Day 53rd 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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Destroyed russia's tank
Destroyed russia's tank

52 days of national resistance, Ukrainian army doesn’t let the enemy conduct successful offensive, though eastern and south-eastern directions remain tense. The occupiers keep shelling Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mykolayiv, but russians are experiencing lack of advanced missiles seizing Mariupol, therefore they resort to using strategic aviation to drop dumb bombs. No trustworthy information about Black Sea flagship 'Moskva' personnel yet, which suggests that most of naval occupiers are no more alive. We wish the Armed Forces of Ukraine even bigger success all days after until victory. Waiting for the day 53 to highlight the most significant events

Brief facts:

  • Mariupol defenders refused to surrender to Russia's ultimatum
  • Russian invaders are sending the items looted from Ukrainians in Kherson Region to the temporarily occupied Crimea
  • Ukraine and Russia have failed to agree on Sunday about humanitarian convoys for the evacuation of civilians from war-affected areas.
  • The mayor of Trostianets, Sumy region, Yuriy Bova stated that remains of chemical weapons were found in the village of Bilka, Sumy region, that had been liberated from occupiers.
  • The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy urges the world to prepare for possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia

Side note: news are marked in accordance with the Kyiv time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), GMT/UTC+2

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23:42 President Zelenskyy: Russians are preparing for a large offensive in Donbas

Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a daily evening speech that he met today with ministers and senior military to discuss the current situation on the frontlines. According to him, Russian invaders are preparing to launch a large-scale offensive in Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, namely Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Some of the territories of these regions are already occupied, but they want to "finish" Donbas.

Beside that, the occupiers want to "tear apart" the seized Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions as it was in 2014. Russians are hunting for activists, authorities and intimidating teachers who refuse to adopt Russian education in Ukrainian schools. Stealing money, food and other humanitarian aid, creating artificial famine.

Defense Express / President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his daily speech on April 17 / Day 53rd of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his daily speech on April 17 / Screenshot image, credit: Office of the President of Ukraine

21:42 Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal: Mariupol defenders rejected Russian ultimatum to surrender

Ukrainian PM said this to ABC News television network. Yesterday, Russia has released a to-do list that explains the order of measures for the Ukrainian military fighting in Mariupol to surrender.

More details on the issue in a separate story from Defense Express:

Mariupol Defenders Rejected Russia's Ultimatum – Prime Minister Shmyhal

21:01 Defense Express: for the first time US leading socio-political agencies are interested in Ukrainian-made weapons, particularly the "Neptune" missile.

Washington Post authors Adam Taylor and Claire Parker provided information about "Luch" Design Bureau that created the "Neptun" (Neptune) missile that destroyed the Russian flagship "Moskva" the other day. Back in 2015, at the presentation of the newly made missile system, it didn't draw as much attention as it has now. However, Defense Express has been watching over this project for years now, so we have a lot to tell about it, too.

US is surprised by “Neptune” a.k.a. “Moskow-Killer” Anti-Ship Missile

Defense Express / A launch of the
A launch of the "Neptune" missile at trials, illustrative photo / Defense Express

20:36 Ukrainian Land Forces: Russian Ka-52 "Alligator" helicopter was shot with a Soviet-made "Igla" missile

"A 15 million USD-worth helicopter was hit with a 100-bucks thing," the Ukrainian soldiers joke about the recently downed helicopter, according to Yaroslav, an officer of the 93rd Mechanized Brigade Kholodnyi Yar. He said kidding, they didn't want to waste a worthy Stinger rocket to down the helicopter so they fired a Soviet-made "Igla" anti-aircraft homing missile:

"At night, enemy helicopters were approaching at a very low altitude. They were circling around over our positions, we couldn't even lift our heads. And then a guy, an anti-aircraft gunner attached to my unit, has launched two missiles at them. One of [the missiles], to be honest, hit a heat trap, but the other took down the Ka-53. It fell. There were enemy attempts to approach our positions with aircraft and fire with rockets, but those had no success."

Yaroslav said, later afternoon his unit sent a drone to observe the burnt remnants closer. You can even see the profile of the destroyed helicopter / Photo credit: 93rd Independent Mechanized Brigade "Kholodnyi Yar"

Read the initial report in Defense Express' separate publication:

Ukrainian Armed Forces Hit Another russia`s Most Advanced Ka-52 Helicopter

20:07 European Pravda media: Moldova has refused to hand MiG-29 aircraft to Ukraine since the start of the invasion

According to an article by Serhiy Sydorenko on European Pravda, Ukraine turned to its western neighbor for the jets on the very first day of Russia's full-scale invasion. But received a categorical refusal from the Moldovan parliament. The reason for such an answer was that they "don't want to irritate Russia", said the sources of the media. Moldova was afraid this would be a violation of the neutrality principle.

There are six MiG-29 fighter aircraft at the Moldovan armed forces' disposal, states the author. These jets are stationed at the Marculesti air base. The official data indicates they all are functional but hadn't been used for a while. Chisinau even tried to sell them at an auction.

Despite Russia's threats and Moldova's reluctance to provide combat aircraft, some experts say Ukraine might receive MiG-29 fighter jets soon, because the question was "back on the table", at least in Slovakia.

19:38 Odesa region administration: neighboring Mykolaiv region suffers from water supply issues

The problems appeared because of intense hostilities, said Maksym Marchenko, Head of the Odesa region military administration:

"We could not stand aside, so I made a decision to send tanks with drinking water and [well] drilling brigades to provide with water the whole region if possible," said the official, describing the situation in the Mykolaiv region which is neighboring the Odesa region.

18:45 The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has urged the US president, Joe Biden, to visit Ukraine and reiterated that he is not willing to cede territory in the country’s east to end war with Russia.

“I think he will,” Zelenskiy said in an extended interview with CNN when asked if he was aware of any plans for a US presidential visit. “But it’s his decision, of course, and [it] depends on the safety situation, of course. But I think he’s the leader of the United States and that’s why he should come here to see.”

Biden told reporters on Thursday that the US would decide soon whether to send a senior official to Ukraine as a show of support, but sources suggested to Reuters the administration was considering defense secretary Lloyd Austin or secretary of state Antony Blinken. The Zelenskiy comments came after UK prime minister Boris Johnson made .

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy

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President Zelenskyy Named Weapons That Ukraine Needs

18:15 As part of sanctions endorsed by the European Union, Russian-flagged ships are not allowed to enter Estonian ports from April 17, 2022. The relevant statement was made by Estonia’s ERR, referring to the Estonian Economic Affairs and Communications Ministry, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

This ban will also apply to the vessels that switched their Russian flag to any other state after February 24, 2022.

According to Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Minister Taavi Aas, Europe is rethinking its economic activities and becoming more and more independent from Russia, as “the Kremlin is showing no signs of ending its aggression”.

The port of Constanta is one of the biggest grain port in Europe
The port of Constanta is one of the biggest grain port in Europe

Exceptions will be made only for Russian-flagged ships in distress. They will be allowed to enter Estonian ports with the permission of the Police and Border Guard Department, which will determine the need for assistance in advance.

Earlier, Bulgaria also banned Russian-flagged ships from entering its sea and river ports.

“From 00:00 (midnight), April 16, 2022, all vessels registered under Russian flag, as well as all vessels that have switched their Russian flag, or flag or maritime register registration to any other state whatsoever after February 24, 2022, are forbidden access to Bulgarian maritime and river ports,” Bulgaria’s Maritime Administration announced.

A reminder that Italy, Belgium and Romania also banned Russian ships from entering their ports as part of expanded EU sanctions.

Find more details on the theme in publications by Defense Express:

What Countries Ban Russian Ships to Enter Their Ports

Russia Became the World's Most-Sanctioned Nation

17:44 The head of Luhansk regional military administration Serhiy Haidai wrote on Facebook: The situation in the city of Popasna is reminiscent of Mariupol, "the orcs act according to the same scenario".

"Popasna is a complete ruin. They didn’t capture it, therefore they destroyed it," Haidai wrote.

He noted that the city is under fire every day, day and night, positional battles do not stop.

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine beat the orcs, and they find more and more 'cannon fodder', Popasna district is littered with the corpses of rashists, that are not taken away," the head of the military administration wrote.

Haidai noted that residents of Popasna have been living in bomb shelters for more than 50 days. "The evacuation is disrupted almost every day due to constant shelling. Access to the city is complicated," he said.

"The situation in the city is similar to Mariupol. The orcs follow the same scenario," the head of the region said.

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Rashist used phosphorus bombs in Popasna

17:00 "Social"media: As a result of the Russian shelling of the center of Kharkiv, about 15 fires broke out. Meanwhile, trade pavilions in one of the markets erupted in Saltivka. The fire covered at least 1,000 square meters. m.

16:10 A lenghty queue of trucks has formed on the Poland-Belarus border as Russian and Belarusian drivers try to leave the European Union following a sanctions deadline.

Reuters
Photo - Reuters

In the run-up to the Saturday deadline, the line extended to 80km (60 miles), with some drivers stuck for up to 33 hours. Hours after the deadline passed, the waiting times had been shortened to 12 hours, the BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw says.

The EU has banned lorries from Russia and Belarus - except those carrying medicine, mail or petroleum products - from entering or staying in the bloc as part of a range of sanctions over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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T-72M1R Tanks “Disappeared” in Poland, They May Soon Reemerge at Ukraine’s Military Bases

15:49 Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova on Telegram: Russian invaders are sending the items looted from Ukrainians in Kherson Region to the temporarily occupied Crimea.

“Russian invaders are preventing humanitarian goods from being delivered to Kherson Region, and are sending the looted items, food products, agricultural machinery and equipment to the temporarily occupied Crimea,” Denisova told.

Denisova mentioned the stores, offices, homes robbed by Russian invaders, as well as the mass abduction and torturing of local activities, former ATO/JFO participants, law enforcement officers.

Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova
Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova

According to Denisova, terror, inhuman treatment and killings of civilians within the occupied territories are a war crime under the Charter of the International Military Tribunal and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, as well as a violation of the Geneva Conventions on the protection of civilian persons in time of war.

Denisova appealed to the UN Commission for Investigation into Human Rights Violations during Russia’s Military Invasion of Ukraine to take into account these war crimes and crimes against human rights, which are committed by the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

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Chronicle of the Russian Federation Crimes in Ukraine (update)

15:10 The head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleh Syniehubov, reported this on Telegram: Three explosives specialists of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine were killed and four were seriously injured while clearing cluster munitions near Kharkiv.

"Unfortunately, while clearing Russian cluster munitions near Kharkiv, three explosives specialists were killed and four were wounded. They are now in hospital. In total, 31 people, including four children, were injured in the shelling by the Russians in the past 24 hours. Three civilians died," he said.

According to him, over the past day, Russian troops launched significantly fewer attacks using artillery, mortars and MLRS than in the previous period - 23. They fired at the residential areas of Pivnichna Saltivka, Piatykhatky, Oleksiyivka, the city center, KhTZ, and Derhachi. However, a missile attack was recorded.

The city of Pokrovsk in the Donetsk region was shelled with cluster munition, March 1, 2022
The city of Pokrovsk in the Donetsk region was shelled with cluster munition, March 1, 2022

The town of Izium remains the hottest spot. According to Syniehubov, Ukrainian troops are successfully repelling enemy attacks, destroying their equipment and manpower.

Syniehubov also asked civilians not to go out on the streets of Kharkiv without urgent need and to stay in shelters.

"The enemy cannot approach Kharkiv. Our Armed Forces are holding their positions, they are advancing in some areas. Therefore, the Russians resort to shameful shelling of residential neighborhoods," he said.

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Russia’s Military Column Blown Up in Kharkiv Oblast

Russia Used Cluster Munition Against Ukraine

14:30 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Facebook: Russia will be responsible for everything it has done in Ukraine, for everything it has done against Ukrainians.

"The occupiers will be responsible for everything they did in Ukraine. For everything they did to Ukrainians. They will be responsible for Bucha, Kramatorsk, Volnovakha, Okhtyrka. For Hostomel and Borodyanka. For Izyum, for Mariupol and all other cities and communities of Ukraine, which the Russian army has pulled back in time for 80 years," he said.

He noted that Russia had brought Ukrainians back to the terrible period, about which everyone in the world has always said: "Never again."

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Chronicle of the Russian Federation Crimes in Ukraine (update)

13:48 The Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine posted on Facebook: The Ulyanovsk Mechanical Plant (UMP JSC, Ulyanovsk) production facilities have been shut down. It is a part of Almaz-Antey holding.

UMP is a manufacturer of short-range and medium-range radar systems and air defense equipment for the ground forces of the Russian Armed Forces (SAM Buk, SAM Kub, self-propelled anti-aircraft complex Tunguska). The main reasons for the critical state of production are using a large number of imported components in its own military products. Until recently, the main supplier of the Russian military-industrial complex was Germany. But after the beginning of the russian invasion to Ukraine, any cooperation was stopped.

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Russian Tank Manufacturer "Uralvagonzavod" Stopped Work due to Lack of Components

12:55 CNN: U.S. arms, munitions and military equipment donated to Kyiv as part of latest security aid package 'arriving' in Ukraine.

Supplies of arms, ammunition and other security assistance sent by the United States to Ukraine as part of the latest $800 million aid package have already begun arriving in Ukraine, CNN reported, citing its own U.S. government sources.

"Shipments from the Biden administration's latest security assistance package to Ukraine 'have begun arriving', a White House official told CNN Saturday," the report says.

"President Biden this week approved an additional package of $800 million worth of weapons, ammunition, and security assistance to Ukraine," it says as The Guardian reports.

Defense Express reported earlier United States was moving to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine to counter Russian occupation forces. Some of the samples would be transferred for the first time. The new aid package includes 18 155 mm Howitzers and 40,000 rounds, 10 counter-artillery radars, 300 Switchblade drones, 500 Javelin and "thousands" of other anti-armor weapons, 200 armored personnel carriers, 11 Mi-17 helicopters, claymore mines,unmanned coastal defense vehicles and other equipment.

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US Would Send First Batch of New Military Aid for Ukraine in Next 24 Hours

11 Mi-17 helicopters are in the batch of US new military aid for Ukraine, U.S. arms, munitions and military equipment donated to Kyiv as part of latest security aid package 'arriving' in Ukraine,Defense Express
11 Mi-17 helicopters are in the batch of US new military aid for Ukraine / open source photo

What Are Real Ukraine’s Military Needs Like?

U.S. arms, munitions and military equipment donated to Kyiv as part of latest security aid package 'arriving' in Ukraine, M109A6 Paladin self-propelled gun, Defense Express
M109A6 Paladin self-propelled gun would be good thing for UAF to overpower russian forces / illustrative photo from open sources

ATACMS, Loitering Missile Systems: What Weaponry NATO should Provide Ukraine to Overpower Russian Forces

12:20 Bulgaria banns Russian-flagged ships from entering its Black Sea ports.

Bulgaria has banned Russian-flagged ships from entering its Black Sea ports as part of expanded EU sanctions, the country’s Maritime Administration announced on its website on Sunday, April 17, The Guardian reports.

“All vessels registered under Russian flag, as well as all vessels that have switched their Russian flag, or flag or maritime register registration to any other state whatsoever after 24 February, are forbidden access to Bulgarian maritime and river ports,” the Bulgarian authority said.

Exceptions will be made only for ships in distress or seeking humanitarian assistance, or ships transporting energy products, food and pharmaceuticals to EU countries.

12:00 Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar: Russia may prepare landing of troops in Mariupol – Ukraine’s Defense Ministry checking the information.

Information on possible preparations by Russia for a naval landing operation in Mariupol is being checked.

"Over the past 24 hours, the enemy was launching air strikes on Mariupol, there were assaults on the seaport. We also check the information about the enemy preparations for a naval landing operation... Mariupol holds on, the Armed Forces strongly defend it. It is important to realize the role of Mariupol now, because, in fact, it is now a shield that defends Ukraine. All the Russian troops are amassed there, they do not go further, to other regions of Ukraine," Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said during the nationwide telethon, - Ukrinform reports.

You can watch how Ukrainian BTR-4 destroys russia’s tank in duel in Mariupol.

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar, Russia may prepare landing of troops in Mariupol, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry checking the information., Defense Express
Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar: Russia may prepare landing of troops in Mariupol – Ukraine’s Defense Ministry checking the information /Photo credit: facebook.com/ganna.maliar

11:40 Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk: Ukraine and Russia have failed to agree on Sunday about humanitarian convoys for the evacuation of civilians from war-affected areas.

“We have not been able to agree ... about ceasefires on evacuation routes. That is why, unfortunately, we are not opening humanitarian corridors today,” Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on her Telegram account.

Vereshchuk also said that the Ukrainian authorities have asked for humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians and wounded Ukrainian troops from the besieged port of Mariupol, The Guardian reports citing Reuters.

Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine and Russia have failed to agree on Sunday about humanitarian convoys for the evacuation of civilians from war-affected areas, Defense Express
Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk: Ukraine and Russia have failed to agree on Sunday about humanitarian convoys for the evacuation of civilians from war-affected areas

11:20 The Command of the Air Assault Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: Russian Orlan-10 drone downed in Donetsk region.

Ukraine’s air defense unit destroyed another Russian Orlan-10 multi-purpose unmanned aerial vehicle in Donetsk region, the Command of the Air Assault Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted on Facebook.

Find more details in a publication by Defense Express.

11:00 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has posted the new summary of total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 17.04. Find them in an infographic by Defense Express:

You can find the list of enemy's combat losses in a publication by Defense Express.

10:30 The Prosecutor General's Office: russian troops already killed 202 children in Ukraine.

In Ukraine, 202 children have already been killed as a result of the actions of Russian servicemen.

“More than 563 children have been affected in Ukraine as a result of full-scale armed aggression by the Russian Federation. According to official data from juvenile prosecutors, 202 children were killed and more than 361 were injured,” the Prosecutor General's Office posted on Facebook.

Russian troops already killed 202 children in Ukraine, Defense Express
Russian troops already killed 202 children in Ukraine / Photo credit: AP

As noted, these data are not final, as work is underway to establish the number of casualties in areas of active hostilities, in the temporarily occupied and liberated territories.

According to the data received by juvenile prosecutors, most children were affected in Donetsk region – 117, Kyiv region – 106, Kharkiv region – 89, Chernihiv region – 54, Kherson region – 41, Mykolayiv region – 40, Luhansk region – 36, Zaporizhzhia region – 23, Kyiv city – 16, Sumy region – 16, Zhytomyr region – 15.

10:10 A missile attack in early hours of Sunday damaged infrastructure in the city of Brovary, near Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, Igor Sapozhko, mayor of Brovary said in an online post, The Guardian reports There were no details on the extent of the destruction and potential casualties.

09:45 The UK Ministry of Defense: Russia’s ultimate objective remains the same - compelling Ukraine to abandon its Euro-Atlantic orientation and asserting its own regional dominance.

According to The Guardian, the UK government’s latest intelligence update this morning says:

Russian forces continue to redeploy combat and support equipment from Belarus towards eastern Ukraine. This includes locations close to Kharkiv and Severdonetsk.

Russian artillery continues to strike Ukrainian positions throughout the east of the country where Russia plans to renew its offensive activity

Though Russia’s operational focus has shifted to eastern Ukraine, Russia’s ultimate objective remains the same. It is committed to compelling Ukraine to abandon its Euro-Atlantic orientation and asserting its own regional dominance.

You can find more details on the theme in publications by Defense Express:

Looming Battle of Donbas. Major Axis of Russian Advance

09:30 The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine: 580 Russia war crimes suspects identified.

There are already 580 suspects in the main case of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.

"The main case of Russian aggression: 580 suspects - representatives of the military and political leadership of Russia. These are ministers, deputies, military command, officials, heads of law enforcement agencies, instigators of war and Kremlin propagandists,” the Prosecutor General’s Office wrote on Telegram.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine: 580 Russia war crimes suspects identified, Defense Express

Overall, as of Sunday morning, Ukrainian law enforcement registered 6,999 criminal proceedings into crimes of aggression and war crimes committed by the Russian Federation: 6,800 violations of the laws and customs of war, 43 crimes related to planning, preparing or waging an aggressive war, 9 crimes related to the propaganda of war, 179 other crimes.

In addition, 3,190 crimes against the national security of Ukraine have already been registered, including 2,090 crimes related to the encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, 553 crimes related to treason, 58 crimes related to sabotage, and 489 other crimes.

08:50 The Armed Forces ofUkraine eliminated 36 invaders, 13 units of military equipment in southern Ukraine Previous Day

The Ukrainian military destroyed 36 Russian aggressors and 13 units of military equipment including in the southern direction On Saturday, April 16.

The Operational Command South reported this on Facebook, Ukrinform reports.

The destroyed units of military equipment include 3 russian Tiger infantry mobility vehicles and one BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle.

Find more details in a publication by Defense Express.

Warriors of 28th Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 3 russian Tiger infantry mobility vehicles and one BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicl, Defense Express
Warriors of 28th Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 3 russian Tiger infantry mobility vehicles and one BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicl

08:10 Russia may begin new offensive in coming days – Media

Russia may begin a new offensive on Ukraine as soon as this weekend. The United States is working to convince allies to send more ammunition to Ukraine.

This has been reported by NBC News with reference to two senior U.S. defense officials, Ukrinform reports.

Russia may begin new offensive in coming days, Defense Express
Russia may begin new offensive in coming days

“Russia could begin the next phase of its military campaign as soon as this weekend or early next week,” the report says.

It is noted that the officials, whose briefing was given under the condition of anonymity, said that the U.S. is working to convince allies to send more artillery and ammunition to Ukraine so it doesn’t run out when the offensive ramps up. According to U.S. assessment, this could happen in the coming days.

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Looming Battle of Donbas. Major Axis of Russian Advance

Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War

Eliminated Russian Commanders and Generals in Ukraine List (Live Updates)

07:55 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of UkraineGeneral Staff published operational information as of on 06.00 on April 17, 2022 regarding the Russian invasion.

According to the report, russia continues to move its army units to the territory of Ukraine from Kursk, Bryansk and Voronezh regions. Units of agressor’s armed forces located in Ukrainian territories have significant supply problems. At the same time, they were able to accumulate significant stockpiles of ammunition.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of UkraineGeneral Staff published operational information as of on 06.00 on April 17, 2022 regarding the Russian invasion,Defense Express

Key points of the report:

  • In the Severskyi direction, missile strikes and artillery shelling from the territory of the Russian Federation are possible on military and civilian infrastructure in Chernihiv and Sumy regions.
  • In the Slobozhanskyi direction, there have been no significant changes in the composition and position of the enemy forces. The occupiers continue to partially block the city of Kharkiv and shell its residential areas.
  • In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the enemy continued to launch air strikes on Mariupol. Russian forces conducted assault operations near the seaport.
  • In the Southern Buh direction, the enemy's main efforts are focused on maintaining their positions.
  • In Donetsk and Luhansk regions, ten enemy attacks, fifteen tanks, twenty-four armored units and ten vehicles, as well as three enemy artillery systems have been repulsed over the past 24 hours.
  • The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit thirteen air targets in the previous day: one plane, one helicopter, five UAVs and six cruise missiles.

07:40 The mayor of Trostianets Yuriy Bova: Remains of chemical weapons were found in the village of Bilka, Sumy region, that had been liberated from occupiers.

The mayor of Trostianets, Ukraine’s city in Sumy region, has claimed that authorities have found the remains of chemical weapons in the village of Bilka, which had been occupied by the Russians, - The Guardian reports.

Speaking to Ukrainian radio, Mayor Yuriy Bova claimed that they had found evidence of sarin and other poisonous substances.

“We found the remains of chemical weapons in the village of Bilka - sarin and other substances. We discovered ampoules. The Security Service of Ukraine is currently working on this,” he said.

Find more details on the theme in publications by Defense Express:

How Russians are Conditioned to Accept Chemical or Nuclear Attacks on Ukraine

Who Wants and Can Use Biological Weapons in Ukraine

The mayor of Trostianets Yuriy Bova: Remains of chemical weapons werw found in the village of Bilka, Sumy region, that had been liberated from occupiers, Defense Express
The mayor of Trostianets Yuriy Bova: Remains of chemical weapons werw found in the village of Bilka, Sumy region, that had been liberated from occupiers

07:00 The head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Pavliuk: Almost 1,900 facilities damaged in Kyiv region since start of Russian aggression.

In Kyiv region, enemy shelling severely damaged 1,875 objects, of which 546 were completely destroyed.

Oleksandr Pavliuk, the head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, wrote this on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

"According to preliminary information of the territorial communities of Kyiv region, 1,875 objects were severely damaged and destroyed. Of these: 546 were completely destroyed, 1,329 were partially damaged," he said.

It is noted that 28 apartment buildings, 441 private houses, eight educational institutions, 4 health care institutions, 8 cultural institutions and 2 sports facilities were completely destroyed in Kyiv region.

A damaged residential tower in Irpin, The head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Pavliuk, Almost 1,900 facilities damaged in Kyiv region since start of Russian aggression, Defense Express
A damaged residential tower in Irpin / Photo credit: Mykhaylo Palinchak/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock

02:30 Ukraine’s Air Force down 13 Enemy Air Targets, Inflicted Air Strikes on Invaders Previous Day.

On Saturday, April 17, the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down 13 russian air targets.

This was reported by the Air Force Command on Facebook.

"On April 16, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force and the Joint Forces Operation forces hit 13 air targets of the Russian occupiers: 1 aircraft, 1 helicopter, 5 unmanned aerial vehicles, and 6 cruise missiles," the statement said.

It was noted also the aviation of the Air Force namely Su-25 attack aircraft and Su-24m bombers, covered by fighter jets, provided fire support to Ukrainian troops in several strategic areas, inflicting powerful missile and bomb strikes on Russian invaders.

Find more details in a publication by Defense Express.

Ukraine’s Air Force down 13 Enemy Air Targets, Inflicted Air Strikes on Invaders on Saturday, April 16, Defense Express

01:15 The Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council: russia's Defense Ministry is circulating a fake report, claiming their army has cleansed Mariupol of Azov Regiment fighters.

The Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council: russia's Defense Ministry is circulating a fake report, claiming their army has cleansed Mariupol of Azov Regiment fighters, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Illustrative picture

"Ukrainian forces continue to defend Mariupol but the Russian Defense Ministry has already reported that the entire city of Mariupol is completely cleared of Azov militants, foreign mercenaries. and the Armed Forces. We warn you: this is fake news!", the message says, Ukrinform reports.

00:50 The Prime Minister of The UK Boris Johson to have a phone call with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

One of the topics of conversation was providing the means for Ukraine to defend itself, including armored vehicles in the coming days. Read full press release here.

The Prime Minister of The UK Boris Johson to have a phone call to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
The Prime Minister of The UK Boris Johson / Open source photo

What kind of incoming vehicles Ukraine will get from the United Kingdon read in the Defense Express article.

00:30 TheMayor of Kharkiv Ihor Terekhov: russian invaders again shell Kharkiv, leaving one person killed and two injured.

The Mayor of Kharkiv Ihor Terekhov: russian invaders again shell Kharkiv, leaving one person killed and two injured, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Kharkiv, illustrative photo

“One of districts in Kharkiv has just come under fire. One person was killed and two people were injured. At the moment, they are at hospital, and our health workers are fighting for their lives. Russian invaders conduct shelling to sow chaos, frighten people,” Terekhov told, Ukrinform reports.

00:15 The Joint Forces Operation (JFO) headquarters: Ukrainian fighters repulse 10 enemy attacks in JFO area, destroy 15 tanks.

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“Thanks to the skilful actions and competence of the Ukrainian military, the JFO group has repulsed 10 enemy attacks over the past day. Russian occupiers suffered losses. Ukrainian defenders destroyed 15 enemy tanks, three artillery systems, 24 armored vehicles and 10 motor vehicles,” the JFO post on Facebook informs, Ukrinform reports.

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