Dispatches from Kyiv, 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 7, Monday. Day 12
3 pm EST/ 10 pm Kyiv time. By Daryna Antoniuk
At least 13 civilians were killed in an airstrike on a bread factory in Kyiv Oblast, according to the State Emergency Service.
Ukrainian troops downed two Russian aircraft over Kyiv.
Ten people died as a result of shelling by Russian forces in Kharkiv; one child was hospitalized. The shelling damaged an art museum in Kharkiv.
Almost 2,000 people were evacuated from Irpin, Bucha and Hostomel near Kyiv, while over 4,000 people are still trapped there. In recent days, these cities have been badly shelled. The situation in Kyiv Oblast is close to a humanitarian catastrophe, local officials said.
In Kyiv Oblast, Ramzan Kadyrov’s mercenaries have been shelling civilian houses. In Zaporizhzhia the Chechen mercenaries have destroyed the vehicle of the Ukrainian post office that was delivering pensions to the elderly, killing two postmen.
Russian invaders seized TV tower in occupied Melitopol – now they control local radio stations. Melitopol residents have been protesting Russian occupation for several days.
Russian troops plan to attack Vyshhoroda city in the north of Kyiv, where Kyiv Dam and Hydroelectric Plant are located, according to Ukraine’s Army General Staff.
The third round of Ukraine-Russia peace talks in Belarus gave no results. The delegations only agreed to change some logistics of humanitarian corridors, according to Mykhailo Podoliak, advisor to the head of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration.
Nearly 100% of Russia’s pre-staged combat power is now in Ukraine, according to a senior US defense official. Russia has launched more than 625 missiles against Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelensky received the Ronald Reagan Medal of Freedom. It is awarded to outstanding world leaders who “made a significant and lasting contribution to the development of freedom in the world.”
Over 2,000 foreign students from 27 countries are trapped in Ukraine amid war. They can’t leave Sumy, Chernihiv, Mariupol, and Kherson. Most students came to Ukraine from India, China, Turkey, and Nigeria.
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Russian troops are destroying Bucha, Hostomel, Vorzel and Irpin, cities in Kyiv Oblast. They are deliberately killing civilians, according to Kyiv mayor Vitalii Klitschko.
Russia shelled Kharkiv overnight. At least 8 were killed in the last 24 hours; 21 buildings, including hospitals, educational institutions, and dormitories, were damaged or destroyed by large-scale fires.
Russian forces used heavy Smerch multiple rocket launchers against residential districts of Mykolaiv, causing several fires.
Nine people were killed, 6 injured in an attack on Vinnytsia airport on March 6, according to the State Emergency Service.
Russian troops launched a missile attack on the Olvia seaport in the Mykolaiv Oblast. This port belongs to the Qatari port operator QTerminals under a concession agreement, obliging it to invest $130 million into 180 hectares of the port area over the next five years.
The Ukrainian army has taken back control over Chuhuiv, a town in Kharkiv Oblast, where a military airfield is located.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has given the honorary title “Hero City” to Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mariupol, Kherson, Hostomel, and Volnovakha. He also awarded medals to the mayors who have distinguished themselves in the defense of their cities.
Russian troops in the occupied town of Hostomel have killed the local mayor, Yuriy Prylypko, as well as two local volunteers who were giving locals bread and medicine.
Ukrainian internet providers Datagroup and Volia will connect bomb shelters to high-speed internet. They have already connected 128 civil defense facilities in 18 Ukrainian regions to the internet.
Ukrainian musician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, a 46-year-old frontman of the rock band Okean Elzy, has joined the territorial defense unit to protect his native city Lviv.
Since the start of the invasion, Russian troops have destroyed or damaged nearly 211 Ukrainian schools. During the war, schools and universities temporarily suspended their work. The Ukrainian Ministry of Education is considering resuming education in areas where “the situation remains relatively calm.”
The third round of Ukraine-Russia negotiations is to begin at 4 pm (Kyiv time), according to the president’s advisor Mykhailo Podolyak.
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Slovenia will send up to 5,000 Starlink satellite internet terminals to Ukraine in the coming daysaccording to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers to meet in Turkey on March 10. It will be the first potential talk between the top diplomats since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine suspends exports of rye, oats, buckwheat, millet, sugar, salt, meat, and livestock amid Russia’s full-scale invasion.
Two ‘Big Four’ accounting firms, KPMG and PwC, suspend operations in Russia and Belarus. PwC has 3,700 employees in Russia and has operated in the country for 30 years; KPMG has over 4,500 employees in Russia and Belarus.