna, Rubizhne, Popasna, Shchastya and the village of Horske.
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The Russian troops carried out attacks on the Zorya enterprise in Mykolaiv, the head of Regional Administration Vitalii Kim reported. According to the Emergency Service, the building of one of the shops was damaged. The airstrike caused a fire.
In Belarus, they are treating Russian troops wounded during the war in Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said. According to their information, the Russian military lacks blood supplies for operations. That's why civilians are additionally involved in donating blood.
The shelling is still ongoing in Sievierodonetsk and Rubizhne, Luhansk region. In addition, at night, the Russian military opened fire on Popasna and Lysychansk, where the gas pipeline was damaged. In Popasna, about five houses were destroyed - the head of the Regional Administration.
Serhii's family was killed in Irpin near Kyiv during the evacuation of civilians. Several explosions took the lives of two children, a wife, and two dogs. "I will try to make this situation as public as possible. This is my mission," says Serhiy. Watch the story of a man who lost his family in Irpin in the Suspilne report.
Warning: this video contains images of graphic violence.
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Tonight, near the Brusyn station in the Donetsk region, debris from shelling hit Kramatorsk-Lviv evacuation train, which was on its way to get people from the Lyman station, the Ukrainian Railway press service reports. One of the conductors of this train was killed, the other was injured and taken to Slovyansk Hospital. Ukrainian Railway is doing its best to evacuate the crew of the damaged train and all passengers, who were waiting to be rescued at the Lyman railway station, among them about 100 children.
In Svyatohirsk, shelling damaged the buildings of the children's regional health center and the Svyatohirsk Lavra, where about a thousand people were present at the time.
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As of March 12, about 2 million people crossed the state border of Ukraine. This is both Ukrainians and foreigners, according to the State Border Guard Service
Four post-war economic recovery funds have been launched in Ukraine:
Financial assistance can be transferred to the official accounts of the recovery funds (details - at the links in the names) in UAH, USD and EUR.
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In Lviv, Russian troops fired rockets at the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security, better known as the Yavoriv Military Range. It is located 30 km northwest of Lviv. It is preliminarily known that the Russian Federation fired 8 missiles. Information about the victims is being established. According to the military, Ukrainian air defense systems has worked on Russian missiles.
Explosions were heard In Ivano-Frankivsk in the morning near the airport. The mayor said that according to preliminary information, the blow was struck at the airport. He also urged residents of areas close to the airport to relocate if possible.
Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Vadym Denysenko believes that Russia strikes such blows to show that there is no quiet place anywhere in Ukraine and to demoralize Ukrainians. "They are trying to show that there is no safe place in the country. Especially realizing that Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk regions have a large number of migrants," said the adviser to the Minister.
Russian troops are hitting Popasna in the Luhansk region with phosphate munitions, said Deputy Chief of the Patrol Police Oleksii Biloshitsky. "Destructive, destroying, exterminatory force," he said.
Holy Mountains Lavra of the Holy Dormition (Uspenska Sviatohirska Lavra) was damaged by the Russian shelling of Sviatohirsk, Donetsk region. Ukrainian Orthodox Church: "The premises of Lavra, where the monastery brotherhood and numerous refugees lived, were damaged. Virtually all the windows were broken, and the church buildings suffered various degrees of destruction".
More than three thousand dogs and cats are blocked in a shelter in the Kyiv region due to shelling. The territory has already been besieged by Russian troops for a week, and there are only enough supplies for animals for a few more days. The shelter is asking to establish a humanitarian corridor to evacuate the animals.
More than 12,700 people were evacuated through humanitarian corridors today according to Volodymyr Zelensky.
People who wanted to leave independently were shot near the village of Peremoha in Kyiv region, reports the Main Intelligence Department of Ukraine. During the evacuation attempt, Russian troops shot a convoy of civilians, women and children. "People tried to save themselves, so they began evacuation without an agreed "green corridor". And this is very dangerous because the invaders mercilessly attack the civilian population. There are many examples of such war crimes during these 16 days of the war, " said the department.
Pseudo-referendum "KNR", Volnovakha actually does not exist. The war. The main thing for March 12
March 12 is the seventeenth day of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops. In the morning, Russia launched rocket attacks on the cities of Ukraine. Explosions were in Kropyvnytskyi, Dnipro, Chernihiv. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are fighting Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, at the same time the situation is difficult in Mariupol, in Kherson region the occupiers of the Russian Federation want to hold a referendum for the creation of a "republic".
Suspilne gathered the main news of the day.
Volnovakha and Mariupol
"Volnovakha as a city does not actually exist, there are battles for the territory," said the head of the Donetsk region military administration Kyrylenko. Before the war, the area had more than 100,000 inhabitants, most people evacuated. According to Kyrylenko, Volnovakha is now temporarily occupied by Russian troops.
The infrastructure is completely destroyed.
The Russian army sees the establishment of control over Volnovakha as a step towards the capture of Mariupol, a city where about 450 thousand people live and there is a port. The defense of Mariupol continues, however, there is a humanitarian catastrophe in the city, it was stated earlier.
Meanwhile, the port administration of Ukraine has lost contact with the Mariupol branch, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers reported.
Russia wants to hold a pseudo-referendum in Kherson region for the creation of the so-called "Kherson National Republic" ("KNR"), said the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba. At the same time, the Kherson Regional Council rejected the idea of creating a "KNR" at an emergency meeting. Voting of Kherson region Council deputies was also confirmed at the Bank meeting: "44 deputies have decided that Kherson region is Ukraine, there will be no pseudo-republic on the territory of the region," — Deputy Head of the President's Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.
Rallies against Russia under Ukrainian flags continue in Kherson region.
67 civilians were buried in a mass grave in Bucha. Some have not been able to be identified. The funeral took place on 10 March.
During the shelling of a column of people who tried to evacuate from the village of Peremoha in Kyiv region on March 11, seven people died.
Evacuation from Kyiv region is ongoing. Today, about 4,000 people have been evacuated.
Humanitarian aid and evacuation From 14 open corridors today, only 9 worked, the head of the Ministry of Health and Safety Irina Vereshchuk said. In particular, the evacuation did not take place in Vorzel and Irpin, Bucha also did not work, she reported. Also, according to Vereshchuk, the Russians embezzled humanitarian cargo in Energodar. At the same time, Sumy managed to evacuate about 8 thousand people.
On March 13, humanitarian corridors in Luhansk and Kyiv region are planned. "Let's continue from Zaporizhzhya to Mariupol through Berdiansk," Vereshchuk added.
Head of Zaporizhzhia region State Administration Oleksandr Starukh reported that Russian troops at each checkpoint forcibly seized food, clothes, personal hygiene items of a humanitarian convoy heading for Mariupol. This is the fifth attempt to send a humanitarian convoy to Mariupol.
Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have switched to the online format, advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podoliak said. For this purpose, special subgroups have been created. Earlier, Putin's spokesman Peskov confirmed that the negotiations were continuing in video format.
Meanwhile, President Zelensky said that the Russian side no longer puts ultimatums and sees certain shifts: "From the beginning (negotiations — ed.) there were some ultimatums from the Russian side, we did not go for them. The war was deepening, there was no rapid operation in 3-4 days... At the moment, they have already started talking about something, rather than throwing ultimatums," said Zelensky during his conversation with foreign journalists in Kyiv.
The losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Zelenskyi for the first time voiced the losses of the Ukrainian military — about 1300 people. According to the Ministry of Defense, the losses of Russian troops are more than 12 thousand people.
Sanctions against the Russian Federation
The United States introduced sanctions against the wife and adult children of the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, as well as against 12 members of the Russian State Duma.
PayPal will block Russians' e-wallets from March 18.
We also remind you that Instagram will be blocked in Russia from March 14.
Russia is preparing a "referendum" for the creation of the so-called "Kherson People's Republic" in Kherson region, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba. Kherson is temporarily occupied by Russian forces, but there are weekly rallies under Ukrainian flags against Russia. The invaders are trying to gather the regional council to "legalise their administration," said Serhii Khlan, a Kherson Regional Council deputy. The deputies gathered for an emergency meeting and agreed that "The Kherson region is Ukraine" and there will be no pseudo-republic on its territory.
Ukrainian troops shot down two Russian military helicopters over the Skadovsky district, Kherson region. One of the pilots survived, he is receiving medical treatment, confirmed the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russian troops took control of the humanitarian convoy travelling from Zaporizhzhia to Mariupol. "At each checkpoint, the invaders forcibly seized food, clothing, and hygiene products," reports Zaporizhzhia Military Administration.
Only 9 of 14 agreed "green corridors” worked on March 12, others were disrupted by the Russian troops, said the Ukrainian Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk.
Volnovakha in Donetsk region no longer exists as a city, its infrastructure has been completely destroyed, reported the head of the Donetsk Military Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko. Fights for Volnovakha have been going on since February 27. Today, the Ukrainian army left the city.
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Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian army has destroyed 2,593 units of enemy equipment, valued at 5 billion USD, or 700 billion rubles, Forbes Ukraine reported.
In the Zaporizhzhia region, a Russian tank ran over a car with civilians who wanted to leave the zone of hostilities. According to regional police, two adult men were killed, and a minor boy died in the burning car.
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Two more settlements were liberated in the Chernihiv region. Furthermore, the enemy was not allowed to establish a pontoon bridge, and the Russian advance towards Kyiv was thwarted. More than 10 pieces of military equipment were captured, the press service of the Operational Command North reports.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine downed a Russian fighter plane in the Izyum area, and the aircraft crashed in the Belgorod region, according to the head of the regional administration. "Today, at about 12 o'clock, in the area of Izyum, the mobile group of air defense shot down the Russian fighter. The enemy plane was destroyed with the help of a Stinger portable anti-aircraft missile system."
Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the President's Office, said that talks with the Russian side are ongoing "continuously in video format," for which special working subgroups have been established.
Sumy. Boarding the evacuation buses. March 12, 2022
About 1,300 servicemen have died in Ukraine since the start of the war, - Volodymyr Zelensky said. The President noted that the losses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in relation to the losses of the Russian Federation are "one to ten". "I am not happy that 12,000 of them died. I'm not happy. This is not my vision of the world in general. Because they have parents and they were sent away. Most of them do not know where they came to", - the president said.
Zelensky said he had offered Israeli Prime Minister Bennett to hold Israeli-mediated talks with Russia in Jerusalem.
An alternative to closed skies can be missile defense, which can be delivered to Ukraine, - Zelensky said. Ukraine is working to purchase such systems to partially replace the need to close the sky due to constant shelling by the Russian army. The President added that the government can take all the logistical difficulties with the delivery and transportation of such weapons, but so far there is no agreement from countries that have such anti-missile systems.
The Ukrainian government has temporarily banned the export of fertilizers from Ukraine due to martial law. This was done to maintain the balance in the domestic market of important mineral fertilizers, said Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Roman Leshchenko.
From March 14, schooling will begin in 14 regions of Ukraine. The Minister of Education Serhii Shkarlet noted that the main task is to save life and health of every citizen of our country, but the educational process should begin at least in those regions where the safety situation allows it. It is planned that this will be online training.
Near Odesa, 600 Russian marines refused to fight and started a mutiny. The captured Russian sapper reported it to Security Service of Ukraine. "Near Odesa, 600 marines rioted and didn't leave the ship because they understood what was happening," he said.
The Russian military in the Kherson region is preparing a referendum to create an illegal Kherson People's Republic. Serhiy Khlan, a regional council deputy, reported that the occupiers were contacting his colleagues to find out if they were ready to cooperate.
"I categorically denied. Creating the Kherson People's Republic will turn our region into a hopeless pit without life and future! Don't give them a single vote!" The deputy urged.
Unidentified individuals came to the Zaporizhzhia NPP, gathered the management, and stated that the station now allegedly belongs to Rosatom, said Petro Kotin, head of the Energoatom state enterprise. "Management has been told that it is now a Rosatom station, and it no longer belongs to Ukraine," Kotin said.
The Cabinet of Ministers has agreed on the complete abolition of value-added tax and excise duty on fuel, gasoline, and diesel, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated. Now, this decision must be supported by the Verkhovna Rada, the organization of its session is already ongoing.
Ten regions of Ukraine will receive compensation for the accommodation of migrants, the Cabinet of Ministers made such a decision. It concerns compensation to local budgets for payment of utilities at the accommodation of migrants from hostilities' areas.
The head of Dnipro city's Emergency Service shift, Ihor Hetalo, shows the fragments of a Russian missile that crashed in the Dnipro on March 11.
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The General Staff reports: The Russian army is regrouping troops, restoring the combat effectiveness of units, replenishing supplies.
Having suffered losses in the Polissya, Sivershchyna, and Pivdenny Buh directions, the enemy stopped at the previously reached frontiers.
The enemy did not do any assault operations in the Volyn direction. Military of Belarus strengthens border with Ukraine.
No active actions by the enemy have been detected in the Polissya direction.
In the Sivershchyna direction, the enemy carries out engineering equipment of positions in Chernihiv region (the districts of Mykhailo-Kotsyubynske, Levkovychi, Zhukotky, Horodnia).
In the Slobozhanshchyna direction, the occupiers did not succeed in trying to resume assault operations. The Russian militaries are trying to capture the city of Izyum.
In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the enemy's efforts are focused on capturing the cities of Mariupol and Severodonetsk. The enemy captured the eastern outskirts of Mariupol.
In Luhansk region, the military was unable to storm Rubizhne and retreated to the village of Kapytolivka. In the direction of Volnovakha they are trying to attack Krasna Polyana and Olhynka.
In the Pivdenny Buh direction Russian troops don't stop trying to attack and surround Mykolaiv.
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About 6,000 vehicles with humanitarian cargo have crossed the border with Lviv region since the beginning of Russia’s invasion, says the deputy head of the regional administration Yurii Buchko. Currently, humanitarian aid is imported into Ukraine under a simplified procedure.
Two missiles fired at Dnipro by Russians this morning were destroyed by the Dnipro anti-aircraft missile brigade. "The anti-air defence did an excellent job, there are no casualties," said Mayor Borys Filatov. The debris of the Russian missile fell on a hangar roof, the emergency workers promptly reached to tend the fire. No casualties have been reported.
In the last 24 hours, law enforcement officers detected more than 670 suspicious people in the Poltava region, most of whom violated the curfew. 144 detainees are being checked for cooperating with invaders and sabotage activities, said the police.
Yesterday's shelling of Derhachi, Kharkiv region, left at least three dead and a hospital guard wounded. A hospital and A&E department, a culture centre, and a local enterprise were shelled. The town has no gas and, partially, no power. A photo of the town after the shelling was provided by the Derhachi City Council:
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Poltava sent 79 buses to evacuate people from the Sumy region. People will be able to board a train from Luben to the west of the country, or if they are willing, come to Poltava and stay there. Today, six humanitarian corridors should be in place to evacuate Sumy civilians. Previously, evacuations took place on 8, 9 and 10 March, while some 68,000 civilians left.
Sumy, March 12 11:30. Civilians are evacuating in their cars.
Today, humanitarian corridors should also work in the following cities:
Mariupol expects a convoy with humanitarian cargo and buses from Zaporizhzhia that should evacuate people on its way back.
Polohy, Zaporizhzhia region, to Zaporizhzhia. A convoy with humanitarian cargo and buses will leave Zaporizhzhia to evacuate people from Polohy and Tokmak.
From Hostomel, the villages of Kozarovychi and Mykulychi in Kyiv region to Kyiv.
From Andriivka, Makarov and Borodianka in Kyiv region to Zhytomyr.
There is hope to evacuate people from Avdiivka. The district administration reported that if there is no shelling, it will be possible to leave for Dnipro.
Putin does not believe in his own army, he resorts to Stalin-like repressions, and riots have already begun among the Russian militaries, who realized that they do not execute a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine while moving deep into Ukraine. This was said during interrogation by a captured Russian serviceman, - the Security Service of Ukraine reports. The army leadership has resumed the practice of "shooting squads" - echelons that follow the main forces of the Russian Federation and kill those who want to flee. "We were told that we will not return, because we are followed by echelons that kill defectors".
In Ukraine, according to data for 16 days of war, 79 children were killed and almost 100 wounded, according to the Office of the Prosecutor General. Most victims were in the regions of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Sumy, Kherson and Zhytomyr. This figure is not final due to the inability to inspect the sites of the shelling.
More than 280 educational institutions were destroyed, 9 were completely destroyed. On average, during the war, Russian troops destroyed 17 schools every day. As a result, 7 million children are deprived of the opportunity to study.
Shevelivka, Balakliia community. The center of social and psychological rehabilitation of children came under fire from the occupiers. According to the head of the district administration Stepan Maselsky, the children and staff were in a shelter, which saved their lives. A neighboring apartment building was also destroyed. No casualties.
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The opening of Belarusian front, which was reported by intelligence the day before, did not take place, - said the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Vadym Denysenko. "In fact, Lukashenko is very afraid of the start of hostilities, he understands that his time of being the President of Belarus will be over. There is a small army of only 40,000 personnel in Belarus”, - he said. According to Denysenko, there are up to 10,000 combat-ready units in Belarus, which is a small number. In addition, the population is against war: the latest poll of local sociologists showed that only 3% support the invasion of Ukraine by their army.
Slobozhanske settlement in Kharkiv region. Two days after the bomb hit a two-story apartment building, rescuers found the bodies of two women, a man and two children (2 years old and 12-14 years old) under the logjams.
In the morning of March 12, a team of medics came under fire in Kharkiv, - the director of the Emergency Medical Center Viktor Zabashta said. One of paramedics received a shrapnel wound to the abdomen. She has already been taken to the nearest hospital.
Russian troops fired at the Kanatovo airfield in Kirovohrad region. "The enemy was bombing so hard that the whole Kropyvnytskyi and the surrounding area were shaking," - said Mayor Andrii Raykovych.
In Melitopol people went to the temporarily seized district administration to demand the release of Mayor Ivan Fedorov, who was kidnapped on March 11 by a group of Russian servicemen.
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Mykolaiv region was shelled by the disorderly, chaotic fire of the hospital, boarding school, boiler house at night, the head of regional administration Vitalii Kim said. According to him, two wounded are known. Among objects which have been shelled today in the Mykolaiiv region is oncology hospital.
Consequences of shelling of the Russian military in Mykolaiiv.
Chernihiv was left with almost no power supply, no water supply, no gas supply and no heat supply, said the head of the regional administration Viacheslav Chaus. Yesterday, there were several successful attempts to restore power, but the enemy again interrupted the network. There are also problems with mobile communication and mobile Internet in the city, but they are trying to restore it.
Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile units Buk-M1 and S-300 hit five air targets: the Russian unmanned aerial vehicle "Forpost" and four helicopters of the Russian army.
The air defense of the operational command "Pivnich" hooked up the Russian Su-34 fighter in Chernihiv region. Air Force fighter aircraft on Su-27 and MiG-29 aircraft, with a significant numerical advantage of the enemy, conducted up to ten air battles in several directions and returned without losses. Air Force Command Information.
As a result of the strikes on Vasylkiv, an oil depot is burning in Kyiv region, which is located near the airport. According to the National Police in Kyiv region, at about 7:00 am, the Russian military dropped at least six rockets in the area of the military airfield in Vasylkiv and damaged the warehouse with ammunition, detonating shells. Information about the injured and dead is being specified.