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This week in Ukraine (Ending April 30th)

Updated: May 4

by Tony Nastas (Reporting from Ukraine)

May 1, 2024

April 27, 2024

  • Investigation in Germany: Authorities in southern Germany are investigating the killing of two Ukrainians by a Russian, with the Munich public prosecutor's office, which handles politically motivated crimes, taking charge due to the potential political nature of the incident.

  • Zelensky's Call for Faster Aid: President Volodymyr Zelensky, during a press conference in Kyiv with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, emphasized the need for quicker deliveries of crucial U.S. weapons to Ukraine. He pointed out that the battlefield situation is critically linked to the pace of ammunition supplies, as Russian forces attempt to capitalize on any delays.

  • Stoltenberg on Ukraine's Prospects: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg expressed optimism that it is not too late for Ukraine to win the war. He concurred with President Zelensky on the need for more weapons for Ukraine, acknowledging that the country has been severely outgunned and forced to ration its ammunition.

April 28, 2024

  • Intensified Attacks on Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure: Russian airstrikes using long-range missiles, including cruise missiles, have targeted power facilities across central and western Ukraine. This marks the fourth significant aerial assault on the country's energy system since March 22. DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private electricity provider, reported that four of its six thermal power plants sustained damage. Rescue efforts are underway to extinguish fires at various energy sites in the Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk regions.

  • Missile Strike on Kharkiv Hospital: A hospital in Kharkiv, housing 60 patients, was hit by a missile, resulting in injuries to a woman and causing damage to the building as well as nearby water pipes and power lines, as reported by the regional governor.

  • Ukrainian Strikes on Russian Oil Refineries: Overnight to Saturday, Ukrainian forces targeted the Ilsky and Slavyansk oil refineries in Russia's Krasnodar region. The attacks, carried out by drones operated by the SBU security service, led to fires and forced the Slavyansk refinery to halt some operations, as confirmed by an executive of the plant and reported by Russian state news agency Tass.

  • Military Movements in Eastern Ukraine: Russia has increased its troop presence in Ocheretyne, Eastern Ukraine, to bolster its offensive. Despite this, Ukrainian forces maintain control of the majority of the village and are optimistic that upcoming U.S. arms deliveries will further strengthen their position. Intense combat was reported in Ocheretyne, but Ukrainian spokesperson Nazar Voloshyn stated that the situation is largely under control, with Ukrainian forces controlling two-thirds of the village.

April 29, 2024

  • Another missile strike in Odesa: An attack on Odesa resulted in 4 deaths and 29 injuries.

  • Russian Troop Desertions: Military intelligence reports that over 18,000 troops from the Russian Southern Military District have deserted.

  • Strategic Gain for Ukraine: The Ukrainian military is regaining control over Nestryha Island in Kherson Oblast, which is thwarting Russian military advances.

  • NATO Leader's Unexpected Visit: NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg has made a surprise visit to Kyiv.

  • Poland's Air Defense Capability: The Air Force states that Poland has the capability to defend the skies over western Ukraine, pending political approval.

April 30, 2024

  • German Military Support to Ukraine: Germany has supplied Ukraine with Skynex air defense systems, Marder vehicles, and additional ammunition.

  • Concerns Over NATO Support: Stoltenberg has acknowledged that Ukraine's trust in NATO has been 'dented' due to delays in aid.

  • Ukraine's Drone Initiative: Ukraine has allocated funds to acquire 300,000 drones.

  • Accusations Against Russia: The Prosecutor General has accused Russia of using cluster munitions against Odesa, suggesting a deliberate targeting of civilians.

  • Lithuania's Leadership Supports Ukraine: Both Lithuania's Prime Minister and President support initiatives to help Ukraine repatriate military-aged men.

Prayer Request: Please, pray for Ukraine and this awful war to stop.

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