36-hour curfew in Kiev, Russian advance in southern Ukraine… afternoon update

The situation on the map

The context

Hosted live by Anna Villechenon and Pierre Bouvier

  • On the twentieth day of the war in Ukraine, Tuesday, March 15, the Russian army is slowly advancing and expanding its bombardment across Ukraine. According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army, “the enemy continues to launch attacks with missiles and bombs, artillery and tanks on infrastructure and civilian neighborhoods” in several large and medium-sized cities.
  • Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, is subject to a curfew from 8 p.m. At dawn, several explosions rang out in Sviatochyn and Podil, residential areas of the city. Russian troops are said to be about 15 kilometers from the city center. Heavy fighting has been going on for several days in the northwestern suburbs, in the towns of Irpin, Hostomel or Boutcha. Maize “Kiev is still open to the souththe southern roads are passable, allowing the Kievans to flee and the capital to be supplied”, cAs reported by our special correspondent, Rémy Ourdan.
  • Prime Ministers of Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia are on their way to Kiev to meet and show President Volodymyr Zelensky “unambiguous support” of the EU.
  • In the south, the seat of Mariupol, a strategic port city, has been underway for more than a week. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) talks about living conditions “which are nothing short of a nightmare” for the approximately 400,000 people left. While fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces takes place in the north of the metropolis, Russian missiles fall and pulverize civilian and military buildings. BEE Mykolaiv, a port city on the Black Sea, the bombings also continue. Russian troops are approaching, but their target remains Odessa, to cut off Ukraine’s access to the sea. The Russian Defense Ministry has assured several official Russian bodies that the military is now in control of the sea. Kherson† This city of 290,000 inhabitants, which fell almost ten days ago, is the only major Ukrainian conurbation under Russian control since the invasion began.
  • To the east, the russians are still trying to take Kharkiv, the second largest city in the country, according to the army staff. The ICRC reports that a convoy of 30 buses is ready to leave the city Sumy, a few miles away. Valentyn Reznitchenko, governor of the region of Dniproclaims that the Russian army bombed the city’s international airport during the night from Monday to Tuesday, destroying notably the runways.
  • the human losses is still very uncertain. According to Sunday’s count by the UN, at least 636 civilians have been killed since the start of this war, underlining that this estimate is probably much lower than the reality. Nearly 3 million people fled the fighting and shelling, including 1.6 million children, and about 2 million were displaced. According to the Ukrainian president, nearly 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers were killed, while Russia released only one report on March 2. 498 soldiers killed.
  • The fourth round of negotiations to try to find a way out of the war resumes today, after a… “technical interruption” announced by the head of Ukrainian negotiators, Mykhaïlo Podoliak.
  • Marina Ovsiannikova, an employee of the powerful Russian public broadcaster Pervy Kanal, held up a sign on live television news condemning the attack on Ukraine and Russian propaganda. She could be prosecuted for having “the use of Russian armed forces discredited”
  • European Union member states on Monday passed a fourth round of sanctions against Russian companies and oligarchs. Previously, 862 people and 53 Russian entities were already on this blacklist, which prohibits entry into the territory of the European Union and allows the seizure of their assets.

Read all our articles, analyzes and reports on the war in Ukraine:

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Stand. Raphaël Glucksmann: “If we don’t defend Ukraine for our principles, let’s do it for our vital interests”

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Our live from Monday 14 March can be found here.