Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Friday, April 15, 2022.

By Madeline Roache

What follows is NewsGuard’s summary and translation of the top stories about the Russia-Ukraine war from a morning program on Russia’s state TV Channel One. NewsGuard presents these stories in the order that they appear on the program.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported new provocations by neo-Nazis 

Our Defense Ministry said that new provocations were prepared by Kyiv forces in an attempt to discredit our army. According to the Head of the National Defense Control Center Mikhail Mizintsev, neo-Nazis laid mines on a car overpass in the city Konstantinovka, which is a major Donetsk railway junction. In the near future, the bandits want to destroy the overpass and blame our military for destroying important civilian infrastructure. The Western media will immediately repeat yet another fake story, according to Mizintsev.

Our military department also has data about the militants mining a dam on the Uglegorskaya TPP (thermal power plant) reservoir. In the event of an explosion, several areas and approximately 15,000 civilians could be under threat of flooding.

Last night, Ukrainian users actively posted videos on social media, showing flashes and explosions. Users wrote that the Russian armed forces were responsible for the attacks. According to the people who took these videos, the last major oil refinery in Ivano-Frankivsk was destroyed. Videos also appeared from Krivoy Rog, Kharkov and Zhitomir. According to reports, several districts of the Ukrainian capital are without electricity. 

Earlier our Ministry of Defense said that if attempted acts of sabotage from the Ukrainian side do not stop, there will be retaliation. Strategic centers will be hit, including in Kyiv.

A network of call centers was discovered in Berdyansk — callers, pretending to be bank employees, tricked Russians

There have been interesting discoveries in the territories liberated from Ukrainian bandit groups. In Berdyansk, a network of call centers was uncovered, where Ukrainian callers tried to scam people in Russia. Unfortunately, a lot of people became victims of the scam. Callers pretended to be from a bank’s security service. It was revealed that this network is connected to the SBU and the controversial Ukrainian oligarch, Kolomoisky. 

The Russian Defense Ministry published documents about atrocities committed by Ukrainian nationalists during the Great Patriotic War and in the post-war years

They committed crimes against their own people — civilians. The reports were published in a special section on the ministry’s site. The materials show that the Banderites, who tried to pass themselves off as the Red Army, tortured and killed women, children, and elderly people with particular cruelty. Moreover, no matter how much Ukrainian nationalists claim that they fought against the Nazi invaders, the documents confirm that they served the occupiers from the very start of the war.

Every day, the Russian military shows courage and bravery during a special operation to defend the Donbas.  

Daniil Postnikov’s advance team prevented an ambush by Ukrainian saboteurs. Some of the militants laid down their weapons, including a gun spotter. During the interrogation, he revealed the location of his artillery division, which was quickly destroyed. 

Ruslan Mansurov’s team went into a battle with two armed formations. The militants failed to contain the attack. More than 35 pieces of equipment and a large number of enemy manpower were destroyed.

Senior Lieutenant Arseniy Pavlov identified saboteurs, who were preparing an attack. During the battle, he sustained an injury from shrapnel, but he still continued to fight and protect his comrades. As a result, all the nationalists were destroyed.

Missile cruiser “Moskva” sank while being towed

According to the Ministry of Defense, “Moskva” sank during a storm. Due to serious damage to the hull, the ship lost its stability and capsized. Earlier, our Defense Ministry reported that ammunition exploded on the ship, starting a fire. The Ministry of Defense said that the crew was evacuated to other ships of the Black Sea Fleet.