March 24, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States has officially determined that Russian forces are committing war crimes in Ukraine.
2.A senior US Defense Department official says that some of the Russian ground forces advancing toward Ukraine’s capital Kyiv have been pushed back by Ukrainians. The official said on Wednesday that one Russian unit that had been 20 to 30 kilometers northeast of central Kyiv is now about 55 kilometers away.
3.Britain’s Defense Ministry says Ukraine has launched a series of counterattacks against Russian forces near the capital, Kyiv. The ministry tweeted on Wednesday that Ukrainian troops are intensifying their offensive in the northeast of the city. It noted that the Russian units there are “facing considerable supply and morale issues.”