Russia’s war on Ukraine. Day 18: missile strike on military range close to NATO border, journalists killed by Russian troops

Missile strike on Yavoriv military range. On the night of March 13, Russia conducted an airstrike on the Yavoriv military training ground, International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Lviv region. Thirty-five people were killed, and 134 were injured.

Russia conducted the air raid from the Black and Azov Sea. The jets took off from Saratov. The Russian troops fired more than 30 missiles. Ukraine’s air defense system shot down part of the missiles.  

Journalists killed by Russian troops. Brent Renaud, 50-year-old American journalist and filmmaker was killed by the Russian forces near a checkpoint in Irpin. Justice for Journalists Foundation recorded at least 35 attacks against journalists in Ukraine since Russia started an all-out war, director Maria Ordzhonikidze told RFE/RL. 

The Russian troops made a majority of the attacks. Not all attackers were identified.

Russia is responsible for death of three journalists. Viktor Dudar was killed near Mykolayiv, camera operator of Live channel Yevhen Sakun was killed in an airstrike on Kyiv, Brent Renaud was killed in Irpin.   

Kherson rallies against Russia. On the day of the city’s liberation from Nazi Germany in World War II on March 13, Kherson residents rallied against the Russian occupation. A few thousand people protested on Svobody (Freedom) square.

People walked through Perekopska street toward the Slavy (Glory) park. Neither Russian materiel in the city, nor shots fired into the air stopped them. Local media released photos and videos of the rally. The Russian troops prepared to hold a fake referendum in a bid to create a “people’s republic”. They reached out to deputies of the Kherson regional council for support, deputy Serhiy Khlan said.

The Kherson regional council held an emergency meeting by video conference and passed a statement that Kherson region is Ukraine by a vote of 44, deputy Serhiy Rybalko said.

Explaining Ukraine podcast, day 18 of war

18 days of Russian invasion of Ukraine: Russia strikes airport in Lviv oblast, 20 km away from NATO border; American journalist was killed by Russians in Irpin’; Russian army facing difficulties in advancing. — We continue our “Explaining Ukraine” podcast by sharing our analysis of the Russian invasion and Ukrainian resistance. Hosts: Volodymyr Yermolenko, analytics director at Internews Ukraine, and Tetyana Ogarkova, in charge of international outreach at the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre. Listen to the podcast.

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Maria Ionova, Member of Ukrainian Parliament

Serhii Orlov, Deputy Mayor of Mariupol

Oleksandr Starukh, Head of Zaporizhzhia Regional Administration

Anna Rubanska, journalist from Mykolaiv

Kyrylo Zaitsev, volunteer from Mykolaiv

Ruslan Neroda, farmer and blogger from Mykolaiv

Ihor Vaskan, activist and journalist from Mykolaiv

Serhii Potushynskyi, journalist and volunteer from Voznesensk, Mykolaiv oblast

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