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On this day a month ago, Russia launched an unprovoked and unjustified full-scale war against our country after eight years of hybrid and military aggression, the occupation of Crimea and certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions. The Russian invasion has the potential of becoming bigger and deadlier than any other conflict that has taken place in Europe since World War II.
|In the war against Ukraine, Russia’s war criminals continue using the same methods as did Nazi Germany. In the temporary occupied areas, Russians have forcefully deported several thousands of residents to Russian filtration camps. In the Luhansk, Donetsk, Chernihiv and Sumy regions, the occupants have withdrawn Ukrainian historical and fiction books from libraries.On 11 March, a Russian tank fired at a care home in Kreminna (Luhansk region), killing 56 eldery people. On 20 March, Russians bombed an art school in Mariupol (Donetsk region), where 400 people were sheltering. On 18 March, Russian shelling killed 96 year-old Ukrainian Holocaust survivor, Boris Romanchenko, in Kharkiv. On 23 March, the director of the Kherson Regional Academic Music and Drama Theater, Oleksandr Knyha, was kidnapped by Russian invaders and taken away in an unknown direction. Later he was freed.Russian occupants continue destroying Ukrainian cultural heritage. On 23 March, occupants destroyed the Kuindzhi Art Museum in Mariupol that housed original works by Ivan Aivazovsky, Mykola Hlushchenko, Tetyana Yablonska, Mykhailo Derehus, and others. It is currently unknown what happened to those paintings.|
|Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, thousands of Ukrainian civilians, among them at least 121 children, have been killed and more than 167 injured. The war has already produced over 3.6 million refugees. More than half of Ukraine’s children have been displaced after one month of war.On 14 March, founder of “Orientyr” publishing, Mykola Kravchenko, was killed by Russian troops while defending Kyiv. On 18 March, Sumy’s Arts College Professor, Ruslan Movchan, who joined the Ukrainian Army at the beginning of the war, was killed defending his homeland. On 23 March, Ukrainian gymnast Kateryna Dyachenko, 11 years old, was killed in Mariupol after her home was bombed by Russian terrorists.|
|During the month since the start of its large-scale invasion, Russia has committed 148 crimes against journalists and media in Ukraine, according to the Institute of Mass Information.On 16 March, in temporarily occupied Berdiansk, the FSB detained the Hromadske journalist Victoria Roshchyna. On 22 March, she was freed on condition that she record a video rejecting any grievances against the occupants. On 20 March, in the temporarily occupied Kakhovka (Kherson region), the previously abducted journalist, Oleh Baturyn, returned home. The journalist wrote about the torture and humiliation inflicted by the Russian occupants. On 21 March, 4 local journalists in temporarily occupied Melitopol, namely Yulia Olkhovska, Liubov Chaika, Mykhailo Kumok, and Yevhenia Borian, were abducted by Russian occupants and forced to spread Russian propaganda. After a “preventive talk” they were set free. On 22 March, in the Kyiv region, Max Levin, a photo journalist, went missing. Last time he was reachable was on 13 March. On 23 March, Russian journalist, Oksana Baulina, was killed amid a Russian attack on Kyiv.Find more information about Russian crimes against the media in our report.|
|PEN Ukraine created a list of 40 Iconic Figures of Ukrainian Culture, which includes innovative artists, global stars and key figures of Ukrainian culture. Among them are world-renowned artists, outstanding painters and graphic artists, architects and sculptors, poets, prose writers, playwrights, actors, filmmakers, choreographers, composers, singers. The material is available at the link.|
|PEN Ukraine launched one page with the latest news and materials on Russia’s war against Ukraine with information on the situation in Ukraine, links on important materials and information resources, petitions, addresses, the list of editions about Ukraine to read in English, and books by Ukrainian authors recommended for translation. The page is being continuously updated with the latest news and links. Go to the page and share with colleagues: war.pen.org.ua.|