War in Ukraine, day 25 on the news: Report: Putin wants to meet Selenskyj in person!

The Ukrainian president has banned work for pro-Russian parties and speaks of real mountains of corpses in the enemy army. An important rail link appears to be interrupted in Belarus. All the current developments of the war in Ukraine can be found here in the news.

The fighting in sections of the front in Ukraine continued until Sunday night. On a political level, the Kiev government has meanwhile launched a strike against pro-Russian parties in the country and their work has been banned until further notice. President Volodymyr Zelenskii he again addressed the Russian population with drastic words.

War in Ukraine, day 25 in the news: all current events of March 20, 2022 at a glance

+++ Report: Vladimir Putin agrees to meet with President Zelenskii to hold peace talks in person +++

Wladimir Putin he “finally agreed” to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in person to resolve the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. BBC correspondent Lysa Doucet said loudly “express.co.uk”that the Russian president had succumbed to his top diplomats and accepted that “at some point” he would have to take part in the negotiations himself. At the moment it is still not entirely clear when exactly the meeting of the two statesmen should take place. Neither Russia nor Ukraine commented on the alleged meeting.

+++ Russia uses hypersonic missile again in the war in Ukraine +++

The Russian army has once again used the hypersonic missile “Kinzhal” (dagger) and claims to have hit a fuel depot in southern Ukraine. The military base in the Mykolaiv region was attacked from airspace over the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Sunday in Moscow.

“It was from this base that most of the fuel supplies for Ukrainian armored vehicles were processed.” Kalibr cruise missiles also hit Ukrainian tank repair shops. The information cannot be independently verified. On Saturday, Russia reported for the first time since the start of the war that it has deployed its new Kinzhal air-to-surface ballistic missile. Up to now, weapons have been mainly used for maneuvers. According to Moscow, “Kinzhal” rockets can reach up to ten times the speed of sound. According to Russian information, more than 100 soldiers and mercenaries were killed in an attack on a Ukrainian special forces training center in the Zhytomyr region.

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+++ Municipality of Mariupol: trapped after the attack on the art school +++

According to the city council, an art school in the besieged port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine has become the target of a bomb attack. 400 people sought refuge there, including women, children and the elderly, Mariupol city council said on the Telegram news channel on Sunday. The building was destroyed in the attack on Saturday. “People are still lying under the rubble.” Initially, no information was given on the victims. The city council blamed the Russian troops. However, this cannot be independently verified.

In Mariupol, with a population of 400,000, a theater was recently attacked where people had sought protection from air raids. Those who were buried were saved. For days, however, it is unclear how many deaths and injuries there were in this incident.

The war has been raging in Ukraine for 24 days. And an end is far from in sight.
Image: picture alliance / dpa / AP | Andrea Marienko

+++ Police: Five killed when a house was bombed in Kharkiv +++

According to authorities, at least five people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed in the bombing of a multi-storey apartment building in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine. The building near an industrial estate was shot dead Sunday night and caught fire, police said. He posted a photo of the house showing smoke pouring from multiple floors. The window panes were destroyed. According to city officials, 266 civilians have been killed in Kharkiv alone since Russian troops invaded Ukraine more than three weeks ago.

+++ The work of pro-Russian parties in Ukraine is banned for the moment +++

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine banned the work of a number of pro-Russian parties for the duration of the war in the country. Selenskyj announced this via a video message on Sunday evening. “The activities of their politicians aimed at splitting or collaboration will not be successful, but they will receive a harsh response,” Zelenskyi said from “Ukrayinska Pravda”.

Stakeholders include the “Opposition Platform – From Lifetime” and the “Opposition Bloc”, which are also represented in Parliament. Like the nine other now banned extra-parliamentary parties, they are considered Eurosceptic, anti-liberal or pro-Russian.

+++ Selenskyj: mountains of corpses of Russian soldiers +++

In his video message, Selensky addressed the Russian people with martial words about the heavy Russian war losses. “In the hotspots of particularly heavy fighting, our front lines of defense are practically overwhelmed by the corpses of Russian soldiers. (…) And these corpses, these bodies are not recovered by anyone,” he continued. “And they are chasing new units on them, all the reserves that the Russian commanders are gathering somewhere.”

He can understand that Russia has almost infinite reserves of soldiers and military equipment. “But I would like to know from the citizens of Russia: what has been done to you in recent years that you have not noticed your losses?”. More than 14,000 Russian soldiers have already been killed. “There are 14,000 mothers, 14,000 fathers, wives, children, relatives, friends – and you don’t realize it?”

The Ukrainian account of the killed Russian soldiers cannot be independently verified, as well as that of their own military losses, which the state leadership estimated at around 1,300 soldiers about a week ago. So far, the Russian side has officially confirmed just under 500 of its victims.

+++ Ukrainian authorities: more than 260 civilians killed in Kharkiv +++

The number of deaths among the civilian population also continues to increase. According to local authorities, 266 civilians have been killed since Russian troops invaded Ukraine more than three weeks ago due to fighting in the city of Kharkiv alone. Among them were 14 children, judicial authorities in the country’s second largest city said Saturday night. The city, besieged by Russian troops and which was home to 1.5 million people before the war began, continues to be bombarded with artillery, the UN agency reported. This information cannot be independently verified.

+++ High number of victims in the destroyed barracks in Mykolayiv ++

After a missile attack by Russian troops on a barracks in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, aides are said to have recovered at least 50 dead from the rubble on Saturday. A total of about 200 soldiers were sleeping in the building when the rockets struck, Ukrajinska Pravda reported on Saturday. Nearly 60 injured were taken to nearby hospitals. This information has not been independently confirmed.

+++ The mayor of Chernihiv reports a catastrophic situation +++

In a dramatic appeal, the mayor of Chernihiv stressed the precarious situation in the northern Ukrainian city surrounded by Russian troops. “The indiscriminate bombing of residential areas continues, peaceful people are dying,” said Vladislav Atrashenko, according to the UNIAN news agency. The city is experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe. “There is no electricity, water, heating, the infrastructure of the city is completely destroyed”.

+++ Rail connections between Ukraine and Belarus are probably interrupted +++

Belarusian railway workers are said to have cut off all rail links between Belarus and Ukraine. Ukrainian Railways President Olexander Kamyshin thanked his colleagues in Belarus for Saturday’s unspecified action. “To date, I can say that there is no rail traffic between Belarus and Ukraine”, said the UNIAN agency. This would mean that Russian troops in Ukraine would not receive reinforcements or supplies through these routes.

An advisor to Belarusian opposition icon Svetlana Tichanovskaya also reported on the alleged action on Twitter. “Heroes! The Belarusian railway workers have cut off the rail link with Ukraine, so trains with Russian equipment cannot go to Ukraine,” wrote Franak Viachorka. Again, however, there was no independent confirmation of the alleged act.

Although Russian troops invaded Ukraine from Belarus, authoritarian Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko, considered a protege of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, has so far refused to allow his troops to be directly involved in the war in the neighboring country.

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