Live Updates | Russia vows to step up missile attacks

MOSCOW — Russia’s Defense Ministry vowed on Friday to increase the “scale of missile attacks” on kyiv in response to Ukraine’s “entertainment” on Russian territory.

The statement comes a day after Russian authorities accused Ukrainian forces of launching airstrikes on residential buildings in one of the country’s regions bordering Ukraine, in which seven people were injured. .

According to Russian officials, around 100 residential buildings were damaged in Thursday’s attack on the village of Klimovo in the Bryansk region. The Defense Ministry said Russian forces in Ukraine’s Chernihiv region stopped a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter believed to have been involved in the attack on the Bryansk region.

Authorities in another border region, Belgorod, also reported Ukrainian shelling on Thursday.


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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR:

– The damaged Black Sea flagship of the Russian army sinks

— As Russia loses key ship, Zelenskyy praises nation’s resolve

– Russian lawmaker and 2 aides criminally charged in US

– UN says war in Ukraine threatens to devastate many poor countries

– AP interview: UN food chief says Mariupol is starving

– Go to https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for more coverage

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

LONDON — Britain’s Ministry of Defense said the loss of the Russian navy’s flagship would likely force Moscow to change the way its naval forces operate in the Black Sea.

The Moskva sank after being damaged in controversial circumstances. Ukraine says it hit the ship with missiles, while Moscow acknowledged a fire on board but no attack.

In an update posted on social media on Friday, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said the Soviet-era ship, which returned to operational service last year after a major refit, “has played a key role both as a command ship and an air defense node”.

He said the sinking “means that Russia has now suffered damage to two key naval assets since the invasion of Ukraine, the first being the Russian Alligator-class landing ship Saratov on March 24. These two events will lead probably Russia to review its maritime position in the Black Sea.

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KYIV, Ukraine – President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Ukrainians on Thursday they should be proud to have survived 50 days under Russian attack when the Russians “gave us a maximum of five”.

In his late-night video speech, Zelenskyy called it “the achievement of millions of Ukrainians, of all those who on February 24 made the most important decision of their lives: to fight.”

Zelenskyy gave a detailed and almost poetic list of the many ways the Ukrainians helped repel Russian troops, including “those that showed that Russian warships can navigate, even if it’s on the bottom” of the sea It was his only reference to the Russian guided-missile cruiser Moskva, which sank while being towed to port.

Zelenskyy said he remembers the first day of the invasion when many world leaders, unsure if Ukraine could survive, advised him to leave the country.

“But they didn’t know how brave Ukrainians are, how much we value freedom and the ability to live as we want,” Zelenskyy said.

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OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada is sending troops to Poland to help with the care, coordination and resettlement of Ukrainian refugees in Poland, including some who will come to Canada.

More than 2.6 million Ukrainians have fled to Poland since the first Russian troops entered Ukraine on February 24 and more than 2 million others have fled to other surrounding countries.

Defense Minister Anita Anand announced the deployment of up to 150 troops on Thursday, saying the majority of the deployed troops will head to reception centers across Poland to help care for and register Ukrainian refugees. .

Another group is sent to help coordinate international aid efforts.

Canada has deployed hundreds more troops to Eastern Europe since the Russian invasion as the NATO military alliance seeks to both support Ukraine and prevent the conflict from turning into a a larger war.

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KYIV, Ukraine – The head of the United Nations World Food Program said people were “starved to death” in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol and he predicted the country’s humanitarian crisis was likely to worsen as the Russia would intensify its assault in the coming weeks.

WFP Executive Director David Beasley also warned in an interview with The Associated Press in Kyiv on Thursday that Russia’s invasion of grain-exporting Ukraine risks destabilizing countries far from its shores and could trigger waves of migrants seeking a better life elsewhere.

The war that began on February 24 has “devastated the people of Ukraine”, Beasley said, lamenting the lack of access faced by WFP and other aid organizations in trying to reach those in need during the conflict. .

The fluid nature of the conflict, which has seen fighting move from areas around the capital to eastern Ukraine, has made it particularly difficult to reach starving Ukrainians.

The WFP is now trying to deliver food to areas that could be caught in the fighting, but Beasley acknowledged there are “a lot of complexities” as the situation rapidly evolves.

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