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01:30

Chernihiv Mayor Vladyslav Atroshenko informs that roughly 130 thousand civilians remain in Chernihiv with 150-155 thousand having fled – city mayor Vladyslav Atroshenko.

04:03

Since February 24, the beginning of Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine, about 3,780 residential buildings have been partially damaged, and 651 houses have been destroyed – Roman Prymush, Deputy Head of the State Emergency Service

04:39

More than 80,000 sq. kilometers (30,888 sq. miles) of Ukraine is already covered in mines or explosives and is in need of clearing. – Association of Sappers of Ukraine

04:47

There are seven active fires in the Exclusion zone near the Chernobyl Power Plant. The area of fires exceeds acceptable size by tens of times. –  Sentinel-2 satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA)

08:04

Russian invaders shelled the town of Zelenodolsk and its suburb Mala Kostromka in the Kryviy Rih district using Grad multiple rocket launchers. – Head of the Kryviy Rih military administration Oleksandr Vilkul

08:19

Russian army targets and destroys food warehouses in Syeverodonetsk. This is reported by head of the Luhansk region military administration Serhiy Hayday

08:46

A gas station caught fire after a shelling of the Korabelniy district of Mykolayiv. Three men were killed, one woman injured and hospitalized. – State Emergency Service.

09:32

Russian forces were purposefully hunting international journalists in Mariupol. They had a list with names and were trying to capture or kill the only people documenting the brutal siege of Mariupol. – Mstyslav Chernov, journalist of Associated Press, rescued by Ukrainian forces from Mariupol

09:44

117 children have been killed since the start of Russian aggression in Ukraine, 150 have been injured. Recent cases include: In Kharkiv region, a Russian tank fired on a car with a family of refugees, killing a 9 year old child. A 7 year old child was found dead under the rubble of a house shelled by Russian in Mykolaiv region. – General Prosecutor’s Office

09:55

Total combat losses of russian aggressors in Ukraine from 24 Feb to 22 Mar (approximation): 15300 troops; 559 tanks; 1556 armored vehicles; 252 artillery systems; 80 rocket systems; 45 anti-air systems; 99 aircraft; 123 helicopters; 1000 military auto vehicles; 3 military boats; 70 fuel tanks; 35 tactical UAVs, 15 objects of special equipment. – General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine

09:59

Russian armed forces have launched over 1,100 missiles aimed at Ukraine since the start of the armed aggression. – US Defense Department.

10:12

Russia used rocket artillery Tornado-S in its strike on Avdiyivka (Donetsk region). At least 15 buildings were damaged, there are civilian casualties. – National Police of Ukraine

10:42

Russian invaders are amping up artillery strikes in Kharkiv region. 84 artillery strikes have been reported in the past 24 hours. – Head of Kharkiv Regional Administration

11:40

The city of Chernihiv is on the verge of collapse. Half the population has left, the remaining 130 thousand are predominantly sick, elderly or unable to fully care for themselves. The suburbs have been fully destroyed by Russian shelling, the city has no electricity or water. Repairs and logistics are nearly impossible due to Russian artillery strikes. – Commissioner for Human Rights of the Parliament of Ukraine.

12:31

On 21 March, Russian occupiers took hostage Olena Plaksina, member of the town council in temporarily occupied Tokmak (Zaporizhzhia region). – Zaporizhzhia Regional Administration. [This continues the trend of Russian invaders kidnapping local town leaders in attempts to install illegitimate puppet leadership controlled by Kremlin]

13:08

Residents of Kherson have once again organized a rally protesting Russian occupation of the city. Russian soldiers dispersed the crowd with tear gas, but some people came back once the gas cleared. Evidence was also uncovered of gunshots fired by Russian soldiers. – Hromadske news (based on eyewitness reports)

14:40

Russian aviation dropped 2 heavy “super bombs” on Mariupol, making it clear that the goal is complete destruction of the city and mass deaths among its population. – Azov Battallion of the Ukrainian Armed Forces

15:10

On the night of March 21-22nd, the Russians fired from ships at the coast of Odesa. The Ukrainian military repelled the attack, additionally shooting down an enemy aircraft. – Operational Command South of the Ukrainian Armed Forces

15:20

The Russian occupiers destroyed the “Farmak” pharmaceutical plant warehouse near the village of Makariv in the Kyiv region. The damages are estimated in the amount of 1.5 bln UAH. – Supervisory Board of the company

15:30

Luhansk region is still under active artillery fire from the Russian army. Russian forces fired on a children’s hospital in Severodonetsk. Rubizhne, Lysychansk, Popasna, Novodruzhesk, and Toshkivka towns are also under constant fire. More than 20 fires were put out in the last 24 hours. – State Emergency Service

16:00

Due to the blockade in Kherson, there is a critical shortage of food and medicine. Newborns who lack baby food and hygiene products, as well as seriously ill people, are at special risk. There are also around 100 foreign students in the city. –  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

16:48

Turkish authorities warn about the possible drifting of mines in the Black Sea left by Russian forces that blockaded the ports of Odesa, Ochakove, Chornmorsk and Yuzhne port towns.

17:00

Since the start of the war, russian occupiers completely or partially destroyed at least 4,431 houses, 548 educational institutions, 135 medical and cultural institutions (conservative estimates). – Organization of analysts and lawyers of the Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group.

17:40

Another use of phosphorus munitions (banned by international conventions) was recorded yesterday in Kramatorsk , the damage from these can cause particularly severe and painful injuries, chemical burns, bone and bone marrow damage, provoke slow and painful death. – Commissioner for Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament

18:18

8 civilians were injured as a result of the shelling of Lozova town in Kharkiv region. About 20 private houses were destroyed. – Lozova City Council

18:20

As a result of Russian missile strikes in Pavlograd (Dnipro region) a railway station was destroyed, 15 freight cars derailed and one person died. Traffic through the station is suspended indefinitely. – Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration

18:35

Representatives of the so-called “DPR” seized an evacuation column with SES officers along the previously agreed route near Mangush village, Mariupol area.
Iryna Vereshchuk, Minister of the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories informed.

20:13

In Severodonetsk, Luhansk oblast, one person was killed and six were injured in the Russian shelling, according to the head of Luhansk Oblast Military Administration Serhiy Haidai. He also informed the occupiers have destroyed 15 houses during the last day all over Lunansk oblast.

21:22

The deputy of the Kherson Regional Council Serhii Khlan informed that the Russian occupiers plan to put into circulation rubles starting from April 1st.

22:08

In the Stanislavsky community, Kherson oblast, residential buildings were destroyed due to the constant shelling, power lines and the gas supply system were damaged as well, according to Ivan Samoilenko, the head of the Stanislavsky community council.

23:55

On the evening of March 22, the Russians struck three times at a military infrastructure facility in the Rivne region, said Vitalii Koval, head of the regional state administration.

See the war

Trenches near Bakhmut. In the cold and mud, Ukrainian soldiers fight the Russian invaders back.

By Victor Borinets

Serhii was only 2 days old, when his life was cynically taken by a Russian missile. It crashed into the hospital’s maternity ward in Vilniansk, the Zaporizhzhia region. November 2022.

By Heidi Levine for The Washington Post

Serhii was only 2 days old, when his life was cynically taken by a Russian missile. It crashed into the hospital’s maternity ward in Vilniansk, the Zaporizhzhia region. November 2022.

By Heidi Levine for The Washington Post

The eyes of Ukrainian defenders.

By Konstantin & Vlada Liberov

After retreating from Kherson, Russian forces began to shell the residential areas of the city. Dozens of people wounded or killed.

By Bernat Armangue / Associated Press

13-year-old Hlib in the center of Kherson just a day after the liberation.

By Andras D. Hajdu / NRK

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