Ukraine and Russia: what you need to know now

Firefighters work at the site of a thermal power plant damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, September 11, 2022. Ukrainian State Emergency/Handout via REUTERS

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September 12 (Reuters) – Ukraine has accused the Russian military of attacking civilian infrastructure in response to a swift offensive by Ukrainian troops at the weekend that forced Russia to abandon its main stronghold in the Kharkiv region . Read more

STRUGGLE

* Ukrainian forces have advanced north of Kharkiv to within 50 km (30 miles) of the border with Russia and are also pressing south and east in the same area, the Ukrainian commander-in-chief said , General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi.

* Zaluzhnyi said Ukraine had regained more than 3,000 km2 (1,160 square miles) this month.

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* On Monday, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russia had likely ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the entire occupied Kharkiv region west of the Oskil River. learn more (https://bit.ly/3xfp2lf)

* The Russian Defense Ministry has ordered troops to leave the area around the town of Izium, TASS said on Saturday. He also quoted the Russian-installed chief administrator of parts of the province under Russian control telling residents to evacuate to Russia.

* Russian nationalists have angrily called on President Vladimir Putin for immediate changes to ensure final victory in the Ukraine war, after Moscow was forced to abandon Izium. Read more

* Ukraine must protect the territory it recaptured from Russian forces against a possible counter-attack, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Sunday. Ukrainian troops were tired after their six-day offensive, but morale was high, he told the Financial Times.

* Reuters could not independently verify the battlefield reports.

NUCLEAR PLANT

* Operations at Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant have been completely halted as a safety measure, its public operator said. This decision followed the restoration of the emergency power line allowing the plant to be connected to the Ukrainian power grid. Read more

* The IAEA’s nuclear watchdog confirmed the restoration, allowing the plant to draw electricity from the grid to cool its reactors.

* The Russian and French presidents held talks on factory security, with Putin blaming Ukrainian forces, while Emmanuel Macron pointed the finger at Russian troops. Read more

* Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Ukrainian president, said the Russian attacks hit the CHPP-5 power plant in Kharkiv, one of the largest in the country.

DIPLOMACY, TRADE

* Russia was doing “everything” to break Ukrainian and European determination this winter, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a conference attended by the German Foreign Minister. “Ninety days which, more than any other year, will determine the existence of the European Union,” he said in remarks published Saturday evening on his website.

* Indonesian President Joko Widodo plans to join India and China in buying Russian oil to offset mounting pressure from rising energy costs, the Financial Times said on Monday. Read more

* The International Monetary Fund is looking at ways to provide emergency financing to countries facing war-induced food price shocks and will discuss the measures at a board meeting on Monday, Reuters told sources familiar with the matter. Read more

* Britain rejected Putin’s claim that only a tiny fraction of grain exported from Ukraine under an international deal went to poor countries, saying 30% went to low- and middle-income countries from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Read more

* France‘s transport minister said he would sign a pact with Romania to help increase Ukrainian grain exports to developing countries, including the Mediterranean. Read more

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Compiled by Lincoln Feast and Shri Navaratnam; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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