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Russian invasion of Ukraine: chronicle of March 21-27

What happens in Crimea, Nikolaev, Kherson, Odessa, Kharkov, Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk



Российские военные блокируют украинские воинские части (фото - mil.gov.ua)

On February 26, several thousand Crimeans led by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people went to the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea to defend the existence of autonomy within Ukraine. Nearby was an action by Russian nationalists, they demanded the annexation of Crimea to Russia. There were clashes between opponents.

On February 27, unknown armed men seized the buildings of the Council of Ministers and the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC. Under their protection, a session of the parliament of autonomy was held, at which the Crimean government, headed by Anatoly Mogilev, was dismissed. The new head of the Council of Ministers of the pro-Russian deputies appointed the leader of the party Russian Unity Sergei Aksenov. Unrecognized by the new Ukrainian authorities, the prime minister called on Russian President Putin to "ensure peace and tranquility" in Crimea. At the entrance to the peninsula, checkpoints guarded by people with weapons appeared. On the peninsula, unauthorized movement of representatives of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation was noted.

March 1 pro-Russian actions took place in Donetsk, Nikolaev, Kherson. On the same day, Putin requested permission from the Federation Council of the Russian Federation “in connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the threat to the life of citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, and the personnel of the military contingent of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation” to use Russian troops “until the socio-political situation stabilizes in this country. " The Federation Council granted the request.

On February 26, several thousand Crimeans led by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people went to the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea to defend the existence of autonomy within Ukraine. Nearby was an action by Russian nationalists, they demanded the annexation of Crimea to Russia. There were clashes between opponents.

On February 27, unknown armed men seized the buildings of the Council of Ministers and the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC. Under their protection, a session of the parliament of autonomy was held, at which the Crimean government, headed by Anatoly Mogilev, was dismissed. The new head of the Council of Ministers of the pro-Russian deputies appointed the leader of the party Russian Unity Sergei Aksenov. Unrecognized by the new Ukrainian authorities, the prime minister called on Russian President Putin to "ensure peace and tranquility" in Crimea. At the entrance to the peninsula, checkpoints guarded by people with weapons appeared. On the peninsula, unauthorized movement of representatives of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation was noted.

March 1 pro-Russian actions took place in Donetsk, Nikolaev, Kherson. On the same day, Putin requested permission from the Federation Council of the Russian Federation “in connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the threat to the life of citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, and the personnel of the military contingent of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation” to use Russian troops “until the socio-political situation stabilizes in this country. " The Federation Council granted the request.

MARCH 27

23:59. In Kharkov, activists of Avtomaydan held a picket against separatism.

23:15. According to the National Security and Defense Council, 100 thousand Russian soldiers are pulled to borders of Ukraine.

22:36. The United States says it continues to monitor movements and changes in the number of Russian troops in areas bordering Ukraine.

21:39. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ensured the rights of draftees for the period of mobilization

21:20. Almost 100 thousand Russian troops are located on the borders of Ukraine in the form of various units in the directions of Chernigov, Kharkov, Donetsk, and these troops have been on alert for several weeks. This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy.

19:24. The UN General Assembly resolution showed an unprecedented level of support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This was stated by the head of the department of information policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yevhen Perebynis.

19:05. Armed representatives of the self-proclaimed Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov captured the Livadia winery.

18:40. The UN General Assembly confirmed the illegality of the separatist referendum in Crimea, held on March 16, and urged not to violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

18:16. The Presidential Administration assures that in the near future there is no threat of attack from the Russian Federation.

17:10. Filaret, Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, appealed to Ukrainians in connection with the threat of Russian troops invading Ukraine.

16:20. About 84.2% of respondents support the preservation of Crimea as part of Ukraine, and only 6.4% of Ukrainians believe that Crimea should be separated from Ukraine.

15:45. Now there is a very high probability that Russia can attack Ukraine, said the ex-Minister of Defense, Army General Yevgeny Marchuk.

16:45. Europe depends on the export of Russian oil and gas, so an embargo may not be a practical option. But there is another way to exert pressure, writes Larry Elliot on the pages of The Guardian.

14:20. The National Security and Defense Council has taken maximum measures to protect the eastern border of Ukraine.

12:39. The illegitimate Rada of Crimea published a list of persons whose stay on the peninsula is undesirable.

12:30 a.m. All residents of Crimea who do not have a Crimean registration on March 18, 2014, are considered “foreign citizens” and must travel outside Russia before April 19 in order to then enter and “legally issue a residence permit”.

12:00 p.m. Ukrainian paratroopers took control of the naval station of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Genichesk, Kherson region.

11:10. Mustafa Dzhemilev will make a report in the European Parliament on the situation in Crimea, after which he will go to the United States for a meeting of the UN Security Council.

10:55 . If Putin wants to capture the East and South of Ukraine, he will have to act quickly, says military observer Pavel Felgenhauer.

10:30 a.m. The European Court of General Jurisdiction - the second most important court of the European Union - proposes to amend the procedure for imposing sanctions in order to reduce the possibility of challenging them in court.

10 a.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally oversees the buildup of troops on the Ukrainian border, said British Defense Minister Philip Hammond during a visit to the Pentagon.

09:55. 62% of Russians believe that the annexation of Crimea is caused by a threat to the Russian-speaking population of Crimea.

06:55 a.m. The Pentagon demands guarantees from Russia that it will not invade the territory of Ukraine.

06:49 a.m. Law enforcement agencies must continue to fight armed groups that are hiding behind the Right Sector and commit crimes in Ukraine, said First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Volodymyr Yevdokimov.

06:00 a.m. In Crimea, up to a million people will not pass Ukrainian passports, said MP from the UDAR faction, former permanent representative of the president in Crimea Sergey Kunitsyn.

05:37. Crimean diplomatic missions of foreign countries move to Odessa. To date, it became known about the evacuation of four diplomatic missions from the ARC - Poland, Hungary, Germany and Israel.

05:13. The mayor of Kharkov, Gennady Kernes, said that no local referenda would be held in the city, at least until the parliament passed the relevant law.

04:12. In Sevastopol, the separatists announced a fundraiser for the needs of the city and the local community.

03:35. U.S. intelligence warned the White House of the increased likelihood of Russian troops invading mainland Ukraine.

03:15. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed concern about the safety and welfare of the Crimean Tatars and called for respect for their rights, the OIC statement published on the organization’s website said.

03:03. British Defense Secretary Philip Gammond said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is personally developing a plan to invade mainland Ukraine.

02:48 a.m. Released from captivity, Ukrainian officers gave their first comments after they hit mainland Ukraine.

01:44. Today, the United Nations Security Council plans to hold another meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

00:38. Colonel Julius Mamchur first shared his impressions of captivity after being captured by Russian invaders.

00:02. The armed forces are ready to give an adequate forceful rebuff to the aggressor, said Colonel-General Mikhail Koval, Acting Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

26 MARCH

22:33. Six Ukrainian soldiers liberated in Crimea arrived in mainland Ukraine.

22:16. The Russian grouping of troops on the borders with Ukraine increased due to the arrival of new units and units in the Bryansk region of Russia.


20:56. Six Ukrainian soldiers captured in Crimea were released. This was announced by the head of the media center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in Crimea Vladislav Seleznev.

20:35. The commander of the tactical aviation brigade in Belbek, Yulia Mamchura, is taken out of the Crimea towards Kiev. This information was confirmed by the wife of the military Larisa Mamchur.

19:30. The Russian occupation forces in Crimea sent tanks captured in the Ukrainian units to the north of Crimea.

19:25. Russia continues to draw strength to the borders with Ukraine. This was announced by the speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yevhen Perebynis.

7 p.m. The Swiss government promised to take steps to avoid becoming a haven for evading EU and US sanctions against Moscow, and said that EU visa restrictions apply to this neutral country in accordance with the Schengen agreement .

18:56. The EU and the US are ready to strengthen sanctions against Russia.

17:30. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine will hold a spring shower military exercises in the Kharkiv region.

16:50. Ukraine is preparing a draft resolution on Crimea for consideration by the UN General Assembly.

4:04 p.m. Crimeans with Russian passports will be able to get a Schengen visa only at the embassies of the EU countries in Ukraine.

15:30. The Russian army settles down near the Ukrainian borders - deploys operational headquarters and medical posts.

14:40. The State Border Service notes that the number of provocations near the border by Russian units has increased.

2 p.m. Uzbekistan does not recognize Crimea as part of Russia.

13:50. Russia's military aggression against Ukraine can dramatically affect the course of consultations on determining the candidacy of the next NATO Secretary General.

13:40. Acting President of Ukraine Alexander Turchinov fired Sergei Kunitsyn from the post of Permanent Representative of the President in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

13:03. The commander of the Ukrainian tactical aviation brigade from Belbek, Yuli Mamchur, remains in captivity with the Russian invaders.

12:50. On the Internet there was a record of the interrogation of a Russian soldier who was trying to infiltrate the territory of Ukraine.

12:10. The Verkhovna Rada plans to allow military personnel to privatize housing in dormitories.

11 a.m. The crew of the Ternopil corvette, consisting of 80 sailors, after being captured by Russian invaders, decided to continue serving in the Naval Forces of Ukraine.

10:10 a.m. Residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, who are forced to leave the peninsula and have problems with passports, can turn to any branch of the State Migration Service in Ukraine to resolve the issue.

09:29. Yesterday, Russian special forces stormed the Cherkasy minesweeper. The crew kept to the end.


09:20. The naval forces of Ukraine are ten warships, boats and support vessels. The flag of Russia is hoisted above 51 ships that were previously part of the Ukrainian Navy.

08:58. Military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and members of their families will be exported from Crimea by rail.

07:20. Tanks are being taken out of the military unit in the village of Perevalnoye in Crimea from a fleet of combat vehicles.

01:51. According to foreign media reports, the United States intends to put pressure on the Kremlin by banning the purchase of Russian weapons around the world.

01:44. Representatives of the Ukrainian community of Rome held an anti-Russian flash mob under the Italian parliament.

00:58. In Sevastopol, the separatists disbanded the city units of "self-defense."

00:38. In Sevastopol, the cadets said goodbye to the flag of Ukraine, kneeling.

00:34. In Crimea and Sevastopol, internal affairs agencies of Russia have been created. The corresponding order was signed by the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

MARCH 25

23:59. In Dnepropetrovsk, a Defense Council was created to coordinate and interact with all law enforcement agencies in the event of a military invasion.

23:19. Tonight at the airport, "Boryspil" landed a plane from Melitopol with 130 Theodosian Marines on board.

22:32. Today, the Shevchenkovsky District Court of Kiev chose a measure of restraint against six suspects in organizing riots in Donetsk and Odessa in the form of detention.

22:14. Today, after a two-week break, a mass rally was held near the Shevchenko monument in Kharkov.

9:52 p.m. Crimean Tatars are advised not to refuse Russian passports, but to keep Ukrainian ones. This was discussed during a meeting of the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov with representatives of public organizations in Simferopol.

21:34. The EU is ready for the third stage of sanctions against Russia, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said today.

9 p.m. After 2 hours of assault on the Donuzlav lake in Crimea, the Russian invaders managed to capture the minesweeper Cherkasy.

20:41. Today, a company of paratroopers from the 25th separate Dnepropetrovsk brigade, who studied in the Crimea, has moved to the mainland.

20:15. The assault on the Cherkasy minesweeper continues. Occupants made their way aboard the ship, the crew did not surrender.

18:50. The minesweeper Cherkasy in the Donuzlav lake, flying the Ukrainian flag, goes non-stop for the third day.

17:40. Several dozen separatists stopped the movement of military equipment to the border with Russia near Mariupol.

5 p.m. Police opened criminal proceedings on the fact of raising the Russian flag on March 23 at the building of the Donetsk City Council during a rally of pro-Russian forces.

16:40. Great Britain will continue to put pressure on Russia due to conflict with Ukraine: ambassador

16:20. 1.9 billion UAH will be allocated from the reserve fund of the state budget of Ukraine to the needs of the military.

4 p.m. Russia took advantage of the revolution in Ukraine in order to annex Crimea.

15:20. The State Border Service of Ukraine declares constant provocations by the Russian military on the eastern border of Ukraine.

3 p.m. As part of the “Support the Ukrainian Army” campaign, over 40 million UAH were received into the accounts of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

2:30 p.m. The regional Azov-Black Sea border administration from the Crimea is relocated to Kherson.

14:10. In the Odessa region, the 1st Marine Corps will be formed.

13:40. The State Border Service of Ukraine declares the availability of operational information regarding the use of Ukrainian passport forms stolen in Crimea by groups of provocateurs.

13:30. On the basis of the first separate Feodosia Marine Battalion, a Ukrainian Marine Corps brigade will be formed.

12:56 . The Verkhovna Rada has appointed a new acting Minister of Defense.

12:40. Russian neo-Nazi Anton Raevsky trains "self-defense" of Odessa separatists - the so-called "Odessa squad."

12:30 a.m. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has established a new departmental award - the medal "For the Return of Crimea".

12:20. The Cherkasy sea minesweeper, which stands in Lake Donuzlav, continues to be loyal to Ukraine and is ready to repel attacks from the Russian invaders.

11:30 a.m. More than four thousand troops from the Crimea want to continue serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

11:05. The list of Crimean prisoners now includes the command and commander of the landing ship Konstantin Olshansky, which the Russian military captured the day before.

10:55. Acting Minister of Defense Igor Tenyukh announced that he was ready to resign. The Verkhovna Rada did not accept his resignation.

10:45 a.m. “This is a response (actions of the West, - Ed .), And not a strategy,” says Philip Zelikov, a former adviser to the US Department of State and head of the September 11 attacks investigation committee, in an article published in The Financial Times. “The strategy starts with a clear understanding operational objectives. "

10:10 a.m. Now in the territory of Crimea there are more than 30 thousand Russian invaders (more than 22 thousand military personnel plus Cossacks), plus weapons and military equipment of the Black Sea Fleet, as well as those deployed from mainland Russia over the past month, it is possible to conduct provocations in the southeastern regions of Ukraine - Tymchuk.

09:50. The Ukrainian fleet is a small fleet consisting mainly of ships of the still Soviet Black Sea Fleet. Its entry into the Black Sea Fleet of Russia will not add to the potential of military formation, said Advisor to the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Admiral Igor Kasatonov.

08:20. The United States will give about 25 thousand food rations to Ukraine in the coming days for the needs of the country's armed forces.

08:10. Courts in the territory of Crimea accept only applications based on the norms of Russian legislation.

01:47. At a procedural vote in the US Senate, senators supported the draft law on the provision of assistance to Ukraine for $ 1 billion and the imposition of sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian corrupt officials, as well as those guilty of "undermining stability."

01:08. The OSCE recorded a violation of the rights of representatives of national minorities in Crimea.

01:04. A video appeared on the Internet of the capture of the Ukrainian ship "Konstantin Olshansky" in Lake Donuzlav in the Crimea.

00:04. The first group of marines returned from Crimea to the mainland.

MARCH 24

23:15. Following the meeting of the heads of state in The Hague, the G7 countries supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine and threatened Russia with new sanctions.

22:17. The representative of the acting president in Crimea, Sergey Kunitsyn, is resigning due to disagreement with the policy of the central government on the situation in Crimea.

21:36. The US and NATO are discussing the issue of an additional increase in the military contingent in the Baltic states due to threats associated with Russian aggression.

21:33. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, right-wing and left-wing political forces signed a memorandum on the suspension of confrontation during mass protests and the rejection of abuse of monuments and state symbols.

20:53. Ukraine does not consider the issue of restoring arsenals of nuclear weapons and reaffirms its obligations as a nuclear-free state, said the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andriy Deshchitsa.

20:37. Acting President Alexander Turchinov signed a decree that introduced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the redeployment of military units of the Armed Forces from the Crimea to the mainland.

20:20. Today in Donetsk, the action of the separatists gathered about 200 people.

20:17. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared a violation of the guarantees of the Budapest memorandum by the actions of Russia.

20:09. In The Hague, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov first met officially with acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andriy Deshchitsa.

19:27. In the Kherson Regional State Administration, officials discussed the possibility of establishing observation towers on the Crimean border and arranging a 20-kilometer moat.

19:26. Today, the first group of marines in the amount of 70 people will cross from Crimea to the mainland.

19:25. In Mariupol, the separatists set up a tent camp near the City Council.

18:55. Ukrainian officers were taken to the stern of the large landing ship Konstantin Olshansky, the flag of Ukraine was lowered.

18:40. The situation in the north, south and east of Ukraine remains tense, there are threats of sabotage from Transnistria .

18:20. The National Broadcasting Council sued Russian channels.

17:40. The Russian military launched an assault on the landing ship Konstantin Olshansky.

17:25. Ukraine is preparing another series of lawsuits against the Russian Federation in both Ukrainian and international courts.

5 p.m. Russia announced the imposition of sanctions against Canadian citizens from among senior officials, parliamentarians and public figures.

16:45. Salaries and jobs for those mobilized into the Armed Forces will be retained.

16:30. About 50% of the personnel of Ukrainian military units in Crimea wished to remain on the peninsula or switched to the side of the Russians.

16:24. In Odessa, the Security Service of Ukraine detained the head of the public organization Shield of the Fatherland, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Yuri Tanklevsky.

16:15. Most of the crew of the landing ship Konstantin Olshansky went over to the side of Russia, however, the ship remains Ukrainian.

15:30. Former employees of the Internal Forces are sent from Crimea to the eastern regions of Ukraine to carry out provocations. The situation on the border is tense - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

15:10. Information that the Crimean Tatars join the ranks of the National Guard of Ukraine does not correspond to reality, the press service of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people reports.

14:40. At night, the Russians sank another ship to completely block even a narrow passage in Lake Donuzlav.

14:34. There are 83 thousand Russian soldiers along the border - Tymchuk

2:30 p.m. The leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev said that the Crimean Tatars want to hold their referendum on the future under the conditions of Russian occupation of Crimea.

14:02. The self-proclaimed power of the Crimea keeps the families of Ukrainian troops hostage.

13:40. Tonight in a village in Zherebkovo, Odessa Region, a group of armed men in balaclava and camouflage uniforms attacked a former military unit where weapons were stored.

13:20. Oleg Tyagnibok suggested renewing the draft in the army and military training in schools.

12:50. The United States is ready to introduce additional sanctions against Russia in case of further escalation of the situation in Ukraine.

12:40. 96% of the personnel of the Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile regiment in Yevpatoriya are ready to serve in the Russian army.

12:30 a.m. Regionals offer as soon as possible to begin to fulfill the conditions of Russia to resolve the conflict. Theses similar to the initiatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation were made at a meeting of the conciliation council by the leader of the Party of Regions faction Alexander Efremov.

12:11. Two thousand Crimean Tatars joined the ranks of the National Guard of Ukraine.

11:30 a.m. The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine instructed the Ministry of Defense to withdraw the military from Crimea. The Ukrainian military in Crimea fulfilled their duty.

11:20. Citizens of Ukraine living in Crimea who do not want to be citizens of Russia will have to apply for a residence permit.

11:10. Attempts by the Russian military to seize the Cherkasy minesweeper were unsuccessful.

10:45 a.m. The vast majority of Russians (93%) support the inclusion of Crimea in Russia.

10:40. The self-proclaimed authorities of Crimea do not exclude the hourly supply of electricity on the peninsula.

10:36. During the assault on the 1st separate battalion of the marine corps in Feodosia, several Ukrainian soldiers received injuries of varying severity.

10:31. Donuzlav. Ukrainian ship "Konstantin Olshansky". Photo - Oleksii Tamrazov, facebook.com/oleksii.tamrazov.

09:42. Armed people on speed boats make attempts to board the Cherkasy minesweeper.

09:40. The Cherkasy minesweeper tried to break the blockade: video from the ship.

08:35. The new leadership of the international children's camp "Artek" refused to cooperate with the Ministry of Social Policy.

08:33. The danger of a war between Russia and Ukraine is increasing, said Acting Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchitsa.

08:05. Tonight, the territory of the Ukrainian Marines unit in Feodosia was captured by Russian troops. According to various sources, from 60 to 80 Ukrainian marines were taken from the territory of the captured part of the Ukrainian marine corps in Feodosia.

7:30 a.m. Leaders of the G7 countries (USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada) and the European Council chairman on Monday will discuss a joint response to the situation around Crimea at the international nuclear safety summit in The Hague.

07:23. Most cities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea as of 6 am on Monday have problems with energy supply.

07:20. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland received an official letter from the State Duma of Russia, which proposed the separation of the territory of Ukraine.

06:00 a.m. Russian occupation forces opened fire in Feodosia.

00:32. New Ukrainian armored personnel carriers for the National Guard are ready for operation.

MARCH 23

23:26. Crimeans will be able to vote in the presidential elections in Ukraine. According to Andrei Magera, deputy head of the Central Election Commission, those wishing to take part in the presidential election on May 25 will be able to vote in regions neighboring with Crimea.

22:45. As of the evening of March 23, the number of Ukrainians missing or illegally stolen in Crimea is nine. This was reported by the Center for Journalistic Investigations, referring to the data of the media center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and public organizations.

10:38 p.m. In some cities of Crimea, the lights went out in the evening. Social network users report that part of Simferopol, Kerch, half of Feodosia were left without electricity, and Belogorsk, Nizhnegorsky, Yevpatoriya, Zuya and Alushta were also de-energized.

10:05 p.m. Mass outflow of people from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is not observed. "About a thousand people left Autonomy over the past two weeks. Most of them are Tatars - women and children," said former chairman of the Mejlis Mustafa Dzhemilev.

21:18. Ukrainian marines from Feodosia told the aggressors that they would leave their unit only with trucks and on armored personnel carriers with the flag of Ukraine and their battalion. If, before the exit order, someone tries to illegally enter the territory of the unit, they will open fire for defeat.

21:03. Most of the military tactical group "Crimea" are faithful to the oath. The commander of the group said that a lot of representatives of the Crimean Tatar people are serving in the composition of the compound, who are not going to give up.

20:01. Information on accommodation of families of military personnel and civilians located in the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol can be obtained by calling the hotlines: (044) 454-44-51, 454-43-37 (around the clock) - Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, 253-04 -71 (around the clock) - public reception of the Ministry of Defense, 207-18-04, 207-18-79 (around the clock) - Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine.

19:45. The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people will hold an extraordinary session of Kurultay on March 29. This was reported by the press service of the Mejlis. The place, time and agenda of the extraordinary session of the Kurultay will be published shortly.

19:36. Mike Rogers, chairman of the intelligence committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, a Republican called for the Armed Forces to provide armament to defend against Russian aggression. He also noted that direct involvement of the US Army in the Ukrainian-Russian military conflict is excluded.

19:04. Permanent Representative of Russia to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov rejected the assumption that the "reunification of Crimea with Russia" was planned in advance. He said this in an interview with the Air Force. Commenting on the situation in Crimea, the Russian representative said that Vladimir Putin has no intention of sending troops to other parts of Ukraine or Europe.

18:38. Employees of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine have strengthened border control measures for citizens who follow from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the agency’s press service reports. Control is carried out jointly with units of the armed forces, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of Ukraine.

17:27. In Crimea, the Russian invaders illegally detained the commander of the military unit A4398 in Sevastopol, the captain of the second rank V.N. Demyanenko. This was announced by the head of the Center for Military-Political Studies Dmitry Tymchuk on his Facebook page.

17:07. In Lugansk, at the same time as the familiar rally of pro-Russian forces, a march was held under the slogan "Lugansk is Ukraine," Ukrinform reports.

16:51. Today in the capital of Crimea, near the monument to Lenin, a rally "in support of the south-east of Ukraine" was held. The protesters chanted “Shame on the Ukrainian media!”, Demanded that Yanukovych return to Ukraine and called on the East of Ukraine for separatism.

4 p.m. Donetsk separatists demand a referendum on the status of the Donetsk region on May 25.

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15:40. Some military units will soon be evacuated from Crimea, said the acting Minister of Defense of Ukraine Igor Tenyukh.

15:34. In 18 regions of Ukraine sanatoriums are reserved for potential refugees from the Crimea.

15:30. According to the Information Resistance group, the Center for Information and Psychological Operations (TsIPsO) of the Ukrainian Navy fell.

14:25. Paratroopers from the 25th brigade today with weapons and equipment went from the territory of Crimea to mainland Ukraine.

13:27. Kharkovites came to a rally in support of the unity of Ukraine.

01:06. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Ukraine has actually lost the Crimea.

12:48. The deputy commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Igor Voronchenko, was captured by the invaders.

12:35. Ukraine demands the release of the commander of the military unit in Belbek, Colonel Yuli Mamchur and to stop the provocations from the Armed Forces of Russia. This was stated by the Acting President of Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov.

12:03. In the Donetsk region, border guards detained seven Russian Black Sea Fleet military.

12:01. Most deputies of the Kherson Regional Council did not want to support fellow Communists, who proposed to consider at the session an appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the need to collect signatures in support of the federal system of Ukraine and the second state language.

11:45. Several officers, midshipmen and sailors of the Chernigov minesweeper, whose commander yesterday decided to surrender to the Russian military, went aboard the Konstantin Olshansky large landing ship (BDK).

11:38. Ukraine enhances border protection with Transnistria due to the threat of Russian troops invading the Odessa region from an unrecognized republic.

11:10. The Commander of the Ukrainian Navy Sergey Gaiduk admitted: a third of the Ukrainian fleet is blocked.

10:27 a.m. The deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the VI convocation Yuriy Ganushchak (BYuT-Batkivshchyna faction) said that the issue of federalization of Ukraine is no longer relevant today.

10:07. Today in Kiev on Independence Square at 12:00 the next national veche will begin.

09:45. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to create territorial authorities in Crimea.

09:43. In Belbek, Ukrainian officers demand the release of the commander of the military unit, Colonel Yuli Mamchur, captured by Russian invaders after yesterday's assault on the base.

09:02 a.m. In London, Ukrainian activists picketed Gazprom’s office, demanding that the concern stop financing Russian military operations in Crimea.

08:41. Ukrainian ships in Donuzlav are preparing for the assault, their crews remain faithful to the oath.

08:00. Today in Kiev starts a bike ride in support of the unity of Ukraine.

07:40. A new video appeared of how the invaders attacked the base in Belbek.

07:20. At the entrance to Sevastopol, the separatists removed the checkpoint.

MARCH 22

15:06. Participants in the "self-defense" of the illegitimate Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov stormed the Ukrainian military unit in Novofedorovka.

14:48. The Security Service of Ukraine, in accordance with a court decision, detained the leader of the so-called "Donbass People’s Militia" Mikhail Chumachenko in Donetsk.

13:20. In Mariupol, a protest rally in support of the fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych.

12:55. About 500 people, mostly pensioners, hold a rally in support of ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych on Lenin Square in Donetsk.

12:49 p.m. Rear Admiral Sergey Gayduk, Commander of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that food supplies on blocked Ukrainian ships in the Crimean lake Donuzlav would last 10 days.

12:24. Crimean separatists do not allow the departure of families of Ukrainian troops from Crimea.

12:15. The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, does not yet know whether the self-proclaimed authority of Crimea really forbade him from entering the peninsula. But in this case he is preparing a surprise.

11:51. The leader of the Crimean separatists, Sergei Aksenov, received Russian citizenship back in 2003.

11:15. The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the Donetsk region, Konstantin Pozhidaev, said that 11 people were detained on the events of March 13 in Donetsk, when activist Dmitry Chernyavsky was killed.

10:20. Cabinet Minister Ostap Semerak said the Ukrainian government allows dual citizenship for residents of Crimea.

10:18 a.m. The Ministry of Defense denies "misinformation of the Russian Federation" about Ukrainian sailors. The ministry said that the issue of granting each Ukrainian sailor in the Crimea the status of a "combatant" is being considered.

09:56. Today at 9:00 on Ukrainian ships in the Crimean lake Donuzlav traditionally raised the Ukrainian flags, the crews of ships at military posts.

08:36. The head of the Russian mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Andrei Kelin, said that the yesterday’s OSCE observer mission in Ukraine has no mandate to work in Crimea. He claims that Crimea "has become part of Russia."

07:27. The question of the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the Crimea is not worth it. This was announced by the commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Sergey Gaiduk.

01:25. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Igor Tenyukh said that the Ukrainian sailors in the Crimea are not abandoned and have clear orders from the General Staff.

00:14. Every second cadet of the Nakhimov Academy of Naval Forces in Sevastopol refused to go over to the side of Russia.

00:03. Ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko promised to immediately tackle the problem of Ukrainian sailors in Crimea.

21 MARCH

22:42. In the Streletskaya Bay near Sevastopol, Russian invaders captured the Ukrainian submarine Zaporozhye.

20:18. Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko called Russian President Vladimir Putin "the number one enemy of Ukraine."

20:09. Deputies of the Lugansk regional council again demanded for the Russian language the status of the second state, as well as the federalization of the country.

19:18. The Ukrainian minesweeper Cherkasy was not allowed to clear the channel for the 5th brigade of surface ships of the Ukrainian Navy to leave Lake Donuzlav to the Black Sea.

18:55. In the Crimea, in the village of Perevalnoye, the 36th coastal defense brigade of the Ukrainian Navy switched to the Russian Federation.

17:55. The flags of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Navy are hoisted on all five ships, the personnel are faithful to the oath of allegiance to the people of Ukraine.

18:40 . Employees of the internal affairs bodies, together with border guards and members of the public, serve in the districts of Odessa region, bordering Moldova and Transnistria.

16:45. In Simferopol, huge queues of people wishing to hand over documents are drawn up for issuing a passport of a Russian citizen.


Вторжение России в Украину

"Crimeans are incorrigible: the same panic, the result of which is huge queues. There are more than a hundred people who, think about it, should be assigned a number that gives them the right to take a place in the queue for the delivery of documents to receive a Russian passport. Available dates: March 31, April 1. . ", - the Crimean journalist Zair Akadyrov comments on the situation on Facebook.

15:30. The information that the Ukrainian military in the Crimea does not know how to act does not correspond to reality.

15:08. Today, in Kherson, city residents rallied against separatism.

3 p.m. Ukrainian sailors blocked in Donuzlav lake try to break into the sea

14:56. The Security Service of Ukraine began a pre-trial investigation into 22 criminal trials of separatist activities.

14:45. In the framework of the campaign “Support the Ukrainian Army”, almost 9 million UAH were received in the accounts of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine over the past 24 hours

14:20. The flagship of the Naval Forces of Ukraine frigate "Getman Sagaidachny" completed the protection of the sea borders of Ukraine and returned to the port of Odessa.

1:58 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed laws on the entry of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation.

13:40. The Venice Commission unanimously adopted a decision which recognized the referendum in Crimea as illegitimate, since it violates the Constitution of Ukraine and basic international principles regarding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of subjects of international law.

13:30. Ukraine wants to hold Russia accountable for the annexation of Crimea through influential courts, including through the UN international court.

13:00. The Marine Battalion of the Ukrainian Navy, which is based in Feodosia, is preparing to relocate to the mainland.

12:45. The sailors of the Cherkasy minesweeper, located in the occupied territory in Lake Donuzlav, Novoozernoye require the leadership to make a concrete decision on the further actions of the military.

12:40. Five Ukrainian ships now in Donuzlav remain part of the Ukrainian Navy and refuse to go over to the side of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

12:34. In Lugansk, the tents of the separatists from the Lugansk Guard were demolished.

11:45. The Federation Council unanimously ratified the interstate agreement "On the admission of the Republic of Crimea to the Russian Federation and the formation of new entities as part of the Russian Federation."

11:30 a.m. 32 refugees from Crimea, Crimean Tatars, sought asylum in Poland.

11:20. The Kharkov agreements reached between Ukraine and Russia under President Viktor Yanukovych are subject to denunciation, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

11:15. Four Ukrainian ships, including the large landing ship Konstantin Olshansky, the medium landing ship Kirovograd and the sea minesweepers Cherkasy and Chernigov remain blocked.

10:59 a.m. The Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared unconstitutional the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea "On the Declaration of Independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol."

10:30 a.m. Today a delegation will arrive in Crimea led by the assistant to the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) for human rights Ivan Shimonovich.

10:10 a.m. This morning, a unit of 10 Russian armored personnel carriers arrived at Belbek airfield in Crimea.

09:24. The efforts of law enforcement and the public in the Donetsk region, in particular in Mariupol and Novoazovsk, no longer blocked Ukrainian military units from yesterday.

09:15. European Parliament President Martin Schulz on the sidelines of the EU summit in Brussels called on EU member states to suspend arms exports to Russia in connection with the events around Crimea.

9 a.m. The military medical center of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in Sevastopol has completely come under the control of the Russian military.

08:55. Austrian Chancellor Werner Faiman sees Ukraine in the status of a "neutral bridge" - a federal state with a neutral military-political status.

01:12. Ukraine cannot have any property claims against Crimea, said Vladimir Konstantinov, chairman of the Crimean parliament dissolved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.