What Happened Today (March 25): NPR


Maxar has collected new satellite images of the port city of Berdyansk in southern Ukraine that reveal a burnt-out and partially submerged Russian Alligator-class landing ship near one of the port’s loading/unloading docks. Fire and smoke are also seen near and near several fuel storage tanks.

Satellite image (c) 2022 Maxar Technologies/DigitalGlobe/Getty Images


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What Happened Today (March 25): NPR

Maxar has collected new satellite images of the port city of Berdyansk in southern Ukraine that reveal a burnt-out and partially submerged Russian Alligator-class landing ship near one of the port’s loading/unloading docks. Fire and smoke are also seen near and near several fuel storage tanks.

Satellite image (c) 2022 Maxar Technologies/DigitalGlobe/Getty Images

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

Russian military steps up air and ground attacks in Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, according to a senior US defense official, but the official said the Russians had made no significant progress so far. The Russian Defense Ministry said it was focusing on Donbass. Pro-Russian forces have controlled parts of this region since 2014, but Ukrainian troops have maintained their grip on part of it.

President Biden visited Poland on Friday, reassuring a vulnerable ally. He traveled along NATO’s eastern flank, including a stopover in a Polish town just 60 miles from the Ukrainian border. He met with US troops stationed near Poland’s border with Ukraine and Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Ukraine says Moscow’s negotiating positions have become more ‘appropriate’ as the Russian military advance stalled in some places. Ukraine’s foreign minister reiterated his calls for more sanctions on Russia and more military aid to Ukraine to help convince Moscow to start pushing past ultimatums. Russia demanded that Ukraine recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and Lugansk and Donetsk as independent states.

In kyiv, Russia apparently halted its ground offensive. Russian forces are digging in and show no sign of trying to advance on the capital. Ukrainian forces say they have recovered most of the suburb of Irpin.

Biden and the President of the European Commission announced a new task force find ways to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas by next winter. Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin has long used energy to coerce and manipulate his neighbors. β€œHe used the profits to drive his war machine,” Biden said.

In depth

A month after the start of the war, more than half of Ukrainian children are displaced.

Some Russians flee Russia. Not because of the war, but because of their own government.

In Ukraine’s largest children’s hospital, the youngest war-wounded tell their stories.

The Russian airstrike on a theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, may have killed 300 people taking refuge there.

A top Russian journalist has found a pig’s head and anti-Semitic slurs left on his doorstep – the latest in a series of bullying acts inside Russia.

Ukrainian journalists are reportedly being held hostage by Russian forces.

The Russian TV editor who protested the war on live TV will face a fine for her actions.

Previous developments

You can read more Friday 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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