Russia threatens to intensify the bombing of Kyiv

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A new prisoner exchange between Moscow and Kiev on Thursday in southern Ukraine

The Ukrainian army announced, on Friday, that a new exchange of prisoners of war took place between Moscow and Kiev, Thursday, in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, which is partly under Russian control. “After tense negotiations, we were able to reach agreements on the exchange of prisoners in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe Posad-Pokrovsky village, where four prisoners of the Russian army were exchanged for our five prisoners.”On its Facebook page, the Army’s Southern Command said.

The capital of Kherson region has been under the control of the Russian army since the beginning of last March, as is the case with several other areas in this coastal region. Several exchanges of soldiers and civilians between Ukrainians and Russians have already taken place since the beginning of the invasion on February 24, without systematic confirmation by both parties.

And Kyiv announced, on Thursday, the release of 30 Ukrainians in a new prisoner exchange, without specifying the number of Russian soldiers released in return. Le président ukrainien, Volodymyr Zelensky, a par ailleurs proposé cette semaine d’échanger le proche de Vladimir Poutine et magnat pro-Kremlin Viktor Medvedtchouk, arrêté mardi par Kiev après s’être échappé d’éché d’être assignation, Russia. But the Kremlin dismissed this idea.

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A car passes through a hole in a destroyed bridge on the outskirts of Kyiv on April 8, 2022.

The Moskva It was the so-called cruiser. This means a very majestic type of ship (more than 13,000 tons), 186 meters in length, capable of coordinating operations and commanding several other ships at the same time. Hence its name “Main”. Only Russia, the United States, China, Japan and South Korea have this type of ship. France, like other Western navies, does not have an equivalent building. according to Forbes UkraineThis cruiser cost 750 million dollars (693 million euros) to Russia.

Originally designed as an aircraft carrier destroyer, the Moskva It was equipped with an impressive arsenal: Bazalt / Volkan anti-ship missiles, Fort missiles – the naval version of the long-range S-300 – and Ossa short-range missiles. It also had rocket launchers, cannons and torpedoes. But it is relatively old, but it was not able to launch the famous Kalibr cruise missiles, which were widely used at the beginning of the Russian offensive. These gems of the Russian army, very easy to use, short or long range (up to 1,500 or 2,500 km depending on the case), are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

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In Borodyanka northeast of Kyiv

A policeman walks among the rubble of destroyed houses in the village of Borodianka, northeast of Kyiv, on April 14, 2022.
Men near a burned bus and a destroyed school in Borodianka on April 14, 2022.
In Borodinka, April 14, 2022.

Russia threatens to intensify strikes on Kyiv

While Moscow said it was focusing its offensive on Donbass and eastern Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday that it had bombed an arms factory near Kyiv. The ministry said that these will be workshops for the production and repair of long and medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems as well as anti-ship missiles from the Visar plant. Explosions and anti-aircraft alerts sounded during the night from Thursday to Friday in the Ukrainian capital region.

Thus Russia warned: The number and size of missile strikes on Kyiv positions will increase in response to any terrorist attacks and acts of sabotage carried out by the nationalist regime in Kyiv on Russian soil. »

On Thursday, Moscow accused Ukraine of bombing two Russian border villages, one of them with helicopters. The Russian Investigative Committee, which is responsible for the main investigations, confirmed that two Ukrainian helicopters Equipped with heavy weapons I entered Russia and proceeded to “At least six raids on apartment buildings in the village of Klimovo”., in Bryansk Oblast. Later, the governor of the Belgorod region, also bordering Ukraine, accused the Ukrainian forces of shelling the village of Spodaryushino. Ukraine denied the accusations.

Furthermore, Russia said it killed about 30 Polish mercenaries On strike in northeastern Ukraine. “As a result of the strike, mercenaries separate from a private Polish military company (…) In the village of Izumsky in the Kharkiv region. Up to 30 Polish mercenaries were eliminated”Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

Five people were killed in Donbass and explosions south of Kyiv

The Ukrainian presidency announced, on Friday, that five people were killed in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, during the past 24 hours, as explosions resounded last night south of Kyiv, and apparently did not cause damage or injuries. The control of the entire Donbass, partly in the hands of pro-Russian separatists since 2014, has been the first goal of the Russian military since the end of March.

In the largest Donbass region, Donetsk, where “Fighting is taking place along the front line”Three people were killed and seven others were wounded, according to the Presidency of the Republic. The same source said that the other area of ​​this mining basin, the Luhansk region, was the scene of twenty-four explosions that killed two people and injured two.

in the Kyiv region, Explosions were heard in the Vasylkiv region (southwest of Kyiv). According to the first information, anti-aircraft defense has begun to take effect », according to this daily point of the presidency, which is based on information sent by regional authorities. The governor of the latter, Oleksandr Pavlyuk, said through his account on Telegram, that anti-aircraft alerts have started several times since Thursday evening in the metropolitan area. Despite the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Kyiv region at the end of March, anti-aircraft alerts are still very frequent.

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Before it sank, the Russian Defense Ministry had admitted, from Wednesday night to Thursday, that this 186-meter-long missile ship had been attacked. “Severely damaged” A fire caused an explosion of ammunition and its crew of more than 500 men was evacuated.

As for what is at stake in this loss, that is it ” a hit “ raised to the Russian fleet in the region, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday, with Consequences for their abilities Fighting, the ship being a “the essential element in their efforts to establish naval hegemony in the Black Sea”.

The Moskva “provided air cover for other ships during their operations, including shore bombing and landing maneuvers”For his part, the spokesman for the Odessa Regional Military Administration, Sergey Prachuk, stated on Telegram.

Whatever the circumstances of the sinking, it is one of Russia’s biggest setbacks and a major insult. The Ukrainian president hit the nail on his evening video message by referring to the Ukrainians as “Those who showed that Russian ships can only go to the bottom”.

And the CIA does not rule out the “possible use of low-energy nuclear weapons” by Russia

In the face of the military setbacks suffered by the Russians in Ukraine, “None of us can take lightly the threat posed by the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or low-energy nuclear weapons.”On Thursday, CIA chief William Burns said during a speech in Atlanta, recalling his absence. “concrete signs” Anxiety on the ground. The Kremlin has spoken of putting its nuclear forces on alert, “But we haven’t actually seen any concrete signs such as deployments or military actions that could heighten our concerns.”Mr. Burns added.

Russia recognizes the loss of “Moskva” but continues to fan the “fire”.

cruiser MoskvaThe Russian Defense Ministry announced, Thursday evening, that the main ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which was damaged during the attack on Ukraine, sank. When towing the cruiser Moskva In the direction of the port of arrival, the ship lost its stability due to damage to the ship’s hull in the fire following the explosion of ammunition. In the conditions of the raging sea, the ship sankThe state news agency TASS quoted the ministry.

More than 500 civilians have been killed in Kharkiv since the invasion began

More than 500 civilians, including 24 children, have been killed in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, according to what was reported Thursday, in a video clip broadcast on his Telegram channel, Oleh Sinhobov, the region’s governor, who said that the capital Kharkiv was subjected to intense bombardment. by the Russian army. Sinhopov said that in the past 24 hours, the region witnessed 34 raids, which left one dead and eight wounded.

Canada sends 150 soldiers on a humanitarian mission to Poland

On Thursday, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand announced the dispatch of 150 soldiers on a humanitarian mission to Poland. The country bordering Ukraine currently hosts more than half of the 4.7 million Ukrainian refugees.

Ukraine Post CEO Igor Smilyansky holds postage stamps showing a Ukrainian soldier and a Russian warship depicting the guided-missile cruiser 'Moskva', which sank Thursday, at the company's headquarters in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 14, 2022.

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