​Day 60th 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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Defenders of Ukraine inflict the enemy heavy losses in equipment and manpower daily approaching the long-awaited Day of countrys liberation from the occupiers and so desired Victory Day
Defenders of Ukraine inflict the enemy heavy losses in equipment and manpower daily approaching the long-awaited Day of countrys liberation from the occupiers and so desired Victory Day

Today marks exactly two months since the day when, on early morning February 24, Ukraine once again felt the treachery of its northeastern neighbor. Two months into the war, there have been over 2,200 civilians killed and almost 3,000 wounded. The war has taken the lives of 208 children and left 387 injured. The two months of war with Russia have forced every fourth Ukrainian out of their home; 7.1 million people have become internally displaced and 5 million more fled to other countries. The day 60th of War between Ukraine and russian federation coincided with Orthodox Easter. With war still going on around them, Ukrainians had to mark Orthodox Easter weekend differently this year - but some made an effort all the same, coming out for a blessing on Holy Saturday

Brief facts:

  • Ukrainian cities Poltava and Kremenchuk suffered heavy missile hits.
  • During the 60 days of full-scale war, Russia killed 213 children in Ukraine, another 398 were injured.
  • Ukraine’s troops have repulsed 12 attacks and destroyed 4 tanks, 5 artillery systems, 15 armored personnel vehicles, 1 armored combat vehicle, and 4 tracks in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area on Saturday, April 23.
  • A number of special monitoring mission staff members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have been detained in eastern Ukraine.
  • President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky states that Ukraine will start to retake occupied territories as soon as receive enough weapons.

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

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00:45 The head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Oleh Syniehubov: Two people killed, 14 injured in Russian shelling of Kharkiv region during Easter.

The head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Oleh Syniehubov: Two people killed, 14 injured in Russian shelling of Kharkiv region during Easter, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
The head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Oleh Syniehubov / Open source photo

"The occupiers attacked the districts of Oleksiyivka, Saltivka, and Northern Saltivka in Kharkiv last night. Three people were injured. During the day, Russian invaders fired on Zolochiv and Chuhuiv districts. According to preliminary data, 11 were wounded, including an 11-year-old child: six in Chuhuiv, five in Malynivka, and one in Zolochiv. Two people died in Kharkiv and Chuhuiv,” the head of the regional administration wrote, Ukrinform reports.

00:20 The President of the USA Joe Biden: U.S. to continue helping Ukrainians fight for their homeland.

The President of the USA Joe Biden: U.S. to continue helping Ukrainians fight for their homeland, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
The President of the USA Joe Biden / Open sources photo

”Two months after Putin launched an unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine, Kyiv still stands. President Zelenskyy and his democratically-elected government remain in power,” Biden wrote, Ukrinform reports.

"We will continue to support Ukrainians in their fight to defend their homeland," the U.S. president stressed.

23:45 The Head of the Kryvyi Rih Military Administration Oleksandr Vilkul: Russia is preparing attack on Kryvyi Rih from Kherson region. City ready for attack.

The Head of the Kryvyi Rih Military Administration Oleksandr Vilkul: Russia is preparing attack on Kryvyi Rih from Kherson region. City ready for attack, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
The Head of the Kryvyi Rih Military Administration Oleksandr Vilkul / Open source photo

"The enemy is forming an offensive strike formation in our direction in the Kherson region. In the coming days we are waiting for their possible transition to the offensive. But we know more about them than they think, we understand all their plans and are fully prepared for any development of the situation", - he wrote, Censor.net reports.

23:00 The Head of Kharkiv Military Administration Oleh Synehubov: Two people killed, 14 wounded in Kharkiv Oblast by Russian shelling on April 24.

The Head of Kharkiv Military Administration Oleh Synehubov: Two people killed, 14 wounded in Kharkiv Oblast by Russian shelling on April 24, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
The Head of Kharkiv Military Administration Oleh Synehubov

One civilian was killed in Kharkiv, another one in the town of Chuhuiv. The official said that an 11-year-old child was among the injured, Synehubov said, Kyiv Independent reports.

22:35 Financial Times: Putin shifts to land-grab strategy in Ukraine.

Citing an undisclosed source, the Financial Times reported that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who considered a peace deal with Ukraine last month, had lost interest in diplomatic efforts to end the war in Ukraine. “He wants to win big,” the source said, Kyiv Independent reports.

22:00 An investigative journalist, executive director and chairman of the board of the Bellingcat platform Christo Grozev: Russia has used up about 70% of its high-precision missiles since war-start.

An investigative journalist, executive director and chairman of the board of the Bellingcat platform Christo Grozev: Russia has used up about 70% of its high-precision missiles since war-start, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
An investigative journalist, executive director and chairman of the board of the Bellingcat platform Christo Grozev / Open sources photo

"They have about 30% of what they started the war with. There is also the question: who is operating these missiles? After all, the resource that can work with these missiles is also limited. Our intelligence suggests this is about 30 to 40 people. After all, Ukraine is working not only to shoot down and destroy missiles, but also to identify persons who can program these missiles. Therefore, I won’t be surprised if not only hardware but also so-called software runs out in Russia,”Grozev said, Ukrinform reported.

21:40 Head of the Poltava Regional Military Administration Dmytro Lunin: Nine Russian rockets hit critical infrastructure in Poltava region.

Head of the Poltava Regional Military Administration Dmytro Lunin: Five Russian rockets hit critical infrastructure in Poltava region, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Illustrative photo from open sources

"Nine Russian rockets stroke infrastructural objects in the region. The information on casualties and damage is being verified", said Lunin, Pravda reports. No additional information given.

21:25 Ukrainian BTR-4E is surely an iconic armor, which is used by Ukraine’s defenders. This time it was a fatal encounter for russia’s infantry.

Watch the video in the article by Defense Expres: Ukraine’s BTR-4E Destroys russia’s Infantry with Direct Fire (On-Board Video)

Watch the video in the article by Defense Expres: Ukraine’s BTR-4E Destroys russia’s Infantry with Direct Fire (On-Board Video), Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
On-board video of successfully done job

21:00 Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk: Evacuation corridor for Mariupol not opened on Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk: Evacuation corridor for Mariupol not opened on Sunday, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk / Open source photo

"We could not open humanitarian corridor for Mariupol, as Russia did not confirm the guarantee of a ceasefire regime," Vereshchuk said in remarks on national television. "We will try again tomorrow", CNN reports.

20:15 Russian shelling of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv oblast injures 3 people, including child. Mayor Halyna Minaeva told Suspilne media outlet that high-rise buildings and the private sector were damaged as a result of the attack, Kyivindependent reports.

19:28 General Staff published an operational update regarding the Russian invasion as of 18:00, 24.04.2022. Excerpts:

  • Russians are advancing in the Eastern Operational Zone to defeat the Joint Forces, establish full control over the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, and secure a land route to the temporarily occupied Crimea.
  • There is an intensification of offensive and assault actions of Russian enemy units in the areas of Pashkove, Dovgenke and Velyka Komyshuvakha. The enemy was unsuccessful, suffered losses and was forced to retreat to previously occupied frontiers.
  • There were also a number of other unsuccessful attempts of Russians to advance but Ukrainian troops repulsed the attacks.
  • In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the enemy is building up its command and control system and air defense. Continues to fire on the positions of our troops from mortars, artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers along the entire line of contact. Inflicts air strikes on operational and tactical aircraft.
  • In the Popasna direction, the occupying forces tried to gain a foothold on the achieved frontiers. Regrouped and replenished its personnel and ammunition and prepared for further assaults.
  • Russian occupiers continue to shell Kharkiv and Mariupol, especially in the Azovstal plant area. The enemy inflicted air strikes on certain objects of civilian infrastructure. The occupiers carried out assault operations in the direction of the settlement of Vremivka, suffered losses and retreated to previously occupied positions.

Read the full report here.

18:35 Invaders start forced mobilization of residents in Kherson, Zaporizhia, Kharkiv regions – Defense Intelligence of Ukraine

"The occupiers are mobilizing Ukrainian doctors who remain in the occupied territories. In particular, in the city of Volchansk (Kharkiv region), in primary health care, junior medical personnel are forcibly sent to the front line to provide first aid to Russian wounded. In case of refusal, doctors are threatened with execution," Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reports, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

The occupiers have blocked any possibility of leaving the Kherson region to the Ukraine-controlled territories to ensure mobilization. Russian servicemen and FSB officers are looking for people of military age in the Zaporizhzhia region to forcibly enlist them as combat units and send them to the most problematic areas.

More reports from the Ukrainian intelligence:

Two russia’s Generals Eliminated. Enemy Advanced Command Post Successfully Destroyed

18:11 Russia is staging a "false flag" performance with tanks

Operational Command "South" reports that Russian tanks with Ukrainian flags was spotted in Hrozove settlement of the Kherson region. The column moved towards Molodetske village.

In this manner Russians are trying to imitate the presence of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the occupied territories, the Command claims. Then, according to the plan, these tanks are launching attacks on local settlements, thus creating a fake image of the Ukrainian army "attacking" civilians of the Kherson region.

As the Command explains, this campaign is aimed to pressure the local population, spread propaganda, undermine the Ukrainian authority and create "pseudo-republics", not to mention the danger to the lives of civilians.

17:13 Marines of the 501st Marine Battalion "de-militarize" the Russian army

"Another ruscist T-72 tank was brought into a right condition, that is, into metal scrap. Great job by the 'Stugna-P' calculation squad of the marines!" published on the Naval Force Command's Facebook.

The footage shows the tank being hit with a "Stugna-P" anti-tank guided missile of Ukrainian manufacture.

A more detailed analysis of this long-range shot is now available on Defense Express:

Shot on the Edge: Stugna-P Harvests Russian Tank From Miles Away

16:31 Russia continues to attack Mariupol despite Putin's order to stop the assault

"Orthodox Easter 2022. But right now, Russian Federation is continuously attacking the Mariupol Azovstal [steel plant]. The place where our civilians & military are located is shelled with heavy air bombs & artillery. RF accumulates forces & equipment for the assault. Who gave the order 'not to storm'?" wonders Mykhailo Podoliak, the Adviser to the President's Office and member of the Ukraine-Russia negotiation group.

He offered three "Mariupol steps" for the Kremlin to follow:

  1. Announce a working Easter truce and provide a ceasefire in Mariupol.
  2. Establish an immediate humanitarian corridor for civilians.
  3. Agree to a “special round of negotiations” for the exchange of military that was proposed by the Ukrainian side earlier

16:13 Ukraine to ask for more weapons during the visit of senior US officials

Ukraine will ask the US for more heavy weapons to defeat Russia during the upcoming visit to Kyiv by the US secretary of state Antony Blinken and defense secretary Lloyd Austin, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday, April 23. The Head of state underlined this visit as being "very important" for Ukraine, The Guardian reports.

The Ukrainian president said the US and UK had provided the “best military support” to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country two months ago. He credited "western partners" for the recent speed-up of arms deliveries, especially Washington. Zelenskyy said he would present an "armaments list" to the Biden administration on Sunday, April 24 in order to thwart Russia’s ongoing attempt to seize the Donbas region.

With sufficient arms Ukraine’s military could take back "tomorrow" territory temporarily occupied by Russian forces in the south and east, the President said.

Read more on the topic:

Responsible for Weaponry: The White House Appointed a Ukraine Security Aid Coordinator

Defense Express / President Zelenskyy during the Q&A event for international and Ukrainian media on April 23 / Day 60th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)
President Zelenskyy during the Q&A event for international and Ukrainian media on April 23 / Photo credit: Office of the President of Ukraine

15:20 West Virginia to send M113 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine

Governor of the state Jim Justice announced that the West Virginia National Guard will send "an undisclosed number" of M113 APCs for Ukraine to use against Russian aggression, CBS News Pittsburgh reports.

According to the Associated Press news release, the request for the military aid was submitted by the US Department of Defense. It is not specified whether the armor will be delivered in the framework of the latest US $800 million aid package to Ukraine or separately.

"By joining with other states in sending numerous of these armored vehicles to Ukraine, we hope and pray that this will give Ukrainian forces a major leg up in their defense of their home country," Justice said in a statement.

14:30 The UN’s Ukraine crisis coordinator, Amin Awad, has called for an “immediate stop” to fighting in Mariupol so that civilians trapped in the city can be evacuated today, The Guardian reports citing AFP.

“The lives of tens of thousands, including women, children and older people, are at stake in Mariupol,” Awad said in a statement. “We need a pause in fighting right now to save lives.

“The longer we wait the more lives will be at risk. They must be allowed to safely evacuate now, today. Tomorrow could be too late.”

His call came after an attempted evacuation from Mariupol by Ukraine had failed on Saturday, with Kyiv saying it was “thwarted” by Russian forces.

UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine Amin Awad, Defense Express
UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine Amin Awad

The UN statement said there was an estimated 100,000 civilians trapped in the city, which has been heavily destroyed after being besieged by Russian forces for weeks.

Awad said Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated in both Russia and Ukraine, provided an opportunity to halt hostilities.

“At a time of a rare calendar alignment of the religious holidays of Orthodox Easter, Passover and Ramadan, it is the time to focus on our common humanity, setting divisions aside,” Awad said.

The leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church marks Good Friday with a passion liturgy about the death of Christ Jesus in St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv, Defense Express
The leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church marks Good Friday with a passion liturgy about the death of Christ Jesus in St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv / Photo credit: Scott Peterson/Getty Images

This month UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had urged a pause in fighting for Orthodox Easter. As Defense Express reported Russia rejected UN Secretary-General's proposal for Easter humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine.

14:00 The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks of hope on Easter Sunday: “Today we all believe in a new victory for Ukraine. And we are all convinced that we will not be destroyed by any horde or evil.”

In his Easter message on Sunday, The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke from the ancient St Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv (the cathedral, which was founded a thousand years ago, on the field of the sacred battle where the army of Kyivan Rus’-Ukraine defeated the Pechenegs): “The great holiday today gives us great hope and unwavering faith that light will overcome darkness, good will overcome evil, life will overcome death, and therefore Ukraine will surely win.”

“The Lord and the holy heavenly light are on our side,” he added. “We are going through very difficult ordeals. Let us reach a just end on this path – the beginning of a happy life and prosperity of Ukraine.”

Zelenskiy said: “On Easter, we ask God for great grace to make our dream come true – this is another great day – the day when great peace will come to Ukraine.”

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks of hope on Easter Sunday, Defense Express
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks of hope on Easter Sunday

Find Easter congratulations by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a publication by Defense Express.

The President of Ukraine on Easter Sunday: Today we all believe in a new victory for Ukraine

Christ is Risen! - The traditional Easter greeting, Defense Express
"Christ is Risen!" - The traditional Easter greeting is heard today in all military units that perform tasks to repel and deter the aggressive, unprovoked, aggressive, criminal war against Ukraine unleashed by the russian federation / Photo credit: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

13:30 Today marks exactly two months since the day when, on early morning February 24, Ukraine once again felt the treachery of its northeastern neighbor.

Rocket and missile attacks rained down on dozens of peaceful cities. Ukrainians, who were about to start a new working day, began a different life, when the Russian Federation started up an all-out war against our country and all the Ukrainian people on February 24, 2022.

Not the life they planned to live saving their loved ones and their country, but a hard life in the army, a life of survival in evacuation. There was no wide choice as an evil, insidious enemy had come to the Ukrainian land with the war

Russian Federation started up an all-out war against our country and all the Ukrainian people on February 24, 2022 Foto: ChrisMcGrath, Getty Images

Two months into the war, there have been over 2,200 civilians killed and almost 3,000 wounded. The war has taken the lives of 208 children and left 387 injured. The two months of war with Russia have forced every fourth Ukrainian out of their home; 7.1 million people have become internally displaced and 5 million more fled to other countries.

People with their belongings in a city subway that they have used as a bomb shelter in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

Russians themselves -- prisoners of war, those who were not forced to open their eyes until when they had found themselves in the hell of fierce Ukrainian resistance – are testifying on who is to blame for unleashing the war in Ukraine. They happened to be more fortunate than those from among the 21,000+ invaders who have fertilized the Ukrainian black earth and can only be silent reproach to those who sent them to fight in Ukraine. Now the floor goes to those of the invaders who were lucky to survive and be captured (there are over 700 of them so far).

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express.

Perpetrator Testimony: Who Gave the Criminal Order to Launch a War Against the Ukrainian People (Video)

A resident looks for belongings in an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Defense Express
A resident looks for belongings in an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022 / Photo credit: Vadim Ghirda/AP

12:58 Russian invaders continue shelling and attempting to storm the Azovstal plant in the besieged city of Mariupol, launching air strikes on children’s heads.

The relevant statement was made by Azov Regiment Deputy Commander Captain Sviatoslav Palamar in a video address.

“Please remember, right now when you are sharing Easter images and enjoying the truce, the enemy is dropping bombs on innocent children’s heads in Mariupol,” Palamar told.

In his words, Russians continue to launch air strikes on Mariupol defenders and civilians, shoot with cannons, tanks and naval guns, and the enemy infantry are attempting to storm.

Palamar expressed gratitude to those who are trying to help, not in words but in deeds, Mariupol residents to get evacuated from the dangerous area and the Ukrainian military, fighting against the enemy superior forces, to break out of encirclement. Palamar urged the entire civilized world to join these efforts.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express.

Chronicle of the Russian Federation Crimes in Ukraine (update)

12:10 On April 23, Ukrainian pyrotechnic workers have neutralized 1,471 explosive objects, including three aviation bombs. The State Emergency Service said this a Facebook post, Ukrinform reports.

“Pyrotechnic units of the State Emergency Service were called out 123 times over the past day. As many as 1,471 explosive items and 10 kg of explosive materials were found, removed and disposed, including 3 aviation bombs, the area of 85.64 hectares was surveyed,” the report says.

Most of mine clearance operations was conducted in Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Mykolaiv regions.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express.

Mariupol Defenders Rejected Russia's Ultimatum – Prime Minister Shmyhal

11:30 Russian forces are continuously attacking Mariupol's Azovstal, where civilians and the military are located. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian President's Office, said this in a Twitter post.

“Orthodox Easter 2022. But right now, the Russian Federation is continuously attacking the Mariupol Azovstal. The place where our civilians and military are located is shelled with heavy air bombs and artillery. The Russian Federation accumulates forces and equipment for the assault. Who gave the order ‘not to storm’?” Podolyak wrote.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian President's Office
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian President's Office

The official noted that Russian should think about the remnants of its reputation. According to him, for this, three “Mariupol steps” are needed: announce a real Easter truce in Mariupol, immediate humanitarian corridor for civilians, agree to a “special round of negotiations” so that Ukraine can take/exchange its military.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express.

Mariupol Defenders Rejected Russia's Ultimatum – Prime Minister Shmyhal

10:54 Ukraine has “repelled numerous Russian assaults along the line of contact in the Donbas this week,” the UK Defense Ministry said in its latest intelligence update on Sunday. “Despite Russia making some territorial gains, Ukrainian resistance has been strong across all axes and inflicted significant cost on Russian forces,” the assessment continued, without clarifying whether the resistance was being led by the Ukrainian Armed forces of civilian groups. The Defense Ministry also cited “poor Russian morale and limited time to reconstitute, re-equip and reorganize forces from prior offensives” as the likely causes for Russia’s hindered “combat effectiveness.”

10:05 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 24.04. Find them in an infographic by Defense Express:

So far, the list of enemy's combat losses is the following:

Personnel - more 21 800,

Tanks ‒ 873 units,

APV ‒ 2238 units,

Artillery systems – 408 units,

MLRS – 147 units,

Anti-aircraft warfare systems – 69 units,

Aircraft – 179 units,

Helicopters – 154 units,

Vehicles – 1557 units,

Boats / cutters - 8 units,

Fuel tanks - 76,

UAV operational-tactical level - 191 units,

Special equipment – 28,

Mobile SRBM system - 4.

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

09:10 The Azov Regiment showed photos of burned Mariupol, which the Russian army has been bombing for 60 days.

08:58 According to Prosecutor General's Office, during the 60 days of full-scale war, Russia killed 213 children in Ukraine, another 398 were injured.

Most children were affected in Donetsk Oblast— 122, Kyiv Oblast— 114, Kharkiv Oblast— 91, Chernihiv Oblast— 66, Kherson Oblast— 44, Mykolayiv Oblast— 43, Luhansk Oblast— 37, Zaporizhzhia Oblast— 27, Sumy Oblast— 17, Kyiv city — 16, Zhytomyr Oblast— 15.

08:11 General Staff: operational information regarding the Russian invasion as of 06:00, 24.04.2022. Key points of the report:

  • russian enemy continues to conduct offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to defeat the Joint Forces;
  • russian enemy is regrouping and expanding missile and artillery units to support the offensive, and continues to launch missile and bomb strikes on military and civilian infrastructure;
  • In the Slobozhansky direction, in the Belgorod region, according to available data, 60 km from the state border of Ukraine deployed launchers of ground-to-ground ballistic operational-tactical missile systems 9K720 Iskander (SS-26 Stone). russian enemy continues to partially blockade Kharkiv, firing on units of our troops and critical infrastructure;
  • occupiers are shelling the positions of Ukrainian in the areas of Kurulka and Nova Dmytrivka, conducting air reconnaissance of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the help of the Orlan-10 UAV in the areas of Barvinkove, Kurulka and Husarivka.
  • In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, russian enemy fires on the positions of Ukrainian troops with the use of mortars, artillery and rocket-propelled grenades along the entire line of contact. It intensified offensive and assault operations in the Siverodonetsk, Kurakhiv and Popasna directions. There are battles in the areas of Zarichne, Rubizhne and Popasna. In the Siverodonetsk direction, the enemy launched pontoon crossings across the Krasna River. It is increasing the air defence system in the Avdiivka direction;
  • In the Mariupol direction, russian enemy continued to fire and blockade our units in the Azovstal area of Mariupol. Inflicts air strikes, including from long-range aircraft. Using the railway connection, the enemy makes attempts to establish logistical support for troops;
  • In the South Buh direction, russian enemy continues to hold its positions, in some areas it tries to improve the tactical position, exerts fire on the positions of units of Ukrainian troops and civilian infrastructure of Ukrainian settlements;
  • The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, along with other anti-aircraft units of the Defence Forces, destroyed seventeen air targets the previous day: nine UAVs, three planes and five cruise missiles;
  • Twelve attacks by the russian occupiers were repulsed in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts over the past 24 hours, four tanks, fifteen armored and four units of motor vehicles, and five artillery systems were destroyed.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express.

Day 59th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)

07:26 According to Operational Command South, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have regained control over eight settlements across Ukraine’s southern Kherson region.

It is noted that in Kherson region, on the eve of a sham "referendum" on proclaiming a self-styled “republic,” the enemy tried to intensify its offensive.

Russian attempts at advancing to Oleksandrivka and Tavria remained unsuccessful, as were the attempts to seize Mykolayivka. The enemy attacks were repulsed with artillery fire, the Ukrainian military wrote.

A Ukrainian soldier stands a top a destroyed Russian APC, March 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A Ukrainian soldier stands a top a destroyed Russian APC, March 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

"Our units have regained control over eight settlements in Kherson region from the positions of observation posts," the statement said.

Ukrainian units in the area of Kyselivka, opened fire on enemy forces that had been preparing for the offensive. The Russians suffered heavy losses and retreated toward Chornobaivka.

It is believed that the total losses incurred by the Russian troops include 74 servicemen and 13 units of heavy equipment, including two main battle tanks, a multiple rocket launch system, six armored and engineering vehicles, and four reconnaissance drones.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express.

Defenders of Ukraine Repulsed 12 Enemy’s Attacks, Destroyed Dozens of Military Vehicles in JFO Area

05:40 The consul of Bulgaria was abducted in Melitopol, city mayor Ivan Fedorov said on the air of the national marathon.

03:50 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of being a “sponsor of terrorism” in his nightly address Saturday, decrying a deadly attack on the southern port of Odesa that coincided with the observance of Holy Saturday before the Easter holiday celebrated on April 24 by many Christians in Ukraine.

"Today was Holy Saturday for Christians of the Eastern Rite. The day between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. It seems that Russia is stuck on such a day," Zelenskyy said. "But there will be a Resurrection. Life will defeat death. The truth will defeat any lies, and evil will be punished."

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

At least eight people, including a three-month-old baby, were killed in Russian missile strikes in Odesa on Saturday, Zelensky said. A Ukrainian official earlier said at least six cruise missiles were launched at the port city, as Russia continues its brutal offensive in south and east of the country.

In his remarks Saturday evening, Zelensky thanked the country's defenders "who ensure our security this night before Easter and every day," and vowed justice for Ukraine.

"It is only a matter of time before all Russian murderers feel what a fair response to their crimes is. It is only a matter of time before we can bring all the deported Ukrainians home. It is only a matter of time before all our people all over Ukraine feel what a strong peace is," he said.

Many Ukrainians celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar, with Easter Sunday falling this year on April 24.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express.

Chronicle of the Russian Federation Crimes in Ukraine (update)

02:30 Ukrainian air defense forces have shot down two Russian cruise missiles flying in the direction of the port of Pivdennyi. According to Ukrinform, Odesa City Council's press service reported this on Telegram.

"On April 23, at 22:00, in the Odesa region, warriors of an anti-aircraft missile unit of the Ukrainian Air Force shot down two Russian cruise missiles that were launched from the Black Sea area by a Russian ship and were flying towards the port of Pivdennyi," the statement said.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express.

Two russia’s Generals Eliminated. Enemy Advanced Command Post Successfully Destroyed

01:55 Ukraine’s air defense units shot down 17 Russian aerial targets on Saturday, April 23.

The anti-aircraft missile units of the Ukrainian Air Force and the Ukrainian Ground Forces destroyed 17 air targets in the past day, including three aircraft and five cruise missiles.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported this on Facebook.

"The 59th day of the liberation war against the Russian occupiers is coming to an end. Like all other days, it was difficult for Ukrainian defenders. Military transport, fighter, bomber, assault aircraft of the Air Force continue to perform their tasks in Ukraine's airspace, providing support and cover for ground troops and firing on the positions of the Russian occupation forces. And the state's air defense continues to destroy the enemy in the air," the statement read.

Ukraine’s air defense units shot down 17 Russian aerial targets on Saturday, April 23, Defense Express
Ukraine’s air defense units shot down 17 Russian aerial targets on Saturday, April 23

On April 23, the anti-aircraft missile units of the Ukrainian Air Force and the Ukrainian Ground Forces struck 17 air targets, including three aircraft (preliminarily Su-34, Su-35 and Su-25), five cruise missiles and nine UAVs (presumably Orlan-10 drones).

00:55 Ukrainian military destroyed dozens of enemy’s military vehicles including four tanks, aircraft in JFO area.

Ukraine’s troops have repulsed 12 attacks and destroyed dozens of units of enemy equipment in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area on Saturday, April 23. Four tanks, five artillery systems, 15 armored personnel vehicles, one armored combat vehicle, and four tracks are among destroyed enemy’s equipment.

It is according press service of the Joint Forces Operation.

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Defenders of Ukraine Repulsed 12 Enemy’s Attacks, Destroyed Dozens of Military Vehicles in JFO Area

A Russian BTR-82A armored personnel carrier was destroyed in JFO area by Ukraine's military, Defense Express
A Russian BTR-82A armored personnel carrier was destroyed in JFO area by Ukraine's military / Photo credit: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

00:40 The United Kingdom’s ministry of defense has released an intelligence update detailing accusations that Russia is planning to conscript Ukrainian civilians in the partly occupied southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, The Guardian reports.

This would follow similar practices in the Russian-occupied Crimea and Donbas regions.

“Any enlistment of Ukrainian civilians into the Russian armed forces, even if presented by Russia as being voluntary or military service in accordance with Russian law, would constitute a violation of article 51 of the fourth Geneva Convention,” the ministry of defense tweeted.

00:20 A number of special monitoring mission staff members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have been detained in eastern Ukraine, the organization said Saturday, April 23.

The world’s largest regional security organization said that “a number” of special monitoring mission staff members “have been deprived of their liberty in Donetsk and Luhansk,” The Guardian reports citing Reuters.

“The OSCE is using all available channels to facilitate the release of its staff,” its media office said in response to a query, giving no more details.

In addition to the detained staff members, Deirdre Brown, Britain’s deputy ambassador to the OSCE, said she has received “alarming reports that Russia’s proxies in Donbas are threatening mission staff, equipment and premises.”

A number of special monitoring mission staff members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have been detained in eastern Ukraine, Defense Express
U.S. staff of OSCE began pullout from the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine befor russia started fill scale war against Ukraine. Cars of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) drive along a road after leaving the territory of the Park Inn hotel housing the monitoring mission in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine February 13, 2022 / Photo credit: REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenk

The organization said in March that it had evacuated nearly 500 international mission members from Ukraine. The special monitoring mission moved to an administrative role as of 1 April, the organization said, to ensure the safety of its members and assets throughout Ukraine, including in areas not under government control. The special monitoring mission continues to assist national staff in Ukraine to relocate to safer areas.

“Contacts with national mission members continue on a daily basis, including in order to ascertain their whereabouts and assist them, to the extent possible, should they decide to re-locate,” the organization said.

00:05 Russian “Rasul Gamzatov” Rubin-class patrol ship of project 22460 was damaged during towing.

The ship belongs to the russia's Coast Guard of the Border Service of the FSB, Defense Express reports citing Glavcom.

Russian relocated the patrol boat to strengthen the naval group of occupiers in the Sea of Azov.

The patrol ship is anchored in the port of Azov, the Rostov region and is awaiting repairs. The repair works should involve docking to replace the damaged shaft line and propeller.

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Russia Lost Another Ship - “Rasul Gamzatov” Patrol Ship Damaged While Towing

Russian Rasul Gamzatov Rubin-class patrol ship of project 22460 was damaged during towing, Defense Express
Russian “Rasul Gamzatov” Rubin-class patrol ship of project 22460 anchored in the port of Azov
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