108 children died in three weeks, Kyiv and Mariupol were attacked

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WAR OF UKRAINE. At least 108 children have been reported killed since the war in Ukraine started three weeks ago. On Thursday, March 17, 2022, a building in Kiev was hit by a missile, the cost of the bombing of the Mariupol theater is still unknown.

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10:03 – 108 children died since the start of the war in Ukraine

According to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, it was announced on Wednesday, March 17, 2022 that 108 children have been killed since the start of the war between Ukraine and Russia, almost half of them in the Kyiv region (52). According to the judicial administration, 120 people were injured.

09:23 – Newly organized humanitarian corridors

On Thursday, March 17, 2022, humanitarian aid corridors will be organized in Ukraine. Various routes were planned to allow the evacuation of civilians, A priori, safely. The corridors are planned between:

  • Zaporizhia and Mariupol
  • Borodynka (near kiiv) and Zhytormyr (west of kiiv)
  • Shevchenkove (western suburb of Kiev) and Brovary (eastern suburb of Kiev)
  • Kharkiv (north) and Vovchansk (north of Kharkov)

In addition, a humanitarian convoy from several towns near Kyiv will deliver food and medicine.

09:02 – Ukraine claims to have shot down a third of Russian planes

The battle of numbers continues. Ukraine, on Thursday, March 17, 2022, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, claims that “in 21 days, Russia lost a third of its planes”, without specifying exact data. The Kremlin, for its part, remains silent about the losses recorded in its ranks and even to the enemy.

08:33 – Ukraine connected to European electricity

Ukraine’s electricity grid is now connected to the European Union. Despite Russia’s takeover of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, “this will help Ukraine maintain the stability of its electricity system, heat homes and keep the lights on during this dark time,” said Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy.

08:11 – War in Ukraine: How much is the loss of life?

Three weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, it is difficult for the authorities to determine an exact number of people. At least 700 civilians have been killed since Russia launched its invasion operation, according to a UN report. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also announced that 97 children would be counted among the victims. On the military side, Ukraine assures that about 14,000 Russian soldiers were killed. It’s an unconfirmed figure and probably very exaggerated. No other indications, Ukrainian or Russian, were given about the status of the military units.

07:59 – “A clear military threat on every corner in Ukraine”

Three weeks after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs confirmed on Wednesday, March 17, 2022, that the country “is facing a clear military threat everywhere without exception”. “Unfortunately, there is no other place in Ukraine today where there is no clear military threat,” said Denis Monastyrsky.

07:50 – still no news after the bombing of the Mariupol theater

No casualties have been reported by the authorities so far, following the bombing of the Mariupol theatre, where “over a thousand people” were refugees, according to the municipality.

07:47 – A school and a cultural center near Kharkiv were destroyed in a bombardment

The Kharkiv region in eastern Ukraine, which has been the target of many attacks, was subjected to a new bombardment on Wednesday, March 17, 2022. A school and cultural center in the city of Merefi, southwest of Kharkov, was destroyed at around 03:30 in the morning after the airstrike. A few homes were also damaged, but no deaths or injuries were recorded.

07:43 – Missile hits a building in Kiev: at least one dead

On Thursday, March 17, 2022, a missile hit a building in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The emergency room was reported at 5:02 am when a strike took place in the Darnytskyi district in the southeast of the city. The initial death toll reported one dead and three injured.

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The death toll on Thursday, March 17, 2022, is still not determined. How many people were killed or injured in Wednesday’s bombing of the Mariupol theatre, where “more than a thousand people took refuge”, according to local officials? In the afternoon, a bomb was dropped on this cultural venue located in the heart of the port city in the south of Ukraine. Quickly, footage showing the emptied theater circulated, creating fears of heavy human toll. The municipality condemned the attack, saying it appalled “the level of cynicism and brutality in destroying peaceful residents by the Russian invaders”. According to satellite images, the people who took shelter in the building had written “children” on the ground at the back of the theater as well as at the entrance so that it could be seen from the sky. “My heart is broken,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Russia defended itself against any attack, accusing a Ukrainian nationalist battalion of carrying out the strike.

If tensions had been high for several years in separatist parts of Ukraine, where conflict had escalated in the days before the Russian invasion on February 24, war was finally declared across the country. Although Russia borders only with eastern Ukraine, all the main cities of the country are under bombing and armed raids all over the land. Starting from the capital Kiev and its surroundings were attacked by Russian forces. Yet several hundred kilometers from the Russian border, the country’s first city is just 150 kilometers by road from Belarus, a friendly country to Russia where Vladimir Putin’s forces entered Ukraine.

Southern Ukraine and the Black Sea coast are the scene of fierce clashes between Russians and Ukrainians. The Soviet army has passed the towns of Kherson and Berdiansk, in a strong position all along the coast as far as Odessa, where the Russian fleet is preparing an attack. In the southeast, Mariupol is the last city to block and resist the connection between the conquered territory of Donbass and the Russian advance in the south of the country. In the north and east, Kremlin troops are advancing and striking in Chernihiv and Kharkiv, in addition to Donetsk and Lugansk, which for eight years has intensified tensions and the beginning of the war in the Donbass. Western Ukraine was liberated, despite sporadic attacks and shelling near Poland, at Lutsk, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk.