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As Friday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:
The Pentagon confirmed Ukraine’s assertion that its missilespulled from the shore, damaged the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. The missile cruiser Moskva then sank. The Russian military said a fire on board caused an explosion of ammunition and the crew of around 500 sailors were evacuated. A senior US defense official said there were likely casualties. This is the second large ship lost by Russia off the coast of Ukraine in recent weeks.
More than 900 bodies of civilians have been found in the region around kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, after the withdrawal of Russian forces, according to regional police chief Andriy Nebytov. He said 95% of the people died from gunshot wounds, which he said indicated that many were “simply executed”. The highest number of victims were found in Bucha, the site of some of the most devastating scenes ever seen by the public, where numerous organizations are investigating allegations of war crimes.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it hit a military target on the outskirts of kyiv and warned it would step up its offensive on the capital. in response to Ukrainian attacks on Russian targets. This came after Ukraine claimed its missile sank the cruiser Moskva and Russian officials also claimed Ukrainian strikes hit Russian territory.
Ukrainian officials say Russian troops used long-range bombers to attack Mariupol for the first time since the beginning of the invasion on February 24. Heavy fighting continued in the beleaguered southeastern port city, where Ukrainian soldiers posted on social media about a shortage of supplies.
War loomed over the Pope’s Good Friday services. The Vatican had chosen a Russian woman and a Ukrainian woman – believed to be friends who work together in a hospital in Rome – to carry the cross in the traditional procession. Ukrainian religious leaders denounced this decision.
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