War in Ukraine: March 14 and 15

Here’s all you need to know about the last two days of Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine. Read about the main events of March 14 and 15 in our review.

Completely destroyed apartment building damaged by artillery shelling. Kyiv, Ukraine. March 15, 2022. Photo: MP / Belsat

On March 14, Volodymyr Zelensky submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada to extend martial law in Ukraine for another month. The very next day, the Verkhovna Rada approved this presidential proposal. Thus, martial law in the country will last for a month from 5:30 on March 26.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has updated figures on Russian losses. As of March 15, Russia had already lost over 13,500 people.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Finance has calculated the damage from the war unleashed by Russia. It is $500 billion, Minister Serhiy Marchenko said.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said that Belarus was preparing a special operation, during which the Belarusian military must wear Russian uniforms to invade Ukraine.

Ukrainian Railways has begun nationalizing Russian railcars remaining in Ukraine. At least 3 thousand railcars will now work for the country’s economy.

The fourth round of talks between Ukraine and Russia was held in the video format and ended with a “technical pause” announced by the parties.

Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova announced a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia.

Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that major Ukrainian cities could be stormed. According to Peskov, such a decision was made “due to the fact that armed nationalist formations are equipping firing points and placing heavy military equipment right in residential areas”.

On March 14, the European Union approved the fourth package of sanctions against Russia. It targets individuals and entities involved in the current war, as well as some sectors of the Russian economy.

On the afternoon of March 14, Russian troops allowed the first convoy of civilians to leave Mariupol for Zaporizhzhia. As of 2 p.m. on March 15, 2,000 cars had already left through the “humanitarian corridor,” with another 2,000 cars standing at the exit from the city. The city had been under siege for two weeks: the necessary medicine, supplies and water could not be delivered.

Also, “green corridors” were organized from Sumy, Konotop, Shostka, Trostenets, and Lebedin. At the same time, Russia blocked the “green corridor” from the direction of Chernihiv.