Day 38 of Putin's war. Russians terrorize locals in occupied Kherson, sell stolen goods from Ukraine in Belarus

2 April, 10:58 AM
A resident of Bucha, Kyiv Oblast, rides a bike next to a destroyed Russian tank. (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

A resident of Bucha, Kyiv Oblast, rides a bike next to a destroyed Russian tank. (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been going on for more than a month. Today, April 2, is the 38th day of Putin's war. Here, NV tracks the main events of the day.

UPDATE (1846): Russian forces launched three missile strikes on infrastructure in Myrhorod, reported Dmitry Lunin, head of the Poltava Oblast State Administration. "The consequences of enemy strikes are being clarified. There are no preliminary victims. We are not posting any photos. We remain calm. And we’re not ignoring the air raid alert," Lunin wrote on Telegram.

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UPDATE (1651): The Russian military launched missile attacks on Dnipropetrovsk Oblast: in the area of Pavlograd, a missile hit a railway track, stopping the movement of trains. Another missile landed in an open area, injuring one person, reported Valentin Reznichenko, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. State Administration. Invading Russian forces also carried out a missile attack on the city of Lozovaya, in Kharkiv Oblast on April 2. As a result of the attack, four people received moderate injuries, Lozovaya Mayor Sergei Zelensky reported.

UPDATE (1446): Russian soldiers have created a flea market of goods stolen from Ukraine in the Belarusian town Naroulia, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Military Intelligence Directorate has reported.

"They have been trying to sell fridges, washing machines, jewelry, bicycles, cars, children's toys and even make up samples - everything they've looted from Ukrainian towns and villages," the statement reads.

Meanwhile, in occupied Kherson Oblast, the Russians have kidnapped the mayor of Tavriysk, the local community reported. All communication with him was lost on April 1. 

Ukrainian human rights ombudswoman Liudmyla Denisova said in a statement that Kherson Oblast is suffering from intensified Russian repression of Ukrainians.

Explosions and shelling were heard in both Beryslav and Kherson districts, resulting in damaged and destroyed infrastructure.

Russians have not allowed an evacuation column to take women and children out of the village of Velyka Oleksandrivka.

They have also been reported as trying to create so-called occupational civil administrations.

One report came from the town of Kakhovka - armed Russian soldiers entered the premises of the Kakhovka City Council and introduced a new pro-Russian mayor, a former member of the regional council. Russian invaders have been attempting to set up a puppet authority in Kherson Oblast, similar to the puppet authorities in the Donbas.

Denisova has said that the invaders detain, interrogate, and try to force the heads of local governments throughout Kherson Oblast to collaborate.

Mykola Rizak, the Tavriysk mayor, is said to have been detained yesterday, for  refusing to distribute Russian humanitarian aid, and organizing pro-Ukrainian rallies.

Two local priests in the area are also reported to have recently been summoned for questioning.

A number of activists, politicians, and journalists from Kherson Oblast, who have been opposing Russian aggression since the first days of the war, are said to have disappeared.

Any attempts to attend peaceful rallies against the occupation are being severely suppressed by the invaders, who have been reported as using flash-bang grenades against crowds and kidnapping activists.

About 300,000 people remain in the city of Kherson.  Due to a shortage of medicine, the city is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. 

Humanitarian cargoes are not allowed to enter Kherson, or are being looted, ombudswoman has said.

"Terrorizing civilians is a war crime defined by the Statute of the International Military Tribunal and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and a violation of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War," Denisova said in a statement.

UPDATE (1255): Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin has been found dead in Kyiv Oblast, the LB.UA news website reported.  According to General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, Levin was killed by Russian troops. Levin was an experienced war photographer, who disappeared on March 13. His body was found near the village of Huta Mezhyhirska in Kyiv Oblast.

Levin, who used to work for LB.UA, and who also contributed to Reuters, AP, TRT Worlds and many other news websites, had four children. 

UPDATE (1229):  Russian occupiers have violently dispersed a peaceful Ukrainian rally in Enerhodar, a Russian-occupied city in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

Invading Russian troops started shooting into the crowd, with many civilians being arrested. The Russians have also cut off Ukrainian mobile connections and internet services. Locals have reportedly heard numerous explosions. However, Energoatom managed to post video evidence of the Russian invaders' violence against the Ukrainian protesters.

"As of now we have information about several locals being taken to hospital with wounds. However, we still don't know how many people were hurt. The invaders have started shooting into the crowd," Energoatom's statement reads.

UPDATE (1140): Thirty-two people died and 34 were wounded in the March 29 Russian attack in Mykolaiv Oblast. 

Meanwhile Russia has lost 17,800 soldiers killed in action in Ukraine since Feb. 24, Ukraine's Army General Staff reported on April 2.

The invaders have also lost 631 tanks, 1,772 armored vehicles,  143 jets, 134 helicopters, and more than 2,000 various other pieces of weaponry.

Morning digest

Overnight Russian invaders shelled infrastructure objects in Poltava, Kryvyi Rih, Dnipro. Two people were wounded in Dnipro. The occupying forces continue to attack in Donbas. The number of casualties in the March 29 attack against Mykolaiv Oblast Council building has risen to 32 people dead.

Today, April 2, Ukraine plans to open seven humanitarian corridors from Mariupol, Berdiansk, Rubizhne, Severodonetsk, Popasna, Lysychansk and the village of Nyzhne.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine has successfully used the British-made Starstreak portable anti-aircraft missal system for the first time, shooting down a Russian helicopter in Luhansk Oblast, The Times has reported.

-  Some Ukrainians that Russia forcibly deported from Mariupol and the occupied territories have been escaping from Russia to Estonia, ERR.EE has reported.

According to Rait Remmel, board member of the Estonian bus company LuxExpress, passengers on the Estonia-Russia route include citizens from more than one country. More than 20% were recently citizens of other countries whose citizenship has been changed.

“For example, the number of Ukrainian refugees has increased. They arrived in Russia from Mariupol and are going to Estonia via St. Petersburg,” Remmel explained.

Another bus company, Baltic Shuttle, has reported that about 50 percent of the people coming from Russia by bus are people that were taken from Mariupol to Russia.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, Russia has already forcibly deported more than 40,000 Mariupol residents to Russia.

The UK Defense Ministry reports that Ukrainian forces have been attacking retreating Russian forces in Kyiv Oblast. The Russians have retreated from Hostomel and Bucha in Kyiv Oblast, and many villages and towns in Chernihiv Oblast. Ukrainian forces have already discovered several places where the Russians carried out mass murders of civilians in formerly occupied towns in Kyiv Oblast. The apartments of locals were also looted by Russian troops. 

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