News and information from Ukraine

Shipments from Kiev, Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine editorial team.

As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are essential. Forbes Ukraine journalists will continue to gather information and provide updates on the situation. We will share them here as we go. Live coverage of The Forbes Ukraine website can be found here.

By Daryna Antoniuk

National.

A fire broke out at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after a bombing at Energodar, in the Zaporizhzhia region, according to the mayor of Energodar Dmytro Orlov.

Nearly 875,000 people fled Ukraine last week – most of them went to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on NATO to declare a no-fly zone in the skies over Ukraine. “How many more Ukrainians have to be injured for this decision to be made,” he asked. Another option, according to Zelensky, is to give Ukraine a plane.

Ukraine is unhappy with the result of the second round of talks with Russia, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak. The teams will meet for a third round.

Ukraine and Russia have agreed to provide humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians and deliver food and medicine to areas where the fighting is heaviest.

The Ukrainian comedy series “Servant of the People”, starring Volodymyr Zelensky, became a worldwide hit. Countries are increasingly snapping up the rights to the series, according to Bloomberg.

Russia hacked the websites of some regional authoritiesposting a false message about Ukraine’s alleged “surrender and signing of a peace treaty with Russia”.

Russian troops shelled a hospital in Zaporizhzhia – three Ukrainians died.

Nearly 55% of Ukrainians blame the Russian government for the war against Ukraine, while 38% blame the government and the people of Russia, according to a poll by the social group Rating.

Ukraine will receive a total of 15 billion dollars in aid from international organizations and foreign countries, according to the head of the National Bank, Kirill Shevchenko.

Ukrainian air defenses shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet near Kyiv.

Business

The National Bank of Ukraine will not change the key rate due to the war. Since January 21, 2022, the NBU’s key interest rate has been 10% per annum. The policy rate determines all other interest rates in the Ukrainian economy, which, in turn, influences economic growth and inflation.

Regional News

About 3,000 people remain in the frontline town of Volnovakha in the Donetsk regionheavily attacked by Russian troops on March 3. In 2021, the population of Volnovakha was almost 21,000 people.

The city was badly damaged by fighting, airstrikes and artillery fire from the Russian army. It has no water or electricity.

Russian troops head for a nuclear power plant in the eastern region of Zaporizhzhia.

The Russian army attacked a television studio and a television center in Kherson and cut off the TV signal.

At least 33 people were killed and 18 were injured in airstrikes in Chernihiv the 3 of March. Many apartment buildings were damaged – windows shattered, walls and ceilings destroyed.

Russian troops bombard Kharkiv again; they destroyed houses and an airfield.

Russia

Russia will likely impose martial law on March 4, according to the Ukrainian Center for Defense Strategies, in hopes of preventing possible mass protests against the war. The Kremlin, however, denies plans to declare martial law in the country.

Nearly 90% of Russian troops that were stationed around Ukraine have now entered Ukraine – they still want to take over Kiev, according to the White House. Since February 24, Russia has launched more than 480 missiles.

Russian invasion could lead to biggest wheat shortage in history and nothing can be done immediately to prevent it, according to Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois.

From the morning of March 3, Russia’s losses in the war with Ukraine increased to 9,000 troops, 217 tanks, 900 armored fighting vehicles, 30 aircraft and other equipment.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the war with Ukraine is “going as planned”.

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