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) – Ukrainian forces pushed deeper into territory seized from fleeing Russian troops on Monday as cheery residents returned to former frontline villages and Moscow grappled with the aftermath of the collapse of its occupying force in northeastern Ukraine. 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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* The Ukrainian General Staff said its forces had recaptured more than 20 towns and villages in the past day.

* At least 1,000 people have been killed in the past six months in fighting in the town of Izium, but the real figure is likely much higher, an official said, two days after Kyiv forces retook the main supply center.

* 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. Read more (https://bit.ly/3xfp2lf)

* The Kremlin has said it sees no prospect of peace talks and that what it calls the special military operation in Ukraine will achieve its goals.

* 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

* Russian state television commentators were forced out of the script due to the rapid advance of Ukrainian forces in the Kharkiv region and the rapid withdrawal from Moscow. Read more

* Facing one of its worst defeats in nearly seven months of war, the Kremlin insisted it would achieve its military goals and President Vladimir Putin maintained an air of business as usual as he presided a meeting on the economy. Read more

* 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.

* Ukraine and Russia are interested in the UN atomic watchdog’s proposal to create a protection zone around Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, watchdog chief Rafael Grossi said, describing it as a ceasefire. Read more

DIPLOMACY, TRADE

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

* The International Monetary Fund is looking for ways to provide emergency financing to countries facing war-induced food price shocks, sources told Reuters. Read more

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Compiled by Lincoln Feast and Shri Navaratnam; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Frank Jack Daniel

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