Ukraine-Russia War: Putin and Lukashenko to meet on Tuesday

Ukrainian civilian bodies found near Kyiv • Russia to call up conscripts from 10 years ago • Russian rockets destroy Dnipro airport

 Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow (photo credit: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/ VIA REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday in eastern Russia, Ukrainian media reported on Sunday. 

The two will reportedly discuss the war in Ukraine. There will reportedly be a press conference after the meeting, according to Russian media.

A Russian military convoy is reportedly been stationed east of Kharkiv, CNN reported on Sunday, citing satellite images that were analyzed by Maxar Technologies.

The convoy is 8 miles (12 kilometers) long that was moving south by the Ukrainian town Velkyi Burluk on Friday, according to the report.

The same day, Ukrainian forces destroyed an ammunition depot used by Russian forces, Ukrainian media reported, though the destroyed site's location was not disclosed. The video can be seen below:

Civilian bodies found

A grave with at least two civilian bodies has been found in Buzova village near Kyiv, a Ukrainian official said, the latest reported grave discovered after Russian forces withdrew from areas north of the capital to focus their assault on the east.

Taras Didych, head of the Dmytrivka community that includes Buzova, told Ukrainian television earlier that a grave with dozens of bodies had been found in a ditch near a petrol station.

"Right now, as we are speaking, we are digging out two bodies of villagers, who were killed. Other details I cannot disclose," Didych told Reuters by telephone.

"There are other people who we cannot find. They could be in different places, but this doesn't lessen the pain of the loss of loved ones."

Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the report.

Mounting civilian casualties have triggered a new wave of international condemnation, in particular over hundreds of deaths in the town of Bucha northwest of Kyiv, which until last week was occupied by Russian forces.

Ukraine and the West have accused Russian forces of war crimes in Bucha.

Russia has denied targeting civilians in what it calls a "special operation" to demilitarize and "denazify" its southern neighbor. Ukraine and Western nations have dismissed this as a baseless pretext for war.

Russia to recruit discharged soldiers, Transnistrians

Russia is planning on bringing in soldiers that had been discharged from the army as far back as 2012 in an effort to make up for mounting losses in Ukraine, according to a UK defense intelligence update.

It further claims that Russia may be trying to recruit more manpower from Transnistria, a pro-Russia breakaway region of Moldova that borders southwestern Ukraine.

In early March, Transnistria denied allegations that it was mobilizing troops to join the war.

Russian attacks continue

Russian forces fired rockets into Ukraine's Luhansk and Dnipro regions on Sunday, Ukrainian officials said, completely destroying an airport and potentially leaving casualties.

Valentyn Reznichenko, governor of the central Dnipropetrovsk region, said emergency workers were combing through an infrastructure facility that was hit in the town of Zvonetsky, adding that details on casualties would be given later.

"Overnight high-precision missiles destroyed the base and headquarters of the nationalist Dnepr battalion in Zvonetsky, which also recently received reinforcements from foreign mercenaries," Russia's Defence Ministry said.

Reznichenko said on Telegram that there had also been an attack on the airport in Dnipro city.

"The airport itself was destroyed, as well as nearby infrastructure. And the rockets fly and fly," Reznichenko said.

Reznichenko said earlier that an attack on Dnipro had wounded one person and the rockets had sparked a fire that was eventually put out. A missile had also hit a building in the Pavlograd district, he added.

Serhiy Gaidai, governor of Luhansk, an eastern region bordering Russia, wrote earlier on Telegram that a school and a high-rise apartment building had been hit in the city of Sievierodonetsk.

"Fortunately, no casualties," Gaidai said.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports.

An apartment building and a school were hit by Russian fire in the city of Sievierodonetsk in east Ukraine's Luhansk Oblast in the early hours of Sunday morning, Pravda reported, citing Luhansk Regional Military Administration head Serhiy Gaidai.

Air raid sirens went off in the central Ukrainian oblasts of Dnipropetrovsk, Cherkasy, Poltava and Kirovohrad on Sunday, along with the Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv oblasts in the East.

Seven Russian missiles were also fired in the area around Mykolaiv in southeastern Ukraine, though no casualties were reported, according to the Kyiv Independent.

Two Ukrainians were reportedly killed Sunday morning in Russian shelling of the city of Derhachi in the Kharkiv Oblast of northeastern Ukraine, regional governor Oleh Synyehubov said in a Facebook post.

Russian forces had carried out 66 artillery attacks across several regions the governor said, adding:

"Two people were killed, there are casualties. As you can see, the Russian army continues to 'fight' with the civilian population, because it has no victories at the front," Synyehubov said.

Russian forces destroyed a convoy of Ukrainian armored vehicles and anti-aircraft equipment, TASS reported Sunday, citing Russia's Defense Ministry.


Russian forces continue to use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to inflict casualties, lower morale and restrict Ukrainian freedom of movement, according to British military intelligence on Saturday.

"Russian forces also continue to attack infrastructure targets with a high risk of collateral harm to civilians," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Russia's departure from northern Ukraine leaves evidence of the disproportionate targeting of non-combatants, the statement said.

Moscow has denied targeting civilians in what it calls a "special operation" to demilitarise and "denazify" its southern neighbor.

Also Sunday, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that Kyiv had agreed to the use of nine humanitarian corridors to help people escape heavy fighting in the east of the country, including in private cars from Mariupol.

"All the routes for the humanitarian corridors in the Luhansk region will work as long as there is a ceasefire by the occupying Russian troops," Vereshchuk said in a statement on her Telegram channel, referring to the separatist-controlled region.


In the Kyiv region, approximately 1,222 people were killed as of Sunday since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Nearly the entire city of Severodonetsk has been shelled, according to The Kyiv Independent, citing the city's governor on Sunday. 

"The city’s infrastructure has been almost completely destroyed,” said Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Haidai.

The death toll from a missile strike on the train station in Ukraine's Kramatorsk has risen to 57 people, Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Sunday.

Kyrylenko said 109 people were wounded in the attack, which Ukraine has blamed on Russia. Moscow has denied responsibility, saying the missile was Ukrainian.

Russian forces have so far lost at least 19,300 soldiers in its invasion of Ukraine, the General Staff of Armed Forces reported.

They further noted that Ukrainian resistance and counterattacks have cost Russia 722 tanks, 1,911 armored vehicles, 1,384 other vehicles, 76 fuel tankers, seven boats, four mobile SRBM systems, 352 artillery pieces, 108 multiple launch rockets (MLRs), 55 anti-aircraft systems, 152 planes, 137 helicopters, 112 drones and 25 pieces of special equipment.

However, Ukraine has also suffered casualties, both civilians and soldiers alike.

According to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office, some 177 children have been killed and 336 injured so far, though these are just estimates, Interfax reported.

Russian forces have destroyed 436 drones, 232 MLRs, 2,052 tanks and armored vehicles, 127 planes, 98 helicopters, 234 anti-aircraft systems, 894 artillery units and 1,975 special military vehicles, TASS reported, citing Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Maj.-Gen. Igor Konashenkov.