Russia attacks Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, Ukraine says
Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Russian occupiers in Ukraine are in a state of panic, while announcing that his soldiers have marched further east into territory recently abandoned by Russia.
“The occupiers are clearly in panic,” Zelensky said in his overnight speech last night, adding that Ukrainian troops will move forward with a sharper focus on “speed” in liberated areas.
The advance of Ukrainian troops could likely lead to a possible attack on Moscow’s troops deployed in the Donbas region, with Kiev receiving more Western weapons, including tanks from Washington.
“The speed at which our troops move. The speed at which normal life is restored,” the president said in wartime.
However, Ukrainian officials exhumed 146 bodies buried without coffins in Izium – the recaptured city of Kharkiv – in a makeshift forest cemetery. The satellite images of the vast forest showed the cemetery laid out in the forest.
Meanwhile, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has said the war in Ukraine will be the main issue at the UN General Assembly this week.
Putin’s forces have moved Black Sea fleet from Crimea to Krasnodar over security threat – British MoD
Russian forces have “almost certainly” moved their submarines from Crimea to Krasnodar in southern Russia amid a local security threat, the British Defense Ministry said today.
“The Russian Black Sea Fleet Command has almost certainly moved its KILO-class submarines from their home port of Sevastopol in Crimea to Novorossiysk in Krasnodar Krai, southern Russia,” the ministry said in its latest intelligence update.
“This is most likely due to the recent change in the local security threat level in light of increased Ukrainian long-range attacks. In the past two months, the fleet headquarters and the main naval airfield have been attacked,” it added.
The Defense Ministry noted that “guaranteeing the base of the Black Sea fleet in Crimea was likely one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reasons for annexing the peninsula in 2014”.
Basic security has now been directly undermined by Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine, it added.
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 10:14 am
PepsiCo ends Pepsi, 7UP production in Russia, months after promising stop over Ukraine
PepsiCo Inc has stopped making Pepsi, 7UP and Mountain Dew in Russia nearly six months after the US company said it would stop sales and production after Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine.
Pepsi’s announcement came after Reuters visited dozens of supermarkets, retailers and gyms in Moscow and beyond and found cans and bottles of Pepsi imprinted with July and August production dates from factories in Russia. The most recent date on a Pepsi product was August 17.
In a statement to Reuters, the US company said it had stopped making concentrates for PepsiCola, Mirinda, 7Up and Mountain Dew in Russia.
A spokesperson said this was “in line with the announcement we made in March 2022,” but declined to comment when asked for an update on the sales and whether they had been discontinued.
Continuation of production means sodas are still widely available in Moscow and also in Vladivostok in the Far East and Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, according to a Reuters review.
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 09:51
Making Ukraine a member of NATO is the ‘only security guarantee’
Joining Ukraine in NATO is the “only ultimate security guarantee” for the country, a former alliance commander said when he called on Liz Truss to link her words of support with action.
Retired General Sir Richard Shirreff, NATO’s former deputy commander in chief in Europe, said he welcomed the prime minister’s support for Ukraine but called for “significant defense spending”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Now is the time for NATO to take risks, to step up the support Ukraine needs.”
He added: “But since NATO takes risks, it has to manage that risk and the way NATO manages that risk is to be prepared for the worst case, and the worst case is war with Russia.”
Truss pledges to spend at least £2.3 billion in military aid next year to help Ukraine fend off Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
Sir Richard said: “I note that the Prime Minister, as Foreign Secretary, said in her Mansion House speech that 2% of GDP on defense was the floor and not the ceiling. She has called for 3% of GDP and I would like her to compare that to action.”
He added: “There has to be a good strategy for Ukraine and I think we need to look again very carefully at the whole issue of NATO membership for Ukraine, because that is the only ultimate security guarantee for Ukraine. But that also means a change of mentality at NATO.”
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 09:33
British Truss pledges support to Ukraine on first international trip
British Prime Minister Liz Truss will pledge at a UN summit to meet or exceed the £2.3 billion ($2.6 billion) in military aid spent on Ukraine in 2022 in the coming year, doubling her share. support to Kiev after the Russian invasion.
On her first international visit as prime minister, Truss will call on other leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York to end Russia’s energy stranglehold on Europe, saying it has allowed too many lives to be “manipulated”.
“My message to the people of Ukraine is this: the UK will be right behind you every step of the way. Your safety is our safety,” she said in a statement ahead of her summit speech, which begins Thursday.
“Too many lives in Ukraine, in Europe and around the world are being manipulated by a reliance on Russian energy,” she added. “We need to work together to end this once and for all.”
Britain said it was the second largest military donor to Ukraine, with a £2.3 billion commitment by 2022, and aid next year will be determined by the needs of the Ukrainian military, although it is expected to equipment such as missile artillery systems.
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 09:13
Seven dead in Ukrainian attack on Luhansk region – more details
Seven civilians, including three children, were killed in a Ukrainian attack on a Russian-controlled village in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on Monday night, Russian-installed officials said Tuesday.
The strike hit Krasnorichenske, in a part of the Luhansk region where Russian troops are being held, the Luhansk representative at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) said Tuesday.
Artillery shelling by the Ukrainian armed forces on the village of Krasnorichenske killed seven civilians, including three children (twins, a girl and a boy born in 2021 and a girl born in 2015,” the representative said in a statement.
Reuters could not verify the battlefield reports.
The JCCC was established as part of the failed Minsk agreement — a Russia-Ukraine deal designed to mediate and de-escalate the conflict between Russia-backed separatists and Ukraine that began after Russia ceded Crimea in 2014. annexed.
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 08:47
Medvedev says Moscow-backed separatists must hold referendums to join Russia
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday it is “essential” that Russia-backed separatists hold referendums in Ukraine to join their regions with Russia.
In a social media post, Medvedev said officially joining the Moscow-backed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics was a critical step in protecting their interests and could further justify Russia’s use of military force to protect them.
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 08:29
Seven killed in Ukrainian attack on Luhansk . region
A Ukrainian attack on a village in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region killed seven people on Tuesday, the TASS news agency reported, citing Russian-installed authorities in the region.
The agency said the strike hit the village of Krasnorichenske in part of the Luhansk region controlled by Russian troops.
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 08:13
Ukraine uses captured Russian tanks to reinforce its lines
Ukraine is now deploying captured Russian tanks to bolster its gains in the northeast amid an ongoing counteroffensive, a Washington-based think tank said Tuesday, as Kiev pledged to move further into Moscow-occupied territories. The Institute for the Study of War, citing a Russian claim, said Ukraine had used leftover Russian T-72 tanks while trying to penetrate the Russian-occupied Luhansk region.
“The initial panic of the counter-offensive prompted Russian forces to leave higher quality equipment in working order, rather than the more damaged equipment left by Russian troops withdrawing from Kiev in April, which once again seriousness of the Russian defeat,” the institute said. .
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 07:55
ICYMI- Russia says claims it committed war crimes in Izyum are a ‘lie’
Russia has dismissed allegations that its troops committed war crimes in the Ukrainian city of Izyum as a “lie”.
It was the Kremlin’s first public statement about the allegations.
About 450 bodies — most of whom Ukraine says are civilians — were found in mass graves near Izyum after Russian troops were driven out of the Kharkiv region this month, much of which they had held since the first weeks of their military campaign. in Ukraine.
Our international editor David Harding has more:
Russia says claims it committed war crimes in Izyum are a ‘lie’
Ukrainian leaders accuse Moscow of ‘genocide’
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 07:40
Hungary: EU should not consider new sanctions against Russia
Hungary’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that the European Union should not consider new sanctions against Russia, as doing so would only deepen the energy supply crisis and harm Europe.
“The EU must … stop naming an 8th package of sanctions, must stop flagging measures that would only deepen the energy supply crisis further,” said Peter Szijjarto in his statement.
Maryam Zakir-HussainSeptember 20, 2022 07:22