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Russian warship Moskva: What do we know? – BBC News


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Russia’s flagship Black Sea missile cruiser has been “seriously damaged” and its crew forced to evacuate, Russian state media says.

The defence ministry said ammunition on the Moskva exploded in an unexplained fire, but that the 186-metre (610 foot) vessel was still afloat.

Ukraine claims it struck the vessel with two of its Neptune missiles.

The 510-crew warship has led Russia’s naval assault on Ukraine, making it an important symbolic and military target.

Earlier in the conflict the Moskva gained notoriety after calling on Ukrainian border troops defending Snake Island in the Black Sea to surrender – to which they memorably radioed a message of refusal which loosely translates as “go to hell”.

What are both sides saying?

Overnight Russia’s defence ministry put out a statement that said “the vessel is seriously damaged. The entire crew have been evacuated”.

By Thursday afternoon the defence ministry said a fire onboard had been contained and that it would be towing the warship back to port, adding that it was still afloat.

Moscow blamed the blast on an unexplained fire, making no mention of any missile strike.

But Ukraine says it’s responsible for the attack on the cruiser, which it claims it targeted with recently-introduced Ukrainian made missile, and that at one point the cruiser even started to sink.

In a Facebook post, Ukrainian officials said Russian rescue efforts had been hampered by ammunition exploding on board and bad weather.

The BBC has not been able to verify either claim.

Imposing symbol of Russian power

We filmed the Moskva three years ago off the coast of Crimea, the peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine.

That day the missile cruiser was leading Navy Day celebrations. Among the Russian warships assembled there, the 12,500-tonne Moskva was an imposing sight.

Now the Russian military has admitted that the Moskva has been “seriously damaged” by a fire that caused ammunition to detonate.

No word about the cause.

In an update, the ministry later reported that the fire had been brought under control.

The incident has not been dominating news bulletins here. Russian TV’s Channel 1 led its lunchtime news with claims of “more Ukrainian soldiers surrendering” to Russian forces. The programme devoted just a few seconds to what happened to the Moskva.

Whatever the cause, the damage to the Moskva is bad news for Moscow. It is the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, and, as such, a symbol of Russia’s military power.

How important is the Moskva?

Originally built in Ukraine in the Soviet-era, the vessel entered service in the early 1980s according to Russian media.

The missile cruiser was previously deployed by Moscow in the Syria conflict where it supplied Russian forces in the country with naval protection.

It carries over a dozen Vulkan anti-ship missiles and an array of anti-submarine and mine-torpedo weapons, the reports said.

The Moskva is the second major Russian ship known to have been severely damaged since the invasion began.

What defences does the Moskva have?

The Slava-class cruiser is the third largest vessel in Russia’s active fleet and one of its most heavily defended assets, naval expert Jonathan Bentham from the International Institute for Strategic Studies told the BBC.

The cruiser is equipped with a triple-tiered air defence system that if operating properly should give it three opportunities to defend itself from a Neptune missile attack.

In addition to medium- and short-range defences, it can engage six short-range close-in weapon systems (CIWS) as a last resort.

“The Moskva should have 360-degree anti-air defence coverage. The CIWS system can fire 5,000 rounds in a minute, essentially creating a wall of flak around the cruiser, its last line of defence, ” Mr Bentham said.

If the strike is proven to have come from a missile it “raises questions over the capabilities of the modernisation of the Russian surface fleet: whether it had enough ammunition, whether it had engineering issues”.

“Essentially, you’d have thought that with that three-tiered anti-air defence system it would be very hard to hit,” the military expert added.

Neptune missiles

Kyiv military officials say they struck the Moskva with a Ukrainian-made Neptune missile.

The cruise missile system was designed by Ukrainian military engineers in response to the growing naval threat posed by Russia in the Black Sea, following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

According to the Kyiv Post, the Ukrainian navy only received its first delivery of the 300km-range (186 miles) Neptune missiles in March last year.

Since the invasion began Ukraine has received an influx of military aid from Western allies, including £100m worth of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles that the UK announced it would be sending last week.

Black Sea dominance

The warship is a “symbol of Russian naval power in the Black Sea,” Michael Petersen of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute told the BBC.

“The Moskva has been a thorn in the side of the Ukrainians since the beginning of this conflict. To see it damaged so badly…I think is going to be a real morale boost to the Ukrainians.”

The Russian military has been dominant in the Black Sea since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, and has used its presence there to launch and supply the invasion.

Its Black Sea fleet has supported the war with the capacity to launch cruise missiles anywhere in Ukraine, and has been important in supporting Russian attempts to seize Mariupol.

Snake Island

In the early days of Russia’s invasion the Moskva made global headlines after it ordered a group of Ukrainian soldiers on an outpost in the Black Sea to surrender.

When the troops defiantly refused in a radio message, it was initially believed that the border troops had been killed but in fact they had been taken captive.

The soldiers were later released as part of a prisoner swap with Russia in late March and their commander was honoured with a medal by the Ukrainian military.

The tale of their bravery became such a boost to Ukraine’s morale that that the country’s postal service commemorated their encounter on Snake Island with a special illustrated stamp.

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10:13 AM 4/13/2022 – Update: IZ ZIZ ZI #GRU=#NewAbwehr #snub and the “joking” reference? Zi #PerformanceCrime & #IntelligenceOperation? | Subway shooting causes mass confusion Tuesday morning – Brooklyn and NY Video News | Sunset Park (a telling name) subway shooting looks like a terrorist attack which evokes the associations with the Russian-Ukrainian War and with the claims of the chemical weapons use (attacker wore a gas mask). The suspects should include both the pro-Putin (pro-Russian) camp (his NY based Red Mob) and possibly the pro-Ukranian camp (although not very likely). INVESTIGATE ASAP AND IN-DEPTH!!!


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These developments do confirm further my initial impressions. Do not forget: Russians are deeply racist, following the line of their German masters. 
They also very likely blame the American Military and Austin personally for their setbacks in the war, which they claim is managed for the Ukranian side directly from the Pentagon offices. 
M.N. 
The utmost care should be taken to arrest this person ALIVE! 

Sunset Park (a telling name) subway shooting looks like a terrorist attack which evokes the associations with the Russian-Ukrainian War and with the claims of the chemical weapons use (attacker wore a gas mask). The suspects should include both the pro-Putin (pro-Russian) camp (his NY based Red Mob) and possibly the pro-Ukranian camp (although not very likely). 
This looks like a performance crime intended to send a message and to intimidate. It will cause the strong opposite reaction. 

It looks very thoroughly, professionally planned and carried out, with the minimal efforts, expenditures, and traces. It includes the elements of the Mafia execution style murders. The smoke bomb was quite convinient and allowed the free escape, undetected on cameras. 

Were the victims intended or random? Who are they? 


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10:13 AM 4/13/2022 – Update: IZ ZIZ ZI #GRU=#NewAbwehr #snub and the “joking” reference? Zi #PerformanceCrime & #IntelligenceOperation? | Subway shooting causes mass confusion Tuesday morning – Brooklyn and NY Video News | Sunset Park (a telling name) subway shooting looks like a terrorist attack which evokes the associations with the Russian-Ukrainian War and with the claims of the chemical weapons use (attacker wore a gas mask). The suspects should include both the pro-Putin (pro-Russian) camp (his NY based Red Mob) and possibly the pro-Ukranian camp (although not very likely). INVESTIGATE ASAP AND IN-DEPTH!!!


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10:13 AM 4/13/2022 – Update

These developments do confirm further my initial impressions. Do not forget: Russians are deeply racist, following the line of their German masters. 
They also very likely blame the American Military and Austin personally for their setbacks in the war, which they claim is managed for the Ukranian side directly from the Pentagon offices. 
M.N. 
The utmost care should be taken to arrest this person ALIVE! 

Sunset Park (a telling name) subway shooting looks like a terrorist attack which evokes the associations with the Russian-Ukrainian War and with the claims of the chemical weapons use (attacker wore a gas mask). The suspects should include both the pro-Putin (pro-Russian) camp (his NY based Red Mob) and possibly the pro-Ukranian camp (although not very likely). 
This looks like a performance crime intended to send a message and to intimidate. It will cause the strong opposite reaction. 

It looks very thoroughly, professionally planned and carried out, with the minimal efforts, expenditures, and traces. It includes the elements of the Mafia execution style murders. The smoke bomb was quite convinient and allowed the free escape, undetected on cameras. 

Were the victims intended or random? Who are they? 


INVESTIGATE ASAP AND IN-DEPTH!!! 

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Daily Mail Online @MailOnline

Vladimir Putin launched a mass purge of 150 security officials last night as he prepared for a final military offensive in Ukraine trib.al/afgLgjF

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Russia ‘unleashes chemical weapons on Mariupol’ leaving Ukraine troops unable to breathe and dizzy trib.al/HBfcWNw

Daily Mail US @DailyMail

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NYPD search for suspect after shooting that injured multiple people in subway station trib.al/kUQaQVa

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Russia are building up concentrations of tanks, artillery and attack aviation for a large-scale offensive – Selected Articles – The News And Times Review – 7:09 AM 4/13/2022


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What we know about Tuesday’s subway shooting in Sunset Park


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Updates rolled in sporadically throughout Tuesday as authorities and city residents tried to make sense of an early morning shooting that rattled the commute for straphangers in Brooklyn. By the day’s end, authorities had numbers to quantify the injured and images of a person of interest possibly connected to the act.

Police continue to search for the gunman Wednesday morning and, at a press conference Tuesday night, police identified a “person of interest” in connection to the shooting.

Here’s what we know so far

Frank R. James, 62, was named as a “person of interest” associated with the subway shooting in Sunset Park on Tuesday morning that left 10 people with gunshot wounds and an additional 13 injured from panic attacks or smoke inhalation during the rush to escape, the NYPD said during an evening press conference Tuesday. NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the city was “truly fortunate that this was not significantly worse,” as there were no deaths to report from this incident.

The shots rang out at 8:24 a.m. on a Manhattan-bound N train between the 59th street and 36th street stations, police said. Four of the victims were young people aged 12, 13, 16 and 18. The oldest victim was 46 years old.

Chief of Detectives James Essig said Tuesday night that the suspected shooter left items behind at the scene, including a weapon — a Glock nine millimeter handgun, and a set of keys, which police linked to a U-Haul van registered in James’ name. Police found that van about four miles away from the scene in Gravesend and traced it to James, saying it was registered in his name. James remained at large early Wednesday morning, however.

Police said he was tied to addresses in both Wisconsin and Philadelphia.

Other items cops said they found at the scene reportedly linked to the suspect were bullet magazines, a hatchet and gasoline.

A reward of $50,000 was also offered up to anyone who helped police land an arrest in connection to the shooting.

Reports from the scene

Witnesses described a chaotic scene as violence unfolded on a Manhattan-bound N train at the 36th Street subway station .

The suspect, witnesses said, wore a gas mask before detonating a smoke device aboard the busy train and firing his weapon more than 30 times.

WNYC’s Juliana Fonda was on the N train when the shots started.

“People were pounding and looking behind them, running, trying to get on to the train,” Fonda said. “The door locked between cars and the people behind us — there were a lot of loud pops and there was smoke in the other car.”

Subway disruptions

By the evening, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had posted several cancellations and reroutes throughout the subway system as authorities worked to clean up and investigate the crime scene in Sunset Park.

The D, N, and R trains stopped running in parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The D, F, M, N, Q and R trains also reported “major delays.”

The N train stopped running between Atlantic Ave./Barclays Center and 8 Ave. as well.

But by Wednesday morning, D, N and R trains were stopping at the 36th Street station in Brooklyn in both directions, though delays may be ongoing.

Riders in the pre-dawn hours started filing into the station telling Gothamist they were anxious but undeterred.

“You can’t let one person alter your life, gotta keep on, keep on going,” said Michael Torres, a FedEx worker, as he boarded an R train.

Police milled about the station’s mezzanine but only one cop was on the platform as rush hour got underway Wednesday.

Nearby schools sheltered in place

Several schools near the scene of the shooting locked down for part of the day, telling administrators to lock their doors and to keep children and staff inside.

Schools Chancellor David Banks asked all students in the Sunset Park area to shelter in place and also to cancel some after-school extracurricular activities. The lockdown was lifted around the time of regular dismissal.

Sick from COVID-19, Mayor Adams faced the crisis from Gracie Mansion

Mayor Eric Adams, two days into a five-day quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, went on a media blitz from home in the aftermath of the shooting, suiting up for the cameras from Gracie Mansion. He decried the “senseless act of violence” and called on the federal government to step up to prevent gun tragedies like that from ever plaguing the city, or country, again.

“We cannot allow a terror to terrorize us so that we don’t continue to function as a city,” he said, during an interview on CNN Tuesday. “We don’t know what is the source of this incident yet. But I call on New Yorkers to continue to be as resilient as we have often been.”

What does this mean as the city tries to recover ridership to pre-pandemic levels?

Already grappling with lower ridership figures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MTA faced another potential setback as the city braced for fearful straphangers staying off of trains after Tuesday’s incident.

The mayor tried to assure riders to feel safe riding the subway, adding that he would be devoting more officers to the system.

“We’re telling passengers if they see something, say something, and do something by communicating with the law enforcement officers who will be in the system,” Adams said on WNYC Tuesday afternoon. “I want my officers riding the train, at the stations. We need that omnipresence.”

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How Ukraine Could Hit Moscow


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Virtually all the action in the war between Ukraine and Russian has been on Ukrainian soil. But Ukraine has the capacity to take the fight to the enemy – all the way to Moscow — in a modern version of the famous Doolittle Raid.

Eighty years ago in April 1942, just five months after Pearl Harbor, Lt Col James Doolittle led a bombing raid on Tokyo. Sixteen stripped-down B-25 bombers carrying extra fuel and a reduced bombload took off from the U.S.S. Hornet – a feat never before attempted – and struck Tokyo. The planes then flew to the Chinese coast where they ditched and the crews were recovered by Chinese nationalist allies.

The Doolittle raid had no real military value. A handful of bombs distributed over sixteen industrial targets were never going to do any significant damage, and the planners knew it would cost all sixteen aircraft at a time when America needed every aircraft it could get. But the raid was a huge morale-booster for the U.S., and a real blow to Japan. The the threat of air raids on Tokyo had been dismissed as ridiculous, and the raid forced the Japanese to shift military resources to defending their homeland.

Ukraine has already carried out limited strikes on Russia, most visibly a helicopter raid on a fuel storage site at Belgorod on 1st April thirty kilometres over the border. This set ablaze tanks containing over four million liters of oil. Interestingly, Ukraine has refused to confirm or deny the strike, although video emerged of twoMi-24 helicopters with Ukrainian markings firing rockets at the site.

As retired U.S. Army General Mark Hertling noted on Twitter, such ‘deep strike’ raids deliver a message to the enemy that nowhere is safe and they can be struck when they are least expecting it. The psychological impact, and the disruption, greatly outweigh the physical damage.

The distance from Kyiv to Moscow is around 500 miles, further than Ukraine’s Tochka missiles can reach – although one was used to hit a Russian airbase over the border in February. However, other conflicts have seen drones with explosive warheads strike targets at much greater ranges, notably the strikes by Houthi forces in Yemen on the Saudi-led coalition.

The Houthi air force was destroyed as an early stage, but they have responded with a mix of ballistic missiles and cheap locally-assembled kamikaze drones. From 2014 the Houthis used the Qasef, a copy of the Iranian Ababil with a ten-foot wingspan. This is a kamikaze drone, reportedly able to carry a sixty-pound warhead almost a hundred miles.

In 2018 the Houthis announced they had developed a long-range drone called Samad, but many were doubtful it even existed. When the Houthis claimed to have hit Dubai airport, more than nine hundred miles away in 2018, UAE authorities denied the claim. They said airport disruption that day was due to a problem with a ground vehicle — although a leaked video confirming the attack did emerge later.

Many more strikes followed and it was soon apparent the Samad was very real. Captured examples showed Samad was essentially a scaled-up Qasef with a fifteen-foot wingspan and a smaller (40 lb.) warhead, giving increased range – claimed to be over 1200 miles (and over 1500 miles in the latest version). They are made from commercial components including engines from Germany or China and other parts from sources as far afield as Ireland and Korea, with a simple, locally-built airframe.

Most Houthi drones are shot down, but some still get through, despite the efforts of batteries of U.S.-supplied Patriot missiles and F-15 jets. A combination of Houthi drones and missiles set fire to the Abqaiq oil processing facility in 2019, causing a blip in crude oil prices. In February this year both the U.S. and France announced that they were sending advanced fighters and other hardware to the UAE to help defend against Houthi attacks after drones hit Abu Dhabi international airport and killed three people.

The attacks have continued. Last month, three Samad-3 drones struck the Saudi Aramco 2222.SE refinery in Riyadh, starting a fire and raising a column of black smoke visible from where the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was held. Saudi officials downplayed the damage, but it was a propaganda coup for the Houthis.

Ukraine’s Bayraktar TB2 drones, which have proven so effective at destroying Russian vehicles, could be laden with explosives and sent on a one-way mission like Doolittle’s B-25s. The Bayraktars radio control system only works to about 200 miles, but with a flight endurance of twenty hours and a cruising speed of 80 mph, they could clearly get to Moscow on autopilot. The task might better be delegated to Ukraine’s more expendable, locally-produced drones rather than precious Bayraktars. There are many types of these, thanks to the artisan drone industry which sprang up as a result of the 2014 war. Ukraine with all its resources should be able to do considerably better than the Houthis.

Could an attack hope to get through? The cross-border helicopter raid suggests it could. Russia’s air defence have performed badly in the current conflict, but even at their height they were never that reliable. When German teenager Mathias Rust decided to fly a light aircraft from Finland to Russia in 1987, he flew right through the defenses and landed safely next to Red Square. Soviet air defenses were aware of his presence but a series of communications failures prevented their fighters from intercepting him.

Russia does have other ways to stop drones which rely on satellite navigation. Since 2016 GPS has been spoofed near the Kremlin, with satnavs showing false locations 20 miles away at Vnukovo airport. Further investigation revealed that Putin is surrounded by a bubble of GPS spoofing; when he visited the Kerch Strait Bridge in Crimea in 2018, the satnav glitches followed him there.

This spoofing is carried out by transmitters on the ground which mimic satellites and broadcast fake signals to confuse navigation systems. They are believed to have a specific purpose of protecting the leader from drone attacks.

The spoofing is confined to a small area though, and there are other targets beside the Kremlin. The practical impact of a strike would of course be low, especially compared to the destruction visited on Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities, although one drone bomb can do a lot of damage where fuel or ammunition is stored and parked aircraft are highly vulnerable. (Russia’s air base in Khmeimim in Syria has suffered from s series of improvised drone attacks). More importantly, the sound of air raid sirens and the sight of a pillar of smoke on the horizon might have some effect in Moscow. Whether or not it was acknowledged such an attack would boost Ukrainian morale.

The downside is that a drone Doolittle Raid risks escalation and might hamper peace negotiations — if we can still talk of such things – as well as diverting resources from the immediate defense effort. Arguably, any long-range capability should be aimed at high-value military targets. But few would argue that the Doolittle Raid was wasted effort. Its 80th anniversary falls on April 18th, and a modern drone version would send a strong message to Russia and the world.

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Here is today’s selection of top stories from The Associated Press at this hour to begin your day. 

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Russia-Ukraine War

AP’s journalists in Ukraine, Russia and around the world are covering the war in Ukraine. Here are today’s top stories. Follow APNews for live updates around the clock.

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Kyiv was a Russian defeat for the ages. It started poorly for the invaders and went downhill from there. When President Vladimir Putin launched his war on Ukraine on Feb. 24, he sent hundreds of…Read More

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The Kremlin is preparing for a new combat push in Ukraine as the country gathers its dead and collects evidence of alleged Russian atrocities. Ukrainian officials have stepped up calls for civilians…Read More

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday kissed a battered Ukrainian flag that he said was brought to him from the “martyred” Ukrainian city of Bucha as he denounced the “massacre” there and…Read More

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned a House panel Wednesday that Russia’s aggression in Eastern Europe will have “enormous economic repercussions in Ukraine and beyond.” …Read More

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As gruesome videos and photos of bodies emerge from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, Kremlin-backed media are denouncing them as an elaborate hoax — a narrative that journalists in Ukraine…Read More

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BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO would quickly welcome Finland and Sweden into its ranks with open arms if they decided to apply, the military alliance’s top civilian official said Wednesday, as Russia’s war on…Read More

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Ukraine discussing security guarantees with Germany, yet to reach agreement: Olaf Scholz


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Amidst the ever-escalating tensions between warring nations Russia and Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday announced that Berlin is discussing security guarantees with embattled Ukraine. He emphasized that the process is confidential and they have not yet finalized the agreement, EuroIntegration reported citing SZ. In his speech at the German Parliament, Scholz stated that Ukraine in exchange for abandoning NATO membership has demanded security guarantees from third countries. 

In his address at the German Parliament, Olaf Scholz called Ukraine’s neutrality offer at the end of the war a “great concession” to Russia, Suddeutsche Zeitung reported. He further stressed that the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine must not reach “dictated peace.” Scholz further added that Russian President Vladimir Putin “miscalculated” the resistance of Ukrainians and the unity of the European Union with regard to sanctions. He also pointed out that the unity of the European Union must be used as momentum in the future and they must make efforts in order to make Europe independent with regard to energy policy. 

Germany working to become independent of Russian oil: Olaf Scholz 

Furthermore, the German Chancellor outlined that Ukrainians who arrived in Germany to escape war were “welcome here,” as per the Suddeutsche Zeitung news report. He stressed that they should not discriminate against refugee minorities and assured that the administration will do everything possible to treat everyone equally. Scholz also noted that Germany will continue to make efforts on becoming independent of Russian oil and gas supplies. He expressed his views against the usage of nuclear power plants in Germany citing the Russian war in Ukraine.

‘The murder of civilians is a war crime’: Olaf Scholz 

Earlier on April 3, Olaf Scholz said that “terrifying and horrifying” images have surfaced from Ukraine and termed the killing of civilians a “war crime,” according to the statement released on the website of German government. Scholz also called for investigating the crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine and people responsible for the crimes need to be brought to justice. He further added that dozens of people in Bucha have been shot and women, children as well as elderly are said to be among the victims. He called on Russian President Putin to agree to a ceasefire and bring an end to war. He called the ongoing war in Ukraine “senseless” and stressed that the actions of Russian cannot be justified. 

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Russia ‘is sending ”butchers of Bucha” brigade BACK to the front lines, Ukraine claims


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The Russian troops responsible for conducting the heinous war crimes against helpless civilians in Bucha are already on their way back to the frontlines, according to the intelligence of Ukraine’s ministry of defence.

Members of the 64th Motorised Rifle Brigade of the 35th All-Russian Army, who Ukrainian authorities named as the culprits responsible for slaughtering hundreds on the outskirts of Kyiv, withdrew from Bucha last week and arrived in Mazyr, Belarus, yesterday.

The ‘butchers of Bucha’ left a trail of death and destruction in their wake, as Ukrainian authorities discovered several mass graves and scores of corpses over the weekend who appeared to have been tortured and executed.

But the main intelligence directorate of Ukraine’s MoD claims that Russian commanders are refusing to rotate their brigades, with the war criminals already on their way to Belgorod in Western Russia for redeployment.

A report published on the Ukrainian MoD’s website said the brigade is being sent to the ‘hottest spots’, likely around Kharkiv, in the hope that they will be killed before they are forced to testify in a war crime tribunal.

‘Another goal of the rapid return of the 64th Brigade to Ukrainian territory is the quick ‘disposal’ of unnecessary witnesses,’ the report read.

‘That is, redeployment to a part of the war front where they will have no chance of surviving, thus making it impossible for them to testify in future courts.’

Intelligence also suggests that despite widespread resistance in the ranks, Russian commanders are refusing to accept any resignations from the perpetrators of the crimes and are threatening any dissenters with court martial.

The Kremlin meanwhile continues to deny the accusations of war crimes levied against its troops, while Russian political commentators have gone as far as to suggest the harrowing scenes were staged by Ukraine and the West to discredit Putin.

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Dead bodies litter the streets near Bucha, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, after Russian forces withdrew from the region - leaving evidence of 'war crimes' in their wake

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Dead bodies litter the streets near Bucha, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, after Russian forces withdrew from the region – leaving evidence of ‘war crimes’ in their wake

Ukrainian servicemen inspect the wreckage of houses, cars and Russian military vehicles in the town of Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, yesterday

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Ukrainian servicemen inspect the wreckage of houses, cars and Russian military vehicles in the town of Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, yesterday

Men take away bodies of Ukrainian civilians killed in the Russian invasion, on a street in the small city of Bucha of Kyiv (Kiev) area, Ukraine, 03 April 2022

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Men take away bodies of Ukrainian civilians killed in the Russian invasion, on a street in the small city of Bucha of Kyiv (Kiev) area, Ukraine, 03 April 2022

Members of the 64th Motorised Rifle Brigade of the 35th All-Russian Army, who Ukrainian authorities named as the culprits responsible for the torture and slaughter of hundreds on the outskirts of Kyiv, withdrew from Bucha (pictured) last week and arrived in Mazyr, Belarus, yesterday

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Members of the 64th Motorised Rifle Brigade of the 35th All-Russian Army, who Ukrainian authorities named as the culprits responsible for the torture and slaughter of hundreds on the outskirts of Kyiv, withdrew from Bucha (pictured) last week and arrived in Mazyr, Belarus, yesterday

Bodies of civilians in plastic bags lay in a mass grave in Bucha city, which was the recaptured by the Ukrainian army, Kyiv (Kiev) area, Ukraine, 04 April 2022. More than 410 bodies of killed civilians were carried from the recaptured territory in Kyiv's area for exgumation and expert examination

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Bodies of civilians in plastic bags lay in a mass grave in Bucha city, which was the recaptured by the Ukrainian army, Kyiv (Kiev) area, Ukraine, 04 April 2022. More than 410 bodies of killed civilians were carried from the recaptured territory in Kyiv’s area for exgumation and expert examination

People gather outside the Ukrainian embassy in Yerevan to mourn civilians found dead in the town of Bucha, to the northwest of Kyiv, on April 4, 2022

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People gather outside the Ukrainian embassy in Yerevan to mourn civilians found dead in the town of Bucha, to the northwest of Kyiv, on April 4, 2022

Ukrainian authorities said the butchers of Bucha will arrive in Belgorod tomorrow and by April 8 will cross the border once again to cause yet more chaos.

The scale of the havoc wrought by the 64th Motorised Rifle Brigade and other Russian forces in areas north of Kyiv has served as a stark reminder of the horrors of war, but Ukrainian authorities fear the worst is yet to come.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said yesterday the evidence of civilian killings in Bucha was just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, with Ukrainian forces yet to reach all areas vacated by Russian troops. 

President Volodymyr Zelensky was visibly emotional when he visited Bucha yesterday and observed the trail of death and destruction left by Russia’s troops, including those from the 64th Motorised Rifle Brigade.

‘The military tortured people and we have every reason to believe that there are many more people killed,’ Zelensky said. ‘Much more than we know now.’

‘These are war crimes and will be recognised by the world as genocide. It’s very difficult to talk when you see what they’ve done here,’ the President continued solemnly. 

‘We know of thousands of people killed and tortured, with severed limbs, raped women and murdered children,’ he said, before adding that ‘dead people have been found in barrels, basements, strangled, tortured’.

Zelensky is set to address the UN Security Council today, where he is expected to push world leaders to impose tougher sanctions on Russia over the atrocities, send more weapons for his armed forces, and formally request a war crimes probe to punish the Russian commanders responsible for the slaughter. 

Ukraine’s allies have also labelled the killings in Bucha war crimes, with the EU offering to send investigators to gather evidence. 

‘[Putin] is a war criminal,’ US President Biden told reporters at the White House yesterday.

‘What’s happening to Bucha is outrageous and everyone’s seen it.’

The White House said it would announce fresh sanctions on Moscow ‘this week’ with France suggesting new measures could target Russian oil and coal exports. 

The United States and Britain also said they would seek Russia’s suspension from the UN Human Rights Council – a move Moscow branded ‘unbelievable’.

Russia meanwhile continues to deny the accusations of war crimes in Bucha, despite overwhelming evidence, including satellite imagery, to suggest its troops murdered hundreds of civilians in cold blood. 

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Broken: A visibly emotional President Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday stood motionless as he surveyed the scene of utter devastation he encountered in the town of Bucha, with dozens of bodies shot at close range laying on the empty streets

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Broken: A visibly emotional President Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday stood motionless as he surveyed the scene of utter devastation he encountered in the town of Bucha, with dozens of bodies shot at close range laying on the empty streets

A Ukrainian policeman walks by a pit in the village of Motyzhyn, Ukraine, April 3, where well over a dozen bodies were discovered, including those of the town's mayor and her family

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A Ukrainian policeman walks by a pit in the village of Motyzhyn, Ukraine, April 3, where well over a dozen bodies were discovered, including those of the town’s mayor and her family

A mass grave was discovered in the grounds of the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints in Bucha

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A mass grave was discovered in the grounds of the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints in Bucha

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday that the Kremlin will prove the accusations of war crimes as false, while several Russian journalists and television personalities even alleged the harrowing scenes had been staged by Ukraine and Britain.

Russian political commentator and researcher Gevorg Mirzayan yesterday declared: ‘This was done by professionals, probably British. They’re the best in the area of information operations.

‘[They know how] to place the bodies correctly, do everything correctly, create a nice picture for the necrophilic Western consciousness.’

The outrageous statements came hours after pro-Putin commentator Vladimir Soloviev said the destruction in Bucha was part of a plot cooked up by Ukraine and Britain to discredit Russia.

‘The war against Russia entered a new phase today. Very soon we will be blamed of genocide,’ he said. 

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (pictured) said his country will hold a press conference to prove that claims Vladimir Putin's troops have been committing war crimes in Ukraine are false however the Kremlin has yet to present their evidence

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (pictured) said his country will hold a press conference to prove that claims Vladimir Putin’s troops have been committing war crimes in Ukraine are false however the Kremlin has yet to present their evidence

Russian journalist claims Britain responsible for bodies in Bucha

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Russian TV claims Bucha massacre was ‘planned by the British’

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Even as the commentators rejected the allegations of brutality in Bucha, accounts from Russian conscripts in the Donbas region emerged, describing the awful treatment young and untrained soldiers are suffering at the hands of their superiors.

One of the soldiers, a student conscripted in late February, said a fellow fighter told him to prepare to repel a close-quarter attack by Ukrainian forces in southwest Donbas, but said ‘I don’t even know how to fire an automatic weapon.’

The student and his unit fired back and evaded capture, but he was injured in a later battle, he told Reuters news agency. He did not say when the fighting took place. 

He said that at one point, he was forced to drink water from a fetid pond full of the corpses of frogs because of a lack of supplies. Two other sources in contact with draftees also said the men had to drink untreated water.

Some Donbas conscripts were even given the highly dangerous mission of drawing enemy fire onto themselves so other units could identify the Ukrainian positions and bomb them, according to one of the sources and video testimony from a prisoner of war published by Ukrainian forces. 

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