April 16, 2022 | Daily briefing


Almost 70% of Sievierodonetsk is destroyed. The new neighborhoods will require complete reconstruction, as they are not suitable for habitation, the head of the Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Struk said on the air of Ukrainian TV.


On the evening of April 15, Russian invaders launched a missile attack on the airfield in the city of Aleksandria, Kirovograd region. This was reported by the mayor of Aleksandria, Serhii Kuzmenko.


Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, at least 1,982 civilians have been killed, and at least 2,651 have been wounded. This was reported by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes.


UN World Food Program appeals for access to people in encircled Ukrainian cities, as they may be at risk of death from starvation.

Source: https://www.wfp.org/news/wfp-appeals-access-encircled-cities-ukraine


Russian occupation troops in Mariupol are forcing men to clear rubble and debris in exchange for food, said Mariupol Mayor’s Adviser Petro Andryushchenko.

“Pushylin (leader of the breakaway territory Donetsk People’s Republic “DNR” – ed.) appeared today in Mariupol on Victory Avenue, 107. He staged the opening of the “United Russia” party office. Pushylin promised that Mariupol would be better off under his rule and announced the beginning of the reconstruction by self-sustaining means. He also said that patience was the path to survival.” At the same time, the occupiers are forcing men to go out to clear the rubble. They promise to pay with food,” Andryushchenko said.


On April 15, the occupiers shelled a village near Poltava. The shell hit the economic infrastructure. The shelling destroyed the building. One person was killed. Another was wounded, but no hospitalization was required, said the head of the Poltava Regional Military Administration, Dmytro Lunin.


As of 8 a.m. on April 16, 2022, 200 children were killed and 360 children injured in Ukraine, according to the press service of the Prosecutor General Office.

Bombing and shelling by the Russian armed forces damaged 1,018 educational institutions, 95 of which were completely destroyed.


The Russian military fired rockets at a poultry farm that was out of operation in the Dnipro region, the head of the Regional Military Administration Valentyn Reznichenko said. The farm was completely destroyed.


In the Zaporizhzhia region, the Russians shelled the town of Vasylivka with artillery. Several houses in the city center and a private sector, a store, and a depot at the Tavriisk railway station were hit. As a result, one person was killed, and five were wounded, Zaporizhzhya Defense Forces reported.


The occupiers are preparing to close Mariupol for entry and exit and prohibit movement within its districts from April 18 to filter all men. The Russians want to conscript some of them, according to mayor advisor Petro Andryushchenko.


According to the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR), a London-based human rights organization, 824 new graves plots were dug in the city cemetery in Kherson between February 28 and April 15. They can be seen on satellite images. The burial site is on the city’s outskirts, east of the airport.

“It’s scary to think about how [civilians] died and what else is going on in these areas,” Benjamin Strick, director of CIR investigations, told The Washington Post.


Due to the strike in the Darnytsia district of Kyiv, one person was killed, and several more citizens were hospitalized. This was reported by the mayor of Kyiv, Vitaliy Klychko, on the air of Ukrainian TV.


In the Mykolaiv region over the past 24 hours, 39 people were injured, with no children among them. The vast majority of the victims were civilians. This was reported by the head of Mykolaiv Regional Council, Anna Zamazeeva.

According to her, yesterday, the occupiers shelled residential areas of Mykolaiv, where there are no military facilities. One of the missiles landed on the territory of the regional cancer hospital. The Russians keep shelling the region.


Occupation troops again fired a missile at Kharkiv, the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleg Syniehubov, said. One person was killed, and 18 were injured and hospitalized.

The rocket was fired at one of the central districts of Kharkiv. Rescuers are currently working to eliminate the consequences.


Occupiers shelled the Lysychansk oil refinery on the morning of April 16, according to the Luhansk Regional Military Administration head Serhiy Haidai.

The shelling caused a fire at 5000 m²; the extinguishing is still ongoing. According to Haidai, this is not the first time this refinery has been shelled: it has been systematically targeted to exhaust the rescuers.

However, Haidai notes that there is no fuel in the plant: the remains of oil sludge are burning. At the same time, the occupiers continue shelling residential areas of Lysychansk.


Mariupol City Council showed how one of the city microdistricts and the train station look now.


A girl from Chernihiv stands in a crater after shelling that occurred 100 meters [128 feet] from her home


Occupation troops disrupted the evacuation of Lysychansk, Luhansk Region. According to the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, they shelled the city center, disrupting the «silent regime,” according to the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Haidai.

Due to the Russian shelling, the locals decided to stay in their basements. Therefore, it was possible to evacuate only one person. Haidai believes that the occupiers in Lysychansk were targeting eight vans carrying bread.

“I’m sure they were deliberately shelling them. There was a gunner. The traitor wanted to leave the Lysychansk people without bread. The enemy used powerful weapons. However, rescuers managed to extinguish three burning vans and protect the other five,” – said Haidai.


Ukrainian authorities are trying to evacuate women, children, and the wounded from the besieged Mariupol by humanitarian corridors. Still, Russian occupiers refuse, President Zelensky said in an interview with Ukrainian online media.

According to him, even mediation by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not yielded any results. The head of state says that the situation in Mariupol remains difficult.

“There is a humanitarian crisis; there is no food, no water, and no medicine. However, the guys are defending themselves. And gratitude alone is not enough; that is why the negotiation processes continue. But, frankly speaking, there is little to no trust in Russian negotiators,” – said Zelensky.


On the night of April 16, the invaders shelled residential buildings in the town of Polohy, Zaporizhia region. Among the victims is a 12-year-old child who is currently undergoing emergency surgery. Zaporizhzhya Regional Military Administration reports this, citing the head of the Polohy head Artur Krupsky.

The city of Huliaipole was also shelled for more than 5 hours with weapons of various calibers, including from “Grads .” Local mayor Serhiy Yarmak says the occupiers also used phosphorus bombs.


Russians forcibly deported more than 50 citizens from the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region – the city council reported. According to local authorities, people refused to go voluntarily to the Russian Federation, even when they were in complete information isolation and misinformation about the fall of Kyiv and Kharkiv.

Relatives of the victims of forced deportation are asked to immediately report to the nearest police stations.


Because of the war in Ukraine, Russia is postponing the rotation of its units in Syria – said the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Also, the General Staff said that the probability of involving Russian troops from the Transnistrian region of Moldova in the war against Ukraine remains low. However, there is still a threat of missile attacks from the territory of Belarus.