Russia attacks Ukraine: live update, April 2022


23:27 AFP, mayor of Bucha Anatoliy Fedoruk

Almost 300 people were buried in a mass grave discovered in Bucha after Russian troops retreated. The heavily destroyed town’s streets are littered with corpses, the mayor said. 

21:45 first deputy head of Poltava regional administration Dmytro Lunin

Russia conducted a missile strike on the Kremenchuk oil refinery and nearby fuel storage facilities. The strike destroyed the infrastructure of the plant. The refinery stopped operating. There is no threat of an environmental disaster.   

The Russian troops earlier conducted a missile strike on Myrhorod. The missile strike damaged an airfield runway and infrastructure, and caused fire at a fuel depot. There is no casualty report.   

17:38 head of Kharkiv regional administration Oleh Syniehubov

Russia’s strike damaged a hospital in Balakliya. About 70 patients and medics require immediate evacuation. 

16:58 Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar

The Ukrainian troops retake entire Kyiv region. “Irpin, Bucha, Hostomel and the whole Kyiv region were liberated from the invader,” Malyar said. 

15:55 head of Dnipropetrovsk regional administration Valentyn Riznichenko

Russia conducted missiles strikes on Pavlohrad district. A missile damaged a stretch of railway track and power lines. Rail cars exploded. There were no casualties, first reports say. Another missile hit an open site. One person was wounded.

In Dnipro, Russian missiles heavily damaged an infrastructure facility. Two people were wounded. In Kryvyi Rih, a missile hit a gas station. There were no casualties.   

13:59 head of Sumy regional administration Dmytro Zhyvytskyi

The deputy head of the Novoslobidska hromada was liberated from captivity. “Oleksiy Shybayev, deputy head of the Novoslobidska hromada is alive! He is now with the territorial defense of Bilopillya,” Zhyvytskyi said.

The Russian troops captured Shybayev on April 1 at a Russian checkpoint near Peresepky village as he accompanied humanitarian aid. 

12:45 State-run nuclear company Energoatom

Four civilians wounded as the Russian troops fired on a rally and used stun grenades to break up the demonstration in Enerhodar.

A series of loud explosions were earlier heard in the city. On Saturday morning, people rallied in support of Ukraine. As the rally ended, the Russian troops started to drag the protesters into military vehicles. 

12:27 Livyi Bereh

Photographer and documentary maker Maks Levin was found dead. He leaves behind his wife, four sons, and parents. Maksym was last seen alive on March 13, when he went to Huta Mezhyhirska with Oleksiy Chernyshov, a service member and former photographer. Levin was documenting the consequences of the Russian aggression in the village. They left the car and headed toward the village of Moshchun. Connection was lost with them.

The Vyshhorod district prosecutor’s office announced in a statement that it is investigating Levin’s death for a potential violation of the laws and customs of war, CPJ said. “According to preliminary information, unarmed Maks Levin was killed by soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces with two firearm shots,” the statement reads.

09:48 Tavriyska hromada, Zaporizhzhia region

Russia abducted the mayor of Tavriysk. Whereabouts of Tavriysk mayor Mykola Rizak remain unknown since April 1. He was detained by Russian military.