Two days after the missile strike that killed 52 people, including 5 children, on Friday at the Kramatorsk station, the evacuation of civilians continues for fear of an imminent attack. Update of the situation on the 46th day of the fighting.
Ukraine, “ready for major battles”
Ukraine is ready for big battles. Ukraine’s Interfax news agency quoted Ukrainian presidential adviser Michalo Podolyak as saying that Ukraine should win it, including Donbass, the eastern region of the country.
“And when that happens, Ukraine will have a stronger position in the negotiations, which will allow it to impose certain conditions,” he added.
Earlier today, President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed during a press conference with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehamer, who visited Kyiv: “We are ready to fight, and at the same time to look for diplomatic ways to stop this war.
After withdrawing its forces from the Kyiv region and northern Ukraine, Russia has made it a priority to complete the conquest of Donbass, part of which has been controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
Two days after the massacre of the Kramatorsk station (east), in which 52 civilians, including five children, were killed, who were preparing to flee in a raid attributed to a Russian missile, the evacuation of residents continues. Moscow denied responsibility for the strike, going so far as to denounce the Ukrainian “provocation”.
On Sunday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Verychuk said that 4,532 civilians had been evacuated the previous day.
The majority left the Zaporizhia region, she added, adding that nearly 200 people managed to leave the besieged coastal city of Mariupol (south) and more than a thousand people fled from Melitopol, Lysechanssk, Severodonetsk, Rubezny, Krymina and Popasna in the Luhansk region.
“The Russian enemy continues to prepare to intensify its offensive operations in eastern Ukraine and to take full control of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” in Donbass, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army announced Saturday in a daily update on Facebook.
…. and bombing
The region’s governor, Oleg Senegubov, announced that bombing and air strikes on Sunday morning killed at least two people in Kharkiv (east), the second largest city in the country and its suburbs. On Saturday, 10 civilians were killed and at least 11 wounded in raids around and southeast of Kharkiv. The governor of Kharkiv accused that “the Russian army continues to wage war on civilians, not achieving victories on the front.”
Local authorities in Dnipro, a large industrial city with a population of one million, announced that a rain of missiles destroyed the local airport, which had already hit on March 15. The number of victims is still unknown.
During the night, seven missiles landed in the Mykolaiv region, about a hundred kilometers northeast of Odessa, the country’s third largest city and a major strategic port on the Black Sea, according to the local military command.
More than 1,200 bodies have been counted in the Kyiv region
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General, Irina Venediktova, announced on the British Sky News channel, Sunday, that 1222 bodies had been found so far in the Kyiv region, which was partially occupied by Russian forces for several weeks. It also reported the opening of 5,600 investigations into alleged war crimes since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24. The governor did not specify whether the bodies that were found were civilians only.
She hinted that there may have been many more bodies that had not yet been captured and evaluated. In the town of Bucha alone, northwest of Kyiv, which has become a symbol of the atrocities of the war in Ukraine, nearly 300 people were buried in mass graves, according to a report announced by Ukrainian authorities on April 2.
The first meeting between Putin and a European leader
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer is due to travel to Moscow on Monday to meet Vladimir Putin, in the first meeting of a European leader since the Russian invasion began. “He went there after informing Berlin, Brussels and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky” to encourage dialogue, said the chancellor’s spokesman, who was in Ukraine on Saturday.
On Monday, the conflict in Ukraine will be on the list of discussions in a hypothetical exchange between US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose country has so far refused to join the voices condemning Moscow at the United Nations.