Russia fired hypersonic missiles, large metallurgical plant destroyed in Mariupol

DIRECTLY.  War in Ukraine: Russia fires hypersonic missiles, large metallurgical plant destroyed in Mariupol

WAR OF UKRAINE. The war in Ukraine enters its 25th day on Sunday. Russia said it was firing hypersonic missiles again. A large metallurgical plant in Mariupol was destroyed overnight. Latest information.

14:12 – “ten million Ukrainians fled” according to the UN

This Sunday, March 20, the United Nations Organization updated the number of people. Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, announced on Twitter that ten million Ukrainians “either internally displaced or fled as refugees abroad,” according to the UN. 3.3 million people left Ukraine and 6.7 million people had to move within the national territory.

13:53 – The first deputy mayor of the city of Enerhodar was kidnapped

Dmitry Orlov, mayor of the city of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhia (southeastern Ukraine) region, said on his Facebook page of his first deputy, Ivan Samoydyuk: “The invaders, who did not receive any cooperation from the city authorities, were simply involved in criminal acts. First Deputy Mayor Ivan Samoydyuk was kidnapped. We do not know his condition. “He has not been contacted since yesterday. Today we also received confirmed information that he was teasingly abducted.”

13:31 – The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine confirms that Belarus will soon enter the war

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine warned that Belarus will soon become involved in the war: “Signs of the preparation of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus to directly invade the territory of Ukraine have been noted. Our state defense forces are ready to fight. Belarusian troops against the Russian Federation against Ukraine. his direct participation in the armed offensive would be a fatal mistake by Alexander, against the will of the base army and the overwhelming majority of the Belarusian people. Lukashenko.”

13:10 – 74% of Ukrainians support direct talks between Zelensky and Putin

In a press release, sociology group Rating released the results of a survey conducted on March 18. According to him, “74% support Zelensky’s direct negotiations with Putin at the end of the war, a quarter do not. Direct negotiations in the South and East have slightly more supporters, but in other regions there are also a good majority”, reports the Unian press agency. Moreover, 90% of Ukrainians believe in the final victory of their country and 70% are in favor of joining NATO.

12:46 PM – Ukrainian authorities announce the death of a senior Russian Navy officer

Ukrainian authorities announced that they killed the first-ranking captain Andrey Paliy. The latter is a senior officer of the Russian Navy. He served as Deputy Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

12:21 – 14,700 Russian soldiers killed, according to Ukrainian officials

The Ukrainian general staff updated the balance sheet of the killed Russian soldiers. According to Ukrainian officials, 14,700 Russian soldiers were killed. In addition, 476 tanks, 200 warplanes, helicopters and drones and 1,487 armored personnel carriers were neutralized. The BBC, reporting these figures, is not in a position to confirm them and reminds that at least 7,000 Russian soldiers were killed and around 21,000 wounded in Ukraine, according to Western information.

12:07 – Were the inhabitants of Mariupol forcibly taken to Russia?

This is claimed by the authorities of the city of Mariupol. According to the BBC, thousands of people were forced to cross the border, according to them. The New York Times, for its part, quoted a statement that 4,000 to 45,000 people had moved to Tangorov in the Rostov region (Russia). In addition, they were allegedly taken away without their passports.

11:53 – 155 children killed since the start of the war in Ukraine

According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, 155 children have been killed since the start of the war in Ukraine. Kyiv Independent. 140 people were also injured.

11:39 am – Ukraine’s vice president accuses Russia of committing genocide

Ukrainian Vice President Olha Stefanishyna, questioned by the English-language Sky New’s channel, firmly believes that the acts of genocide were committed by the Russians. According to him, Vladimir Putin and Moscow leaders are “war criminals”. He also said that “civilian casualties” were much higher than the death toll in the Ukrainian armed forces. Also, according to Olha Stefanishyna, “women were raped for hours and then killed” by Russian soldiers.

11:25 – An attack from Belarus will begin soon?

In any case, this is the claim of the Unian press agency. A note from the Ukrainian intelligence services transmitted to the General Staff reports: “The threat of an attack of the Republic of Belarus in the direction of Volyn is considered high”, can we read? A Belarusian offensive could be launched in a day or two.

11:11 – Nijyn and Chernihiv are constantly bombed, according to local officials

Viacheslav Chaus, head of the Chernihiv regional military administration, in a video broadcast on Chernihiv OVA’s Telegram channel, said that the cities of Nizhyn and Chernihiv in the northeast of Ukraine are constantly bombed: “Dear region, what is happening here: we have bombardments of the city of Nizhyn, there are constant chaotic bombardments of the city of Chernihiv “These are bombardments of the enemy’s suffering. The Moscow scum continues to lose a lot of resources, both equipment and soldiers. The Ukrainian armed forces inflict crushing blows. And so they die and simply destroy the civilian infrastructure.” And I would like to add: “We continue to deliver medicine and food as much as we can. Unfortunately, the situation does not change: There are towns we cannot go to today, and we do not know what happened…”

10:57 – Russian airborne unit reportedly destroyed by Ukrainian Armed Forces

This Sunday, the Ukrainian authorities announced that an airborne unit will be destroyed by the Ukrainian armed forces. The BBC reports that the Russian Kostroma Guard will be the 331st Airborne Regiment. According to the Ukrainian chief of staff, this regiment was to take part in the fighting around Kyiv. According to the updated report on their Facebook page, only one survivor can be counted among the members of this Russian contingent.

10:42 – One of the most important metallurgical factories in Europe destroyed by the Russians?

“One of Europe’s most important metallurgical plants was destroyed,” Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko said on her Twitter account. This is the Azostal factory. The factory manager explained on Telegram that the factory was affected, without specifying the extent of the damage.

10:28 – A school with 400 refugees is bombed in Mariupol

This Sunday, the Mariupol city council claims that an art school housing 400 refugees was bombed by the Russian armed forces. No casualties have been reported yet, but victims will remain under the rubble, according to preliminary information released by local authorities.

10:14 am – Russia says it is using hypersonic missiles again

On Sunday, March 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the reuse of hypersonic missiles. They allowed the destruction of a fuel reserve of Ukraine: “A large reserve of fuel was destroyed by Kalibr cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea, as well as hypersonic ballistic missiles fired from Crimean airspace by the Kinjal aviation system,” he said. .

On Sunday, March 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the reuse of hypersonic missiles. They allowed the destruction of a fuel reserve of Ukraine: “A large reserve of fuel was destroyed by Kalibr cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea, as well as hypersonic ballistic missiles fired from Crimean airspace by the Kinjal aviation system,” he said. .

Asked by the English-language Sky New’s channel, Ukraine’s Vice President Olha Stefanishyna firmly believes that the acts of genocide were committed by the Russians. According to him, Vladimir Putin and Moscow leaders are “war criminals”. He also said that “civilian casualties” were much higher than the death toll in the Ukrainian armed forces. Also, according to Olha Stefanishyna, “women were raped for hours and then killed” by Russian soldiers.

Since the beginning of the conflict, maps have played a key role in understanding the Russian military operation and watching the situation in Ukraine live. Several press agencies as well as specialized institutes and the French, Ukrainian and international media offer maps and charts that are updated daily. Some of these cards offer real-time tracking of the latest events, while others focus on key events from the past 24 hours.