Russia threatens to intensify the bombing of kyiv

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New prisoner exchange between Moscow and kyiv on Thursday in southern Ukraine

A new exchange of prisoners of war took place on Thursday between Moscow and kyiv in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine partially under Russian control, the Ukrainian military announced on Friday. “After tense negotiations, we managed to reach agreements on a prisoner exchange in the Posad-Pokrovske village area, where four prisoners of the Russian army were exchanged for our five.”the army’s southern command said on its Facebook page.

The regional capital, Kherson, has been under the control of the Russian army since the beginning of March, as have several other towns in this coastal region. Several exchanges of soldiers and civilians between the Ukrainians and Russians have already taken place since the beginning of the invasion on February 24, without being systematically confirmed by the two sides.

On Thursday, kyiv announced that 30 Ukrainians had been freed in a new prisoner swap, without specifying the number of Russian soldiers released in exchange. The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, a pair of ailleurs proposed this week to change the proche of Vladimir Poutine and pro-Kremlin magnat Viktor Medvedtchouk, arrested Tuesday for kyiv after being transferred from an assignment to a residence, against the Ukrainiens captured by Russia. But the Kremlin dismissed this idea.

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A vehicle drives through a hole in a damaged bridge on the outskirts of kyiv on April 8, 2022.

You Moscow It was what is called a cruise. In other words, a very imposing type of ship (more than 13,000 tons), 186 meters in length, capable of coordinating operations and commanding several other ships at the same time. Hence its name “flagship”. Only Russia, the United States, China, Japan and South Korea currently have this type of ship. France, like other Western navies, does not have an equivalent building.

Originally designed as an aircraft carrier destroyer, the Moscow it was equipped with an impressive arsenal: Bazalt/Voulkan anti-ship missiles, Fort missiles, the long-range naval version of the S-300 missiles, and short-range Ossa missiles. It also had rocket launchers, cannons and torpedoes. Relatively old, however, it was not capable of firing the famous Kalibr cruise missiles, which were used extensively at the beginning of the Russian offensive. These jewels of the Russian army, very manageable, at short or long range (up to 1,500 or 2,500 kilometers depending on the case), are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

In Borodyanka northeast of kyiv

A policeman walks through the rubble of destroyed houses in the village of Borodianka, northeast of kyiv, on April 14, 2022.
Men near a burned bus and a damaged school in Borodianka on April 14, 2022.
To Borodianka, on April 14, 2022.

Russia threatens to intensify attacks in kyiv

While Moscow said it was focusing its offensive on Donbass and eastern Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday that it had bombed an arms factory near kyiv. These would be workshops for the production and repair of long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as anti-ship missiles from the Vizar factory, the ministry said. Explosions and anti-aircraft alerts sounded during the night from Thursday to Friday in the region of the Ukrainian capital.

Russia warned thus: “The number and scale of missile attacks on the kyiv sites will increase in response to any terrorist-type attacks and sabotage carried out on Russian territory by the nationalist regime in kyiv. »

On Thursday, Moscow accused Ukraine of bombing two Russian border villages, including one with helicopters. The Russian investigative committee, in charge of the main investigations, assured that two Ukrainian helicopters “equipped with heavy weapons” entered Russia and proceeded to “at least six strikes in apartment buildings in the village of Klimovo”, in Bryansk Oblast. Later, the governor of the Belgorod region, which also borders Ukraine, also accused the Ukrainian forces of shelling a village, that of Spodariouchino. Ukraine had denied these accusations.

In addition, Russia said it had killed about 30 “Polish mercenaries” in a strike carried out in northeastern Ukraine. “As a result of the strike, a detachment of mercenaries from a Polish private military company (…) was liquidated in the village of Izyumske, in the Kharkiv region. Up to 30 Polish mercenaries were eliminated”Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

Five people killed in Donbass, explosions south of kyiv

Five people were killed in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, in the past 24 hours when explosions rang out overnight south of kyiv, apparently causing no damage or injuries, the Ukrainian presidency announced on Friday. Control of all of Donbass, partially in the hands of pro-Russian separatists since 2014, has been the priority objective of the Russian army since the end of March.

In the largest Donbass region, Donetsk, where “The fighting is taking place along the front line”, three people died and seven were injured, according to the presidency. The other region of this mining basin, Lugansk, was the scene of twenty-four bombardments that left two dead and two wounded, the same source indicated.

In the kyiv region, “Explosions were heard in Vassylkiv district (southwest of kyiv). According to the first information, the anti-aircraft defense went into action», according to this daily point of the presidency, which is based on information sent by regional authorities. Anti-aircraft alerts have sounded several times since Thursday night in the capital region, the latter’s governor, Oleksandr Pavliuk, said on his Telegram account. Although Russian troops withdrew from the kyiv region in late March, anti-aircraft alerts there remain fairly frequent.

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Before its sinking, the Russian Ministry of Defense had acknowledged, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, that this 186-meter-long missile ship had been “heavily damaged” by a fire that caused the explosion of ammunition and that its crew of more than 500 men had been evacuated.

As for what is at stake in this loss, it is ” A hit “ posed to the Russian fleet in the region, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday, with “consequences on his abilities” of combat, being the ship a “key element of their efforts to establish naval dominance in the Black Sea”.

You Moskva “provided air cover for other vessels during their operations, including ground bombardment and landing maneuvers”For his part, the spokesman for the Odessa regional military administration, Sergey Bratchuk, detailed on Telegram.

Whatever the circumstances of the sinking, it is one of Russia’s greatest setbacks and a great humiliation. Ukraine’s president hit the nail on the head in his evening ritual video message by referring to Ukrainians as “those who proved that Russian ships can only go to the bottom”.

The CIA does not rule out the “potential use of low-yield nuclear weapons” by Russia

Given the military setbacks suffered by the Russians in Ukraine, “None of us can take lightly the threat posed by the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons”CIA chief William Burns said Thursday during a speech in Atlanta, while recalling the absence of “concrete signs” worrying on the ground. The Kremlin has talked about putting its nuclear forces on alert, “But we haven’t really seen any concrete signs like military deployments or measures that might add to our concerns.”Mr. Burns added.

Russia recognizes the loss of the “Moskva” but continues to invoke a “fire”

the cruise Moscowflagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, damaged during the offensive against Ukraine, has sunk, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday night. “When towing the cruiser Moscow towards the port of destination, the ship lost stability due to the damage suffered in the hull by the fire after the detonation of the ammunition. In rough sea conditions, the ship sank.”the ministry said, quoted by the state news agency TASS.

More than 500 civilians killed in Kharkiv since the beginning of the invasion

More than 500 civilians, including 24 children, have been killed in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, according to a video posted Thursday on his Telegram channel, Oleh Synehoubov. , the governor of the region, whose capital Kharkiv was heavily bombed by the Russian army. In the previous 24 hours, the region had suffered 34 attacks, leaving one dead and eight wounded, Synehoubov said.

Canada to send 150 soldiers on humanitarian mission to Poland

Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand announced Thursday that she was sending 150 soldiers on a humanitarian mission to Poland. The country bordering Ukraine currently hosts more than half of the 4.7 million Ukrainian refugees.

Ukraine Post CEO Igor Smelyansky holds postage stamps showing a Ukrainian service member and a Russian warship depicting the 'Moskva' guided missile cruiser, which sank on Thursday, at the company's headquarters in kyiv, Ukraine, on April 14, 2022.

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