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There’s nothing left. The airport itself and nearby infrastructure were destroyed. And the missiles keep flying. »

A quote from Valentin Reznichenko, regional governor

We are determining the number of victimsadded Mr. Reznichenko.

Dnipro airport, an industrial city of one million inhabitants, had already been hit on March 15 by a Russian bombardment, destroying the runway and damaging the terminal.

Bombings in the east

Soldiers watch a column of smoke in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ukrainian soldiers watch a column of smoke rising from the Kulinichi bread factory in Kharkiv after a shelling.

Photo: Reuters/THOMAS PETER

Russian bombs and missiles continue to rain down on the western regions of the country as well. Two people are believed to have died in an artillery strike targeting the town of Derhachy, in the Kharkiv region, according to local authorities.

Further south, the governor of the Lugansk region, Serhiy Gaidai, for his part denounced the bombardments which hit a school and a residential building in Sievierodonetsk. Fortunately, no casualties, however, said Mr. Gaidai on Telegram.

5,600 war crimes investigations

Ukraine has opened no less than 5,600 investigations for alleged war crimes on its territory since the start of the Russian invasion, according to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova.

Speaking on Britain’s Sky News channel, Ms Venediktova said she had identified 5,600 cases of alleged war crimes, as well as 500 Russian war criminals.

Among other things, she cited the attack by means of a Russian missile which targeted the Kramatorsk station, killing 52 civilians, including five children.

Iryna Venediktova.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova talks to reporters next to buildings destroyed by Russian shelling in Borodyanka, Kyiv region.

Photo: Reuters / ZOHRA BENSEMRA

For the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, there is no doubt: it’s a war crime.

She also claimed to have evidence that Russia was behind the attack without giving further details.

Separately, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on scientists to study the effects of Russian propaganda which has set the stage for Boutcha’s atrocitiesa town near kyiv which was under Russian occupation.

For many years, Russian political elites and propaganda have incited hatred, dehumanized Ukrainians, nurtured Russian superiority and prepared the ground for these atrocities. »

A quote from Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister

kyiv and Western countries accuse Russian troops of massacre and of war crimes after the discovery of dozens of corpses in the streets of Boutcha, a small town northwest of the capital taken over on March 31 by Ukrainian troops.

Boutcha has become the symbol of the atrocities of war, but the discoveries are not limited to this city.

Dozens of victims in a mass grave near kyiv

A woman cries near the rubble of a house.

The Russians have withdrawn from the kyiv region, but the marks of their occupation remain very visible, whether it is rubble like here in Borodianka or mass graves in other localities.

Photo: Reuters/via Stringer

On Saturday, the bodies of dozens of civilians were found in the village of Bouzova, near the Ukrainian capital kyiv, after the withdrawal of Russian forces, according to Taras Didytch, head of the territorial community of Dmytrivka of which Bouzova is a part, who was under Russian occupation.

Testifying on Ukrainian television, he explained that the bodies had been found in a ditch near a gas station. The death toll has not yet been confirmed.

The local media had already mentioned in early April the discovery of bodies in Bouzova and its surroundings. They had advanced an initial assessment of 30 bodies, information that Reuters was unable to confirm.

Earlier on Sunday, a reporter from theFrance Media Agency reported the discovery of two bodies in a manhole of a gas station on a highway near the town of Bouzova.

New humanitarian corridors

Evacuation efforts are continuing in the western regions of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said Sunday that Kyiv has authorized nine humanitarian corridors to be used to allow civilians to flee from combat zones in eastern Ukraine.

All routes of the humanitarian corridors in the Luhansk region will work as long as there is a ceasefire from the Russian occupation troops, she said on Telegram messaging.

On Saturday, some 4,500 people were able to flee to the west thanks to a dozen humanitarian corridors.

4.5 million refugees, according to the High Commissioner for Refugees

In a climate of terror since the Russian invasion, more than 4.5 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country, according to the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Women, children and a man walk on the pavement dragging suitcases.

Ukrainians continue to cross the Polish border at Medyka to flee the war that is devastating their country.

Photo: The Canadian Press/AP/Sergei Grits

Some 90% of these refugees are women and children, the Ukrainian authorities not allowing the departure of men of military age.

They are also 210,000 non-Ukrainians to have fled the country, indicates the International Organization for Migration (IOM) of theUnited Nationswhich estimates the number of internally displaced persons at 7.1 million.

Out of a population of 37 million people in the territories controlled by kyiv, more than 11 million people, or more than a quarter of the population, have had to leave their homes. They either crossed the border into neighboring countries or found refuge elsewhere in Ukraine.

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