Russian soldier accused of war crimes pleads guilty to killing civilian 

A soldier on trial for war crimes in has pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian.

Vadim Shishimarin was accused of gunning down an unarmed 62-year-old civilian in the days after the invasion began and faces life in prison.

Prosecutors say more trials could be forthcoming, after identifying thousands of potential crimes committed by Russian forces. has denied its troops have targeted civilians.

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Chernobyl nuclear plant running on generators with staff "living" there since Russian attack 

Repairs to 's electrical system, damaged during a attack on March 9, are ongoing, as the power plant is now dependent on external diesel generators to keep its reactors operating, the International Atomic Energy Agency () said Saturday.

Alexey Likhachev, the director general of 's nuclear agency Rosatom, told the IAEA additional fuel arrived on March 11.

's nuclear power plant operator Energoatom told the IAEA that Chernobyl's 211 personnel and guards "have still not been able to rotate, in effect living there since the day before Russian forces took control."

: prepares to defend against attacks

The city of Odesa, in the south of Ukraine, is thought to be one of 's next strategic goals.

A large scale assault is predicted to be carried out within days.

But, residents say they will defend the city and are making preparations to slow any attack.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry calls "abduction" of Melitopol mayor a "war crime" 

The Foreign Ministry published a strongly-worded statement on Facebook, calling the detention of the of by armed men a "war crime."

In a statement posted on , the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called Fedorov's detention an "," saying it is one of the many "gross violations of norms and principles of international law, including international humanitarian law, war crimes and crimes against humanity, as well as other human rights violations by the military."

Putin nuclear announcement "very unusual" but intended as "deterrence," top US intelligence official says 

President Vladimir ’s announcement that he was elevating the readiness status of his nuclear forces was “very unusual,” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told lawmakers on Tuesday, but she said that it was better understood as messaging rather than an immediate threat to the United States.

“We obviously take it very seriously when he's signaling in this way,” Haines said. “But we do think [that] he is effectively signaling, that he's attempting to deter” from getting involved in the conflict in , she said during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. “That’s been his main purpose in doing so.”

Volodymyr : 'Bombing of like something from World War II'

Ukraine's president has said the bombardment of his country is like something from World War II after a child died from dehydration in the besieged city of .

UN says more than 406 civilians killed in Ukraine 

More than 406 civilians have been killed in since Russia’s invasion began on February 24, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement Monday.

A further 801 civilians have been injured, OHCHR said.

OHCHR acknowledged that the real figures are likely “considerably higher.”

These figures include data collected between 4 a.m. local time on February 24, 2022, when the Federation’s armed attack against Ukraine started, and midnight on March 6, 2022, the OHCHR said.

Invasion: President says missiles destroyed airport

Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy says Vinnytsia airport has been destroyed after Russian forces fired 8 missiles, attacking Ukraine's infrastructure.

He again pleaded to and Western leaders to implement a no-fly zone saying "this is your humanitarian obligation" and if not "you want us to be killed slowly".

President Zelenskyy says '10,000 Russian soldiers have died' during the Russian invasion 

President Zelenskyy claims '10,000 soldiers have already died' during the Russian invasion of his country.

Earlier, Ukraine's leader accused of being 'weak' saying they will be partly responsible for fatalities if it fails to impose no-fly zone.

International Gymnastics Federation bans Russian and Belarusian athletes from competitions starting Monday 

The International Gymnastics Federation () has announced that starting Monday, and athletes and officials, including judges, are not allowed to take part in FIG competitions or FIG-sanctioned competitions.

The decision means that those athletes and officials from those two federations are barred from competing in the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan from March 10-13.

On Saturday, FIG had announced that Russian and Belarusian national flags would not be displayed, and the two countries' anthems will not be played at any FIG-sanctioned event.

You can read the FIG statement in its entirety:

The US flew B-52 bombers over NATO's eastern flank on Friday 

The United States flew B-52 Stratofortress bombers over ’s eastern flank on Friday, exercising with the and militaries in a sign of unity as the invasion of enters its second weekend.

The largest strategic bombers in the US Air Force took off from Fairford, a Royal Air Force station in England, and conducted close air support and integration mission training, according to a statement from Air Forces in .

The B-52s then flew to Romania, where they conducted more close air support training as part of the bomber task force (BTF) missions.

'I know the truth': CNN asks Russians what they think about Putin's war 

's Nic Robertson reports that state media is not showing the death and destruction from the with and is instead showing Russian soldiers handing out humanitarian aid to .

Ukraine officials release video from inside Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant following attack 

authorities have released video from inside the control room at the nuclear power station, which was taken over by forces late Thursday.

The video shows the inside of the control room as an announcement rings out on a PA system aimed at the Russian forces outside.

Here is what the announcement said:

"Stop shooting at a nuclear dangerous facility. Stop shooting immediately! You threaten the security of the whole world!"
"The work of the vital organs of the Zaporizhzhia station may be disrupted. It will be impossible for us to restore it."
"You are endangering the security of the entire world. Attention! Stop shooting at a nuclear hazardous facility. Stop shooting at a nuclear hazardous facility!"
"Stop shooting at a nuclear hazardous facility! Attention! Stop it!”

in : Was 'strategic stupidity' to blame for nuke plant attack?

Defence analyst Michael Clarke looks at the circumstances surrounding the shelling of a nuclear plant in Ukraine last night by troops.

On the Ground in : A Tonight Special Report

forces continue to push deeper into Ukraine. Thousands seek shelter, while others volunteer to fight. We're on the ground in as events unfold.

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