Live Updates | 7 killed near Kharkiv; explosion felt in the past

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A major explosion has hit Ukraine’s eastern city of Kramtorsk, where a missile attack on a train station a week ago killed more than 50 people and injured dozens.

Associated Press reporters in the city heard rockets or missiles then exploded, followed by sirens on Friday afternoon. It was not immediately clear who was killed or whether there were casualties.

Eyewitnesses first reported the explosion around 2 a.m. south of the capital, Keijiv, but the source was unclear.

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KYIV, Ukraine – Seven people have been killed and 27 injured when Russian forces opened fire on buses carrying civilians in the Ukrainian village of Borovaya, near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, a spokesman for the regional prosecutor’s office said. On Friday, Ukraine’s Suspilane told the news website.

Ukrainian law enforcement agencies are working to establish the circumstances of the attack, said Dmitry Chubenko. He said investigators are also establishing the routes and destinations of vehicles carrying civilians in the Russian-controlled area around Borovaya.

Chubenko said that Ukrainian authorities had initiated criminal proceedings in connection with the premeditated murder of a suspect “violation of the laws and customs of war.”

The claims could not be independently verified.

The UN Human Rights Office says at least 1,964 civilians have been killed since the start of the Russian offensive on February 24, as of April 13. The office believes the numbers are much higher, with information on some areas being delayed by hostilities and other reports pending confirmation.

Ukrainian officials say thousands and thousands more people have died in the war.

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Major Developments in the Russo-Ukraine War:

— Russian army sinks damaged Black Sea flagship

– Zelensky praises the nation’s resolve as Russia loses important ship

– Criminal charges against Russian legislator and two aides in the US

– UN says Ukraine war threatens to destroy many poor countries

– Associated Press interview: UN food chief says Mariupol is starving

— Visit https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for more coverage

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Other Developments:

KYIV, Ukraine — Mariupol city council said on Friday that local residents report that Russian troops are digging up bodies already buried in residential courtyards and not allowing any new burials of “people killed by them”. are.

“A watchman has been appointed in each courtyard and Mariupol is not allowing residents to take rest to the dead relatives or friends. According to a statement on the messaging app Telegram, why the excavation is being done and where the bodies will be taken is unknown.

The claim could not be independently verified.

Earlier this month, Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko told the Associated Press that Russian forces had brought mobile cremation equipment to the city to dispose of the bodies of victims of the siege.

Boychenko said the Russian military was moving several bodies to a huge shopping center with storage facilities and refrigerators. “Mobile cremations have come in the form of trucks: you open it, and there’s a pipe inside and these bodies are burned,” he said.

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MOSCOW — Russia’s defense ministry on Friday pledged to increase the “scale of missile attacks” on Kyiv in response to Ukraine’s “turn on Russian territory.”

The statement came a day after Russian officials accused the Ukrainian military of launching airstrikes on residential buildings in an area of ​​the country on the border with Ukraine, injuring seven people.

According to Russian officials, about 100 residential buildings were damaged in Thursday’s attack on the village of Klimovo in the Bryansk region. The Defense Ministry said that Russian forces in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter that was allegedly involved in an attack on the Bryansk region.

Authorities in another border region, Belgorod, also reported on Thursday about Ukrainian shelling.

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LONDON: The loss of Russia’s navy chief could force Moscow to change the way its naval forces operate in the Black Sea, Britain’s Defense Ministry says.

Moscow sank after being damaged under disputed circumstances. Ukraine says it attacked the ship with missiles, while Moscow admitted that there was fire on board but no attack.

In an update posted on social media on Friday, the UK’s Defense Ministry said the Soviet-era ship, which returned to operational service last year after a major overhaul, “will serve as both a command vessel and an air defense node”. played an important role.”

It said the sinking meant Russia has now suffered damage to two major naval assets since invading Ukraine, the first being Russia’s Alligator-class landing ship Saratov on March 24. Both events will likely prompt Russia to review its maritime currency in the Black Sea.

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KYIV, Ukraine – President Volodymyr Zelensky told Ukrainians on Thursday that they should be proud to have survived 50 days under Russian attack after the Russians “gave us a maximum of five.”

In his late-night video address, Zelensky described it as “the achievement of millions of Ukrainians, all those who made the most important decision of their lives on February 24 – to fight.”

Zelensky gave a comprehensive and almost poetic list of the many ways in which Ukrainians have helped stop Russian troops, including “those who showed that Russian warships could go away, even when it was under sea”. It was his only reference to the Russian missile cruiser Moskva, which sank while being taken to port.

Zelensky said he remembered the first day of the invasion when many world leaders, unsure whether Ukraine could survive, advised him to leave the country.

“But they didn’t know how brave Ukrainians are, how much we value freedom and the possibility to live the way we want,” Zelensky said.

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OTTAWA, Ontario – Canada is sending troops to Poland to help care for, coordinate and resettle Ukrainian refugees, some of whom are arriving in Canada.

More than 2.6 million Ukrainians have fled to Poland and more than 2 million other surrounding countries since the first Russian army crossing into Ukraine on 24 February.

Defense Minister Anita Anand announced the deployment of 150 troops on Thursday, saying most of the deployed troops would head to reception centers across Poland to help care for and register refugees from Ukraine.

Another group is being sent to help coordinate international aid efforts.

Canada has deployed hundreds of additional troops to Eastern Europe since Russia’s invasion as the NATO military alliance seeks to both support Ukraine and prevent the conflict from expanding into a wider war.

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KYIV, Ukraine – The head of the United Nations World Food Program said people were being “starved to death” in the besieged city of Mariupol, Ukraine, and predicted the country’s humanitarian crisis was likely to worsen as Russia approaches. In weeks his attack will intensify.

WFP executive director David Beasley warned in an interview with The Associated Press in Kyiv on Thursday that Russia’s invasion of grain-exporting Ukraine risks destabilizing nations far from its shores and making them seek better lives elsewhere. could trigger waves of migrants in

The war that began on February 24 was “devastating people in Ukraine,” Beasley said, lamenting the lack of access faced by the WFP and other aid organizations in trying to reach those in need amid the conflict.

The fluid nature of the conflict, which has seen fighting move away from areas around the capital and toward eastern Ukraine, has made it particularly difficult to reach hungry Ukrainians.

The WFP is now trying to supply food to areas that could be mired in fighting, but Beasley acknowledged there are “a lot of complications” as the situation evolves rapidly.

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