Strikes and explosions
Number of residents who were evacuated from the besieged towns of Sumy and Kyiv surroundings in two days, according to the Ukrainian government on Thursday
Number of people, including a young girl, who died during the Wednesday bombardment of a facility housing a children’s hospital and a maternity hospital in Mariupol. In this strategic port of the Sea of Azov, in the south-east of Ukraine, a fourth person was killed during a raid on Thursday morning.
Number of children killed since the start of the war in Ukraine, according to Liudmyla Denisova, responsible for human rights at the Ukrainian Parliament
Convoy from the north, gains in the south
Russian tanks arrived at the northeastern edge of Kyiv on Thursday, having already made it north and west. Satellite images show armored units have been deployed in nearby forests and towns, according to The Associated Press. In the south of the country, Russian forces have made significant gains recently, including the encirclement of the city of Mariupol, a strategic port on the Sea of Azov.
Spotlight on Kyiv
The bombardments continued around Kyiv on Thursday, in particular on the deserted town of Velyka Dymerka, about fifty kilometers from the capital. In two weeks, half the population of the Kyiv agglomeration fled, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
Sources: Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, The New York Times and BBC