The news on the war, minute by minute, on Sunday 20 March: tensions between Italy and Russia after the attacks by Moscow on sanctions. More sirens and missiles in the night; queues and sugar fights in Russia
• The war has entered the 25th day: the Ukrainian resistance has imposed a de facto stalemate on Russia; Moscow is reacting by making the conflict even more bloody. And yesterday you used a hypersonic missile for the first time.
• The battle continues in Mariupol, a key city in the east of the country: it is impossible for rescuers to reach the theater bombed by the Russians, where hundreds of people could still find themselves trapped underground.
• Yesterday the Moscow government attacked the Italian one due to sanctions: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi called the attack on Defense Minister Guerini “unacceptable”
• The mysteries surrounding the figure of Putin continue: after the “breakdowns” during the speech at the stadium, now there is the “disappearance” of two of the “hawks” surrounding him
5.36 – Zelensky: “Mariupol war crimes will go down in history”
In a new video posted on Facebook, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the siege of Mariupol will go down in history for what he calls “war crimes” by the Russian army. “Doing this to a peaceful city, what the occupiers did, is a terrible thing that will be remembered for centuries to come,” says Zelensky in his nightly video speech to the nation reported by international media.
5.21 am – Ukraine: alarm sirens in almost all regions
Anti-aircraft warning sirens have been activated in almost all regions of Ukraine, according to reports from the Kyiv Independent. In addition to Kiev and Lviv, the risk of air strikes has started in the oblasts of Odessa, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, Mykolaiv, Ternopil, Poltava, Kirovograd, Ivano-Frankivsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Rivne, Volinia, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia.
5.14 – Russians block Mariupol city evacuation buses
Russian troops reportedly stopped a bus convoy bound for Mariupol to evacuate residents, Kyiv Independent reports. According to the Berdyansk city council, the convoy was on its way to the city from Zaporizhzhia to pick up fleeing Mariupol residents but was stopped by Russian occupation forces near the village of Azovske, three kilometers from Berdyansk. The convoy was not allowed to enter the city limits and the drivers were not allowed to stay overnight.
4.38 am – Ukraine: anti-aircraft sirens sound in Lviv
Air-raid alarm in Lviv. The sirens went off at 4.20 local time and the loudspeakers ordered the residents to run to the shelters. It is the fourth anti-aircraft alarm in 24 hours in the western city of Ukraine.
3.59 am – Zelensky: “Pro-Russian political party activities suspended”
Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky has announced that several political parties will be suspended during martial law due to the war waged by the Russian Federation and the ties of some of them with this country. In a video published today on the Ukrainian presidency website, Zelensky reported that the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has decided to suspend the activity of the “Opposition platform – For life”, “Sharia Party”, «Ours», «Opposition Bloc», «Left Opposition», «Union of Left Forces», «State», «Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine». «Socialist Party», «Socialists» and «Vladimir Saldo Block».
3.38 am – Ukraine: Australia, stop exporting aluminum materials to Russia
The Australian government has imposed a ban on the export of alumina, aluminum ores and bauxite to Russia. This was announced by Australian Foreign Minister and Senator for Commerce, Marise Payne. In addition, the Australian authorities will send at least 70,000 tons of thermal coal to Ukraine to ensure the country’s energy security.
2.29 am – Mayor Sumy: “71 orphaned children evacuated abroad”
Seventy-one children were evacuated to foreign destinations from the orphanage in the Ukrainian city of Sumy. The Kyiv Independent reports, citing Mayor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi. The children had taken refuge in the basements for two weeks before they could be sent to a safe place and many of them suffer from health problems, said the mayor of the northeastern capital.
00.37 am – United Kingdom: “Kiev controls the skies, Russia misses the target”
Ukrainian air forces and air defense are continuing to effectively defend airspace. Russia fails to gain control of the skies and relies on weapons dropped from Russian bases to hit targets inside Ukraine. It is the analysis of British intelligence on the current situation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Control of the airspace was one of the main objectives of the Russian advance from the first days of the conflict and failure puts operational processes in crisis.
Saturday, 00.19 – Anti-aircraft sirens in Kiev
Anti-aircraft sirens are sounding in Kiev. Ukrinform reports this on its Telegram channel, inviting people to reach the shelters. The alarm was then stopped after about twenty minutes.
11.10 pm – Interrupted trains between Belarus and Ukraine
Rail connections between Belarus and Ukraine have been interrupted since Saturday afternoon. This is confirmed by the management of the Ukrainian railways. who thanked the Belarusian workers: at the basis of the stop there would be forms of rebellion on the part of the latter. In fact, the interruption of the connection makes it difficult to supply the Russian troops present on Ukrainian territory through the Belarusian “corridor”.
11.00 pm – The complaint: “Thousands of civilians deported to Russia”
Thousands of Mariupol residents were taken to remote cities in Russia, “deported as the Nazis did during World War II.” The complaint comes from the Mayor of the war-torn city Vadym Boichenko, who posted a statement on Telegram, reports Ukrinform. “In the past week, several thousand Mariupol residents have been taken to Russia. The occupiers have illegally taken people away.