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Russia’s Black Sea Fleet flagship ‘hit by Ukrainian missile attack’, tens of thousands ‘dead in Mariupol’

Russia said Thursday the flagship of its Black Sea fleet was badly damaged and its crew evacuated after an explosion a Ukrainian official said was the result of a missile attack.

The Russian Defense Ministry said a fire on the Moskva missile cruiser detonated ammunition, Interfax news agency reported.

It was not said what caused the fire, but Maksym Marchenko, the Ukrainian governor of the region around the Black Sea port of Odessa, said the Moskva was hit by two Ukrainian-made Neptun anti-ship cruise missiles.

“Neptune missiles guarding the Black Sea caused very serious damage,” he said in an online post.

UkraineThe Department of Defense did not respond to a request for comment and Reuters was unable to verify either side’s claims.

The Moskva is the second large ship known to have sustained serious damage since the beginning of the war. Last month Ukraine said it had destroyed a landing support ship, the Orsk, on the smaller Sea of ​​Azov.

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Soldiers carry a wounded man on a stretcher while displaying a white flag at a location indicated as Mariupol, Ukraine, in this still image taken from video obtained by Russian television on April 13. Reuters was able to verify the surrender and authenticity of Russian television material cannot be independently confirmed. RURTR/via Reuters TV/Handout via REUTERS

The Russian Navy has launched cruise missiles into Ukraine, and its activities in the Black Sea are crucial in supporting land operations in the south of the country, where it is fighting to take full control of the port of Mariupol.

Russian news agencies said the Moskva, commissioned in 1983, was armed with 16 anti-ship Vulcan cruise missiles with a range of at least 700 km (440 miles).

Russia said 1,026 soldiers from Ukraine’s 36th Naval Brigade, including 162 officers, surrendered in Mariupol and the city was completely under its control. The spokesman for Ukraine’s defense ministry said he had no information about a surrender.

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Capture of the Azovstal industrial zone where the Marines are hiding would give Russia control of Ukraine’s main Azov Sea port, strengthen a southern land corridor and expand its occupation of the country’s east.

“Russian forces are stepping up activities on the southern and eastern fronts and trying to avenge their defeats,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address on Wednesday evening.

Reuters journalists accompanying Russian-backed separatists saw Tuesday, a day after the 36th

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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Latvian President Egils Levits, Estonian President Alar Karis and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal visit the village of Dmytrivka, during Russia’s attack on Ukraine April 13, 2022 in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, continues. Ukrainian Government Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

The United States said on Wednesday it would send $800 million in additional military equipment to Ukraine, including artillery, armored personnel carriers and helicopters. France and Germany also agreed more.

Senior US officials are considering sending a senior cabinet minister like Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin Lloyd to Kyiv as a show of solidarity, a source familiar with the situation said.

Russia will consider US and NATO vehicles transporting weapons on Ukrainian territory as legitimate military targets, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the TASS news agency.

It will impose sanctions on 398 members of the US House of Representatives and 87 Canadian senators, Interfax quoted the State Department as saying after Washington targeted 328 members of Russia’s lower house.

Britain announced new financial measures against separatists and Australia on Thursday imposed targeted financial sanctions on 14 Russian state-owned companies.

Fiji said it was investigating the arrival of the superyacht Amadea, owned by Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, which has been sanctioned by the United States, Britain and the European Union.

Ukraine says tens of thousands of people are believed to have been killed in Mariupol and accuses Russia of blocking aid convoys to civilians stranded there.

Its mayor, Vadym Boichenko, said Russia used mobile crematoria “to get rid of evidence of war crimes” — a statement that could not be verified.

Moscow has blamed Ukraine for the deaths of civilians and accused Kyiv of denigrating Russian forces.

In the village of Lubianka, northwest of Kyiv, from where Russian troops had attempted to subdue the capital before driving them out, a message to Ukrainians had been written on the wall of a house occupied by Russian troops.

“We didn’t want that… forgive us,” it said.

The Kremlin says it has launched a “special military operation” to demilitarize and “rid” Ukraine of nationalist extremists, a message villagers say was repeated to them by Russian troops.

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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Latvian President Egils Levits, Estonian President Alar Karis and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal visit the village of Dmytrivka, during Russia’s attack on Ukraine April 13, 2022 in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, continues. Ukrainian Government Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

“To get rid of what? We are peaceful… We are Ukrainians,” said Viktor Shaposhnikov from Lubianka.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, visiting Kyiv with his Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian counterparts, said those who committed and ordered crimes must be brought to justice.

The Federal President did not join them as planned. Zelenskyj denied a newspaper report that he had refused the visit because of Steinmeier’s newly good relations with Moscow.

The Kremlin condemned President Joe Biden’s description of Moscow’s actions in Ukraine as genocide, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying it was unacceptable when it came from the leader of a country he said had committed crimes of his own.

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An armed soldier of the Donetsk People’s Republic militia walks past a building damaged during fighting in Mariupol, on the area now under the control of the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, east of Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday April 13 2022. (AP Photo /Alexei Alexandrov)

According to the US ambassador to the OSCE, a first report by an expert mission from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe documents a “catalog of inhumanity” by Russian troops in Ukraine.

“This includes evidence of direct attacks on civilians, attacks on medical facilities, rape, executions, looting and forced deportations of civilians to Russia,” said Michael Carpenter.

Russia has denied attacking civilians.

The Kyiv district police chief said 720 bodies had been found in the region around the capital, from which Russian forces had withdrawn, and more than 200 people were missing.

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