Russia-Ukraine live news: Powerful explosions rock Kyiv

President Vladimir Putin may resort to using a tactical or low-yield nuclear weapon in light of Russia’s military setbacks in Ukraine, the CIA director, William Burns, has said.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

During a speech at Georgia Tech university in Atlanta on Thursday, Burns said given the potential desperation of President Putin and the Russian leadership, “none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons”.

“We’re obviously very concerned. I know President Biden is deeply concerned about avoiding a third world war, about avoiding a threshold in which, you know, nuclear conflict becomes possible,” he added.

More than 2,500 evacuated from Ukrainian cities on Thursday
A total of 2,557 people were evacuated from Ukrainian cities through humanitarian corridors on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

Of that, 289 people evacuated from the besieged southern port of Mariupol by their own transport, Vereshchuk said in an update over the Telegram messaging app.

Two people dead and two injured in Luhansk
Two people have died and two were injured after a day of shelling in the Luhansk region, the governor of Luhansk said on Telegram.

Russia likely to review posture in the Black Sea: UK
The sinking of Russia’s flagship missile carrier Moskva marks the second time Russia has had a key naval asset damaged since its invasion of Ukraine. Both events will likely lead Moscow to review its maritime posture in the Black Sea, says the UK defence ministry in its latest intelligence briefing.

Russia’s Alligator-class landing ship Saratov, which had been docked at the Russian-occupied port of Berdiansk on the Sea of Azov, was damaged on March 24.

On the Soviet-era vessel Moskva, the UK’s defence ministry provided some background, saying it was commissioned in 1979 and was later extensively refitted, returning to operational status only in 2021.

27 fires caused by shelling in Kharkiv region in 24 hours
Rescuers of the Kharkiv state emergency services went out 33 times in the past day to eliminate fires, 27 of which were caused by Russian shelling, the press service of the State Emergency Service in the Kharkiv region has reported.

The fires were in residential high-rise buildings, private houses, garages and cars, as well as warehouses and trade facilities.

Pyrotechnic units were called out 83 times to clear ammunition and other explosive objects, the press service added.

Ukraine has saved cities in Donetsk from Russian capture, army says
Russian forces over the past day “unsuccessfully” concentrated their efforts on capturing the cities of Popasna and Rubizhne in the Donetsk region, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have said in a Facebook post.

The post said in Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine repulsed eight attacks from Russia and destroyed four Russian tanks, six armoured personnel carriers, four infantry fighting vehicles, and one enemy artillery system.

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