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Ukraine denies its military is behind a fire at a fuel depot in Belgorod. All about the war on the news.

  • The Ukrainian conflict * between Russia * and Ukraine * continues.
  • Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin * sends more troops to war in Ukraine *. But Moscow’s losses * are on the rise.
  • Fights have been reported from both Donbass and Kiev *. All information in our new ticker.

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+++ 9.15pm: Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov denied that his country’s armed forces were behind the fire at a fuel depot in the Russian city of Belgorod. “For some reason they claim it was us,” he says on television, referring to Russian reports that Ukrainians attacked the tanks. “According to the information I have, that’s not true,” explains Danilov.

This photo, published by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies on April 1, 2022, shows the origin of the fire in an oil depot in Belgorod.

© Press service of the Russian ministry of emergencies / uncredited / AP / dpa

Ukraine News: Atomic Energy Agency announces aid mission to Chernobyl

+++ 19:45: After the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chernobyl, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to send experts to the former Ukrainian nuclear power plant in the coming days. IAEA chief Rafael Grossi announced in Vienna that he would lead the aid mission himself. The IAEA will also provide other nuclear facilities with safety-related equipment and expertise, he said. The IAEA’s planned missions have been agreed with Russia and Ukraine, he said.

Ukraine-News: Ukrainian military plane crashed south of Kiev

+++ 16:10: A Ukrainian military plane crashed south of Kiev. There were 14 people on board. The city authorities announced it. “How many people died in the accident” is still being determined. The Moscow Times news portal first mentioned it.

+++ 14:42: A Bundeswehr reserve officer is said to have spied on behalf of the Russian secret services. That’s why the federal prosecutor has now filed a complaint against him. The alleged spy is Ralph G., who is said to have leaked documents and information to the secret services between 2014 and 2020.

Ukraine news: Russia is rumored to undermine urban centers if it withdraws

+++ 14:10: According to information from the Kyiv Independent news portal, the Russian military has begun to withdraw from several cities in Ukraine, including Lysychansk. The city is located in eastern Ukraine, north of Donetsk.

Ukrainian news portal Pravda now reports that Russian troops had mined several streets in central Lysychansk as they retreated. The photos should show the explosive devices. There are also reports from other cities that Russia has laid minefields, including within cities.

+++ 13:51: According to a press report from a Czech company, the federal government allowed 58 armored personnel carriers from former GDR stocks to be resold to Ukraine. Die Welt reported this on Friday (April 1, 2022), citing the Federal Ministry of Defense. Accordingly, tanks are armored personnel carriers PbV-501 equipped with cannons and machine guns and originally belonged to the National People’s Army.

News from Ukraine: Russia reports an attack by Ukraine on its own soil

+++ 12:49: Russia has announced a ceasefire in the badly damaged port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine. The ceasefire, which is intended to allow the evacuation of residents, was supposed to go into effect on Friday (01/04/2022) at 9:00 CEST. According to the Red Cross, the situation was initially too uncertain to initiate the evacuation. The escape routes were still closed. The fighting continued unabated in other areas of Ukraine.

Ukraine news: Ukraine attack on Russian territory?

+++ 11:51: According to Russian information, on Friday (April 1, 2022) the Ukrainian armed forces carried out an air strike on an oil storage facility in Russia from two helicopters to obstruct the supply of supplies to Russian troops. It would be one of the first times since the start of the war in Ukraine that a target on Russian territory would be attacked.

After the attack, a fire broke out in the depot of the city of Belgorod, the governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, told the Telegram news channel. A large fire was also seen on video. Belgorod is not far from the Ukrainian border. There were no casualties, Gladkow said. Residents are safe. The situation is stable.

News from Ukraine: US could permanently increase troop presence in Europe

+++ 11:13: In view of the conflict with Russia, the US government does not rule out a permanent increase in the presence of US troops in Europe. “Regardless of how this war ends and when it ends, the security environment in Europe will have changed,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in Washington on Thursday.

Ukraine news: Russia loses control of the main supply route

+++ 10:35: The British Defense Ministry tweeted about Ukraine’s successes in fighting the Russian invaders. According to this, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the villages of Sloboda and Lukashivka, south of Chernihiv, which are located on one of the most important supply routes between the city and Kiev. In addition, Ukrainian forces launched “successful but limited counterattacks east and north-east of Kiev”.

Ukraine news: Russia’s withdrawal heralds a new major offensive in the Donbass

+++ 09:10: According to Ukrainian information, the capital Kiev and the city of Chernihiv have calmed down somewhat. But appearances can be deceiving. Instead, this could be the start of new offensives in the east and south of the country. Alexander Fomin, Russian deputy defense minister, said Moscow wants to reduce combat operations to “strengthen mutual trust and create the conditions for further negotiations”. However, this aroused skepticism in Ukraine. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the withdrawal from Kiev and Chernihiv is part of the Russian “tactics”.

Ukraine news: Russian troops plan attacks in Donbass

Andriy Ryzhenko, former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Navy, also assumes that Russia will launch a major offensive. Russia “will reorganize now and move these forces into the Donbass and attack the Donbass,” Ryzhenko told the US newspaper Newsweek. “They will try to expand their presence in all Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” Ryzhenko continued.

Ukraine News: Up to 2,000 Russian soldiers from Georgia will go to Ukraine

Update from April 1, 2022, 03:50 am: According to the British results, the Russian military leadership is bolstering its troops in Ukraine with fresh troops from Georgia. Three groups of tactical battalions would be formed from 1,200 to 2,000 Russian soldiers who had been stationed for the last time in the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Ministry of Defense announced in London on Friday evening (April 1). 2022). “It is highly unlikely that Russia intended to train reinforcements in this way and is indicative of the unexpected casualties it suffered during the invasion,” he said.

+++ 22:55: According to Ukrainian sources, there are no more strangers on the Chernobyl reactor site. The country’s Atomic Energy Agency relies on the employees of the nuclear power plant.

Ukraine news: US government imposes new sanctions on Russia

+++ 20:55: The US government is imposing further sanctions on Russian companies and individuals for the attack on Ukraine. The US Department of State and the US Department of the Treasury said 21 companies and 13 individuals will face punitive action. The aim is to deprive Moscow of the possibility of using a network of institutions and actors to circumvent the sanctions already imposed. Furthermore, Russia should continue to be denied access to Western technologies. As a result, sanctions were also imposed on three people accused of cyber attacks. The assets of those affected in the United States will be frozen and any relationship or transaction with them in the United States or by U.S. citizens will be prohibited.

+++ 18:25: Vitali Klitschko complained that there are “unfortunately still many people who understand Putin” in Germany. The mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kiev called for an end to economic relations with Russia, even if difficult: “Russia invests every euro, every cent, in its army”.

Ukraine news: Russia raises serious allegations against Ukraine

+++ 15:40: Russia accused Ukraine of detaining 68 international ships in Black Sea ports near Odessa. The ships belonged to China, Turkey, Switzerland and Greece, among others, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Moscow. Russia opens a safe corridor every day to leave Ukrainian territorial waters. However, according to the crews, the Ukrainian authorities have banned foreign ships from leaving the port “under the threat of immediate sinking”. However, the information cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine news: several Russian tanks destroyed near Kiev

+++ 13:45: Despite Russia’s announced reduction in military escalation near Kiev, fighting near the Ukrainian capital continues, according to the Ukrainian report. Since Wednesday, units of the National Guard have destroyed artillery, missile systems and several dozen armored vehicles belonging to Russian troops, the Interior Ministry announced on Telegram Thursday. The information cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine-News: Russia sends law enforcement to Ukraine

+++ 08:25: According to The Kyiv Independent, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reports that Russia is deploying law enforcement agencies, especially prosecutors, in temporarily occupied cities in Ukraine. As a result, the Ukrainian military said the lawyers would be tasked with conducting “outreach” work with local authorities and the public.

Ukraine-News: Russia announces ceasefire – Zelenskyy does not believe in “beautiful phrases”

First report of Thursday 31 March 2022, 03:45 am: Russia has announced a ceasefire in the badly damaged port of Mariupol in southern Ukraine. The measure will take effect Thursday (March 31, 2022) at 10:00 and is expected to create the possibility of taking civilians out via a humanitarian corridor, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has rejected Russian promises to reduce attacks in northern Ukraine and accused them of preparing a new offensive in the east.

“For this humanitarian operation to be successful, we propose the direct involvement of the representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)”, reads the Russian statement. The humanitarian corridor is said to lead through the Russian-controlled city of Berdyansk to Zaporizhia, 250 kilometers away.

However, Ukrainian head of state Zelenskyy said in his evening speech: “We don’t believe anyone, not a single beautiful sentence.” (dil / tu / lz / nak with AFP / dpa) * fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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