Russian War Crimes in Ukraine

Update as for morning 7 March

For the twelfth day in a row, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people have been resisting new and new attacks by the Russian occupiers in various directions. Ukraine appreciates all the assistance provided by international partners. However, for the sake of security and freedom, Ukraine NEEDS NATO a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Such actions will help protect Ukraine from Russian planes, drones and missiles. In addition, it is extremely important that other countries close their skies to Russian planes, following the EU, the United States and Canada.

The Russian occupiers are using methods that violate the rules of war. They attack civilian infrastructure, killing and injuring civilians, including children, and make actions that can have regional and international consequences. We have prepared an update of such actions of the occupiers as of the morning of March 7.

 Since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by aircraft and artillery (mostly rocket artillery), the Russian occupiers have been destroying residential areas in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Mykolaiv, Chuhuiv, Irpen, Bucha and other cities. According to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, 38 children were killed and 71 injured in attacks by the Russian army on civilian infrastructure from February 24 to March 6.

According to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, 38 children were killed and 71 injured in attacks by the Russian army on civilian infrastructure from February 24 to March 6

 The Russian occupiers laid siege to the suburbs of Kyiv – Irpin, Bucha, Vorzel and Hostomel. According to Radio Svoboda, the exit of civilians from these cities is blocked, and machine guns and artillery fire is opened on people trying to evacuate. In particular, the mayor of Irpin Alexander Markushin said that 8 civilians were killed while trying to leave the city. According to Radio Svoboda and the Povernys Zhyvym Foundation, the Russian occupiers are deploying artillery in the residential areas of Irpin, Bucha, Vorzel and Hostomel.

 On March 6, the Russian occupiers continued to fire by aviation and artillery (mostly rocket artillery) at residential areas in Kharkiv and other cities in the Kharkiv region. According to the National Police of Ukraine, 133 civilians were killed and another 319 civilians were injured in the shelling of attackers from February 24 to March 6 in the Kharkiv region. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine reported that the largest air and artillery strikes on March 6 were directed to the residential area Saltivka in Kharkiv. Also, according to Suspilne.Kharkiv, Russian attackers fired rockets at the Kharkiv district of Piatyhatky. One of the shells fell near the queue in which people were standing for food. According to the Kharkiv Emergency Medical Center, no one was killed, but 3 people were injured.

According to the National Police of Ukraine, 133 civilians were killed and another 319 civilians were injured in the shelling of attackers from February 24 to March 6 in the Kharkiv region

In addition, according to the Security Service of Ukraine, the Russian occupiers fired on the territory of the National Research Center “Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology”. The nuclear research facility is located on the territory of the institute, the destruction of which threatens a large-scale environmental catastrophe.

 On March 6, the Russian occupiers continued to fire on residential areas of Chernihiv. The blows do not stop for four days in a row. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine informed that on March 6, 3 people were killed and 2 were injured in Chernihiv due to attacks from Russian troops. According to Vyacheslav Chaus, head of the Chernihiv Regional Civil-Military Administration, several schools and kindergartens in Chernihiv were destroyed during the day. In particular, the school №18 was destroyed. On March 6, the mayor of Chernihiv Vladyslav Atroshenko reported that more than 300 injured people were in the city’s hospitals, most of them civilians. The community of Chernihiv is not able to bury the dead people in the main city cemetery Yatsevo, so people are buried in a continuous trench in the regional landscape park Yalivshchina. Some districts of Chernihiv lack electricity, water and heating.

 On March 6, the Russian occupiers continued to fire on Mariupol’s residential areas with aircraft and artillery (including rocket artillery). The fire of Russian troops has not stopped for four days in a row. There is no electricity, water, heating or communication in Mariupol. Due to the lack of communication, it is impossible to determine the number of dead and injured as a result of the shelling. On March 6, the Russian occupiers guaranteed a regime of silence for the evacuation of civilians but did not keep their promise. Therefore, the evacuation transport had to be returned to Mariupol.

 On March 6, the Russian occupiers shelled Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region. According to the head of the Donetsk regional military-civil administration Pavlo Kyrylenko, the Russian cruise missile hit the city. Dwelling houses on Kramatorskyy Boulevard were partially destroyed. At least 2 people were killed.

 On March 6 the Russian occupiers struck air and artillery (mainly with rocket artillery) blows across Mykolaiv. In particular, on the night of March 6-7, 5 houses were partially destroyed due to shelling from the Multiple Launch Rocket System Smerch. The districts of PTZ and near the railway depot were hit. This was reported by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

 On March 6, the Russian occupiers struck by air and artillery (mainly with rocket artillery) strikes on residential areas in the cities of Malyn, Ovruch and Korosten in the Zhytomyr region. In Malyn, a two-storey building was destroyed, 1 person was killed and 3 people were injured. Two five-storey houses were destroyed in Ovruch, 1 person was injured. In Korosten, building of the school №2 was damaged, 1 person was injured. This was reported by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

 On March 6, in a number of temporarily occupied cities of the Kherson region, peaceful meetings of local residents were held. People opposed the presence of the Russian occupiers. According to the Kherson Regional Prosecutor’s Office, during such a demonstration in Nova Kakhovka, the Russian military forces opened fire on unarmed people. 1 person died, 7 people were injured.

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