The military operation launched by Russia in Ukraine has entered its 20th day. During a briefing on March 15, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that its forces had “controlled the entire Kherson region in Ukraine”, according to the report. Sputnik page.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) forces are continuing to attack and have taken control of the settlement of Panteleimonovka in the Donetsk region.
Konashenkov revealed that Russian paratroopers seized 10 US-made Javelin anti-tank missile systems. All seized foreign weapons were handed over by Russia to the DPR and LPR (self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic) forces.
In the past day, the Russian air force and air defense system shot down 16 Ukrainian air targets. In addition, 3 hangars, 4 Su-25 aircraft and 6 Ukrainian helicopters were destroyed at a military airfield.
Russian forces also launched a fierce attack near the center of the capital Kiev on March 15.
Russian tanks move near the Kherson region. Photo: Sputnik
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian side said that heavy shelling damaged a 15-storey apartment building in the Svyatoshynskyi district, west of Kiev, and at least one person was killed. A 10-storey apartment building in the Podilsky district, Kiev was also shelled. At least three loud explosions were heard from the center of the capital.
Kiev is currently surrounded by Russian forces from the north and east. Nearly half of the capital’s 3 million population has been evacuated. Russian forces also stepped up attacks on the city of Irpin near the capital and the suburbs of Hostomel and Bucha in the northwest of Kiev.
In Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, Russian forces carried out more than 60 attacks overnight, according to regional official Oleh Sinehubov.
Firefighters work at a building that was attacked in Kiev on March 15. Photo: AP
The Ukrainian military announced it had repelled an attempt to capture the Russian city of Mariupol. Satellite images from Maxar Technologies (USA) show fires burning in many parts of the city and many high-rise apartment buildings damaged or destroyed.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is considering extending martial law until April 24, and requires men aged 18-60 to stay in the country to fight. Reuters quoted Kiev Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko as saying they would impose a 35-hour blockade after Russia increased artillery fire, starting from 8 pm on March 15 to 7 am on March 17 (local time). .
US and EU sanction Russia
The US State Department on March 15 announced sanctions against 11 Russian defense officials, including deputy defense ministers Alexey Krivoruchko, Timur Ivanov, Yunus-Bek Evkurov, Dmitry Bulgakov, Yury Sadovenko, Nikolay Pankov, Ruslan Tsalikov and Gennady Zhidko. Accordingly, they will have all assets in the US frozen. US citizens or US companies are prohibited from doing business with those on the sanctioned list.
The European Union (EU) on the same day also officially approved new sanctions against Russia, freezing the assets of many business leaders and supporters of Russia – including the owner of football club Chelsea Roman. Abramovich, while strengthening the ban on new investments in the Russian energy sector.