Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 426

As the war enters its 426th day, we take a look at the main developments.

A Ukrainian soldier launches a drone in the area of the heaviest battles with Russian troops in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Sunday, April 9, 2023.
A Ukrainian soldier launching a drone, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine [Libkos/AP]

Here is the situation as it stands on Tuesday, April 25, 2023:


  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was “causing massive suffering and devastation” at a UN Security Council meeting chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
  • Ukraine’s allies condemned the Russia-convened meeting at the UN as a cynical exercise. The meeting, led by Lavrov, was to discuss protecting the UN Charter, which Moscow is accused of breaching with its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
  • Washington’s UN ambassador made a direct plea to Lavrov for the release of detained US journalist Evan Gershkovich and former US marine Paul Whelan.
  • Beijing tried to defuse anger in Europe after China’s ambassador to France questioned the sovereignty of countries that were once part of the Soviet Union.
  • On a trip to Ukraine, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said she supported Kyiv’s calls to join NATO “as soon as conditions allow”, as well as its membership in the EU.
  • A Moscow court rejected an appeal from the woman accused of killing a pro-Kremlin war blogger in a St Petersburg café.


  • Russia’s Black Sea Fleet repelled a drone attack on the Crimean port of Sevastopol in the early hours of Monday, the Moscow-installed governor of the city said.
  • Russia’s defence ministry accused Ukraine of attempting to attack its ships in the Black Sea, which it said was threatening prospects for a renewed deal on grain exports.
  • Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Group of mercenaries, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy would start a counteroffensive if and when Bakhmut falls.
  • The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, said Ukrainian military forces had established positions on the eastern side of the Dnieper River, raising speculations of a counterattack. Russia pounded the southern Ukrainian cities of Kherson and Beryslav, destroying about 30 buildings and injuring civilians.
  • Moscow said a ‘Ukrainian’ drone has been found outside Moscow. Igor Sukhin, head of the Bogorodsky city district outside the capital, said a local resident had found the drone in a forest.


  • EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell expressed confidence that the bloc will finalise a plan soon to buy ammunition for Ukraine.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies