3 hr 32 min agoIt’s just past 1 p.m. in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to knowSoldiers conduct search efforts at the scene of a missile strike in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. (Niclas Hammarström/Expressen)Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky called for negotiations on peace “without delay,” otherwise Russia’s losses would be “huge,” in a video message on Saturday morning.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that Russia continues to make “incremental gains” in Ukraine’s south and has used “brutal, savage techniques” in the way it has targeted civilians.
Some examples of that brutality: Rescue operations are still underway in Mykolaiv Saturday morning at the scene of a missile strike on a barracks housing Ukrainian soldiers, regional boss Vitalli Kim said. Dozens of troops are reported to have been killed in the attack by Russian forces, according to journalists from CNN Swedish affiliate Expressen who were at the scene.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense said Saturday hypersonic Kinzhal missiles destroyed a military ammunitions warehouse in western Ukraine on Friday.
Other key cities Lviv and Kramatorsk were also hit Friday by Russian attacks, according to Ukrainian authorities.
But Kyiv holds on. Satellite images show the Russian military digging in, constructing protective earthen berms around its military equipment northwest of Kyiv. According to NATO officials, Russia’s offensive to capture the capital has largely stalled. The Ukrainian army said Russia’s two main routes for attacking Kyiv have been blocked.
4 hr 58 min agoBattle rages for control of huge steel plant in MariupolFrom Andrew Carey and Yulia Kesaieva in Lviv
There are conflicting reports over the status of one of Ukraine’s key industrial facilities – the Azov Steel plant in Mariupol.
Late Friday, a government advisor reported the plant was in Russian hands after ongoing battles with Ukrainian troops for control of the seafront site.
But in an update Saturday, the Azov battalion, which has a large presence in Mariupol, said the plant remained in their hands.
“The enemy has not reached this far into the city. The [Ukrainian] navy, along with the Azov battalion, along with the police, continue defending the city and its civilians,” battalion member Vladislav Sobolievskyi told Ukrainian television.
“Today the Azov Steel plant is under our control. Air strikes hit the whole city, including the plant, but the enemy has not laid his hands on our plant.”
The giant steelworks lies immediately to the east of Mariupol city centre. Losing control of the facility to Russian forces would be a huge setback to Ukrainian efforts to hang on to the city.
3 hr 43 min agoHypersonic Kinzhal missiles destroyed military warehouse in western Ukraine, Russian Ministry of Defense saysRussia’s Ministry of Defense said Saturday powerful hypersonic “Kinzhal” missiles destroyed a military ammunitions warehouse in western Ukraine on Friday.
“On March 18, the Kinzhal aviation missile system with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles destroyed a large underground warehouse of missiles and aviation ammunition of Ukrainian troops in the village of Delyatin, Ivano-Frankivsk region,” the ministry said.
CNN is unable to independently verify this claim.
The ministry has previously made claims that the highly maneuverable missile, which travels faster than the speed of sound, is unmatched for potency when coupled with its MiG-31 fighter jets.
In his 2018 annual address to Russia’s parliament, President Vladimir Putin said Russia had developed an “invincible” missile that could deliver a warhead at hypersonic speed.
4 hr 28 min agoRescue operations continue in Mykolaiv where dozens reported killed in strike on Ukrainian barracksFrom CNN’s Abby Baggini, Samson Desta and Jonny Hallam and Yulia Kesaieva
Soldiers conduct search efforts at the scene of a missile strike in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. (Niclas Hammarström/Expressen)Rescue operations were still underway in Mykolaiv Saturday morning at the scene of a missile strike on a barracks housing soldiers, regional boss Vitalli Kim said.
Dozens of troops are reported to have been killed in the attack by Russian forces, according to journalists from CNN Swedish affiliate Expressen who were at the scene.
Expressen correspondent Magnus Falkehed and photojournalist Niclas Hammarström reported that around 6 a.m. local time on Friday (12 a.m. ET), “Two Russian fighter jets dropped what appeared to be five bombs,” destroying several buildings at the barracks.
Speaking on his Telegram channel Saturday, Kim said he was not yet able to provide information on fatalities, as he was waiting for official data.
Rescuers at the scene have been using shovels and their bare hands to free survivors from the rubble of the buildings. In dramatic video filmed by Expressen, one Ukrainian soldier is seen being pulled alive from wreckage.
Expressen quoted one of the surviving soldiers, 54-year-old Serhil, who was sleeping in the barracks opposite where the attack hit, as saying, “of the approximately 200 who were there, I would guess about 90% did not survive.”
“Glass flew everywhere. I prayed to God that I would have time to take shelter before more bombs came. There are always more bombs,” Nikita, a 22-year-old Ukrainian soldier, told Expressen.
Rescue efforts underway in Mykolaiv. Russia also claims its hypersonic missiles destroyed an ammunition warehouse.
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