Ukraine, Armed Conflict / War, Level 5: Military invasion by the Russian army – Ukraine [Update 167]

Update 2022-03-15 (7): According to Ukrainian sources, some 20,000 civilians were able to flee the port city of Mariupol, besieged by Russian forces, to Zaporizhzhya on Tuesday (15 March). From the city of Sumy in the east of the country, two evacuation convoys organized by the Red Cross could be conducted with about 80 buses in the direction of the city of Lubny.

Update 2022-03-15 (6): Belarusian authorities stated on Tuesday (15 March) that the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been connected to the Belarusian power grid to restore electricity to the former nuclear site.

Update 2022-03-15 (5): Ukraine’s parliament extended the current martial law on Tuesday (15 March) until at least 25 April. At the same time Ukrainian forces said they repelled several advances by Russian units north of Kiev and in the city of Makariw, west of the capital. Russian advances were also repelled in the city of Lysychansk (Luhansk oblast). The city of Rubishne (Luhansk oblast) is heavily contested. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military reported losses in its own ranks. The number of civilians killed by shelling of residential areas in the Sviatoshynsky and Podilskiy districts of the capital on Tuesday (local time) rose to at least four. More than 3 million Ukrainian citizens have left the country, according to UN data.