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On Monday morning, April 18, the Russian occupiers launched missile strikes in the Dnipropetrovsk region. More than half of the missiles were shot down by PGO forces, but there were civilian casualties. – Valentin Reznichenko, head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration


“The remnants of the Ukrainian army and a large group of civilians are actually surrounded by Russian troops in Mariupol. They continue their fight, but the Russian army has decided to raze the city to the ground at any cost”. – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba


Russian occupants took up to 5 thousand children from Mariupol – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky


At least 14 people were injured during a missile attack by Russian troops on civilian infrastructure in Lviv During the missile attack on Lviv, at least 14 people were injured, among whom 7 were killed. A child was among the injured. – Head of Lviv Regional Military Administration Maksym Kozytskyi


The ports of all European Union countries closed access for Russian ships. – Head of the Office of the President Andrei Yermak


Russian troops have taken the town of Kremenna in Luhansk Region. It is not possible to evacuate civilians from there now. Russian soldiers are fully responsible for the fate of civilians in that city. Evacuations from other cities in the region continue. – Head of the Luhansk military administration Serhii Gaidai


Russian soldiers shoot at point-blank range at civilian vehicles attempting to leave the town of Kremenna. As of the morning of April 18, at least four civilians were known dead. – Head of Luhansk regional military administration Serhii Gaidai


Russian troops deported all medical personnel from the blockaded city of Mariupol. This intensifies the humanitarian disaster in the city, which was destroyed by Russian forces. – Mariupol Mayor’s Advisor Petro Andriuschenko


A missile strike on Kramatorsk on April 18 destroyed eight residential buildings, and educational and infrastructure facilities. – Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko


Ukraine categorically rejects the Serbian president’s groundless accusations of involvement in the reports of mines on Serbian airlines’ planes flying to Russia. – Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko


Russian troops are holding at least 27,000 civilians in filtration camps near Mariupol. – Mariupol Mayor’s Advisor Petro Andriuschenko


Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, Russian aggressors have destroyed more than 200 objects of the cultural heritage of Ukraine. – Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy


Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, rescue workers have pulled 71 dead civilians from the rubble in the Chernihiv region. – Chernihiv Regional State Administration


Russian troops have shelled the Osnovianskyi and Nemyshlianskyi districts in Kharkiv. 5 people have been killed. In addition, Russian aggressors have used phosphorous munitions in the city of Huliaipole in the Zaporizhzhia region (banned by international conventions). Information about the victims is being clarified. – Information from Regional Military Administrations


Russian aggressors have used cluster bombs in the city of Ochakiv in the Mykolaiv region (banned by international conventions). Local residential buildings have been destroyed. There are no casualties among civilians. – Operational Command “South”


Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, Russian aggressors have destroyed more than 120 educational establishments in the Kyiv region. – Oleksandr Pavliuk, Head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration


Russian occupiers have forcibly relocated 13 Ukrainian orphans, children deprived of parental care, from Mariupol to the Russian Federation. – Liudmyla Denisova, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights


Russian troops have shelled the city of Orikhiv and the village of Preobrazhenka in the Zaporizhzhia region. There is a 14-year-old girl among the victims. – Press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office


Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine (as of April 18), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recorded 2,072 deaths and 2,818 injuries to civilians in Ukraine [conservative estimates, real numbers are likely higher]. – OHCHR


The Italian Parliament has decided to send Italian weapons to Ukraine. – Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy


The Security Service of Ukraine has arrested more than 2,500 collaborators with Russian aggressors since the beginning of the war. – Serhii Ionushas, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Law Enforcement

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A crater from an enemy missile in the Buchanskyi district of the Kyiv region. Due to the massive Russian attack on February 15, 2024, about four dozen houses were damaged in the area. Fortunately, there are no casualties.

By Thomas Peter / Reuters

On February 14, 2024, Russia launched a missile strike at the maternity ward and a five-story residential building in Selydove, the Donetsk region. Due to an attack, 3 people were killed, including a child and a pregnant woman, and another 12 were injured.

Photo from the National Police of Ukraine

A Ukrainian deputy commander, call sign “Chicken”, of the Separate Assault Battalion “Aidar” at the positions in the East of Ukraine while shooting a D30 howitzer. February 2024.

By Wojciech Grzedzinski

Ukrainian defender Serhii received his first combat injury in 2015 in the East of Ukraine. He volunteered to defend Ukraine once again in 2022. However, in June 2023, Serhii was injured on the frontline: a man lost two arms and part of his foot.

By Marta Syrko

The funeral of Vladyslav Rykov, call sign “Magic”, a Ukrainian fighter pilot who participated in 385 military missions. A Russian missile hit his fighter jet during one of the combat flights.

By Konstantyn & Vlada Liberov

Olena cries at her damaged apartment following an overnight Russian shelling in Myrnohrad, the Donetsk region. February 2024.

By Roman Pilipey for AFP Photo

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