Russia invades Ukraine news: Russia eyeing other countries, says Zelensky as sailor dies in Moskva sinking

Satellite images appear to show mass graves in Manhush, outside Mariupol

Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was just the beginning and that Moscow has ambitions to invade other countries.

The Ukrainian president’s comments came as Russian general Rustam Minnekayev said Moscow wants full control over southern Ukraine, adding that the command over the region would give it access to Transnistria, a breakaway Russian-occupied part of Moldova in the west.

Elsewhere, the Russian defence ministry acknowledged losing one serviceman in the Moskva warship that sank in the Black Sea, reportedly from Ukrainian missiles strike. At least 27 sailors serving on the fleet are missing, said Russia as the families of the servicemen desperately searched for their sons after the sinking of the vessel.

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres will visit Moscow on Tuesday to meet president Vladimir Putin and discuss the steps needed to bring peace in Ukraine, said a spokesperson.

Mr Guterres will then head to Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.


US will ‘absolutely’ re-open Kyiv embassy, insists Ukrainian PM

Ukraine “absolutely” expects the US to re-open its embassy in Kyiv but does not know when this will happen, its prime minister has said.

On a visit to Washington, Denys Shmyhal said on Friday: “It will happen, absolutely, but we will wait.”

His comment comes after Britain and other European countries announced they will reopen their embassies in Ukraine soon.

Rory Sullivan23 April 2022 07:54


More than 160 healthcare facilities targeted in Ukraine since start of war, says WHO

A total of 162 Ukrainian healthcare facilities have been attacked since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on 24 February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

It added that 73 people died and another 52 were injured in such attacks as of 16 April.

Rory Sullivan23 April 2022 07:35


Main fighting taking place in Donbas, says Ukraine security chief

Ukraine‘s security chief said on Friday that the main battles in Ukraine are taking place in the Donbas, the industrial heartland in the east, with Russians deploying more and more troops every day.

Oleksy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine‘s National Security and Defence Council, told the Associated Press that over 100,000 soldiers are fighting for Russia in Ukraine, including mercenaries from Syria and Libya. He said more troops keep coming in.

“We have a difficult situation, but our army is defending our state,” Mr Danilov said.

He called the Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv regions the main hot spots of the fighting. Battles were also being fought in the south of Ukraine, but at a lower intensity, he said.

Some 12 to 14 of Russia’s elite military units have left the strategic post city of Mariupol, which was declared “liberated” by the Kremlin on Thursday, and are now moving to the east of the country to participate in the fighting there, Mr Danilov said.

“It will now be difficult for our forces, because our guys in Mariupol were taking [those units] on themselves, it is their courage and feat,” Mr Danilov said.

Liam James23 April 2022 07:15


Families of missing servicemen searching for answers

The families of missing servicemen are desperately looking for their sons who served in the Moska warship prior to its sinking.

Russian military took more than a week to that a serviceman died and 27 are missing from its flagship cruiser that sank in the Black sea last week, reportedly from the Ukrainian missile strike.

In an emotional social media post, Dmitry Shkrebets alleged his son, a conscript who served as a cook on Moskva, was missing.
The military “said the entire crew was evacuated. It’s a lie! A blatant and cynical lie!” Mr Shkrebets, a resident of Crimea, wrote on VK, a popular Russian social media platform, on April 17, three days after the ship went down.

“My son, a conscript, as the very commanders of the Moskva cruiser told me, is not listed among the wounded and the dead and is added to the list of those missing … Guys, missing in the open sea?!”

Similar posts quickly followed from other parts of Russia with the AP reporting to have found social media posts linked to at least 13 soldiers allegedly missing since the sinking of the fleet on 14 April.

Namita Singh23 April 2022 07:00


Russia made no major gains in the last 24 hours, says UK defence intelligence

Russian forces have made so far no major gains in the last 24 hours despite increased activity, as Ukrainian counterattacks continue to hinder their efforts, British military intelligence said on Saturday.

“Russia’s air and maritime forces have not established control in either domain owing to the effectiveness of Ukraine’s air and sea defences,” it said in a regular bulletin.

“Despite their stated conquest of Mariupol, heavy fighting continues to take place frustrating Russian attempts to capture the city thus further slowing their desired progress in the Donbas.”

Namita Singh23 April 2022 06:59


UN chief to visit Moscow and Kyiv next week

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres will visit Moscow on 26 April to meet president Vladimir Putin and discuss the steps needed to bring peace in Ukraine, said a spokesperson.

Mr Guterres will then head to Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

“He hopes to talk about what can be done to bring peace to Ukraine urgently,” said Eri Kaneko, Mr Guterres‘ associate spokesperson.

The UN chief had asked to meet leaders of both states in separate letters handed to the permanent missions of the respective countries. Mr Guterres has called for a four-day Orthodox Easter humanitarian pause in fighting in Ukraine, beginning Thursday, to allow safe passage for civilians and for delivery of humanitarian aid.

Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, speaks during a press conference at the United Nations Visitors Plaza on 19 April 2022 in New York City

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“The secretary-general is not so much disappointed that his own personal call was not heeded, but more that there has been no truce, that civilians cannot leave besieged areas and that the aid that the UN and our partners are ready to deliver to these besieged areas cannot go in,” Ms Kaneko said on Friday.

Namita Singh23 April 2022 06:30


Canada to send artillery to Ukraine

Canada said on Friday it has provided heavy artillery to Ukrainian security forces, following up on a pledge by Justin Trudeau earlier this week to send more artillery weaponry to Ukraine in the face of a Russian assault on its sast.

Canada has now delivered a number of M777 howitzers and associated ammunition to Ukrainian forces, and is finalising contracts for commercial pattern armoured vehicles that it will send to Ukraine as soon as possible, the defence ministry said.

Western nations are readying to support Ukraine with heavy artillery to defend from the Russian advance in the eastern Donbas region where fighting will be in more open spaces and require longer range weapons.

Liam James23 April 2022 06:15


Moldova expresses ‘deep concern’ over Russian general’s comments

Moldova’s foreign ministry expressed “deep concern” over the comments of Russian commander, as it summoned the Russian ambassador.

It added that Moldova is a neutral state and that this principle “must be respected by all international actors, including the Russian Federation.

A young Ukrainian refugee sits on a suicatse after disembarking from Moldova at the international airport of Bordeaux in Merignac on 21 April 2022

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”Moldova had chartered on a pro-Western course last month and applied to join European Union, following the Russian invasion.

Namita Singh23 April 2022 05:30


‘Russia aims to invade other countries’, warns Zelensky

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is only the beginning of the Vladimir Putin’s ambition and the country intends to capture other countries.

All the nations that, like us, believe in the victory of life over death must fight with us. They must help us, because we are the first in line. And who will come next?

Volodymyr Zelensky

His comments came after Russian general, Rustam Minnekayev said Moscow wants full control over southern Ukraine, adding that the command over the region would give it access to Transnistria, a breakaway Russian-occupied part of Moldova in the west.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky reacts during a press conference following his talks with President of the European Council in Kyiv on 20 April 2022

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The statement detailed the Russian ambition, suggesting that it does not intend to wind down the offensive.

Slamming the statement, Ukraine’s defence ministry said that Russia had now “acknowledged that the goal of the ‘second phase’ of the war is not victory over the mythical Nazis, but simply the occupation of eastern and southern Ukraine. Imperialism as it is.”

Namita Singh23 April 2022 05:09


Ukraine war: Mariupol fighters holding out after Putin orders blockade of Azovstal steel plant

Ukrainian soldiers are still holding out at their last foothold in Mariupol, despite Vladimir Putin claiming victory and saying that Russia had “liberated” the city (Rory Sullivan writes).

After two months of intense fighting in the besieged city, Ukrainian troops remain holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in the southeast of the port. Roughly 1,000 civilians are also thought to be there, seeking sanctuary in its underground network of tunnels.

In a televised meeting on Thursday, the Russian president told his defence minister Sergei Shoigu to blockade the plant rather than storm it.

“Block off this industrial area so that a fly cannot not pass through,” Mr Putin said, while praising Mr Shoigu for what he referred to as a successful operation to “liberate” the city.

“There is no need to climb into these catacombs and crawl underground through these industrial facilities,” he said.

Liam James23 April 2022 05:02

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