Dispatches from Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine’s editorial team.
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes Ukraine’s reporters gather information and provide updates on the situation.
Friday, April 22. Day 58. By Daryna Antoniuk
Russia plans to take full control of Donbas and southern Ukraine, according to Russia’s military official, Rustam Minnekayev. “Control over the south of Ukraine is another way to Transnistria, where there is also evidence that the Russian-speaking population is being oppressed,” Minnekayev said.
Transnistria is a Russian-controlled territory of Moldova that has hosted Russian troops since the fall of the Soviet Union. The region is recognized as part of Moldova.
Ukrainian government officials doubt that Russia will be able to occupy Donbas and the south of Ukraine completely, according to the chairman of the president’s office Andriy Yermak.
“We have our own scenarios for the defense of Ukraine…many of the Kremlin’s plans have already been destroyed by the work of our army and people,” he said.
At least 400 businesses have relocated from the warzone. Nearly 190 of them have already resumed operations, according to the head of the parliamentary committee on public finance and taxation, Danil Getmantsev.
At least 2,345 people have been killed and 2,919 injured in Ukraine since Feb. 24, according to the UN. About 1,084 bodies of civilians killed by the Russian military have been found in Kyiv Oblast, according to Kyiv Oblast Police Chief Andriy Nebytov. More than 300 bodies have yet to be identified, he said.
No humanitarian corridors for evacuation of civilians have been open on April 22 due to the risk of Russian shelling, according to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
Over 7,500 Russian war crimes are under investigation in Ukraine, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office.
Mykolaiv. One person has died and six were wounded as a result of the shelling in Ukraine’s southern city of Mykolaiv, according to the city’s mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych.
According to him, shelling has intensified in the region. “They shoot all sorts: mostly cluster munitions, which are aimed at killing people,” Sienkevych said.
Mykolaiv remains without a central water supply after a missile damaged the main pipeline early last week.
Donetsk. Russian troops have shelled the regional trauma hospital in the Donetsk region, setting it on fire. The attack damaged the hospital and residential buildings nearby. No casualties were reported.
Zaporizhzhya. One person has been killed after an AN-26 plane crashed in the Zaporizhzhya Oblast. Two other people were injured. The aircraft was performing a technical flight this morning.
The number of crew members on board and the reasons for the crash haven’t been clarified.
In an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said NATO should avoid a direct military confrontation with Russia because it can lead to a third world war. Scholz has been criticized before for his government’s alleged reluctance to deliver heavy weapons, such as tanks and howitzers, to Ukraine. He also said that he does not believe that an embargo on Russian gas would end the war in Ukraine.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that the war in Ukraine could last until the end of next year. According to him, Putin can keep trying “to exhaust Ukrainians with endless artillery shelling.”
The U.K. will reopen its embassy in Kyiv “shortly.” U.K’s ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, wrote on Twitter that she’s heading back to Kyiv.
The embassy of Uzbekistan has relocated from Lviv to Kyiv on Thursday, according to its ambassador Alisher Kurmanov. All diplomats and technical staff will work in Kyiv full-time.
The Kremlin doesn’t know how to end the war in Ukraine in a way that won’t harm Vladimir Putin’s political rating, independent Russian-language news media Meduza reported, citing its sources. According to Meduza, Russia sees no “good PR scenarios for withdrawing” from the war.