Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian President, visited the wounded at Kiev’s military hospital to lift their spirits and awarded them medals.

“Guys, you need to get well quickly.” Our common victory will be the greatest gift I can give you. According to Zelensky’s English translation of the tweet from Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Zelensky said:

He presented 106 soldiers of Ukraine’s armed forces with the title “Heroes Of Ukraine”, 17 of which were later awarded posthumously. 

Hutsul Volodymyr Olesksandrovych was one of them. He received the title because of his actions in Kherson, where he destroyed 25 units enemy equipment and “about 300 invaders”. 

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky visits an injured Ukrainian serviceman in a military hospital in Kiev on Sunday

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zilensky meets a wounded Ukrainian military serviceman at a Kiev military hospital.

Zelensky takes a photo with the injured soldier at the military hospital in Kiev on Sunday as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues

Zelensky snaps a picture with an injured soldier in Kiev’s military hospital on Sunday, as Russia continues its attack against Ukraine

Before visiting the military hospital, Zelensky warned against the formation of a 'pseudo-republic' in the south of his country

Zelensky cautioned against the creation of a “pseudorepublic” in the South of his country before visiting the military hospitals

Kiev is becoming surrounded by Russian forces as analysts warn the worst days of the war in Ukraine could lie ahead

Russian forces are encircling Kiev as experts warn that the worst days for the conflict in Ukraine may lie ahead

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (left) listens to a chief of Medical Forces Command Brigadier General Tetiana Ostashchenko (centre)

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zeleskiy listens (left) to Brigadier General Tetiana Ostashchenko, chief of Medical Forces Command (centre).

In a speech on Sunday, Zelensky warned against the formation of a ‘pseudo-republic’ in the south of his country.

Zelensky stated that Russians had used blackmailing and bribery to pressure local officials into forming a separatist region in the southern part of Russia, similar to those in Donetsk (and Luhansk) – declared independent by Putin at the beginning of the conflict.

Russia was able to use the protection of the two Eastern regions, where proRussian separatists started fighting Ukrainian forces in 2014. This pretext allowed Russia’s invasion.

Kherson was the first major city that fell earlier in this month. It is a crucial Black Sea port with 290,000.

This test will be tough for Ukraine. Zelensky spoke in his address that it takes time and strength for us to defeat the war machine which has invaded our nation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky address the nation on March 12 after Russian air strikes killed 35 people at a military base outside Ukraine's western city of Lviv

On March 12, Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president addressed the nation after 35 were killed in Russian airstrikes at a base military facility outside Lviv.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens to a chief of the National military medical clinical centre Major General Anatolii Kazmirchu

Listening to the Chief of the National Military Medical Clinical Centre Major General Anatolii Kasmirchu by President Volodymyr Zilenskiy

Ukrainian officials accused Russia Sunday of staging a fake referendum, in the part of the country that is currently under Russian control. 

‘Following 2014 playbook, Russians now desperately try to organize a sham ‘referendum’ for a fake ‘people’s republic’ in Kherson,’ said Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s minister of foreign affairs.

It will proceed despite having no popular support. They must immediately impose severe sanctions on Russia if they go ahead. Kherson is & will always be Ukraine.’  

Russia attacked cities in Ukraine Saturday. It pounded Mariupol, the southernmost city, and the surrounding areas of Kyiv. The Russians also stopped people fleeing violence.

Moscow expanded its offensive as Russian missiles destroyed a training center in west Ukraine on Sunday. This killed 35 people. 

Near the Polish border, the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security served as an important hub for the cooperation of Ukraine and NATO members supporting its defense against Moscow’s relentless assault.  

Over 30 Russian cruise missiles were fired at the facility. The complex has been used since long to train Ukrainian soldiers, with many instructors coming from the U.S. or other members of the west alliance.

Poland also serves as a transit point for Western military aid to Ukraine. The strikes were launched in response to Moscow’s threat to strike those shipments. 

A close attack on the border was laden with symbolism. This conflict has given rise to old Cold War rivalries, which gave birth NATO and threatens to overthrow the global security order.

A man wounded in this morning's air strikes at a nearby military complex is assisted by medical staff outside Novoiavorivsk District Hospital on March 13, 2022 in Novoiavorivsk, Ukraine

On March 13th, 2022, a man who was injured in the air strike at nearby military facilities is helped by staff from Novoiavorivsk District Hospital.

A man wounded in this morning's air strikes at a nearby military complex is assisted by medical staff outside Novoiavorivsk District Hospital on March 13, 2022 in Novoiavorivsk, Ukraine. A series of Russian missiles struck the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security at the nearby Yavoriv military complex

The medical team outside Novoiavorivsk District Hospital, Novoiavorivsk (Ukraine) assists a wounded man from the airstrikes at this military facility. A string of Russian missiles struck Yavoriv’s International Center for Peacekeeping and Security.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister told Zelensky said that Putin’s barbaric actions were “testing not only Ukraine but also all of humanity”.

According to No. 10, Sunday afternoon saw the President of Ukraine speak to Prime Minister.

“He complimented the president of Ukraine and their courage. According to a Downing Street spokesperson, the Prime Minister claimed that Putin’s barbaric actions had been testing not only Ukraine but also all humanity.

“The leaders condemned Brent Renaud’s murder and many other innocent Ukrainians as well as the kidnapping of Melitopol and Dniprorudne mayors.

“The Prime Minister spoke out about the continued support that the UK provides to Ukraine. He assured that the UK would pursue additional options to strengthen Ukraine’s defense and will work closely with other partners, including Tuesday’s Joint Expeditionary Force London meeting.

“The Prime Minister assured that Britain would stand by Ukraine and support them in their attempts to resolve this conflict.

A view of damaged buildings and streets due to the ongoing Russian shelling and missile strikes in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Sunday

An image of streets and buildings that were damaged during the continuing Russian bombardment and missile strikes in Kharkiv. 

According to U.N. estimates, 596 civilians were killed in Russia’s incursion more than two weeks back. However, it is certain that the actual death toll may be much greater. Millions more people fled their homes during the worst land conflict since World War II.

Russia, despite its firepower superiority, has had difficulty in its march across Ukraine despite Western weapons support. 

Russian forces instead have taken control of several cities, striking with strikes and hitting over a dozen hospitals. This has led to humanitarian crisis after a number of people were injured.

Numerous civilians were caught up in the barrage. The Prosecutor General of Ukraine stated Sunday that 85 children had been killed. 

Police said that an American journalist died and another was injured when his car was shot at by Russian agents Sunday. 

U.S. President Joe Biden will be sending his national security advisor to Rome Monday to meet with a Chinese official. This is amid fears that China is amplifying Russian disinformation. Pope Francis also called for peace.

In this handout video grab taken from a footage released by the Ukrainian Presidency, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks face camera in a street of Kyiv on March 11

This handout video is taken from footage released by Ukraine’s Presidency. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky talks face-to-camera in Kyiv, March 11, 2012.

It is located less than 15 miles away from the Polish border. The attack training base was near Yavoriv and seems to have been the Westernmost Target during Russia’s 18 day invasion.

It has been host to international NATO drills, and Admiral Rob Bauer (a NATO senior official) previously described it as embodying the’spirit of military cooperation’ between Ukraine’s international forces. 

This site represents Russia’s concern that the Western military alliance of 30 countries is an attack on Moscow because it is so close.

NATO does not believe Ukraine poses any threat. However, Russia insists that Ukraine stop aspiring to join the alliance in order for the conflict to be resolved.

Maksym Kzytskyi, Lviv Governor, said that most Russian missiles launched Sunday were’shot down’ by the Air Defense System. He said that the missiles that made it through were responsible for at least 35 deaths and 134 injuries.

Russian fighters were also seen firing at Ivano-Frankivsk’s airport. It is located less than 95 miles north of Romania and just 155 miles away from Hungary. These countries also happen to be NATO allies.   

Ukraine Army troops dig in at frontline trench positions to continue repelling Russian attacks, in sub-zero temperatures, east of the strategic port city of Mykolaiv,

In sub-zero temperatures east of Mykolaiv strategic port, troops from the Ukraine Army occupy trenches at the frontlines to resist Russian attacks.

Footage released by Russia Ministry of Defense on Saturday March 5 shows Russian soldiers took control of a military base near the village of Radensk, Kherson region

Russia Ministry of Defense has released video footage that shows Russian troops taking control of Radensk (Khora region), a military base. 

NATO declared Sunday that no personnel is currently available in Ukraine. The U.S., however, has increased its presence in Poland. 

Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Advisor said that the West will respond if Russia’s armaments are found outside Ukraine and strike any NATO member countries even if it is accidentally.

Biden ‘has made it clear repeatedly that the United States will cooperate with its allies in defense of every inch NATO territory, and that includes every inch,” Sullivan stated on CBS News’ Face the Nation’. 

Lviv so far has not been affected by the devastation in its east or south. With 721,000 people living in the city, the population has grown to 720,000. This is due to residents fleeing bombed areas and serving as an escape route for nearly 2.6million refugees.

European and Ukrainian leaders tried to convince Russia with little success to allow safe passage for civilians caught in fighting. However, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, stated that authorities managed to rescue nearly 125,000 from conflict zones.

Ukrainian authorities announced that 10 humanitarian corridors were to open this Sunday with Russia’s approval. They include those from Mariupol which was besieged by Russian forces and where 2187 bodies have been reported as dead.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the suffering in the port is “simply enormous.” They noted that many thousands of people are facing extreme or complete shortages of essential necessities such as food and water.

The Geneva-based group stated that dead bodies of both civilians and combatants remain under rubble, or are exposed to the elements where they were. It is impossible to treat life-threatening injuries or chronic, debilitating diseases.

Zelenskyy stated in video that 100-ton humanitarian aid convoy was heading to the city. Russia could capture it and establish a land route to Crimea. Russia seized Ukraine’s territory in 2014.

Nevertheless, the nation was still suffering from multiple conflicts that triggered international fury.

Authorities reported that nine people were killed by bombings in Mykolaiv (a southern Ukrainian city near the Black Sea). They also reported that Russian airstrikes had been launched on the monastery in eastern Donetsk, where monks were hiding, and 32 others were injured.

The fighting intensified around Kyiv’s capital. It was a strategic and political target.

Kyiv Region police stated on their official website, that Russian troops had opened fire on the car transporting two American journalists. According to the force, Brent Renaud was killed and Juan Arredondo was injured.

Oleksiy Kuleba, chief regional administrator, stated that Russian forces seemed to want to paralyze and blockade the capital through day-and-night shelling in the suburbs.

He declared that all offensives would face stiff resistance.

Zelenskyy also claimed that Russians had used blackmail, bribery and other means to make local officials in southern Kherson to establish a pseudo-republic similar to those found in two Eastern regions in which Russian-backed separatists began to fight Ukrainian forces in 2014.

Zelenskyy said Saturday that 1300 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in war. Although the Russians claimed that hundreds of soldiers had died in battle, they haven’t provided any updated information.

Because of the fighting around nuclear power plants, nuclear accidents are a constant concern. 

Ukraine announced on Sunday that it had restored the power line connecting to Chernobyl’s decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant. This was the scene of 1986’s most devastating nuclear accident. Last week, the plant lost power and was now dependent on generators. The International Atomic Energy Agency dismissed concerns that the plant could not cool spent fuel.

Pope Francis made one of his most vehement condemnations of the conflict in Ukraine on Sunday. He condemned the “barbararianism” of child killings, and asked for an end of these attacks ‘before cities become cemeteries. 

Francis stated that Mariupol has been’made martyr by the terrible war in Ukraine’.

Mariupol has suffered some of the most severe punishments since Russia invaded. Attempts to transport food, water, and medicine to the city of 430,000, and evacuate civilians were stopped by incessant attacks.

According to the Mayor’s Office, more than 1500 people died during the siege. There have been no attempts to bury them in mass graves.

They bomb! [Mariupol]You can launch missiles 24/7, 24 hours a days. It is hate. They kill children,” Zelensky claimed during a video address. 

The Ukrainian military claimed Saturday that Russian forces had captured Mariupol’s eastern suburbs. It tightened the arms control on the strategically important port.

Russia may be able to take Mariupol as well as other Azov sea ports, which could help it establish a land corridor from Crimea to Ukraine. Russia seized Crimea in 2014.

Zelensky encouraged his people not to give up, which analysts claim has stopped the Kremlin from achieving the military victory and rapid offensive that they had hoped for when it planned to invade Russia’s ex Soviet neighbor.

He stated that “the fact that all of Ukraine resisted these invaders is already history” but that he did not believe it was right for them to abandon their defense.

Zelensky once again expressed dismay at the refusal of Nato to create a no fly zone above Ukraine. He said that Ukraine had sought out ways to obtain air defense equipment, but he didn’t elaborate.

Russia was also accused by the president of using a new level of terror in the kidnapping of Melitopol’s mayor, who is located 119 miles west from Mariupol.

Residents of the city occupied by the conflict demanded the release of their mayor on Saturday. The Ukrainian leader urged the Russians to listen.

“Please listen in Moscow!” Mr Zelensky said. “Another protest against Russian troops and against efforts to bring the city down.”

Artillery barrages in multiple locations around the capital sent people running for cover as sirens from the air raids called.

A picture shows damages after the shelling by Russian forces of Constitution Square in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-biggest city, on March 2

This photo shows the damage caused by Russian forces to Constitution Square, Kharkiv (Ukraine’s second largest city), on March 2.

Russia claimed control of the southern port city as street battles raged

Russia claimed the control of the south port city during street fighting

The British Defence Ministry stated that Russian ground troops, which had been positioned north of Kyiv during most of wartime had moved to within 15 miles from the center of the city. They spread out and are likely to back an attempt at encirclement.

After hundreds of explosions caused by a strike at an ammunition depot located in Vasylkiv, artillery bombarded Kyiv’s northern outskirts.

Both sides believe that many civilians and soldiers were also killed.

The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates that at least 2.5 million refugees have fled to this country.

On Saturday, the Ukrainian chief prosecutor stated that at most 79 children had been killed and close to 100 were injured.

The majority of victims occurred in Kyiv and Kharkiv regions.