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WAR IN UKRANE – The Russian offensive in Ukraine intensified on Tuesday and continued on Wednesday, March 16 with a series of attacks on Kiev, where three European prime ministers visited, as a sign of solidarity with the besieged city.
Russo-Ukrainian talks to stop the bloodshed resumed on Wednesday, following a major concession by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was willing to give up his accession to NATO.
Below you will find point by point the latest developments in the field of the war in Ukraine
The city of Zaporozhye, largely spared by the Russian offensive and a haven for people fleeing the beleaguered city of Mariupol, became the target of strikes on Wednesday, including one of the stations, according to local authorities. “Citizen towns in Zaporozhye were bombed for the first time,” regional governor Olexandre Staroukh said on Telegram.
“Rockets fell in the area of the Zaporozhe-2 station. According to the initial data, no one was killed,” he said, adding that another rocket had fallen on the botanical garden.
Zaporozhye is the humanitarian corridor destination for the hundreds of thousands of residents of Mariupol, besieged by Russian forces. About 20,000 people were able to leave the southeastern port city besieged by Russian troops on Tuesday, the Ukrainian presidency announced.
Russian strikes are on the rise in Kiev, the capital, which is “experiencing a dangerous and difficult moment,” the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said on Tuesday, issuing a curfew from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday.
An attack on an apartment building has killed at least four people, surrounded by Russian troops, and emptied at least half of the 3.5 million residents where three European prime ministers traveled Tuesday to meet Ukrainian President Zelensky, according to the capital’s mayor.
On Wednesday morning, March 16, around 6 a.m., at least three loud explosions sounded in the west of the capital. Shortly afterwards, several thick columns of black smoke were seen in the sky of the city, just like the day before, where several Russian strikes had hit residential buildings. Other explosions were heard early in the morning.
Power to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been fully restored and will be provided by neighboring Belarus, authorities in Belarus’s Gomel region said Wednesday, citing Belarus’ energy ministry.
“Currently, the supply of electricity to the plant’s infrastructure is ensured by the Belarusian power systems,” the source continues, specifying that the radiation level at the site was “stable” on Wednesday.
Power to the nuclear site, located on the border with Belarus and which fell into Russian hands on February 24, was cut for the first time last week and restored on Sunday. But on Monday, Ukrainian operator Ukrenergo accused the Russian military of once again cutting power to the plant by damaging a power line supplying the site.
Below is a map of Ukraine showing Russian advance as of March 15
Two journalists, an Irish Fox News cameraman, Pierre Zakrzewski, and a Ukrainian, Oleksandra Kuvshinova, who accompanied him, were killed near Kiev on Monday in an attack that also injured one of the TV station’s crew.
Russia has prepared lists of 40,000 fighters from the Syrian army and allied militias ready to be deployed in Ukraine, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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