Russia unleashed a fresh volley of missiles on Ukraine overnight, killing two people, setting off huge blazes and damaging dozens of homes and other buildings in Pavlohrad, city and railway hub in the east.
* The White House estimated that Russia’s military has suffered 100,000 casualties in the last five months in fighting against Ukraine in the Bakhmut region, including 20,000 deaths, half from the Wagner mercenary group.
* A Ukrainian general said Russian troops had been pushed out of some parts of the battlefield city of Bakhmut but conditions there were difficult.
* Ukraine’s military said in its daily roundup that “Bakhmut and Maryinka remain at the epicentre of hostilities” and its defences were holding. It also reported Russian attacks in the direction of Lyman and Avdiivka.
* Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin renewed his appeal to Russia’s defence ministry to increase ammunition shipments to his fighters in Bakhmut.
* An explosion derailed a freight train in Russia’s Bryansk region which borders Ukraine, the governor said.
* The Vatican is involved in a peace mission to try to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Pope Francis said.
* There is no progress in removing obstacles to Russian grain and fertiliser exports caused by the West’s “sanction strategy”, a senior Russian diplomat in Washington said on Tuesday, ahead of the expiry of a dealsafeuarding Ukrainian grain exports.
* Ukraine’s grain exports totalled 3.62 million tonnes in April compared with 923,000 tonnes in April 2022 when all the country’s Black Sea ports were blocked due to the Russian invasion.
* If the Wagner group is to die, it will be “not at the hands of the Ukrainian army or NATO but because of our domestic bastard-bureaucrats” – Yevgeny Prigozhin.
* “The explosion wave twisted the door. Had we stayed for five more seconds, we would have been trapped here … My child will need psychological help, it is horrible” – Pavlohrad resident Viktoriia Suprun.
* “Russia’s attempt at an offensive in the Donbas largely through Bakhmut has failed” – White House national security spokesperson John Kirby.
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Police are seen at the site of a residential area hit by a Russian military strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the town of Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine May 1, 2023. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova
Parents, Inna and Dimitri, along with their son, Mikhail, pay respects during the funeral of their two children, Sofia and Kyrylo, who officials said were killed on Friday by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the town of Uman, Cherkasy region, Ukraine April 30, 2023. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Local resident Marina Sandei, 58, reacts inside her house destroyed by shelling in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict in Donetsk, Russian-controlled Ukraine. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
Local resident Nikolai Danko, 63, clears the rubble at the site of his house destroyed by recent shelling in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict, in the settlement of Panteleimonivka in the Donetsk region, Russian-controlled Ukraine, April 27, 2023. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
Smoke rises over a fuel tank following an alleged drone attack in Sevastopol, Crimea, April 29, 2023. REUTERS/Stringer
Natalia Kulinchenko, 51-year-old, reacts next to a house of her relative destroyed by a Russian drone strike in the village of Malotaranivka, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Donetsk region, Ukraine. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova
A still image from a video shows smoke rising following an alleged drone attack on oil depot in Sevastopol, Crimea, April 29, 2023. Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhaev via Telegram/Handout via REUTERS
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin takes a question from a journalist during a news briefing following a phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in Beijing, China April 26, 2023. REUTERS/Florence Lo
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A local resident and a rescuer stand on the debris of a local museum heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the town of Kupiansk, Kharkiv region, Ukraine April 25, 2023. REUTERS/Viktoriia Yakymenko
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pose for photos as they attended a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on “Effective multilateralism through the defence of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations,” at the U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., April 24, 2023. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Ukrainian servicemen are seen next to a BMP infantry fighting vehicle near a front line, amid Russia’s invasion, in Donetsk region, Ukraine April 22, 2023. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova
Soccer Football – UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers – Group C – England v Ukraine – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – March 26, 2023 Players from both teams join to hold a Ukraine flag with a message of peace before the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
FILE PHOTO: Commercial vessels including vessels which are part of Black Sea grain deal wait to pass the Bosphorus strait off the shores of Yenikapi during a misty morning in Istanbul, Turkey, October 31, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo
A view shows a residential building damaged by shelling in the town of Chasiv Yar, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near a front line in Donetsk region, Ukraine April 22, 2023. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova
A view shows a residential house damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the village of Kotliary outside of Kharkiv, Ukraine April 23, 2023. REUTERS/Yevhen Titov
Ukrainian servicemen pull a damaged pick-up car by a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle in the town of Chasiv Yar, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near a front line in Donetsk region, Ukraine April 22, 2023. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova
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