As the Russia-Ukraine crisis entered in 13th day, witnesses have claimed that the Russian military has occupied a base abandoned by Ukrainian security forces on the outskirts of Berdyansk in south-east Ukraine with military equipment, artillery, and fuel depots.
The news: According to reports, a battery division control complex based on an APC 60-PB with a rangefinder and night surveillance devices, a SNAR-1 artillery reconnaissance complex based on MT-LB, a technical assistance vehicle, armoured vehicles, and military transport along with nine towed howitzers 2-65 Msta B, and regular tractors based on KRAZ were also housed at the site.
- On Monday Russia announced yet another temporary ceasefire and the establishment of safe corridors to allow civilians to flee the besieged Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy.
- However, Vladimir Putin’s forces continued to launch a few Ukrainian cities with rockets as fierce fights continued elsewhere.
- Russian forces bombed a residential neighbourhood in Sumy in the early hours of March 8 in which 21 civilians, including 2 children, killed in Russian attack.
- As per the report of March 6, more than 1.7 million refugees have left Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began on February 24, the U.N. refugee agency reports.
- An additional 96,000 people moved to Russia from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions between February 18 to 23.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba has tweeted, “Russia holds 300,000 civilians hostage in Mariupol, prevents humanitarian evacuation despite agreements with ICRC mediation. One child died of dehydration yesterday!”