Russian-Ukrainian War: What Happened Today (April 3)

As Sunday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:

Ukrainian forces regaining control of the Kyiv region are reporting horrors on the ground. They include bodies of men who were apparently killed in execution style, some with their hands tied behind their backs. Ukrainian officials are urging third-party organizations such as the International Criminal Court to send investigators, and Human Rights Watch says it has documented several cases of apparent war crimes committed by Russian troops. The Russian Ministry of Defense has denied these accusations.

At least 11 mayors have been kidnapped by Russian forces, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. The mayors come from six regions, including Kyiv, Kherson and Donetsk. Vereshchuk said at least one mayor was killed.

Russia’s chief negotiator says talks with Ukraine will resume on Monday, but in its current state, the draft agreement does not justify a meeting between the presidents of the countries. The disagreement over a potential summit comes after negotiators from both sides recently said their counterparts were showing a willingness to accept demands from the other side.

Lithuania has become the first EU country to immediately ban fuel imports from Russia. President Gitanas Nauseda announced the decision and urged other nations to follow suit. Lithuania plans to immediately replace Russian fuel with liquefied natural gas from other countries.

In depth

Some Russians bypass website restrictions through VPNs – virtual private networks.

How much do the sanctions actually help push Russia to end the war?

Here is a brief overview of the NATO alliance and what it is doing to help Ukraine.

Previous developments

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