Ukrainian officials say that Russian forces launched a rocket attack in the Dnipro area in the central part of the country, destroying the airport there.
“There has been an attack on the Dnipro airport. Nothing remains. The airport and the infrastructure around it have been destroyed,” announced Valentyn Reznichenko, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region in central Ukraine. on Telegram.
Reznichenko said that the attack on Dnipro injured one person. However, the head of the Dnipro regional council Mykola Lukashuk said that five emergency service workers were injured by the bombardment of the airport.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement saying that its forces had air strike regions of Dnipropetrovsk, Mykolaiv in the south and Kharkov in the east.
“During the night in the village of Zvonetske, Dnipropetrovsk region, high-precision sea-launched missiles destroyed the headquarters and base of the nationalist army battalion Dnipro, where reinforcements of foreign mercenaries had arrived the day before.” , Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
Satellite images released by the US company Maxar Technologies on April 9 show that the Russian military convoy extends nearly 13 km moving through Velkyi Burluk town southbound on 8/4. The town is located east of Kharkov, Ukraine’s second largest city, and belongs to the province of the same name.
According to Maxar, the convoy included “armored vehicles, trucks with towed artillery and support equipment”.
Ukrainian officials say heavy fighting is taking place in the east of the country, with heavy shelling reported across the Donbass region, including Donetsk and Lugansk. The director of Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency said on April 8 that the Russian army was regrouping and planning to move towards the city of Kharkov.
Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova on April 10 confirmed that Russia and Ukraine had conducted prisoner exchange on 9/4.
According to her, among those who returned to Russia were four employees of the state atomic energy corporation Rosatom, soldiers and some civilians. “Early this morning, they landed in Russia,” Moskalkova said.
Also on April 9, a truck driver exchange between Russia and Ukraine was conducted, Moskalkova said, with 32 Russian truck drivers, 20 Ukrainians and several Belarusians.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that 12 Ukrainian soldiers had been returned home after a prisoner exchange with Russia, the third time since the conflict broke out. 14 civilians are also returning to Ukraine as part of the deal.
Ukraine said that on April 9, they discovered a grave with Dozens of civilian bodies in Buzovaa village near the capital Kiev that Ukraine has just retaken from Russian forces.
Taras Didych, head of the Dmytrivka community, which includes Buzova and several other villages, said the bodies were found in a ditch near a gas station. The specific death toll has yet to be announced.
Russia has not commented on the information.
More than 4.5 million Ukrainians have been evacuated from the country since the outbreak of conflict with Russia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 90% of those who have left Ukraine are women and children, because Ukrainian authorities do not allow men of military age to evacuate.
According to the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 210,000 non-Ukrainian nationals have also left the country and some have difficulty returning to their home countries.
Speaking on television today, adviser to the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak said that the country’s military needs to push back Russian forces in the eastern Donbass region to increase the negotiating advantage for President Volodymyr Zelensky. before meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin can take place.
“Ukraine is ready for big battles. Ukraine must win, especially in the Donbass. And when that happens, Ukraine will have a stronger negotiating position,” the news agency said. Interfax quoted Mr. Podolyak as saying. “After that, the two presidents will meet.”
Vu Hoang (According to CNN, AFP, Reuters)
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