More than 4.5 million have fled war in Ukraine: UN

  • A grave with the bodies of civilians has been found in Buzova village near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, a local official has said.
  • Ukraine is preparing for “big battles” against Moscow’s forces in the east of the country, officials in Kyiv said.
  • In the Ukrainian city of Barkinkove, just west of Kramatorsk, volunteers are arming themselves to join the front line against Russian troops expected to regroup in eastern Ukraine.
  • The death toll from Friday’s railway station bombing in Kramatorsk has risen to 52. Russia denies responsibility, saying missiles responsible for the attack were used by Ukraine’s military only.
  • Ukraine says more than 4,500 people have been evacuated from its cities through humanitarian corridors.
  • YouTube has blocked Duma TV, which broadcasts from Russia’s lower house of parliament.

Here are the latest updates:

Dnipro airport ‘destroyed’ by Russian shelling

The airport in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro has been completely destroyed in fresh Russian shelling, a local official said.

“There has been another attack on Dnipro airport. There is nothing left of it. The airport itself and the infrastructure around it has been destroyed. Rockets keep flying and flying,” the head of the city’s military administration, Valentin Reznichenko, said on Telegram.

He added that authorities were seeking to clarify information about the victims.


UN says 4.5 million refugees fled Ukraine

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has updated the number of refugees fleeing Ukraine since the war started, bringing the total to some 4.5 million.

About 2.6 million of those fled at least initially to Poland and more than 686,000 to Romania, the UN said.

Refugees wait in a line after fleeing the war from neighboring Ukraine at the border crossing in Medyka, southeastern Poland, Sunday, April 10, 2022.
Refugees wait in a line after fleeing the war from neighbouring Ukraine at the border crossing in Medyka, southeastern Poland [Sergei Grits/AP Photo]

Russia’s Orthodox Church calls on people to rally around authorities

The head of Russia’s Orthodox Church has called on people to rally around the country’s authorities.

Patriarch Kirill has previously made statements defending Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and views the war as a bulwark against a Western liberal culture that he considers decadent.

“Let the Lord help us unite during this difficult time for our Fatherland, including around the authorities,” the Interfax news agency quoted Kirill, 75, as saying at a sermon in the Russian capital.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia conducts a memorial service for the late leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Russia
Patriarch Kirill has previously made statements defending Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and views the war as a bulwark against a Western liberal culture that he considers decadent [File: Kirill Zykov/Moscow News Agency/Handout via Reuters]

“May the authorities to be filled with responsibility for their people, humility and the readiness to serve them even if it costs them their life,” added the patriarch, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.

He said once the population unites around the authorities, “there will be genuine solidarity and the ability to repel enemies both external and internal …”


Slovakia could sell howitzers to Ukraine: Defence minister

Slovakia could sell Ukraine some of its Zuzana self-propelled howitzers, said Defence Minister Jaroslav Nad.

“I can confirm that we are in talks [about the sale],” Nad said in a televised debate. He did not give further details.

The Zuzana 2 howitzer, a modernised version of an older model, is using 155mm rounds and has an effective range of 40-50km (25-31 miles) depending on ammunition type.


Ukrainian, German leaders discuss additional sanctions on Russia

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has discussed over the phone with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz “anti-Russian sanctions, defense and financial support for Ukraine”, he said on Twitter.

The two leaders also stressed that “all perpetrators of war crimes must be identified and punished”, Zelenskyy said.


‘Put the weapons down’: Pope Francis urges truce

Speaking in front of tens of thousands of people in the Italian square of St Peter, Pope Francis called for a truce in Ukraine.

“Put the weapons down!” he said at the end of a Palm Sunday service. “Let an Easter truce start. But not to rearm and resume combat but a truce to reach peace through real negotiations,” he added.

Pope Francis greet people after leading the Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican
Pope Francis greets people after leading the Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican [Remo Casilli/Reuters]

Two killed in Derhachi: Regional governor

Two people have been killed in Russian shelling in Derhachi, a city in the northeastern province of Kharkiv, regional Governor Oleh Sinegubov said on his Telegram channel. He added that 66 artillery attacks were carried out across several regions in the past 24 hours.


What is Russia’s ‘plan B’ in Ukraine?

After being pushed out of north Ukraine, Russia is now refocusing its forces on taking the east in what one military expert describes as an “all-or-nothing gamble”.


Where are people fleeing to?

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Russia confirms prisoner exchange with Ukraine

Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova confirmed that Russia and Ukraine carried out a prisoner exchange on Saturday.

Moskalkova said that among those handed to Russia were four employees of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and soldiers. “Early this morning they landed on the Russian soil,” Moskalkova said in an online post.


Nine humanitarian corridors set in eastern regions

Nine humanitarian corridors have been agreed for civilians to evacuate from the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on her Telegram channel.

“All the routes for the humanitarian corridors in the Luhansk region will work as long as there is a ceasefire by the occupying Russian troops,” Vereshchuk said. Evacuations will take place with both private vehicles and buses, she added.

People wait for a bus to go in a train station in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 7, 2022, as they flee the city in the Donbas region
People wait for a bus in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, as they flee the city in the Donbas region [Fadel Senna/AFP]

Mass grave found in Buzova: Local official

A grave with dozens of civilians has been found in the village of Buzova near Kyiv, a local official has said.

Taras Didych, head of the Dmytrivka community, said the bodies were found near a petrol station and the number of dead had yet to be confirmed.

The latest reported mass grave comes as Ukrainian forces regain control of areas surrounding the capital, discovering the damage Russian troops left behind as they focus their offensive on the east.


‘Ukraine will prevail’: EU top diplomat

“Ukraine will prevail and rise back even stronger,” said European Union top diplomat Josep Borrell Fontalles. “And the EU will continue to stand by you, every step of the way,” he added on Twitter.


More than 46,000 explosive devices defused to date: Emergency service

Ukraine’s State Emergency Service (SES) say its pyrotechnic units have neutralised more than 2,700 explosive devices in a day.

Since the war started, the SES said on its Telegram channel, 46,275 explosive devices have been defused.

A mine warning sign is seen in front of buildings that were destroyed by Russian shelling, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Borodyanka, Kyiv region,
A mine warning sign is seen in front of buildings destroyed by Russian shelling, in Borodyanka, Kyiv region [Zohra Bensemra/Reuters]

UK says Russia seeks to bolster armed forces

Russian forces are seeking to bolster troop numbers with personnel discharged from military service since 2012, British intelligence has said in its latest bulletin.

It added that Russia has been trying to recruit forces from the unrecognised Transnistria region of Moldova.


Russia hits school, two buildings in eastern Sievierodonetsk: local official

Russian shelling has hit a school and two high-rise buildings in the city of Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk, a local authority said.

“Fortunately, no casualties,” the region’s governor Serhiy Gaidai wrote on Telegram, adding that two elderly people were rescued, while one person was wounded in Dnipro after an industrial facility was hit.


Finland gears up for historic NATO decision

Finland is preparing for a potentially historic decision “before midsummer” on whether to apply to join NATO as a deterrent against Russian aggression.

The Nordic nation of 5.5 million has traditionally been militarily non-aligned, in part to avoid provoking its eastern neighbour, with which it shares a 1,300km (830-mile) border.

But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 saw public support for joining NATO double from 30 to 60 percent, according to a series of polls.


Russian shelling traps Mariupol residents

Russian forces’ shelling of Ukraine’s key port of Mariupol has collapsed several humanitarian corridors, making it more difficult for people to leave, The Associated Press reported.

It was unclear how many people remain trapped in the city, which had a pre-war population of 430,000. Ukrainian officials have put the number at about 100,000, but earlier this week, British defence officials said 160,000 people remained trapped in the city.

Ukrainian troops have refused to surrender the city, though much of it has been razed.


Ukrainian-Chilean families protest in Santiago

Dozens have gathered in front of the Russian embassy in Santiago to denounce the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with protesters – including Ukrainian residents of Chile – unfurling a large banner in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Some lay down, clutching stuffed animals to honour the child victims of the war. A large banner read, “Stand with Ukraine.”

“We are doing everything possible to help my people,” said Alina Prus, a Ukrainian resident in Chile. “Being here for many of us is a very emotional situation. Several of us have our families who are now living the horror of what war means.”

anti-war protest in Santiago
A boy holds the Ukrainian flag during an anti-war protest in Santiago [File: Pablo Sanhueza/Reuters]

Third prisoner swap under way

Kyiv says 26 Ukrainians are returning home following a prisoner exchange with Russia.

“On the order of President Zelenskyy, the third prisoner exchange took place. Twelve of our servicemen are returning home, including one female officer,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Telegram.

Fourteen civilians, including nine women, were also on their way home, she added.


Zelenskyy: ‘It is important to stop this war’

The Ukrainian president says he is committed to pressing for peace as he renewed his plea for countries to send more weapons ahead of an expected surge in fighting in the country’s east.

He spoke in an interview with The Associated Press a day after at least 52 people were killed in an attack on a train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk.

“No one wants to negotiate with a person or people who tortured this nation. It’s all understandable. And as a man, as a father, I understand this very well,” Zelenskyy said. But “we don’t want to lose opportunities, if we have them, for a diplomatic solution”.

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Displaced Ukrainian football club opens tour

Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk has opened a series of charity games on a government-backed “Global Tour for Peace”, wearing the names of heavily bombarded cities on its jerseys.

The tour aims to raise money for Ukraine’s military in the war against Russia, and also help displaced Ukrainian refugees. Its first game on Saturday was a 1-0 loss to Greek league leader Olympiacos.

Football clubs around Europe have been offering to play games against Ukrainian clubs and host young players.

Ukraine football club
The match between Olympiacos and Shakhtar Donetsk was at Karaiskaki Stadium in Piraeus, Greece [Louiza Vradi/Reuters]

Kyiv suburb’s residents line up for food

Civilians remaining in Bucha are lining up for food donated by a local church in the battered Kyiv suburb where Ukrainian forces and journalists reported evidence of war crimes after Russian soldiers withdrew.

Volunteer Petro Denysyuk told The Associated Press that he and fellow church friends started providing a wide array of basic foods and hot meals.

“We have gathered together with the youth from our church and prepared food for the needy,” Denysyuk said. “We prepared pilaf, boiled eggs, prepared meat, sausages, noodles.”


Russia’s ‘imperial illusions’ must be defeated: Ukraine

Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak says President Zelenskyy and Russian President Putin will not meet until after Ukraine had defeated Russia in the east, which would bolster Ukraine’s negotiating position.

“We are paying a very high price. But Russia must get rid of its imperial illusions,” he said, according to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Ukrainian officials have urged civilians in the east of the country to flee. On Friday, officials said more than 50 people were killed in a missile attack on a train station in the city of Kramatorsk in Donetsk, where thousands of people had gathered to evacuate.


‘Never be bullied again’, says UK PM, offering weaponry

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered financial and military support during a surprise visit to Ukraine.

At a meeting in Kyiv, Johnson told Zelenskyy that Britain would provide armoured vehicles and anti-ship missile systems, along with additional support for World Bank loans.

The support aims to ensure “Ukraine can never be bullied again, never will be blackmailed again, never will be threatened in the same way again,” Johnson said.


‘Hard battle’ coming, Ukraine president warns

Ukraine is ready for a tough battle with Russian forces amassing in the east of the country, Zelenskyy says.

The Ukrainian leader met Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer in Kyiv, warning in a joint news conference that while the threat to the capital had receded, it was rising in the east.

“This will be a hard battle, we believe in this fight and our victory. We are ready to simultaneously fight and look for diplomatic ways to put an end to this war,” Zelenskyy said.


Ukraine says 4,532 people evacuated from cities

A total of 4,532 people have been evacuated from Ukrainian cities through humanitarian corridors on Saturday, fewer than the 6,665 who escaped on Friday, according to a senior official.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, made the announcement in an online post.


Five killed in east Ukraine shelling: Donetsk governor

Russian shelling has killed five civilians and wounded five others in two east Ukrainian cities, the local governor said on Telegram.

“Today, five people were killed after Russian shelling in the region of Donetsk,” Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko posted on Telegram. Four of them died in the city of Vuhledar, and one in the town of Novomykhalivka, he added.


YouTube blocks Russian parliament channel

YouTube has blocked Duma TV, which broadcasts from Russia’s lower house of parliament, drawing an angry response from officials who said the world’s most popular streaming service could face restrictions in response.

On Saturday, a message on YouTube said the Duma channel had been “terminated for a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service”.

YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s GOOGL.O, has been under pressure from Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor and officials were quick to respond.

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