Russia-Ukraine war: What happened today (April 16)

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Residents of Irpin, Ukraine, near Kyiv stand on a damaged bridge on Saturday. Kyiv's mayor is urging people to remain vigilant after more strikes occurred overnight in the area.

As Saturday draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the key developments of the day:

The deputy governor of Kharkiv told NPR he expects the region around Izyum to be the Russians’ next primary target and that there will be heavy fighting.

Russians have returned to attacking Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv. The mayor is urging residents to remain vigilant after more strikes occurred in the southeastern part of the city overnight. There were explosions on the left bank of the Dnipro river in the Darnytsky district, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a post on Facebook.

Top British officials, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have been banned from entering Russia. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the ban was imposed in response to “hostile actions” by the British government as well as sanctions against top Russian officials.


A 14-year-old who fled Ukraine is in U.S. detention. His family doesn’t know where.

As Ukraine investigates Russian war crimes, the U.S. and EU allies offer assistance.

In 2001, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to charm students at a rural Texas high school.

“Freezing Order” is the true story of money laundering, murder and Putin’s wrath

Beneath Kharkiv in Ukraine, survival has created a sense of community.


Meet the rescue team extracting people trapped in Kyiv suburbs under siege.

Earlier developments

You can read more news from Saturday here, and daily recaps here. For context and more in-depth stories, you can find NPR’s full coverage here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR’s State of Ukraine podcast for updates throughout the day.

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