March 14, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Aditi Sangal, Melissa Macaya, Helen Regan, Steve George, Amy Woodyatt, Ben Church, Ed Upright, Maureen Chowdhury and Jason Kurtz, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, March 15, 2022
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11:33 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022

At least 636 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since Russian invasion began, UN says

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite

As of Sunday, at least 636 civilians have died in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began, the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) said Monday in a statement sent to CNN.

This is an increase of 40 deaths compared to the previous daily update.

Among the dead are six girls, 10 boys and 30 more children whose gender is not known, the OHCHR says.

According to the agency, at least 1,125 civilians have been injured so far. 

"Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes," the agency said.

"OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, especially in Government-controlled territory and especially in recent days, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration," it added.

 

11:31 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022

People beginning to escape from Mariupol through evacuation corridor, mayor's office says

From CNN's Tim Lister in Kyiv and Olga Voitovych

Women talk as they take shelter inside an entryway to an apartment building in Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 13.
Women talk as they take shelter inside an entryway to an apartment building in Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 13. (Evgeniy Maloletka/AP)

An adviser to the mayor's office in the city of Mariupol says that civilians are at last able to get out of the city through an evacuation corridor — and head towards the city of Zaporizhzhia, which is under Ukrainian control.

The official, Petro Andriushchenko, said that as of 1 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) "we have confirmation of the ceasefire regime" on an evacuation corridor for "private transport along the route: Mariupol - Melekine - Portovske - Mangush - Berdiansk - Zaporizhzhia."

Berdiansk is under Russian control.

"As of now, more than 50 private cars have already passed Berdiansk and are moving towards Zaporizhzhia," the official added.

Andruishchenko cautioned: "As of now, there are no difficulties in passing checkpoints" but "we cannot officially guarantee security on this corridor. But this is the only corridor that has official approval and that actually works today."

Mariupol's city council says that this green corridor is half-official and they don't guarantee the safety of people who decide to use it. Moreover, only the people who have personal vehicles can use it. This corridor is not for buses.

According to the city council, 160 cars got out of Mariupol and passed Berdyansk. The latest information about it was at 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET). 

Mariupol has a population of some 400,000. It's not known how many people left ahead of the Russian invasion and encirclement of the city.

The city has suffered extensive devastation and Ukrainian authorities say more than 2,500 people have been killed. 

11:30 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022

"The senselessness is staggering," US first lady Jill Biden says of Russia's Ukraine invasion 

From CNN's Kate Bennett

US First Lady Jill Biden addresses the 16th annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC, on March 14.
US First Lady Jill Biden addresses the 16th annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC, on March 14. (Leah Millis/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Jill Biden spoke at the State Department Monday to honor the 2022 International Women of Courage Awards.

In remarks on the significance of women around the world, the first lady briefly touched on what is happening in Ukraine. “Like all of us, my heart has ached watching videos of Ukraine,” she said.

“Sick kids fleeing on makeshift medical trains. The unthinkable bombing of a maternity ward. Parents weeping over their children’s broken bodies in the streets. The senselessness is staggering," she continued.

Biden went on to discuss the importance of women telling their stories of courage and determination in the face of violence and oppression, as many of the 12 recipients of the IWOC awards have done in their countries.

“There can be no true democracy, no true prosperity, without women’s voices,” said Biden. “Women warriors everywhere need to hear what’s possible.”

More background: A White House official told CNN Friday that Biden has yet to initiate one-on-one contact with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska due to deep security concerns but would not confirm whether any communication had already occurred from Zelenska to Biden.

The first lady is expected to speak with Polish first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda in the coming days after the Polish first lady reached out, an aide to the President tells CNN. The call is expected to happen as the first lady is also weighing a trip to Eastern Europe.

11:07 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022

It's 5 p.m. in Kyiv. Here's what you need to know.

From CNN Staff

A view of destruction after an apartment building was hit by Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 14.
A view of destruction after an apartment building was hit by Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 14. (Emin Sansar/Anadolu AgencyGetty Images)

Heavy explosions have been heard Monday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv as Russia expands its assault. One person has died and six more were injured when an apartment building in the city's Obolon district was hit earlier today. Not a single window was left intact when the residential building was hit, a staircase in the middle of it completely destroyed and burnt.

People living in the area were visibly in shock. Many were crying, seeking refuge with relatives and friends. A man and a woman who live on the ninth floor of the building told CNN they were woken up by the sudden sound of a massive explosion.

Here's a catch up of other major developments in Russia's invasion of Ukraine:

  • Clashes around Ukraine: There have been fierce battles across the country, including in the strategic maritime city of Mykolaiv. At least two people were killed and 10 injured during shelling on its outskirts Monday, according to the town’s community group post on Facebook.
  • More than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine, UN agency says: As of Monday, more than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries, including 127,000 third-country nationals, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a UN agency, said. According to UNICEF, the war in Ukraine is having a "devastating impact" on more than 7.5 million children.
  • Fourth round of Ukraine-Russia talks on "technical pause" until Tuesday, Ukrainian negotiator says: Ukrainian negotiator, Mykhailo Podoliak, said in an update on Twitter that a "technical pause" has been taken in the Ukraine-Russia talks until Tuesday. "For additional work in the working subgroups and clarification of individual definitions. Negotiations continue,” Podoliak said. He said the fourth session was being held virtually, not in person, with the Ukrainian negotiating team in Kyiv.
  • President Zelensky will give virtual address to members of US Congress Wednesday: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will give a virtual address to the US Congress on Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, according to a letter sent to House and Senate members by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. 
  • Mariupol death toll estimated at more than 2,500: An adviser in Zelensky's office says that the Russian bombardment of the southern city of Mariupol has now caused more than 2,500 deaths. One of the defining images from the conflict in Ukraine last week was the photograph of a pregnant woman being stretchered out of a maternity hospital in Mariupol after it was bombed. Today, her surgeon told Ukrainian television from the city that the mother and her baby have both died.
10:40 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022

More than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine, UN agency says

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite

Women and children who have fled war-torn Ukraine take shelter in a primary school not far from the Ukrainian border on March 14 in Przemysl, Poland.
Women and children who have fled war-torn Ukraine take shelter in a primary school not far from the Ukrainian border on March 14 in Przemysl, Poland. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

As of Monday, more than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries, including 127,000 third-country nationals, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a UN agency, said.

"People continue to flee the war in Ukraine every minute," the IOM tweeted Monday, adding that they need "continued support." 

According to UNICEF, the war in Ukraine is having a "devastating impact" on more than 7.5 million children.

10:10 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022

Fourth round of Ukraine-Russia talks on "technical pause" until Tuesday, Ukrainian negotiator says

From CNN’s Sarah Dean

Ukrainian negotiator, Mykhailo Podoliak, said in an update on Twitter that a "technical pause" has been taken in the Ukraine-Russia talks until Tuesday.

"For additional work in the working subgroups and clarification of individual definitions. Negotiations continue,” Podoliak said.

Earlier today, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described them as “difficult talks.”

Podoliak said the fourth session was being held virtually, not in person, with the Ukrainian negotiating team in Kyiv.

11:10 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022

Ukrainian President Zelensky will give virtual address to US Congress Wednesday

From CNN's Annie Grayer and Manu Raju

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will give a virtual address to the US Congress on Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, according to a letter sent to House and Senate members by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. 

"The Congress, our country and the world are in awe of the people of Ukraine, who have shown extraordinary courage, resilience and determination in the face of Russia’s unprovoked, vicious, and illegal war," the statement said.

The statement continued: "The Congress remains unwavering in our commitment to supporting Ukraine as they face Putin’s cruel and diabolical aggression, and to passing legislation to cripple and isolate the Russian economy as well as deliver humanitarian, security and economic assistance to Ukraine.  We look forward to the privilege of welcoming President Zelenskyy’s address to the House and Senate and to convey our support to the people of Ukraine as they bravely defend democracy."

9:49 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022

In photos: Scenes from the attacks in and around Kyiv on Monday 

From CNN's Jack Guy and Toby Hancock 

Multiple explosions took place in and around Kyiv as Russian forces inched closer to Ukraine's capital.

At least two people died and three more were hospitalized after a residential building in Obolon, a suburb of the capital of Kyiv, was hit by shelling early on Monday morning, Ukraine's State Emergency Service said.

Several heavy explosions also reverberated across Kyiv at 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) Monday.

They appear to have been caused by Ukrainian air-defense batteries aiming at either Russian aircraft or cruise missiles. Trails of smoke heading into the sky could be seen from central Kyiv.

On Saturday, the UK Ministry of Defence said the bulk of Russian ground forces were now only 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the center of the Ukrainian capital.

Here are some images of the attacks that took place in the city and surrounding areas:

Firefighters work at a damaged apartment building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 14.
Firefighters work at a damaged apartment building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 14. (State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(Pravda Gerashchenko/Telegram)
(Pravda Gerashchenko/Telegram)

People help a wounded resident of a house destroyed by shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 14.
People help a wounded resident of a house destroyed by shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 14. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

A woman reacts as she stands outside destroyed apartment blocks following shelling in the northwestern Obolon district of Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 14.
A woman reacts as she stands outside destroyed apartment blocks following shelling in the northwestern Obolon district of Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 14. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

An apartment building in Kyiv, Ukraine, after an attack on March 14.
An apartment building in Kyiv, Ukraine, after an attack on March 14. (Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

9:17 a.m. ET, March 14, 2022

"Difficult" fourth round of Ukraine-Russia talks are ongoing, Zelensky says 

From CNN’s Sarah Dean and Anastasia Graham-Yooll in London 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said “difficult talks” are ongoing with Russia on Monday after a fourth round of talks kicked off earlier in the day. 

“Difficult talks continue. Everybody is waiting for news. This evening we will report on the outcome,” Zelensky said in a video message. 

Zelensky was due to speak to the Council of Europe earlier on Monday but did not.

The lead negotiator on the Ukrainian side in talks with Russia said the fourth session is being held virtually, not in person. The Ukrainian negotiating team is in Kyiv. Earlier talks were held in Belarus. 

The Ukrainian negotiator, Mykhailo Podoliak, posted an image from the talks on Twitter.

“The parties actively express their specified positions. Communication is being held yet it’s hard. The reason for the discord is too different political systems. Ukraine is a free dialogue within the society & an obligatory consensus. Russia is an ultimatum suppression of its own society,” he said along with the image.