Russian-Ukrainian War: What Happened Today (April 9)

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

Ukrainian officials say Russian troops are regrouping and they will soon launch a full-scale attack in the eastern part of the country. Kramatorsk station remains closed after a missile strike on Friday, but other stations are open and evacuations have resumed. The government says that the Russian army is increasing the bombardments, so they want to get the civilians out.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy describes the attack on the Kramatorsk railway station as one of “many other Russian war crimes”. At least 52 people were killed when a Russian missile hit the station, where thousands of people were trying to evacuate, according to Ukrainian officials. “The missile strike on Kramatorsk must be one of the charges in court, which is inevitable,” Zelenskyy wrote on Facebook. Russia has denied any involvement in the attack.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise trip to Ukraine and met Zelensky. The visit is intended as a show of solidarity with Ukraine, according to the Associated Press. The meeting follows an announcement by the United Kingdom that it was sending additional military aid to Ukraine, amounting to £100 million (about $130 million).

Russia has close the offices of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and several other international organizations. The move follows Thursday’s vote by the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council for “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” in Ukraine.

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund has approved an account for Ukraine that would allow countries to donate aid. The account was created at the request of several member countries. Canada has offered up to C$1 billion (nearly $800 million) in its federal budget for the account, according to the IMF.

In depth

Photos from Kramatorsk show the devastating consequences.

A Ukrainian journalist recounts how fear has shaped her family’s lives for generations.

Previous developments

You can read more Saturday news here and daily recaps here. For context and more in-depth stories, you can find NPR’s full coverage here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR Ukrainian state podcast for updates throughout the day.

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An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that one billion Canadian dollars would equal approximately $800,000. It’s closer to $800 million.

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