Russian Invasion of Ukraine: List of Key Day 17 Events | Russo-Ukrainian War
As the Russo-Ukrainian War enters its 17th day, we take a look at the major developments.
These are the key events so far on Saturday, March 12. Get the latest updates here
Combat and evacuation efforts
- Governors of two Ukrainian regions, Kyiv and Donetsk, say Russian attacks continue in areas where Ukraine is trying to evacuate people and bring aid through humanitarian corridors.
Looting in Mariupol
- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said those trapped in the besieged southern city of Mariupol were desperate, adding “there are reports of looting and violent clashes between civilians on the little of basic supplies that remain in the city”.
Zelenskyy: Ukraine at a “turning point”
- Ukraine’s president said his country had “reached a strategic turning point” in the war with Russia. “It is impossible to say how many more days we will need to liberate our land, but it is possible to say that we will,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said via video from Kyiv. “We are already moving towards our goal, our victory.”
“Humanitarian disaster” in Mariupol
- Ukrainian authorities are warning of a humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol, which has been surrounded by Russian forces and cut off from food and medicine deliveries. Repeated attempts to deliver supplies and evacuate civilians from Mariupol have been called off due to relentless Russian fire, while Moscow accuses the Ukrainians of violating ceasefires. The mayor of Mariupol said the 12-day assault killed more than 1,500 people.
Ukraine says Russian forces shelled mosque in Mariupol
- Russian forces shelled a mosque in Mariupol where more than 80 adults and children, including Turkish citizens, took refuge, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said. He did not say whether there were people killed or injured. Moscow has denied targeting civilian areas in what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
YouTube blocks access to Russian public media
- YouTube has blocked access worldwide to channels associated with Russian state-funded media, the company says, citing a policy banning content that denies, minimizes or trivializes well-documented “violent events”. The world’s most widely used streaming video service says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine now falls under its violent events policy and that infringing material will be removed.
Sanctions threaten space station: Roscosmos
- Western sanctions against Russia could cause the crash of the International Space Station, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos has warned, calling for the lifting of punitive measures. According to the agency, the sanctions could disrupt the operation of Russian ships serving the ISS.
Russian media law amounts to ‘information blackout’
- A Russian law giving Moscow stronger powers to crack down on independent journalism puts Russia in a “total information blackout” over the war in Ukraine, according to independent experts from the United Nations. Moscow blocked Facebook and other websites and passed a law imposing a prison sentence of up to 15 years for intentionally spreading “false” information about the military.
UK says Russia attacked towns in western Ukraine
- The UK says Russia has carried out attacks in the past 24 hours on the western Ukrainian cities of Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk. Russian tactical aircraft supporting advancing ground forces relied primarily on “dumb” unguided munitions, according to an update from the UK Ministry of Defense posted on Twitter.
Blinken and Kuleba concerned about Russian ‘disinformation campaigns’
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba shared concerns about Russia’s “disinformation campaigns” in a phone call, the State Department said. The diplomats spoke hours after the UN Security Council met at Moscow’s request to respond to Russian allegations that Ukraine is developing a biological weapons program, claims Washington dismissed.
ICC opens online portal to collect evidence on Russia
- The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has opened an online portal to collect evidence of war crimes in Ukraine. Prosecutor Karim AA Khan says he is “closely following deeply disturbing developments in hostilities”, following recent reports of Russian attacks on hospitals and other civilian infrastructure.
Money transfers from abroad will only be paid in rubles in Russia
- Russians receiving money transfers from foreign banks will only be allowed to withdraw the money in roubles, the central bank said, in the latest move to deal with Western sanctions. The bank says the new temporary measure will come into effect on Saturday. He did not give an end date.
US imposes new sanctions on Putin’s inner circle
- The United States announced new sanctions against members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, as well as against oligarchs and others who supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Treasury Department said three family members of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov were targeted by the sanctions, as were the board of the sanctioned bank VTB.