After a month of invasion, fighting around Kyiv, Mariupol holds out (UPDATES)
Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been going on for a month. Today, March 23rd, is the 28th day of Putin's war.
UPDATE(2130): More than 2490 people evacuated Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia on March 23, Mariupol City Council has reported.
570 of them were children. People traveled by buses and by their own transport. Today 338 cars arrived.
In total, almost 50,000 people were evacuated since the start of the invasion. More than 36,000 have sought help from support centers in Zaporizhzhia.
UPDATE (1844): In Chernihiv Oblast invading Russian troops ordered several civilian cars to turn onto a mined road. As a result three people were killed, Ukraine's human rights ombudswoman Liudmyla Denisova has said in a statement.
Meanwhile the Russians continue to attack Kyiv. In the afternoon, a Russian missile hit a parking lot in Podil District of Kyiv. One person was killed, another two were hospitalized with injuries, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said in a statement.
The Ukrainian Army General Staff has reported that indiscriminate mine laying has put the Ukrainian sowing season in danger in several arable farming regions of Ukraine.
UPDATE (1623): Invading Russian forces used phosphorus weapons near the cities of Hostomel and Irpin in Kyiv Oblast on March 22, Mayor of Irpin Alexander Markushin said on March 23.
“Yesterday, March 22, late in the evening, the Russian invaders used banned phosphorus ammunition over the northwestern outskirts of Kyiv,” he wrote on Telegram.
Markushin that the approximate affected area was Hostomel-Irpin.
“The use of such weapons by the enemy against civilians is a crime against humanity and a violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949,” he added.
Roundup at 1330
· The Armed Forces of Ukraine may have encircled Russian troops in the towns of Irpin, Bucha and Hostomel in Kyiv Oblast north-west of the Ukrainian capital. This was reported by the Buchansk City Council. There is no confirmation of this from the Ministry of Defense so far.
· Two people were killed as a result of nighttime shelling of Mikolayiv.
· Director of the Kherson Drama Theater Oleksandr Kniga is reported to have been kidnapped by invading Russian troops.
· During the four weeks of the war, 121 children died and 167 were injured due to Russian attacks in Ukraine.
· Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian military has already shot down more than a hundred Russian aircraft. In total, the Russian Federation lost about 15,600 troops killed in action, according to the Ukrainian military. In the area around Izyum in Kharkiv Oblast alone, 400 Russian soldiers have been killed in the latest fighting.
UPDATE (1233): Operational information of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Russian invasion as of 1200.
· The return of certain units of the Republic of Belarus to points of permanent deployment has been partially confirmed. At the same time, the Lukashenka regime continues to hold a significant group of troops near the state border of Ukraine;
· The invaders tried to advance to the area of the village of Teterivske in Kyiv Oblast (about 70 kilometers north-west of central Kyiv), but due to limited forces they did not succeed and were forced to withdraw.
· As a result of the fighting in the area around Izyum, the Ukrainian defense forces destroyed up to 60% of the personnel and military equipment of an invading Russian force.
· On the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in the area of Dzhankoy, the arrival and concentration of personnel and military equipment of units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation has been recorded.
· The Ukrainian Defense Forces are conducting a stabilization operation in certain areas, holding back the advance of the enemy, and in certain directions forcing the enemy to retreat.
UPDATE (1117): Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has not been seen in public since March 11, that is, for 12 days, Russian media have reported. The last time the head of the Russian Defense Ministry appeared in the news was when the ministry reported that Shoigu had had a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar. The latest news in Shoigu's profile on the website of the Ministry of Defense is also dated March 11.
Top news as of 0900
· Over four weeks of the war, 121 children have been killed and 167 have been wounded due to Russian attacks in Ukraine.
· Kyiv was attacked again. According to preliminary data, four people were injured in the attack. Homes and a shopping center were damaged.
· In Chernihiv, the invaders bombed the road bridge across the Desna river that was being used by evacuation convoys, and across which humanitarian aid was brought into the city. However, the authorities say this will not interfere with the delivery of humanitarian supplies.
· Today, nine humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of people have been agreed.
· The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that in Belarus, opponents of the invasion partially disabled a railway connection with Ukraine. At the same time, there is an active movement of Russian and Belarusian military equipment in the country and a build-up along the Ukrainian border.
· Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian military has already shot down more than a hundred Russian aircraft, the General Staff says.
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