War in Ukraine: the Russians leave Chernobyl, Zelensky fires two “traitors”… the news of the conflict

To follow the news related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine this Friday, April 1, which marks the 37th day of the conflict.

– Ukraine attacks a fuel depot in the Russian city of Belgorod

Two Ukrainian military helicopters struck a fuel depot in the Russian city of Belgorod on Friday (April 1) after crossing the border at low altitude, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

The resulting fire injured two workers, Vyacheslav Gladkov added, while parts of the city, located near the Ukrainian border, were evacuated.

– The Russians would have left the Chernobyl power plant with hostages

An announcement made this Thursday night March 31 by Ukrainian officials: the Russians who had occupied the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant since the beginning of the conflict would have abandoned the facilities.

But they would not have left with nothing: in addition to regular looting with the theft of some very expensive equipment and others, members of the National Guard of Ukraine were taken hostage.

– Volodymyr Zelensky announced the dismissal of two “traitors”

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced in a video published on the night of Thursday, March 31, to Friday, April 1, that he had had to dismiss two generals from his army whom he accuses of “treason.”

“Regarding the antiheroes. I don’t have time to deal with all the traitors right away. But gradually, they will all be punished. That is why the former head of the Main Internal Security Department of the Security Service, Naumov Andriy Olehovych, and the former head of the Security Service Office of the Kherson region, Kryvoruchko Serhiy Oleksandrovych, are no longer generals.”

– Photos show Russian attacks on grain stocks in Ukraine

US government images seen by Reuters show what a US official described as damage to grain storage facilities in eastern Ukraine.

The two black-and-white images show long, rectangular buildings in eastern Ukraine, first intact in January and then showing roofs damaged by what one legend calls “impact craters” in March.

The US official, commenting on the footage, said the US had information Russian forces were repeatedly damaging grain storage facilities in Ukraine.

“As of the end of March, at least six grain storage facilities have been damaged by these attacks,” it said.

World officials are currently concerned about the consequences of the invasion of Ukraine, the world’s fourth largest grain exporter in 2020/21, on the global food supply.

“Russia’s damage to these grain silos is a stark example of how Putin’s war directly affects civilians in Ukraine and threatens global food security,” the official said.

“As countries in Africa and the Middle East depend on Ukraine’s wheat exports, the destruction of these food stocks and storage facilities could cause shortages and increase prices in economies that are already vulnerable,” he said.

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