What Happened Today (March 15): NPR


On Tuesday, local residents salvage, pack and clean their homes in a damaged residential building in Kyiv’s Vynogradir district. Authorities said the damage was caused by a Russian bombardment.

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What Happened Today (March 15): NPR

On Tuesday, local residents salvage, pack and clean their homes in a damaged residential building in Kyiv’s Vynogradir district. Authorities said the damage was caused by a Russian bombardment.

Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

As Tuesday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:

Three European Union prime ministers have become the first foreign leaders to visit kyiv since the start of the Russian invasion. The leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia arrived by train for a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to demonstrate the bloc’s “unequivocal support” for Ukraine’s independence. US President Biden will travel to NATO headquarters in Brussels on March 24 for a summit on Ukraine.

kyiv braces for intensified shelling as attacks increase on residential targets in the city. A senior US defense official said Russian forces had made no significant advance on the capital over the past day, but the Kremlin was “considering their resupply and manning options”.

More than 3 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the war, in one of the world’s worst refugee crises, says the UN. The number of refugees arriving in Poland – 1.8 million – corresponds to the population of the capital, Warsaw.

A Russian state television staff member who interrupted a newscast with an anti-war poster has appeared in court. Marina Ovsyannikova was quickly arrested after bursting onto the film set with a sign that read “No war. … Don’t believe the propaganda.” For now, she faces a fine for organizing an uncoordinated event.

Two members of a Fox News crew were killed outside kyiv. Veteran video journalist Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshinova died after their vehicle was hit by incoming fire. Their colleague, correspondent Benjamin Hall, remains hospitalized in Ukraine.

In depth

Telegram is the app of choice in the war in Ukraine despite privacy experts’ concerns.

New British sanctions target Russian vodka, luxury vehicles, fashion and works of art.

What is the difference between a “normal” billionaire and a Russian “oligarch”? Here is the history.

Ukrainian refugees continue to enter Poland. See photos of two Polish border towns.

How can Russia’s past military campaigns help us understand what’s next in Ukraine? Listen to the conversation.

Language app Duolingo sees an increase in the number of people learning Ukrainian.

Previous developments

You can read more Tuesday news here, as well as more in-depth reports and daily recaps here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR Ukrainian state podcast for updates throughout the day.


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