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 will continue to gather information and provide updates on the situation. We will be sharing them here as they come. Live coverage from Forbes Ukraine’s site can be found here.
Sunday, April 3. Day 39. By Daryna Antoniuk
Kyiv. Russian missiles hit the city of Vasylkiv, in Kyiv Oblast, injuring several people. This is Russia’s second attack on the city. Last time Russian troops severely damaged civilian buildings.
On April 2, the Ukrainian army fully regained control over the Kyiv region. In the war-torn cities of Bucha and Irpin, they found mass graves and bodies of executed civilians lying in the streets.
Russian troops also left behind mines and other explosive devices as they retreated from the Kyiv region. In Irpin alone, Ukrainians have found 643 explosive objects.
At least 200 civilians were killed in Irpin. The dead were buried near houses, in parks and schoolyards, according to the city’s mayor.
During an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” program, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia’s war in Ukraine “a genocide.”
Ukraine Foreign Minister Kuleba has asked the International Criminal Court to visit Kyiv region to collect evidence of Russia’s crimes: mass killings, tortures, looting and rapes.
Odesa. Russian missiles struck the oil refinery and fuel storage facilities in the key Ukrainian port city of Odesa. Many Ukrainians have evacuated to Odesa seeing it as a place of relative calm at the start of the Russian invasion.
Mykolaiv. Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Mykolaiv on April 3.
Chernihiv. Nearly 70% of the city was destroyed by Russian troops, according to Chernihiv mayor Vladyslav Atroshenko. Businesses in the city are not operating, bringing no revenue to the local budget.
Mariupol. Nearly 90% of the city has been destroyed by Russian shelling and bombing. As of April 3, 120,000 of the city’s 450,000 population remain in Mariupol. More than 30,000 people were forcibly deported to Russia or its occupied territories.
Russia’s war has ruined 23,000 kilometers of roads in Ukraine, causing $30 billion in damage.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that Russia will continue its attacks on Ukraine. This is not a “real withdrawal of Russian forces,” he said. “Russia is repositioning its troops and they are taking some of them back to rearm them, to reinforce them, to resupply them.”
The number of Ukrainian refugees at the Mexico-US border is increasing each day, director of migrant affairs for the city of Tijuana Enrique Lucero told CNN. Lucero said American authorities have been slow to process the migrants.
Georgia will not impose economic sanctions against Russia, according to its prime minister Irakli Garibashvili. “We proceed from the national interests of our country,” he said.