Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 404

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 404th day, we take a look at the main developments.

A local resident walks next to a damaged house.
A local resident walks next to a damaged house after a Russian missile strike in the town of Kostyantynivka, in the Donetsk region, on April 2, 2023 [Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP]

Here is the situation as it stands on Monday, April 3, 2023:

Diplomacy

  • The European Union said it will guard against any abuse during Russia’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council during the month of April.
  • Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany has criticised former high-ranking politicians in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the country’s labour movement for issuing an appeal for peace talks with Russia.
  • The US State Department said Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in a rare phone call since the start of the Ukraine war, to immediately release detained Americans, including Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich.
  • US basketball star Brittney Griner, released from a Russian penal colony in a prisoner exchange last year, has urged the White House to keep using “every tool possible” to win the release of Gershkovich, who was detained on charges of spying in Russia.
  • Russia will not send fencers to an Olympic-qualifying event in Poland this month because of “unacceptable” conditions, the head of the Russian Fencing Federation said.

Fighting

  • A well-known Russian military blogger, Vladlen Tatarsky, was killed in an explosion in a café in Russia’s second-largest city of Saint Petersburg on Sunday.
  • A pro-Russian official in Ukraine held Kyiv responsible for the blast, but a top Ukrainian official speculated that internal Russian opposition to the Kremlin’s invasion was to blame.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the military situation around the city of Bakhmut, besieged by Russian forces for months, is “especially hot”.
  • Six civilians have been killed and eight wounded in Russian shelling of Kostiantynivka, an industrial city in eastern Ukraine, according to Andriy Yermak, Zelenskyy’s chief of staff.
  • Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, has outlined a series of steps the government in Kyiv would take after the country reclaims control of Crimea, including dismantling the strategic bridge that links the seized Black Sea peninsula to Russia.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin warned he would be forced to react if the United Kingdom supplied Ukraine with armour-piercing ammunition containing depleted uranium.
  • Meanwhile, the British defence ministry said excessive alcohol consumption has been the cause of many deaths among Russian forces in Ukraine.

Economy

  • Russia said it is extending until the end of the year oil production cuts of 500,000 barrels per day, a response to Western sanctions that were due to expire at the end of June.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies