Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russia threatens more attacks on Kyiv as Ukrainian forces make last stand in Mariupol

The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet sank after an attack from Ukrainian forces triggered a “significant explosion,” U.S. officials said on April 14. (Video: Reuters)

Yesterday at 12: 20 a.m. EDT|Updated today at 2: 44 a.m. EDT

Yesterday at 12: 20 a.m. EDT|Updated today at 2: 44 a.m. EDT

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Blasts were reported outside Kyiv on Friday after Russia’s Defense Ministry warned of retaliation in response to Ukrainian strikes, as both sides prepare for a potentially bloody battle in the eastern Donbas region.

The attack comes after Ukrainian forces struck Russia’s premier warship in the Black Sea with two Neptune missiles, causing it to sink, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed.

As forces gear up for battle in eastern Ukraine, Russia appeared poised to capture the strategic port city of Mariupol and escalate attacks across Ukraine’s southeast, analysts said.

Here’s what to know

  • As the fall of Mariupol appears imminent, the governor of Ukraine’s Donetsk region said the city “has been wiped off the face of the earth” by Russian forces.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Ukrainian officials believe that 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian troops have died in the war.
  • Aiming to exert greater pressure on Moscow, Zelensky asked President Biden to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, one of the most powerful and far-reaching sanctions in the U.S. arsenal.
  • Russia sent a formal diplomatic note to the United States this week warning that shipping weapons to Ukraine could bring “unpredictable consequences.”
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel for updates.

9: 46 p.m.

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In his nightly address, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said he met with other Ukrainian leaders to discuss Mariupol as Russia appeared poised to capture the southeastern port city. Zelensky said he would not publicly release details about the conversation with officials from across the government, including the Defense Council, Armed Forces and intelligence agency. But the Ukrainian president promised that “we are doing everything to save our people.”

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