The Russian occupiers are using methods that violate the rules of war.

For one month and twenty days in a row, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people have been resisting new and new attacks by the Russian occupiers in various directions. Ukraine appreciates all the assistance provided by international partners. However, for the sake of security and freedom, Ukraine NEEDS NATO a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Such actions will help protect Ukraine from Russian planes, drones and missiles.



They attack civilian infrastructure, killing and injuring civilians, including children, and make actions that can have regional and international consequences. We have prepared an update of such actions of the occupiers as of the morning of April 14 (for April 9 – 13).


The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine reported, that as of April 14 the Russian occupiers since February 24 killed 197 children and injured 351 children in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova on April 13 said that according to the reports of the Russian media almost 144 000 Ukrainian children were forcibly deported by the Russian occupiers to the Russian Federation or previously occupied districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions. Meantime, during the meeting of the Federation Council of Russia the head of the Committee for science and education Liliya Gumerova declared that a lot of children deported from Ukraine to Russia during the war do not speak Russian well. So the executive authorities of the country plan to re-educate them under the Russia program.


Donetsk Region


Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of Donetsk military administration reported that the number of casualties of the Russian attack on the Kramatorsk railway terminus rose from 52 to 57. The number of injured civilians also rose to 109.


On April 10, Russian occupiers continued massive attacks on residential areas of Donetsk region. According to Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of Donetsk military administration, 1 person was killed in Vugledar, and 1 in Ivanivka. 2 civilians were injured in Ivanka, 1 in Sloviansk and another 1 in Pokrovsk.


On April 9, it became known that Russian soldiers captured Malta dry cargo ship “Apachi” with civilian staff. The mediaplatform “Ukrainska pravda” stated that Russian propaganda, particularly the state-owned news agency “RIA Novosti”, justified the Russian crime by spreading the fakes that the foreign residents on the ship were "foreign mercenaries."


The State Emergency Service of Ukraine reported that on April 11 the Russian occupiers fired at the village of Mykhailivka, Pokrovskyi district. 30 private houses were damaged, 1 person was injured.


Mariupol City Council on April 11 reported that the Russian occupiers used a chemical weapon in the city. The attack affected both the civilians and the Ukrainian Armed troops. The wind carried the poisonous substance to the suburbs of Mariupol Sartana and Talakivka. The residents reported symptoms of mild poisoning.


Also, on April 12 Mariupol City Council reported that the houses of almost 84 000 Mariupol residents are fully destroyed.


On April 12 the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova informed that the Russian occupiers forced at least 800 children to go to schools in the temporarily occupied city of Volnovakha. They made such a decision despite the proximity of the hostilities and ruined infrastructure.


On the morning of April 13, the Mariupol City Council estimated the number of killed civilians in Mariupol by Russian forces between 20 000 – 22 000. On the same day, the Defence Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine reported that the Russian occupiers delivered 13 mobile crematoria to Mariupol for erasing the evidence of the mass murder of the city residents.


Luhansk Region


Every day the Russian occupiers fire at Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Rubizhne, Popasna, Kreminna and Zolote with artillery and aircraft. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine reported that on April 10 the Russian troops damaged multistory residential building in Severodonetsk, 2 people were injured. The shelling also fired the sport facilities in Zolote and private houses in Lysychansk. 3 people were injured in Kreminna due to fire of the Russian troops. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine informed that many civilian people do not have an opportunity to leave basements or to evacuate because of constant shelling.


On April 11, the State Emergency Service reported, the Russian occupiers fired at residential quarters of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Rubizhne and Novodruzhesk. 1 person in Lysychansk was killed, 3 people were injured.


The Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova reported, that in the night of April 11-12 the Russian troops used prohibited phosphorus bombs in Severodonetsk and Hirske. Also, because of these attacks the cities faced a lack of the electricity, water and gas. She added, that the fire of the Russian occupiers ruined the centre for humanitarian aid in Severodonetsk.


On April 12 the Russian occupiers fired at residential areas of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Kreminna and Rubizhne. The fire damaged the city hospital in Severodonetsk. In Rubizhne the whole quarter of private houses was burned.


The State Emergency Service of Ukraine reported that shelling of the Russian occupiers continued on April 13. Several residential buildings in Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Rubizhne and Zolote were damaged.


Zaporizhzhia Region


On April 9, Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories reported that Russian combatants blocked the evacuation buses for residents of Berdiansk, Tokmak, and Energodar, despite of previous agreements. The buses was forced to return back to Zaporizhia.


On April 9, Ivan Fedorov, the Mayor of Melitipol reported that Russian militants make up lists of men in the city. Since April 8, occupiers bagan to stop the Ukrainian men on checkpoints and offer them to join Russian army. Such actions of Russian federation are classified as a war crimes, according to the Rome Statute.


The Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova reported that on April 11-12 the Russian occupiers used phosphorus bombs near the village of Novoyakovlivka. There are no casualties, but several houses were destroyed. Also, Liudmyla Denisova drew attention to the fact that the Russian occupiers started a campaign of a forcible mobilization in the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia Region. In addition, she said, the Russian forces put pressure on the businessmen in Melitopol: they oblige to pay them personal fees, otherwise, people are imprisoned.


Kharkiv Region


The Russian occupiers fire daily at Kharkiv and other cities in the Kharkiv region with artillery, including rocket artillery. According to the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Synehubov, on April 10, Russian troops struck at civilian infrastructure in Balaklia, Pisochyn, Zolochiv and Derhachi. Thus, 10 people were killed, 11 people were injured.


On April 11, Oleh Synehubov reported that the Russian occupiers had fired on civilian buildings in the Kholodna Hora and Saltivka areas of Kharkiv. In total, 8 people were killed and 19 wounded in the day. According to Oleh Synehubov, the Russian occupiers also used a multiple launch rocket system to establish landmines in Kharkiv (in the Industrialnyi, Kyivskyi, and Nemyshlyanskyi districts of the city).


On April 12, according to Oleh Synehubov, 7 people were killed and 22 were injured in shelling by Russian troops in the Kharkiv region. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the most intense shelling took place in the northern districts of Kharkiv and Derhachi.


On April 13, according to the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office, 3 civilians were killed and 4 were injured in the shelling of the Nemyshlyanskyi district of Kharkiv by the Russian occupiers. During the day, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the most intense shelling by Russian troops was on the civilian infrastructure of Nemyshlyanskyi, Moskovskyi, Industrialnyi and Kyivskyi districts of Kharkiv, as well as Kharkiv and Izyum districts of the region.


Liudmila Denisova said that the city of Izium had been in a state of humanitarian catastrophe for several weeks. The city is destroyed and occupied by Russian troops. There is no electricity, water or gas in Izium. There is no possibility to deliver food and medicine to the city. According to her estimates, about 15,000 people remain in Izium.


Dnipro Region


On April 10, Russian militants lauched more than 10 rockets on Dnipro region. Mykola Lukashuk, Chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council stated that 1 person was killed, several civilian objects were damaged, and several members of the State Emergency Service were injured. One missle hit the industrial facility in Pavlograd district. The farm building was hit in Dniprovskyi district.


On April 10, Russian occupiers shelled the Dnipro airport. Valentyn Reznichenko, the head of Dnipro military administration reported that the airport and the infrastructure nearby are completely destroyed. The number of victims is unknown. Another missile hit the infrastructure object in Zvonetske. Rescuers are now working there.


Mykolaiv region


On April 10, Russian troops shelled Mykolaiv. Vitaliy Kim, the head of Mykolaiv regional administration reported that Qatar enterprise was attacked. The security guard received the shrapnel wounds.


On April 9, Russian soldiers launched 7 missiles on Mykolaiv. Operational command “South” reported that there is no victims.


Kherson region


On April 10, residents of Kherson went on a peaceful rally near the concert hall “Jubileinyi” dedicated to the memory of victims of the Russian occupation. First Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council Yuri Sobolevsky reported that Russian occupiers open the fire at protesters. The number of victims is being clarified.


On April 9, Ukrainian mediaplatform “Ukrainska pravda” reported that Russian occupiers kidnapped the former head of the Kherson Regional State Administration Andriy Putilov. His current whereabouts is unknown.


On April 13 Liudmyla Denisova reported that in Kherson the Russian occupiers created a concentration camp in which people are brutally tortured, similar to «Izolyatsia» prison in Donetsk.


On April 11 Liudmyla Denisova stated that the actions of the Russian occupiers may cause an ecological catastrophe in Kherson Region. About 4 million chickens have already died at one of Europe's largest chicken egg production plants, the Chornobayivska poultry farm of the Ukrlandfarming agricultural holding. As a result of the shelling by the Russian Federation, the electricity supply was interrupted and the farm was left without the opportunity to feed poultry and export finished products. As for the dead birds, they were buried, while trying to avoid the danger of bacterial contamination, to protect groundwater and soil from contamination.


Kyiv region


Law enforcement and rescue services of Ukraine together with volunteers continue search operations in the areas of Kyiv region liberated from the Russian occupiers. On April 10 the General Prosecutor of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova said that the corpses of 1222 of the Ukrainian citizens were already revealed in the region. This number is growing every day. On April 12 the head of the National Police of Ukraine in Kyiv region Andriy Nebytov reported that 1463 criminal cases were being investigated due to the facts of the violations of the rules of war.


Also, law enforcement agencies of Ukraine daily reveal new cases and evidences of the crimes of the Russian militants. The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported on April 12 that the corpses of 6 people killed with firearms were found in the basement of a private house in the village of Shevchenkove, Kyiv Region. Also, Defence Intelligence of the United Kingdom on April 10 confirmed the detection of the mass grave of the civilians killed by the Russian occupiers in the village of Buzova, Kyiv Region.


Chernihiv Region


On April 12, the media Suspilne.Chernihiv published testimony from Hanna Havrilina, the head of the village of Hremyach, about being captive by Russian troops. The woman was interrogated for a week in a field camp, almost without sleep and with threats of reprisals. After that, the head of the village of Hremyach was transferred to a pre-trial detention centre in Kursk, Russia. Her hair was cut there. On April 10, the Russian occupiers released Hanna Havrilina.


Sumy Region


On April 13, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, head of the Sumy Regional Military Administration, said that since the beginning of the invasion of the Sumy Region, the Russian occupiers had killed more than 100 civilians. However, this figure is probably higher, as the search for the missing continues. Losses due to the destruction of local infrastructure exceeded 10 billion hryvnias.


Odesa region


On April 9, Russian militants shelled Chornomorsk. The Mayor of Chornomorsk reported that according to the preliminary information there is no victims.


As an independent think tank, we can’t stay aside during these hardships for Ukraine, and we offer our readiness to provide verified information about the latest developments in Ukrainian resistance to Russian aggression. We will be providing concise briefings. At the same time, we are open to delivering comments and if you have any questions, please contact us via email : miribezpeka@ukr.net

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