Zelensky demands serious negotiations with Moscow, latest news

DIRECTLY.  War in Ukraine: Zelensky demands serious negotiations with Moscow, latest news

WAR OF UKRAINE. The war in Ukraine enters its 24th day on Saturday. President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for the start of serious negotiations with Russia. He believes it is time for Moscow to consider negotiating peace.

12:39 – Russians are said to be about to take Mariupol

According to the information given by the BBC, Mariupol may soon fall into the hands of the Russians. British media claim that on Saturday, March 19, mutual shootings increased in the streets of the city center. The port city in southern Ukraine reportedly lost access to the Sea of ​​Azov overnight from Friday to Saturday. According to the information they received, 80% of the residential buildings were damaged or destroyed.

12:18 – Oleksiy Arestovych provides an update on the situation on the ground

Oleksiy Arestovych, Advisor to the Head of the Presidential Office, made an update on the situation on the ground: “During the day, there was no significant change in the situation, position or nature of the actions of the enemy and our armed forces, our defense forces. Tactical battles of local importance are being waged.” According to him, Russian forces are concentrated in five city directions: Izyum, Volnovakha, Mariupol, Kherson and Nikolaev. Separately, he said that “according to preliminary data, the commander of the entire military 8th Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation was killed during the events in Donbass.”

11:47 – Dozens of new victims to grieve in Mykolaiv

Several dozen casualties were recorded in Mykolaiv after the bombardment and airstrike on Friday, 18 March. The city’s mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich, announced this morning that his city does not have time to sound the sirens in the streets to warn residents. Indeed, according to him, the Russians were going to bombard the Ukrainian city “from a blank distance”.

11:18 am – 3.27 million Ukrainian refugees have left their country since the start of the war

Matthew Saltmarsh, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said on Friday (March 18th) that 3.27 million Ukrainian refugees have left their country since the start of the war. In addition, according to him, two million would have crossed the border between Poland and Ukraine. “These refugees who came are more traumatized. Many are in shock. It’s fair to say that they have fewer opportunities than those who arrived in the early stages of this crisis.”

11:01 – 38-hour curfew imposed in the south of Zaporozhye

A 38-hour curfew was declared in the south of the city of Zaporizhia in the southeast of Ukraine. Effective from 15.00 (Paris time). That’s why the mayor of the city, Anatoliy Kurtiev, which ends on Monday, made the announcement online with a very clear message: “Don’t go out!”

10:47 – More than a thousand missiles have been launched since the start of the war

American security expert Jack Detsch told the BBC that Russia has deployed more than 1,080 missiles in Ukraine since the start of the war. However, according to him, the air war continues and it is not over.

10:35 am – A 5th Russian general was killed, according to Ukrainian officials

Ukrainian authorities announced on Saturday (March 19th) that they had killed a fifth Russian general since the conflict began. The commander of the 8th Joint Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces was to be Lieutenant General Andrei Mordvichev. The information was not confirmed by the Russian authorities.

10:25 – Zelensky urges Moscow to start serious negotiations

President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Russia to start serious negotiations in a video shot at night on the empty streets of Kiev on his Facebook page. The president of Ukraine thus declared that “peace and security negotiations for Ukraine are the only chance for Russia to minimize the damage from its own mistakes”. And Volodymyr Zelensky, to warn the Russian regime: it is better to agree to “negotiate”, so as not to have to suffer the consequences “for several generations”.

10:14 – Russia allegedly used hypersonic missiles

The Russian Ministry of Defense said this Saturday morning that its army had deployed “Kinjal” hypersonic missiles in Ukraine, the first time since the start of the war, the day before. They were launched to destroy an arms depot in southern Ukraine. According to Moscow, they are challenging all air defense systems.

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 French, Ukrainian and international media offer maps and charts updated daily. Some of these maps provide real-time tracking of the latest events, while others focus on key events from the last 24 hours.