Day 50th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)

Defense Express collects operative information on Russia's invasion of Ukraine – official sources and senior Ukrainian authorities' announcements
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A destroyed self propelled artillery unit is seen on a road near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. / Photo credit: Felipe Dana / Associated Press
A destroyed self propelled artillery unit is seen on a road near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. / Photo credit: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

After two and a half months of defense, Ukraine managed to reclaim some of its territories and the main efforts of both sides are focused on Eastern Ukraine, where the Hero City of Mariupol is still resisting in full blockade almost from the very first days of Russian invasion. Meanwhile, Western allies of Ukraine accelerate the arms supplies. There was no a slightest chance many of those countries would ever give any heavy offensive weapons to anyone. Now tanks, artillery and aircraft are on the way to Ukraine. And this process will only grow faster with every passing day

Brief facts:

  • Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukraine’s Parliament) recognizes Russian army's actions in Ukraine as genocide of Ukrainian people.
  • The 4th prisoner swap with Russia took place today by order of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
  • Defense Intelligence of Ukraine gets documents about Russia's initial plans to take Kyiv.
  • russia's flagship "Moskva" ("Moskow") was hit by Ukraine's Neptune missile, find the video below in the feed
  • US President Joe Biden adopted a $800 million military aid package including artillery, APCs and helicopters
  • OSCE has published a 100-page report on violations of international humanitarian law and war crimes in Ukraine
  • Satellite images show that Russia is building up military air forces within the Lipetsk-2 airfield in Lipetsk Region.
  • Side note: news are marked in accordance with the Kyiv time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), GMT/UTC+2

    Read more: Ukraine’s Artillery Unit Performs High-Precision Strike and Destroys russian Armor (Video)

    Latest news:

    23:35 Russian Ministry of Defense reported via state media TASS that warship Moskva sinks in Black Sea. "During the towing of the cruiser Moskva to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to hull damage received during a fire from the detonation of ammunition. In the conditions of stormy seas, the ship sank," the statement said according to TASS.

    The russia’s Black Sea flagship 'Moskva' was demeged with
    The russia’s Black Sea flagship 'Moskva' was demeged with "Neptune" missiles

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine said that russia’s Black Sea flagship 'Moskva' was demeged with "Neptune" missiles on Wednesday, April 14. The information was provided by the Head of the Odesa region military administration Maksym Marchenko and confirmed in the Presidential Office.

    23:20 The President of Ukraine held negotiations with the leader of France Emmanuel Macron. "They discussed the investigation of Russian crimes and the negotiation process. We want peace in Ukraine, in Europe," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

    23:01 International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan visited the Ukrainian towns of Bucha and Borodyanka this week, where mass graves and murdered civilians were discovered in early April following the Russian forces’ withdrawal from northern Ukraine.

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan during visit in Kyiv
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan during visit in Kyiv

    “Ukraine is a crime scene. We’re here because we have reasonable grounds to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC are being committed. We have to pierce the fog of war to get to the truth,” Khan said after visiting Bucha on Wednesday, according to a tweet by the ICC. “The voices of those impacted by alleged crimes must be at the centre of our independent work to establish the truth. Survivors and the families of victims will be full partners in our collective efforts to deliver justice,” Khan said. On Wednesday, Khan met Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova in Kyiv to cooperate on an independent ICC investigation.

    Khan and Venediktova agreed to deepen engagement and strengthen partnerships to deliver accountability for international crimes committed in Ukraine, the ICC tweeted.

    The ICC formally opened an investigation into the situation in Ukraine on March 2.

    22:41 Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chair of Russia's Security Council, warned in a statement Thursday Russia's military would “more than double” its forces in Russia’s Western flank should Sweden and Finland join NATO. Ground- and air-defense forces would be beefed up, he wrote on Telegram, and Russia would deploy “significant naval forces” in the Gulf of Finland. If Sweden and Finland join NATO, Medevedev added, “it will no longer be possible to talk about any non-nuclear status of the Baltic — the balance must be restored."

    mitry Medvedev, deputy chair of Russia's Security Council, speaks in Moscow, Russia in 2021. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
    mitry Medvedev, deputy chair of Russia's Security Council, speaks in Moscow, Russia in 2021. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

    22:30 The operational and tactical group "East": On Thursday, April 14, in the area of responsibility Ukrainian defenders killed 30 occupiers and four units of equipment of the occupiers. One armored personnel carrier and one artillery system were also destroyed.

    22:18 The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report: Since Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, has recorded 4,577 civilian casualties in the country: 1,964 killed and 2,613 injured. In particular, among those killed are 507 men, 319 women, 34 girls, and 55 boys, as well as 673 children and 977 adults whose sex is yet unknown.

    Those injured include 304 men, 222 women, 53 girls, and 55 boys, as well as 144 children and 1,835 adults whose sex is yet unknown. It is noted that most the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes.

    “OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration. This concerns, for example, Mariupol and Volnovakha (Donetsk region), Izium (Kharkiv region), Popasna (Luhansk region), and Irpin (Kyiv region), where there are allegations of numerous civilian casualties. These figures are being further corroborated and are not included in the above statistics,” the office said.

    One year old Vlad with his mother Natasha are seen inside an indoor sports stadium being used as a refugee center, in the village of Medyka, a border crossing between Poland and Ukraine, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    21:20 The head of the Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration Oleh Syniehubov said on Telegram: During the day, the Russians inflicted 34 strikes with MLRS and artillery on the districts of Kharkiv. Zolochiv and nearby settlements were shelled. During the day, as a result of Russian shelling in the oblast, 8 civilians were injured, 1 person was killed.

    The Izium direction remains difficult in the oblast, and fighting continues there. Special operations forces blew up a bridge with Russian equipment bound for Izium. These are the armored car "Tiger", KAMAZ and three "Urals". Our fighters destroyed the entire enemy column.

    21:00 Mykola Lukashuk, the chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, wrote this on Telegram: The Russian military launched a missile strike on Dnipropetrovsk region. One building was destroyed.

    "There has been one enemy missile strike today. In the Synelnykivskyi district on the border with Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions, a rocket hit a non-residential premises. The building is partially destroyed. Fortunately, there were no casualties. Experts are trying to find out which missile was used,” he wrote.

    According to him, there are currently no Russian forces in Dnipropetrovsk region. Demining of territories in the region continues. Today sappers of the State Emergency Service conducted demining clearance in the Kryvyi Rih district. Almost 160 shells were demined in Malaya Kostromka. The work is underway and will go on.

    20:47 The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov has said: "The Russian invasion of Ukraine was planned for February 22, and the Ukrainian authorities were preparing for the attack on that day"

    "We were aware of what would happen on the territory of our country. Moreover, the date of the attack was not February 24, but February 22. They were supposed to attack our country on February 22 in the format that we have now... We have a clear idea, that it should have been the 22nd. Our scouts in battle received orders that were issued on the 22nd and then corrected for the 24th," Danilov said in an interview with BBC, which was released on Thursday.

    The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, photo Svyatoslav Khomenko, BBC
    The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, photo Svyatoslav Khomenko, BBC

    According to the NSDC secretary, the only surprise for Kyiv was that the occupiers used the territory of Belarus for the invasion. "There were discussions about this, but in the end we thought that it would be different. But it happened as it happened," Danilov said.

    20:00 The United Arab Emirates has sent a plane to Ukraine with 50 tons of humanitarian cargo and ambulances.

    19:20 The General Staff reports on the situation in various areas of defense:

    • The situation in the Volyn and Polissya areas has not changed significantly. There is a movement of units of the Russian 36th General Army of the Eastern Military District by rail from Gomel Oblast. The threat of missile strikes from the territory of Belarus remains.
    • The enemy regroups units to draw them to the border in the northern direction. From the territory of the Bryansk and Kursk regions, the military is transferred to Belgorod and Voronezh oblasts of Russia.
    • In the Slobozhanshchyna direction, the occupiers are conducting reconnaissance of probable areas of attack, increasing the system of reconnaissance and medical support. Stocks are being replenished. The partial blockade and shelling of Kharkiv continue.
    • In Belgorod, the enemy deployed a unit of information and psychological operations of the armed forces of the Russian Federation to influence civilians and the military in Kharkiv Oblast.
    • The occupiers continue to prepare for active action in the areas of Slovyansk and Barvinkove.
    • In the Donetsk direction, the enemy, with the support of aircraft and artillery, continues to attack in certain directions. The main efforts are focused on establishing control over the settlements of Popasna, Rubizhne, Sievierodonetsk, and Slovyansk.
    • The enemy unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses in the areas of Rubizhne, Novotoshkivske, and Maryinka. Then it continued to launch air strikes on Mariupol.
    • The situation in the South Buh area has not changed significantly.
    • In the Black Sea and Azov operational zones, enemy naval groups continue to carry out tasks to isolate the area of hostilities and reconnaissance.

    18:59 US defence official: Damaged Russian warship still 'battling fire'.

    As The Guardian reports, United States believes the russian warship Moskva is still dealing with a fire, Reuters cites a senior US defence official as saying.

    The ship is believed to have experienced significant damage and is thought to be heading to Sevastopol, Crimea, the official said: “Our assessment is that she still appears to be battling a fire on board.”

    russia’s defence ministry said the crew had been evacuated and measures were being taken to tow the ship back to port, after an explosion of ammunition on board that Ukraine said was caused by a missile strike.

    The US official said the US cannot confirm what caused the fire on the Moskva.

    “It very well could have been from an external source like like a missile. That that range is not out of range for a Neptune. Sixty miles is well within the Neptune’s effective range. But it also could have been something else. So again, … we’re just being careful here.”

    Russia’s Black Sea Flagship 'Moskva', Burns After Missile Strike By Two Neptune Anti-Ship Missiles, Defense Express
    Russia’s Black Sea Flagship 'Moskva', Burns After Missile Strike By Two Neptune Anti-Ship Missiles / Collage by OPInfo

    18:45 Verkhovna Rada recognizes Russian army's actions in Ukraine as genocide of Ukrainian people.

    During a session on Thursday, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution by which it approved a statement recognizing the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people, according to the draft resolution on the parliament's website.

    "The actions committed by the Russian armed forces are not just a crime of aggression, but pursue the goal of systematic and consistent destruction of the Ukrainian people, their identity and deprivation of their right to self-determination and independent development. This requires immediate recognition of the actions committed by the Russian armed forces during the last phase of the Russian armed aggression against Ukraine, which started on February 24, 2022, with the genocide of the Ukrainian people," the MPs said in the explanatory note to the resolution.

    Verkhovna Rada recognizes Russian army's actions in Ukraine as genocide of Ukrainian people, Defense Express
    Verkhovna Rada recognizes Russian army's actions in Ukraine as genocide of Ukrainian people / Photo credit: facebook.com/sluganarodu.official

    The resolution also provides for sending appeals from the Verkhovna Rada to the UN, PACE, the European Parliament, the OSCE PA, the NATO PA, governments and parliaments of foreign states regarding the recognition of the actions of the Russian military in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people.

    According to the Dom television channel, some 363 MPs voted for this resolution on Thursday, April 14.

    18:15 Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba: Ukraine needs more weapons to unlock Mariupol; we working with partners to get them.

    To unlock Mariupol, Ukraine needs more weapons, and Ukraine is working with partners to get them, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.

    "Mariupol is in a desperate situation. It is extremely painful to receive news from there. We are doing everything possible to support the civilian population and the defenders of Mariupol. But in order to unlock Mariupol and save them, we need more weapons and we are working with partners to get it," Kuleba said at a briefing with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney in Kyiv on Thursday, April 14.

    Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine needs more weapons to unlock Mariupol; we working with partners to get them., Defense Express
    Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba: Ukraine needs more weapons to unlock Mariupol; we working with partners to get them.

    He said "if Ukraine does not receive all the necessary weapons within days, not weeks, this will mean that more civilians will be killed, more atrocities will be committed and more Ukrainian villages and cities will be destroyed as a result of the Russian offensive."

    17:45 Ukrainian paratroopers from Lviv liberate several localities in southern Ukraine.

    The service members of the air assault units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated several populated localities in southern Ukraine from Russian troops.

    "The units of the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have recently conducted a brilliant operation to eliminate the units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. Due to certain circumstances, we cannot disclose in detail the progress of this operation. However, it should be noted that the Lviv paratroopers were very successful," the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted on Facebook.

    Ukrainian paratroopers from Lviv liberate several localities in southern Ukraine, Defense Express

    Necessary measures were taken in advance to detect and suppress fire control points, firepower, and other important enemy targets. After that, the air assault units carried out offensive operations.

    "Having suffered significant losses, the Russian occupiers were demoralized and began to retreat, leaving their positions. As a result, Lviv paratroopers liberated several Ukrainian populated localities from occupation," the report reads.

    16:35 The Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine: Russia starts implementing plan to carry out terrorist attacks in its territory.

    Russia's special services have started implementing its plan to carry out terrorist attacks throughout the country and accuse Ukraine of them.

    “The enemy special services have started implementing this plan to promote anti-Ukrainian hysteria in Russia. As of April 14, several ‘terrorist attacks’ on the Russian border were already reported. The Russian leadership accuses Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups of committing them,” the Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine posted on Telegram.

    Propaganda media outlets reported, citing the Kursk region governor, that a Russian border patrol came under fire in Korenevo district on April 13. The report says that the shots allegedly came from a forest strip on Ukrainian territory.

    The FSB of the Russian Federation also reported that a border checkpoint in the Bryansk region had been shelled by Ukrainian forces on April 14. Two vehicles were damaged, no one was injured.

    14:45 The 4th prisoner swap with Russia took place today by order of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

    "Five officers and 17 service members were exchanged. Eight civilians, including one woman, were also released," - Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk posted on Telegram.

    Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk, Defense Express
    Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk

    According to the official, a total of 30 Ukrainian citizens are going home today.

    The 3rd prisoner exchange was held on April 9. Twelve Ukrainian service members returned home, including one woman officer. Fourteen civilians, including nine women, were also released.

    15:05 Defense Intelligence of Ukraine: Ukrainian intelligence gets documents about Russia's initial plans to take Kyiv.

    Ukrainian intelligence has received documentary evidence of the intentions of the Russian leadership to take control of the left-bank part of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

    That's according to a statement of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Ukrinform reports.

    "Documents obtained by the Ukrainian military intelligence show the intentions of the occupiers to capture the Ukrainian capital. In particular, a grouping of Russian troops 'Center,' which operated in the Chernihiv and Sumy directions, was tasked with capturing the left-bank part of Kyiv," the statement said.

    Ukrainian intelligence has received documentary evidence of the intentions of the Russian leadership to take control of the left-bank part of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, Defense Express
    Ukrainian intelligence has received documentary evidence of the intentions of the Russian leadership to take control of the left-bank part of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv

    According to the statement, this is stated in a combat order issued to the commander of the 96th Separate Reconnaissance Brigade, which he received from the headquarters of the 1st Guards Tank Army of the Western Military District. The document outlines the phases of the offensive and the tasks for the brigade personnel.

    According to the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, the analysis of the enemy's combat documents reveals their real plans to capture the Ukrainian capital, whereas statements by Russian politicians and propagandists about a voluntary retreat of Russian forces from around Kyiv are another lie and the intention to cover up the defeat of the invading forces.

    14.30 Defense Intelligence of Ukraine: Two Ukrainian pilots released from Russian captivity.

    Two Ukrainian pilots, Ivan Pepelyashko and Oleksiy Chyzh, were taken prisoner on March 8 near the village of Nova Basan in Chernihiv Oblast, - The Kyiv Independent reports, citing a post on official page of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on Facebook.

    Defense Intelligence of Ukraine: Two Ukrainian pilots released from Russian captivity, Defense Express
    Defense Intelligence of Ukraine: Two Ukrainian pilots released from Russian captivity

    It’s not clear whether they were released under the recent prisoner swap or separately. In captivity, the pilots were relocated several times before they ended up in the Kursk pre-trial detention center, where they were kept in a cell with eight other Ukrainian officers.

    14.00 Russia threatens to deploy nuclear weapons in the Baltic if Sweden, Finland join NATO.

    Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said that if Sweden and Finland join the alliance Russia would have to strengthen its defenses in the region and adding that “there can be no more talk of any nuclear-free status for the Baltic.” – The Independen reports.

    13:45 White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki: Putin has become a pariah in the world, no place for Russia at G20 summit.

    Due to the aggression of Russian troops in Ukraine, Russia and its President Vladimir Putin have become pariahs in the world.

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said this at a briefing in Washington, - Ukrinform reports.

    "I would say that Russia and President Putin have shown himself and themselves to be a pariah in the world. And the President's view is that he has no place at international forum," she said, asked about Russia's participation in the G20 summit.

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Defense Express
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

    According to Psaki, Russia's actions and President Putin's actions make them a country and a leader that US President Joe Biden does not feel should participate in international fora.

    13:20 The Security Service of Ukraine: Russia tries to use criminals to undermine situation in Odesa.

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) neutralized a powerful criminal group in Odessa, which agreed to cooperate with the enemy and wanted to join the occupation authorities in the event of the capture of the city by the occupiers, said spokesperson of the SBU Artem Dekhtiarenko.

    "During a large-scale special operation of the SBU and the National Police, leaders and members of criminal groups were detained, among them ‘Emil Varshavsky’ and ‘Paizulaev’ known in criminal circles," Dekhtiarenko said in a video message on the SBU Telegram channel on Thursday, April 14.

    According to him, the collaborators kept in touch with representatives of the Russian Federation, reported to them about the situation in the region, and in order to undermine the situation in the city, they terrorized and intimidated the local population.

    The Security Service of Ukraine, Russia tries to use criminals to undermine situation in Odesa, Defense Express
    The Security Service of Ukraine: Russia tries to use criminals to undermine situation in Odesa

    "According to the SBU, the exposed persons were supposed to hunt law enforcement officers and patriot activists. Some members of the group enlisted in the ranks of the Defense Ministry to collect information about the intentions and positions of the Ukrainian military in Odesa region," the spokesman of the department stressed.

    He informed that all members of the group who are citizens of Ukraine have been detained, one of the leaders, who is a foreigner, has been expelled from Ukraine, and another leader of the group, who is abroad, has been banned from entry.

    13:00 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted footage of another downed russia’s UAV “Orlan-10” with an amusing background story.

    General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted footage of another downed russia’s UAV “Orlan-10” with an amusing background story, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    Downed UAV “Orlan-10”

    After the 501st Separate Marine Battalion unit managed to shoot down “Orlan-10”, the troops went to find it and stumbled into enemy unit, who were also looking for their UAV under cover of an armored vehicle. The Marines were not confused, they bypassed the invaders from the flanks and gave battle. As soon as the enemy heard gunshots, they kicked their heels despite the fact that they were covered by armored personnel carrier. More photos here.

    12:30 The Commander of the second battalion of the Azov Special Operation Forces, Kyiv regiment Dmytro Kukharchuk: Military in Mariupol has enough fighters, but they need equipment, aviation.

    The Commander of the second battalion of the Azov Special Operation Forces, Kyiv regiment Dmytro Kukharchuk: Military in Mariupol has enough fighters, but they need equipment, aviation, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    Mariupol now / Photo credit: @polkazov

    Ukrainian servicemen in the besieged Mariupol (Donetsk region) are experiencing a shortage of equipment, according to the Telegram channel of the National Corps on Wednesday, citing commander of the second battalion of the Azov Special Operation Forces, Kyiv regiment Dmytro Kukharchuk.

    Read more.

    12:10 British Defense Intelligence update as of April 14.

    11:45 Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Maliar: It’s too early to return to kyiv, as missile strike threat remains.

    Due to the high probability of missile strikes and a large-scale offensive by Russian terrorist forces, Ukrainians must temporarily refrain from returning to their abandoned homes, including in Kyiv city.

    Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Maliar: It’s too early to return to kyiv, as missile strike threat remains, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Maliar / Open source photo

    Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Hanna Maliar said this during a nationwide telethon on Ukrainian TV channels, Ukrinform reported.

    "It is too early to return to Kyiv, because a threat of missile strikes throughout Ukraine still exists, and the enemy does not leave the goal of capturing all of Ukraine and Kyiv in particular. The situation is quite difficult, so it is worth waiting a little longer and we will see how the situation develops, including in the east," Maliar said.

    11:15 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine: Children abducted from Ukraine may be illegally handed over for adoption by Russians.

    he Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine: Children abducted from Ukraine may be illegally handed over for adoption by Russians, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    Ilustrative photo

    Ukrainian children illegally taken by Russian occupiers to the territory of the Russian Federation, including orphans and children whose parents died as a result of Russian aggression, may be illegally transferred for adoption in Russia. Read more.

    10:35 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted the total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 14.04, which were approximately:

    personnel - about 19900 people,

    tanks ‒ 753 units,

    APV ‒ 1968 units,

    artillery systems – 366 units,

    MLRS - 122 units,

    Anti-aircraft warfare systems - 64 units,

    aircraft – 160 units,

    helicopters – 144 units,

    vehicles - 1437 units,

    boats / cutters - 7 units,

    fuel tanks - 76,

    UAV operational-tactical level - 134.

    special equipment - 25.

    mobile SRBM system - 4.

    Data are being updated. The calculation is complicated by the high intensity of hostilities.

    09:55 First video footage of damaged missile cruiser “Moskva” ("Moscow"):

    09:00 The chief of police of the Kyiv area Andrii Nebytov: Since the beginning of the war, more than 3,050 criminal proceedings have been registered in the capital region for crimes committed by the Russian military.

    The chief of police of the Kyiv area Andrii Nebytov reported that: "The number of identified and examined bodies of civilians killed in the Kiev region as a result of Russian aggression is already more than 720 people, more than 200 people are missing”.

    08:30 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine informed about successful ambush of an enemy nearby Izyum by Ukraine's Special Operation Forces and posted photos on Facebook.

    General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine informed about successful ambush of an enemy by Ukrainian Special Forces and posted photos on Facebook, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    Successful ambush on the bridge

    08:00 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: The operational update regarding the russian invasion on 06.00 on April 14, 2022. Key points.

    • The enemy continues to build an aviation group near the eastern border of our state, strengthens artillery units, optimizes existing command systems, intelligence and medical support.
    • In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the enemy fought in the Slavyansk, Popasna, and Kurakhovo districts and stormed the city of Mariupol. It was not successful and the fighting continues.
    General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: The operational update regarding the russian invasion on 06.00 on April 14, 2022. Key points., Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    Ilustrative photo of destroyed enemy tank
    • It was established that the russian command set a task to mobilize 60-70 thousand people on the territory of the so-called "DPR". However, these figures were met by only 20 percent.
    • In the South Buh area, the enemy is taking measures to restore combat capability, replenish ammunition, and take measures to engineering equipment positions, exercises fire on units of our troops.
    • The enemy is fighting in the area of Alexandrivka. It is trying to resume the offensive in order to regain lost ground in the Osokorivka area.
    General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine:The operational update regarding the russian invasion on 06.00 on April 14, 2022. Key points., Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    Ilustrative photo
    • On the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the defenders of Ukraine repulsed eight enemy attacks, destroyed a tank, four armored units and six vehicles, as well as one enemy artillery system.
    • Units of anti-aircraft missile forces of the previous day shot down two enemy fighters.

    07:25 The President of Colombia Ivan Duque calls Russian actions in Ukraine genocide.

    The President of Colombia Ivan Duque calls Russian actions in Ukraine genocide, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    The President of Colombia Ivan Duque / Photo Credit: EFE/ Carlos Ortega

    "The mass war crimes committed by the Russian military in Ukraine are a genocide and madness that have to stop".

    The relevant statement was made by Colombian President Ivan Duque in an interview with CNN, Ukrinform reports.

    “What is happening in Ukraine is a genocide. And it has to stop. […] This is insane,” Duque said, when commenting on US President Joe Biden’s use of the word ‘genocide’ to describe Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

    05:30 The Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrsky: Negotiations ongoing for the exchange of 169 servicemen of Ukraine's National Guard captured at Chornobyl. According to Denys Monastyrsky's post on Telegram, Russian forces held the soldiers captive without access to light or communications and have taken the soldiers to Russia and Belarus.

    04:30 Ukraine’s Representative to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya: Russia loses membership in numerous UN bodies.

    Ukraine’s Representative to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya: Russia loses membership in numerous UN bodies, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    Ukraine’s Representative to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya / Open source photo

    Russia lost its position on the Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues to which Ukraine was elected by an overwhelming majority, said Ukraine’s Representative to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya on Twitter. Ukraine will be represented by Suleiman Mamutov, a Crimean Tatar. Additionally, Russia lost its seat on the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, UNICEF and UN-Women.

    03:20 US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland: US will likely determine genocide has been committed in Ukraine.

    US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland: US will likely determine genocide has been committed in Ukraine, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland / Open source photo

    In an interview with CNN Newsroom, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said US President Joe Biden “spoke from his heart when he called what we’re seeing in Ukraine genocide by the Russian Federation and its forces.”

    Nuland said that the US has “a process of collecting evidence over time” in order to make a formal government determination of genocide.

    In an interview with CNN Newsroom, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said US President Joe Biden “spoke from his heart when he called what we’re seeing in Ukraine genocide by the Russian Federation and its forces.”

    Nuland said that the US has “a process of collecting evidence over time” in order to make a formal government determination of genocide.

    02:55 The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy: We will take all Russian war criminals to tribunal.

    The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy: We will take all Russian war criminals to tribunal, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
    The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Open source photo

    President Volodymyr Zelenskyy underscores that the Russian military will be inevitably brought to justice for war crimes in Ukraine.

    “Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan visited Bucha. It is right that a group of forensic experts from the International Criminal Court will start working in the city. Responsibility for the Russian military for war crimes is inevitable. We will drag them all to the tribunal. And not only for what was done in Bucha,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his latest address, Ukrinform reports.

    01:28 Center for Countering Disinformation: Russia is threatening to attack Kyiv "and other decision-making centers"

    Russian defense ministry stated it detected sabotage and strike attempts on the territory of the Russian Federation. In case those "attacks" continue, Russian military will "strike the decision-making centers, including ones in Kyiv".

    Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak said Russia is preparing a pretext for new threats with provocations, and Ukraine is ready to respond to any scenario.

    "The kremlin has already proved that it can war only against peaceful population that cannot fight back," he said.

    00:53 Adviser to the Presidential Office Oleksiy Arestovych said there could be up to 510 crew members on the damaged missile cruiser "Moscow". According to him, a fire broke up on the vessel. The evacuation of the crew is complicated due to the stormy weather.

    As Defense Earlier reported, the Russian warship "Moskva" ("Moscow") was shot with a "Neptune" anti-ship missile, according to the Head of the Odesa region administration. This vessel was actively shelling the Ukrainian territory from the Black Sea since the first days of the Russian invasion and participated in the shelling of Zmiinyi island.

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    Missile cruiser "Moscow" / Photo credit: Maksym Marchenko, Head of the Odesa region military administration

    00:00 The White House & the Pentagon: US President Joe Biden approved another military aid package to Ukraine.

    "I just spoke with President Zelenskyy and shared with him that my Administration is authorizing an additional $800 million in weapons, ammunition, and other security assistance to Ukraine. The Ukrainian military has used the weapons we are providing to devastating effect. As Russia prepares to intensify its attack in the Donbas region, the United States will continue to provide Ukraine with the capabilities to defend itself," goes the statement by Joe Biden.

    US Department of Defense detailed the security assistance to Ukraine. The new $800 mln package will include:

    • 18 units of 155mm Howitzers and 40,000 artillery rounds
    • 10 units AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars
    • 2 units AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air surveillance radars
    • 300 Switchblade Tactical unmanned aerial systems
    • 500 Javelin missiles and thousands of other anti-armor systems
    • 200 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers
    • 100 Armored high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles
    • 11 Mi-17 helicopters
    • an unspecified number of Unmanned Coastal Defense Vessels
    • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear protective equipment
    • medical equipment
    • 30,000 sets of body armor and helmets
    • over 2,000 optics and laser rangefinders
    • C-4 explosives and demolition equipment for obstacle clearing
    • M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel munitions configured to be consistent with the Ottawa Conventions on Anti-Personnel Landmines

    It should be noted, that the provision of Mi-17 helicopters was under consideration after the US announced Tuesday that a new military aid package is on the way. Initially, the aircraft was on the list, but then suddenly it was removed, according to CNN. In the end, the statement by Joe Biden solved the issue with a bold "yes". And even though the statement does not specify which exactly helicopters are to be delivered, overall it is the first time the United States send such weaponry to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion.

    Key points regarding the current state of warfare:

    - Ukraine managed to establish the defense, the Russian offense has stalled, in some directions, the Ukrainian military intensively push back the invaders, numerous villages and small cities were liberated, horrific facts of genocide conducted by russians are revealed.

    - Russia uses terroristic methods of war, shelling civilian facilities where there are no military facilities nearby, keeping cities in a full blockade, and sabotaging humanitarian corridors for evacuation and convoys with humanitarian aid, a recent report from OSCE confirmed Russia violating IHL and committing war crimes

    - Russian army targets nuclear power plants; Zaporizhzhia NPP is currently seized by the invaders; Russian troops, poisoned by radiation, have left the Chornobyl NPP; military activities by Russian forces near the power plants were described by Ukraine as nuclear terrorism

    - Ukraine offered the United Nations Security Council a platform for an updated security system – the "Kyiv U-24 Office" similar to the human rights Geneva office or the environmental protection Nairobi office. Or at least deprive Russia of abusing its veto power to continue the war in Ukraine

    - Ukraine is willing to join the European Union, has sent an application which is being considered; during the visit to Kyiv, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen handed over a questionnaire for the EU candidate country status to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and said proceeding to the next stage of membership would be "a matter of weeks"

    - Ukrainian citizens in the occupied cities rally against the Russians; on their part, the occupiers began to kidnap activists and authorities; locals are being forcibly "evacuated" to Russia with the following deportation to the depressed areas and appointment of jobs

    - thousands of civilian volunteers join the Territorial Defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; Ukraine has established an International Legion for foreign volunteers willing to fight for Ukraine, thousands have joined already

    - Ukraine has had several rounds of negotiations with Russia; still, no significant progress towards ceasefire and peace, the main question, for now, is the provision of concrete security guarantees for Ukraine; the negotiations continue "non-stop" in an online format; President Zelenskyy expressed readiness to directly talk with Putin.

    Read more: Day 49th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)