Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

By Madeline Roache and Jonathan Campion

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.

Ukrainian troops attacked Kherson last night with Tochka-U missiles

Russia’s air defense systems managed to intercept two of the three missiles. Information agencies are reporting that one of the targets was a television tower, but the building did not suffer any serious damage. Images being circulated on social media seem to show that remnants of the downed missiles fell on residential buildings and also one of the town’s parks.

One of the explosions made a crater about five meters wide. According to the RIA Novosti news agency, there were no casualties, as there was no one on the streets due to a curfew being in force. The shells reportedly came from the direction of Nikolayev region, a territory controlled by Kiev.

Russian air defense forces successfully repel attacks by Ukrainian drones

These indispensable air defense systems ensure that all attacks are successfully repelled. In terms of their engineering, air defence systems are the most sophisticated military hardware: they carry equipment that simultaneously helps with reconnaissance, targeting, and tracking. Not even the smallest drones can escape the sharp eyes of modern Russian air defense systems.

A soldier said: “It’s a powerful weapon for destroying low-flying targets. It has a range of up to five kilometers, and a speed of 360 meters a second.”

The Russian Defense Ministry announces that the Kiev regime is shamelessly using civilian infrastructure

The Kiev regime is continuing to shamelessly use civilian infrastructure as bases for its fighters. In Zaporozhye, a squad from one of the Ukrainian Nazi battalions set up a base in a hospital, placing armored vehicles and artillery outside the building. The powers in Kiev are stopping at nothing to create new provocations.

Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Management Center, commented: “With the aim of disseminating staged photo and video footage, initiated by Ukrainian and western information agencies, including from the USA, Latvia, Great Britain and Poland, military equipment was dumped at the central market in the town of Lisichansk. The next day the Ukrainian army fired on and destroyed it. Ambulances are transporting the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers that have been dressed in civilian clothes. First and foremost, this shows cynicism towards their own people. The Ukrainians’ treatment of their dead soldiers mirrors the barbarity of the Nazis during the Second World War. Only now the Kiev regime is using new methods.”

Russian soldiers on the front lines are awarded well-deserved state awards

Every day, our boys go selflessly into battle with the enemy, liberating more and more settlements from armed groups. And as has become tradition, the troops are presented with well-deserved government awards right on the front lines.

More than 20 soldiers from the motorized rifle regiment have received insignia of the Central Military District, and their commander received the Order of Courage. Colonel general Aleksandr Lapin, the district’s troop commander, arrived to present them. Colonel Lapin congratulated all the soldiers on the successful fulfilment of their tasks.

Schools in Mariupol open again 

In places where terrible shelling and nationalist atrocities are a thing of the past, peaceful life is gradually being restored. In Mariupol, children can walk on the streets again. And schools have begun to prepare for the new school year by compiling class lists and delivering textbooks. Many children have admitted that they miss going to school. 

A resident, Aleksandra Pilupolskaya, commented: “My son is in the third grade. I want him to start school again just as soon as possible, because we’ve been sitting at home for two months.”

Volunteers from the Moscow region have delivered humanitarian aid to Mariupol

Schoolchildren from the Moscow region have collected humanitarian aid as part of the “Good Deed” campaign. More than 1,200 parcels were distributed to local residents. The parcels contain essentials such as food, bottled water, medicines, and sweets for children.

Queues lined up to wait for the trucks. It was already the fifth such journey. Over 430 tons of humanitarian aid have been collected so far, with the support of regional authorities. These supplies have previously been delivered to the town of Yasinovataya and the village of Pervomaisky.

The governor of Moscow region Andrey Vorobyov said: ‘Thanks to some companies here we are transporting medical supplies. These are needed for first aid, as well as for everyday illnesses. There is a great need for everything, and the 1,200 schools that have taken part in this program have done something really important. Medicines, hygiene products, children’s drawings, pens and paper — essentially everything that they asked us for. So thank you again to everyone who took part in the program. We will continue’.

The Pentagon has reported that the USA is preparing to send another consignment of military vehicles to Ukraine

These are multi-purpose armored personnel carriers, designed, among other things, to transport troops to the front line. While this was taking place, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken made yet another ambiguous statement: He said that it was for the authorities in Kiev to decide whether or not to begin combat operations on Russian territory.

In doing so, Blinken continued the militaristic rhetoric of British Deputy Defense Minister James Heappey, who the other day said that Ukraine has the right to attack targets on Russian territory.

British Foreign Minister Liz Truss later added: “The West needs to double its military support for Kiev.” Although there doesn’t seem to be much scope for this anymore. The German Defense Ministry is already hinting that Germany doesn’t have enough themselves.

German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht had commented: “For example, in theory we have 350 Puma infantry fighting vehicles, but in reality only 150 of them are actually combat-ready. 150! You could say that our capabilities are limited. The situation with the Tiger attack helicopter is no different. Only nine out of 51 are in a state to take off.”