According to Russian information, 1,026 personnel of the 36th Marine Brigade were captured in Mariupol, including 162 officers and 47 women, said Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenko. There was no confirmation from the Ukrainian side. Only on Wednesday, the Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform reported that “the personnel of the Azov regiment continue to defend Mariupol.” Accordingly, there are still 120,000 people in the city
According to Konashenkov, the fighters surrendered to units of the Russian army and pro-Moscow separatists from the Donetsk region in a battle for a large mineral processing plant. The separatists had previously reported their arrest. Russian media reported that about 3,000 Ukrainian fighters were still being held in Mariupol.
In his daily situation report, Konashenkov also reported new missile attacks by Russian aircraft and warships. Among other things, two large weapons depots were bombed. Four attack helicopters were destroyed in an attack on an airfield in Mirhorod in the Poltava region.
Then in the evening Konashenkov threatened to launch new attacks on the Ukrainian capital. “We see sabotage attempts and attacks by Ukrainian forces on targets on the territory of the Russian Federation,” he said. “If such situations continue, the armed forces of the Russian Federation will attack decision-making centers, including in Kyiv, which the Russian army has so far refrained from doing.” In the past few weeks, Moscow has repeatedly complained about alleged attacks by Ukrainian forces on Russian regions near the border.
On the other hand, Ukraine reported the downing of a Russian Su-25 fighter jet. Ukraine’s General Staff said on Facebook on Wednesday that the Russian Air Force’s activity has generally decreased due to bad weather. However, civilian objects in the Kharkiv and Zaporizhia regions came under missile attacks. According to the Mariupol General Staff, Ukrainian positions are also being bombed. Russian forces continue their attacks in the port area and at the Azustal steel mills.
According to the governor, at least seven people were killed and 22 injured in one day in Kharkiv. Among the dead are a two-year-old boy who was wounded in a bombing a few days ago and has now died in hospital, said Oleg Senegubov. During the past twenty-four hours, the region witnessed 53 Russian artillery or missile attacks.
According to the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office, seven people were shot dead by Russian soldiers in a village in the Cherson region of southern Ukraine. The statement said six men and a woman were killed Tuesday in a home in the village of Braudin. Then the occupiers “blew up the house with corpses” to cover up their crime.
On the other hand, Ukraine scored successes in the southern city of Melitopol. Ukrenform reported that the “Unknown Patriots” killed a total of 70 Russian soldiers there between March 20 and April 12, including Chechen soldiers. She added that the army managed to destroy a Russian military convoy.
In the meantime, the excavations of the body continued. In the Sumy region, the authorities said they had found the bodies of more than 100 civilians killed by the invaders. The head of the regional military administration, Dmytro Zyvitsky, said that the victims showed signs of torture and bullets to the head and were handcuffed.
In the southeastern city of Dnipro, the corpses of more than 1,500 Russian soldiers were bred at the hands of the authorities. The industrial city’s deputy mayor, Mykhailo Lysenko, told the US-funded TV station Nastyashi Vremya on Wednesday that they had been moved to a total of four different mortuaries. He called on Russian mothers to take their dead sons with them. “I don’t want to bury them in mass graves,” Lysenko said. “I don’t want to burn them.” “We are not savages.”
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