Ukraine-Russia latest news: Putin’s forces attack Mariupol and Kherson as civilian death toll rises



Building on fire in shelling attack in Kharkiv, rescuers work on the spot

Ukraine has claimed that more than 2,000 of its civilians have been killed during the first week of Russia’s invasion.

The country’s emergency service also said that hundreds of structures including transport facilities, hospitals, kindergartens and homes have been destroyed since the conflict began.

“Children, women and defense forces are losing their lives every hour,” it said in a statement.

It comes as the southeastern port city of Mariupol has suffered significant casualties and a water outage as it faces continued bombardment from Russian forces, its mayor said on Wednesday.

“The enemy occupying forces of the Russian Federation have done everything to block the exit of civilians from the city of half a million people,” Major Vadym Boichenko told Ukrainian broadcasters.

He did not provide an exact number of casualties.

Meanwhile, Ukrainians have said they are continuing to fight Russian forces in the southern port of Kherson, the first sizeable city Russia claims to have seized in the midst of its continued bombardment of the area.

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A motion urging Russia to halt its offensive and withdraw its troops from Ukraine immediately has received overwhelming backing during an emergency meeting of the UN security council today.

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More than 21 killed and 112 injured in past 24 hours of Russian assault on Kharkiv, officials claim

Ukraine has managed to halt the massing of Russian troops in Kharkiv, a city official has said, but Putin’s forces have responded by unleashing lethal air attacks and mass shelling.

Oleg Sinehubov, head of the Kharkiv regional administration, added that over the past 24 hours 21 people were killed and at least 112 were injured by Russia’s military operation in the city.

Emily Atkinson2 March 2022 17:22

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Watch: Sergei Lavrov says Russia would face a ‘real danger’ if Ukraine acquires nuclear weapons

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Russia says nearly 500 of its soldiers killed and 1,600 injured fighting in Ukraine

Nearly 500 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine, the country’s defense chiefs say.

The RIA Novosty news agency said the Russian defense ministry said 498 had died and another 1,597 had been wounded since the beginning of Moscow’s military operation there, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.

My colleague Jane Dalton have more:

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Russia says nearly 500 of its soldiers killed

Russia’s defense ministry has said that 1,597 of its soldiers have been injured while 498 have died since it commenced its invasion of Ukraine a week ago.

Emily Atkinson2 March 2022 17:07

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Russian delegation en route to resume peace talks, reports claim, amid continued attacks on city of Kherson

A Belarusian news agency has claimed that a Russian delegation is traveling to a meeting point for talks with Ukrainian counterparts expected to resume later today, reports Reuters.

It comes as Ukrainians said they were fighting on in the southern port of Kherson, the first sizeable city Russia claims to have seized in the midst of its continued bombardment of the area.

Emily Atkinson2 March 2022 16:53

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Russian forces block exit from port city of Mariupol, its major claims

The southeastern port city of Mariupol has suffered significant casualties and a water outage as it faces continued bombardment from Russian forces, its mayor said on Wednesday.

“The enemy occupying forces of the Russian Federation have done everything to block the exit of civilians from the city of half a million people,” Major Vadym Boichenko told Ukrainian broadcasters.

He did not provide an exact number of casualties.

Emily Atkinson2 March 2022 16:48

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In pictures: Parents cradle newborn children from maternity hospital basement in war torn Kyiv

(REUTERS)

The maternity center turned bomb shelter has been converted into a makeshift medical ward amid the escalation of Russian attacks in Ukraine’s capital.

(REUTERS)

Kyiv’s mayor earlier warned that Russian troops are drawing closer to the Ukrainian capital as thousands continue to flee the city.

“We are preparing and will defend Kyiv!,” Vitali Klitschko wrote in an online post. “Kyiv stands and will stand.”

(AP)

Emily Atkinson2 March 2022 16:46

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UN security council agrees for emergency session over Russian invasion

The US ambassador to the United Nations today told members of its security council that Russia is preparing to ramp up the brutality of its military operation in Ukraine.

Speaking ahead of a major vote on Wednesday, Linda Thomas-Greenfield urged the general assembly to vote in favor of a resolution that is set to reprimand the Kremlin over its invasion.

“This is an extraordinary moment. For the first time in 40 years, the Security Council has agreed to an emergency special session of the General Assembly” she said.

Emily Atkinson2 March 2022 16:25


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