Russian-Ukrainian war. Timeline of events, March 7
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24th. Several Ukrainian and Western sources say that the Russian army has already lost more than 11,000 soldiers killed and wounded. Many Ukrainian cities have been destroyed by rocket attacks, captured or under siege. Two rounds of negotiations have failed to yield significant results. Western countries are supplying weapons to Ukraine, military volunteers are joining Ukranian territorial defense from all over the world, sanctions against Russia of unprecedented severity have been announced. According to UN estimates, at least 1.5 million refugees have already left Ukraine.
Live updates: Fighting in Ukraine after the Russian invasion, March 8 HERE
Summary of events by 11.30 pm: The third round of negotiations ended without surprises. US ready to ban Russian oil imports
The third round of negotiations has ended. “There are small positive shifts in improving the logistics of humanitarian corridors. On the basic political block of the settlement – a ceasefire and security guarantees – intensive consultations will continue”, adviser to the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak said.
Service for Emergency Situations of Ukraine: At about 20:20, airstrikes have been carried out on oil depots in Zhytomyr and Chernyakhiv. According to preliminary data, there are no victims or injured. In Zhytomyr, a tank with a volume of 10 cubic meters has caught fire. Two half-empty tanks caught fire in Chernyakhovo.
Video: In Chernyakhiv, Zhytomyr region, Russian troops attacked an oil depot:
The deputy head of the city of Izyum near Kharkiv, where six people (including children) died, compared the bombardment of the city with the destruction of the inhabitants of Khatyn by the Nazis. “The city is literally erased – there is no train station, court, executive committee, police, medical college, military registration and enlistment office. Shells have even hit a children’s sports school”:
Over the past 24 hours, another 10 civilians have been killed as a result of the shelling of Kharkiv. In total, 143 residents of the city have become victims since the beginning of the war, local authorities report.
“Russian forces are stepping up their bombardment of major Ukrainian cities, including Kharkiv, Kyiv and Chernihiv, as well as Mykolaiv and Mariupol. These strikes hit civilian targets, infrastructure, residential areas”, said a senior US Department of Defense official.
PHOTO: Spanish Instalaza C90 light rocket launcher in service with Ukrainian defense forces:
Another big rally in Tbilisi in support of Ukraine
Another big rally in Tbilisi in support of Ukraine. Photo by Bashir Kitachaev
Summary of events by 8 pm: Former "Putin pub" turned into a "Zelensky pub"
70% of the territory of the city of Irpen in the suburbs of Kyiv, after several days of fighting, has returned under the control of Ukrainian forces, head of the local administration Markushin reports. “There was information that Irpin is completely under the control of Russian troops. I officially deny it. Irpin holds up and is comparable to the Donetsk airport”. Markushin said that from now on every morning at 10 o’clock an evacuation of the city’s residents by bus will be operating.
The President of Lithuania called for military assistance to Ukraine. During a meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Gitanas Nauseda said: “If we want to avoid World War III, we must do it now”.
- More than 1 million refugees have already arrived in Poland, most of them women and children, “while the men defend their land”.
- A law has been adopted according to which citizens of Ukraine will be able to legally live and work in Poland for 18 months.
- If necessary, the period of stay can be extended for another 18 months, in total, citizens of Ukraine will be able to stay in Poland for up to 3 years.
- Poles who take Ukrainian refugees under the roof will receive from the state about 40 zlotys a day ($8.7), or about 1,200 zlotys a month ($263).
PHOTO: For many years there was a popular “Putin Pub” in Jerusalem. After the beginning of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the owner of the pub removed Putin’s name, and it has already become the Zelensky Pub. The photo was published by Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky
Summary of events by 16.00: third round of talks to begin soon
In a new appeal, Zelensky demanded new international sanctions against Russia. “Boycott Russian exports. In particular, reject oil and oil products from Russia. We demand to close the sky or give planes as soon as possible. How many more deaths and losses are needed to save the sky over Ukraine? How do peaceful people in Kharkiv or Nikolaev differ from Hamburg or Vienna? We are waiting for a decision. Clear the sky”.
The “green corridors” announced by Russia for the exit of the civilian population from the besieged and bombed cities in Ukraine turned out to be some kind of deception. It turned out that these humanitarian corridors allow people to enter the territory of Belarus or Russia only, the BBC writes.
Reports from the frontline:
At least eight people were killed in an airstrike in the Kharkiv region on March 6-7. About 200 people were pulled out from under the rubble. The final information about the dead and injured is being specified. High-rise residential buildings, administrative buildings, medical institutions, educational institutions and hostels have been completely or partially destroyed. There have also been large-scale fires in 21 houses in the central part of the city.
Video: The largest Fabrika shopping center in the Kherson region was bombed
Center for Defense Strategies of Ukraine: At the time of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Russian ground forces numbered 145,000 people: 110,000 ground troops and 35,000 police officers, including special forces. In 11 days, Ukraine neutralized 46,000 Russian soldiers who have either been killed, wounded or taken prisoner.
Sanctions and support for Ukraine
Blinken: An additional 400 military will arrive in Lithuania from the United States in the coming days. Blinken also said that the Russian army is much superior to the Ukrainian one and is able to “grind” it.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Morrison called the invasion a “wake-up call” for Europe and said a “new arc of autocracy” was threatening the world. Moscow “has chosen the path of violence and seeks to overturn the world order”, he added.
The Russian government has approved a list of unfriendly states and territories committing unfriendly actions against Russia. The list includes: USA, Ukraine, the EU countries, as well as Australia, Albania, Andorra, Great Britain, Iceland, Canada, Liechtenstein, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Korea, San Marino, North Macedonia, Singapore, Taiwan, Montenegro, Switzerland, Japan.
At least 150 journalists have left Russia since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, and the exodus continues. The offices of leading Western media have also been evacuated from Russia. The reason is a new law providing for up to 15 years in prison for a “fake coverage of war”, as well as a massive media blocking.
VIDEO: In Germany, firefighters made a living corridor to express their support for Ukraine. Several dozen firefighters lined up, followed by their equipment:
Azerbaijani consulate has been shelled in Kharkiv
The Azerbaijani consulate in Kharkiv has been, Nexta live reports.
Russia partially lifts sanctions on Georgia - milk export in exchange for what?
In the midst of its aggression in Ukraine and the unprecedented severity of international sanctions, Russia has lifted a ban on export of dairy products of several Georgian enterprises. This decision has immediately sparked outrage among the country’s opposition and society. Disappointment with the Georgian authorities has also been expressed by Kyiv, which called such a development of Georgian-Russian economic relations a “stab in the back”. Analysis of the situation and statement by the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine here
Summary of events by 9 am: Ukraine is ready to discuss security guarantees outside NATO membership - Arakhamia
The shelling of cities in Ukraine has intensified since the night. The day before, Ukrainian and Western military sources claimed that Russian forces were regrouping and preparing for a full-scale assault on key cities and Kyiv. Fuel for the tanks was delivered from Belarus.
MoD: Russian forces have made minimal gains in the past 48 hours, with their forces bogged down in stiff Ukrainian resistance and fuel and logistics issues. The Pentagon says that a huge column of tanks near Kiev is still standing still – presumably, it got stuck in the mud and burned all the fuel.
Ukraine is ready to discuss security guarantees outside of NATO membership, together with international partners. This statement was made by the head of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks with Russia, David Arakhamia, in an interview with Fox News. “NATO is clearly saying that they will not talk with Ukraine about membership in the Alliance for another 5-10 years, but Ukraine needs security guarantees immediately”, Arakhamia said.
Latest news from Ukraine:
Video: Shelling of Kharkov at dawn:
There are fights for control over Bucha, Gostomel and in the Irpen region – all in the suburbs of Kyiv. Irpen has been left without electricity, water and heating for more than three days, there is no food and water delivery, the invaders forbade the townspeople to leave their houses.
VIDEO: After the shelling of Nikolaev tonight:
Russian troops are intensively shelling settlements on the outskirts of Kyiv. The day before, a checkpoint for the evacuation of civilians was struck, killing eight people, including two children, who were trying to leave their homes.
Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN that imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine would almost certainly mean “the beginning of World War III.” This was also stated by German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock: “NATO will not close the airspace over Ukraine, because it is responsible for the lives of Europeans. The closure will mean entering into a military conflict with Russia, NATO planes will shoot Russian planes. This will endanger the lives of millions of Europeans and people on the planet”.
Sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine
TikTok said it was temporarily suspending operations in Russia, “for fear of the consequences of the new ‘law on fakes’, which provides for 15 years in prison for Russian residents for information about the war in Ukraine that does not match the official one.
Mikhail Fishman, a journalist for the independent Russian TV channel Dozhd, was denied entry to Georgia: “This is a demonstration of Georgia’s attitude towards independent Russian media, which are now being persecuted in Russia and are in danger like never before”.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill: “Donbass is being punished for refusing to hold gay parades. This is a war of values. There is a loyalty test, which is a kind of pass to their “happy” world, and this test is a gay parade. If people or countries reject these demands, then they do not enter their world, they become strangers to them.
PHOTO: 11-year-old boy from Zaporozhye crossed the border into Slovakia on his own. He had a passport and a phone number written on his hand. His parents were forced to stay in Ukraine.