How Russian Media is Telling the Ukraine War Story, Thursday April 14, 2022

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.

Neo-Nazis trapped civilians in a monastery in the Donetsk People's Republic

"Neo-Nazis have blockaded over 450 civilians, including children, women with babies, elderly people and critically ill patients on life-support, as well as cancer and insulin-dependent patients, in the Nikolo-Vasilyevsky monastery in the Volnovakha district of the Donetsk People's Republic. The monastery and the only road leading to it are constantly shelled from mortars and heavy machine guns. People were killed and wounded. It is practically impossible to deliver vital medicines, food, and essentials to the monastery, as well as to evacuate people," said Mikhail Mizintsev, Head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation.

Also, according to our Ministry of Defense, three new radical battalions are being trained in Kharkov. They are made up of prisoners who served sentences for grave crimes in correctional facilities. These groups blocked the city from the south side so that people were unable to leave the dangerous territory.

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A Russian soldier paints the "Z" that has come to symbolize the country's "special military operation" in Ukraine on military vehicles in this still from footage published in March by the Russian Defense Ministry. Russian Ministry of Defense

The U.S. will deliver a new batch of military aid to Ukraine worth hundreds of millions of dollars

The Pentagon has revealed what kinds of weapons and how many Kyiv will receive from Washington as part of a new military aid package. This includes: another batch of Mi-17 helicopters, three hundred attack drones, 200 armored personnel carriers, as well as howitzers, radars for direct guidance, and mobile radar stations.

It should be noted that some of the weapons are being provided to Kiev for the first time, which means the Ukrainian military will still need to be trained to use them. The Americans are not planning to do this in Ukraine. They are going to send representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine abroad.

The new package is estimated at $800 million. Under Joe Biden's administration, Washington has already allocated more than three billion to help the Kiev authorities. At the same time, the forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's republic and our military have found that weapons that the West pumps into Ukraine, as well as ammunition and training manuals, have been abandoned in the liberated settlements.

More than 1.000 Ukrainian soldiers laid down their arms yesterday

The number of people who have surrendered to our military and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's militia is growing by the day.

The Kiev forces often abandon their own people when they start to flee from their posts, as was the case with fighters in Mariupol, who were stationed in Mariupol at the Ilyich plant. Yesterday, more than 1.000 Ukrainian soldiers laid down their arms in the largest group that has raised the white flag since the start of the special operation in Donbas.

A serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said: "During the retreat, I was wounded, I was abandoned by my own people, left to bleed out, after 30 minutes I saw the servicemen of the DPR. They gave me a cigarette, ... they took me to a car that took me to the hospital, I was very surprised that this was all being done, since I am an enemy for them. They're providing everything possible, medicines, all the essentials, the doctors are doing their job. ... It's a sin to complain and there's nothing to complain about, so why criticize them."

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation showed the work of anti-tank missile systems

The self-propelled "Shturm-S" and portable "Fagot" are not only used to combat enemy armored vehicles, they are also capable of hitting low-flying air targets. Our military department said that during this attack enemy tanks, long-term firing points and other engineering structures were destroyed.

Distinguished Russian fighters receive awards, right on the front line

The Russian military has acted decisively and courageously in the fight against the neo-Nazis. The fighters received the Order of Courage, the Zhukov, and "For Courage" medals. The state awards were presented by the commander of the troops of the Central Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Lapin.

Russian manufacturers manage to make sanctions work in their favor

The so-called collective West is trying to strangle the Russian economy with sanctions. But Russian entrepreneurs are seeing this as a chance to develop their own business. They're setting new tasks, looking for and finding partners, expanding. Import substitution is gaining momentum in a variety of industries, from catering to beauty and designer clothes.

Orphans from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics will be welcomed in Moscow

Next week, children who have been left without parents will be brought to foster families in the Moscow region.

Maria Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children's Rights, "A process was developed for transferring children from the LNR and DNR under temporary guardianship to families. ... What is important to me, is that these families will be selected for specific children, we will not select children for families."

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