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Russia uses hypersonic missiles for the first time

Russia today announced the first use of hypersonic missiles to destroy Ukraine’s arsenal, while President Zelensky continues to call for negotiations.

Russia said first time using hypersonic missiles to destroy underground missiles and ammunition storage in the region Ivano-Frankivsk, western Ukraine on March 18. This hypersonic weapon can travel 10 times faster than the speed of sound. A spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force Command confirmed the attack but said there was no information about the type of missile used.

On the same day, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Bastion coastal missile system destroyed Ukrainian radio and electronic intelligence centers in Veliky Dalnyk and Velikodolinskoe, in the region. Odessasouthwest Ukraine.

The agency added that since the start of special military operations, “196 unmanned aerial vehicles, 1,438 tanks and armored fighting vehicles, 145 multiple rocket launchers, 556 artillery and mortar rounds, along with 1,237 units of Ukrainian special military vehicles were destroyed.

These figures have not been independently verified.

Ukrainian soldiers carry bodies at a military school that was hit by a Russian missile in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine on March 19.  Photo: AFP.

Ukrainian soldiers carry bodies at a military school that was hit by a Russian missile in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine on March 19. Photo: AFP.

office Ukraine tell them today I don’t see any significant changes in front-line areas in the past 24 hours, noted that the cities of Mariupol, Mykolaiv and Kherson in the south, and Izyum in the east, were the areas of the most intense fighting. In recent days, Russia has stepped up its air strikes on targets scattered in the west and south, in addition to the main battlefields in the north and east.

In the Mariupol, a city in southeastern Ukraine, a battle breaks out for control of the Azov Steel factory. Azov Steel Factory is located east of the city center Mariupol. If Russia takes over the factory, Ukrainian troops will face major obstacles to capturing the city.

In the city Zaporizhzhia, southeastern Ukraine, the 38-hour curfew took effect from 4 this afternoon and lasted until 6 a.m. on March 21, according to local officials. The deputy mayor of Zaporizhzhia said on March 18 that at least nine people had been killed and 17 others injured in shootings on the outskirts of the city.

Ukrainian Ministry of Defense confirms “temporarily” loss of access to the Sea of ​​Azovafter Russia tightened the siege on Mariupol.

The United Nations Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that at the end of March 18, at least 847 civilians, including 64 children, have been killed in Ukraine since Russia began its military operation on February 24. The number of deaths increased by 31 people compared to the figure given a day ago.

1,399 civilians were injured, 78 of them children, mostly due to shelling and air strikes, according to OHCHR. The agency warned the actual number could be higher.

More than 3.3 million refugees crossed the Ukrainian border into its western neighbour, and an estimated 6.5 million people were displaced. Efforts to evacuate civilians from besieged cities via “humanitarian corridors” continue.

Russia on February 24 announced the opening of a special military operation to “disarm and eliminate Ukrainian fascists”. Delegations from the two countries have carried out several rounds of negotiations since the conflict broke out, but have only reached agreement on the issue of a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians, not on a ceasefire.

Russian negotiators emphasize the delegations of the two countries need to complete the draft agreement before discussing the summit between Kiev and Moscow.

“Before we talk about a meeting between leaders, the negotiating delegations of the two countries need to prepare and agree on the contents of the agreement. After that, the contents of the agreement need to be signed by the two foreign ministers and submitted to the foreign minister. governments of both countries for approval”, Vladimir Medinsky, adviser to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the head of the negotiating delegation with the Ukrainian government, said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continued to call for comprehensive peace talks with Moscow to prevent the conflict from escalating, warning that Russia could “take several generations” to recover from its post-war losses if it didn’t.

War zone in Ukraine.  Image: NY Times.

War zone in Ukraine. graphic:NY Times.

Thanh Tam (Based on Reuters, CNN, TASS)

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