Day 46 of Putin's war. Russian forces gather for battle, record number of missile attacks in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast

10 April, 10:37 AM
Natalia Tytova, a 62-year-old resident of Chernihiv, a city in north-central Ukraine, shows the ruins of her house, which was destroyed by Russian troops. (Photo:REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Natalia Tytova, a 62-year-old resident of Chernihiv, a city in north-central Ukraine, shows the ruins of her house, which was destroyed by Russian troops. (Photo:REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine is halfway through its second month. Today, April 10th, is the 46th day of Putin's war. Here, NV tracks the main events of the day.

UPDATE (2021): Ukraine wants to buy German Marder infanty fighting vehicles directly from the manufacturer, Rheinmetall, German newspaper Bild has reported. Earlier, Kyiv sought to obtain these infantry fighting vehicles from the German Ministry of Defense, but, according to the newspaper, the ministry refused to sell them.

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UPDATE (2006): Invading Russian forces are trying to complete preparations for an offensive in eastern Ukraine, the General Staff has said. "Measures are underway to regroup, and improve the management system and logistics of the enemy troops,” a statement from the General Staff reads. “The occupiers are moving battalion tactical groups from (Russia’s) Eastern and Central military districts to the border areas of Belgorod, Voronezh and Kursk regions with Ukraine.”

UPDATE (1932): Slovakia and Kyiv Ukraine negotiating the possible sale of 155-millimeter Zuzana self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, Polish media write. The howitzers can hit targets at a distance of more than 30 kilometers. Ukraine wants to buy 16 of the weapons.

UPDATE (1906): Some of Ukraine's allies in the West are ready to help the country switch from using old Soviet weapons to more modern NATO equipment even in the midst of war with Russia, given the prospect that the war could last for several more months or even years, Bloomberg reports. Some allies may begin training Ukrainian soldiers outside Ukraine so that they can use advanced weapons, the agency said.

UPDATE (1800): Invading Russian troops directed fire across the whole of Severodonetsk on April 10, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai reported. "While in the morning houses in the new part of the city were on fire, in the afternoon the Russian army opened fire on the whole Severodonetsk. Many of the windows that remained were broken. Two residential buildings and a private clinic were severely damaged. The social and critical infrastructure of Severodonetsk has been almost completely destroyed.”

UPDATE (1739): The new commander of Russia’s invasion force in Ukraine will continue cruel attacks against Ukrainian civilians, a U.S. presidential advisor has told media. The advisor said that the United States believes that Russian General Alexander Dvornikov, who now leads the Russian occupation forces in the war against Ukraine, will continue to carry out brutal attacks. However, the advisor said that Russia has already suffered a "strategic failure" in Ukraine, and this fact will not be erased by the appointment of a new general.

UPDATE (1656): Israel has launched a humanitarian air bridge to Ukraine, the country’s ambassador to Ukraine reported. “Over the next few weeks, six cargo planes will bring medicine, medicine, food and more. The first batch has already been brought to Ukraine, " Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky wrote on Twitter. 

UPDATE (1648): The deaths of 1,222 civilians due to the Russian occupation of parts of Kyiv Oblast have so far been confirmed, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova said on April 10.

UPDATE (1557): After initially attacking Ukraine in nine directions, on the 46th day of the war, Russian forces are barely managing to main operations in two directions, military advisor to the Ukrainian president Oleksiy Arestovich said on April 10. He also said that Russian warships operating in the Black Sea basin have begun to paint over their identifying numbers to hide the losses the fleet has suffered.

UPDATE (1539): Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called on scientists from around the world to investigate the causes of the Russian atrocities in town of Bucha, the scene of a horrific massacre of Ukrainian civilians by Russian troops. "For many years, the Russian political elites and propaganda have incited hatred, dehumanized Ukrainians, nurtured a sense of Russian superiority, and laid the groundwork for these atrocities. I urge scientists from all over the world to investigate what led to Bucha," Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

UPDATE (1446):  Russian troops fired several missiles at the city of Dnipro and in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, and again at the city’s airport.

"It’s not alive any more. The airport itself and the infrastructure nearby were destroyed. And the missiles fly in and fly in. We’re establishing the number of victims," Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said.

UPDATE (1257): Russia’s forced mobilization in the non-government-controlled parts of the Donbas is being intensified, according to Ukrainian intelligence.

UPDATE (1204): The Ukrainian military has released photos of a mass grave of Russian soldiers in Kharkiv region. Ukraine’s army says the invading Russian soldiers threw ten of their dead in an open pit.

UPDATE (1142): Armed Forces destroyed a column of enemy vehicles moving to Izyum, according to Oleh Sinehubov, head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration.

"Tonight, our military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine achieved another success – a large column of enemy equipment and manpower heading towards Izyum was destroyed," said Sinehubov.

UPDATE (1120): Invading Russian troops in Zaporizhzhya Oblast are searching homes and inquiring about the Ukrainian military, as well as searching for and kidnapping men, Ukraine’s General Staff has said.

In settlements in Melitopol District of Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Russian invaders are conducting searches of civilian premises: checking the documents of local residents, and whether they have motor vehicles or food supplies. They are interrogating close relatives of members of law enforcement, army servicemen, and participants of the Anti-Terrorist Operation and demanding information about them.

The occupiers have been searching for and kidnapping men in Vasyliv District, fabricating charges of murder and terrorism against them, the General Staff said.

UPDATE (1116): The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has updated data on the losses of the Russian army in Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Russia has lost in Ukraine more than 19,300 troops, 152 aircraft and nearly 2,000 armored combat vehicles, according to the latest data.

UPDATE (1020): Nine humanitarian corridors are planned to operate on April 10 from Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Luhansk oblasts. All routes go to Zaporizhzhia or Bakhmut.

UPDATE (0956): Going by the military textbooks, the Ukrainian Marines holding Mariupol should have been able to hold out for no more than a week, “However, the soldiers of the Rear Admiral Mykhailo Bilynsky Marine Infantry Brigade have been heroically restraining the Russian fascist invasion (in Mariupol) for 45 days now,” the Ukrainian Navy has said. The navy said several episodes in the heroic struggle for Mariupol, "will be included in all military textbooks, without exaggeration."

UPDATE (0913): Russia has carried out a record number of missile strikes on Dnipropetrovsk Oblast in a day, according to the regional administration. Russian troops carried out several missile strikes on various parts of the city of Dnipro, and one person was injured, the head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Adminstration Valentin Reznichenko reported. "It was an anti-record for our region. Sirens almost every hour. And, unfortunately, there are ‘arrivals’ (by missiles) in various areas," Reznichenko said.

UPDATE (0909):  Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, 177 children have been killed and another 336 injured as a result of the Russian armed aggression. The figures were released by the Office of the Prosecutor General on April 10.

UPDATE (0801): Russian invading forces are preparing to hold a sham referendum in Kherson region, Ukraine’s General Staff reported. "In the city of Nova Kakhovka (Kherson Oblast) the occupiers are using local printing houses to prepare campaign materials (brochures, booklets, posters, forms) for a so-called "referendum on the establishment of the Kherson People's Republic," the General Staff said.

UPDATE (0709): In the wake of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, NATO is considering establishing a permanent military presence in the countries on the alliance’s borders. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance is "in the process of a very fundamental transformation" that will reflect the long-term consequences of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions. Decisions on the establishment of the new military presence will be made at the NATO summit in Madrid in June.

UPDATE (0655): Talks between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will be held so sooner than after the upcoming battles in the Donbas, Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Ukrainian national television late on April 9. "To say that they will meet in a week (Zelensky and Putin), in two - no, this will not happen. Ukraine is ready for big battles. Ukraine must win them, in particular in the Donbas. And after that, Ukraine will have a stronger negotiating position, from which it can dictate certain conditions. After that, the presidents will meet. It may take two weeks, three…,” Podolyak said.

UPDATE (0448): Ukraine’s armed forces have struck the airfield at Melitopol for a fifth time, adviser to the head of the President's Office Oleksiy Arestovych said.

UPDATE (0436): Western intelligence agencies knew about Russia’s preparations for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in the summer of 2021, the BBC has reported. "In the summer, we saw a small group of high-ranking officials planning a full-scale invasion," BBC Ukraine reported, citing a source from a Western intelligence agency. According to the source, some Russian officials first learned about Russia's intention to start a war against Ukraine when they heard about it from CIA Director William Burns during his visit to Moscow in early November.

UPDATE (0230): In the Mykolayiv and Kherson areas, the enemy is trying to draw up reserves of new forces for fierce fighting, Operational Command South of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reports. The enemy has carried out seven missile stricks across Mykolayiv. Oblast, the command said. No casualties are reported. Even under intense enemy shelling, the Ukrainian military is holding recently liberated territories, the command said.

UPDATE (0137): Between five and seven countries are willing to provide security guarantees to Ukraine, according to an international agreement on security guarantees for Ukraine that is currently being worked out, Adviser to the Head of the President's Office Mykhailo Podolyak said. "We do not want to be involved in a direct agreement between Ukraine and Russia, because we understand that Russia constantly changes its position," he said.

UPDATE (0105): Over the past day Ukraine’s air force has shot down three Russian planes and one helicopter, the Armed Forces said in an update. "Air Force aircraft continue to work in the sky: fighters are patrolling the airspace of Ukraine, and Su-25 attackers and Su-24m bombers are supporting the ground forces with missile and bomb strikes," it said.

UPDATE (0041): It will take another two weeks to establish how many civilians in Kyiv Oblast were murdered by occupying Russian troops, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has said. In villages and towns across Kyiv Oblast, debris is being cleared and the victims of Russian aggression are being searched for, so the exact number of dead will not be known for some time, Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky said.

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