HEADS-UP: Sourced from Russian State-Controlled Media
SV Pressa: The current situation around Azovstal is very clear. The remnants of the Nazis and foreign mercenaries who settled there on Sunday refused to surrender in response to the “final warning” of the Russian Defense Ministry and will now be destroyed. Our military is studying the features of the metallurgical plant’s autonomous life support system, which will make it possible to clean up the plant without losses.
Attempts to break through the besieged are not successful. One of the last groups was partially destroyed, the body of the commander of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Baranyuk was found among the dead . The great success of our special forces was the release of people blocked in the Turkish mosque in Mariupol. During the battle, 29 militants were killed, all hostages were released and evacuated from the combat zone.
After the complete liberation of the city, a safe land corridor to the Crimea will emerge, bringing closer the start of a new, possibly decisive, phase of the special operation against the enemy’s Donbass grouping. Kyiv pins its hopes on the increase in the supply of Western weapons, including heavy and long-range systems, which means that Moscow’s sparing attitude towards transport infrastructure may change.
18.10 Government aircraft returned to their homeland Bulgarian sailors evacuated from Mariupol.
18.05 State Duma Vice Speaker Zhukov : On April 20, deputies may consider a bill to abolish the simplified issuance of visas for a number of European countries.
18.00 State Duma deputy, first deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee on international affairs Alexei Chepa said that some high-ranking US representatives may be part of the Mariupol grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
17.55 In Serbia, a petition has been created against the imposition of sanctions against Russia. “We express our full solidarity with the Russian people and express our full support in their struggle for the right to life, freedom, political, economic and civilizational independence and national unity,” the text says.
17.50 Putin and the President of Algeria confirmed their intention to continue coordination in the OPEC+ format and within the framework of the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries.
17.45 The meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Ukraine is scheduled for 19 April.
17.40 Installation of the sign “Z” – one of the symbols of the special military operation – on the dome of the temple in the Sverdlovsk region was a personal initiative of local residents and was not agreed with the diocese and the rector of the parish, the symbolism on the temples is contrary to church canons – Secretary of the Diocesan Administration of the Alapaevskaya Diocese Priest Dmitry Yamshchikov .
17.35 As a result of the shelling of the Armed Forces of the Kirovsky District, N. p. Makeevka on the street. Shevchenko, two civilians were wounded – passengers of the route taxi No. 34 “Makeevka – Yasinovataya”. One of the wounded was a woman born in 1965. The data of the second are specified.
17.30 Deputy GD Khamzaev prepared a request addressed to the Minister of Culture with a request to conduct a thorough analysis and recommend to Russian channels to ban the showing of projects from the Kvartal-95 studio associated with Zelensky.
17.25 A woman was injured during the shelling of the village of Krasny Partizan in the DPR by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
17.20 The Russian Embassy in Estonia called on the republic’s authorities to find and punish those responsible for the act of vandalism against the monument to the liberator soldier at the military cemetery in Tallinn.
17.15 Putin informed the leader of Palestine , Mahmoud Abbas, about the course of the special operation in Ukraine and the negotiations between Moscow and Kiev.
17.05 The family of one of the British who surrendered in Ukraine, Sean Pinner , does not consider him a mercenary, claiming that he served in the ranks of the armed forces of Ukraine under a contract in accordance with the law.
17.00 Prime Minister of Moldova ruled out the possibility of military assistance to Ukraine.
16.50 Head of the Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov: The military catastrophe in Ukraine has already happened, it will become impossible to hide it with the help of information warfare. I am convinced that the real losses are even greater. In response, Kyiv conducts a fierce mobilization and throws untrained people into the fire. They don’t feel sorry for them.
16.45 Russia will launch tour activities in the East and Latin America, there is also interest in India and Africa – Shvydkoy .
16.40 The consequences of the crisis in Taiwan will be more serious than what is happening today in connection with Ukraine, the aggravation of the situation in the Taiwan Strait is likely to occur in 3-5 years – senior researcher at the Institute of the Far East of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vasily Kashin .
At 4:30 p.m. , Putin conferred the title of the 64th Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade “for mass heroism and courage, fortitude and courage shown by personnel in combat operations to protect the Fatherland and state interests.” The military unit distinguished itself during the operation in Ukraine.
16.20 In the liberated Genichesk, Kherson region, a monument to Lenin was restored on the central square, dismantled in July 2015 as part of decommunization.
16.15 The attempt of the West’s economic blitzkrieg against Russia failed, the initiators of the sanctions themselves suffered – Putin.
16.10 The Ministry of Construction of the DPR started clearing the roads and streets of Mariupol. Not only municipal services are involved in cleaning up the territories, but also just residents of Mariupol who want to quickly put things in order in the place where they live.
16.05 Two civilians were wounded as a result of shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Roschinskaya Street in Donetsk.
16.00 Putin established payments of 5 million rubles in the event of the death of Russian border guards on the borders with Ukraine, the DPR and the LPR.
15.50 The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a case on the fact of the genocide of the inhabitants of Shchastia in the LPR by Ukrainian troops, who, according to the investigation, fired “in order to completely destroy the Russians.”
15.40 It is necessary to speed up the transition in foreign trade in rubles and national currencies of partner countries – Putin.
15.30 In Volnovakha, liberated in March by the DPR forces, social facilities were provided with electricity: the central district hospital, the Teremok kindergarten, school No. coal and energy DNR Olga Golushko .
15.20 Head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov on preparations for Easter provocations:
We understand that in the person of this regime we are dealing not only with an anti-Russian, but also with an anti-Christian force. In other words, with Satanists. Nazism, paganism, the occult and Satanism have always gone hand in hand – this was the case in the Third Reich, this is happening today in Ukraine.
15.10 The State Duma proposed to the Ministry of Culture to create a public artistic council for the duration of the special operation in Ukraine to check performances for provocative content.
15.00 The commission of the State Duma of the Russian Federation to investigate the activities of biological laboratories in Ukraine began collecting dossier – Yarovaya .
14.50 Crimean authorities intend to send volunteer teachers from the republic to schools in the liberated territories of Ukraine after the completion of a special military operation – Chairman of the State Council of the Republic Vladimir Konstantinov .
14.40 The Kyrgyz side has a positive attitude towards Russia’s initiative to sell its natural gas for Russian rubles – the Ministry of Economy of the Republic.
14.30 Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov on the influence of the United States on the fate of Medvedchuk:
They are not at all interested in the death of Viktor Medvedchuk in the dungeons of the SBU. Even with all the negativity that is now unfolding in the West, this will be too much. I’m 100% sure they won’t! But I have no doubt that they will either try to falsify Medvedchuk’s testimony or beat him out.
14.20 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published footage of the combat work of the crews of the Iskander missile system to destroy the command post of the mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
14.10 Voenkor Alexander Kots: at this moment the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is conducting a powerful artillery shelling of Izyum and its suburbs. Shells are exploding in a residential area. Shelling, including cluster munitions, has been going on since 5 am with different frequency.
14.00 Kindergarten No. 38 began working in Mariupol – an employee of a children’s institution.
At 13.55, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired ten rockets from the Grad at the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.
13.50 Former President of Moldova, communist leader Vladimir Voronin :
We are starting broad consultations with the citizens of the country. And I am not going to hide from you today that our goal is the maximum mobilization of people who are dissatisfied with the authorities. I do not intend to hide the fact that our goal is to prepare large-scale protests that should sweep away this increasingly dangerous regime.
13.45 The population of Gagauzia reacted with a car rally to the decision of Maia Sandu to ban the St. George ribbon in Moldova along with the symbols V and Z, and also to lower the value of Victory Day.
13.40 The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ukraine, whose employees moved from Kiev to Lviv in early March, continues to work in this city – the official representative of the
Kazakh Foreign Ministry Aibek Smadiyarov .
13.35 Director General of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin : Europe will lose more from the imposition of sanctions against Roscosmos, over time the West will have to negotiate with Russia,
but on its terms.
13.30 In Berdyansk, liberated by the RF Armed Forces, local residents lowered the EU flags near the hotels.
13.25 A system of food wholesale markets will be created in Russia – Mishustin.
13.20 A resident of Mariupol, an eyewitness:
The troops that are Ukrainian, the National Guard – those surrender, but these [“Azov”], they do not surrender, they will be to the last. As they fled from here, they bombarded the bomb shelter with ammo boxes. If not for the DPR, people would still be sitting there.
13.15 The SBU published a video where the Ukrainian politician Medvedchuk asks Putin and Zelensky to exchange themselves for residents of the “defenders of Mariupol”.
13.10 Publicist Yulia Vityazeva : “Russia attacked Ukraine” is when two Britons who fought on the side of Ukraine as part of the Nazi battalion ask the British prime minister to exchange them for a Ukrainian opposition politician taken hostage by the Ukrainian authorities.
12.50 The special military operation continues, the president recently, being at the Vostochny cosmodrome, said that it was going according to plan – Peskov.
12.45 The Ukrainian side does not demonstrate constancy in the agreements reached in the negotiations with the Russian Federation, it changes its position – Peskov .
At 12:40 p.m., at 12:00 a.m., the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired 20 rockets from the Grad at the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.
12.35 This year, 11,000 servicemen will take part in the military parade on Red Square in honor of the 77th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
12.30 In 2014-2015, the Armed Forces of Ukraine used the Tochka-U missile system 8 times against residents of the LPR – a special commission for fixing and collecting evidence of war crimes in the LPR.
12.25 The Bank of Russia will not reduce inflation by any means, as this will prevent business from adapting – Nabiullina.
12.20 Not far from Mariupol, a military bakery of the Russian Ministry of Defense was launched.
12.15 Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation:
The Kyiv regime, with the support of the West, is completing the preparation of sophisticated monstrous provocations with numerous victims in the Zaporozhye, Nikolaev, Odessa, Sumy and Kharkov regions. For this purpose, more than 70 mobile groups were formed from among the nationalist battalions in vehicles equipped with mortars (the so-called “wandering mortars”), with the task of shelling Orthodox churches and churches on Easter night (from April 23 to 24) and then blaming the Russian military. Kyiv plans to attract a large number of Western reporters for filming and immediate promotion of fake news.
12.10 During the checks, the servicemen of the Russian Guard discovered and seized weapons and ammunition of nationalists in the Kharkiv and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine. We are talking about a portable anti-aircraft missile system, nine AK-74 assault rifles, eight hunting weapons, several hundred cartridges of various calibers.
12.05 Crimean Konstantin Knyrik and Kherson Kirill Stremousov raised the Banner of Victory over the Eternal Flame in the liberated Kherson .
12.00 Russian Ministry of Defense published lists of Ukrainian soldiers who died during the special operation. In total, the irretrievable losses of Ukrainian troops and mercenaries amount to 23,367 people. The agency also has data on a large number of deserted Ukrainian soldiers, wounded and missing.
11.55 In the Kharkiv region, a special unit of anti-tank guided missiles of the 95th air assault brigade was captured, which shot down two Russian Ka-52 helicopters – military commander Alexander Kots .
11.50 Nabiullina: The banking system of the Russian Federation stands firmly on its feet and is able to withstand blows.
11.40 Military correspondent Boris Rozhin: Russian troops occupied Malinovka in the morning, a village known from Soviet cinema to the east of Gulyai-Polye.
11.35 The Russian economy is entering a difficult period of structural changes, the sanctions have already affected the financial sector and will now affect the real one – Nabiullina.
11.30 Erdogan’s office called the situation with the negotiations between Moscow and Kiev difficult.
11.25 Turkologist Alexander Avatkov :
Turkey has launched a new military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. The goal, according to the Turkish Defense Minister, is to prevent terrorist attacks. Prevention is proactive action. Turkey is proactive. It has no problem to carry out an attack on the territory of a sovereign state. Such is it, Erdogan’s “world more than five”… Such is it, this new world, where the Americans have destroyed international law, and the East demands a place under the sun of polycentrism.
11.20 Since the beginning of the special operation, more than 860 thousand refugees from the DPR, LPR and Ukraine have arrived in Russia.
11.15 Member of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation Alexander Brod : in Europe – another attack of hatred for the graves of liberators. Monuments in Poland are being demolished en masse, memorials in Lithuania, Bulgaria and Germany have been desecrated. There is no limit to madness and savagery.
11.10 Already 52 foreign organizations from 12 countries have joined the Russian analogue of SWIFT – Nabiullina .
11.00 The commander of the DPR unit with the call sign “Khokhol” about the shelled hospital in Mariupol:
This hospital was destroyed by them – “Azov” *. We went in, they started shooting. We saw that civilians were here – they still shot. The civilians jumped right out of the windows and still fired. It was visible. And still ignored and fired. They don’t care who they shoot. Absolutely. Civilian or military.
10.50 At night, air-launched missiles destroyed 16 Ukrainian military facilities, including five command posts, a fuel storage facility, three ammunition depots, as well as personnel and military equipment in the areas of the settlements of Barvenkovo, Gulyai Pole, Kamyshevakha, Zelenoye Pole, Velikomikhailovka, Nikolaev – Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
10.40 Secretary of State at the French Foreign Ministry Clement Bon : France does not consider it correct to use the term “genocide” to the events in Ukraine.
10.35 Russian Ministry of Defense: ground-based Iskander missiles destroyed four warehouses of weapons and Ukrainian military equipment, as well as three areas of concentration of enemy manpower near the settlements of Popasnaya, Yampol, Kramatorsk.
10.30 On April 18, Gazprom regularly supplies gas for transit through Ukraine – 56.9 million cubic meters.
10.30 Russian Ministry of Defense: ground-based Iskander missiles destroyed four warehouses of weapons and Ukrainian military equipment, as well as three areas of concentration of enemy manpower near the settlements of Popasnaya, Yampol, Kramotorsk.
10.25 The red flag was raised on the chimney of the Ilyich plant in Mariupol, cleaned from the Nazis – military commander Boris Rozhin .
10.20 Russian air defense systems shot down two MiG-29 fighters and one Su-25 of Ukraine – the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
10.10 NM LPR: During the clashes with the forces of the LPR over the past day, the enemy lost 12 personnel, 4 armored personnel carriers, 2 vehicles. As a result of the shelling of Pervomaisk, two women born in 1958 were wounded. and born in 1961, as well as damaged 7 houses and outbuildings.
On May 10 , the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published footage of the consequences of the Tochka-U strike by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the city of Tokmak, Zaporozhye region. The missile completely destroyed a large enterprise.
10.00 Photo and video footage of “arrivals” in Lviv are published. Five missile strikes are reported, allegedly at the places of deployment of foreign military instructors.
9.50 From April 18, the Bank of Russia allowed banks to sell cash to citizens, which came to the cash desks from April 9. The limit on currency withdrawals from accounts is no more than 10 thousand dollars, withdrawals above the limit are in rubles.
9.40 WarGonzo: a group of 25 Ukrainian marines of the 36th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which broke through from the encirclement, surrendered in the village of Volodarskoe near Mariupol.
9.30 Alexander Vučić : Signals about “mining” Serbian aircraft are coming from Ukraine. Air Serbia suffers losses, but Serbia does not intend to cancel flights with Russia.
9.15 Rosaviatsia extended the restriction of flights to 11 airports in the south and center of the Russian Federation until April 25.
9.00 Germany is not ready to quickly replace Russian gas – in case of refusal of it, the German chemical industry will face catastrophic consequences – the chemical concern BASF.
8.45 Fraudulent call centers are curtailing their activities in their “capital” Dnipro (Dnipropetrovsk), recruitment of “employees” is now under way in Lviv, Zaporozhye, Odessa and Baku – Deputy Chairman of Sberbank Stanislav Kuznetsov .
At 8:30 a.m. , the Ukrainian Armed Forces fired on the settlement of Panteleymonovka in the DPR, firing six shells with a caliber of 122 mm.
At 8.15 a.m. , the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, firing eight shells with a caliber of 122 mm – the representative office of the republic in the JCCC.
7.30 Ramzan Kadyrov , commenting on the statement by Vladimir Zelensky in an interview with CNN that Ukraine is ready to fight for ten years: “I read here that Zelensky declared his readiness to fight for ten years. Hey fool, what are you? We don’t have that much time, we’ll finish you one of these days. I think you have schizophrenia! Go to your older brother Biden and let’s throw our hands on each other.”
5.00 Chinese Global Times: Since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, almost everything Washington has done has been to prolong the conflict, and all kinds of mobilizations and “efforts” have been made to do this.
3.00 Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus suggested that the current positive attitude of Europeans towards Ukraine may be hiding “hatred of Russia”: “Do we not see the conflict between the West and Russia, in which Ukraine turned out to be an unfortunate but convenient object? I am sure that the West and Russia should sit down at the negotiating table as soon as possible.”
* Images of chevrons of the Azov Battalion were recognized as extremist by the decision of the Frunzensky District Court of Vladimir on November 30 , 2015 and included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials under item 3269.