Day 42 of Putin's war.Ukrainian government urges residents of Donbas to evacuate, Ukrainian army advances in Kherson Oblast

6 April, 10:39 AM
A Ukrainian serviceman inspects destroyed Russian military vehicle in Bucha, Kyiv Oblast (Photo:REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

A Ukrainian serviceman inspects destroyed Russian military vehicle in Bucha, Kyiv Oblast (Photo:REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine is now well into its second month. Today, April 6th, is the 42nd day of Putin's war. Here, NV tracks the main events of the day.

UPDATE (2051): Ukrainian Army has liberated another village in Kherson Oblast.

Osokorivka village has been returned to the control of Ukrainian forces, General Staff of Ukrainian Army has reported.

UPDATE (1816): The United States and European Union have imposed sanctions against Vladimir Putin's daughters, Russian Foreign Minister's Sergei Lavrov's family members, former president Dmitrii Medvedev and many other Russian top officials. 

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The new sanctions also forbid any future investments in Russia and fully block Russia's largest financial institutions such as AlfaBank and Sberbank.  

UPDATE (1733): Western officials think Putin might try to seize Kyiv again, CNN has reported, citing an anonymous U.S. defense official. 

Putin's long-term goals are unclear, according to a senior defense official, yet U.S. and European officials have told CNN that a reinvasion of the Kyiv region is still a possibility - despite Russia's strategic shift and ongoing talks with Ukraine. 

Meanwhile, recently reelected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said Putin assured him he is ready to talk with the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany in Budapest. Orban said the talks would be not about peace, but about an immediate ceasefire.

UPDATE (1521): The mayors of the towns of Oleshky and Skadovsk in Kherson Oblast, which have been occupied by Russian invaders, have been forced to flee due to threats from the occupiers.

"Because of constant threats and pressure to cooperate with the invaders, I was forced to leave the town," Skadovsk Mayor Oleksandr Yakovlev said in a Facebook post.

"I know that people would feel more safe if I stayed in town, but the occupiers have made it clear for me: either I cooperate or they would take me to a basement (imprison me - ed)."

UDATE (1510): Residents of Luhansk, Donetsk and a part of Kharkiv Oblast should evacuate to safety while they can, Ukraine's Reintegration Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Ukrainian national television. 

She urged residents of the the three regions to evacuate, as the enemy is expected to throw all its forces into attacking and attempting seize control of these regions.

"The withdrawal of troops from Kyiv and Chernihiv oblasts was not a goodwill gesture, as the Kremlin wants to present it. It was a response to our army's iron resistance and our army's will," Vereshchuk said.

However, the enemy is regrouping and deploying additional forces to Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts. "So we all expect the war in these regions will intensify. That is why I call the residents to evacuate while they still can. Soon they might be trapped under constant shelling," Vereshchuk said.

UPDATE (1426): Invading Russian troops have brought mobile crematoriums to Mariupol to destroy bodies of Ukrainians they have killed there, Mariupol City Council reported in Telegram.

According to city council, Russian commanders have ordered that evidence of mass murders by the Russian army in Mariupol be destroyed, after the world found out about the atrocities the Russian army committed in the Kyiv Oblast town of Bucha.

"Thousands of Mariupol residents could have become victims of Russian army," the city council said.

According to some estimates, more than 5,000 Mariupol residents have been killed since March 1. Ukraine has managed to evacuate up to 80,000 Mariupol residents. Russia has forcibly deported 160,000 residents of the besieged city. Some 120,000 still remain trapped in Mariupol. 

"They are collecting and burning the bodies of those residents killed as a result of the Russian invasion of Mariupol.," Mariupol city council said in a statement. "The work of these groups is directly coordinated by the self-proclaimed mayor-collaborator, Konstantin Ivashchenko." 

According to city authorities, that is the reason why Russia has not letting the Red Cross, Ukrainian or Turkish humanitarian missions tenter Mariupol and save locals.

UPDATE (1414): The Russians fired artillery at people distributing humanitarian aid in Vuhledar, Donetsk Oblast, Donetsk Dovernor Pavlo Kyrylenko reported.

Two people died and five were wounded, the governor said.

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UPDATE (1400): Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovskiy, the head of the LDPR party and vocal advocate of Russia's war against Ukraine, has died. Russian parliament speaker Viacheslav Volodin has said in a Telegram message that Zhirinovskiy had died of a disease. 

On Feb. 9 Russians media reported Zhirinovskiy had tested positive for COVID-19.

When alive, Zhirinovskiy called for annihilation of the Ukrainian nation, and fueled hatred of Ukrainians on Russian state TV channels.

Overnight, air raid sirens were blaring in many towns and cities of Ukraine. Three explosions were heard in Radekhiv, a village in Lviv Oblast. Lviv Oblast Governor Maksym Kozytskiy said Ukrainian air defense systems had shot down a Russian missile and the debris hit three unused objects of civilian infrastructure, causing fires. There were no casualties, he said.

In Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Russians struck another oil depot and a factory, the local authorities have reported.

Meanwhile Ukrainian forces have liberated three villages in Kherson Oblast - Dobrianka, Novovoznesensk and Trudoliubivka.

As fighting intensifies in the Donbas, Ukrainian forces reported that they had destroyed four tanks, five artillery systems, and 24 armored vehicles of the enemy.

More and more defectors appear in Ukraine. A day after SBU security service detained a Mykolaiv district prosecutor in suspicion of cooperating with Russia and directing Russian fire against the city, Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai reported that the former mayor of the town of Rubizhne town has defected to Russia and has been helping Russians find and arrest pro-Ukrainian activists in Rubizhne.

Kyiv and Chernihiv oblasts authorities have been studying the situation in recently liberated towns and villages of Ukrainian north. Law enforcers have found that at least 200 people are missing in Borodyanka, and more bodies have been recovered in Bucha. Activists and police say they have found the bodies of more people killed by the Russians in houses, basements and residential buildings. Most of the villages in Kyiv Oblast are on the verge of humanitarian catastrophes.  Ten bridges have been destroyed in the region.

The situation is similar in neighboring Chernihiv Oblast.

Russia has lost 18,600 soldiers killed in action in Ukraine since February, the General Staff of Ukrainian Army has reported. The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed the loss of only some 1,000 soldiers. The BBC has reported that most of those were officers.

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