March 13, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Helen Regan, Steve George, Maureen Chowdhury, Mike Hayes and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 12:15 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022
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7:04 a.m. ET, March 13, 2022

Nine killed near Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, amid intense Russian bombardment

From CNN's Tim Lister in Kyiv and Olga Voitovych

Nine people have been killed in a Russian bombardment near Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, the city's regional administration said Sunday.

Mykolaiv is a strategic southern city that has resisted Russian occupation and impeded an apparent Russian drive towards the major port of Odessa to the west. 

Reports from the area say there was heavy shelling north of the city around Bashtanka.

In the city itself, the regional administration said an airstrike had destroyed a workshop but had caused no casualties.

6:59 a.m. ET, March 13, 2022

Bus carrying around 50 Ukrainians overturns in Italy leaving one dead and several injured

From CNN's Antonia Mortensen in Italy and Duarte Mendonca in London

A bus lies on its side after overturning near Forli, Italy, on Sunday, March 13.
A bus lies on its side after overturning near Forli, Italy, on Sunday, March 13. (Vigili del Fuoco/AP)

A bus carrying around 50 Ukrainian nationals went off the road in Italy and overturned, leaving one dead and several injured, Italian firefighters said via Twitter on Sunday.

The accident took place on the A14 highway between Forli and Cesena, on the north-eastern coast.

Emergency services are currently on the scene, using two mobile cranes to lift the overturned vehicle, the firefighters said.

8:33 a.m. ET, March 13, 2022

Death toll from Russian strikes on military training facility reaches 35

From CNN's Andrew Carey in Lviv

Russian air strikes on the Yavoriv military training ground killed 35 people, the Lviv regional administration said Sunday.

A further 134 people have been hospitalized due to injuries caused by the early morning missile strikes, it added.

More than 30 missiles fired from warplanes over the Black and Azov seas hit the military base, said Maksym Kozytsky, head of the Lviv regional military administration, in a statement posted to Facebook. 

Authorities had previously reported nine deaths.

Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesperson Markiyan Lubkivsky said officials were still clarifying information, but so far there were no reports of foreign nationals among the casualties. 

The site, which lies about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Lviv and less than 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the Polish border, is home to the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (IPSC). 

The IPSC hosts training exercises with Western military personnel, including from the United States. Last fall, it held the Rapid Trident military exercise, a multinational Ukrainian-American military exercise, according to the official page of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

6:43 a.m. ET, March 13, 2022

India temporarily relocates its embassy in Ukraine to Poland

From CNN's Vedika Sud in New Delhi and Alex Stambaugh in Hong Kong

India is temporarily relocating its embassy in Ukraine to Poland due to the "rapidly deteriorating security situation," India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement Sunday. 

"In view of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Ukraine, including attacks in the western parts of the country, it has been decided that the Indian Embassy in Ukraine will be temporarily relocated in Poland," the statement said. 

On March 1, India said it was setting up an embassy in Lviv, Ukraine after all its citizens were evacuated from the capital Kyiv due to the conflict. 

On Sunday, the MEA said the embassy situation "will be reassessed in the light of further developments."

6:36 a.m. ET, March 13, 2022

End of an era in Russia as sanctions bite and Western companies take flight

From CNN's Laura Smith-Spark

Russians wait in line outside a McDonald's fast food restaurant in Moscow, 1990. 
Russians wait in line outside a McDonald's fast food restaurant in Moscow, 1990.  (AP Photo)

When thousands of Russians lined up in Moscow's busy Pushkin Square on January 31, 1990 to enter the country's first-ever branch of McDonald's, the moment represented a seismic cultural shift.

The Iron Curtain, which had divided Eastern and Western Europe for decades, had only just collapsed. Now the fast-food chain beloved by Americans and many others could serve up Big Macs to Russian customers.

Thirty-two years later, McDonald's decided to suspend its operations in Russia in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, like numerous other big Western brands, including IKEA, H&M, Coca-Cola and Starbuck's.

Of course, Russians can choose to eat elsewhere and buy other goods -- many homegrown chains have sprung up across the vast country since the demise of the Soviet Union.

But the decision of these international brands to suspend trading in Russia -- following several rounds of punishing Western sanctions and massive public pressure on moral grounds -- still represents the end of an era.

"Coke, Pepsi, McDonald's were the symbols of westernizing Russia, Russia opening to the world. And the fact that these companies are leaving... signals and highlights the extent to which Russia is closing and turning inwards," said Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, a professor of Russian politics at King's College London's Russia Institute.

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6:25 a.m. ET, March 13, 2022

Relief convoy for Mariupol makes progress

From CNN's Tim Lister in Kyiv and Olga Voitovych

Smoke is seen from an apartment building after the shelling of a residential district in Mariupol, Ukraine on March 11.
Smoke is seen from an apartment building after the shelling of a residential district in Mariupol, Ukraine on March 11. (Evgeniy Maloletka/AP)

The Ukrainian government said Sunday that a relief convoy for the besieged port of Mariupol which left the city of Zaporizhzhia Saturday had made progress.

Iryna Vereshchuk, the minister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, said "they are in Berdyansk now, moving in the direction of Mariupol. I sincerely hope to report a positive result in the evening."

Berdyansk is about 50 miles west of the besieged city of Mariupol, where at least 1,300 civilians have been killed since Russia's invasion of Ukraine began, an adviser to the city's mayor said Wednesday. CNN cannot independently verify these casualty figures.

Vereshchuk said Ukraine would try to open a number of other evacuation corridors Sunday in areas where fighting has impacted the civilian population.

These include efforts to allow people from the heavily damaged town of Borodyanka, north of Kyiv, on a route west to Zhytomyr. Previous efforts to organize the movement of civilians from Borodyanka to Kyiv have failed.

An attempt will also be made to get people from settlements north-east of the capital to safety. These include Velyka Dymerka and Svitylnia.

As fighting increases in the east, new routes are being opened for civilians living around Slovyansk, Vereshchuk said.

Movement through evacuation corridors in Ukraine has been limited in recent days.

After Ukraine and Russia agreed on several evacuation corridors Wednesday, heavy weapons fire appeared to have disrupted some routes.

And on Thursday, Mariupol authorities accused Russia of bombing the evacuation corridor designated to evacuate the city's residents.

5:38 a.m. ET, March 13, 2022

Spate of Russian missile and air attacks against Ukraine early Sunday

From CNN's Tim Lister in Kyiv and Olga Voitovych

Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine in the early hours of Sunday amid a spate of Russian missile attacks.

Some of those attacks were directed at critical infrastructure, such as the military airfield and training center at Yavoriv, near the Polish border, and the airport at Ivano-Frankivsk.

But other strikes appear to have hit heavily populated areas, with the northern city of Chernihiv struck for the third night in a row. 

The head of the Chernihiv region Vyacheslav Chaus said on his Telegram channel early Sunday that "the occupiers launched an air strike on a high-rise building at night."

"Rescuers are working on the spot. According to preliminary information, one person died, two were rescued."

Ten fires were recorded in the city during the past 24 hours and three people had died, Chaus said.

South of Chernihiv on the main route to Kyiv, a mother and her son were reported killed in shelling near Brovary.

Football club FC Shakhtar tweeted that Dmytro Yevdochenko, a promising teenage footballer, and his mother, Maryna Yevdochenko, "died as a result of shelling by Russian troops."

The Ukrainian government is trying to open evacuation routes for civilians in settlements around Brovary, which is across the river Dnieper from the capital.

In the eastern region of Luhansk -- much of which is now occupied by Russian forces -- the head of the Luhansk regional administration, Serhiy Haidai, said there had been "massive shelling" of several towns, including Kreminna and Rubizhne, which had prevented buses from leaving with civilians.

5:06 a.m. ET, March 13, 2022

Ukrainian Defence Minister condemns IPSC attack 

From CNN's Tim Lister in Kyiv and Lizzy Yee in Hong Kong

Ukraine's Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov condemned Russia's airstrike on the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (IPSC), calling it a "terrorist attack" on peace and security.

The attack occurred near the northwestern city of Lviv early Sunday morning local time, according to the press office of the Lviv regional government.

"This is new terrorist attack on peace&security near the EU-NATO border," Reznikov tweeted Sunday from his official account, adding that "action must be taken to stop this."

The IPSC is a large military base that has held training exercises with Western military personnel, including from the United States. Last fall, it held the Rapid Trident military exercise, a multinational Ukrainian-American military exercise, according to the official page of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

6:13 a.m. ET, March 13, 2022

Nine killed in strike on military base near Lviv

From CNN's Tim Lister in Kyiv

Ambulances are seen traveling to and from the Yavoriv military facility on March 13 in Novoiavorivsk, Ukraine.
Ambulances are seen traveling to and from the Yavoriv military facility on March 13 in Novoiavorivsk, Ukraine. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Nine people were killed by missile strikes on the Yavoriv military training ground in the Lviv region early Sunday morning, the Lviv regional administration has said.

It said 57 people were injured and are in hospital.

"Firefighting and dismantling of debris are currently underway," the administration added.