War in Ukraine / April 28
Evacuation from Azovstal plant
In late April, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Kyiv. Among the topics he discussed with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal in Mariupol. According to him, as of today, there is progress in negotiations with Russia on the organization of a special corridor, which will be coordinated by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The people who will be responsible for this have already left for Zaporizhzhia to organize it.
There are no details of the whole operation, the Ukrainian side only pointed out that there is progress in the organization of the evacuation. Moreover, it is not entirely clear whether the Ukrainian military on the plant’s territory will be evacuated.
Those who remained on the territory of Azovstal point out that the situation is worse than a “humanitarian catastrophe.” During the last days of April, bombs of up to 3 tons were dropped on the plant. As a result, one of the bombs struck the basement where were organized hospital operating room. Equipment and tools for operations destroyed. There is very little water and food left, almost no medicine or treatment. At the same time, the plant continues to be shelled.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was in Russia a few days ago, where he said he had agreed to organize an evacuation. While he was in Kyiv, several cruise missiles flew into the city. One of them exploded a kilometer from the location of the Secretary General. One person died in the house where the rocket hit, several others were injured.
- As a result of the Russian missile strikes on the community territory, railroad infrastructure was damaged, 2 residential houses were destroyed, the houses near the explosion epicenter were damaged as well. According to the Russian MD report, the strike “destroyed the traction substation near the railroad hub”.
- Russian forces fired 5 missiles on the city. One of them hit the infrastructure – presumably, the Artema machinery plant. THe second missile hit the multi-storey residential building in Shevchenkivskyi district. As a result, the targets were partially destroyed, the surrounding buildings had their windows smashed out, the cladding was damaged, the parked and passing cars were damaged as well. Ten people were hurt, four of them – hospitalized. The Radio Free journalist died. Another missile was shot down. António Guterres, the UN General secretary, was paing the official visit during the strike.
- Russian forces made a missile strike on the town of Polonne in Shepetivka district. The missile hit the infrastructure facility, causing a fire. The power supply and cellular networks were disrupted. According to the Russian MD report, the strike “destroyed the traction substation near the railroad hub”.
- Russian forces shelled the town twice during the night. As a result, 15 residential houses were destroyed and damaged. Water, gas and power supply is damaged as well. Two of the wounded people died in the hospital (1, 2).
- Russian forces made a strike on the village, ~30 houses and a school were damaged and destroyed. One of the buildings with people inside collapsed: 2 people died, another 8 were injured.
- Russian shelling destroyed residential houses, one person was wounded.
- There was a missile strike on the private residential buildings. According to preliminary data, 12 buildings were damaged (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Five people were injured, including 1 child.
- 6 residential buildings caught fire after the air strike (1, 2). Three-storey house was damaged, in one of the apartments 2 senior citizens were found dead. 2 more residential houses were destroyed.
- As a result of the Russian troops shelling, private houses of the local residents were damaged. Also, according to information on the morning of April 28, the village suffered from Russian looting: Russian servicemen plundered abandoned houses and a local store.
- Ukrainian border checkpoint was shelled from the Russian territory, there were 10 automatic grenade launchers and 12 mortar strikes
- Over the day, Russian forces shelled Orikhove, Svitlychne and Nyzhnje (1, 2). In Orikhove 4 people died, more people were wounded (1, 2).
- During the day, the Russian army shelled the following settlements of the region 10 times: Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Hirske, Pryvillya, Popasna. 4 attacks were recorded in Lysychansk, 2 – in Popsana, in the Hirske community multiple attacks were held without a break.
- Mariupol. Over the night, Russian army made around 50 air strikes on Azovstal plant, including the restricted phosphorus munitions. Consequently, the surgery room in the shelter collapsed. There are dead and wounded people, the number in unclear.
- Russian forces made an unguided missiles air strike. Nine residential houses and a factory were damaged. Three people died and other three were wounded (1, 2).
- The shelling damaged ~60 residential houses. The locals claim the fire came from Kherson, occupied by Russian army. The forbidden cluster munitions were used. The shells’ pieces damaged the roofs, windows, doors, walls, fences, other belongings, vehicles, as well as gas and power supply systems. One woman was wounded by shrapnel, and later died in the hospital.
- Russian forces shelled the city, using, among the others, the restricted cluster munitions. The shelling of the Korabelnyi district damaged the infrastructure, shops, cars and residential buildings: the blast wave smashed the windows, the cladding and roofs were damaged. The rocket engine hit one of the buildings – the building was partially destroyed. Cluster munitions got into the children’s playgrounds, the territory of schools and kindergarten. The missile strike also destroyed the building supplies production facilities.
- Russian troops attacked an abandoned building of a former factory in the industrial zone of the district.
- During the day, Russian troops carried out several shelling of the community territory. As a result of another shelling at 19:35, residential buildings were damaged, energy and gas supply was disrupted in Velyka Kostromka. A 71-year-old man got killed. Prohibited cluster munitions were used.
- Russian forces launched 3 missiles: 2 Kalibr cruise missiles from the Russian military ship, and 1 X-59 missile – с российского самолета стратегической авиации. All of them were shot down by air defence. However, according to the Russian MD report, the strike “destroyed the traction substation near the Krasnosilka railroad hub” in Odesa region.
- [War] President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed decree №284/2022 on awarding state awards to military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
- [Other] The Government of the Russian Federation introduced in the State Duma of the Russian Federation draft law No. 116261-8 “On Amendments to the Federal Law ‘On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation'”, according to which foreign IT specialists and members of their families will be able to obtain a residence permit to work in the Russian Federation in a simplified manner.
- [Other] Order of the Chairman of the Russian Federation Government Mishustin Mikhail on the allocation of more than 4 billion rubles from the reserve fund of the Russian Federation Government to the Republic of Crimea for the repair of multi-story buildings, courtyards, and public areas.
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