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Dispatches from Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine’s editorial team.
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes Ukraine’s reporters will continue to gather information and provide updates on the situation. We will be sharing them here as they come. Live coverage from Forbes Ukraine’s site can be found here.
March 13, Sunday. Day 18. By Daryna Antoniuk
On the night of March 13, air raid alarms went off in almost every region of Ukraine, including Kyiv, Rivne, Ternopil, Dnipro, and Cherkasy.
Russian forces bombed the Orthodox Svyatogorsk Lavra church, which housed monks and refugees. Almost all the windows were broken and the church buildings were damaged. At the time of the attack, around 520 civilians and monks were at the site. There are no casualties, but some people were injured. Svyatogorsk Lavra is a popular pilgrimage spot that belongs to Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but that is under the Moscow Patriarchate.
As a result of Russia’s airstrike on the Yavoriv military training ground near Lviv, 9 people were killed and 57 injured. Russian troops fired more than 30 missiles. Lviv is a western Ukrainian city near the Polish border that had not yet been attacked by Russia.
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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov called on NATO to close the sky over Ukraine after the Russian attack on Yavoriv, where the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security is located.
The mayor of the occupied Dniprorudne of the Zaporizhzhia region was kidnapped by Russian troops. Yevhen Matviiv is the second mayor abducted by Russian soldiers since the war broke out on Feb. 24.
A Russian airstrike hit a residential building[a] in Chernihiv, causing serious damage. As a result of the airstrike, one person was killed, one was injured. Russia attacked Chernihiv at 5:46 am on March 13.
Russian military hit Ivano-Frankivsk airbase early on March 13, almost destroying it. Ivano-Frankivsk is a city located in Western Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian government, Russia is attacking western cities to sow panic. Many civilians flock from central and eastern Ukraine to Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Ternopil, peaceful havens compared to the rest of Ukraine.
A Russian missile hit the evacuation train in Donetsk Oblast, killing one train conductor and injuring another.
As a result of the Russian aggression in Ukraine 85 children have died so far. The bombing and shelling have damaged 369 educational institutions, 57 of them are completely destroyed.
The U.K. will pay 350 pounds a month to Britons who open their homes to Ukraine refugees fleeing the Russian invasion