April 10, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Joe Ruiz, Maureen Chowdhury, Mike Hayes, Simone McCarthy, Brad Lendon, Rob Picheta and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, April 11, 2022
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10:08 a.m. ET, April 10, 2022

It's Sunday afternoon in Kyiv. Here's what you need to know

From CNN Staff

A woman walks near a destroyed apartment building on April 9 in Borodianka, Ukraine.
A woman walks near a destroyed apartment building on April 9 in Borodianka, Ukraine. (Alexey Furman/Getty Images)

Cleaning crews have arrived at the railway station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, where dozens of Ukrainians were killed by a Russian missile strike on Friday while waiting to flee fighting.

CNN saw workers wearing plastic gloves gather scattered human remains. Others looked through papers and documents that were strewn across the station. Plastic bags filled with food lay on the ground, alongside shredded hats, gloves and shoes.

Several points of impact from the strike were visible, including what appeared to have been a direct hit on a car. Pools of blood and a deceased dog, partially covered by white sheeting, lay by the tracks.

At least 50 people, including five children, were killed in the attack, Ukrainian officials said Friday, with dozens more taken to local hospitals.

Here are more of the latest headlines from the Russia-Ukraine conflict:

  • Putin appoints new commander: Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Army Gen. Alexander Dvornikov as theater commander of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, according to a US official and a European official, after the first phase of Moscow’s invasion saw Russian troops fail to capture territory in central Ukraine and ultimately retreat from the capital, Kyiv. Dvornikov, the first commander of Russia’s military operations in Syria, could bring a new level of coordination to an assault now expected to focus on Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, instead of multiple fronts.  
  • Russia announces strikes in Dnipropetrovsk, Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions: Russian forces have carried out missile strikes in Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk, Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions, the Russian Ministry of Defense said Sunday.  "During the night in the village of Zvonetske -- Dnipropetrovsk region -- high-precision sea-based missiles destroyed the headquarters and base of the Dnipro nationalist battalion, where reinforcements from foreign mercenaries arrived the other day," Russian defense ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement. CNN could not immediately verify those claims.
  • Dnipro airport destroyed by Russian attack, Regional military governor says: Valentyn Reznichenko, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said the airport in the east-central Ukrainian city of Dnipro had been destroyed in a Russian strike, without providing extensive details. "And one more attack on the airport in Dnipro," he said "There is nothing left of it already. The airport and the infrastructure nearby have been destroyed. But rockets keep flying." Reznichenko said information about casualties was being clarified. The airport was hit previously by Russian forces. Reznichenko said on March 15 that a Russian missile strike had put the runway out of use and damaged a terminal building.
  • Russian convoy: Satellite images collected and analyzed by Maxar Technologies show an eight-mile-long Russian military convoy to the east of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine. On Friday, Ukraine's defense intelligence chief told CNN that Russian troops were regrouping across the border and plan to advance toward Kharkiv, in what could be a major assault.

This satellite image shows a convoy of armored vehicles and trucks near Kharkiv, Ukraine on April 8.
This satellite image shows a convoy of armored vehicles and trucks near Kharkiv, Ukraine on April 8. (Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies/AP)

  • Zelensky meets leaders: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the United Kingdom for its decision to send more lethal aid to Ukraine after a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Kyiv on Saturday. Zelensky also met with Austria's Chancellor Karl Nehammer in the capital that day, following his talks with European Union leaders on Friday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday he spoke on the phone with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the two discussed possible new sanctions on Russia, as well as defense and financial support for Ukraine. 
  • Curfew in Odesa: Ukrainian authorities in the southern region of Odesa have imposed a curfew over the weekend following deadly Russian missile strikes on a train station in the east on Friday. Due to the threat of Russian forces launching missile strikes in the province, residents have been told to stay home from 9 p.m. local Saturday until 6 a.m. Monday morning.  
  • Zelensky-Putin meeting possible, but only after expected battle for the Donbas: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would likely meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin only after an anticipated major battle for the eastern Donbas region, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Sunday. "Ukraine is ready for big battles," Podolyak said in televised remarks. "Ukraine must win them, particularly in Donbas. And after that, Ukraine will get a more powerful negotiating position, from which it can dictate certain conditions. After that, the presidents will meet. That may take two or three weeks." Ukrainian officials have said they anticipate a major offensive in the Donbas by Russia, which has announced a shift in military strategy focusing on the country's east.

11:08 a.m. ET, April 10, 2022

US House GOP leader heads bipartisan congressional delegation in Poland

From CNN's Daniella Diaz

US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s congressional delegation meets with the US Ambassador to Poland at the embassy in Warsaw, in this handout photo released on April 10.
US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s congressional delegation meets with the US Ambassador to Poland at the embassy in Warsaw, in this handout photo released on April 10. (Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy/Handout)

US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is leading a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers to Poland this weekend to meet with US armed forces and other groups amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to a statement from his office.

The California Republican met with the Prime Minister of Poland, the Defense Minister of Poland, and the US Ambassador to Poland, according to the statement.

"Poland has been an indispensable strategic partner by accepting millions of refugees, working closely with our military forces, and contributing fully to NATO as we all aim to restore peace and prosperity to the region," McCarthy said in a statement. "Our visit today should serve as a powerful message to Putin that we condemn his unprovoked attacks. Evil cannot win."

Reps. Steve Scalise, Michael McCaul, Michael Turner, Ken Calvert, French Hill, Kathleen Rice, Stephanie Murphy, Mike Garcia and Michelle Fischbach accompanied McCarthy, according to the statement.

McCarthy meets with troops in Poland, in this handout photo released on April 10.
McCarthy meets with troops in Poland, in this handout photo released on April 10. (Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy/Handout)

2:28 p.m. ET, April 10, 2022

Dnipro airport destroyed by Russian attack, Regional military governor says

From CNN staff

Smoke rises from the airport in Dnipro on Sunday, April 10.
Smoke rises from the airport in Dnipro on Sunday, April 10. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Valentyn Reznichenko, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said the airport in the east-central Ukrainian city of Dnipro had been destroyed in a Russian strike, without providing extensive details. 

"And one more attack on the airport in Dnipro," he said "There is nothing left of it already. The airport and the infrastructure nearby have been destroyed. But rockets keep flying."

Reznichenko said information about casualties was being clarified. 

The airport was hit previously by Russian forces. Reznichenko said on March 15 that a Russian missile strike had put the runway out of use and damaged a terminal building. 

Lesia Vasylenko, a Ukrainian MP, said on Twitter that the latest strike "leaves no infrastructure and destroys everything around the airport. Such a shame, as the airport was completely renovated just last year. All the investments and all the efforts completely wrecked." 

8:34 a.m. ET, April 10, 2022

Pope Francis calls for Easter ceasefire and "real negotiations" for peace in Ukraine

From CNN's Nicola Ruotolo in Rome and Radina Gigova in Atlanta

Pope Francis asperses holy water as he celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 10.
Pope Francis asperses holy water as he celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 10. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Pope Francis called Sunday for a ceasefire in Ukraine for Easter, and urged "real negotiations" for a lasting peace. 

As he led a Palm Sunday service in St. Peter's Square, Francis condemned the war in Ukraine, calling it "a war that every day puts before our eyes brutal massacres and cruelty committed against unarmed civilians." It was the first Palm Sunday service that members of the public had been able to attend in the square since 2019, after two years of Covid-19 restrictions.

"Put away your weapons, start an Easter truce, but not to reload your weapons and start fighting again, no," the Pope said. "A truce to achieve peace, through real negotiations, also willing to make some sacrifices for the good of the people."

"In fact, what victory will be the one who plants a flag on a pile of rubble?" he added. "Nothing is impossible for God."

Earlier this week, the Pope condemned the killing of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha, and raised and kissed a Ukrainian flag.

In his homily on Sunday, Francis condemned "the folly of war," and referenced those killed in the fighting as well as the many refugees fleeing violence. 

"Christ is once more nailed to the Cross in mothers who mourn the unjust death of husbands and sons," the Pope said. "He is crucified in refugees who flee from bombs with children in their arms."

He added: "He is crucified in the elderly left alone to die; in young people deprived of a future; in soldiers sent to kill their brothers and sisters."

8:38 a.m. ET, April 10, 2022

Regional official: Locals rally in Russian-occupied Kherson

From CNN Staff

Yurii Sobolevskyi, deputy head of the Kherson Regional Council, said locals held a "peaceful rally" Sunday in the Russian-occupied city of Kherson that was dispersed by Russian forces. 

"Today in Kherson a peaceful rally took place in front of the Yubileiny concert hall to commemorate the victims of Russian aggression," he said on Facebook. "As expected, the occupiers dispersed it."

He added that locals were participating in rallies at "great risk," saying locals faced intimidation and the threat of disappearance. 

CNN was not immediately able to verify the rally or its turnout. Ukrainians opposed to Russian occupation have held a series of rallies in cities in southern Ukraine. 

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Sunday said Russians in the town of Nova Kakhovka in Kherson region had used local printing houses to prepare brochures, booklets and posters in preparation for an apparent referendum on the establishment of a so-called "Kherson People's Republic." 

Separatists in eastern Ukraine held referendums in 2014 on the formation of "people's republics," in voting that was dismissed by Ukraine and Western countries as a sham.

Serhii Khlan, a member of the Kherson regional council, said Russian sympathizers holding Russian tricolor flags had tried to organize a rally in the city of Nova Kakhovka, posting a photo on Facebook that he said showed a very small turnout compared with a pro-Ukrainian rally.  

"This is all you need to know about the probability of a Kherson People's Republic in the Kherson region," he said. "This will not happen, because this is Ukraine!"

8:46 a.m. ET, April 10, 2022

Zelensky says he discussed additional Russia sanctions with German Chancellor Scholz

From CNN's Radina Gigova in Atlanta 

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a press conference on April 8 in London, England.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a press conference on April 8 in London, England. (Ben Stansall/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday he spoke on the phone with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the two discussed possible new sanctions on Russia, as well as defense and financial support for Ukraine. 

"Had a phone conversation with @OlafScholz. We emphasized that all perpetrators of war crimes must be identified and punished," Zelensky said on his official Twitter account. 

"We also discussed anti-Russian sanctions, defense and financial support for Ukraine," he said. 

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7:55 a.m. ET, April 10, 2022

Russia and Ukraine conduct third prisoner swap, officials say

From CNN’s Amy Cassidy and Nathan Hodge

Russia and Ukraine carried out a third prisoner swap on Saturday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced on Telegram. 

“Twelve of our service personnel are coming home, including one female officer. We have also secured the release of 14 civilians, including nine women. In total, 26 of our people,” she wrote. 

Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova confirmed the swap on Sunday, writing on Telegram: “Among them are four employees of Rosatom and our valiant servicemen. This morning they landed on Russian soil. Family and friends will see them soon!”

Among the Ukrainian prisoners was Hanna Havrylina, mayor of Hremiach village in the northern Chernihiv region, according to Vereshchuk, who posted a picture of herself with Havrylina on Telegram on Sunday.

“She is back home as a result of yesterday’s prisoner exchange,” said Vereshchuk. “A brave and resilient woman. A true leader of her community. Yesterday I had the honor of meeting Ms. Havrylina in person.”

7:36 a.m. ET, April 10, 2022

Zelensky-Putin meeting possible, but only after expected battle for the Donbas, says Ukrainian official

From CNN's Kostan Nechyporenko in Vasylkiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the nation on April 9 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the nation on April 9 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would likely meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin only after an anticipated major battle for the eastern Donbas region, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Sunday.

"Ukraine is ready for big battles," Podolyak said in televised remarks. "Ukraine must win them, particularly in Donbas. And after that, Ukraine will get a more powerful negotiating position, from which it can dictate certain conditions. After that, the presidents will meet. That may take two or three weeks."

Ukrainian officials have said they anticipate a major offensive in the Donbas by Russia, which has announced a shift in military strategy focusing on the country's east.

7:18 a.m. ET, April 10, 2022

US police agencies are sending protective gear to Ukrainian civilians, in what experts call an unprecedented move

From CNN's Emma Tucker and Zachary Cohen

Falls Township Police Chief Nelson Whitney announcing the launch of his department's 'Operation Urgent Aid' in early March.
Falls Township Police Chief Nelson Whitney announcing the launch of his department's 'Operation Urgent Aid' in early March. (Falls Township Police Department)

The governors of Iowa and Nebraska announced last week that they will donate police protective gear, including military-grade equipment such as helmets and vests, to Ukraine to help civilians defend themselves against Russia's invasion.  

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said his state would send 550 pieces of protective gear, while Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said her state's department of public safety and 18 law enforcement agencies would provide Ukraine with 860 pieces of gear.  

The agencies join a growing list of police departments -- from California to Ohio to Vermont -- that are donating non-lethal police gear to aid Ukrainian civilians, according to a CNN review of state-by-state efforts and interviews with some of those involved.  

Among the agencies contacted by CNN, and the non-government groups gathering supplies, none have said they're collecting weapons or ammunition.  

Many of the police departments involved in these efforts are working with charity organizations and former members of the US military. Some sources with direct knowledge of the varied efforts -- but who are not involved -- spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity due to concerns about potential legal questions the initiative could raise.

It's unprecedented, experts say, for US law enforcement agencies to donate police protective equipment and military-grade gear to a foreign country involved in an ongoing war. The effort also raises questions about the roles of police departments and whether, as domestic law enforcement agencies, they should send equipment to a foreign conflict outside of their jurisdiction. 

Because there's no central coordinating group, there's not an easy way to say what's being shipped or whether it's subject to export regulations.    

The Ukrainian American Coordinating Council (UACC), a non-profit organization, is at the center of one effort to send regulated, military-grade and police protective items to Ukraine, including ballistic helmets, hard plates, soft armor inserts and vests, the group says.

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