Day 50 of Putin's war. Invaders mass aircraft on eastern border of Ukraine, Russia confirms ‘fire’ on cruiser Moskva

14 April, 09:58 AM
A man stands in front of destroyed houses during the visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to the village of Borodyanka, Kyiv Oblast, on April 13. (Photo:Polish Presidency/Handout via REUTERS)

A man stands in front of destroyed houses during the visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to the village of Borodyanka, Kyiv Oblast, on April 13. (Photo:Polish Presidency/Handout via REUTERS)

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine is more than halfway through its second month. Today, April 14, is the 50th day of Putin's war. Here, NV tracks the main events of the day.

UPDATE (1951): Russia wanted to kill President Volodymyr Zelensky and install a puppet government, NSDC Secretary Oleksei Danilov said in an interview with BBC News Ukraine.

“The plan was quite simple and daring: first of all, the killing of the president of our country. For them, this was the number one issue, and there were several attempts to do it,” Danilov said.

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Asked whether there had been any shooting close to the President's Office, Danilov said that "there was a lot of shooting in the early days (of the invasion)."

“...I don't want to say the number of (Sabotage and Reconnaissance groups) that were in the territory. They were here. Don't think that (the Russians) went unprepared… But I am grateful for the protection of the president, and the authorized government authorities that have held and are holding the government quarter, and to all our military.”

UPDATE (1923): The Russian missile cruiser the Moscow is still on fire, and other Russian warships in the Black Sea have moved south, a source in the Pentagon has told СNN.

“According to our (information), the ship’s crew is still fighting the fire on board. But we don't know the extent of the damage. We know nothing about the casualties among its crew. And at the moment we can’t say for sure about the reasons (for the fire),” an unnamed Pentagon official was quoted by CNN as saying.

The official also said that the United States was watching other Russian warships in the northern part of the Black Sea moving south.

UPDATE (1845): Ukraine knew about the Russian armed forces preparations to invade Ukraine, but expected the operation to be launched on Feb. 22, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksei Danilov said.

UPDATE (1821): The United States will more actively transmit intelligence to Ukraine about Russian troops in Crimea and Donbas, U.S. cable television news channel СNN reported. According to the United States, Russia is changing its military strategy to focus on the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine.

UPDATE (1800): Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has declared the actions of Russia and the army as genocide of the Ukrainian people and called on the international community to condemn the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.

UPDATE (1731): The United States believes that hostilities in Ukraine will be protracted, continuing "for months or even more," U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has said.

UPDATE (1724): People's Deputy from Eurosolidarity Oleksiy Goncharenko has said that the activities of the pro-Russian parliamentary faction” Opposition Platform - For Life” have been suspended. His colleague from the Holos faction, Yaroslav Zheleznyak, said that such a decision had been made by the National Security and Defense Council.

UPDATE (1714): The Pentagon has confirmed that the Russian missile cruiser Moskva has been badly damaged and was probably heading to Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

UPDATE (1635): Ukraine needs more weapons in order to break the siege of Mariupol, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.

“Mariupol is in a desperate situation. It is extremely painful to receive news from there,” Kuleba said. “We’re doing everything possible to support the civilian population and the defenders of Mariupol. But in order to break the siege of Mariupol and save them, we need more weapons, and we’re working with partners to get them.”

UPDATE (1630): Moldova has accused Russia of trying to recruit Moldovan citizens for the war in Ukraine. “Such actions do not contribute to peace for all of us, our fellow citizens, or our families. Such things are very dangerous and must be stopped,” Moldovan Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu said.

UPDATE (1611): The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has published the personal data of the Russian generals responsible for the war crimes committed by the Russian Armed Forces in Mariupol and near Kyiv.

UPDATE (1522): Ukrainian border guards have regained control of the Vilcha checkpoint on the border with Belarus, the head of the State Border Guard Service, Sergei Deineko, has reported.

“As always, the orcs (Russian soldiers) are like a plague of locusts,” Deineko said. “The infrastructure was destroyed, where they slept there and ... there is a danger of mines in the area, and shelling, so we’re acting very carefully.”

UPDATE (1520): The 80th separate airborne assault brigade of the Airborne Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated several settlements in an operation in southern Ukraine, the unit reported on its Facebook page. The paratroopers did not disclose details of the operation, but noted that the necessary measures were taken in advance to identify and suppress fire from command posts, weapons and other important enemy targets. After that, the assault units carried out offensive actions.

UPDATE (1459): Another, fourth, exchange of prisoners of war between Ukraine and Russia has taken place, Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories Irina Vereshchuk announced. Five officers and 17 privates were exchanged. Eight civilians were also released, including a woman. In total, 30 citizens of Ukraine were released by the enemy.

UPDATE (1427): The bodies of six men murdered by invading Russian troops have been found in the basement of a house in the village of Shevchenkove, in Kiev Oblast, according to the press service of the regional police. Police said the bodies of the men, aged 40 to 50, showed signs of torture and had gunshot wounds.

UPDATE (1320): The Kremlin has said that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has been informed about the fire on the missile cruiser Moskva. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to say how Putin had reacted to the news. He also declined to answer the question of what exactly happened to the ship: "This is a topic for the Ministry of Defense," he said.

UPDATE (1304): Two Ukrainian pilots, Ivan Pepelyashko and Aleksey Chizh, have been released from captivity by the Russian invaders. They were taken prisoner on March 8 near the village of Novaya Basan in Chernihiv Oblast. Their place of detention was changed several times until they were sent to a pre-trial detention center in the city of Kursk, where they were kept in a cell with eight other Ukrainian officers.

Pepelyashko says that, despite having serious injuries in the pre-trial detention center, most Ukrainians are not receiving basic medical care: “The guys are holding on, but most of the wounds have begun to fester. They asked the Russians to give at least bandages and antiseptic, to take care of the most serious wounds. But in vain."

At the same time, prisoners are being subjected to constant, exhausting interrogations. Chyzh said each interrogation session began with Kremlin propaganda that Ukraine was invented by Lenin: “The (prisoners) were forced to record propaganda videos. If they refused, (the Russians) threatened that they would stop bandaging the wounds of their comrades. They said that they would cut off the inflamed parts piece by piece. They talked about our families and the danger that threatened them.”

UPDATE (1250): Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is to hold telephone conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in the coming days. However, the Turkish foreign minister did not give an exact date for the proposed phone talks.

UPDATE (1237): Finland and Sweden will be considered by the Russian Federation as "opponents" if they join NATO, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, and former President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has said.

UPDATE (1227): The State Bureau of Investigation says it has detained the chairman of the Opposition Platform for Life faction in the city council of Mariupol, whom it said worked for Russia. According to a NV source in law enforcement agencies, the detained man is Nikolai Ishchenko, who is the ex-husband of the Crimean collaborator Natalia Poklonskaya.

UPDATE (1222): Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has urged Ukrainians not to return to Kyiv ahead of May 9, as Russia is continuing to accumulate forces for aggression against Ukraine.

Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said on Ukrainian television that it is too early to return to Kyiv, since the threat of missile strikes throughout Ukraine remains. In addition, the Russian military leadership has not given up the goal of capturing the entire country, including Kyiv.

UPDATE (1216): The number of children killed in the Russian missile strike on civilians at the railway station in Kramatorsk has risen to seven, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office reports. Fifty-seven people were killed and 109 wounded in the attack on April 9.

UPDATE (1209): Children illegally deported from Ukraine could be given up for adoption by Russian families, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has said. The ministry said that invading Russian forces were illegally deporting to Russia orphans, children deprived of parental care, and children whose parents had been killed as a result of Russia's military aggression.

UPDATE (1202): Seventy Russian soldiers have been killed in Melitopol in three weeks by Ukrainian partisans, city mayor Ivan Fedorov said on Ukrainian national television.

“The Russian invaders, having entered the territory of Ukraine, have encountered unexpected resistance,” Fedorov said. “Not a single mayor of a medium or large city took the side of the occupiers. What the Armed Forces of Ukraine are doing deserves the deepest respect and will go down in world history. And now another surprise for the occupiers is the work of the special services with the support of the local population, and thanks to this, the Russian occupiers are getting unexpected news (of partisan attacks on Russian soldiers)."

UPDATE (1124): Kramatorsk and Konstantinovka may be the next targets for the Russian army, the UK Ministry of Defense said in its daily update.

“The combination of massive rocket and artillery strikes and efforts to concentrate forces for the offensive represents a return to traditional Russian military doctrine,” the MoD noted. “However, this will require significant levels of forces.”

UPDATE (1055): Total losses of the Russian Federation since the beginning of the war, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

·        Personnel – 19,900

·        Tanks - 753

·        Armored fighting vehicles - 1968

·        Artillery systems - 366

·        Multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) - 122

·        Means of air defense (air defense) - 64

·        Aircraft - 160

·        Helicopters - 144

·        Vehicles - 1437

·        Ships / boats - 7

·        Tankers with fuels and lubricants - 76

·        Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the operational-tactical level - 134

·        Special vehicles - 25

·        Launchers of operational-tactical missile systems and tactical missile systems (OTRK / TRK) - 4

UPDATE (1048): Ukrainian police have detained a 62-year-old resident of Kriviy Riy, in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, who came to visit relatives in Bucha, Kiv region, and went over to the side of the invaders. The traitor was engaged in torturing Ukrainians together with the Russian army.

UPDATE (1038): A Ukrainian court has arrested another 154 items of property of the family of the pro-Russian Ukrainian MP and treason suspect Viktor Medvedchuk. According to the State Bureau of Investigation, the Lychakovsky District Court of Lviv arrested another 154 objects of movable and immovable property belonging to Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko. The seized property included a motor yacht, 26 cars, 30 land plots, 23 houses, 32 apartments, and 17 parking spaces.

UPDATE (1036): Authorities in Bucha, the Kyiv suburban town recently liberated from Russian occupation, have urged residents not to return for several more months. Military sappers say that large number of booby traps have been found in the area. The danger to life is very high, Bucha City Council said in a statement. The town was the scene of large-scale atrocities by the Russian army while under occupation, which are now being investigated as possible war crimes.

UPDATE (1032): Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian MP from the pro-Russian Opposition Platform for Life party, was a defendant in the investigation in Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, reports The New York Times. The newspaper wrote that the name of Medvedchuk surfaced as an influential figure in Ukraine, potentially aware of Russian interference in the U.S. elections, although for years he has denied this. Medvedchuk, a treason suspect who skipped house arrest at the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion was captured late on April 12 as he was trying to cross from Ukraine into Moldova, according to media reports.

UPDATE (1029): The strike by Ukrainian Neptun missiles on the Russian missile cruiser the Moskva: What you need to know about the Ukrainian missile system that hit, and reportedly sunk, the Russian Black Sea Fleet flagship.

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Neptune Missile complex / NV infographics

UPDATE (1004):  The Speakers of the parliaments of the Czech Republic and Poland, Milos Vystrchil and Tomasz Grodsky, arrived in Ukraine on an official visit. The speaker of the Czech parliament published a photo showing the delegations of the two countries traveling by train.

UPDATE (0952): Russia has lost 16 cruise missiles in the Black Sea due to the attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s flagship, the missile cruiser the Moskva, chief editor of BlackSeaNews Andrey Klimenko said. He said the total compliment of cruise missiles in Russian Black Sea Fleet ships in the Black Sea has now decreased from 72 to 56.

UPDATE (0945): The Pentagon will train the Ukrainian military to work with new weapons, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said during a briefing. He noted that the Ukrainian military would need additional training to use howitzers and anti-artillery radar stations that were not previously operated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

UPDATE (0807): The idea of ​​Ukraine joining some sort of an alternative to NATO would be counterproductive for Kyiv, visiting Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on April 13. Speaking at a press conference, Nauseda said, with regard to the suggestion that an alternative system of defense guarantees be created for Ukraine, that he believes in NATO, and any attempts to create something parallel, or similar, could lead to competition between such organizations.

UPDATE (0740): The U.S. Department of Defense has hosted the heads of the eight largest general contractors of the United States Armed Forces to figure out how to arm Ukraine more quickly, CNN reports. Earlier, a defense industry spokesman said major U.S. arms manufacturers are facing severe supply chain problems and labor shortages.

UPDATE (0725): Russia is building up groupings of warplanes near the eastern border of Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in its morning report. The enemy is continuing to build up an aviation group near the eastern border of Ukraine, is strengthening its artillery units, and optimizing its control, intelligence and medical support systems, the General Staff said. It added that there is the continued threat of enemy missile strikes throughout the territory of Ukraine.

UPDATE (0705): Enemy attacks are continuing in the east and south of the country, but the invaders are not having any successes, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in its morning report. Fighting is going on near Slavyansk, Popasna, and Kurakhovoe, and the Russian army also conducted assault operations near Mariupol, the General Staff said.

UPDATE (0702): The war in Ukraine, started by Russia, could lead more than a fifth of humanity to poverty, creating want and hunger on a scale not seen in decades, UN Secretary General António Guterres said on Twitter. “The only sustainable solution to war and its consequences for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people is peace,” he said.

UPDATE (0654): The United States will provide Ukraine with intelligence so that it can hit targets in Crimea and the Donbas, U.S. newspaper The Wall Street Journal has reported, citing sources in the Pentagon. According to the newspaper, this indicates a change in the U.S. support strategy for Kyiv, as previously the United States did not provide data on targets in Ukrainian territories that Moscow has occupied in 2014.

UPDATE (0544): U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin or U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken may make a visit to Ukraine, U.S. cable news channel CNN has reported. U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are unlikely to visit Kyiv in the near future, the channel said.

UPDATE (0442): The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has presented its first international report on Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The report is over 100 pages long and contains an investigation into the human rights and humanitarian consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine since Feb. 24.

UPDATE (0419): The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the cruiser Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, was on fire. According to the pro-Kremlin news agency RIA Novosti, "as a result of a fire, ammunition detonated on the missile cruiser, the ship was seriously damaged." According to Ukrainian sources, the ship was hit by two Ukrainian Neptun anti-ship missiles.

UPDATE (0119): Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky has reported that 169 Ukrainian National Guard servicemen were taken prisoner by the Russians at Chornobyl nuclear power plant. The Ukrainian soldiers were taken from the plant when Russian forces retreated from the area. Monastyrsky, in a post on the Telegram messenger service, said that some of the Ukrainian soldiers are in Belarus, while others have been taken to Russia.

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