The Ukraine update on April 1st: Ukraine retakes eleven settlements in Kherson: What happened in the night
The Ukraine update on April 1st: According to Kyiv, the situation in Kyiv has improved. Several settlements in Cherson are said to have been recaptured. Zelenskyi throws out two generals for high treason. Putin is also isolating himself. Meanwhile, the President of the European Parliament is traveling to Kyiv. what happened in the night
Ukraine update: What’s happened so far today
- Confusion over attack on Russian oil depot: mutual accusations
An oil depot caught fire in the Russian city of Belgorod on Friday morning. Belgorod is near the border with Ukraine. The Russian regional governor of Belgorod, Vyacheslav Gladkov, spoke of a Ukrainian attack. According to this, two helicopters from the Ukrainian army flew low to Russia and attacked the oil depot there. It would be the first time Ukraine had launched an airstrike on Russia since the war began on February 24.
Ukraine disagrees. The attack on the oil depot may have been “a false flag operation”. This is reported by “Bild” reporter Julian Röpcke and cites information from the Ukrainian general staff. The General Staff “did not have this information” that the attack was launched by Ukrainian military. Instead, the report says the attack could serve as justification for more brutal attacks on Ukraine.
According to British military intelligence, the Ukrainian military has made some gains on the main supply routes between Kyiv and the city of Chernihiv in the north of the country. Along these routes, the villages of Sloboda and Lukashivka south of Chernihiv were recaptured.
- Mayor: Russian troops are said to have completely withdrawn from the district near Kyiv
Russian troops have completely withdrawn from the Brovary district near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. This reports the news portal “Ukraine World” and quotes Ihor Sapozhko, the mayor of the city of Brovary.
At the last peace talks, Russia announced that it would withdraw from the Kyiv and Chernihiv districts. The announcement raised doubts on the Ukrainian side. The US Department of Defense also warned that it could only be a tactical maneuver.
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- Federal government approves delivery of armored personnel carriers to Ukrainian army
The federal government has approved the delivery of armored personnel carriers to the Ukrainian army. This is reported by the “world”. It is about armored fighting vehicles of the type “PbV-501” from GDR stocks. These are therefore currently in Czech ownership. A total of 58 such tanks are to be delivered to the Ukrainian army. The PbV-501 armored personnel carriers are equipped with cannons and machine guns.
- Ukraine: 153 children have died since the start of the war
09:34 am: 153 children are said to have died since the beginning of the war. That writes the “Kyiv Independent” and refers to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office. According to this, since February 24, 245 children have also been injured due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
- Red Cross planned evacuation from Mariupol: questions still unanswered
Ahead of the planned evacuation of civilians from the embattled Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the Red Cross has pointed out unresolved issues. “It’s not certain that that will happen today,” said International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spokesman Ewan Watson. The conflicting parties Ukraine and Russia had indeed agreed to a humanitarian corridor, but it still had to be ensured that the soldiers were informed accordingly. In addition, both sides have not yet agreed on a destination for the expected several thousand people. Watson described the situation on the ground in dramatic terms: “We are running out of words to describe the horror and suffering of the residents of Mariupol,” said Watson. “People in Mariupol are running out of time. They urgently need help.”
What happened on the night of April 1st
- City Commander: Improved situation in Kyiv due to steadfast defense
According to the city commandant, the situation in Kyiv has eased a little. “Thanks to the steadfast defense and heroic actions of our troops, the situation around the city is improving,” said General Mykola Schyrnov in a statement published on Thursday evening. Nevertheless, fighting continues in the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.
Civilian infrastructure is now being restored. Schyrnow emphasizes that this applies to companies as well as trade and service facilities. “The Ukrainian military and branches of the State Rescue Service are cleaning and demining the liberated areas,” Zhyrnov said. Despite the progress, he called on the population to exercise caution. Airborne alert signals should continue to be heeded.
- Kyiv: Military successes – Recaptured eleven settlements in the Kherson region
According to their own statements, Ukrainian troops have recaptured eleven settlements in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson in the past few days. During the advance in the north of the region, they also came across heavy Russian military technology, including T-64 tanks, the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv announced late Thursday evening. Russia had announced that it had completely conquered the Cherson region. This information could not be independently verified. According to the General Staff in Kyiv, Russian units were not able to gain ground anywhere
According to the information, Novovoronzowka is one of the recaptured settlements. The place is strategically located on the right bank of the Dnipro River, which is dammed here to form the Kakhovka Reservoir. An advance by Ukrainian troops into the Kherson region would also relieve the pressure on the city of Kryvyi Rih and also prevent Russian units from cutting off supplies to the strategically important city of Mykolaiv.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns of fierce fighting in southern Ukraine and Donbass. “The situation in the south and in Donbass remains extremely difficult,” said Zelenskyy. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia wants to maintain its military presence in eastern and southern Ukraine.
Attempts were being made to set up an administration in the occupied regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Cherson, the General Staff announced during the night. In the course of this, it is expected that there will continue to be hostilities there.
The eastern city of Kharkiv continued to be shelled, but a breakthrough attempt near Izyum failed. A Russian advance in the southern Mykolaiv region was unsuccessful. In the north, some Russian units have withdrawn. The information cannot be independently verified.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stripped two of his country’s generals of their ranks for high treason. This was reported by a correspondent for the Ukrainian medium “Ukrinform”, referring to a speech by the president.
They are said to be Andriy Naumov, former head of the SBU’s Internal Security Department, and Serhiy Kryvoruchko, former head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) Directorate in Kherson Oblast.
“Today another decision was made about anti-heroes – now I don’t have time to deal with all the traitors, but gradually everyone will be punished,” Zelenskyy announced in a video address.
According to British findings, the Russian military leadership has reinforced its troops in Ukraine with fresh troops from Georgia. Three tactical battalion groups would be formed from 1,200 to 2,000 Russian soldiers who were last stationed in the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Defense Ministry said in London on Friday night.
“It is highly unlikely that Russia intended to form reinforcements in this way and is indicative of the unexpected casualties it suffered during the invasion,” it said. The ministry regularly shares assessments of its reconnaissance publicly.
In addition to Zelenskyj, Russian President Vladimir Putin is said to be taking action against his own people. According to the US government, he may have relieved some of his advisers from their duties during the Ukraine war and isolating himself. “There are indications that he has fired some of his advisers or put them under house arrest,” said US President Joe Biden in the white house.
But there is “not that much solid evidence”. When asked if Putin was being misinformed by his advisers, Biden replied, “There’s a lot of speculation. But he seems — I’m not saying this with certainty — he seems to be isolating himself.”
EU Parliament President Roberta Metsola has set out on a trip to the Ukrainian capital. “On the way to Kyiv,” wrote the Christian Democrat on Twitter late Thursday evening. The 43-year-old also published a photo showing her in front of a Ukrainian railway wagon.
For security reasons, there were initially no details on the trip by the President of the Parliament from Malta. Her spokesman said only that Metsola would deliver a message of support and hope on behalf of the European Parliament in Kyiv.
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