The Russian-Ukrainian War at a Glance: What We Know as of Day 389 of the Invasion | Ukraine
Russian strikes left two dead and eight injured in Kramatorsk on Saturdaysaid Mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko, accusing Moscow of using cluster bombs in the attack on the eastern Ukrainian city. Agence France-Presse reporters heard about 10 explosions go off almost simultaneously and saw smoke over a park in the south of the city. A woman died at the scene from her injuries, they said. Shortly after, another series of explosions was heard in a neighborhood 2 km away.
Russia launched a series of attacks on Friday, according to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Seven houses in Veletenske village in Kherson region were destroyed and a nursery was damaged on Friday, but no one was injured, he added. The update, which the Guardian has not verified, also says 10 Iranian-made Shahed drones were shot down and Ukrainian forces “repelled over 100 enemy attacks”.
Ukraine said some of the overnight drone attacks hit the relatively peaceful western region of Lviv. Dnipro was also targeted, as was kyiv, where air defenses shot down all attacking drones. The Ukrainian Air Force said 11 out of 16 drones were destroyed.
The Black Sea Grains Agreement has been renewed, according to the parties to the agreement. Turkey and the UN announced that the initiative was extended, but did not specify for how long. A spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry said it had informed the other parties that the agreement had been extended for 60 days, while a Ukrainian minister said the agreement had been extended for 120 days.
A further 880 Russian soldiers were reportedly killed on Friday, according to unverified totals released by the Ukrainian military. His general staff said that meant more than 164,000 Russian servicemen had been killed since the war broke out in February last year. Five other tanks, seven armored fighting vehicles and eight artillery systems were disabled by Ukrainian forces, he said in an update posted on Facebook.
The Russian mercenary group Wagner plans to recruit around 30,000 new fighters by mid-May, its founder said. In an audio message on Telegram on Saturday, Yevgeny Prigozhin said Wagner recruitment centers, which he said opened last week in 42 Russian cities, were hiring an average of 500 to 800 people a day.
Russia would likely introduce broader conscription to increase its military requirements, the UK Ministry of Defense said. In his latest intelligence update, he said Russian Duma deputies had introduced a bill to raise the conscription age for men from 18-27 to 21-30. The law would likely pass, he said, and come into force in January 2024.
Senior Ukrainian and US security officials met via video link on Saturday, with officials from Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s government asking for further helpincluding more gear, weapons and ammunition. Zelenskiy joined the call at the end of the meeting and discussed his forces’ hopes of retaking areas captured by Russia.
US President Joe Biden has said the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant for Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “justified”.. “But the question is – it’s not recognized internationally by us either,” Biden said, referring to the fact that the United States is not a member of the ICC. “But I think that makes a very strong point.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also welcomed the ICC decisionstating: “The International Criminal Court is the right institution to investigate war crimes… The fact is that no one is above the law and that is what is becoming clear right now.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the annexed Crimean peninsula to mark nine years since Russia seized it. Russian news agency RIA Novosti said Putin visited an art school and a children’s center. These locations appear to have been chosen in response to the ICC’s arrest warrant, which accuses Putin of being responsible for the child abduction.
The Biden administration has quietly resumed deportations to Russiaan apparent reversal of the stance taken after Russia invaded Ukraine just over a year ago when those removals were suspended, the Guardian has learned