Russia hopes to recruit upwards of 60,000 new troops, according to the U.S.
Last Updated: April 9, 2022, 10:33 AM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” into neighboring Ukraine began on Feb. 24, with Russian troops invading from Belarus, to the north, and Russia, to the east. Russian forces have since been met with “stiff resistance” from Ukrainians, according to U.S. officials.
In recent days, Russian forces have retreated from northern Ukraine, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction. After graphic images emerged of civilians lying dead in the streets of Bucha, a town northwest of Kyiv, the United States and European countries accused Russia of committing war crimes.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Saturday, according to the Ukrainian Embassy in London.
Ukraine claimed Saturday that its intelligence indicates Russian forces are currently regrouping in eastern Ukraine, then the tankers intend to move toward Kharkiv, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Chief Kyrylo Budanov said.
Russians are also regrouping in the direction of Izum, in the Kharkiv region, the Ukrainians said.
“They plan to enter Kharkiv in the first place. They will try to conquer the city of Mariupol and only after that they can try to initiate Kiev,” Budanov said in an interview on CNN.
To compensate for their significant losses in Ukraine, the Russian army is transferring additional troops to Belgorod (Russia), from where they are relocated to Kharkiv region, the Ukrainians claimed.
Budanov said Ukraine needs serious military support from allies so its soldiers can more effectively resist Russian aggression.
-ABC News’ Mike Trew
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Friday’s deadly missile attack on the Kramatorsk train station in eastern Ukraine “another war crime of Russia.”
“All the world’s leading powers have already condemned Russia’s attack on Kramatorsk,” Zelenskyy said during his latest national address Friday. “We expect a firm, global response to this war crime.”
The president called for the missile strike, which killed at least 50, to be among the charges in a war crimes tribunal against Russia.
“All the efforts of the world will be aimed to establish every minute: who did what, who gave orders. Where did the rocket come from, who was carrying it, who gave the order and how the strike was coordinated,” Zelenskyy said. “Responsibility is inevitable.”
During his daily press briefing, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby was clear that the U.S. believes that Russia was behind the rocket attack on a train station in eastern Ukraine earlier Friday.
“We find unconvincing Russian claims that they weren’t involved, particularly when the ministry actually announced it and then when they saw reports of civilian casualties they decided to unannounce it,” Kirby said during Friday afternoon’s briefing. “So our assessment is that this was a Russian strike and they used a short-range ballistic missile to conduct it.”
Kirby called it a part of the trend by Russia of “brutality” and “carelessness” in not avoiding civilian casualties as they carry out this war in Ukraine.
At least 50 people, including five children, were killed in the rocket attack in Kramatorsk, Ukrainian authorities said.
A Kremlin spokesman denied involvement in the attack, saying Russia’s Armed Forces do not use the type of missile used in the strike and that no combat tasks were planned in the region.
-ABC News’ Luis Martinez