War in Ukraine: Russian missiles hit Ukraine's capital after the Moskva ship was sunk
Russia struck the capital city of Kyiv after Ukrainian missiles damaged the flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, which later sank. The Pentagon has confirmed the ship was hit by Ukraine, and a senior defense official tells NPR there were likely casualties.
Here's more context to understand Ukraine and the impact of the invasion:
- More than 900 bodies of civilians have been found in the Kyiv region, Ukrainian authorities said.
- Ukrainian officials said Russian troops used long-range bombers to attack Mariupol for the first time.
- Ukrainian Jews displaced by war find Passover especially poignant this year.
Follow the latest developments.
A Ukrainian official predicts Russia's next target to be the Izyum region
Russian forces appear to be stationary as they continue targeting the eastern parts of Ukraine. Fighting is intensifying in the Donbas region, and air raid sirens are on day and night in Dnipro, NPR’s Eyder Peralta reports.
But the front lines of Russian troops don’t appear to be moving. The deputy governor of Kharkiv, Roman Semenukha, told NPR that the Russian military is striking as many targets as possible — from roads to schools to homes and businesses, rather than a few critical targets.
“If they had a goal to take electricity out of the city, they would aim for only like electricians stations or something like that, to the critical infrastructure points. But we have no logic in that, so they don't do it,” Semenukha said.
He says that the Russians are instead hitting several targets to keep Ukrainian forces occupied on multiple fronts.
Semenukha also said he expects the region around Izyum to be the Russians' next primary target and that there will be heavy fighting. If Russians can take Izyum, he said, they will be able to encircle Kharkiv — Ukraine’s second largest city — or they can move to Dnipro to expand control in eastern Ukraine.
Kyiv's mayor warns residents to stay away after renewed attacks on the city
Russians have returned to attacking Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv.
The mayor is urging residents to remain vigilant after more strikes occurred in the southeastern part of the city overnight. There were explosions on the left bank of the Dnipro river in the Darnytsky district, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a post on Facebook. The strikes hit a military hardware factory, according to the AFP.
Information on victims has not yet been released by authorities.
Klitschko said rescuers and medics are currently working on the site and said residents of the area should “not neglect air alarm signals."
The mayor also urged residents who are considering returning to Kyiv to re-think and remain in safer areas. He believes that Russians will circle back.
Russia bans Boris Johnson and other senior British officials from entering the country
Top British officials, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have been banned from entering Russia.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the ban was imposed in response to “hostile actions” by the British government, as well as sanctions against top Russian officials.
The blacklist comes just hours after Moscow announced the expulsion of 18 European Union diplomats in a tit-for-tat response to EU expulsions of Russian diplomats.
In March, Russia bannedtop U.S. officials and diplomats from entering the country. The list includes President Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Biden's son, Hunter Biden, are also banned.
Ukraine police say more than 900 bodies of civilians have been found in the Kyiv region
Police in Ukraine say they’ve discovered more than 900 bodies of civilians killed in the Russian invasion in the region surround Kyiv.
The head of Kyiv’s regional police force, Andriy Nebytov, said at a news conference that 95% of the people died from gunshot wounds from snipers or small arms. The bodies were found in an area already left behind by Russian forces.
“We understand that during occupation people were simply shot in the streets,” Nebytov said.
He added that more bodies are being found every day under rubble and in mass graves. According to The Associated Press, bodies were found abandoned in the streets, or they were given temporary burials.
The highest number of bodies were found in Bucha, where there were 350 victims counted. Images from Bucha of bodies lining the streets have prompted accusations of war crimes against Russia.