30,000 civilians flee Mariupol, Russia refuses to stop fighting

UKRAINIAN WAR. At least 30,000 residents of Mariupol were able to leave the port city located in southern Ukraine this Thursday, March 17, 2022, thanks in part to humanitarian corridors. At the same time, Russia refused to withdraw its troops from the country.

21:30 – News about the war in Ukraine

Russia continues to exert pressure. Three weeks after the invasion of Ukraine, Russian troops are slowly advancing around the country’s major cities. The capital Kyiv continues to be bombed, as are Kharkiv in the east and Mariupol in the south. While 30,000 civilians were able to escape the port city, the aircraft dropped a bomb on the theater of the port city, where 1,000 to 1,200 civilians had taken refuge. All details can be found below:

21:22 – Russian forces target largest market in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe’s largest market, Barabashovo in Kharkiv, was shelled by Russian troops on Thursday. As a result of the shelling, a fire broke out in the market, said Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. A large column of black smoke is visible.

21:13 – Humanitarian aid worker testifies of “horror” in Mariupol

A humanitarian aid worker who managed to escape from Mariupol, located in the south of the country, described “hell” and “horror” in the besieged port city. “From news and other videos, we can only understand part of what is happening on earth. We’ve been through hell. I can’t think of a day, not even a few hours, without being bombed, or He says the city is unrecognizable, with apartment buildings destroyed, others on fire, and huge craters on the roads from aerial bombardments.

21:03 – War in Ukraine: what are the human losses?

#Balance sheet. Three weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, it is difficult for the authorities to establish the exact loss of life. At least 700 civilians have been killed since the start of the Russian invasion operation, according to a UN report. The Ukrainian parquet general added that there were 108 children among the victims. As for the military side, Ukraine claims that about 14,000 Russian soldiers died. The figure is unverifiable and probably very exaggerated. No other instructions, Ukrainian or Russian, were given about the state of the military units. U.S. intelligence estimates that more than 7,000 Russian soldiers have already died during the invasion of Ukraine.

20:59 – City in northern Ukraine hit by air bomb

In northern Ukraine, the city of Korosten became the target of an airstrike by Russian aircraft. “The air bomb destroyed the wing and part of the residential building,” the mayor of the city said. The airstrike also damaged several private houses and set fire to an area of ​​several hectares. Firefighters extinguished the fire and carried out search and rescue operations. Nobody died or was hurt.

20:38 – 50-100 air bombs are dropped on Mariupol every day

According to the City Council of this city in southern Ukraine, an average of 50 to 100 air bombs are dropped on Mariupol a day. “The destruction is huge. Almost 30% of the city cannot be restored,” he said. On the outskirts of the city, fighting is already underway between Russian troops and the Ukrainian army.

20:12 – Three cities in eastern Ukraine blown up

The shelling of the cities of Avdiivka, Krasnogorovka and Maryinka in the east of the country continues, said the head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration Pavel Kirilenko. Russian forces hit the cafe and wounded two people.

19:38 – 350,000 people are still refugees in Mariupol

Mariupol has been surrounded by Russian troops and has been under heavy shelling since the beginning of the Russian invasion. 350,000 people are still refugees in the city in southern Ukraine. Reuters reports long lines of cars heading north of the city. Residents of the city have been trapped by Russian shelling, without heat, electricity or running water for most of the past two weeks, according to Ukrainian authorities.

19:11 – 30,000 civilians left Mariupol

Local authorities in Mariupol said 30,000 people were able to leave the city this week. The port city in southern Ukraine has been under siege by Russian troops for weeks.

18:44 – Cluster bombs hit a train station in eastern Ukraine

Cluster bombs hit the city of Cossack Lopan in the Kharkiv region, the head of the region said. “A few hours ago, the Russian army shelled Kazachya Lopan with cluster bombs. At least six people were killed, the number of injured is still unknown,” he said. Russian forces shelled the railway station, shops, pharmacies and other civilian buildings in the center of the village.

18:32 – 80% of Mariupol destroyed

Authorities in the besieged southern city of Mariupol said up to 80 percent of the buildings in the city were destroyed by Russian troops as a result of their daily shelling. The message comes as rescue teams in the city are trying to get survivors of the attack out of a theater where about 1,000 people were hiding in a bomb shelter.

17:59 – Evacuation bus fired on in eastern Ukraine

An evacuation bus carrying civilians from Popasna in eastern Luhansk region was attacked despite the establishment of a humanitarian corridor. The head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration, Sergei Gaidai, believes that it is “extremely dangerous to evacuate residents” in the region.

17:08 – House near Kiev destroyed by Russian missiles

The town of Novye Petrivtsi near Kiev was the target of several Russian missiles on Thursday. According to the police of the Kiev region, Russian forces fired heavy artillery at residential buildings in the Vyshgorod district. The shelling destroyed the building and damaged neighboring houses. As a result, a child died and four others were injured.

16:44 – “Thousand” Chechen volunteers leave to fight in Ukraine

The head of Russian Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, assured on Thursday that “a thousand” Chechen volunteers are heading to fight in Ukraine three weeks after the start of the Moscow offensive. Since the start of the Russian invasion, Chechnya has announced that it has sent 12,000 troops.

15:33 – “Hopes for a ceasefire have increased” between Ukraine and Russia

After meeting with his Ukrainian and Russian counterparts, the Turkish Foreign Minister considered that a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia was possible. “The results of the visits to the two countries gave hope for a ceasefire,” he said on Thursday.

15:28 – IN PHOTO – War in Ukraine: Funeral of Ukrainian soldiers in Lviv

ON THE PHOTO - War in Ukraine: Funeral of Ukrainian soldiers in Lviv - War in Ukraine ©LOUAI-BARAKAT/SIPA

Ukraine is losing new citizens every day in the fight against Russian troops. On March 15, a funeral was held in a church in Lvov for four Ukrainian servicemen who died during an air raid on Sunday, March 13, on a military base located in Yavoriv, ​​about 20 km from the Polish border. Colonels Oleg Yashchyshyn, Serhiy Melnyk, Kirill Vyshyvany, Rostyslav Romanchuk were among 35 dead and at least 134 injured in this Russian missile attack, according to Ukrainian authorities. View our slideshow about the war in Ukraine by clicking on the photo.

15:04 – At least 21 killed in shelling in Merefa

Unreported for the first time earlier in the day, the death toll from the bombing of Merefa, a city located near Kharkov, in eastern Ukraine, is staggering. According to local authorities, at least 21 people were killed in an airstrike on the city in the middle of the night (2:30 French time). 25 injured also received emergency services, including ten in a state of alarm.

14:39 – A family was killed in an explosion in Chernihiv

Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergency Situations in northern Ukraine said on Thursday that five members of the same family (parents and three children) were killed earlier in the day in an airstrike.

14:33 – Russia refuses to withdraw its troops from Ukraine

Despite the decision of the International Court of Justice, on Thursday, March 17, 2022, Russia announced its refusal to suspend the offensive and withdraw its military contingents located in Ukraine. Moscow cannot[a] not to take this decision into account”, given the failure of negotiations with Kiev in its current form. “In this case, there can be no talk of any agreement,” the Kremlin points out.

As of Thursday, March 17, 2022, the death toll has not yet been established. How many people were killed or injured in the shelling of the Mariupol theater on Wednesday, where, according to local authorities, “more than a thousand people took refuge”? At the end of the day, a bomb was dropped on this cultural site, located in the heart of a port city in southern Ukraine. Images showing the gutted theater quickly circulated, raising fears of great loss of life. The attack was condemned by the mayor’s office, which said it was outraged by “the level of cynicism and cruelty with which the Russian occupiers are massacring civilians.” Moreover, judging by satellite images, people who took refuge in the building wrote the word “children” on the ground in front of the entrance, as well as at the back of the theater, so that it could be seen from the sky. “My heart is broken,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Russia defended itself against any offensive, blaming a Ukrainian nationalist battalion for the strike.

Where tensions remained high for several years in secessionist regions of Ukraine, where conflict escalated in the days leading up to the February 24 Russian invasion, war was finally declared across the country. Although Russia borders only in the east with Ukraine, these are all the main cities of the country, everywhere in the territory that are under bombing and armed raids. Starting from the capital Kyiv and its environs, attacked by Russian troops. Yet located a few hundred kilometers from the border with Russia, the country’s first city is just 150 kilometers down the road from Belarus, the Russian-friendly country through which Vladimir Putin’s troops entered Ukraine.

Southern Ukraine and the shores of the Black Sea are the scene of fierce fighting between Russians and Ukrainians. The Soviet army has gained the upper hand over the cities of Kherson and Berdyansk, it is in strong positions along the coast to Odessa, where the Russian fleet is preparing to attack. In the southeast, Mariupol is the last city to resist and block the junction between the conquered territories of Donbass and the Russian offensive in the south of the country. To the north and east, Kremlin soldiers are advancing and striking at Chernihiv and Kharkiv, as well as at Donetsk and Lugansk, which have been focusing tension for eight years now and the beginning of the war in Donbass. Western Ukraine was spared, despite sporadic attacks and bombardments near Poland, in Lutsk, Lvov, and Ivano-Frankivsk.

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