To follow news regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine this Friday, April 1, marking the 37th day of the conflict.
Ukraine hits fuel depot in Russian city of Belgorod
Two Ukrainian military helicopters hit a fuel depot in the Russian city of Belgorod Friday (April 1) after crossing the border at low altitude, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.
The resulting fire injured two workers, Vyacheslav Gladkov added, while parts of the city near the Ukrainian border were evacuated.
– The Russians allegedly left the Chernobyl nuclear power plant with hostages
An announcement made by Ukrainian officials on Thursday evening, March 31, said the Russians who had occupied the Chernobyl nuclear power plant site since the start of the conflict are said to have left the site.
But they would not have left with nothing: in addition to regular looting with the theft of some very expensive equipment and others, they took hostages, members of the Ukrainian National Guard.
– Volodymyr Zelensky announced the resignation of two “traitors”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in a video published on the night of Thursday, March 31 to Friday, April 1, that he had had to fire two generals from his army whom he accuses of “treason”.
“As for the antiheroes. I do not have time to deal with all the traitors immediately. But gradually they will all be punished. That is why the former head of the main branch of the internal security of the Security Service, Naumov Andriy Olehovych, and the ex-Head of the Office of the Security Service of the Kherson Region, Kryvoruchko Serhiy Oleksandrovych, are no longer generals.”
– Photos show Russian attacks on grain stocks in Ukraine
US government images seen by Reuters show what a US official described as damage to grain storage facilities in eastern Ukraine.
The two black-and-white images show tall, rectangular buildings in eastern Ukraine, first intact in January, and then roofs damaged by what a legend calls “impact craters” in March.
Commenting on the footage, the US official said the US had information that Russian troops repeatedly damaged grain storage facilities in Ukraine.
“As of the end of March, at least six grain storage facilities were damaged by these attacks,” he said.
World officials are currently concerned about the impact of the 2020/21 invasion of Ukraine, the world’s fourth largest grain exporter, on global food supplies.
“Russia’s damage to these grain silos is a very clear example of how Putin’s war directly affects civilians in Ukraine and threatens global food security,” the official said.
“With countries in Africa and the Middle East reliant on Ukrainian wheat exports, the destruction of these food supplies and storage facilities could lead to shortages and higher prices in already fragile economies,” he said.