​Day 65th 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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​Day 65th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)

Day 64 was truly an eventful day by all means. From the military prospective Ukrainian fighters bravely repel enemy attacks all over Ukraine, the encircled city of heroes Mariupol creates a hard life for the occupiers. However, Kyiv, Fastiv and Odesa came under enemy shelling, casualties sent to hospitals. From the political prospective the US President Joe Biden asked Congress for 33 billion dollars to support Ukraine, US House of Parliament has voted to pass Lend-Lease bill for our country, which is surely a historical event in modern history. The procedure of military aid will be much faster, weapons will be much deadlier. One day closer to our victory.

Brief facts:

  • Airstrike on Azovstal hospital: at least 600 people injured
  • More than 1,900 missiles were fired on Ukraine since russian invasion began
  • EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell says Russia's latest airstrike on Kyiv is a blatant disregard for international law
  • US President Joe Biden asked Congress for 16 billion dollars in addition to requested 33 billion to support Ukraine

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

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23:52 More than 600 people injured as a result of the airstrike on Azovstal hospital

Mayor of Mariupol Vadym Boichenko said that during the briefing at the Ukraine Media Center. According to him, the airstrike on a hospital in Mariupol on April 28, more precisely the one on the territory of Azovstal steel plant, controlled by Ukrainian defenders, resulted in 600 injured, no lethal casualties reported.

The mayor also mentioned that more than 20,000 people in total have died since the start of a full-scale russian offensive in Mariupol. He said this is more than during the two years of the Nazi occupation of the city in World War II.

Here's the video shot right after the airstrike:

23:26 M113 armored personnel carriers to be sent from the U.S. to Ukraine soon

Voice of America presented a video of Indiana National Guardsmen preparing M113 APCs for transportation:

M113 APCs are included in the list of military aid provided by the United Statesprovided by the United States to Ukraine to help fight against russian aggression.

Recently, Defense Express found out how those armored vehicles are gathered across the country for further deployment on Ukrainian frontlines. Also, we provided an analysis of the latest unprecedented appeal of U.S. President Joe Biden for $33 billion in arms for Ukraine. More details:

$33bn from US: Biden Asked Congress for Astronomical Sum in Funding to Aid Ukraine’s Fight Against Russia

Defense Express / $33bn from US: Biden Asked Congress for Astronomical Sum in Funding to Aid Ukraine’s Fight Against Russia / Day 65th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)
$33bn from US: Biden Asked Congress for Astronomical Sum in Funding to Aid Ukraine’s Fight Against Russia

23:01 More than 1,900 missiles were fired on Ukraine since russian invasion began

Senior defense official at Pentagon told reporters about that.

"Most of the missile launches and, quite frankly, fixed-wing strikes on Ukraine continue to be happening in Mariupol and in the Joint Force operation area, basically, the Donbas region. That's really where the preponderance of strike activity continues to occur," the official said

Almost all of the airstrikes and missile launches are coming from the russian territory, the official noted.

Defense Express / Results of a missile strike in Kyiv on April 28 / Day 65th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)
Results of a missile strike in Kyiv on April 28 / Photo credit: State Emergence Service

22:41 Ukrainian defenders have successfully repelled 14 russian attacks in the Eastern Operational Zone and inflicted following losses to the enemy:

  • 11 tanks;
  • 7 artillery systems;
  • 27 armored carriers;
  • one armored fighting vehicle;
  • 14 non-armored vehicles.

Air defense forces shot down

  • one jet aircraft
  • and seven unmanned aerial vehicles

These data apply to the eastern operational directions only.

More data on the current situation on the frontlines in the latest operational update from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine:

Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: Russians Repeatedly Lose Their Reconnaissance Drones

Defense Express / Russian tank eliminated by Ukrainian forces.
Russian tank eliminated by Ukrainian forces. "V" mark indicates this one was redeployed from northern Ukraine and belarus to the eastern Ukraine where the fighting is now going on / Photo credit: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

22:28 Ukrainian marines destroy two infantry fighting vehicles

Servicemen from the 503rd Marine Corps Battalion have precisely dropped explosives on russian armored vehicles. Video below:

21:50 Ukrainian forces blew up a bridge in Donetsk region

The railway bridge over the Siversky Donets' river was blown to thwart russian supplies. The information was confirmed to Hromadske by Joint Forces Operation press center.

The bridge between villages Raihorodok and Lyman, where intense fighting continues, was blown exactly under a russian train with freight cars. Here's the footage:

21:05 Azov Regiment has published "Chronicles of Mariupol Defense"

According to their report on Telegram, the defenders of Mariupol (Azov Special Operations Detachment, Marine Corps, state border guards, national police and territorial defense – memo by Defense Express) have been fighting against overwhelming force of 14,000 russian invaders.

Confirmed data indicate 1157 russian military personnel destroyed (and 840 unconfirmed), 49 tanks, 23 APCs, 36 IFVs and more.

"The fighting goes on!" the message said.

More details and a video in our story:

Chronicles of Mariupol Defense from Azov Regiment (Video)

Defense Express / Chronicles of Mariupol Defense from Azov Regiment / Day 65th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)
Illustrative photo / Credit: Azov Regiment official website
20:42

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has released an operational update regarding the russian invasion as of 18:00, April 29, 2022

Russian forces continue their offensive operations in the Eastern Ukraine in order to defeat the defense forces, establish full control over the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk eastern regions and establish a land corridor to the occupied Crimea.

In particular, russians launch air and missile strikes to disrupt Ukrainian logistics. They also try to clarify the positions of defenses with the help of "Orlan-10" unmanned aerial vehicles and repeatedly lose this reconnaissance equipment.

More details:

Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: Russians Repeatedly Lose Their Reconnaissance Drones

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Illustrative photo of a destoyed Orlan-10 / Photo credit: InformNapalm
19:46

Russian troops abducted two volunteers from the United Kingdom

General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine has started investigation into the abduction of two citizens of Great Britain by russian forces. According to the available data, on April 25 russian servicemen abducted two volunteers who were involved in the management of evacuation corridors in the Zaporizhzhia region of Southern Ukraine. The current location of the British citizens is unknown. Russian troops' actions are qualified as a war crime.

19:25 Defense Express analyzed the reasons for the tremendous russian losses of tanks in Ukraine

We found out how many enemy tanks were lost and grouped them according to their type and number along with their “fate” – destroyed, damaged or captured. It turns out T-72s both upgraded and without modifications are the most common "victims" to Ukrainian anti-tank "hunters". And even the advanced level of defense hasn't helped them so far. Read more:

Russia's Tank Assault Fiasco And Ukraine's Armor Issues

18:45

A Bellingcat investigative journalist published a photo comparing the medical kits of the occupiers and the Ukrainian army.

"Russian mercenaries presented this comparison of the first-aid kit of a Russian soldier (above) and the Ukrainian one (below). "Thatʼs what Putin and Shoigu brought us to," one commentator complained," Grozev wrote.

18:32 The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) officially informs, that "United States Air Force airmen load 155mm Howitzer ammunition bound for Ukraine into a C-17 Globemaster III at Travis Air Force Base, Calif".

18:10 The village of Ruska Lozova (Derhachiv community of Kharkiv region) has been liberated from the Russian occupation troops and is fully controlled by the Ukrainian army, commander of a separate battalion of the KRAKEN special unit Kostiantyn Nemichev has said.

"The KRAKEN special unit liberated from the occupier the village of Ruska Lozova near Kharkiv. The village is completely controlled by the Ukrainian army," Nemichev said in his Telegram channel.

"This is a strategically important settlement located on the Kharkiv-Belgorod road. It was from this suburb during the occupation that the enemy fired at the civilian infrastructure and residential areas of Kharkiv," he said.

17:55 The Ukrainian Rocket Forces and Artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have hit 11 enemy targets in southern Ukraine. The relevant statement was made by the South Operational Command on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “Last night Ukrainian rocket and artillery units hit 11 enemy targets. Losses are yet to be reported,” the report states. According to the South Operational Command, the situation within their control area is remaining tense but stable.

Within the temporarily occupied areas of Kherson Region and Mykolaiv Region, Russian invaders are attempting to promote the idea of the inevitability of consolidating these regions under Russia’s control but are failing to succeed. Local residents are desperately opposing despite intimidation and dispersed rallies.

The enemy is trying to agitate for the celebration of May 9 among war veterans and persons born in time of war to stage another fake video for Russia’s propagandist television.

Russian troops continue to shell Mykolaiv Region’s settlements, from where they had retreated, and are attempting to open fire on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In Odesa Region, counter-sabotage measures are underway. The enemy’s naval group continues to control the northwestern part of the Black Sea, blocking navigation. The threat of missile strikes from the sea is remaining high. There is also risk of strategic air strikes.

Find more details on the theme and key points of the report a publication by Defense Express:

The 65th Day of the War: Russian Casualties in Ukraine

16:53 As Polskie Radio informed, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started on February 24, Ukraine has received from Poland more than 200 T-72 tanks, which can be used to equip two tank brigades, 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers and Grad multiple launch rocket systems.

Ukraine has received from Poland more than 200 T-72 tanks
Ukraine has received from Poland more than 200 T-72 tanks

According to the report, Poland also provided the Ukrainian army with air-to-air missiles for MiG-29 and Su-27 aircraft, reconnaissance drones and Warmate drones manufactured by the Polish company WB Electronics, and Piorun man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems.

Poland also handed over dozens of infantry fighting vehicles and a large number of artillery shells to Ukraine.

Polish self-propelled howitzer 122mm Gvozdika
Polish self-propelled howitzer 122mm Gvozdika

According to Polskie Radio, during a recent meeting of Ukraine's allies at the Ramstein Air Base, Poland was named one of the leaders in terms of military support provided to Ukraine.

Find more details on the theme and key points of the report a publication by Defense Express:

Ukraine Received Tanks, Self-propelled Howitzers and MLRS from Poland on $1.6 billion

16:00 Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started on February 24, Poland has provided over 7 billion zlotys (more than $1.6 billion) in weapons and ammunition to Kyiv. In particular, the issue concerns more than 200 T-72 tanks, which can be used to equip two tank brigades, 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers and Grad multiple launch rocket systems, Ukrinform reports, with reference to Polskie Radio.

According to the report, Poland also provided the Ukrainian army with air-to-air missiles for MiG-29 and Su-27 aircraft, reconnaissance drones and Warmate drones manufactured by the Polish company WB Electronics, and Piorun man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems.

Poland also handed over dozens of infantry fighting vehicles and a large number of artillery shells to Ukraine.

According to Polskie Radio, during a recent meeting of Ukraine's allies at the Ramstein Air Base, Poland was named one of the leaders in terms of military support provided to Ukraine.

15:13 Andriy Demchenko, the spokesman for Ukraine's State Border Guard Service, said this at a briefing at Ukrinform on Friday, April 29, that the situation at the Transnistrian section of Ukraine's border with Moldova remains tense.

"The situation on the border with Moldova in the Transnistrian segment remains tense. It is possible that the enemy may use this area for further escalation, as was the case with Belarusian territory. However, both on the border with Belarus and in the Transnistria area, the Defense Forces of Ukraine are taking all of the necessary measures to strengthen [the protection of] these areas. All information that may affect border protection is taken into account," Demchenko said.

He also added that checkpoints at the Transnistrian section of the border with Moldova, on the border with Belarus as well as on the border with Russia remain closed in accordance with a Ukrainian government decision.

Speaking about the situation on the border with the EU and Moldova, Demchenko said that since February 24, more than five million people have crossed Ukraine's state border in both directions, including 3.885 million people who left Ukraine. More than one million Ukrainian citizens returned home.

He also said that Ukrainian border guards continued to record cases of violation of the state border outside the checkpoints by Ukrainian citizens.

Find more details on the theme and key points of the report a publication by Defense Express:

Explosions in Moldova to Justify Invasion of Ukraine

14:30 The Ukrainian Armed Forces have liberated the village of Ruska Lozova in the Kharkiv region from Russian invaders. The Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense reported this on Telegram.

"The village of Ruska Lozova in the Kharkiv region was liberated from the occupiers by an assault unit of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, under the leadership of the Commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrsky. Currently, it is completely under the control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces," the statement reads.

The agency said that this is a strategically important settlement located on the Kharkiv-Belgorod highway. It was from this suburb, during the Russian occupation, that the enemy fired at the civilian infrastructure and residential neighborhoods of Kharkiv.

14:02 The Command of the Ukrainian Air Force reported this on Telegram. Anti-aircraft missile forces of the Air Command South of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have received an S-300 missile system from partner countries, which significantly strengthened Ukrainian air defenses in the south of the country.

"The S-300 missile system effectively performs its work against a significant part of the objects of the Russian occupiers and can shoot down aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at a distance of 5 to 150 kilometers. At the same time, it doesn't matter at what distance a target flies - 10 meters or 27 kilometers," the statement reads.

The system is already performing combat missions, the command said.

S-300 anti-aircraft missile system
S-300 anti-aircraft missile system

13:20 The Russian military has again used phosphorous shells — this time in the village of Solovyov, Ocheretyne community in Donetsk oblast, said the head of the Donetsk Oblast State Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko. Lastochkyne was under fire again. In addition to the Ocheretyne direction, the shelling lasted all night in the Maryinka and Avdiyivka directions.

12:55 The Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine: Russia's officials warns organizations operating in the field of defense and space industry that russian software is danger for them

"Foreign hackers" use vulnerabilities in Russian software during attacks on Russia's ciber structure. "The use of these programs leads to the interception of computer control, information leakage, the ability to install and execute third-party software code, etc.,"Defense Intelligence of Ukraine cites a letter prepared in Russia to inform "organizations operating in the field of defense and space industry."

Find more details on the theme and key points of the report a publication by Defense Express:

Russia Found Unexpected "Enemy" For Its Defense Companies

Russia's defense industry may suffer from hackers through its own Russian software, Defense Express
Russia's defense industry may suffer from hackers through its own Russian software

12:30 Ukraine's State Border Guard Service: Sumy region comes under fire from Russian territory.

Russian troops fired on the Sumy region this morning - Ukraine's State Border Guard Service stated this on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

"This morning the enemy fired on the Sumy region from Russian territory. Border guards recorded more than 30 mortar mines fired from the Russian village of Gorodishche," the statement said.

The State Border Guard Service said that in one instance the enemy fired at the area between three villages in the Shostka district of the Sumy region. During another shelling instance, mines exploded on the outskirts of one of these villages.

Ukraine's State Border Guard Service: Sumy region comes under fire from Russian territory, Defense Express
Ukraine's State Border Guard Service: Sumy region comes under fire from Russian territory / Photo credit: State Border Guard Service

11:50 Josep Borrell: Russia's latest airstrike on Kyiv is blatant disregard for international law.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell considers yesterday's Russian missile strike on the Ukrainian capital during the visits made by UN Secretary-General Guterres and Bulgarian PM Petkov a blatant disregard for international law.

“Shocked and appalled about the Russian missile strikes on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Russia demonstrates again its blatant disregard for intl law by bombarding a city while UN Secretary-General António Guterres is present, alongside Bulgarian PM Kiril Petkov,” Borrell posted on Twitter.

11:25 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 25.04.

According to the report, russians are facing non-stop military losses on Ukrainian soil. About 23 000 (+200) agressor's troops eliminated, 573 (+11) air targets of invaders were shot down thousands of tanks, armored vehicles and tracks were destroyed by defenders of Ukraine.

Find more details on the current russias combat losses in Ukraine-russia war in a publication by Defense Express:

The 65th Day of the War: Russian Casualties in Ukraine

Russian tank T-72, that was destroyed by Ukrainian troops, Defense Express
Russian tank T-72, that was destroyed by Ukrainian troops

11:05 Ukraine’s foreign minister has tweeted this morning asking for security guarantees and criticising Nato for not opening the door to Ukraine’s membership, The Guardian reports.

Dmytro Kuleba said: “Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons for the sake of world peace. We have then been knocking on Nato’s door, but it never opened. Security vacuum led to Russian aggression. The world owes Ukraine security and we ask states to decide which security guarantees they are ready to provide.”

10:50 Some 13 pieces of enemy equipment, UAVs destroyed in Zaporizhia region in day.

The defenders of Zaporizhia region in the "hot" point of the front destroyed eight enemy tanks, one drone and other equipment of the Russian invaders in a day, Zaporizhia Separate Territorial Defense Brigade reports on its Facebook page.

The Ukrainian military reports on the successes of a 'hard day of fighting' on the front line between the settlements of Novopol and Velyka Novosilka (Zaporizhia region).

The Ukrainian Defense Forces, together with Zaporizhia Separate Territorial Defense Brigade, destroyed eight tanks, three armored vehicles, one Orlan-10 tactical drone and two trucks.

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

Ukraine’s Air Force Shot Down 15 Enemy Air Targets Previous Day

Another crash landed Russian Orlan-10 reconnaissance UAV is now in hands of the Ukrainian warriors, Defense Express
Another crash landed Russian Orlan-10 reconnaissance UAV is now in hands of the Ukrainian warriors

10:35 Baltic, Polish Foreign Ministers to discuss aid to Ukraine in Riga.

Options for helping Ukraine, as well as preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid in June to be the focus of the meeting in Riga of the foreign ministers of the Baltic States and the Polish Foreign Minister, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said.

The meeting will be attended by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets, and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.

During the meeting, the ministers will also discuss cooperation between Poland and the Baltic states in strengthening security in the region.

President of Poland Andrzej Duda, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, President of Latvia Eigles Levits, Estonian President Alar Karis visited Kyiv on April 13.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and President of the Republic of Estonia Alar Karis who were on a visit to Ukraine on April 13, Defense Express
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and President of the Republic of Estonia Alar Karis who were on a visit to Ukraine on April 13

10:15 Ukraine’s Prosecutor General's Office: Some 219 children die in Ukraine due to armed aggression of Russia, 398 children injured.

Ukraine as a result of the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation 617 children were injured in, as of the morning of April 29. The official number of dead children was 219 people, the number of injured was 398, the Prosecutor General's Office reports.

These figures are not final, as work is underway to establish them in areas of active hostilities, in temporarily occupied and liberated territories, the message released on Monday morning says.

Children suffered the most in Donetsk region - 139, Kyiv region - 115, Kharkiv region - 95, Chernihiv region - 68, Kherson region - 44, Mykolaiv region - 43, Luhansk region - 37, Zaporizhia region - 27, Sumy region - 17, in Kyiv - 16, Zhytomyr region - 15.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General's Office Some 219 children die in Ukraine due to armed aggression of Russia, 398 children injured

09:30 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukrainehas released an operational update on the state of warfare as of 06.00 on April 29, 2022.

According to the report, The enemy continues to carry out offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to defeat the Joint Forces, establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and maintain the land route with the occupied Crimea.

Find more details on the theme and key points of the report a publication by Defense Express:

Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: russia has No Significant Success Having Losses

russian T-72B3 tank captured by defenders of Ukraine / Photo credit: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Defense Express
russian T-72B3 tank captured by defenders of Ukraine / Photo credit: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

09:10 EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell says Mariupol “European Aleppo”

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell has referred to Ukraine's war-torn city of Mariupol as “European Aleppo,” adding that the EU intends to continue helping Ukraine to end Russia's aggression as soon as possible.

The EU High Representative made the statement via Twitter, Ukrinform reports.

"Mariupol is European Aleppo. The city destroyed to the ground. With thousands of civilians killed. We will do everything possible to end this war as soon as possible. And to this end, we will continue to help Ukraine," said Josep Borrell.

"The war in Ukraine is transforming global geopolitics," he added in the statement.

08:50 The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has destroyed 15 enemy air targets on Thursday, April 29.

The relevant statement was made by the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

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

Ukraine’s Air Force Shot Down 15 Enemy Air Targets Previous Day

Another crash landed Russian Orlan-10 reconnaissance UAV is now in hands of the Ukrainian warriors, Defense Express
Another crash landed Russian Orlan-10 reconnaissance UAV is now in hands of the Ukrainian warriors

08:30 NATO warns of possibility war may drag on 'for months and years'

NATO is prepared for a possibility that the war in Ukraine will drag on and last for months and years, The Guardian reports

However, the alliance said it was ready to maintain its support for Ukraine in the war against Russia for years, including help for Kyiv to shift from Soviet-era weapons to modern Western arms and systems.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the remarks during a youth summit in Brussels later on Thursday, April 28.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at 'NATO Youth Summit' on 28 April 2022, Defense Express
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at 'NATO Youth Summit' on 28 April 2022 / Photo: Twitter account of the NATO Secretary General

“We need to be prepared for the long term. There is absolutely the possibility that this war will drag on and last for months and years,” NATO Secretary-General stated.

The NATO chief said the west would continue to put maximum pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the invasion of Ukraine through sanctions and economic as well as military aid to Kyiv.

“NATO allies are preparing to provide support over a long period of time and also help Ukraine to transit, move from old Soviet-era equipment to more modern NATO-standard weapons and systems that will also require more training,” Stoltenberg said.

08:00 The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres admits Security Council failed to prevent and end war.

The UN Secretary General has criticised his own organisation’s Security Council while on visit to Kyiv, The Guardian reports.

During a press conference with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Antonio Guterres said the council had failed to prevent or end the war in Ukraine.

“Let me be very clear. The Security Council failed to do everything in its power to prevent and end this war. This is a source of great disappointment, frustration and anger.”

Guterres pledged that he would “boost our efforts across the board” and expand the council’s cash assistance – distributing $100 million per month, reaching 1.3 million people by May and covering 2 million by August.

the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the council had failed to prevent or end the war in Ukraine, Defense Express
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the council had failed to prevent or end the war in Ukraine / Photo credit: Ukraine Presidency

The 15-member UN Security Council is specifically tasked with ensuring global peace and security and has faced criticism for failing to act since Russia’s invasion began in February.

07:10 Ukrainian warriors shot down russia's Ka-52 helicopter near Kherson with 9K33 Osa SAM

The Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down another Ka-52 attack helicopter of the russian army. This time Russian helicopter was hit by 9K33 Osa SAM (NATO reporting name SA-8 Gecko).

The work of the Osa anti-aircraft missile system near Kherson was shot on camera in two videos.

Advanced russia’s Ka-52 helicopter most likely carried out a reconnaissance mission and was, as its pilots thought, completely in safe, but…

Find more details on the theme and whatch video in a publication by Defense Express:

Ukrainian Warriors Shot Down russia's Ka-52 Helicopter Near Kherson with 9K33 Osa SAM (Video)

9K33 Osa SAM (NATO reporting name SA-8 Gecko) on a start position, Defense Express
9K33 Osa SAM (NATO reporting name SA-8 Gecko) on a start position

06:00 US White House gives final passage to legislation to streamline military aid to Ukraine

The US White House has given final passage to legislation that would streamline a World War II-era military lend-lease program to more quickly provide Ukraine with military aid, The Guardian reports.

The measure, which passed on Thursday evening by an overwhelming 417-10 vote, now goes to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law.

House foreign affairs committee Gregory Meeks of New York said with unified support from the US Congress, “Ukraine will win.”

The Biden administration announced earlier it will seek another $30 billion from Congress in military and humanitarian aid, on top of the nearly $14 billion Congress approved last month to help Ukraine fight the war.

The measure would update the 1941 legislation Franklin Roosevelt signed into law to help allies fight Nazi Germany. At the time, the then-US president ushered the Lend-Lease Act through Congress, responding to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s appeal for aid, even as America initially remained neutral in the war, according to the US National Archives, the Associated Press reports.

Biden is expected to sign the bill into law, giving the administration greater leeway to send military equipment to Ukraine and neighbouring allies in Eastern Europe.

“It is a real moment in history that we are back on this House floor supporting lend-lease,” said Rep. French Hill, R-Ark.

The congressman said he hoped the “Churchillian idea” would end delays in shipping aid to Ukraine, much the way the original law sped help to Britain fighting Adolf Hitler’s Germany in World War II.

Today we find ourselves in a very similar situation with Putin systematically bombing and shelling the peaceful villages and cities of Ukraine,” he said.

01:10 Joint Forces Operation Group on Facebook: Ukraine Army repels nine enemy attacks, destroys six Russian tanks in JFO area.

Joint Forces Operation Group on Facebook: Ukraine Army repels nine enemy attacks, destroys six Russian tanks in JFO area, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Open sources photo

“On April 28, 2022, the JFO Group successfully repelled nine enemy attacks. Thanks to the skilful actions and competence of the Ukrainian military, Russian occupiers suffered losses,” the report states.

In particular, Ukrainian defenders destroyed six Russian tanks, one artillery system, 12 armored vehicles, one motor vehicle and one anti-aircraft gun, Ukrinform reports.

00:55 The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Recent missile strikes on Kyiv say a lot about Russia’s attitude to global institutions.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Recent missile strikes on Kyiv say a lot about Russia’s attitude to global institutions, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Open source photo

“Russian missile strikes at Ukraine – Kyiv, Fastiv, Odesa, and other cities – once again prove that we cannot let our guard down. We cannot think that the war is over. We still have to fight. We still have to drive the occupiers out,” Zelensky told in his video address, Ukrinform reports.

00:05 State Emergency Service of Ukraine: Ten people injured in Russian missile attack on Kyiv.

State Emergency Service of Ukraine: Ten people injured in Russian missile attack on Kyiv, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Open source photo of the site

"On April 28, at 20:13, the State Emergency Service in Kyiv received a report of a fire in the Shevchenkivsky district of the capital. As a result of enemy shelling, a fire broke out in a 25-storey residential building. The 1st and 2nd floors were partially destroyed," the statement said, Ukrinform states.

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