War in Ukraine, Day 46 | New bombings at Dnipro airport

(Kyiv) The airport of Dnipro, a large city in eastern Ukraine, was bombed again on Sunday by the Russians and “completely destroyed”, announced the regional governor.

Posted at 8:38
Updated at 10:30 a.m.

What you need to know

  • Dnipro airport has been the target of a new Russian strike and is “completely destroyed”;
  • Russian propaganda led to Boutcha atrocities, Kyiv says;
  • Ukraine has opened 5,600 investigations for alleged war crimes since the start of the Russian invasion;
  • The European Union will discuss on Monday a new wave of sanctions against Moscow;
  • The pope asks for an “Easter truce” to “achieve peace”;
  • More than 4.5 million Ukrainians have fled the war since February 24;
  • More than 1,200 bodies have been discovered so far in the Kyiv region.

Access to the airport was forbidden to journalists. An AFP team, however, heard a plane take off, a sign that the runway was probably not affected by the strike.

“New attack against Dnipro airport. There’s nothing left. The airport itself and nearby infrastructure were destroyed. And the missiles keep flying,” regional governor Valentin Reznitchenko wrote on Telegram.

“We are in the process of determining the number of victims,” he continued.

Dnipro airport had already been hit on March 15 by a Russian bombardment: the governor then claimed that the take-off and landing runway had been “destroyed” and the terminal “damaged”.

Dnipro, an industrial city of one million inhabitants crossed by the Dnieper River (Dnipro in Ukrainian, editor’s note) which marks the limit of the eastern regions of the country, with a Russian-speaking majority, has at this stage been relatively spared by the fighting between armies Ukrainian and Russian.

It is in Dnipro that a “large number” of evacuees arrive from Donbass, further east, now a priority target for Russia after withdrawing from the Kyiv region and northern Ukraine.

Over 1,200 bodies found in Kyiv region

More than 1,200 bodies have been discovered so far in the Kyiv region, partly occupied for several weeks by Russian forces, Ukraine’s Attorney General Iryna Venediktova announced on the British channel Sky News on Sunday.


Photo ZOHRA BENSEMRA, REUTERS

Rescuers continue their search for bodies under the rubble of a building destroyed by Russian bombardment, in Borodyanka, in the Kyiv region.

“To date, we have 1,222 people killed only for the Kyiv region,” said Iryna Venediktova, who spoke in English in this interview where she also reported 5,600 investigations opened for alleged war crimes since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24.

She did not specify on Sunday whether the bodies discovered were exclusively those of civilians.

A week ago, M.me Venediktova had reported 410 dead civilians found in the liberated territories of the Kyiv region.

The prosecutor then suggested that there were probably many other corpses that had not yet been picked up and appraised.

In the town of Boutcha alone, northwest of Kyiv, which has become a symbol of the atrocities of the war in Ukraine, nearly 300 people were buried in mass graves, according to a report announced by the Ukrainian authorities on April 2.

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