Kyiv Post Daily Thread – The Latest News From and About Ukraine on March 10

All the latest updates and news from Ukraine today.

Kyiv Post Daily Thread – The Latest News From and About Ukraine on March 10
Vovchans'k in the Kharkiv region pictured yesterday. PHOTO: AFP

Good day, here are all the latest stories from the Kyiv Post news team..

Pope Francis: Ukraine War Fueled by ‘Imperial Interests’ of Not Just Russia

Pope Francis has waded into the debate over Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, saying the war involves "imperial interests", with the world's "great powers" fighting there.

Speaking to Swiss television RSI, the pontiff described how he had offered to go to Moscow to negotiate peace, but had been rebuffed. "(President Vladimir) Putin knows that I am available," he said, according to a transcript published by RSI, ahead of the interview's broadcast on Sunday.

"But there are imperial interests there, not just of the Russian empire, but of the empires of other sides. It's typical of empires to put nations in second place."

Read the full story here.

Russian Proxy Court Jails Three Ukrainian Soldiers

Russian Proxy Court Jails Three Ukrainian Soldiers

Kremlin-installed courts in Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine have sentenced three Ukrainian servicemen, including a human rights activist, to lengthy jail terms for allegedly mistreating civilians, Russian investigators said Friday.

"The supreme courts of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics issued sentences in three criminal cases against Ukrainian citizens Viktor Pokhozey, Maksym Butkevych and Vladislav Shel," Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Read the full story here.

Thousands Gather in Kyiv to say Goodbye to Dmytro 'Da Vinci' Kotsyubailo.

The farewell ceremony for the fallen special forces commander and Hero of Ukraine Dmytro Kotsiubailo – popularly known by his call sign “Da Vinci” – was held at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Kyiv today.

You can read the full report here.

Today on March 10, Ukraine Celebrates National Anthem Day

Why G7 Ambassadors Have Stressed That NABU Must Be Free From Any Political Interference

In their joint statement on March 7, G7 Ambassadors congratulated Semen Kryvonos on his appointment as the new Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and emphasized that “the Bureau’s performance must be free from any political and other interference, given the vital role it plays in Ukraine’s fight against corruption.”

Read the full report here.

Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Will Start in Two Months, Zelensky’s Aide Says

Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Will Start in Two Months, Zelensky’s Aide Says
Mykhailo Podolyak

The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are preparing for a counteroffensive, which will begin in about two months, Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the head of the presidential office has said.


“We are not in a hurry, we will reorganize over the next two months. We will exhaust the Russians in Bakhmut and then focus elsewhere,” Podolyak said in an interview published today by the Italian newspaper La Stampa.


Russia had concentrated most of its trained military personnel in Bakhmut, along with the most combat-ready private military companies, he added.


Read the full story here.

SBU Arrests Former CEO of Antonov for ‘Helping’ Russian Forces Destroy World’s Largest Aircraft

The former CEO of the aircraft manufacturer Antonov has been arrested for allegedly making decisions that allowed Russian forces to destroy the world’s largest aircraft, the An-225 Mriya, during the opening days of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Serhiy Bychkov is accused of forbidding the Ukrainian military to build defensive fortifications at the Hostomel airport by blocking the National Guard’s access to the facility’s territory.

Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) chief Vasyl Malyuk said an “objective investigation” is being conducted into the case and “those who helped the enemy destroy one of Ukraine’s symbols must be punished.”

Read the full story here.

Belgium Recognises the 1932-1933 Holodomor as Genocide of the Ukrainian People

EXPLAINED: Russia’s ‘Rusty’ Artillery Shell Problem

EXPLAINED: Russia’s ‘Rusty’ Artillery Shell Problem

Despite the presence of hi-tech drones, modern tanks, aircraft and other up-to-date equipment on the battlefield, current combat between Ukraine and Russia largely relies on the extensive use of artillery to batter away at the enemy; a tactic that is centuries old.


Both sides are firing incredible numbers of projectiles on a daily basis, none more so than the Russians who, U.S. officials estimated and at one-point last year, was firing up to 20,000 every day.


As the war drags on, an assessment by Ukrainian military analysts suggests that Russia’s industrial production is struggling to keep pace with its rates of usage.


Read the full story here.

Ukraine ‘Holding On’ in Bakhmut, says Head of President’s Office

Ukraine ‘Holding On’ in Bakhmut, says Head of President’s Office

The head of the President's Office has insisted Ukraine is still holding the line in Bakhmut after NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg’s recent comments that he expected the city to fall “in the coming days”.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday and in response to a question from Kyiv Post, Andriy Yermak said: "Many people are talking about something. The situation is difficult.

“But our soldiers are holding on."

Read the full story here.

Moldova PM: 'We Should Thank Ukrainians for Protecting the Whole of Europe'

By repelling the Russian onslaught, Ukrainians protect not only their Motherland, but also the whole of Europe, the Prime Minister of Moldova, Dorin Recean, has said.

Read the full story at Ukrinform here.

US Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Helping Iran Produce Drones

The U.S. Treasury announced sanctions against a network of Chinese companies that supplied Iran with spare parts for military drones, including the Shahed-136.

Read the full story on Ukrinform here.

Kyiv Post Morning Memo – Everything You Need to Know on Friday, March 10

Kyiv Post Morning Memo – Everything You Need to Know on Friday, March 10

Good morning from Kyiv where authorities are still racing to fix the damage caused by Russia’s latest mass missile attack against civilian infrastructure. Six people are known to have died in the strikes.

 As of 8am this morning, electricity and water supplies have been fully restored but 30 percent of the capital’s residents are without heating, according to Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv City State Administration.

 Fortunately, a recent cold spell has given way to relatively balmy temperatures of 8-11 degrees centigrade this week.

 At the time of writing there is another air raid alert across all of Ukraine. Read the full Morning Memo here