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(Reuters) – Russia unleashed a wave of large-scale attacks across Ukraine on Saturday, hitting energy infrastructure and killing 14 in a rocket attack on a nine-story apartment building in Dnipro, officials said.
* Ukrainian forces are struggling to retain control of Soledar in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, the regional governor said, contradicting Russian claims that Moscow forces had captured the small town.
* Reuters could not verify the accounts.
* Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Russian Wagner mercenary group, boasted about the bravery of his forces amid a smoldering rivalry with the Defense Ministry over who should get credit for leading the Russian attack on Soledar.
* Moldovan President Maia Sandu, who denounced “Russia’s brutal war,” said missile debris was found in her country near Ukraine’s western border following the recent spate of Russian attacks.
* Britain will send 14 of its Challenger 2 main battle tanks and artillery support to Ukraine, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said, ignoring criticism from the Russian embassy.
* Russia canceled a planned prisoner exchange at the last minute, the Ukrainian organization that deals with prisoners said, after Russia’s human rights commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said Russian soldiers allegedly reported cases of extortion in Ukrainian captivity.
* Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the G7 summit he will host in May should demonstrate a strong will to uphold international order and the rule of law in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
* Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Kishida of shameful subservience to the United States and suggested he ritually disembowel himself.
* Ukraine’s Energy Minister German Galushchenko said the coming days would be “difficult” on the energy front after a massive rocket attack by Russia on Saturday hit critical infrastructure in several regions.
* “They text all the time. We now and then stop our work to be silent and we hear people screaming under the rubble,” Mikhailo Lysenko, Dnipro’s deputy mayor, said of the apartment building’s rescue efforts.