Russian shelling kills six civilians in Toretsk, Donetsk Oblast, as Ukraine says that Russia appears to be preparing for a new ground offensive near Sloviansk.
Sources: BBC News
Sources: BBC News
Russian missiles strike the city of Chuhuiv in Kharkiv Oblast, killing three civilians and injuring three others, while more than 50 Grad rockets hit the city of Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, killing two people. The missile strikes come after Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu ordered the military to expand operations in Ukraine in order to "protect the Donbas".
Russian forces destroy the last remaining bridge leading to Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine, trapping all remaining Ukrainian civilians in the city, according to regional governor Serhiy Haidai.
Ukraine says that it has repelled a Russian advance on the cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in Luhansk Oblast. Authorities say that twelve people were killed in the offensive and that over 60 houses were destroyed.
Some civilian evacuations begin from the Azovstal iron and steel works in Mariupol. Officials believe that up to 1,000 people have sought refuge at the plant, which has been the target of Russian airstrikes for days. However, evacuations are suspended until 8 a.m. tomorrow due to "security concerns". [https:--www.washingtonpost.com-national-security-2022-04-30-ukraine-russia-azovstal- ("The Washington Post")] [https:--www.cnn.com-europe-live-news-russia-ukraine-war-news-05-01-22-h_be33798404aab0c960b4368d8c1ea7d0 (CNN)]*Five people are killed by Russian shelling in the town of Lyman. [https:--www.timesofisrael.com-liveblog_entry-russian-strikes-kill-8-civilians-in-eastern-ukraine- ("Times of Israel")]*A fire reportedly occurs at a military facility in Belgorod Oblast, Russia, slightly injuring one person and damaging seven houses. [https:--www.reuters.com-world-europe-russia-reports-fire-military-facility-near-ukraine-border-2022-05-01- (Reuters)]Eastern Ukraine offensive
Human Rights Watch, an independent human rights group, says that it has documented allegations of war crimes perpetrated by Russian forces in Ukraine against civilians, including rape, summary execution, and looting of civilian properties.