The latest information on the crisis in Russia and Ukraine, March 8. Click here for the latest information from March 7th.
Ukraine says a city that was bombed overnight
Russian aircraft bombed cities in eastern and central Ukraine overnight, according to Ukrainian officials. The bombarded suburbs of the capital Kyiv.
In Smy and Octilka, east of Kyiv near the Russian border, bombs fell on residential buildings and destroyed power plants, said regional leader Dmitro Zibitzky. He said there were dead and injured, but he gave no numbers.
The bomb also struck an oil depot in Zhytomyr, west of Kyiv, and in the neighboring town of Chernia Kiv.
In Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, the mayor reported firing a cannon.
“We can’t even collect bodies because the bombardment from heavy weapons doesn’t stop day and night,” said Mayor Anatol Fedork. “The dog is pulling the corpse apart on the streets of the city. It’s a nightmare.”
Russia’s No Show at UN Court Hearing on Ukraine’s “Genocide”
Ukraine called on the UN Supreme Court on Monday for an urgent order to stop hostilities on its territory, alleging that Russia, which boycotted the hearing, misapplied genocide law to justify its aggression.
The hearing was held at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) without a Russian legal inquiry.
“The fact that Russia’s seats are vacant is loud. They are not in this court. They are on the battlefield waging a war of aggression against my country,” said Ukrainian envoy Anton Kolinevich. Stated.
The court said it regrets Russia’s failure to attend. After Ukraine announced its discussions on Monday, the court said it would begin deliberations and governance “as soon as possible.”
Countries usually, but not always, follow legally binding court orders. A spokesman for the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands did not respond to requests for comment.
After the hearing, Kolinevich emphasized that Russia’s absence did not affect the proceedings and Moscow should pay attention to the court’s orders.
“They need to listen and listen to the courts under international law,” he told reporters.
Ukraine claims the second Russian general was killed
Russian generals were killed in battles around Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, which Russian troops have been trying to occupy since the invasion began. Ukrainian military intelligence said..
It identified him as Maj. Gen. Vitaly Gerasimov, 45, and stated that he had fought Russian troops in Syria and Chechnya and participated in a Crimea attack in 2014.
It was not possible to confirm the death alone. Russia has not commented.
Another Russian general was killed early in the battle. Russian local officers have confirmed the death of Maj. Gen. Andrey Sukhovetsky, commander of the 7th Guards Mountain Airborne Division, in Russia.
Sukhovetsky also participated in Russian military operations in Syria.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.