Minute-by-minute news about the war on Wednesday, March 16
• On the twenty-first day of the war, Ukraine is stuck between the hope of a diplomatic breakthrough (today the new talks) and the reality of Russian strikes.
• Ukrainian President Zelensky admitted yesterday that his country will not join NATO. Putin replied: Orena is not serious and does not want an acceptable solution. Today, Zelensky will speak before the US Congress.
• Mateusz Morawiecki, Peter Fiala and Janez Jansa, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia premiere, went to Kyiv yesterday, with a dramatic, symbolic but highly political gesture.
• in Kyiv, besieged by Russian forcesThe total curfew imposed by the Ukrainian authorities will last for 36 hours. Mariupol is still under siege and bombs over Odessa
• The International Court of Justice in The Hague decides today on Ukraine’s appeal against Russia since the start of the invasion. Marta Serafini writes that the country under attack condemns the genocide.
• After the American director Brent Reno, two more victims of information: Fox News channel cameraman Pierre Zakrevsky and Ukrainian journalist Alexandra Kovchinova, who died in the same accident near Kyiv, where the American TV reporter Benjamin was seriously injured. Hall whose leg was amputated.
06.57 – Russians attack Mariupol from the sea and launch missiles at the besieged city
The Russians began attacking Mariupol, a city in southern Ukraine that had been besieged for days by the sea. The missiles, as explained by local officials, were launched from Russian ships that landed near the village of Belosarayska Kosa.
06.56 – Sirens sounded at night in Kyiv, Odessa and other places
Bombing sirens sounded at night in Kyiv and in several cities in Ukraine. In particular, the independent Kyiv newspaper, reported, that they were heard in Cherkasy, Dnipro, Lviv, Odessa, Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsia, Kirovohrad and Khmelnitsky.
06.50 a.m. – Explosions at Zaporizhzhia قطار Train Station
Some explosions were recorded in Zaporizhzhia, in the southeast of Ukraine where the largest nuclear power plant in Europe is located. This was announced by the Secretary of the Zaporizhzhya City Council Anatoly Kortev, explaining that an explosion occurred at the train station.
06.15 am – Explosions reported in Kyiv
Some Twitter users have photographed plumes of smoke at multiple locations that were hit by Russian missiles.
05.27 – The United Nations and Ukraine risk burning 18 years of economic progress
Ukraine risks losing 18 years of economic progress if conflict spreads, with 90% of the population already in poverty or at risk of falling into it in the next 12 months: the warning issued by the United Nations Development Program (Unpd). These forecasts, the first by the UN agency, indicate that a third of Ukrainians could fall below the poverty line in the next year, 14 times more than was expected before the Russian invasion. Another 62% will remain at high risk of poverty. Although the need for immediate humanitarian assistance for Ukrainians is of paramount importance – UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner explained – the serious implications for the evolution of the protracted conflict are becoming clear. It also affected the destruction of infrastructure, roads, bridges, hospitals and schools.
02.09 – US Senate calls for investigations into Putin’s war crimes
The US Senate has unanimously approved a resolution condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal. The resolution, introduced by Republican Lindsey Graham and backed by senators on both sides, encourages the International Criminal Court in The Hague and other countries to prosecute Moscow’s military for war crimes committed in Ukraine.
01.50 am – Russian ships bombard Odessa, two wounded
The death toll from the bombing of Russian warships on the coast of the state of Odessa, the port in southwestern Ukraine, will be at least two people injured. This was reported by the independent Kyiv newspaper, citing local authorities. News of the attack comes after satellites spotted 14 ships of the Moscow Northern Fleet approaching Odessa, including the 120-meter-long amphibious ship Pyotr Morgunov.
01.39 am – Explosions sounded in the outskirts of Kyiv
Explosions were heard in the outskirts of Kyiv as the sirens sounded again. This was reported by the CNN team in the field. The explosions started after dark.
01.20 – Zelensky, positions in negotiations are more realistic, but time is needed
Meetings continue. I was told that the positions in the negotiations seemed more realistic. However, more time is needed for the decisions to be in Ukraine’s interest. This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a speech before 2 am local time, assessing the negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow.
00.04 – Wall Street Journal: Biden announces $1 billion in military aid to Kiev
US President Joe Biden is expected to announce more than $1 billion in new military aid to the Ukrainian government. The Wall Street Journal writes it. The assistance will include new supplies of the same types of military equipment that the United States says the Ukrainians need most: anti-armor and anti-aircraft systems, including portable air defenses such as the Javelins and Stinger.
March 16, 2022 (change on March 16, 2022 | 07:00)
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