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The Russian army fired on Zhytomyr. After hitting the Caliber cruise missile at the base of the 95th Brigade in Zhytomyr, residential buildings caught fire, said Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko. According to the mayor, the Russian army aimed directly at the living space.


Kharkiv is experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe as a result of shelling, says Myroslav Marynovych, a founding member of the Helsinki Group. “Today Kharkiv is turning into Grozny. This is pure horror. Russia had used the terrorists-fighting pretext while bombing Grozny and had no consequences from the international community. Today Russia is trying to hide behind the slogan of fighting fascists and nationalists. But the world will not let it slip this time”.


The Ministry of Defense: Belarusian troops have been put on alert and are now located in areas close to Ukraine.


Kherson remains under Ukrainian control, but Russian forces have seized a railway station and a river port, said Kherson Mayor Igor Kolykhayev. He says the situation is difficult, the number of casualties is currently unknown. The Russian forces started the assault on Kherson on March 1 by shelling residential buildings.


Russian missile strikes in Kharkiv: the Karazin national Kharkiv University was hit and caught on fire, Kharkiv regional police department sustained heavy damage. Preliminary reports: 3 people are wounded.


Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Reznikov: Kharkiv, Mariupol and Kherson have been the targets of the most intense artillery shellying by Russia in recent days. The Ukrainian Army is steadfastly defending our cities, Russian ground troops are losing morale, some units are surrendering.


Kharkiv Regional State Administration reports: 21 people have died and 112 have been injured as a result of Russian shelling of the city during the last 24 hours.


Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine: Russian troops are trying to blockade Kyiv from the north-west by advancing along the border of Horenychi, Hostomel and Demidiv.


Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine: Russian armored vehicle groups are moving to blockade Kyiv from the north-east despite heavy losses. Their advance has been stopped by Ukraine’s defence near the towns of Kozelets and Makiiv, the advance has also been slowed near Svitylna and Peremoha.


Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine: With no major success in advancing its ground forces, Russian troops have focused on trying to blockade Kyiv and Mariupol as well as shelling critical infrastructure to terrorize the civilian population in a brutal campaign of intimidation.


Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine: In the Black Sea Operational Zone, Russian aggressors are deploying a naval group and continue preparations for a naval landing operation.


Updates on civilian losses (day of March 1st and the night of March 2nd): 2 people dead and 16 wounded in the airstrike on Zhytomyr; 21 killed (including 1 child) and 112 injured due to shelling of Kharkiv region; 5 dead and 5 injured in the attack on Kyiv’s TV tower; 21 injured and 1 dead due to cassette bomb shellings in Mariupol. Info is being updated.


URGENT! Ukrainian Parliament warns: Russian occupants have approached the Enerhodar checkpoint, near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant (Zaporizhia NPP). Ukrainian forces don’t exclude a provocation and fear a strike against the power plant with further false accusations against Ukraine.


Updates from Donetsk region (State Communication Service) as at March 2nd: 2 dead, 22 injured (1 child). Russian forces shelled residential houses, two schools, groceries, city service buildings. The occupants shelled 17 settlements. Ukrainian authorities are helping those affected and documenting Russian war crimes.


Sumy Region State Administration: Russian occupants are threatening the peaceful city of Konotop with artillery if the town’s government doesn’t surrender. The city has refused to do so. The Head of the Region Administration requests aid from the international community in repelling Russian invaders in the region.


Russian losses as at March 2nd (from MFA of Ukraine): 5840 troops; 862 armored vehicles; 30 aircraft; 31 helicopters; 211 tanks; 85 cannons; 60 fuel trucks; 355 military auto-vehicles; 2 ships; 9 anti-air cannons/guns; 1 BUK missile system. Info is being updated.


Mayor of Voznesensk (Mykolaiv region): Ukrainian Armed Forces and Territorial Defence have engaged Russian troops in/near the city. The South-Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant is located nearby. Earlier, the Ukrainian Parliament said it doesn’t exclude Russian strikes against NPPs.


General Staff of Ukranian Armed Forces: Russian aggressors continue preparing the deployment on the Black Sea shore (areas of Zatoka, Odesa). Ship-based navy groups have been spotted by the Ukrainian military.


The building of the Kharkiv City Administration has been hit by a cruise missile.


General Staff of Ukranian Armed Forces: two MiG-29 fighters of Ukraine’s Air Force tactical aviation brigade shot down 2 Russian SU-35C fighters in Kyiv region. One Ukranian pilot is missing, the search for him is ongoing.


The shelling of Kharkiv by Russian invaders continues, citizens report explosions in the city center, residential areas and near infrastucture objects (airport, etc.). The situation is developing.


Russian forces opened fire on a peaceful demonstration in the city of Melitopol (southeast Ukraine), locals report 2 people are injured.


Chernihiv Regional State Administration: the shelling of the city of Severdonetsk led to damage of a local kindergarten, trapping 10 people (8 children) in the basement. Evacuation efforts are ongoing.


Local journalists in Voznesensk (Mykolaiv region) report shelling by heavy artillery in the city. Reports of ground fighting are also incoming. The town is defending itself. Reminder: the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant is located nearby.


State Emergency Service of Kharkiv: The shell aimed at the City Council building hit one of the neihgboring buildings instead. Rescue services are assessing the situation.


Ukraine’s State Border Service: Russia is mobilizing people in the temporarily occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in the amount of approximately 3.5 thousand, aiming to bring them to Kherson region.


Civilian residents of Enerhodar city (home of Europe’s largest Nuclear Power Plant) have come out to block the roads, stopping Russian invaders from further movement.


Mariupol city (Donetsk region) has been under fire by Russian invaders for more than 14 hours. 42 people are injured.


Thousands of people took to the streets of Melitopol, Zaporizhya region, to stop the Russian occupation of the city.


Russian invaders opened fire on a Ukrainian control point in Korosten city (Zhytomyr region). 4 people killed, 5 – injured. The Korosten TV tower was also hit, stopping TV communications.


Minister of Foreign Affairs: 1000+ volunteers from 16 countries are on their way to Ukraine to defend the country from Russian aggression. More volunteer applications keep coming.


Russian troops have opened fire and started throwing grenades at civilian protesters in Enerhodar (near Europe’s largest Nuclear Power Plant). Several people have been injured.


Russian armored vehicles have entered the town of Balakliya (Kharkiv region). The mayor announced that city authorities will not cooperate with the occupying forces.


Ukrainian Armed Forces have freed the town of Makariv in Kyiv region from Russian invaders and have secured their positions.


A Russian missile hit a ship under the Bangladesh flag in the port of Olvia. The ship caught fire, reports the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority. Tug boats have been sent to the rescue. No injuries reported yet.


In Trostyanets city (Sumy region) a Ukranian-operated Bayraktar system destroyed a russian cannon that was firing on Ukrainian cities.


Kharkiv police reports that Russian airstrikes and artillery strikes on March 2nd resulted in 4 people killed and 15 wounded. Rescue services and police continue to work at bombing sites.


In the new battle near Kruty (Chernihiv region), Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed about 200 invaders in a crushing defeat of the enemy. Before the battle, the invaders tried to deface the Memorial to the Heroes of Kruty.


The UN General Assembly voted in favor of the resolution demanding Russia stop its aggression in Ukraine. 141 countries voted in favor. 35 abstained. 5 — against (Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea, Syria).


Ukrainian Armed Forces isolated and cut off the retreat of Russian troops advancing in Kyiv region by blowing up the bridge in Bashirevka.


Minister of Foreign Affairs: There is an urgent need to strengthen the Air Force. Ukraine is working with a number of countries to close the skies over the country and there is already some progress in this regard.


Mayor of Voznesensk (near South-Ukranian Nuclear Power Plant): We had to blow up two bridges to stop the advance of invaders. Bolharka village is being shelled by tanks and is cut off from water & electricity. The Ukranian flag is still above the city hall.


State Emergency Service: rescuers and volunteers evacuated 200+ residents of Bucha (Kyiv region) from under debris. People were trapped in basements due to Russian shelling.


The Healthcare Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament appealed to the Red Cross to ensure ‘green corridors’ to evacuate people in need of medical assistance, as well as to supply medical goods and humanitarian aid alongside the WHO.


On 2 March, up to thirty fighter jets, mostly from Belarus, violated the airspace of Ukraine and bombed civilians, reported the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


New U.S. sanctions: strict export control to Belarus; sanctions on 22 Russian defense companies; sanctions against companies financing Russia and Belarus armies; restrictions on oil industry tech.


Three major churches were damaged in shellings of Kharkiv city on March 2nd. No casualties or injuries reported.


Kyiv railway station was not damaged by the nearby airstrike and evacuation of citizens by train continues. However, major damage was done to city heating infrastructure, damage and injuries are being assessed.


In Konotop, Russian militaries demanded that local authorities surrender the town. They threatened with the artillery keeping the town at the gunpoint. Local inhabitants surrounded the military equipment near the town hall shouting “Shame!”. Currently, Konotop remains under the Ukrainian control.


In Kharkiv, two cruise missiles hit one of the territorial defense headquarters.

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