Russia-Ukraine war. Timeline of events, March 28-29
Russia-Ukraine war, news, photo, video. Many Ukrainian cities have been destroyed by rocket attacks, captured or remain under siege. The resistance of the Ukrainian army, coupled with international support, slowed down the advance of Russian troops. Ukraine declared its readiness to discuss the adoption of a neutral status within the framework of a peace agreement and with guarantees from third parties. Unprecedentedly severe sanctions against Russia are destroying Russian economy. According to UN estimates, more than five million refugees were forced to leave their homes.
Live updates: Fighting in Ukraine after the Russian invasion, March 30 HERE
Summary of events by 00.00: Number of victims of missile attack on Nikolaev Regional State Administration is growing; "I will not name them until war is over" - presidential adviser Arestovich on losses of Ukranian Armed Forces of Ukraine
Situation in Ukraine:
🔘Under the rubble of the building of the Nikolaev regional state administration, destroyed as a result of a missile attack, bodies of 12 dead were found, Ukrayinska Pravda reports with reference to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. 33 people were injured. The Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine launched a criminal investigation in connection with the shelling.
🔘 From February 24 to March 28, the UN recorded 3,039 civilian casualties: 1,179 killed, including 104 children; 1,860 injured, including 134 children, mostly as a result of shelling and airstrikes. The real losses are much higher – UN
🔘 Ukraine does not name the number of losses in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as this is a military secret. Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, stated this in an interview with the BBC.
“The numbers are there, of course. I know them almost to the point of a person, but I will not name them. Not until the end of the war… Because not a single army in the world recognizes its losses during the war”, Arestovich said.
Photo: Shelled courtyard of one of the Ukrainian cities – UNIAN
In the world:
🔘 The British government “does not expect anything other than complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine”. This was stated by the press service of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, commenting on the next round of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations.
🔘 US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he saw no sign of talks between Ukraine and Russia “moving forward in an effective manner”. According to Blinken, quoted by CNN, the US does not see “signs of serious intentions” from Russia.
🔘 The Pope donated ambulances to Ukraine. The first ambulance has already arrived in Lviv and will serve the residents of the city.
🔘 French President Macron, in a telephone conversation with Putin, said that it is impossible to pay for gas contracts in rubles.
🔘 Poland imposes an embargo on the import of coal from the Russian Federation.
“We do not want this import to be possible, although we are aware that there is a risk associated with the fact that the EU has not yet approved such actions,” said Cabinet spokesman Petr Muller. Poland plans to import coal from Australia.
🔘 Russian President Vladimir Putin expelled four experts from the scientific council under the Security Council of the Russian Federation, who signed the anti-war appeal. Excluded from the council:
- Alexey Gromyko, Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
- Alexander Nikitin, Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security, MGIMO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation;
- Alexander Panov, Chief Researcher, Institute for the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
- Sergey Rogov, Scientific Director of the Institute for the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
🔘 Russian Izvestia reported that their correspondent Rodion Severyanov was wounded near Mariupol, a sniper’s bullet hit him in the leg. The state of the Izvestia correspondent wounded near Mariupol is stable, RIA Novosti was told in the press service of the publication.
🔘 Three VPN services – AmneziaVPN, ProtonVPN and HighLoad VPN – have begun providing free access to publications and Internet resources of non-profit organizations blocked in Russia. They made such a decision after the publication of the petition of the Roskomsvoboda project.
🔘 Prime Minister Mishustin said that Russia is preparing a new package of counter-sanctions against “unfriendly countries
🔘 Explosions went off in Belgorod. According to the governor of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov, they sounded in the direction of the village of Krasny Oktyabr. TASS, citing its source, reports that four servicemen were wounded when a shell hit a military town in the Belgorod region. RIA Novosti, citing emergency services, names the human factor as the cause of the explosion.
Video: Explosion at an ammunition depot in the Belgorod region
Summary of events by 20.00: Talks in Istanbul end, no agreements are signed; Russia to withdraw troops from the Kiyv and Chernihiv directions
🔘 Russian Ministry of Defense: “A decision has been made to reduce military activity in the Kiyv and Chernigov directions, as negotiations with Ukraine are moving into a practical plane”.
Adviser to the President of Ukraine Arestovich also said today: “In late April – early May, everything should gradually come to an end”.
Statements following today’s talks in Turkey:
- Ukraine will not deploy any foreign military bases and military contingents on its territory.
- Ukraine will not enter into military-political alliances.
- Russia is not against Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. The guarantor countries will have to support this aspiration of Ukraine and undertake not to interfere with this.
- Ukraine was offered the following guarantors: the USA, Great Britain, France, Turkey, Poland, Germany and Israel.
- Military exercises on the territory of Ukraine can be held only with the consent of the guarantor countries.
- Crimea: Ukraine has been negotiating with Russia on its status for 15 years. During these negotiations, the parties undertake not to use military force to resolve the issue of Crimea.
- DPR / LPR – the fate will be spelled out as a separate item and should be discussed personally by Putin and Zelensky. But the Ukrainian side is abandoning the desire to return the Crimea and Donbass by military means.
- Ukraine’s proposals on security guarantees do not apply to the territory of Crimea and Donbass;
The meeting between Zelensky and Putin is possible simultaneously with the initialing (preliminary signing) of the peace treaty by the foreign ministers.
The Ukrainian delegation stated that nothing would be signed today. Tomorrow, negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations will continue online.
Photo: Destroyed tank in the street of Mariupol – UNIAN
Situation in Ukraine:
🔘 American intelligence is already observing the withdrawal of part of the Russian troops from Kyiv. According to CNN, citing senior US administration sources, tactical groups of the Russian battalion have already left some areas adjacent to the Ukrainian capital. Intelligence described this as a “major strategic shift”.
🔘 The number of people killed after a missile attack on Nikolaev has grown to seven people, and the number of wounded – up to twenty.
🔘 Ukrainian border guard Roman Gribov, the author of the catchphrase about the Russian warship, which sounded on Snake Island, returned home from captivity to the Cherkasy region. The head of the regional administration, Igor Taburets, presented him with the award “For Merit to Cherkasy”.
🔘 Russian servicemen, threatening with firearms, kidnapped the head of the Golopristan city council Alexander Babich. He is being held hostage – UNIAN
🔘 Peace treaty with Russia will be submitted to a referendum, – Podolyak
🔘 Russian troops attacked the airfield in Starokonstantinov in the Khmelnytsky region. This was announced by the mayor of the city Nikolai Melnichuk. According to him, there were no casualties, but the stocks of fuel and lubricants were destroyed.
Video: destruction in Kharkiv – Truha
In the world:
🔘 The Netherlands is expelling 17 Russian diplomats on charges of espionage. Belgium is also expelling 21 Russian diplomats. It is also reported about the expulsion of four Russians from Ireland and one from the Czech Republic.
🔘 The American company Johnson & Johnson decided to suspend the supply of personal care products to Russia. The company owns the brands Johnson’s Baby, Clean & Clear, Doctor Mom, O.B., Acuvue and others.
🔘 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine would not be enough to lift British sanctions against Russia.
Photo: Ukrainian firefighters put out a burning oil storage after a missile hit – UNIAN
🔘 Head of the Russian delegation at the talks, Vladimir Medinsky: de-escalation in Kiev and Chernihiv does not mean a ceasefire:
“The announcement of the de-escalation is connected, among other things, with the fact that there are people in Kyiv who need to make decisions”, he said. According to the head of the Russian delegation, there is still a long way to go in order to prepare an agreement between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on mutually acceptable terms. After considering Kyiv’s proposals, Moscow will put forward counter initiatives.
🔘 Ramzan Kadyrov: “You can’t stop the “special operation”, you need to take Kyiv”:
“I declare that it is necessary to complete what has been started, not to stop. We must go to Kyiv and take Kyiv. If we were left near Kyiv, then I am more than sure that we would have gone to Kyiv and put things in order. We once again confirm that we are ready to go to any place to fulfill any order of any complexity.”
🔘 The collapse of the dollar and euro against the ruble was short-lived, foreign currencies began to grow again. The dollar is above 86 rubles, the euro is about 96 rubles.
🔘 Roskomnadzor blocked the site of the creator of Masyanya Oleg Kuvaev Mult.ru.
Photo: on the ruins of the building of the Nikolev regional administration – UNIAN
Summary of events by 15.00: building of the Nikolaev regional administration destroyed by a missile attack
🔘 An interim briefing on Russian-Ukrainian talks was held in Istanbul.
Mikhail Podolyak, Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine:
“The key topic for discussion is an agreement on international security guarantees for Ukraine. The second set of issues is a ceasefire so that all the accumulated humanitarian problems can be resolved. Another problem which is becoming more and more acute is the escalation of hatred, the escalation of violations of the rules of warfare, which goes beyond the battlefields. And on the air, calls are sometimes made to destroy one or another nation, which leads to conflicts and cruel treatment of prisoners.
Advisor to the President of Russia Vladimir Medinsky:
“I hope that in a few hours we will make some statement following the results of the negotiations. So far, we have protested against the video recordings of abuse of captured Russian servicemen. This protest was accepted by the Ukrainian side, they promised to take the most stringent measures. If they catch them first – if we do… then you understand [what will happen]. We have been heard”.
Photo: Roman Abramovich arrived as a person involved in establishing contacts at a high level. The photo shows him with President Erdogan and the Turkish Foreign Minister – Nexta live
Situation in Ukraine:
🔘 Since the beginning of the war, more than 350 civilians have died in Chernihiv. This was announced by the mayor of the city Vladislav Atroshenko. According to him, these numbers are not yet final.
🔘 Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine: since the beginning of the war, 144 children have died, more than 220 have been injured.
🔘 Ukrainians listen to the negotiations of Russian troops and sometimes jam the radio with heavy metal music right during the battle, writes The Economist, citing reports from the Ukrainian side. Earlier, The New York Times reported that the Russian military in Ukraine uses unencrypted radio communications, so radio amateurs have the opportunity to listen to their communications.
🔘 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine advised colleagues “not to eat or drink anything” during the negotiations. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba spoke about this in an interview with the Ukraine 24 news channel. The warning came after several media outlets reported yesterday, citing their sources, about the poisoning of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and other participants in Russian-Ukrainian negotiations in early March. Many – including representatives of American intelligence – reacted to reports of a possible poisoning with skepticism.
🔘 The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA Rafael Mariano Grossi arrived in Ukraine to provide urgent technical assistance to ensure the safety of nuclear facilities, the organization said.
🔘 The authorities of the DPR said that over the past 40 days, “due to the actions of Ukrainian troops,” 67 civilians of the self-proclaimed republic were killed, 742 people were injured.
🔘 Russian troops launched a missile attack on the regional state administration of Nikolaev. 1 dead person was pulled out from the rubble, 18 people were saved, rescue operation continues, head of the Regional State Administration of Nikolaev Vitaly Kim reports.
Photo: Destroyed building of the Nikolaev Regional State Administration after a missile strike – the official channel of Vitaly Kim
🔘 The main take-outs from the briefing of the Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov:
- Roman Abramovich is helping to secure “certain contacts” between the Russian and Ukrainian sides. He is not an official member of any of the delegations.
- Reports of Abramovich being poisoned are not true. This is part of the information sabotage.
- The fate of the negotiations is an interesting question. Today or tomorrow we will understand whether there is any promising result.
- The Kremlin has no data on cases of missing journalists or arrests of officials in Ukrainian cities under the control of Russian troops.
- Reports that residents of Mariupol are forcibly taken to Russia are false.
- All sociological organizations state that support for the “special operation” and Putin’s actions on the part of Russians is growing unprecedentedly.
🔘 Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also made a statement today, saying that the main tasks of the first stage of the “special operation” have been completed, and it is now time to focus on the main goal – the “liberation” of Donbass. He also stated the following:
- The Ukrainian army suffered significant damage, the air force and air defense system were almost destroyed, the naval forces “ceased to exist.”
- The position of the West, which supplies lethal weapons to Ukraine, is irresponsible. The uncontrolled distribution of weapons to the population only exacerbates the situation.
- In the Black Sea, due to the actions of the Ukrainian military, a threat to civilian shipping has been created.
- Over the past two weeks, about 600 foreign mercenaries have been killed in Ukraine, more than 500 have left the country.
- Conscripts will not be sent to hot spots. All servicemen of the last year spring draft last year after the end of the service will be transferred to the reserve.
- The special military operation will continue until the set goals are achieved.
🔘 RBC found more than 50 applications for the registration of well-known trademarks, including Durex, Apple, Mastercard, BMW, Chanel, McDonald’s. Previously, these companies partially or completely suspended their work in Russia. Most of the applications correspond to the names of the original firms, but there are cases of rebranding or copying a unique style. For example, applications for the registration of the Nezpresso and Idea brands.
“Who is stopping us if they leave the country? This is their choice,” Alexander Gershtein, who plans to develop the production of his goods under the Durex brand, told RBC.
🔘 The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, spoke out against peace talks: “My opinion is that these negotiations will be of no use. I think we need to finish what we started. Destroy Bandera, Nazis and Satans. Only then you need to decide what to do next”.
🔘 The doors of the apartments of Oleg Orlov, an employee of Memorial, and Dmitry Ivanov, the author of the Protest MGU telegram channel, were painted with the letters Z (Ivanov’s door for the second time). Stickers “Do not sell your homeland” were also left on the doors.
Photo: Zaporozhye region. Destroyed BMP-3 of the Russian army — InformNapalm
Summary of events by 10.00: New round of Kiyv-Moscow talks to be held in Istanbul today, Financial Times reports details of a possible draft deal between the warring parties
🔘 A new round of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia begins in Istanbul today. The Ukrainian delegation arrived in Istanbul for talks with Russia, BBC reports. The Financial Times, citing four sources, provided information on a possible draft deal between Russia and Ukraine.
Here are the highlights from this project:
- Russian demands for “denazification”, “demilitarization” and the status of the Russian language in Ukraine are no longer in the draft;
- Ukraine will give up aspirations for NATO membership, as well as the development of nuclear weapons and the deployment of foreign military bases;
- Ukraine will receive security guarantees from 11 countries: Russia, the USA, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, China, Italy, Poland, Israel and Turkey. This means that a kind of alliance will be formed, the members of which will have to provide assistance to Ukraine in the event of an attack on the country’s territory;
- The possibility of Ukraine’s accession to the European Union is not ruled out.
The most difficult issue of negotiations is Crimea and Donbass. According to FT sources, this issue may be postponed until a personal meeting between Putin and Zelensky. At the same time, Ukraine is not ready to recognize the change in its borders, but it can promise not to try to return the peninsula and eastern regions by force. The publication notes that Ukraine and Western countries are skeptical about Putin’s intentions – they fear that he can use negotiations as a “smoke screen” to replenish his military forces and plan a new offensive.
Photo: The situation in Ukraine on March 28, according to British intelligence
Situation in Ukraine:
🔘 Summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by 00:00 on March 29:
- The Armed Forces of Ukraine hold the all-round defense of Mariupol and hold back the advance of the Russians in the Chernihiv region.
- Counterattacks are being carried out in separate directions.
- The enemy is exhausted, therefore it is trying to focus on the bombing of Ukrainian cities
🔘 At night, a number of Ukrainian cities in the Luhansk region were shelled. In Severodonetsk, as a result of shelling in a five-story building, a fire broke out in one of the apartments on the 4th floor, the 4th and 5th floors of the house were destroyed. 4 people were rescued from the rubble. Another 5-storey house was destroyed as a result of a shell hit, 9 people were survived, two were killed. In Lisichansk, as a result of shelling, fires broke out in apartments and garages. Information about the dead and injured is being specified
🔘 Zelensky: “Now there are a lot of hints and warnings that the alleged strengthening of sanctions, for example, in the form of an embargo on the supply of Russian oil to Europe, will only happen if the Russian Federation uses chemical weapons”
Video: Azov battalion soldier in Mariupol fires a grenade launcher at a Russian tank – UNIAN
In the world:
🔘 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the planned increase in economic pressure on Russia.
🔘 US President Joe Biden, speaking at the White House, said he does not retract his recent statement that Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power”. The American leader emphasized that he was not talking about a change in policy, but “expressed moral indignation” at Putin’s actions. Biden said he would not apologize for his words.
🔘 Germany criminalizes the use of the Z symbol.
🔘 UN Secretary General António Guterres initiates humanitarian truce agreements between Ukraine and Russia. He stated that the war resulted in the senseless loss of thousands of lives, the forced relocation of 10 million people, the destruction of important infrastructure
🔘 The largest bearing manufacturer in the world SKF has stopped its plant in Russia. SKF owns a large plant in Tver and has not yet made any official announcement about its exit from Russia, and therefore a protest was to be held under its head office
🔘 Australia has imposed sanctions against 39 Russian citizens suspected of corruption, as well as those involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky
🔘 Bloomberg stops working in Russia and Belarus due to the war against Ukraine. Clients in these countries will not have access to any of Bloomberg’s financial products, such as Terminal, electronic trading platform, etc.
The U.S. Department of Defense plans to speed up production of Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems and Javelin anti-tank missiles to replenish its own depleted stocks as the Pentagon continues to send those systems to Ukrainian forces.
🔘 The Cabinet of Ministers of Japan will ask Japanese companies not to obey Putin’s demand and not pay in rubles for gas from Russia. Japan also imposes a ban on the export of luxury goods to Russia from April 5, including luxury cars and precious stones.
Photo: Destroyed Russian tank in Ukraine – Radio Liberty
🔘 The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation has prepared a bill obliging taxi aggregators to transfer data to the FSB, RBC reports. In the new version of the bill “On the organization of transportation of passengers” taxi companies are required to provide “automated remote access” to their FSB data.
🔘 Russia is preparing retaliatory visa measures to restrict the entry of citizens of unfriendly countries into the country – Sergey Lavrov.
🔘 Russian rapper Oxxymiron raised $75,000 to help Ukrainian refugees. The rapper held two charity concerts in Turkey and England. In addition to Oxxymiron, Boris Grebenshchikov performed on stage, and Zemfira visited the event as a guest. The rapper sent the collected funds to the Polish fund for helping children of Ukrainian refugees.
Video: Destruction from multi-day battles in Irpin liberated by Ukrainian troops – Nexta live
Summary of events by 23.30: Roman Abramovich and two members of the Ukrainian delegation were poisoned, The Wall Street Journal reports, more than 5,000 civilians died in Mariupol
Roman Abramovich and two other members of the delegation attending the peace talks between Ukraine and Russia in early March in Kyiv symptoms consistent with poisoning with chemical weapons, Bellingcat, the Wall Street Journal report. Nothing is threatening their lives now. According to the Western media, Abramovich is actively involved in the peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. Sources say hardliners in Moscow who wanted to sabotage the talks may have been behind the poisoning. The symptoms of the alleged poisoning are as follows: redness of the eyes, constant and painful tearing, peeling of the skin on the face and hands.
Photo: Ukrainian firefighters put out the fire after another shelling – UNIAN
Situation in Ukraine:
🔘 Since the beginning of the siege of Mariupol on March 1, according to a rough estimate of the city authorities, more than 5,000 people have died, including 210 children, Ukrayinska Pravda reports. The exact number of dead is now impossible to calculate, the newspaper notes.
🔘 In Kharkiv, since the beginning of the war, more than 1,400 residential buildings and infrastructure have been destroyed, according to Mayor Igor Terekhov: 1,177 multi-storey residential buildings, 53 kindergartens, 69 schools and 15 hospitals.
🔘 The mayor of the city of Irpin said that Ukrainian troops regained control of the city. Heavy fighting has been going on in the city for a month now.
🔘 Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in Turkey will begin on March 29 at 10:30 Moscow time, TASS reports with reference to the Office of the President of Turkey. The talks will be held at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul. The plane with the Russian delegation, which will participate in negotiations with Ukraine, landed in Istanbul on the afternoon of March 28.
Video: Georgian volunteers, together with soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, liberated the village of Rudnitskoye
In the world:
🔘 The US State Department believes that the next round of negotiations between Ukraine and the Russia will fail: Putin is not interested in ending the war and will not compromise. — Reuters
🔘 In early March, Google asked its translators not to refer to the war in Ukraine as a “war” in Russian-language texts, the Intercept reports, citing an internal letter from the company. The instructions noted that the word “war” should be used in the markets of other countries, and in Russian-language texts, neutral expressions should be used (for example, “extraordinary circumstances”) in order not to fall under the law on fakes about the Russian army.
🔘 Google has suspended licensing of Russian Android smartphones. This means that Russian companies cannot produce Android smartphones with Android on GMS (Google services) for the Russian market.
Video: Ukrainian Special Operations Forces ambush a convoy of Russian troops by remotely detonating explosives on a road – Trukha
🔘 A consignment of luxury Swiss watches Audemars Piguet worth millions of dollars was confiscated in Russia, according to Swiss media.
🔘 Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov the rank of lieutenant general. Magomed Daudov, Speaker of the Chechen Parliament, announced this. The Chechen authorities have also officially announced that Ramzan Kadyrov is now in Mariupol.
🔘 A young activist who threw a Molotov cocktail at a police officer during protests against the war with Ukraine, which took place in Moscow on February 24, received two years in prison. The court found her guilty of threatening to use violence against a government official. She pleaded guilty.
🔘 Russia will cut off gas to Europe, in case of refusal to pay in rubles, – press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
Photo: ad in one of the grocery stores in Kaspiysk in Dagestan – UNIAN
Summary of events by 16.30: New round of talks between Ukraine and Russia will take place tomorrow, "some of the kidnapped mayors of Ukrainian cities were found dead" - Zelensky
🔘 The next round of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will begin on Tuesday, March 29 at 10:00. Ukrainian media write about this with reference to a member of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia. The negotiations will take place in Turkey.
🔘 Zelensky, in an interview with The Economist, spoke about the situation with the mayors of the captured Ukrainian cities:
“They kidnap the mayors of our cities. They killed some of them. Some of them we cannot find. We have already found some of them, and they are dead”. On March 25, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk announced that 14 heads of Ukrainian cities were taken prisoner.
Photo: Russian troops began to use banned cluster munitions during shelling of positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – UNIAN
Situation in Ukraine:
🔘 Ukraine’s losses from the war have already reached $564.9 billion. This was stated by the Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yulia Sviridenko
🔘 Advisor to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak reports that Russia is losing 510-530 people killed every day. During the first month of war, the Ministry of Defense of Russia only announced the human losses twice. On March 2 – the department stated that there were 498 of them, on March 25 – that there were 1,351 of them.
🔘 Two participants from the Ukrainian side have already become victims of difficult negotiations. The publication “Agency” found out that the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Rustem Umerov was poisoned in Kyiv, but survived. Earlier it was reported about the death of Denis Kireev – he was killed by members of the Ukrainian special forces after counterintelligence recorded his contact with the Russians. Although he, according to sources, received the go-ahead for negotiations from Zelensky.
Photo: destroyed building in Kharkiv – UNIAN
In the world:
🔘 The International Committee of the Red Cross stated that it still cannot provide assistance to the besieged Mariupol, as it requires guarantees of safe passage from Russia and Ukraine.
🔘 3.8 million have left the country, another 6.5 have become internally displaced persons and 13 million people cannot leave the war zone – UN
🔘 The EU is not seeking a change of power in Russia, this is the business of the Russian people – European Commission
🔘 The European Commission recommended that EU countries no longer issue “golden passports” to Russians and Belarusians from the sanctions lists, and cancel already issued passports.
Video and photo: A Russian Su-35 aircraft was shot down over Izyum. The pilot was taken prisoner
🔘 A draft law on recognition as compatriots of all those who speak Russian has been submitted to the State Duma. The bill also proposes to clarify the list of peoples historically residing on the territory of Russia.
🔘 Novaya Gazeta announced the suspension of its work:
“We received another warning from Roskomnadzor. After that, we suspend the publication of the newspaper in the networks and on paper – “until the end of the“ special operation on the territory of Ukraine”.
On March 28, Roskomnadzor issued the publication the second warning in a month about the mention of an NPO-“foreign agent” without marking. Two warnings within a year threaten to revoke the publication’s license.
Video: Destruction of Russian equipment in Ukraine – Ukraine 24/7
Summary of events by 10.30: Presidential adviser Arestovich promises to investigate video allegedly showing Ukranian soldiers shooting Russian prisoners in the legs
🔘 A video was published on Reddit and some telegram channels, in which the Ukrainian military shoots Russian prisoners of war in the legs. Some of them are dead or near death due to blood loss. The head of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin instructed to launch an investigation into this video. Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, commented on the video as follows: “We treat such cases extremely harshly. There will be an investigation. I have repeatedly officially called from the rostrum and today I call again – do not humiliate prisoners. We are a European army, a European state”. Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny called these videos staged.
🔘 The authorities of Lutsk report attacks on the oil depot. The blow was delivered by a cruise missile from the territory of Belarus.
🔘 Several powerful explosions went off in Kyiv at night
Video: In Kyiv after a series of explosions – Trukha
In the world:
🔘 Turkish President Ergodan spoke with Putin and called for a truce and improved humanitarian conditions for civilians. The next round of direct talks between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine is scheduled to take place in Turkey next week. However, the specific time and place of their holding has not yet been reported.
🔘 The UN said that 1,119 civilians became victims of the war in Ukraine. Another 1,790 were wounded.
🔘 The Czech authorities have frozen the assets of Russian businessmen who fell under the sanctions.
🔘 Anonymous hacked the All-Russian TV and Radio Company, whose main asset is the Russia-1 channel.
🔘 At the Oscars 2022 awards ceremony in Los Angeles, a moment of silence was held for the victims of the war in Ukraine. On the black screen appeared a call from the organizers of the ceremony to help Ukraine, where millions of families now need food, water and medicines.
🔘 Germany opposes sending a NATO peacekeeping contingent to Ukraine, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
“We will not operate there in the military sphere, even if we call it peacekeeping troops”, he said on the air of the ARD TV channel. “We will not seek a no-fly zone there.” At the same time, the chancellor said that he was doing “everything to help Ukraine.” According to him, now “the main tool is sanctions” from the West against Russia.
🔘 Fitch rating agency withdrew Russia’s sovereign ratings in connection with the EU requirement
Photo: Mariupol today – UNIAN
🔘 Roskomnadzor banned the Russian media from publishing yesterday’s interview with Ukrainian President Zelensky. Moreover, they said that “in relation to the media interviewed, an investigation has begun to determine the degree of responsibility and take response measures.” Zelensky commented on the attempt to ban the publication of his interview to the Russian media: “It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic”
🔘 Roskomnadzor blocked the site of the creator of the cartoons “Masyanya”. This is reported by the author Oleg Kuvaev himself. The site Mult.ru, which contains all the cartoons about Masyan, is blocked on the basis of the requirement of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation. The reasons for the blocking are not specified. The latest at the moment, the 160th episode called “Wakizashi” was released on Mult.ru on March 21. It is dedicated to the war in Ukraine. At the end of the series, Masyanya comes to the bunker in which Vladimir Putin is sitting and gives him a samurai sword with the words: “Chao. Hopefully forever.”
Video: The last series of “Masyanya”