Russians bombed the Mariupol Drama Theatre, where reportedly almost a thousand women and children were taking shelter. The word “CHILDREN” was laid out in giant letters (visible from the sky) in front of the building to protect it. The Russians still dropped the bombs. People are currently buried under rubble. Rescue efforts remain nearly impossible due to shelling.
Russian warships opened fire at three ships flying the Panama flag in the Black Sea. One ship was sunk. No information on casualties is available yet. – Reuters
In Kyiv, an apartment building was damaged and caught fire after being hit with the fragments of a Russian missile. People are being evacuated from the building, rescue services are dismantling the debris and searching for victims. – State Emergency Service of Ukraine
Russian aggressors opened artillery fire during the night on the town of Merefa (Kharkiv region), destroying a school, a community hall and damaging several nearby houses.
Russian occupying forces shelled the town of Rubizhne in the Luhansk region in the early hours of March 17. At least 27 houses were destroyed in the shelling
90% of Mariupol city has been destroyed or damaged. Almost no buildings have been left untouched by constant Russian artillery strikes. Most of the 400,000 residents remain. Evacuation and rescue efforts remain extremely difficult due to constant Russian shelling. This is beyond a humanitarian disaster. – Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Denisenko.
As of 15 March, the total number of those who crossed the borders of Ukraine leaving the country to escape Russian aggression reached 3,063,095 citizens. – UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Total combat losses of Russian aggressors in Ukraine from 24 Feb to 17 Mar (approximation): 14000+ troops; 444 tanks; 1435 armored vehicles; 201 artillery systems; 72 rocket systems; 43 anti-air systems; 86 aircraft; 108 helicopters; 864 military auto vehicles; 3 military boats; 60 fuel tanks; 11 tactical UAVs. – General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine
108 children have been killed since the start of the war, 120 more have been injured. – Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine
Russian troops used Grad artillery systems to shell a peaceful village of Maryanske in the Kryviy Rih district. – Head of the Kryviy Rih military administration
Since mid-February Ukraine’s critical informational infrastructure sustained 3,000 cyberattacks. – Deputy head of the State Special Communications and Information Protection Service
Russian invaders kidnapped Volodymyr Tiurin, deputy head of the civil-military administration in the town of Shchastia, Luhansk region. – Head of the Luhansk region military administration
Russian occupiers shelled Kharkiv 49 times in the past day, but no enemy aviation was registered. – Head of the Kharkiv RMA Oleh Synyehubov
The number of civilians killed while standing in line for humanitarian aid in Chernihiv on March 16 has risen to 14. – Chairman of the Chernihiv region prosecutor’s office
Azovstal Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol was bombed by Russian aggressors from the air. Mariupol Deputy Mayor reports that the factory has been completely destroyed.
The city of Slavytuch (Kyiv region) has been completely isolated by Russian aggressors, cutting it off from supplies. The city is nearing a humanitarian disaster. – Kyiv Regional Military Administration
A U.S. citizen was reported among the victims of Russian artillery strikes on a residential neighborhood in Chernihiv. Information regarding casualties is being verified. – Head of Chernihiv Region Police
21 people were killed and 25 injured as a result of the Russian shelling of Merefa town (Kharkiv region). – Kharkiv Region Prosecutor’s Office
Four people were killed when Russian artillery fired on a neighborhood in central Chernihiv. – Head of the Chernihiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office
Russian military fired heavy artillery at Novi Petrivtsi village. Preliminarily reports: a two-year-old child died, and four people were injured. – Kyiv region police
The Russian army shelld a village in Kharkiv with cluster bombs (banned by the Oslo Convention due to their horrific effect on civilian casualties). At least six people were killed. – Community leader of Kozacha Lopan village.
Russian forces shelled the Sviatoshyn district in Kyiv. Several buildings caught fire and at least 2 people died. Rescue efforts are ongoing, info on casualties is being updated. – State Emergency Service
Russian aggressors fired on a shelter for mothers and children in Severodonetsk (Luhansk region), using rocket artillery. The shelter was already being used to hide from widespread destruction. There are no safe areas left in the region that have not yet been shelled. – Luhansk Region Military Administration
Russian forces keep shelling residential areas and civil infrastructure in Kyiv region using rocket artillery: at least one more person was killed, several injured, a bridge was destroyed and numerous houses were demolished or damaged. – Kyiv Region National Police
402 educational institutions (schools, kindergartens, universities) were hit by Russian missiles since the start of the war. 64 are utterly destroyed with no possibility of reconstruction. Children are often casualties in these strikes. – Minister of Education of Ukraine
Russia is running out of high-accuracy missiles. Older rockets and bombs that cause wide-scale destruction of civilian infrastructure may be used by Russia in the near future. – General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
In Severodonetsk, Luhansk region, Russian invaders fired on a regional hospital. Information on casualties is being updated. – Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration.