Highlights: 410 civilian bodies recovered from Kyiv region, says Ukrainian official

  • Russia-Ukraine war Highlights updates: While Russia has portrayed the withdrawal of forces near Kyiv as a goodwill gesture amid the ongoing peace talks, Ukraine and its allies say Russia was forced to shift its focus to east Ukraine after suffering heavy losses near Kyiv.
Ukranian soldiers patrol a street in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, on April 2, 2022, where town's mayor said 280 people had been buried in a mass grave and that the town is littered with corpses.
Ukranian soldiers patrol a street in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, on April 2, 2022, where town's mayor said 280 people had been buried in a mass grave and that the town is littered with corpses.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 03, 2022 11:03 PM IST
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Russia-Ukraine war Highlights: In a significant development as the war enters the sixth week, Ukraine on Saturday claimed to have taken control over the capital Kyiv, the city surrounded by Russian forces after Moscow launched a full-scale invasion on February 24. Meanwhile, Russian troops are regrouping for battles in east Ukraine. "The whole Kyiv region is liberated from the invader," Ukraine's deputy defence minister, Hanna Malyar, wrote on Facebook. Ukraine's troops have retaken more than 30 towns and villages around Kyiv since Russia pulled back from the area this week, Ukrainian officials said. While Russia has portrayed the withdrawal of forces near Kyiv as a goodwill gesture amid the ongoing peace talks, Ukraine and its allies say Russia was forced to shift its focus to east Ukraine after suffering heavy losses near Kyiv.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned in a video address: "They are mining all this territory. Houses are mined, equipment is mined, even the bodies of dead people." Citing Ukraine's emergency service, Reuters reported that over 1,500 explosives had been found in one day during a search of the village of Dmytrivka, located in the west of Kyiv.

A top Ukraine negotiator has said the two sides seem to be closing consensus. The Russian Federation has given an official answer to all positions, which is that they accept the (Ukrainian) position, except for the issue of Crimea (annexed by Russia in 2014), David Arakhamia was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.

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  • Apr 03, 2022 11:03 PM IST

    Bodies in Bucha 'raise serious questions about possible war crimes': UN

    The United Nations said Sunday that the discovery of mass graves in Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, raised serious questions about possible war crimes, and stressed the importance of preserving evidence, AFP reported.

    "What is known to date clearly raises serious and disturbing questions about possible war crimes and grave violations of international humanitarian law," the UN rights office said.

  • Apr 03, 2022 10:56 PM IST

    Russian forces shelled Kharkiv, says local governor

    Russian forces shelled Ukraine's second city Kharkiv on Sunday, killing and injuring a number of people, the region's governor said, Reuters reported. "In the evening, the occupiers shelled the Slobidsky district of Kharkiv," Governor Oleh Synyehubov said on Telegram.

  • Apr 03, 2022 10:45 PM IST

    Zelenskyy meets Ukrainian soldiers injured in battles with Russians

    Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy met the Ukrainian border guards wounded in the battles for Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Gostomel.



  • Apr 03, 2022 10:33 PM IST

    One critically injured after Russian missiles hit educational facility in Vasylkiv: Ukrainian military


    According to the Ukrainian military, a person was critically injured after Russian missiles targeted an educational facility at Vasylkiv. The same site has been attacked in the past as well, The Kyiv Independent reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 10:25 PM IST

    Germany's Scholz vows new sanctions over Russia

    Germany will draw up new sanctions with allies against Russia over the "war crimes" committed by Russian troops in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, said Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday. "The murder of civilians is a war crime, and we must relentlessly investigate these crimes committed by the Russian armed forces," he said.

  • Apr 03, 2022 09:51 PM IST

    More than half a million Ukrainians returned home, claims interior ministry

    More than half a million people have returned to Ukraine since the start of Russia's invasion in February, the Ukrainian interior ministry said on Sunday.

    "During the past week, 144,000 people left Ukraine and 88,000 arrived. In total... around 537,000 of our compatriots have returned to Ukraine," the ministry said, citing data from the national border service.

  • Apr 03, 2022 09:43 PM IST

    410 civilian bodies found in Kyiv region retaken from Russia

    A Ukrainian official has claimed that 410 civilian bodies were recovered from the Kyiv region retaken from Russia.

  • Apr 03, 2022 09:33 PM IST

    Ukraine says Russian missile attack hit air command centre in town near Kyiv

    Ukraine's military said on Sunday that Russia launched a missile attack on the town of Vasylkiv about 50 kms from Kyiv and hit an air command centre that had already been destroyed and injured some civilians in a nearby college, news agency Reuters reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 09:22 PM IST

    Russian forces shaved heads of captured women soldiers, alleges Ukraine

    Dmytro Lubinets, the head of human rights panel in the Ukrainian parliament has alleged that the Russian forces shaved the heads of captured Ukrainian women soldiers, The Kyiv Independent reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 09:00 PM IST

    Russia denies Ukraine's allegations of civilian murders in Bucha

    Russia has responded to Ukraine's charges of killing civilians in Bucha near Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Moscow said all the photographs shown by Kyiv are provocations.

  • Apr 03, 2022 08:48 PM IST

    Russian missiles targeted air command centre, alleges Ukraine

    Ukraine's military said on Sunday that Russia launched a missile attack on the town of Vasylkiv about 50 kms from Kyiv and hit an air command centre that had already been destroyed and injured some civilians in a nearby college, Reuters reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 08:40 PM IST

    Russian invasion ruined 23,000 kms of roads, claims Ukraine

    According to Ukrainian government-owned road agency Ukravtodor, the Russian invasion has ruined 23,000 kilometres of roads and 273 structures like bridges and overpasses, The Kyiv Independent.

  • Apr 03, 2022 08:31 PM IST

    Ukraine accuses retreating Russians of civilian massacre

    Ukraine's troops found brutalized bodies with bound hands, gunshot wounds to the head and signs of torture after Russian soldiers withdrew from the outskirts of Kyiv, authorities said Sunday, sparking new calls for a war crimes investigation and sanctions against Russia, AP reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 07:26 PM IST

    Russian shelling continues in Donetsk region, claims Ukraine

    The governor of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region said on Sunday that shelling had continued throughout the night and day, and described the situation in the region as "turbulent", Reuters reported. Ukraine's military has said it believes that Russia has pulled forces from the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions to move them to Ukraine's eastern region of Donbas for a new attack aiming to occupy all of both the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

  • Apr 03, 2022 06:41 PM IST

    Ukraine war: Lithuania cuts off Russian gas imports

    Lithuania says it has cut itself off entirely of gas imports from Russia, apparently becoming the first of the European Union's 27 nations using Russian gas to break its energy dependence upon Moscow, AP reports. “Seeking full energy independence from Russian gas, in response to Russia’s energy blackmail in Europe and the war in Ukraine, Lithuania has completely abandoned Russian gas,” Lithuania’s energy ministry said in a statement late Saturday, adding that the measure took effect in the beginning of April.

  • Apr 03, 2022 06:30 PM IST

    Snovsk, Beryslav mayors released from Russian captivity, says Kyiv Mayor

    Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko has said that the mayors of Snovsk and Beryslav have been released from Russian forces' captivity, The Kyiv Independent reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 06:05 PM IST

    Ukraine war: Impossible to fully isolate Russia, says Kremlin

    The Kremlin said Sunday it is not possible to completely isolate Russia as the West continues piling sanctions on Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine, AFP reported. "There can be no complete vacuum or isolation of Russia, it is technologically impossible in the modern world," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state TV.

  • Apr 03, 2022 05:14 PM IST

    Russian missiles strike Mykolaiv, claims mayor

    Mykolaiv's mayor Oleksandr Senkevich has claimed that the Ukrainian city came under missile strikes by the Russians, The Kyiv Independent reported. Mykolaiv Mayor said that more precise information on the strikes will be published later.

  • Apr 03, 2022 04:47 PM IST

    EU accuses Russian troops of committing atrocities in Ukrainian town Bucha

    The European Union on Sunday accused Russian troops of committing atrocities in the Kyiv region after the mayor of the town of Bucha said 300 residents had been killed during a month-long occupation by Russian forces, Reuters reported. 

  • Apr 03, 2022 04:13 PM IST

    Russian attacks on civilians must be probed as war crimes, says UK

    As evidence mounts of "appalling acts" in the Ukrainian towns of Irpin and Bucha, Russia's attacks on civilians must be investigated as war crimes, Britain's foreign minister said Sunday, AFP reported. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement that the government is seeing "increasing evidence of appalling acts by the invading forces in towns such as Irpin and Bucha", close to Kyiv.

  • Apr 03, 2022 03:44 PM IST

    Ukraine says Russian forces have 'abducted' 11 mayors

    Eleven local community leaders in Ukraine have been kidnapped by Russian forces, deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Sunday, AFP reported. "Up to today, 11 heads of local communities in the regions of Kyiv, Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv and Donetsk are in captivity," she said in a video message posted on her Telegram account.

  • Apr 03, 2022 03:24 PM IST

    4 local mayors now working for Russia, claims Luhansk governor

    According to Luhansk governor, local mayors of Rubizhne, Stanytsia Luhanska, Milove and Markivka are now working for Russia, The Kyiv Independent reported.

    All these cities are currently occupied by Russia.

  • Apr 03, 2022 03:09 PM IST

    Ukrainian foreign minister shares images of civlians killed in Bucha town

    Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba has demanded strong sanctions against Russia after 20 civilian bodies were recovered on the road in Bucha town near Kyiv. “Bucha massacre was deliberate. Russians aim to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can. We must stop them and kick them out,” he tweeted.

  • Apr 03, 2022 02:55 PM IST

    Lithuanian documentary maker Kvedaravicius killed in Ukraine's Mariupol

    Lithuanian film director Mantas Kvedaravicius was killed on Saturday in Ukraine's Mariupol, a city whose fate he had documented for many years, according to the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's information agency and a colleague, Reuters reported.

  • Apr 03, 2022 02:14 PM IST

    Russians lost 18,000 troops, 644 tanks: Ukraine armed forces

    Ukrainian armed forces claim Russia lost 18,000 troops, 644 tanks, 143 planes, 134 helicopters since the Ukraine invasion began, The Kyiv Independent reported. 

  • Apr 03, 2022 01:41 PM IST

    Ukraine Kremenchug refiner destroyed after attack, reports Reuters, citing governor

    Ukraine's Kremenchug oil refinery has been completely destroyed after a Russian attack, Dmytro Lunin, governor of the Poltava region, said on television on Sunday. "The fire at the refinery has been extinguished but the facility has been completely destroyed and can no longer function," Lunin said.

  • Apr 03, 2022 01:07 PM IST

    Evacuation attempts of people from Mariupol to continue today: Ukraine

    Ukrainian deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said work on evacuating people with the help of Red Cross from Mariupol – besieged southern port city – will continue on Sunday.

  • Apr 03, 2022 12:20 PM IST

    Russian lawmakers seek punishment for implementation of sanctions on Russia's territory

    Russian lawmakers will propose measures seeking punishment for the implementation of sanctions on Russia's territory, a senior lawmaker said on Sunday.

    "My colleagues from the State Duma and I have finished the work and on Monday we will introduce amendments to the Criminal Code for the implementation of restrictive measures (sanctions) imposed by foreign states on the territory of the Russian Federation," Andrei Klishas wrote on his Telegram channel.

  • Apr 03, 2022 12:09 PM IST

    Russia says peace talks not ready for leaders' meeting - chief negotiator

    Russia said on Sunday that peace talks had not progressed enough for a leaders' meeting and that Moscow's position on the status of Crimea and Donbas remained unchanged.

    "The draft agreement is not ready for submission to a meeting at the top," Reuters quoted Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky as saying on Telegram. "I repeat again and again: Russia's position on Crimea and Donbas remains UNCHANGED."

  • Apr 03, 2022 09:26 AM IST

    Series of explosions heard in Ukrainian port of Odesa, reports Reuters 

    A series of explosions were heard and smoke was seen in Ukraine's southern port city of Odesa in the early hours of Sunday, a Reuters witness said. 

  • Apr 03, 2022 08:28 AM IST

    Russia sanctions will only increase until peace: Japan’s Hagiuda

    Japan’s trade minister Koichi Hagiuda said on Sunday that sanctions against Russia will only increase until a peace agreement with Ukraine becomes clear, reported news agency Bloomberg.

  • Apr 03, 2022 07:21 AM IST

    Ukraine reports diminished intensity of Russian air, missile strikes

    The general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces on Saturday said the intensity of Russian air and missile strikes had diminished, adding that Moscow continued to withdraw units through the north of Ukraine, reported Reuters.

  • Apr 03, 2022 06:29 AM IST

    Britain could build seven nuclear power stations: Minister

    Britain could build up to seven new nuclear power stations as part of a radical expansion of homegrown energy following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told The Sunday Telegraph. Read more

  • Apr 03, 2022 06:04 AM IST

    Ukrainian troops fear traps, move cautiously

    Ukrainian troops moved cautiously to retake territory north of Kyiv on Sunday, even amid fears that Russian forces left booby-trapped explosives.

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China scrambles air, ground forces to monitor US recon plane over Taiwan Strait

The US Navy’s reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Taiwan Strait on Friday in what the US Indo-Pacific Command described as a demonstration of the US’s ‘commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific’
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 06:17 PM IST
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2 Indo-Canadians get key portfolios in new Cabinet of Ontario province

Prabhmeet Sarkaria gets an expanded mandate for emergency management and procurement while Parm Gill will be the Minister of Red Tape Reduction
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Beijing to reopen schools, Shanghai declares victory over Covid

The two major cities were among several places in China that implemented curbs to stop the spread of the Omicron wave during March to May, with Shanghai imposing a two month-long city-wide lockdown that lifted on June 1.
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 01:41 PM IST
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UN chief warns of 'catastrophe' from global food shortage

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine has added to the disruptions caused by climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and inequality to produce an “unprecedented global hunger crisis” already affecting hundreds of millions of people.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (AP file photo)
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 01:38 PM IST
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Amazon, Meta & others to help women workers after US’ abortion ruling: See list

  • Apple has offered similar support for employees travelling to a different state for an abortion because of restrictions in their home state.
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 01:34 PM IST
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Ukraine farm animals burned alive in Russian bombing

The NGO Open Cages Ukraine said in a June report that it expects the number of farm animals killed during the conflict to be around 300,000 by the year's end.
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 01:31 PM IST
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Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong, his first trip outside mainland since Jan, 2020

The last time Xi went outside the mainland was in January, 2020, to Myanmar. China declared Covid-19 to be transmissible between humans within a day of Xi’s return, locked down Wuhan in five days and gradually closed international borders in the coming weeks
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 11:42 AM IST
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Padma bridge to be inaugurated by Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. Details here

India has offered its congratulations to Bangladesh on the completion of the Padma bridge, which spans one of the Ganga's tributaries, calling it a ground-breaking project.
The Padma Bridge will connect 19 districts Bangladesh's southwestern region with capital Dhaka and other parts of the country.
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 09:45 AM IST
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Google doodle honours Holocaust victim Anne Frank

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Published on Jun 25, 2022 09:07 AM IST
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Pak asks universities to encourage drinks like ‘Lassi’, ‘Sattu’. Here's why

Pakistan's higher education commission said move will also generate income involvement and employment in manufacturing local drinks like ‘Lassi’ and ‘Sattu’.
Pakistan higher education commission has asked university vice-chancellors to promote ‘sattu’ and ‘lassi’.
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 08:10 AM IST
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US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarises activists

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Published on Jun 25, 2022 06:58 AM IST
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Democrats vow to help women who must travel for abortions

On the West Coast, the Democratic governors of California, Washington and Oregon issued a joint “multi-state commitment,” saying they will work together to defend patients and care providers.
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 06:49 AM IST
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US: Abortion groups turn to state legal fights after Roe ruling

The US Supreme Court decision to end the constitutional right to abortion is setting up a legal fight in some key states where lawmakers plan to enact bans before gubernatorial and congressional elections later this year.
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 06:34 AM IST
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Senators seek update on US security review of TikTok

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Norway: Two dead, several wounded in shooting at nightclub in Oslo

The Oslo police said the suspect was apprehended after he killed two and injured several people at a nightclub in the Norwegian capital.
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