For weeks, Russian forces withdrew from the Ukrainian capital to focus on capturing the eastern regions of the country. But Friday proved that Kyiv is still far from safe.
Russia said it had attacked a factory just outside the city for the production of anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, and claimed the attack was in response to a Ukrainian helicopter attack on a village. of Russia.
Ukraine denies it carried out that attack.
Moscow then warned it would respond to any Ukrainian attack on Russian territory by hitting Kyiv with more missiles.
Civilian bodies found in Kyiv region, police say
The discovery of bodies in areas around the Ukrainian capital continues, more than a week after Russian troops left the area.
“Unfortunately, I can say that we have found the bodies of 900 dead civilians and transferred them to forensic experts,” Kyiv Regional Police Chief Andriy Nebytov said on Friday.
He added that more than 350 bodies have been recovered from Bucha – where there is evidence of atrocities that led to alleged war crimes against the Russian military, which Moscow has vehemently denied.
Moscow sends a warning to the US
Russia has told the United States that there will be “unforeseen consequences” if it refuses to stop sending weapons to Ukraine.
The Washington Post first reported that a note had been sent to the Biden administration.
The US recently announced that more sophisticated offensive weapons would be sent to Ukraine as part of an $800m (£612m) package.
Ukraine’s battle for control of the sky
Much of the focus of the war in Ukraine so far has been on the ground war – but the fight for domination of the skies is equally important.
“Past wars have shown that whoever has the upper hand in the air wins the war,” said Captain Vasyl Kravchuk.
US says Russian warship was sunk by Ukrainian missile
Information is still dripping about a Russian warship that was sunk on Thursday – yet many questions and contradictions remain unanswered.
Moscow said the Moskva, flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, was being towed to port when “turbulent seas” caused it to sink. Kyiv said their missile hit the warship.
The US now says it also believes the cruiser was hit by two Ukrainian missiles.
Ukraine said the captain of the warship was killed on board, but this has not been confirmed.
Please annoy Putin, says German minister
Germans are being urged to reduce their heating levels and use trains or bicycles during Easter to help reduce their dependence on Russian gas and oil.
Economy Minister Robert Habeck said: “It’s easy with the wallet and makes Putin uncomfortable.
Germany is under pressure from several other EU countries to agree to a complete ban on Russian energy, but it is now dependent on Russia for 40% of its gas and a quarter of its oil.
Ukrainian churches will be closed on Orthodox Easter
Churches in Ukraine will be closed during the curfew for the Orthodox Easter Sunday, April 24.
The news was reported by the Ukrainian police, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
The consecration of the Easter basket will still be held, but the curfew will also be respected.