Day 198 of the invasion of Ukraine: Kyiv has liberated more than 1,000 square kilometers of territory since September 1 – Novinite.com
Here are the highlights of the events related to the war in Ukraine in the last 24 hours:
Zelensky: “Since September 1, we have liberated more than 1,000 square kilometers with dozens of villages and towns”
The Ukrainian army has recaptured dozens of villages and towns from Russian forces, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in his late-night speech.
According to the Russian side, Ukrainian information about a counter-offensive is false and is just a way to get more weapons from the West.
The Ukrainian army reported new successes of the counter-offensive against Russian forces along the southern Bug River and in the Kharkiv region. In some areas, Ukrainian forces have advanced several tens of kilometers, more than 20 villages and towns have been liberated.
President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a video on social media in which the Ukrainian army claims to have regained control of the city of Balaklia in the Kharkov region.
“The flag of Ukraine flies over a free Ukrainian city under a free Ukrainian sky“, said Zelensky, who in his evening speech said:
“As part of defense operations, our heroes have already liberated dozens of settlements. In total, since September 1, more than 1,000 square kilometers of our territory have been liberated, all state activities are aimed at the needs of the front and the protection of our people.”
However, Russian-appointed authorities in the part of the Kharkiv region it captured claim that Balaklia remain under their control. Russian authorities in the Kherson region claim that the Ukrainian soldiers involved in the attempted offensive have been captured and that the Ukrainian side has suffered heavy losses from the start, with 3,000 soldiers already dead. According to the Russian side, only a few outlying villages were captured.
There can be no talk of a breakthrough by Ukrainian forces or a counter-offensive, said Russian permanent representative to the UN Security Council, Vasyl Nebenzya. According to these claims, they are “Utopia and suicide“and propaganda”in order to beg for new weapons from the WestMoreover, sharing offensive plans with the entire global public goes against the principles of military strategy, Nebenzya noted.
Ukraine is at a “watershed” moment, commented US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Kyiv. He announced billions of dollars in loans and grants from the WE government to buy WE arms. An additional $1 billion and $200 million under the same program Washington is providing to 18 countries threatened by Russian aggression. Bulgaria is one of them.
A Ukrainian flag is already flying Balaklia
A series of photos and videos have appeared on Telegram channels, which show that the Ukrainian armed forces managed to completely capture Balaklia in the Kharkov region.
The yellow-blue flag is already flying over the city. The flag is also hoisted above the city council.
The city of Kharkiv region was surrounded on three sides by the forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and units of the Russian Guards were based there.
In the city, Ukrainian forces managed to capture fighters of the Russian special rapid reaction force. Among those who surrendered was Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Sichevoi, leader of the “Zapad” (West) group.
Yesterday, Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov, Deputy Head of the Main Operational Department of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraineannounced that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had already liberated more than 20 settlements in the Kharkiv region.
“Currently, military units have penetrated enemy defenses to a depth of 50 km. Screening activities continue in a number of colonies. During active operations in Kharkiv, more than 20 settlements were liberated“, said Gromov.
A mine hit a Romanian ship, no one was injured in the explosion
A Romanian navy trawler struck a drifting mine in the Black Sea while trying to defuse it in bad weather on Thursday, but the 75-man crew were unharmed by the blast, the ministry said. Defense in Bucharest.
Mines began to appear in the Black Sea after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and Romanian, Bulgarian and Turkish military teams disarmed those floating in their waters.
The ministry said the ship had been alerted to a mine drifting about 25 nautical miles northeast of the Romanian port of Constanta on the Black Sea, but had been unable to defuse it before defusing it. be hit by strong winds and waves.
“There were no casualties or injuries from the explosion, the 75 servicemen on board were not in danger, the ship’s buoyancy was not affected and there was no damage. adults on board“, the ministry said in a statement.
The Black Sea is of crucial importance for the transport of grain, oil and petroleum products. Since the start of the war, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine destroyed 28 mines in the western part of the Black Sea, the ministry said.
An Eastern separatist leader Ukraine rejected one of Russiaarguments to invade the country
A high-ranking military commander of the eastern separatists Ukraine openly rejected one of Russia‘s arguments for invading the country, reported DPA.
“Ukraine prepare a defensive war“, wrote Oleksandr Khodakovsky in Telegram, citing documents found by his fighters in captured Ukrainian positions. He added that he had found no evidence that Kyiv had planned an aggression.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, one of his arguments being that he wanted to prevent an attack on parts of Donetsk and the neighboring Lugansk region controlled by separatists he supports. At the same time, Moscow set itself the goal of the “total liberation” of the “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” (DPR and LPR) proclaimed by the rebels (i.e. the complete takeover of the two regions of eastern Ukraine).
Alexander Khodakovski is the founder of the “Vostok” Brigade (East), which is part of the “People’s Militia” of the DPR. Its combat unit took part in the capture of the strategic Ukrainian port on the Sea of Azov, Mariupol, in May. Now the “Vostok” brigade is attacking Ugledar – a city controlled by Kyiv forty kilometers southwest of Donetsk, DPA notes.
Before joining the ranks of the separatists in the Donetsk region, Khodakovsky headed the regional anti-terrorist division of the Ukrainian Security Service until 2014. He was implicated in attempts by the then pro-Russian government in Kyiv to suppress pro-Western protests in the Ukrainian capital in the winter of 2013-2014.
According to WEhundreds of thousands of Ukrainians were forced to surrender Russiawhat Moscow denies
The United States said it had evidence that “hundreds of thousands“Ukrainian citizens were interrogated, detained and forcibly deported to Russia in a “horror seriesoverseen by Russian presidential officials, the Associated Press reported.
Russia immediately dismissed the complaint as “fancy“, calling it the latest invention of a Western disinformation campaign.
The accusation was made during a Security Council meeting convened by the United States and Albania to discuss Russian “filter operations“.
These are Ukrainians who voluntarily fled the war in their homeland and those who were forcibly displaced to Russiawhich go through a series of “filtration“times when their treatment is supposed to range from interrogation, data collection and search until they are separated from others, tortured, sent to a detention center to Russia, and some never seen again. In July, the Associated Press reported that nearly 2 million Ukrainian refugees had been sent Russiamany by forced transfer.
WE Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said estimates from various sources, including the Russian government, indicate that Russian authorities interrogated, detained and forcibly deported between 900,000 and 1.6 million Ukrainians. She said they were sent to Russiaoften in isolated areas of its far eastern regions.
The WE spokesperson said approximately thousands of children had been screened, with “some of them separated from their families and entrusted to orphanages before being given up for adoption in Russia“. According to WEin July alone, “more than 1,800 children were transferred from areas under Russian control Ukraine at Russia,” she says.
RussiaMorocco’s ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, accused the West of trying to smear his country.
He said that more than 3.7 million Ukrainians, including 600,000 children, had gone to Russia or breakaway regions controlled by Russia in the east Ukrainebut they were”not be held in prisons“.
According to Nebenzya, these Ukrainians went through a “registration procedure, no filtering“, that is, the procedure for them is similar to that of Ukrainian refugees in Poland and other countries of the European Union.
In response to his words, Thomas-Greenfield called on the UN to gain access to Ukrainians living in Russian-controlled areas and reiterated that the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Human Rights Monitoring Mission of United Nations in Ukraine “must have unimpeded access to all persons detained in connection with the ongoing war“.
Ilze Brands Kehris, UN Under-Secretary-General for Human Rights, called Russia to give its Geneva-based office access to all places of detention. She added that any adoption of Ukrainian children in Russia would violate the Geneva Convention, which prohibits changing a child’s personal status, including nationality.
The UN human rights agency has also documented that men and women suspected of having ties to the Ukrainian military or government, or of holding pro-Ukrainian or anti-Russian views “,have been subjected to arbitrary detention, torture, ill-treatment” and were transferred to penal colonies, Kehris also said.
Energy ministers from EU countries meet in extraordinary meeting on energy security
Energy ministers from EU member states are meeting today in an extraordinary meeting organized by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and dedicated to energy security.
At the meeting, it is planned to discuss measures against high energy prices and present an assessment of the state of readiness of the Union for the coming winter.
At the center of the discussions should be proposals to cap the price of Russian gas, as well as ideas to decouple the price of electricity from that of gas and to seize the excess profits of energy companies and to compensate households and businesses with their.
Bulgarian Acting Energy Minister Rosen Hristov will also attend the meeting.
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