Russian sham “elections”, strikes on Odesa and Vinnytsia, Czech aid initiative launches

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, March 18th, 2024.

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•   40 remain hospitalized after March 15 Iskander missile attack on Odesa, including 9 critically hurt

40 people injured in the Russian missile attack on Odesa on March 15 are currently being treated in hospitals, including nine in serious condition, the head of the Odesa Oblast Military Administration, Oleh Kiper, announced on the morning of March 16.

•   Death toll rises to two after Russia shells an apartment building in Vinnytsia Oblast

Two people were killed and four sent to hospital after Russia hit an apartment building in Vinnytsia in a drone strike on the evening of March 14.

•   Freedom of Russia Legion volunteers vow to end Putin's reign in ‘last election’ raid

Alexey Baranovsky, a volunteer from the Freedom of Russia Legion, commented on the raid that continues in the Belgorod and Kursk oblasts against the backdrop of the sham Presidential elections in Russia during a Radio NV broadcast on March 17.

•   HUR hacked into Russian electronic voting system and Putin's United Russia party – Ukrainian media

Main Intelligence Directorate’s (HUR) cyber-specialists hacked into the Russian public service system used for electronic voting in the sham "presidential elections," Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne and the Ukrinform news agency reported on March 16, citing HUR sources.

•   Russians kidnapping people in occupied territories to force them to vote in Russia’s sham election

Russian occupying forces are raiding apartments and forcibly kidnapping people to vote in Russia's illegitimate elections in the temporarily occupied Henichesk in Ukraine's Kherson Oblast, activists of the Yellow Ribbon movement reported on Telegram.

•   UK slams Russia's illegitimate elections in Ukraine's occupied lands

The UK slammed Russia's so-called presidential elections in Ukraine's occupied territories as illegal, the UK's Permanent Representative to the OSCE, Neil Holland, said on March 14.

•   Russians caught on video sabotaging sham Putin election in rare acts of defiance, spoiling ballots

To disrupt the voting in the so-called "Presidential election" in Russia, some Russians are trying to spoil ballots already cast in ballot boxes.

•   Fake Tucker Carlson lures Russians to fake election in Siberia - Video

American media provocateur Tucker Carlson, who gained fame in Russia after his scandalous interview with Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin, was spotted by Russian X-users in Tyumen, Siberia.

•   Ukraine hit Kursk and Belgorod oblasts with drones, missiles and MLRS, Russian Defense Ministry claims

Ukraine attacked targets in Russia overnight with various weapons, including drones, the Tochka-U tactical missile system, and the RM-70 Vampire multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), the Russian Defense Ministry claimed on March 16.

•   Petrochemical plant hit in nighttime drone attack in Russia’s Kaluga Oblast, UA intel tells NV

Ukraine’s Military Intelligence (HUR) carried out a nighttime drone strike on a petrochemical plant in Russia’s Kaluga Oblast on March 15, a source in the intelligence services told NV.

•   Czech PM alters Paris speech on Kyiv shells to prevent leak via pro-Kremlin Slovak counterpart

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala changed his Paris summit speech on Prague’s ammunition initiative for Ukraine when he found out that pro-Russian Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was attending the meeting, the Czech news outlet Aktuálně reported on March 14 citing sources.

•   Portugal pledges over $100 million ammo purchase for Ukraine

The Portuguese government has approved the allocation of EUR 100 million ($109 million) to support the Czech initiative aimed at purchasing ammunition for Ukraine, the Portuguese Defense Ministry announced in a press release on March 14.

•   Greece to grant Ukraine 70 howitzers in new aid package — report

Athens is preparing to extend another security assistance package to Kyiv, including missiles, artillery, and ammunition, Greek outlet eKathimerini reported on March 15.

•   Ukraine’s HUR discloses Russian plans to produce Armata tanks in 2024

Russia has produced 20 experimental versions of the T-14 Armata tanks, Ukraine’s HUR military intelligence service said, Ukraine’s Defence Ministry’s Information Agency ArmyInfirm reported on March 15.

•   Ukrainian prisoners of war tortured in Russia - UN report

Ukrainian prisoners of war suffer torture while held captive by Russia, the United Nations Independent International Commission on Investigations of Violations in Ukraine reported. The commission detailed the appalling treatment prisoners have faced in Russia.

•   Veteran care and rehabilitation in Ukraine remains flawed

Having interviewed several Ukrainian soldiers who were injured in battle, NV journalists concluded that the existing military healthcare system remains unprepared to offer comprehensive rehabilitation to our veterans.

•   MP accuses Ukraine's legislature of being mired in ‘deep crisis’ as no sessions held for three weeks

The Ukrainian Parliament is in a deep crisis, Oleksiy Honcharenko, MP from the European Solidarity party and member of the Parliamentary Committee on Budget, said in an interview with Radio NV on March 14, citing reasons for this.

•   Foreign bondholders may negotiate restructuring $20 billion of Ukraine’s debt — report

Foreign holders of Ukrainian bonds are in talks to form a creditor committee ahead of debt restructuring negotiations with Ukraine, Reuters reported on March 15, citing four people familiar with the matter.

•   Miracle comeback win keeps chances of promotion alive for Ukraine’s women hockey team at worlds

In what is likely the most incredible win in Ukrainian women’s hockey history, Ukraine erased a three-goal cushion in the final four minutes to top Serbia in overtime and keep the team’s chances for promotion alive.

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