Day 19 of Putin's war. Russian missiles attack Kyiv, first residents of Mariupol leave encircled city(UPDATED)

14 March, 10:21 AM
Constant Russian shelling turns Mariupol into ruins (Photo:Yevhen Maloletka via Facebook)

Constant Russian shelling turns Mariupol into ruins (Photo:Yevhen Maloletka via Facebook)

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been going on for nearly two-and-a-half weeks. Today, March 14th, is the 19th day of Putin's war.

UPDATE(1816): Ukraine and Russian put the fourth round of negotiations on technical pause until tomorrow, Mykhailo Podolyak, and advisor to Ukrainian President's Office Head said in a Twitter statement on March 14. The sides have to do some additional work in subgroups. Negotiations continue, he said.

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 Earlier Podolyak said Ukraine's positions during the negotiations have not changed: full ceasefire and full Russian troops withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine. "Only after that we can talk about some neighboring relations and political settlement of the conflict," Podolyak has said.

Meanwhile the Russian troops continued to attack Ukraine's cities and towns. They shelled Mykolaiv, Okhtyrka in Sumy Oblast, Kharkiv outskirts and Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast.

Ukraine's Army Chief Commander Valery Zaluzhny has reported on Facebook that since Feb. 24 Russia has launched 259 missile strikes, using more than 359 cruise missiles against Ukraine.

As of 6 p.m Russians have let only some 700 people to get out of the encircled Mariupol. Ukraine's Reintegration Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said: "it is almost nothing, as more than 300,000 Mariupol residents are still trapped."

Evacuation from the nearby Luhansk Oblast was more successful today, as more than 1700 people managed to get out of the active combat zone, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian President's Office has reported on Telegram.

Only 99 people were evacuated from Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast.

Rivne Oblast Council has updated the number of casualties caused by the overnight Russian airstrike on Rivne Oblast TV tower - 9 people died, 9 were wounded.

UPDATE (1500): More than 160 private vehicles have managed to leave the encircled city of Mariupol as of 1300, and are now heading to safety, Mariupol City Council reported in its official Telegram channel.

"According to our information, the first Mariupol residents have already passed Berdiansk and are now heading to Zaporizhzhia," the city council said.  "We also have information about a continued ceasefire on the route of the humanitarian corridor from Mariupol."

This is a first small success after five failed attempts to open the corridor from Mariupol.

UPDATE (1253): Russian invading forces continue to attack Kyiv. Ukrainian Air Defense System shot down a Russian missile over Kyiv's Podil district, downtown. The debris fell in Kurenivka neighborhood, killing one person and injuring six. 

Heavy fighting has been going on in Kyiv Oblast. The Ukrainian Army has succeeded in counter attacking in Hostomel, Mariupol and Izyum. Kyiv Council has updated the number of casualties resulting from a Russian attack on a residential building in Obolon. One person died, not two as was reported earlier.

Meanwhile, Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak has reported that talks between Ukraine and Russia have been difficult.

"The reason for the discord is too different political systems. Ukraine has a free dialogue within the society & an obligatory consensus. Russia has the ultimate suppression of its own society," Podolyak wrote.

Russians have not stop shelling Ukraine even during the negotiations.  A missile struck a residential building in Kramatrosk, a city in Donetsk Oblast, local governor Pavlo Kireev reported. "Two people died," Kireev wrote.

Residents of the occupied Melitopol continue to protest, demanding invading Russian forces release their mayor, Ivan Fedorov, whom the Russians have abducted three days ago. 

Meanwhile Ukrenergo, the state energy company, has reported the Russian invaders have once again damaged a power line that transports electricity to Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. This happened just a day after Ukrenergo specialists managed to restore power to the occupied Chornobyl NPP.

Today the fourth round of Russo-Ukraine talks will take place at 1030 in Kyiv via video-conference. Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukraine's President's Office head, said that the sides will discuss their proposals for a ceasefire . Ukraine will raise the issue of a Russian troop withdrawal. At the same time, the U.S. State Department has reported that it sees "Russia is finally ready for real negotiations with Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russian atrocities in Ukraine have continued. Overnight Russian forces bombed a TV tower in Rivne Oblast. There's currently no TV and radio signal in Rivne Oblast, the local authorities have reported.

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Early in the morning the invaders shelled Chernihiv's Polytechnic University, and the nearby town Nizhyn. 

In Kyiv, a Russian missile hit a residential building in Kyiv's northern Obolon district, starting a massive fire, killing at least two people, and wounding three more, Ukraine's State Emergency Service has reported. Another rocket attack caused a fire and damage at Kyiv's Antonov Plant, Ukraine's major aircraft and defense producer. Kyiv City Council has reported that two people died and seven were wounded in the attack against the Antonov Plant. More than 70 people were evacuated from nearby residential buildings in the area.

The Russians continue to attack Ukraine's southern city Mykolaiv. The enemy has attacked the town of Pervomaiske in the outskirts of Mykolaiv, Mykolaiv governor Vitaly Kim said.

Ukraine once again opened  11 humanitarian corridors from Kyiv Oblast to Zhytomyr Oblast and to Kyiv, and from Luhansk and Donetsk Oblast to Sloviansk. Once again, Ukraine will try to bring more than 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Mariupol.  On March 13 the Russians prevented the column from coming closer to Mariupol and started shelling the humanitarian corridor for a fifth time. The humanitarian aid thus had to spend a second night in the nearby city of Berdyansk. 

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