Russia attacks Ukraine: live update, April 2022


19:59 Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhii Haidai

In Lysychansk, a volunteer couple came under fire. A man died, and a woman is in intensive care.

19:45 Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal

The government has begun work on establishing an International Demining Centre in Ukraine. 

“The Russian army has left behind thousands of mines, shells, and bombs. Our pyrotechnic heroes have neutralized more than 80,000 of them. Every day 4-5 thousand dangerous items are neutralized. But, unfortunately, for months and years to come, we will find and neutralize such remnants of the “Russian world” on our land,” Shmygal said.

19:28 Head of Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration Vitalii Kim

As a result of today’s shelling of residential areas of Mykolaiv, five people died, and 15 were wounded. One of the victims lifted unexploded ordnance.

19:20 International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva

The IMF stepped up with $1.4 billion in emergency financing to help meet Ukraine’s immediate spending needs. Last week it launched a special account that gives a secure way to provide further funding to Ukraine. Together with international partners, it is preparing for the massive reconstruction effort that will be required.

19:06 Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Oleh Syniehubov

The Russian army shelled one of the residential neighbourhoods of Kharkiv. 34 people were injured, including 3 children. 7 people died, including one seven-month-old child.

18:48 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The operational update regarding the Russian invasion on 18.00 on April 15, 2022

Video (Spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Shtupun)

The fifty-first day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a Russian military invasion continues. A Russian federation continues its full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.

  • The situation in all directions has not changed significantly today. A Russian enemy continues to launch missile strikes on industrial and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and is trying to launch an offensive in some areas. Airstrikes on the city of Mariupol continue.
  • The partial blockade of Kharkiv continues.
  • In the Donetsk direction, the Russian enemy tried to storm Marinka, but was unsuccessful.
  • In violation of the norms of International Humanitarian Law, the Russian occupiers in the temporarily occupied territories continue to oppress the rights of Ukrainian citizens. Violating the rules of warfare, sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the enemy, carrying out sabotage on the territory of Ukraine, stealing or, threatening physical violence, take away motor vehicles and civilian clothes from residents.
  • To suppress Ukrainian resistance, the Russian occupiers are filtering and searching for people involved in military service.
  • In the areas of Luhansk oblast temporarily occupied by the Russian enemy, the usage of buildings and adjacent territories of secondary schools for the installation of additional field hospitals, places for weapons, ammunition, and military equipment is recorded.
  • In some settlements, the Russian enemy is trying to imitate elections and illegally appoint “local governments” from among residents loyal to the occupying power.
  • Units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine continue to maintain certain defensive lines, inflict losses on the enemy and gradually liberate settlements from the troops of Russian invaders.

18:40 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the CNN interview 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told CNN that all of the countries of the world should be prepared for the possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use tactical nuclear weapons.

17:25 Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova

The occupiers fired on buses trying to evacuate people from the areas of hostilities.

During the evacuation of residents from the city of Starobilsk, Luhansk region to the Dnipro on two buses Russians opened fire – there are wounded and dead. More detailed information is being established.

The occupier once again uses weapons to prevent the evacuation of civilians in the territory controlled by Ukraine.

As a result of the shelling of evacuation buses with civilians in the village of Borovo, Izium district, Kharkiv region, according to preliminary data, 7 people were killed and 27 were injured.

Such actions by the Russian occupiers are a war crime under Articles 7 and 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and a gross violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

I appeal to the UN Commission for Investigation of Human Rights Violations during the Russian military invasion of Ukraine to take into account these facts of Russian crimes and human rights violations in Ukraine.

17:25 First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yevhen Yenin

“Thanks to reports from citizens, we have detained a significant number of representatives of sabotage and reconnaissance groups. According to the information we have from our intelligence agencies, the sabotage and reconnaissance activities of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine are expected to intensify soon,” Yenin said.

15:45 European Pravda

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday, more than five million people have left Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

UNHCR counted exactly 4,796,245 Ukrainians who left Ukraine after the start of the war with Russia on Friday.

According to the International Organisation for Migration, about 215,000 citizens of other countries have also fled Ukraine.

15:25 Ukrainska Pravda

Update on the night explosions in Kyiv and the Kyiv region: the Vizar machine-building plant in Vyshneve was damaged.

14:42 State Boarder Guard Service

Border positions were shelled again in the Chernihiv region. 12 mortar shots of 122 mm and 82 mm caliber were fired from the Russian territory this afternoon. There are no victims among the border guards and the local population. Data are currently being updated.

14:34 Ukrainska Pravda citing Minister of Health Viktor Liashko 

The coronavirus pandemic has declined in Ukraine.

14:17 Ukrainska Pravda 

At night, residents of Kyiv and the Kyiv region heard explosions. Several rockets were fired, and the air defense was working. The authorities do not report the consequences.

14:09 Сhairman of the Mykolaiv Regional Council Hanna Zamazieieva

Russian invaders fired at residential quarters of Mykolaiv with multiple rocket launchers – there are victims.

13:45 Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration

Artur Krupskyi, the head of the Polohy district state administration, spoke about the situation in the occupied Tokmak and Molochansk.

The occupiers removed the legitimately elected mayor of Molochansk from power. She is still a prisoner of the occupiers. The occupying self-proclaimed “mayor” has not yet been presented. 

In Tokmak, Volodymyr Volvach has been appointed acting mayor. Ihor Kotelevsky resigned but continues to work in the city and help the people of Tokmak.

About a week ago, a checkpoint was set up in the Molochansk community. The Russians did not release anyone and went to houses and apartments, looking for and capturing Anti-Terrorist Operation participants (they have lists) and pro-Ukrainian activists. They also check phones.

The humanitarian situation in the occupied territories is quite difficult.

13:10 Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhii Haidai

Heavy shelling of Popasna. Only three people were evacuated.

12:45 Ukrinform citing РAP

Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland: “In my personal opinion, it would be difficult to call it anything other than genocide, when the army enters the territory of a sovereign state and kills people just because they are Ukrainians.”

12:47 Suspilne citing the spokesman for the Kharkiv Region Prosecutor’s Office Dmytro Chubenko

Seven people were killed in Russian military shelling of civilian buses near the town of Borova in the Izium district on April 14, and another 27 civilians were injured. Circumstances and route of buses are established by militiamen. Borova is under temporary occupation.

12:21 State Emergency Service of Ukraine

The enemy continues to open fire with various weapons on the cities of Sievierodonetsk, Rubizhne, Kreminna, Lysychansk, Novodruzhesk, Popasna, Hirske, and Zolote. Entire neighbourhoods are on fire as a result of the shelling. There are dead and wounded civilians.

In recent days, Kreminna has been under heavy enemy fire. The occupiers are targeting residential neighborhoods. One person was killed and five were injured yesterday. Despite the shelling, fire and rescue units of the SES managed to eliminate all fires that occurred in the city.

Firefighters from Luhansk Region extinguished fires in residential buildings in Sievierodonetsk, Zolote, and Lysychansk.

Rescuers are urging citizens to evacuate from the war zone, but some people remain in basements and bomb shelters, so rescuers deliver water and humanitarian supplies to them.

According to the head of the Luhansk military administration Serhii Haidai,  in the last 24 hours, 27 residents of Sievierodonetsk, 90 of Lychychansk, 9 of Popasna (one of them wounded and two who do not move independently), 13 of Rubizhne, 34 of Kreminna, and 52 of Hirska community were evacuated.

12:01 Security Service of Ukraine 

Russia is grossly violating the Geneva Convention and other international standards for the treatment of prisoners of war. The Security Service has received a shocking record where a Russian executioner brags to his friend about the atrocities he committed – cutting off the fingers and hands of Ukrainian prisoners of war.

10:57 Spokesman for the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration colonel Ivan Arefiev

As a result of artillery shelling of the city of Vasylivka from the positions of the Russian Armed Forces, probably located in the town of Mykhailivka and village of Orlianske, several residential buildings in the city center and the private sector were damaged, a grocery store was destroyed and a depot at Tavriisk railway station was damaged. 1 person was killed and 5 were injured.

10:22 Suspilne citing the head of Koriukivka District Military Administration Ivan Vashchenko

The Russians fired mortars at the positions of border guards in the Chernihiv region. On the morning of April 15, Russian troops fired on border guards’ positions in the Snovsk community. The information was confirmed by the spokeswoman of the Chernihiv border detachment Halyna Shekhovtsova. According to her, on the territory near the settlement of Senkivka there was mortar shelling in two stages from the territory of the Russian Federation. There are no victims among the border guards.

10:21 Suspilne citing Gazeta Prawna

Poland has single-handedly imposed an embargo on Russian coal imports, pending a decision by other European Union countries.

“The president signed an act on special decisions in the field of countering the support of aggression against Ukraine and protection of national security, which provides, in particular, the introduction of an embargo on coal imports from Russia,” the statement said.

The law also provides for the possibility of freezing the assets of those who supported the Russian aggression and allows the creation of a list of people and legal entities to whom restrictive measures will be applied, including the blocking of their funds and resources.

In addition, the law prohibits the use or advertising of symbols or names that confirm Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Such actions are punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 2 years.

9:50 State Bureau of Investigation

The SBI is investigating more than 230 counts of treason, two-thirds of which are in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

SBI investigators have initiated 154 criminal proceedings for treason and 81 criminal proceedings for collaborative activities since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion.

Among the defendants are heads of village councils, deputies of various levels, officials, judges, law enforcement officers, and servicemen.

9:42 Security Service of Ukraine 

Russia itself fired on the Russian village of Klimovo in the Bryansk region, although it blamed Ukraine. This is confirmed by recent interceptions of telephone conversations of the occupiers, which are at the disposal of the SSU.

“It’s ours strikes,” explains the Russian aggressor, who is currently in the Donetsk region, to his wife.

To her question “Why do that?” he replies: “It is necessary. This is done to stage it as khokhols (a derogatory Russian term for Ukrainians – ed.) provocation.”

The Kremlin is indifferent not only to its military but also to civilian Russians, who also suffered from the shelling of Russian troops.

“It was the same in the Chechen war. Apartments were blown up in Moscow like it was terrorists. It was FSB members. However, now they (Ukrainians – ed.) could not strike from such a distance to Klimovo,” adds the occupier.

9:14 Mariupol City Council

Russians have reached a new level of “cleansing”. According to Mariupol residents who remain in the city, Russian troops have begun the process of exhuming bodies that were previously buried in the yards of residential buildings. Moreover, the occupiers forbid the burial of people killed by them. In each yard, they put their overseer, who does not allow Mariupol residents to bury their deceased relatives or acquaintances. It is unknown why the exhumation will take place and where the bodies will be sent.

8:59 Head of Zaporizhzhia Region Military Administration Oleksandr Starukh 

Hundreds of people have been abducted in the Zaporizhzhia region since the start of the war with Russia. Among them are politicians, journalists, and educators.

8:29 Skadovsk Mayor Oleksandr Yakovliev

This morning in Skadovsk, the occupiers removed Ukrainian flags from the city council building and the flagpole in the city center and hoisted Russian flags.

“Skadovsk City Council will not cooperate with the occupiers, so from today, no employee of the executive committee will work in the building under the enemy flag. Regardless of external circumstances and our position, our service to Ukraine, our hometown, and our community continues.” stated the Mayor. 

8:22 Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine

As of April 15, more than 553 children suffered in Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation – 198 children were killed and 355 received injuries of varying severity

Children suffered the most in regions such as Donetsk – 117, Kyiv – 105, Kharkiv – 81, Chernihiv – 54, Mykolaiv – 40, Kherson – 38, Luhansk – 36, Zaporizhzhia – 23, the capital – 16, Sumy – 16, Zhytomyr – 15.

These data are not conclusive, as inspection of sites of active hostilities and liberated settlements and receiving information on the temporarily occupied territories are underway.

6:58 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The operational update regarding the Russian invasion on 06.00 on April 15, 2022.

Video (Spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Shtupun)

The fifty-first day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a Russian military invasion continues. A Russian federation continues its full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.

  • A Russian enemy continues to launch missile and bomb strikes on the infrastructure of settlements in Ukraine.
  • In the Volyn and Polissia directions, separate units of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus perform tasks to cover the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions.
  • The situation in the Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi directions is unchanged.
  • In the South Buh area, the enemy is trying to carry out fortification equipment positions and replenish stocks of weapons and military equipment, ammunition and fuel, and oil. It conducts reconnaissance with the involvement of unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • In the Donetsk and Tavriia directions, the Russian enemy’s main efforts were focused on attempts to capture the settlements of Popasna and Rubizhne. It is not successful.
  • Thus, in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, eight enemy attacks were repulsed in the past 24 hours, four tanks, six armoured personnel carriers, four infantry fighting vehicles, and one enemy artillery system were destroyed.

1:11 Interfax-Ukraine citing the Mayor of Bucha Anatolii Fedoruk 

“Almost 85% of all the bodies raised from mass graves or individual burials in gardens, parks, squares, and yards, have bullet holes. That is, a deliberately premeditated murder occurred in Bucha.”

1:04 Operational Command “South”After intense negotiations, an agreement on the exchange of prisoners was reached in the area of the village of Posad-Pokrovske, where 4 Russian prisoners of war were exchanged for 5 Ukrainians.