Since the beginning of the invasion, Russia has completely or partially destroyed 3500 infrastructure objects (among them – 230 transport infrastructure sites, 165 civilian infrastructure objects such as gas lines etc., dozens of educational and health institutions). – Minister of Internal Affairs.
Around midnight, the Ukrainian coast near the village of Tuzla in the Odesa region came under fire from the Russian ships. – Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs.
The Russian occupants began firing missiles at Mariupol from the sea. Enemy ships are stationed near the village of Bilosaraiska Kosa.
In Zaporizhzhia, Russians forces fired at the railway station “Zaporizhzhia-2”. – Secretary of the Zaporizhzhia City Council. Railways all over Ukraine are being used for evacuation of refugees, while Russian forces continue to shell humanitarian routes.
The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 12.03 were approximately: 13800 troops; 430 tanks; 1375 armored vehicles; 190 artillery systems; 70 rocket systems; 43air defense units; 84 aircraft; 108 helicopters; 819 military cars; 3 military boats; 60 fuel tanks; 11 tactical UAVs. The information is being updated. The calculation is complicated by the high intensity of hostilities. – Ministry of Defence
During the night, the Russian military continued to fire on Rubizhne and Severodonetsk: 12 houses caught fire as a result of the shelling, one person died, and fires broke out in seven houses.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, at least 103 children have died, more than 100 have been injured — Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova. [verified information, real numbers are likely much higher]
Russian invaders abducted six people (City Council officers and volunteers) who where in the building of the Bucha City Council and provided assistance to civilians and refugees.
Over the last 24 hours, Russian troops have made more than 50 artillery/aviation strikes against Kharkiv. The city continues to defend itself. – Head of the Regional Military Administration
In Kharkiv, Russian artillery hit a residential building. The neighboring kindergarten is on fire. – Armed Forces of Ukraine
TV Channel 24 (Ukrainian state media) was hacked. A running line was inserted by hackers with a fake call from the President to lay down arms. Official Ukrainian authorities emphasize that no such statement was made by the President and no such statement will ever be made. – Armed Forces of Ukraine
As of March 16, about 900 people had been evacuated from the city of Yuzhne in the Odesa region. Currently there are no locals willing to leave. Most of those who agreed to evacuate were elderly people and children. – Mayor Volodymyr Novatsky
The Russian occupiers damaged 117 hospitals during hostilities against Ukraine, 7 of which are destroyed completely. In addition, the occupiers fired on 43 ambulances. – Ministry of Health.
Russian troops are using the Donetsk Metallurgical Plant to burn corpses and hide the real death toll among their forces. – Defence Intelligence of Ukraine
4329 people have been evacuated from Mariupol to Zaporizhia, 1033 of them – children. – Zaporizhia City Council
Russian troops shelled a column of civilian cars fleeing Mariupol. They used Grad heavy artillery systems. 5 people were killed, one child is in a critical state. Information is being updated.
Russian aggressors dropped a powerful bomb on the Mariupol Drama Theatre, where hundreds or thousands of people were taking shelter (mostly – women and children). Information on casualties is not available. Due to constant Russian artillery strikes it’s nearly impossible to start a rescue operation. – Serhiy Taruta, member of the Parliament of Ukraine
On March 16 the trade pavilions caught on fire on the territory of the market in Kharkiv as a result of the shelling by the Russian occupiers. Three people were killed and five were injured.
In Chernihiv, Russian troops fired on people standing in line for bread. At least 10 people were killed. – Chernihiv local media
The mayor of Melitopol Fedorov was released from captivity by Russian occupiers, the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration.
As a result of the shelling of Kyiv on Wednesday evening, Russian munitions hit several private houses in the Podilskyi district.
Emergency services found the bodies of five victims, including three children, under the rubble of a residential building in Chernihiv after Russian artillery strikes. – State Emergency Service.
In Mariupol, Russian forces bombed a sports complex where pregnant women and mothers with young children were taking refuge. – Ukrinform media agency
The casualties among civilians from February 24, 2022, when Russia started the war against Ukraine, to 24:00 on March 15, 2022 amounted to 1,900 civilians (+66 in comparison to the previous day), including 726 dead (+34), according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights on Wednesday.
Shooting of people in line for bread in Chernihiv: the death toll rose to 13. Dozens of people were injured. The chief of regional police Volodymyr Nidzelskyy reported about it.
Sarny, 90km north of Rivne: a few explosions were heard during the air raid siren. Sarny’s Mayor, Ruslan Serpeninov, reported a missile attack via his Facebook page, noting “no casualties so far”. The Head of the Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Kohan has confirmed the shelling.