Russia attacks Ukraine: live update, April 2022


21:03 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy according to Suspilne

Russia has deported about 500,000 Ukrainians, including at least 5,000 children.

20:48 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy according to Interfax

Eight people died from a missile strike in Odesa, including a three-month-old baby

Earlier, the State Emergency Service reported that on April 23 at about 2:35 pm in the Kyiv district of Odesa, as a result of enemy shelling, ammunition hit a sixteen-storey residential building and set fire to apartments on the 4th and 5th floors.

18:41 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The operational update regarding the Russian invasion on 18.00 on April 23, 2022.

The fifty-ninth 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 Russian enemy is trying to increase the pace of the operation in east of Ukraine to encircle the Joint Forces, as well as to establish full control over Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
  • In the Volyn and Polissia areas, the Russian enemy did not take active action, and no signs of the formation of offensive groups were found.
  • In the Slobozhansky direction, the Russian enemy continues to partially blockade the city of Kharkiv, carrying out artillery shelling of the positions of our units and civilian infrastructure in the area of ​​the settlements of Chuhuiv, Korobochkino, and Dovhenke.
  • In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the main efforts of the Russian enemy were focused on taking control of the settlements of Popasna, Rubizhne, and preparing for the attack on the city of Sievierodonetsk. In the area of ​​Marinka and most other areas, the Russian enemy is unsuccessful in the course of hostilities.
  • In the South Buh direction, Russian occupiers did not carry out active offensive operations, Russians carried out single shellings of Ukrainian units with barrel artillery.
  • According to available information, the Russian enemy has significant problems with the medical support of its units, there are difficulties with the evacuation of the wounded, and there is a lack of medicine. Due to the growing number of wounded, in the city of Balakliia, the enemy, along with the deployed military hospital, uses the capabilities of the city clinic.
  • In the city of Vovchansk, which is temporarily occupied, junior medical personnel of health care facilities are forcibly sent to provide first aid to Russian enemy units on the line of contact with the Defence Forces of Ukraine.
  • Also, the Russian troops have significant problems with the replenishment of personnel and attempt to forcibly mobilise residents of the Kherson region to the Russian occupying forces continue.
  • According to available information, the Russian enemy uses civilian trucks to move military cargo in the temporarily occupied territories. Also, Russian occupiers continue to use stolen agricultural machinery for military purposes.
  • Units of the Defence Forces of Ukraine continue to liberate settlements in certain areas and maintain certain defensive lines.

16:42 Adviser to the Mayor of Mariupol Petro Andriushchenko

The occupiers disrupted the evacuation from Mariupol. At 11 o’clock at least 200 Mariupol residents gathered near the Port City shopping centre, waiting to be evacuated to Zaporizhzhia. Instead of the buses promised by the Russian side, the Russian military approached the Mariupol residents and ordered them to disperse, because “there will be shelling now.” 

12:52 Operational Command “South”

In the Kherson and Mykolayiv regions, Russia is continuing its defensive actions along the occupied frontier, pulling up and reformatting its forces, presumably preparing to reach the administrative borders of the Kherson region.

The Russians fired artillery and mortar shells at the occupied settlements, exerting fire and psychological pressure on the civilian population, intimidating and persuading them to accept the occupying power.

Propaganda of the referendum and the creation of a pseudo-republic continue.

12:48 Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine

Russia began forced mobilisation in the occupied parts of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and Kharkiv regions. 

In particular, according to intelligence, in the city of Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region, the occupiers forcibly send junior medical personnel to the front to help the wounded Russian troops, threatening to shoot them in case of a refusal.

In addition, the Russian Federation began mobilising local youth in the occupied Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, and Kherson regions. The occupiers have banned people from leaving the Kherson region, even to Russia, and they are searching for conscripts in Zaporizhzhia.

8:16 Bucha Mayor Anatolii Fedoruk 

The collection and exhumation of the bodies of the dead in the territory of the Bucha community are coming to an end. Today the figure is 412, but it will still be clarified at the level of investigators and experts who work without days off. This means that every third victim in the Kyiv region is from Bucha.

3:31 Ukrinform citing the United States Ambassador to the OSCE Michael Carpenter The Russians could use tear gas with chemicals in Mariupol. “There is reliable information that Russian troops may have used various means to counter the riots, including tear gas mixed with chemicals, which could cause stronger symptoms to weaken and disable Ukrainian soldiers and civilians as part of its aggressive campaign to capture Mariupol,” said Carpenter during a special meeting of the Permanent Council of OSCE in Vienna.