18 March: Russia shelled Ukraine with drones at night, the IСС issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Saturday, March 18, 2023.
Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

In the Kupiansk and Lyman directions of the front, the aggressor is trying to break through the defense of the Armed Forces. During the day, there were unsuccessful offensive actions in the districts of Kreminna and Kuzmyne.

The Russians also carried out artillery shelling of the Novoselivske, Nevske and Bilohorivka districts.

The situation in the region remains tense.

Donetsk Region

Russian troops carried out an airstrike with an Kh-22 missile, shelled populated areas with artillery, Grad and Uragan surface-to-air missiles, tanks, and mortars.

Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Chasiv Yar, Ukrainian, Kostyantynivka, the villages of Novoukrainka, Vovchenka, Lastochkine, Ivanivske, Vremivka, Ivanopillia were under fire.

35 residential buildings, including eight multi-apartment buildings, power lines, a shop, a garage, and a civilian car were damaged.

In the Donetsk region, one person was killed and three were injured in one day.

Lviv Region

At night, the Russians also attacked with drones. Three drones hit non-residential premises in Yavoriv district. There are no casualties.

Sumy Region

Yesterday, during the day, the Russian army shelled the territories of the Shalyhyne, Esman and Bilopillia communities.

The enemy fired mortars, grenade launchers and artillery at the Bilopillia community.

In the Shalyhyne community, the Russians launched artillery fire from self-propelled guns and mortars.

Two mortar hits were recorded in the Esman community.

Kharkiv Region

In the Kupiansk and Lyman directions, during the previous day, Russian troops unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses, shelled the districts of Novoehorivka, Nevske, Bilohorivka, Novoselivske, Dibrova, and Chervonopopivka.

The invaders in Starobilsk, Shchastia, Novyi Aydar, Novopskov and Nyzhnyoteple announced the beginning of large-scale military exercises involving the entire conscripted male population.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

The Russian army attacked the Dnipropetrovsk region with drones at night. Three military drones from the «Skhid» air command were shot down. Two more hit a critical infrastructure facility in Novomoskovsk. Strong destruction was recorded. There was a fire. Six country houses nearby were damaged, four were destroyed.

Zaporizhzhia Region

At night, the aggressors attacked Zaporizhzhia with S-300 missiles. There is a hit in a catering facility on the territory of a residential complex. The blast wave damaged the roofs, facades and windows of seven apartment buildings.

In the Zaporizhzhia region, the enemy shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of Zaporizhzhia, Zaliznychne, Olhivske, Chervone, Malynivka, Gulyaipole, Novodanylivka, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Charivne, Bilohirya, Novopavlivka, Kamianske, Mali Shcherbaki. Seven reports were received about the destruction of housing and infrastructure facilities.

Kherson Region

The Russians once again shelled the settlements of Beryslav and Kherson districts.

Mykhailivka, Dudchany, Kachkarivka, Novoberyslav, Odradokamyanka, Shilova Balka, Novosilka, Vesele, Kozatske, Ivanivka, Mykilske, Dniprovske, Sadove, Rozlyv, Berehove, Veletenske, Kizomys, and Kherson also came under enemy fire.

Over the past day, the invaders carried out 50 shellings, firing 237 shells from heavy artillery and «Hrad».

The enemy shelled Kherson three times. Seven shells hit residential blocks, private and apartment buildings. Three people were injured.

A kindergarten building was damaged in the village of Veletenske of the Bilozersk community due to an enemy attack.

A 57-year-old man was collecting firewood in the village of Mala Seidemynukha of the Kalinivka community, stepped on a Russian mine and was hospitalized.

Another 56 people were evacuated from the territory of the Kherson region liberated from the Russians.

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It is dangerous for the President of the Russian Federation to visit 123 countries of the world. Putin’s next trip to the «risk zone» is scheduled for August 2023 – for a summit in South Africa.

On Friday, March 17, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for the war crime of deporting Ukrainian children to Russia. Now the Kremlin dictator risks arrest if he visits one of the 123 countries in the world that are not part of Russia’s ever-shrinking «circle of friends.»

TSN.ua collected information about which countries can implement the decision of the International Criminal Court.

As you know, Moscow immediately declared that Russia is not a party to the «Rome Statute», the founding text of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and therefore has no obligations under it.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court is the treaty that established the International Criminal Court. The International Court of Justice is responsible for four main crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression.

Russia signed but did not ratify the Rome Statute. Also, 72 other countries do not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, including China, India, Cuba, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.

However, Vladimir Putin risks being arrested in 123 countries of the world that recognize the Hague Court. Here is the full list of these countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Canada, CAR, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, State of Palestine, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, East Timor, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.

A possible exit from the safe space of the President of the Russian Federation is planned in August 2023 – at a summit organized by the Republic of South Africa. Putin confirmed his participation.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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