The New Arab's live coverage of the latest from the Russian invasion of Ukraine concludes for today.
Here are the key developments from Thursday and early on Friday.
Sinking of Moskva warship 'big blow' to Russia
The sinking of the warship Moskva on Thursday after it was engulfed in an inferno was a "big blow" to Russia's naval strength in the Black Sea, the Pentagon said.
Ukraine says Moskva was hit in a rocket attack while Russia's defence ministry said a "fire broke out after ammunition exploded", adding that the damage this caused meant the ship sank "given the choppy seas" when it was being towed away.
Explosions heard in Kyiv
Explosions were heard early on Friday in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, in addition to the southern city of Kherson, the eastern city of Kharkiv and the western city of Ivano-Frankivsk, according to local media.
The explosions in Kyiv appeared to be among the most significant in Ukraine's capital region since Russian troops pulled back from the area earlier this month in preparation for battles in the south and east.
Canada sending up to 150 troops to Poland to help refugees
Canada is sending up to 150 troops on a humanitarian mission to Poland to support its massive influx of Ukrainians who fled Russia's brutal invasion of their country, Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand announced.
Only 100 of the total number of troops assigned to the mission will be deployed immediately, Anand told a news conference at Trenton Air Force Base in Ontario, adding that they will "assist Poland's efforts to support and care for Ukrainians fleeing violence."
Ukraine parliament backs 'genocide' resolution
Ukraine's parliament backed a resolution acknowledging the Russian military's actions in the country as "genocide".
"The actions committed by the armed forces of Russia are not just a crime of aggression, but pursue the goal of the systematic and consistent destruction of the Ukrainian people, their identity and the deprivation of their right to self-determination and independent development," the text approved by a majority of 363 lawmakers said.
It comes after US President Joe Biden previously labelled Moscow's military aggression of Ukraine as "genocide". He went on to call President Vladimir Putin a "war criminal", accusing him of "trying to wipe out the idea of even being Ukrainian".
Ukrainian authorities said that 30 prisoners of war were being returned to the country as part of the most recent exchange of captives with Russia, which was ordered by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"Five officers and 17 servicemen were exchanged. Also eight civilians, including one woman, were released. In total, 30 of our citizens are going home today," Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a statement on social media.
Russia officials accuse Ukraine of conducting strikes in Russia
Russian officials accused Ukraine of carrying out at least six airstrikes in a town in Russia's southern Bryansk region, situated 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the border, injuring seven people, including a toddler.
Ukraine's national security and defence council on social media alleged Russia that had staged "terror attacks" on its own soil to stir up resentment against Ukrainians.
Russia's accusation followed its threat on Wednesday to strike command centres in Kyiv if Ukraine's military launched attacks on Russian territory.
UK Government sanctions Chelsea Football Club director Tenenbaum
Chelsea Football Club's director Eugene Tenenbaum has been sanctioned by the British government in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Tenenbaum will be subject to an asset freeze as well as transport sanctions meaning that any ship or aircraft owned, chartered, controlled or operated by him could be detained should it enter the UK.
Ukraine football team to resume World Cup play-off in June
Ukraine's bid to qualify for the Word Cup will resume on 1 June against Scotland after its playoff semi-final in Glasgow was postponed in March due to Russia’s invasion of the country.
The playoff winner will go into a group at the World Cup in November with England, the United States and Iran.
(The New Arab, Reuters, agencies)