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Former U.S. Marine killed preventing in Ukraine; Russian missile strikes hit Kyiv amid UN chief's go to

Former U.S. Marine killed preventing in Ukraine; Russian missile strikes hit Kyiv amid UN chief's go to

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby turns into upset reflecting on struggle in Ukraine

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby turned visibly upset throughout a press briefing when reflecting on the continuing battle and the horrific reviews of potential struggle crimes in Ukraine.

When requested if the U.S. believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was a rational actor, Kirby rapidly mentioned that he was not a psychologist and couldn’t make such an evaluation.

“I’m not going to go into the psychology of Vladimir Putin. It’s hard to look at what he’s doing in Ukraine, what his forces are doing in Ukraine and think that any ethical, moral individual could justify that,” Kirby mentioned.

“It’s difficult to look at the … sorry,” Kirby mentioned, taking a couple of moments earlier than persevering with his response. “It’s difficult to look at some of the images and imagine that any well thinking serious mature leader would do that.”

Kirby, who spent almost three a long time within the U.S. Navy earlier than retiring on the rank of Rear Admiral and who has labored as a spokesman at each the Pentagon and State Department, apologized for getting emotional on the podium.

“I didn’t mean to get emotional. I apologize for that. I don’t want to make this about me,” he mentioned.

“Innocent people shot in the back of the head, hands tied behind their backs, pregnant women being killed, hospitals being bombed. I mean, it’s just unconscionable,” Kirby added.

— Amanda Macias

Pentagon slams Russian rhetoric that struggle in Ukraine will quickly broaden to Moldova

Ukrainian refugees stand subsequent to their belongings after they arrive from Moldova on the worldwide airport of Bordeaux on April 21, 2022.

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby slammed Russia’s latest rhetoric on increasing its struggle previous Ukraine’s borders.

“We absolutely respect Moldova’s sovereignty. We want every other nation in the world to respect it. A Russian general out there claiming that Moldova is next is clearly irresponsible rhetoric,” Kirby mentioned, referencing remarks made by Russian commander Rustam Minnekayev.

Last week, Minnekayev mentioned that Moscow wished “full control” of jap and southern Ukraine and would search to create a “land corridor” from Russia within the east to Transnistria to Crimea, a peninsula on the Black Sea that Russia forcefully annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals about what the Russians will do,” Kirby mentioned, including that the U.S. was conscious of reviews of assaults in Transnistria, which shares a border with Moldova and Russia.

The ongoing struggle subsequent door has put the landlocked nation of Moldova, a former Soviet republic and certainly one of Europe’s poorest nations, in a precarious place. Moldova is Eastern Europe’s smallest nation, with a inhabitants of fewer than 3 million and a landmass barely bigger than the state of Maryland.

Adding to Moldova’s vulnerability on Eastern Europe’s frontlines is its full reliance on Russian fuel provides.

— Amanda Macias

The American $176,000 anti-tank weapon that might change the struggle in Ukraine

One of probably the most succesful and costly weapon methods being equipped to Ukraine is the FGM-148 Javelin, a U.S.-made anti-armor weapon that prices about $176,000 every.

Watch this video to search out out what the Javelin is, the way it it used and what it’s going to take for the U.S. to provide extra of them.

U.S. forces resume coaching with Ukrainian troops at three websites exterior of Ukraine

US soldier of 2nd Cavalry Regiment walks on a runway at Kuchyna Air base on February 17, 2022, as US troops arrived in Slovakia for the deliberate NATO drill Saber Strike 22.

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned that the U.S. has resumed joint coaching with Ukrainian troops at three places in Europe.

In November, 160 members of the Florida National Guard, assigned to the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Ukraine to coach with native forces. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered U.S. troops who deployed to Ukraine final yr to depart the nation and reposition elsewhere in Europe.

The new marching orders got here as an estimated 100,000 Russian troops geared up with superior weaponry lined Ukraine’s jap border and the northern border with Belarus.

“I can announce that the United States has commenced training with Ukrainian armed forces on key systems at U.S. military installations in Germany. These efforts build on the initial artillery training that Ukraine’s forces already have received,” Kirby mentioned, including that there can be extra coaching on radars and armored private automobiles.

“The recent reunion of the Florida National Guard members with their Ukrainian colleagues, we are told was an emotional meeting, given the strong bonds that were formed as they were living together before parting ways in February,” Kirby added.

— Amanda Macias

Starlink web turns into a lifeline for Ukrainians

A cargo of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite tv for pc antennas, also called terminals, arriving in Ukraine.

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Parts of war-torn Ukraine which have little or no web service have discovered an alternate: emergency Starlink receivers.

The SpaceX-run satellite tv for pc web service that CEO Elon Musk touted at first of the struggle has emerged as a lifeline for a lot of areas of the nation, with over 10,000 dish antennas in service and extra on the best way. 

In Ukraine, Starlink’s expertise has discovered a spot the place it will probably show itself, particularly being utilized in methods apart from the way it was meant. Throughout its invasion, Russia has persistently attacked Ukrainian communications infrastructure with each navy weapons and cyberattacks. 

Read the complete story right here.

— NBC News

Russia goals to avert historic debt default with last-ditch greenback bond funds

Russia faces renewed risk of debt default on May 4, in keeping with main scores businesses, because the grace interval involves a detailed after it tried to service its greenback bond funds in Russian rubles.

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Russia appears to be like to have averted a historic sovereign default by tapping its home reserves and making an attempt to make overdue greenback funds on its worldwide debt obligations.

Earlier Friday, Russia’s Finance Ministry mentioned that it had tried the greenback funds — a dramatic U-turn after the nation had beforehand tried to make the funds on its dollar-denominated bonds in Russian rubles.

The ministry mentioned it had made a cost of $564.8 million on a 2022 eurobond and a cost of $84.4 million on a 2042 eurobond, in keeping with Reuters, with each in {dollars} — which was initially stipulated on the debt agreements.

The funds have reportedly been channeled to the London department of Citibank but it surely’s unclear whether or not they are going to attain their meant recipients. The funds have been as a result of be made in April and had entered a 30-day grace interval earlier than official default on May 4.

Russian authorities bonds rallied on Friday afternoon after the information from the Finance Ministry. But shut Moscow watchers like Timothy Ash, rising markets strategist at BlueBay Asset Management, have been uncertain whether or not it will nonetheless be capable of keep away from a default.

— Matt Clinch and Elliot Smith

Russian forces are delayed within the Donbas, U.S. Defense official says

A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Barvinkove, jap Ukraine, on April 15, 2022. Fighting within the Donbas is “intensifying” and Russia’s navy build-up on Ukraine’s jap border continues to extend, the British protection ministry mentioned

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Russian forces are a couple of days delayed within the Donbas area of Ukraine, a senior U.S. Defense official mentioned.

The official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to share new particulars from the Pentagon’s newest evaluation of the struggle, added that Russian troops are nonetheless beset with a spread of challenges, together with meals and gasoline shortages.

“We do believe and assess that [the Russians] are behind schedule in what they are trying to accomplish in the Donbas,” the official mentioned.

In latest weeks, the U.S. has accelerated its weapons packages to Ukraine as a result of Western intelligence that indicated Russian forces have been leaving key positions close to Kyiv and relocating to areas within the east of Ukraine for an intensified struggle.

On Thursday, the official mentioned that the U.S. had noticed the Russians making “slow and uneven progress” within the Donbas.

— Amanda Macias

Cryptocurrency group lobbies U.S. Congress in opposition to payments that focus on Russian oligarchs

Pedestrians stroll by the United States Capitol constructing in Washington, March 15, 2022.

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The cryptocurrency business has been quietly lobbying U.S. lawmakers in opposition to laws designed to forestall Russian oligarchs from utilizing digital currencies to evade sanctions imposed on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s allies and their firms following Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

The Blockchain Association, a lobbying group that represents greater than 70 crypto platforms together with Ripple, Crypto.com and Dragonfly Capital, is attempting to persuade Congress that cryptocurrencies aren’t being utilized by rich Russians to to keep away from sanctions. It’s working with lobbying store Forbes Tate Partners in opposition to laws that may impose extra sanctions on already penalized Russians who’re aiming to make use of crypto as a strategy to keep away from sanctions. The invoice would additionally empower the Treasury secretary to dam crypto buying and selling platforms based mostly within the U.S. from doing enterprise with these in Russia.

Two payments have been launched in U.S. House and Senate that offers the Biden administration the authority to prohibit U.S. crypto exchanges from processing funds from Russia. The payments would additionally enable U.S. authorities to sanction international exchanges that course of transactions by sanctioned Russian folks or firms.

The laws poses a grave risk to the business, which critics say has turn into fashionable for clandestine transactions as a result of they can’t be traced. It would primarily topic digital currencies to a few of the identical guidelines that require federally insured banks to know their prospects, fight cash laundering and report suspicious transactions to regulators.

— Brian Schwartz

Netherlands reopens embassy in Kyiv, warns residents to nonetheless not journey to Ukraine

People stand in entrance of the Netherlands embassy in Kyiv.

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The Dutch Ambassador to Ukraine Jennes de Mol returned to Kyiv with a small variety of embassy employees, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in an announcement.

“A diplomatic mission in Kyiv is of great value in maintaining contact with the Ukrainian government. Embassies of other EU countries are also returning. It is important for the Netherlands to work closely with all these countries, including in Ukraine,” the assertion mentioned.

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that residents mustn’t journey to the war-weary nation.

The Netherlands is the most recent nation to reopen its diplomatic mission in Ukraine’s capital, following France, Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Belgium and Austria. The European Union has additionally reopened its diplomatic mission in Kyiv whereas the United States has returned its diplomatic mission to Lviv.

— Amanda Macias

Ukraine claims it has retaken a strategic village that Russians have been utilizing to shell Kharkiv

A Ukrainian serviceman rides atop an armored preventing car, as Russia?s assault on Ukraine continues, at an unknown location in Eastern Ukraine, on this handout image launched April 19, 2022.

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The Ukrainian navy claims it has retaken a strategically essential village alongside the freeway connecting the foremost metropolis of Kharkiv in Ukraine with the Russian metropolis of Belgorod.

According to a Telegram submit from the official channel of the Land Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the village of Ruska Lozova within the Kharkiv oblast has been liberated and is now utterly beneath the management of Ukrainian troops.

CNBC was unable to independently confirm the standing of Ruska Lozova, however Ukrainian troops have been slowly transferring eastward from the Kyiv suburbs and liberating city after city occupied by Russian forces through the first few weeks of the struggle.

Ruska Lozova is essential as a result of it is among the villages that Russian forces retreated to after they didn’t take Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis.

Unable to totally occupy Kharkiv, Moscow has as an alternative chosen to shell civilian infrastructure and residential neighborhoods within the metropolis virtually continually for weeks, utilizing artillery positioned in outlying villages like Ruska Lozova.

— Christina Wilkie

UN says 2,899 killed in Ukraine since begin of struggle, warns loss of life toll is probably going larger

Grave diggers shovel soil into the grave of a girl as her husband and son watch on April 20, 2022 in Bucha, Ukraine.

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The United Nations says it has confirmed 2,899 civilian deaths and three,235 accidents in Ukraine since Russia invaded its ex-Soviet neighbor on Feb. 24.

Of these killed, the U.N. has recognized no less than 210 youngsters.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights mentioned Monday that the loss of life toll in Ukraine is probably going larger, citing delayed reviews because of the armed battle.

The worldwide physique mentioned a lot of the civilian casualties recorded have been brought on by way of explosive weapons with a large impression space, together with shelling from heavy artillery and a number of launch rocket methods, in addition to missiles and airstrikes.

— Amanda Macias

Ukraine says Russia taking ‘colossal losses’ in jap battle

Ukrainian troopers stand on their armored personnel service (APC).

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Ukraine acknowledged it was taking heavy losses in Russia’s assault within the east, however mentioned Russia’s losses have been even worse, as U.S. President Joe Biden referred to as on Congress to ship as a lot as $33 billion to assist Kyiv face up to the assault.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised Biden’s provide of assist, which quantities to just about 10 instances the help Washington has despatched thus far because the struggle started on Feb. 24.

Having failed in an assault on Kyiv within the north of Ukraine final month, Russia is now attempting to totally seize two jap provinces often known as the Donbas. Ukraine has acknowledged dropping management of some cities and villages there because the assault started final week, however says Moscow’s good points have come at an enormous value to a Russian power already worn down from its earlier defeat close to the capital.

“We have serious losses but the Russians’ losses are much much bigger … They have colossal losses,” presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych mentioned.

— Reuters

Two British help employees captured by Russian forces, NGO says

Two British help employees have been detained by Russian forces close to Ukraine’s southern metropolis of Zaporizhzhia, the U.Ok.-based non-profit Presidium Network mentioned.

The group’s founder Dominik Byrne informed the BBC on Friday that the 2 males “got through a Ukraine checkpoint to go south through Russian controlled area when we lost contact on Monday morning.”

Presidium mentioned that the 2 volunteers have been civilians working independently however as a part of a mission in Ukraine to offer medical provides, meals and evacuation assist.

Byrne mentioned he was working “to get the support we need from the U.K. government and from the international community, as well as on the ground,” and that he was in search of “clarification about how they are and how safe they are” and whether or not they have been being “treated properly.”

The U.Ok.’s Foreign Office “is doing all it can to support and identify these two people,” British commerce minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan informed Sky News on Friday.

— Natasha Turak

Britain sending consultants to assist Ukraine prosecute struggle crimes: Foreign secretary

The U.Ok. is sending consultants to assist Ukraine’s authorities gather proof and prosecute Russian struggle crimes in opposition to civilians, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss mentioned. Ukraine says it’s investigating greater than 7,000 potential struggle crimes within the wake of Russia’s unprovoked invasion.

British Foreign Minister Liz Truss speaks throughout an interview with Reuters after visiting the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands on this display screen seize taken from a video April 29, 2022. 

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“Russia has brought barbarity to Ukraine and committed vile atrocities, including against women. British expertise will help uncover the truth and hold Putin’s regime to account for its actions,” Truss mentioned. The international secretary is touring to The Hague to fulfill with International Criminal Court President Judge Piotr Hofmanski and Dutch Foreign Secretary Wopke Hoekstra.

“The specialist team will assist the Ukrainian government as they gather evidence and prosecute war crimes and will include experts in conflict-related sexual violence,” a international workplace assertion mentioned.

— Natasha Turak

Former U.S. Marine reportedly killed preventing alongside Ukrainian forces

American citizen Willy Joseph Cancel was killed whereas preventing alongside Ukrainian forces in Ukraine, CNN has reported.

Cancel, a former U.S. Marine, was 22 years outdated and dealing for a non-public navy contractor when he was despatched by his firm to struggle in Ukraine, his mom Rebecca Cabrera mentioned.

“He wanted to go over because he believed in what Ukraine was fighting for, and he wanted to be a part of it to contain it there so it didn’t come here, and that maybe our American soldiers wouldn’t have to be involved in it,” Cabrera informed CNN in a cellphone interview.

Cancel entered Ukraine through Poland in mid-March and was killed on Monday, his mom mentioned.

NBC has reached out to Cancel’s household and the State Department. Quoted by CNN, a State Department official mentioned they’re “aware of these reports and are closely monitoring the situation.”

“Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment,” the official added. “We once again reiterate U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine due to the active armed conflict and the singling out of U.S. citizens in Ukraine by Russian government security officials, and that U.S. citizens in Ukraine should depart immediately if it is safe to do so, using any commercial or other privately available ground transportation options.”

More than 20,000 international fighters from 52 international locations, a lot of whom are navy veterans, have volunteered to struggle in opposition to the Russian invasion in Ukraine, in keeping with Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, which created the International Legion to serve that function.

— Natasha Turak

Should the West put together for struggle with Russia? Strategists look at what might come subsequent

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a gathering of the manager board of the General Procurator’s Office in Moscow, Russia April 25, 2022.

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Russia has repeatedly warned of the dangers of nuclear struggle and of swift retaliation “if necessary” as its invasion of Ukraine continues and it faces stiff resistance from Ukrainian forces armed with superior Western weaponry.

Moscow has warned NATO states to cease arming Ukrainian forces, and has made frequent reference to its struggle arsenal, which incorporates nuclear weapons. But strategists have informed CNBC that Putin is taking part in on threat aversion within the West and that the possibilities of a nuclear struggle are distant.

One shut Russia watcher mentioned Western governments have to imbue their populations with a “war mentality” to organize them for the hardships they might face because the financial fallout from the struggle continues.

Those embrace rising power prices and disrupted provide chains and items from Russia and Ukraine, among the many world’s greatest “bread baskets.”

Read the complete story.

— Holly Ellyatt

There can be ‘classes discovered’ over Ukraine struggle, UN deputy secretary-general says after criticism

The United Nations has confronted scathing criticism over what many describe as its sluggish and ineffective response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In response to that, its Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed admitted that there can be “lessons learned” over the battle, and that it got here as “a big shock to the system.”

Press Briefing by Deputy Secretary-General Amina J Mohammed on the launch of the 2022 Financing for Sustainable Development Report, United Nations, New York City, New York, April 12, 2022.

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“Of course, there are things that we could have done to stop the war, but perhaps those are going to be lessons learned again, when the Security Council, the General Assembly leaders will look back and say, ‘what could we have done, and make sure that we prevent the next war, the next pandemic’,” Mohammed informed CNBC.

“These are all things that we are learning. I think history tells us that we’re not very good learners when it comes to that.”

“I hope that the learnings will find ways to make us more accountable to put in the checks and balances that this doesn’t ever happen again, and that we are working towards peace,” Mohammed added.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Moscow to fulfill with Putin and later traveled to Kyiv, after being criticized for not taking part in a powerful sufficient function within the battle and for visiting Russia earlier than Ukraine.

Read the complete story.

— Tania Bryer and Natasha Turak

Difficult ‘if not unattainable’ for Europe to substitute Russian fuel within the brief time period, CEO says

Replacing Russian fuel with different sources can be subsequent to unattainable within the close to time period, Alfred Stern, CEO of Austrian oil and fuel firm OMV, informed CNBC.

“On the supply of gas for Europe, I think we should be rather clear, that in the short run it will be very difficult for Europe if not impossible to substitute the Russian gas flows,” Stern informed CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.”

Some international locations have the opportunity of drawing on alternate sources of the commodity, “but if you look at the total European picture, the quantities just work out in such a way that we will not be able to substitute in the short run the full quantity with European production or imports from other sources,” the CEO mentioned.

“The capacity currently is not here, it can be built up over time, but in the short run this is not possible.”

The feedback come days after Russia introduced it was reducing off its fuel provides to Poland and Bulgaria, after the 2 international locations refused a Russian demand to pay for the imports in rubles, since Moscow is minimize off by sanctions from being paid in euros or {dollars}.

As the EU, which imports 40% of its fuel from Russia, grapples with the truth of Moscow utilizing its power as a weapon, analysts and executives have warned of a recession in Europe if Russia absolutely turns off the faucets.  

“It will be critical because it could have significant impact on our economy, on the running of industry, because we depend on the availability of energy for this,” Stern mentioned. 

Russian strikes in Kyiv injure 10 folks amid UN chief’s go to

Russian strikes in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv on Thursday hit residential buildings and wounded 10 folks, Ukrainian emergency providers mentioned.

Witness reported giant explosions in Kyiv’s northwestern Shevchenkivsky district that left home windows blown out and components of buildings blackened. It got here as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov visited the town, and as Ukrainian residents start to return.

“Shocked and appalled about the Russian missile strikes on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Russia demonstrates again its blatant disregard for intl law by bombarding a city while @UN Secretary General @antonioguterres is current, alongside Bulgarian PM @KirilPetkov,” the EU’s international coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned in a tweet.

— Natasha Turak

Russia could also be making ready to carry ‘sham referenda’ in Ukraine, U.S. ambassador says

Russia could also be making ready to stage “sham referenda” in Ukraine’s south and east — in areas it has illegally seized since Feb. 24 — to legitimize its unlawful invasion and assert management there, mentioned the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Russia is planning to power Ukraine’s authorities to give up, together with dissolving all native municipal governments, whereas establishing new authorities constructions in “liberated” territories beneath Russian management, ambassador Michael Carpenter mentioned in a speech to OSCE.

He added that Russian officers and so-called separatists are growing plans for a brand new authorities and structure.

“This planning includes a moratorium disallowing legitimate Ukrainian leaders and those supporting Ukraine’s legitimate government from any leadership positions,” Carpenter mentioned.

A Ukrainian soldier in entrance of a residential constructing destroyed by a Russian artillery strike in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Russia is prone to intensify ongoing deportations of Ukrainians, mentioned the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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He added that the plans are “straight out of Russia’s playbook” of orchestrating “so-called referenda in the Ukrainian regions of Crimea, Luhansk, and Donetsk — each time with faked high percentages of public support” and putting in puppet regimes there.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and the nation has been supporting a separatist revolt within the Donbas — made up of Ukrainian cities Luhansk and Donetsk — since 2014.

Carpenter added that Russia is prone to intensify ongoing deportations of Ukrainians.

“We should expect Russia to intensify its ongoing forced transfers of local populations from areas of Ukraine’s south and east to Russia or Russia-controlled parts of the Donbas via so-called “filtration camps,” Carpenter said.

— Chelsea Ong

Ukraine plans an operation to get civilians out of Mariupol’s blockaded steel plant

A view shows a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 26, 2022.

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Ukraine says it has a plan to evacuate the roughly 1,000 civilians who are holed up in the massive Azovstal steel plant complex in the besieged city of Mariupol.

“An operation is deliberate at the moment to get civilians out of the plant,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said, without further elaboration.

The site has become one of the last significant holdouts of Ukrainian forces in an otherwise Russian-occupied city.

Mariupol, a strategic port city in Ukraine’s south and just 30 miles from the Russian border, has seen some of the most brutal bombardment of the entire Russian campaign, and has been cut off from electricity, food, and most humanitarian aid since the start of March. Satellite imagery has revealed what Western and Ukrainian officials believe are mass graves just outside the city.

Russia’s defense ministry has in past days said it was opening a humanitarian corridor for civilians to leave the steel plant. But multiple previous attempts have failed, with Kyiv blaming Russian forces for not holding their fire to allow safe passage. Moscow, meanwhile, blames Ukrainian forces for the failure.

— Natasha Turak

Battle for Donbas is Russia’s main focus, but Ukrainian resistance is limiting its gains: UK MoD

Ukrainian soldiers rest at their position near Lyman, eastern Ukraine, on April 28, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. (

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The battle for Donbas is Russia’s primary focus, as it aims to take over Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the U.K. Ministry of Defence wrote in its daily intelligence update Friday.

So far, significant Ukrainian resistance is hampering Moscow’s progress, it added.

In the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (or administrative districts), “preventing has been significantly heavy round Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, with an tried advance south from Izium in the direction of Slovyansk,” the ministry wrote on Twitter.

“Due to sturdy Ukrainian resistance, Russian territorial good points have been restricted and achieved at vital value to Russian forces.”

— Natasha Turak

Ukraine’s prosecutor identifies 10 Russian troopers accused of Bucha atrocities

A grave digger arranges flowers atop the grave of a woman as her husband and son watch on April 20, 2022 in Bucha, Ukraine. Ukraine’s prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova has identified 10 Russian soldiers she previously accused of atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine, The Associated Press reported.

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Ukraine’s prosecutor general has identified 10 Russian soldiers she said were involved in the atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine, according to the Associated Press.

Iryna Venediktova appealed to the public on Facebook to help gather evidence against those soldiers whom she said were “concerned within the torture of peaceable folks.” They were from Russia’s 64th Separate Motorized Rifle Ground Forces Brigade whose work President Vladimir Putin recently honored, the AP said.

“During the occupation of Bucha, they took unarmed civilians hostage, killed them with starvation and thirst, stored them on their knees with fingers tied and eyes taped, mocked and beat them,” she reportedly said, adding that the soldiers threatened to shoot the civilians and looted houses.

On Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Bucha, calling for an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine.

— Chelsea Ong

U.S. Embassy in Kyiv says staffer was killed in struggle in Ukraine

A woman walks past the closed United States Embassy to Ukraine on April 25, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv says one of its employees was killed in the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine.

“Volodymyr, who took go away from his job as an Embassy bodyguard to rejoin the military and defend Ukraine,” the U.S. mission in Kyiv wrote.

“We will always remember his sort spirit, dedication, and bravado. Our deepest condolences go to his household and buddies,” the embassy wrote in a tweet.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told lawmakers Wednesday that the Biden administration is working on reopening the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

— Amanda Macias

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