Russia appoints notorious general to oversee war in Ukraine amid setbacks, US says

Two people were killed and several injured on April 10 by Russian shelling in the Ukrainian town of Derhachy in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, regional governor Oleh Synyehubov said in a Facebook post. He said Russian forces carried out 66 artillery attacks in several areas, causing civilian casualties.

“The Russian army continues to ‘fight’ with the civilian population, as it has not won any victories on the front,” Synyehubov added.

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Earlier, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces fired shells in the Dnipropetrovsk and Lugansk regions, hitting several buildings, starting a fire and injuring at least one person.

A school and an apartment building were shelled in the city of Sievierodonetsk in the besieged Lugansk region, provincial governor Serhiy Hayday wrote on Telegram.

Ukraine says Russia is regrouping after pulling out of the outskirts of the capital, Kyiv, to try to take full control of the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, partly held by Russian-backed separatists since 2014 .

The Russian armed forces, which have suffered major troop losses in Ukraine, are also seeking to bolster their numbers with personnel demobilized from military service since 2012, British military intelligence said on April 10.

He said Russian forces’ efforts to boost their combat power also include trying to recruit from the breakaway region of Moldova in Transnistria.

Last week, the Kremlin admitted for the first time that Russia suffered “significant troop losses” in what it calls a “special operation” in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has renewed his call for more weapons ahead of an expected upsurge in fighting in the east of the country. Zelenskiy said on Twitter on April 10 that he spoke on the phone with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to discuss new defense and financial support for his country, as well as the possibility of additional sanctions against the Russia.

But the president also said he was determined to press for peace despite Russian attacks on Ukrainian civilians that have sparked outrage around the world.

“We have to fight, but fight for life. You can’t fight for dust when there’s nothing and nobody. That’s why it’s important to stop this war,” Zelenskiy said in an April 9 interview with The Associated Press, a day after at least 52 people were killed in a Russian rocket strike on a train station in the city of Kramatorsk, filled with civilians trying to flee.

“Nobody wants to negotiate with a person or people who have tortured this nation. Everything is understandable. And as a man, as a father, I understand that very well,” Zelenskiy said. But “we don’t want to lose opportunities, if we have any, for a diplomatic solution.”

Zelenskiy said he was confident Ukrainians would accept peace despite the horrors they witnessed in Russia’s unprovoked war in their country.

These included gruesome images of civilian bodies found in yards and streets and buried in mass graves in the town of Bucha near kyiv after Russian troops withdrew.

Ukrainian and Western leaders have accused Moscow of war crimes. Russia has denied any responsibility.

A Ukrainian official said on April 10 that a mass grave containing dozens of bodies of civilians was found in the village of Buzova near kyiv.

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Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said April 10 that Kyiv had agreed to the use of nine humanitarian corridors to help people escape heavy fighting in the east of the country.

“All routes of the humanitarian corridors in the Lugansk region will work as long as there is a ceasefire from the Russian occupation troops,” Vereshchuk said in a statement on his Telegram channel.

Residents of the besieged Luhansk region would have nine trains on April 10 to use for evacuations, region governor Serhiy Hayday announced on Telegram.

On April 9, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived in Kyiv on a surprise visit to meet Zelenskiy in what Downing Street called a “show of solidarity” as fears grow over a possible renewed Russian offensive in Israel. ‘is.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kyiv on April 9:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in kyiv on April 9: “We don’t want to lose opportunities, if we have them, for a diplomatic solution.”

Standing next to Zelenskiy at a joint press conference, Johnson said Russian President Vladimir Putin had ‘permanently polluted’ his and Russia’s reputation with Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, including attacks murders against civilians in what many call war crimes.

“What Putin did in places like Bucha and Irpin was war crimes that permanently polluted his reputation and that of his government,” Johnson said.

During his meetings, Johnson pledged to provide 120 more armored vehicles and new anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, while praising the performance of kyiv’s military and its civilian defenders.

Johnson’s trip, which was not announced in advance, is the most high-profile visit to Ukraine in a recent string of arrivals by European officials following the withdrawal of Russian forces from the region around the capital city.

Also on April 9, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer met Zelenskiy in Kyiv, while the day before European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell arrived in the Ukrainian capital. .

Russian forces faced stronger than expected resistance from Ukrainian forces and civilians, forcing them to withdraw from the Kyiv area.

A satellite image shows armored vehicles and trucks of a Russian military convoy moving south through the town of Velykyi Burluk in eastern Ukraine on April 8.  Maxar Technologies said the convoy was made up of hundreds of vehicles and stretched for at least 13 kilometers.

A satellite image shows armored vehicles and trucks of a Russian military convoy moving south through the town of Velykyi Burluk in eastern Ukraine on April 8. Maxar Technologies said the convoy was made up of hundreds of vehicles and stretched for at least 13 kilometers.

Experts say Moscow plans to focus its attack on eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, where Russia or Kremlin-backed forces have held Ukrainian territory since 2014.

The United States has said Moscow likely plans to deploy tens of thousands of troops to eastern Ukraine.

Washington has said it also expects air attacks to increase in the south and east as Russia seeks to establish a land bridge between Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, and the Donbass region. , but that Ukrainian forces were thwarting the advance.

With reports from AP, Reuters and AFP
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