64th day of Putin's war. U.S. passes Lend-Lease for Ukraine, Russian missiles strike Kyiv during UN visit

28 April, 10:40 AM
Ukrainian serviceman on a seized Russian tank (Photo:REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Ukrainian serviceman on a seized Russian tank (Photo:REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Today, April 28, is the 64th day of Ukraine's defense against a full-scale Russian invasion. Ukraine has been fighting off Russian aggression for over two months.

2346: The United States House of Representatives has passed S. 3522, the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, by a vote of 417-10.

The bill will now pass to the U.S. President's desk, where U.S. President Joe Biden is likely to sign the measure.

2321: The United States House of Representatives has passed House Resolution 1065, 220-205, paving the way for a vote on the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act.

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The passing of this rule, which provides enhanced authority for the U.S. President to enter into agreements with the Government of Ukraine, means that Ukraine will likely receive lend-lease support from the United States – the first such act of support since the Second World War. 

Lend-lease would allow for Ukraine to receive a much greater range of weaponry from the U.S., in higher quantities than has been offered previously.

2151: The Minister for Reintegration, Iryna Vereshchuk, says it may be possible for Ukraine to evacuate the civilians and soldiers trapped under the ruins of the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, following a visit to Kyiv by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. 

"We're beginning to plan the humanitarian operation," the Minister wrote in a Telegram post.

2141: Russia shelled Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast the day UN Secretary-General met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

While they were speaking about the possible evacuation of civilians from Mariupol, two Russian missiles hit downtown Kyiv. 

Another missile strike happened in the Fastiv district of Kyiv Oblast, Kyiv Oblast council has reported on Telegram, revealing no details. The media reported about casualties, citing eyewitnesses. 

1804: Ukraine and Russia conducted another prisoner swap on April 28, Ukraine's reintegration minister Iryna Vereshchuk has reported. 

According to her, Ukraine has rescued 45 people today – 13 Ukrainian officers, 20 soldiers, and 12 civilians. 

1701: Russian occupiers have been forcing Mariupol residents to dismantle the rubble of the drama theater Russia bombed early in March, Mariupol mayor's advisor Petro Andriushchenko has reported.

Under the strict control of Russian soldiers, Mariupol residents are forced to clean the debris of the city. Russia bombed the drama theater, where more than 1300 people were hiding from shelling, on March 16. First it admitted it shelled the theater and then denied, claiming Ukrainians bombed themselves. 

1628: Russia has shelled residential areas of New York, a town in Donetsk Oblast.

Three civilians were killed and three more wounded, Donetsk governor Pavlo Kyrylenko has reported.

1304: The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has arrived in Ukraine.

The mission is getting ready to assist evacuation from Mariupol.

He visited Borodianka, a town in Kyiv Oblast where Russian soldiers killed dozens of civilians during the occupation. At the same time, UN in Ukraine Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Osnat Lubarni reported the UN mission is getting ready to go to Zaporizhzhia to prepare for the evacuation of Mariupol residents.

1256: German Bundestag has approved heavy weapons supplies to Ukraine, Spiegel has reported.

Meanwhile, Russia has shelled Zaporizhzhia, local mayor Anatoliy Kurtev has reported.  Twelve private houses were damaged, and five people were injured in the attack. No one has been killed.

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Today the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Kyiv. Before that he visited Moscow where he was trying to persuade Vladimir Putin to organize a humanitarian corridor for civilians from the AzovStal factory in Mariupol.

US President Joe Biden is also expected to give a speech about Ukraine today.

Meanwhile, Russian invaders have been concentrating their attacks in Kharkiv and Donetsk directions. 

Russians keep massively shelling Luhansk Oblast. In the last 24 hours, 13 buildings were destroyed and four people were killed, Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai has reported.

Russian propaganda news outlet RIA has reported the invaders have already "deported" more than 1 million Ukrainians to Russia since the start of the full-scale invasion. More than 183,000 of them are children.

Overnight Ukrainian forces repelled nine enemy attacks in Donbas and shot down a fighter jet, a helicopter, and several drones of the invaders. 

The invaders continue terrorizing the occupied regions. Russian media announced in May Russia will introduce rubles in Kherson Oblast. 

Overnight Russian invaders shelled Kharkiv 11 times. They also opened artillery fire against Derhachi, Zolochiv, and Chuhuiv. Eight people were wounded and one person was killed, Kharkiv governor Oleh Synehubov has reported. Russia has already lost 22800 soldiers killed in action in Ukraine, Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff has reported.

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