Top 10 latest developments in Russia-Ukraine War - 23 March

Top 10 latest developments in Russia-Ukraine War - 23 March

Tears, debris, separations & deaths witnessed in Ukraine on March 22-23

Tears, debris, separations & deaths witnessed in Ukraine as the fighting for Mariupol intensified. Unarmed civilians fleeing Ukraine told of escalating violence as Russian and Ukrainian forces fought street by street. Local officials say Russia has rained 50 to 100 bombs a day on Mariupol, destroying between 80% and 90% of the city.

Here are the Top 10 latest developments in Russia-Ukraine War - 23 March.

Top 10 latest developments in Russia-Ukraine War - 23 March

1. More than 1,200 residents evacuated from Mariupol on March 23.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, 15 buses evacuated people from the besieged seaport of Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia.

2. Sumy Oblast official released from Russian captivity.

Chairman of Okhtyrka District Council Serhiy Kirichko was released after a week of captivity, detained in a basement, according to Servant of the People party chairman Olena Shuliak. He is reported to have returned to work.

3. Zelensky to join NATO summit on March 24. 

President Volodymyr Zelensky will give a virtual address to the NATO summit participants. He will speak about the need to stop Russia’s war crimes by closing the sky above Ukraine or supplying the country with air defenses.

4. Ukraine's FM: German restaurant fires Ukrainian employee for criticizing Russia's war.

According to Dmytro Kuleba, Rizzi restaurant in Baden-Baden fired an employee for posting a video, where he said that Russians were killing civilians and destroying cities in Ukraine.

5. Russia prosecutes journalist for social media posts about Russian attack on Mariupol maternity hospital.

Russia's Investigative Committee opened a case against Russian journalist Alexander Nevzorov, accusing him of spreading “false information about the Russian Armed Forces.”

6. Russian forces damage 20 buildings in Lozova, Kharkiv Oblast.

According to mayor Serhii Zelensky, 20 homes and businesses were damaged by Russian shelling on March 22. As a result of the bombardment, one person was killed and nine others injured.

7. One dead in shelling of Kyiv's Obolon district. 

Russian shelling occurred at about 1 p.m. on March 22 in northern Kyiv. The attack damaged two buildings and a vehicle, killed one and injured three others, according to the local authorities.

8. Ukrainian forces shoot down Russian plane bombing the city.

The plane was taken down by Ukrainian military at 4:45 p.m. on March 22, Mariupol City Council reports.

9. Zelensky to Russian pilots :

"I want to repeat once again to all Russian pilots who do not think about the orders they carry out: Killing civilians is a crime, and you will pay," Zelensky said. "Today or tomorrow is less important. The main thing is that it's inevitable."

10. Peskov : Russia to use nuclear weapons if country's existence is threatened.

Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that there’s no other reason Russia could use nuclear weapons, Russian media RIA Novosti reported.