In one of the settlements of the Sumy region, captured by the invaders, the Russian troops booby-trapped many objects, particularly the cemetery, said the mayor.
« There still are a lot of landmines in our municipalities, a lot of mined roads, roadsides; they even mined the cemetery. Unfortunately, one resident was killed while walking down the street and came across a mine…,” the video message reads.
In the Kherson region, the occupiers began preparations for a referendum, the Armed Forces General Staff said.
According to preliminary information, in order to control these territories, the Russian occupation forces are resorting to a referendum – the creation of the Kherson People’s Republic.
“…The enemy is trying to create civil-military administrations and has begun preparations <….> to create a quasi-state entity on the territory of the Kherson region.”
The Office of the Prosecutor General has launched a criminal investigation into the illegal introduction into circulation of the Russian ruble in the temporarily occupied territories in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
As of 7:00, the death toll from the shelling of the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration has increased to 16 people, the State Emergency Service reports. Rescue work continued throughout the night and is still ongoing.
“A school, an oil depot, dozens of houses in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk were engulfed by Russian fire. The injured and dead Lysychansk residents could not be taken off the streets for hours,” says the head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration. As he noted, these are the consequences of hostilities on March 30 and 31.
“The Russians shell with all kinds of heavy weapons. If earlier in Lysychansk people felt more or less safe than in other cities of the region, then yesterday, there was probably not a single neighborhood left where the “Russian peace” did not hit. Each of the three main parts of the settlement suffered from artillery and «Grads.» Dozens of houses were destroyed. There are dozens of casualties, as well. Two people were killed, two children are in serious condition.”
More than 400 thousand Ukrainians have already been forcibly displaced from Ukraine to Russia since the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova told Euronews.
The authorities of Russia-occupied Crimea are planning to nationalize the property of “Ukrainian oligarchs, politicians and public figures who support the Kyiv regime.” According to Russian media, the occupiers, among other things, want to appropriate an apartment in Yalta belonging to the family of Volodymyr Zelensky.
Russians deported from besieged Mariupol 12-year-old girl Kira Obedinskaya, orphaned in this war due to Russian aggression. The Chernivtsi Regional Prosecutor’s Office has opened proceedings for violating the laws and customs of war. This was reported in the Office of the Prosecutor General.
Residents of the town of Hola Prystan, in the Kherson region, went to a rally demanding that the Russian invaders release the kidnapped mayor Oleksandr Babych and other townspeople.
The president’s office reports that Russian invaders kidnapped and are holding 24 local government officials in captivity. The information on the other two is being clarified.
The Russian invaders are not withdrawing their forces from Ukraine but only regrouping. Russian troops are trying to resupply to reinforce the offensive in Donbas, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.
Nearly 1,300 multi-story residential buildings, 70 schools, 54 kindergartens, and 16 hospitals have been destroyed in Kharkiv so far, said Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov
Near Chernihiv, the Russians shelled five buses that tried to drive into the besieged city to evacuate people. There were only civilian volunteers on the bus, reported ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova.
Russia has blocked the decision on the mandate extension of OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, established back in 2014 at the request of the Ukrainian government and by consensus decision of all 57 participating states.
This is reported by the OSCE and the British Foreign Office.
Volodymyr Zelensky reported that Turkey has agreed to become Ukraine’s security guarantor.
The occupiers have taken all the humanitarian aid that Ukraine sent to the residents of Melitopol – 12 buses with 14 tons of food and medicines, according to the Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.