April 5, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Melissa Macaya, Jason Kurtz, Maureen Chowdhury, Aditi Sangal, Helen Regan, Travis Caldwell, Ben Church, Lianne Kolirin and Seán Federico O'Murchú, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, April 6, 2022
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2:10 p.m. ET, April 5, 2022

Zelensky has addressed 19 global parliaments since Russia’s invasion began

From CNN staff

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has so far addressed 19 global parliaments in a bid to drum up support during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to CNN's count. 

Described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison last month as a "lion of democracy," Zelensky has also addressed four multilateral institutions — the United Nations Security Council, the European Council, G7 and NATO — and he also spoke virtually at the Doha Forum. In addition, he delivered a pre-taped message to the Grammy Awards on Sunday evening.  

His first virtual address was to the European Parliament on March 1 and his latest address was to the Spanish Parliament on Tuesday.  

His second address was to the UK Parliament on March 8, with subsequent addresses every few days to the following countries' governments: Poland, Canada, United States, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Italy, France, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and Romania.

2:40 p.m. ET, April 5, 2022

In address to Spanish Parliament, Ukraine’s Zelensky compares Russian invasion to Nazi bombing of Guernica

From CNN’s Al Goodman in Madrid

Attendees applaud the appearance of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Spanish Parliament on April 5 in Madrid.
Attendees applaud the appearance of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Spanish Parliament on April 5 in Madrid. (R.Rubio/Europa Press/Pool/AP)

President Volodymyr Zelensky invoked the Nazi and Italian fascist air raid bombing of the Spanish Basque town of Guernica in 1937 as he described Russia's modern-day Ukrainian invasion.

The Ukraine President made the remarks while addressing the Spanish Parliament on Tuesday, saying, "Just imagine, people in Europe now are spending weeks in basements to save their lives from shelling and air bombardment. It’s April 2022, but it feels like April 1937, when everybody found out about Guernica.”

Guernica came under a surprise attack in April 1937, during Spain’s civil war, when the German and Italian dictators — Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini — sent warplanes to support General Francisco Franco, the eventual winner of the conflict.

Pablo Picasso’s iconic painting, Guernica, depicted the deadly attack.

“Just imagine, Ukrainian mothers are writing in pen on the backs of their children, the child’s name and phone number, so that if the occupier kills the parents, the child has a chance to save itself,” Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian leader thanked Spain for its recent shipments of weapons to Ukraine, but asked for more. He lauded Spain’s support of economic sanctions against Russia, but also called for more, “really powerful sanctions.” 

Zelensky said that while some Spanish companies have stopped business dealings in Russia after the war started, others have continued doing business with Moscow, and he cited several by name.   

“I think you know them better than me,” he told the parliament. “Please stop doing business with Russia.”

2:00 p.m. ET, April 5, 2022

Twitter says it will no longer amplify or recommend Russian government accounts — stops short of a full ban

From CNN's Brian Fung

Twitter said Tuesday it will no longer amplify or recommend Russian government accounts on its platform, bringing its stance on Kremlin-linked accounts closer in line with its approach to Russian state media. 

Twitter accounts operated by the Russian government will no longer "be amplified or recommended to people on Twitter, including across the Home Timeline, Explore, Search, and other places on the service," the company said in a blog post.  

The move reflects a new policy Twitter said it is unveiling to ensure the free flow of information. The policy states that Twitter will not amplify or recommend accounts on its platform run by governments that are "engaged in armed interstate conflict" and that are also simultaneously restricting "access to free information."

The policy is being invoked for the first time against Russia in light of its invasion of Ukraine, and it follows concerns voiced by civil society groups that official Russian accounts have continued to promote propaganda about the war.

However, Tuesday's announcement stops short of a full ban, in another example of the policy tightrope that social media companies have had to walk since Russia's invasion. 

The Russian government collectively has millions of followers across numerous accounts, including several operated by the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia's foreign and defense ministries, and diplomatic missions. 

Twitter's announcement comes after critics highlighted the discrepancy between the company's earlier actions to limit Russian state media on its platform — such as content from Sputnik and RT — and its comparatively hands-off approach to Russian government accounts. 

1:24 p.m. ET, April 5, 2022

US will announce new sanction package on Russia tomorrow, Biden administration official says

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Phil Mattingly

People receive humanitarian aid in Bucha, located near Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 5.
People receive humanitarian aid in Bucha, located near Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 5. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

The US will announce new sanctions on Russia Wednesday in coordination with G7 nations and the European Union, according to a member of US President Joe Biden's administration, who said the sweeping package "will impose significant costs on Russia and send it further down the road of economic, financial, and technological isolation."

The new sanctions package will ban all new investment in Russia, increase sanctions on financial institutions and state-owned enterprises in Russia and sanction Russian government officials and their family members. 

"These measures will degrade key instruments of Russian state power, impose acute and immediate economic harm on Russia, and hold accountable the Russian kleptocracy that funds and supports Putin’s war," the official said. "These measures will be taken in lock step with our allies and partners, demonstrating our resolve and unity in imposing unprecedented costs on Russia for its war against Ukraine."

The official added, "We had already concluded that Russia committed war crimes in Ukraine, and the information from Bucha appears to show further evidence of war crimes. And as the President said, we will work with the world to ensure there is full accountability for these crimes. One of those tools is sanctions — and we have been working intensively with our European allies on further sanctions."

1:13 p.m. ET, April 5, 2022

Doctors Without Borders team describes witnessing hospital bombing in Mykolaiv 

From CNN's Livvy Doherty and Lauren Kent

A Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) team in Ukraine has described a hospital bombing on Monday in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, in which they witnessed several injuries and one death, according to a news release.

The four-person MSF team visited Mykolaiv on Monday to meet with city and regional health authorities and visit the city’s oncology hospital. At around 3:30 p.m. local time, the area around the hospital came under fire, according to the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) statement released Tuesday.

"Several explosions took place in close proximity to our staff over the course of about 10 minutes,” said Michel-Olivier Lacharité, MSF head of mission in Ukraine, currently based in Odesa.

“As they were leaving the area, the MSF team saw injured people and at least one dead body. However, we are not in a position to give exact numbers of dead and injured," Lacharité said in the statement.

"Fortunately our staff were able to take cover and were not hurt in the explosions, although the windows of their vehicle, parked outside the hospital entrance, were blown out by the blasts,” the statement said.

MSF also said the region's pediatric hospital was also hit by the blasts. No large crater was visible, according to MSF, but their team described numerous small holes in the ground throughout a large area.

"Bombing such a large area within a residential neighborhood in the middle of the afternoon cannot but cause civilian casualties and hit public buildings," Lacharité added. "Hospitals, patients, and medical staff must absolutely be spared from attack.”

CNN previously reported that Russia's bombardment of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine near the Black Sea continued on Monday as it has for weeks, with strikes through the morning and afternoon there. A CNN team at a crossroads just south of Mykolaiv was just meters away from incoming artillery rounds on Monday, leaving their vehicle destroyed. 

12:51 p.m. ET, April 5, 2022

UN: Humanitarian convoy supply reaches Sievierodonetsk in east Ukraine

From CNN's Laura Ly and Richard Roth

A United Nations humanitarian supply convoy has arrived in Sievierodonetsk in east Ukraine, according to a press release from the UN.

The convoy included eight trucks of critical supplies, including food rations, canned goods, flour, solar-powered lamps, mattresses, plastic sheeting and blankets for approximately 17,000 people, as well as four hospital electricity generators.

The supplies came from the International Organization for Migration, INGO People in Need, the UN Refugee Agency, the UN Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme, the release states. 

“Eastern Ukraine continues to bear the brunt of the intensifying hostilities, with thousands of people cut off from gas and water supplies and residential buildings repeatedly hit by shelling in Sievierodonetsk, preventing people from safely evacuating and severely restricting their access to basic necessities,” the UN said in a statement. 

The items will be delivered to people through the Ukrainian Red Cross, “while deliveries will also be made to vulnerable people who remain in their homes or bunkers around Sievierodonetsk,” the UN said.

12:17 p.m. ET, April 5, 2022

UN says images from Bucha show "all the signs" that civilians were "directly targeted and killed" 

From CNN’s Niamh Kennedy in London  

The United Nations on Tuesday said that the images of the atrocities carried out in the Ukrainian town of Bucha show “all the signs” that civilians were “directly targeted and directly killed.”  

Addressing a virtual press briefing, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Liz Throssell reiterated the UN’s “horror” at images that emerged showing civilian bodies strewn across the streets of the town located northwest of Kyiv.  

“What we have seen emerging from Bucha and from other areas clearly points to very disturbing developments. That the brutality, the targeting of the civilians really underscores that this is so concerning. You know, really looking at the video and the footage coming out of there is all the signs that the victims were directly targeted and directly killed,” Throssell said.  

She made particular reference to “disturbing” images of people with their hands tied behind their back and of partially naked women whose bodies have been burnt, saying they “strongly suggest” the direct targeting of individuals. 

“We have been talking about war crimes in the context of shelling, bombardment, and artillery attacks. Now they need to be investigated. But you could argue there was a military context, for example, to a building being hit. It's hard to see what was the military context of an individual lying in the street with a bullet to the head or having their bodies burned,” Throssell continued. 

As the OHCHR is trying to currently gain access to Bucha, she didn’t have “exact information” to share regarding the situation on the ground. 

“Given the way that our office works, we are not saying that a specific incident is a war crime. We can't establish that yet. That is why there needs to be detailed forensic examinations, for example,” she added.  

Throssell paid tribute to the “crucial role” that journalists are playing in documenting these scenes, mentioning the “multiple teams” involved in “reporting, analyzing, and sending video footage.” 

12:35 p.m. ET, April 5, 2022

It's 7 p.m. in Kyiv. Here's the latest on the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Technicians try to fix the internet in Bucha, located on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 5.
Technicians try to fix the internet in Bucha, located on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 5. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the United Nations Security Council, asking the world's leading powers to hold Russia accountable and provide guarantees to Ukraine.

If you're just joining us, here's what you need to know.

Zelensky at the Security Council: The president said he wants full and transparent investigations along with "maximum access for journalists, maximum cooperation with international institutions, involvement of the International Criminal Court — complete and full accountability."

He added, "I'm sure that every member state of the UN should be interested in this. For what? In order to punish once and for all those who consider themselves privileged and believe that they can get away with anything. So, show all the other potential war criminals in the world how they will be punished if the biggest one is punished."

US pushes UN to expel Russia from the Human Rights Council: Following up on her announcement that she will call for Russia's expulsion from the UN Human Rights Council, the United States ambassador to the UN made the case in her speech Tuesday.

“Russia should not have a position of authority in a body whose very purpose is to promote respect for human rights. Not only is it the height of hypocrisy, it is dangerous,” Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said addressing the Security Council Tuesday.

“Every day, we see more and more how little Russia respects human rights,” she added. “Russia’s participation on the Human Rights Council hurts the Council’s credibility. It undermines the entire UN. And it is just plain wrong.”

The number of countries expelling Russian diplomats continues to increase: Just on Tuesday, countries such as Italy, Spain, Sweden and others announced they were expelling a number of Russian diplomats.

UN estimates close to 1,500 Ukrainians killed and more than 2,100 injured so far: At least 1,480 civilians have been killed and at least 2,195 have been injured in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, said Rosemary DiCarlo, the United Nations' under secretary-general for political and peacebuilding affairs. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights believes the actual figures of civilian casualties to be “considerably higher," she added.

2:46 p.m. ET, April 5, 2022

Ukraine's Borodianka town, site of intense firefights and airstrikes, is completely destroyed 

From CNN's Paul P. Murphy 

Residents look for belongings in the ruins of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodianka, Ukraine, on April 5.
Residents look for belongings in the ruins of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodianka, Ukraine, on April 5. (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

The Ukrainian town of Borodianka has been completely destroyed by fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, new videos show. 

CNN has geolocated and verified the authenticity of the videos that were first published on Tuesday. 

On March 1, a Russian airstrike destroyed at least two apartment complexes in Borodianka; it was the first report of damage in the village roughly 30 miles — 50 kilometers — northwest of Kyiv.  

Since then, the town has been the site of intense firefights and military strikes. Drone footage from March 4 shows the middle of another apartment complex collapsed into a heap of rubble from a military. Video posted to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's Telegram channel showed his fighters walking the streets of the village around that time.  

CNN previously reported that Russian forces took temporary control of a psychiatric hospital — it held nearly 700 patients — in Borodianka on March 5.  

At the time, regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said that the village had no water or electricity. 

"There is no Borodianka — it is almost completely destroyed," Kuleba said. "The city center is just awful. Borodianka is under the influence of Russian troops, they control this settlement." 

Now that Russian forces have retreated, the full scope of destruction is coming into view.  

"There is already information that the number of victims of the occupiers may be even higher in Borodianka and some other liberated cities," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on Monday. In many villages of the liberated districts of the Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy regions, the occupiers did things that the locals had not seen even during the Nazi occupation 80 years ago." 

The complete and total destruction seen in the videos from Borodianka is only comparable to the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol. 

Both videos start near the two apartment complexes that CNN reported were hit on March 1. Every single building along Lenina Street — the main thoroughfare through the town — has been hit. 

Entire village blocks have been reduced to rubble. The burnt metal frames of military vehicles are also seen on the side of the debris-littered road. 

A crude sign — it's just spray-painted sheet metal — reads, "Civilian traffic is prohibited."