Day 45 of Putin's war. Ukraine destroys up to 20% of Russia's military capability, Russia 'plans to seize Kharkiv' (UPDATED)

9 April, 10:13 AM
A woman pictured in her house, which was destroyed by Russian shelling in Kharkiv. (Photo:REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

A woman pictured in her house, which was destroyed by Russian shelling in Kharkiv. (Photo:REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine is now well into its second month. Today, April 9th, is the 45th day of Putin's war. Here, NV tracks the main events of the day.

UPDATE (1945): Russians have once again struck a nitric acid tank in Rubizhne, a town in Luhansk Oblast, local governor Serhiy Haidai has said in a Telegram statement.

He urged citizens not to leave their shelters and houses and use wet face masks. 

Fortunately, the wind has changed and blew the toxic fumes of nitric acid to the positions of Russian soldiers in Luhansk Oblast, the governor added later.

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UPDATE (1821): Ukraine has been identifying Russian soldiers that committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bucha, Irpin, using facial recognition system and AI, Ukraine's Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov has said in a Telegram statement.

"In fact, many of the killers have already been found. In a short time we will establish all the information about these people: their profiles on social media, where they lieve and with whom they serve, "Fedorov said.

UPDATE (1809):  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has paid an unannounced visit to Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

"Great Britain is a leader in Ukraine's defense support. A leader in the anti-war coalition. A leader in sanctions against the Russian aggressor," the deputy head of Ukraine's President's Office Andriy Sybiha said in a Facebook post, talking about Johnson's visit.

Johnson came to Kyiv the same day Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer  visited the country. 

Boris Johnson speaks with Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv (Фото: Andrij Sybiha)
Boris Johnson speaks with Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv / Фото: Andrij Sybiha

UPDATE (1613): Despite the fact that Russia is continuing to mass troops and equipment in the east and south of the country, Ukraine is still ready for a dialogue with the aggressor, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during a press briefing on April 9. 

"We are seeing an accumulation of troops in the east and south. A large number of troops, equipment, armed men who are planning to occupy another part of our territories," Zelensky said.

"It will be a difficult battle. We believe in our victory. We are ready to fight, but at the same time are looking for certain ways in diplomacy that can stop this war. But I will say frankly: so far we are talking about a parallel dialogue," the president added.

At the same time, Zelensky said that it was not possible to predict the development of events in eastern Ukraine.

UPDATE (1550): Russian occupiers have been burning the bodies of Ukrainians they killed in Mariupol in mobile crematoriums, Petro Andriushchenko, the deputy mayor of Mariupol, said in a statement.

According to him, the Russians continue to clear the streets of the bodies of the dead. Livoberezhny district has been almost cleared, as has the central district.

The occupiers have been using large warehouse refrigerators at industrial warehouses to store the bodies before cremation, Andriushchenko said.

UPDATE (1346): The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has called on international human rights organizations to help rescue Ukrainians forcibly deported to Russia by the invaders, and to return them home.

Invading Russian troops deported thousands of citizens of Ukraine before the eyes of the whole world even prior to Feb. 24, under the pretext of mounting an "evacuation" in response to the false claim that Ukraine was preparing to launch an attack on the non-government-controlled part of the Donbas.

In actions that recalled those of Soviet dictator Stalin, the deported Ukrainians were gathered in concentration camps ahead of their deportation to remote and depressed regions of Russia, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement.

At the same time, the possibilities for communicating with the deported Ukrainian citizens are being limited to the maximum extent, the ministry said.

The ministry called UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Secretary-General of the International Organization for Migration, and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and other relevant international bodies and organizations to immediately facilitate the rapid return of Ukrainian citizens from the aggressor state to territory controlled by the Ukrainian government, or to the territory of democratic states that have launched powerful Ukrainian refugee support programs.

Earlier Ukrainian authorities reported that Russia has abducted 120,000 children and more than 600,000 Ukrainian adults to Russian territory. Recently, the Kremlin has issued more than 12,000 passports to forcibly displaced Ukrainians. 

UPDATE (1231): Ukraine's SBU security service has issued a note of suspicion against Kostantyn Ivashchenko, the self-proclaimed mayor of Mariupol, who is collaborating with invading Russian forces.

Ivashchenko is now suspected of state treason. Ivashchenko is the fifth known lawmaker of now banned pro-Russian party Opposition Platform for Life who has started collaborating with the enemy. Similar cases were recorded in Melitopol, Kharkiv and Kherson oblasts.

UPDATE (1220): Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, state railway operator Ukrzaliznytsia has evacuated 3.5 million people.

More than 470,000 of them were transported by trains abroad, Ukrzaliznytsia has reported.

Most people have left Kyiv, Kharkiv and Donbas for Lviv and Uzhhorod.

The most popular international railway route was to the cities of Poland: Przemyśl, Warsaw and Chełm.

Foreign evacuation trains were also organized to Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

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Ukrainian intelligence reports that Russia is regrouping forces in an attempt to seize Kharkiv, CNN has reported.  Their sources say Moscow needs at least some significant success before May 9, an important date for Russians - Victory Day.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army is continuing to inflict defeats on the enemy: according to the ABC News sources at Pentagon, 15-20% of the aggressor's fighting force has now been destroyed.

The Russians have already lost more than 19,000 soldiers in Ukraine, the General Staff of Ukrainian Army has reported.

In Mariupol , the Ukrainian Armed Forces still control the port area and the Azovstal Factory. The Institute for the Study of War has reported that Ukrainian forces control strategic positions in the east and southwest of Mariupol, and that the Russian forces that were recently relocated from Kyiv and Sumy oblasts to the Donbas would hardly be able to breach Ukraine's defenses in the east.

The Pentagon has confirmed Russia attacked the railway station in Kramatorsk, in Donetsk Oblast. The number of victims in the attack has risen to 52 people killed and more than 109 people injured.

European Union has decided to return its representatives to Kyiv. 

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