The Associated Press today has a piece about Ukraine’s success in reclaiming wide areas of the south and east in a long-awaited retaliatory strike that has dealt a heavy blow to Russia.
The counter-offensive began in late August and first focused on the area south of Kherson, which had been swept away by Russian forces in the early days of the offensive, it reports.
But, as soon as Moscow redirected attention and troops, Ukraine launched another highly effective offensive in the north-east of Kharkiv.
Faced with the prospect of being surrounded by a large group of its forces, Moscow ordered an army withdrawal from Kharkiv, in a dramatic change in the game situation that posed the greatest challenge to the Kremlin, as it had opened fire on 24 February. The attack had started.
Mykola Sunhurovsky, a military expert at the Razumkov Center, a Kyiv-based think tank, said: “The Ukrainian army has taken advantage of the transfer of the bulk of the Russian army to the south and is trying to direct the course of the war. , excellent and great in maneuvering Showing simplicity.”
He said Ukraine’s quick advance is “important both to gain initiative and to bolster the spirit of the troops”.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the military in a video address late Saturday, saying it has reclaimed more than 770 square miles (2,000 sq km) of territory so far this month.
He taunted Moscow upon his return, saying that the Russian military was “doing its best – showing its back” and that “they made a good choice to run”.
Both sides suffered heavy losses in Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II.
Since the counter-offensive began, Ukraine said, its forces have recaptured more than 30 settlements in the Kharkiv region.
Britain has rejected Vladimir Putin’s claim that only a fraction of the grain exported from Ukraine is going to poor countries under an international deal.
Putin said on Wednesday, without citing any sources, that only two of the 87 ships carrying 60,000 tons of products went to poor countries. A deal to allow grain exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports brokered by the United Nations and Turkey took effect last month.
Citing UN data, the British Defense Ministry said about 30% of the grain exported under the deal has been supplied to low- and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Reuters reported.
The ministry said in its daily intelligence bulletin on Twitter that Russia is pursuing a deliberate misinformation strategy as it seeks to deflect blame for food insecurity issues, malign Ukraine and reduce opposition to its invasion. .
The UK government has said that the Ukrainian military has continued to make significant advances in the Kharkiv region over the past 24 hours.
The British Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence bulletin on Twitter that Russia may have withdrawn units from the area, but fighting continues around the cities of Kupiyansk and Izium.
In addition to the latest news at the Zaporizhzhia plant, here are the main developments:
Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the country’s northeast has dealt an extraordinary defeat to Moscowprompting the Russian army to pull back thousands of soldiers after a series of defeats on the battlefield.
Ukraine appears to have gained control of the two major cities of Kupiansk and Izium. After a major counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region in recent days, Russia misrepresented the Russian military with a much-publicized Ukrainian southern offensive to distract from the real one being prepared in Kharkiv.
Photos published by Ukrainian security forces show soldiers raising the national flag in KupiyanskyAn important logistics hub for Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, with rail lines connecting Russia to eastern Ukraine. Convergence and which, over the past months, have supplied Russian forces in north-eastern Ukraine.
Russian Defense Ministry confirms withdrawal of its troops from IziumThe major base for Moscow’s forces in Kharkiv, they claimed, was being “regrouped” to advance efforts at Donetsk. The retreat of Izium is Ukraine’s most significant success in repelling the Russians since the start of the invasion.
The Ukrainian flag is also hoisted in the city of Balaklias.According to Kharkiv regional governor.
Britain’s Defense Ministry said the retaliation could “surprise” the Russian military, Ukraine’s special forces said the much-publicized Ukrainian southern offensive was a propaganda campaign to distract Russia from the actual operation being planned in the Kharkiv region. ,[Russia] Thought it would be south and moved its equipment. Then, instead of the south, the offensive took place where they least expected it, and this made them panic and fled,” said Taras Berezovets, a former national security adviser, press officer for the Bohun brigade of Ukraine’s special forces.
In a video address on Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Ukrainian military had liberated about 2,000 sq km (700 square miles) of territory since the counter-offensive against Russia began earlier this month, saying: “The Russian military is performing to the best of its ability these days – to show its back.”
Residents of Russian-controlled parts of Kharkiv region have been advised to evacuate According to the official news agency Tass for Russia.
Russian shelling kills one woman and injures at least 20 civilians in Kharkiv districtAccording to the regional governor.
A resident of Izium, who preferred to remain anonymous, confirmed to the Guardian that Ukrainian troops had entered the city., Before that, “the Russian occupying forces were rapidly retreating, leaving behind ammunition and equipment.”
The United Nations said it has documented “torture and abuse” of POWs held by Russian forces in Ukraine, It also said it had confirmed at least 5,767 civilian deaths, although it also said the actual number “is likely to be significantly higher”.
Ukraine’s military says more than 350 Russian soldiers have been killedBringing the total number since the start of the invasion to 52,250.
The army also said that Russia is also sending 1,300 Chechen fighters to the southern Kherson region., it comes as western wisdom It turns out that the Russian army in Kherson Ukraine is coming under constant pressure from attacks.
Despite the gains made by Ukraine’s armed forces, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the war was entering a critical period. And he urged Western supporters of Ukraine to continue their support during a difficult winter.
The UN’s nuclear watchdog chief said on Friday that recent shelling made “the situation more precarious” as reliable supplies were unlikely to be restored.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi said vital offsite power supplies to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant were destroyed by the shelling and there was little chance that a reliable supply would be re-established.
He said the shelling destroyed the switchyard of a nearby thermal power plant. The plant has supplied electricity to the nuclear facility whenever its normal supply lines were cut over the past three weeks.
The sixth reactor had been operating in “island mode” for the past three days, she said, only meeting its needs after power lines were snapped by Russian shelling.
The restoration of one of these lines on Saturday enabled the operator to make the decision to place the site in the “safest position – cold shutdown”.
If the lines continue to be damaged, the plant will rely on backup diesel generators, “the duration of which is limited by the technical resource and amount of diesel fuel available”, Energoatom said.
In a statement posted on Telegram, Energoatom said that the sixth and last working reactor was disconnected from the national grid at 3.41 pm and “preparations are underway to cool it down and move it to a cold state”.
Operations at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine have come to a complete halt, Energoatm, the state agency in charge of the plant, said on Sunday.
The agency said the restoration of power at the plant had allowed it to operate safely and power its sixth and last working reactor.
Kyiv on Wednesday called on residents of Russian-occupied territories around Europe’s largest plant to evacuate for their own safety. Russia and Ukraine accused each other of shelling a nuclear plant, risking a nuclear disaster.