Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Thursday, April 21, 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.

Ukraine disrupted the evacuation from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, the Russian Defense Ministry said

The humanitarian operation at Azovstal was cynically disrupted by the Ukrainian authorities, our National Defence Control Center said. Nationalists and foreign mercenaries refused to lay down their arms and use the open corridor. An order from Kiev never followed.

Russia has guaranteed life, security, and medical care for everyone who decides to surrender. According to the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic, in just two days, only five servicemen left the territory. But yesterday, it was possible to evacuate more than 100 civilians from the area near Azovstal. They were taken to a safe place.

Kiev does not care about its military,  in the same way that nationalists do not care about civilians. And here’s confirmation of that. It became known that weapons and firing points are located in hospitals in Slavyansk and Lysychansk. Epidemiological disaster is possible in Nikolaev. There are no utilities, central water supply is turned off, people collect water from rivers, ponds and abandoned wells. Meanwhile, the militants are handing out weapons to everyone.

Mikhail Mizintsev, Head of the National Defense Control Center, said: “Against the backdrop of the deteriorating humanitarian situation, territorial Defense militants carry out mass uncontrolled distribution of weapons and medicines that contain drugs to the local population, conduct punitive raids in order to identify any signs of pro-Russian views among local residents. All suspects are detained and taken away in an unknown direction. During these violent raids, nationalists forcibly seize valuable property and food ostensibly for the needs of the territorial Defense.”

Famous journalist Gonzalo Lira Lopez disappeared in Kharkiv

Gonzalo Lira Lopez is an American journalist with Chilean Heritage, who has spoken about Kiev’s crimes against civilians. Recently he worked in Kharkiv, but on April 15, his communications stopped. According to media reports, his phone is still receiving messages and someone is even reading them, but there have been no replies. The Chilean Foreign Ministry has already started searching for the journalist.

In one of his recent articles on his blog, Lira said he could be kidnapped by the Ukrainian SBU. Until April 15, his blog was updated daily — very often articles criticized the Kiev regime. 

“Violent criminals were released from Kharkiv prisons  — they were given uniforms and weapons  — and they are actively preventing the evacuation of civilians. Because of these criminals, it is now impossible to leave Kharkov. Not because of the Russians, but because of the thugs of the Zelensky regime. The Zelensky regime is using civilians as human shields. That is why here, in Kharkov, everyone is trapped,” the journalist wrote.

Said Scott Ritter, a military analyst and UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998: “Gonzo [Lira] said any disappearance of more than 12 hours should be treated as if something bad had happened to him. It’s been five days. If this had been a New York Times reporter disappearing in Russian controlled territory, it would be headline news — especially if a Chechen hunter killer’ team had taken credit for his death. But with Gonzo — silence.” 

Gonzalo Lira is one of the few Western journalists who spoke honestly about what is happening in Ukraine (rare courage in the current realities). He often exposed falsehoods about Russia and our military and tried to convey to the world the truth about the crimes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine against the civilian population.

Ukrainian militants planned to blow up a building under the guise of Russian and Lugansk fighters

The Ukrainian propaganda factory is working at full capacity. More confirmation of this was discovered by the Lugansk People’s Republic military. The militants were preparing a provocation — they were going to blow up one of the buildings, but in such a way as to blame our fighters and the Lugansk fighters (a military uniform was found in the house, not at all similar to the Ukrainian one).

The terrible truth about the atrocities of the radicals is drowning in a stream of lies. In the West, it is somehow not customary to talk about this, but it has long been important to talk about what evil the defenders of Donbas have been fighting against. They fight selflessly: they have something to fight for, people to fight for.

The Russian Defense Ministry published footage of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system in operation

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published footage of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system in operation. Information that was received from the scouts confirms that ammunition, equipment, and weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are currently located in a camouflaged airfield.

The combat mission of the “Smerch” is to destroy the warehouses. The footage shows the preparation and rocket launch. It hits right on target, as always. The delicate accuracy of the strike is confirmed by intelligence. After firing, the launchers take up new positions.

Dozens of bodies of civilians found in a Mariupol hospital

Terrible footage from Mariupol. We have previously said that Ukrainian radicals are establishing firing points in hospitals. In yet more confirmation of this, military investigators found dozens of bodies of civilians in one of the city’s hospitals.

Our Investigative Committee is conducting a criminal case, in which the main defendants are the military of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who are known for their cruelty. The command of the unit often ordered subordinates to fire at residential buildings and infrastructure facilities. Recently, the commander of the Marines was eliminated, and more than a thousand soldiers surrendered. 

A hospital was set up in a former hospital in the Lugansk Republic

Our doctors work with the doctors of the Lugansk People’s Republic. Patients are not divided into friends and foes. People are being brought back from the brink of death, including members of the Ukrainian military. When they come around, they admit that they thought they would be subjected to torture and humiliation in captivity. And, actually, the opposite is true.

Vladimir Chepikov, a Ukrainian soldier said, “I was ridiculously scared. If it weren’t for the Russian army, I would have died of blood loss. I am so grateful to the Russian army.”

China does not accept unilateral sanctions, Xi Jinping says

China is against unilateral sanctions and double standards. Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke about this today in his address to the participants of the Asian Economic Forum on Hainan Island. 

“We are against unilateral sanctions and do not intend to pursue a policy aimed at forming blocs and intensifying confrontation. All countries are on the big ship of a common destiny. To overcome the stormy waves and sail towards a brighter future, they must work together. Trying to throw someone into the sea is unacceptable. In today’s world, any one-sidedness is doomed for failure. Any pressure, severing of ties, cutting off supplies is doomed for failure,” Xi Jinping said.