Kyiv announces new victories, Moscow wants to fight to the end

Kyïv announces new victories, Moscow wants to fight until the end

UPDATE DAY

KYIV | Ukraine showed new progress in its counter-offensive on Monday with the resumption of “more than twenty localities” in 24 hours, against Russia, which intends to fight “until its objectives are achieved”. 

“The liberation of localities from Russian invaders continues in the eastern regions of Kharkiv and Donetsk” (east), the Ukrainian army said.

Along the entire front line, her forces “succeeded in driving out the enemy from more than 20 localities” in 24 hours, she added, assuring that “the Russian troops are abandoning their positions hastily and flee”.

Sunday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had already announced that Izium (east) had been “liberated” as part of this counter-offensive that had been going on for several days.

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The loss of this strategic city could seriously counter Moscow's military ambitions in eastern Ukraine, according to military experts.

This breakthrough revives Kyiv's hopes of a decisive reversal of the situation after a long period when the front appeared frozen.

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But on Monday, Moscow, after acknowledging that it had lost ground, resumed an offensive tone to announce the bombardment of areas regained by Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, in the Kupyansk and Izium sectors .

And the Russian offensive launched last February will continue “until the objectives are achieved”, hammered the Kremlin.

There is currently “no prospect of negotiations” between Moscow and Kyiv, added Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“Act of desperation”

Ukraine claims to have taken back around 3,000 square kilometers of its territory, mostly in the Kharkiv region, since the beginning of September.

The Ukrainian army first announced a counter-offensive in the south, before making a lightning advance in the Kharkiv region over the past week.

In the south, in the region of Kherson, “the occupiers have also withdrawn from their positions in several localities,” the Ukrainian army also announced on Sunday.

Several regions in the east, north, south and center of the country also suffered extensive power cuts on Sunday evening, blamed by Kyiv on Russian strikes. Near Kharkiv, the number 5 thermal power station, the second in the country, was affected, according to the presidency.

Power was however quickly restored in part of the affected regions. In Kharkiv, “80%” of the electricity and water supply has been restored, deputy head of the presidency Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram on Monday morning.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko called the attacks “an act of desperation” by Russian forces in the face of their setbacks.

“Censorship”

In Geneva, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights raised its voice on Monday towards the Russian authorities, accused of “intimidation” and “censorship” of opponents of the war in Russia.

“Intimidation, restrictive measures and sanctions against people expressing their opposition to the war in Ukraine compromise the exercise of fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Russian Constitution”, declared the Acting High Commissioner, Nada Al- Nashif, during her opening speech at the 51st session of the Human Rights Council.

She particularly deplored “the pressure exerted on journalists, the blocking of resources available on the internet and the other forms of censorship”.

The war in Ukraine will be discussed several times during the Council session, which meets for a month.

The situation also remains worrying at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporijjia (south), where all the reactors are now shut down.

Kyïv announces new victories, Moscow wants to fight until the end

Kyïv announces new victories, Moscow wants to fight to the end

In a telephone interview on Sunday with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of the “catastrophic consequences” that “regular Ukrainian attacks” on this complex could have, “including the deposit of radioactive waste”.

Mr. Macron replied that “the Russian occupation” was “the cause of the risks” weighing on the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, and demanded that Russia withdraw all its weapons.

On the economic level , the repercussions of the conflict in Ukraine – inflation, lack of gas, etc. – should contribute to a “winter recession” in Germany, and a decline of 0.3% in the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expected in 2023 , according to a study by the IFO institute.

The UN also called on the European Union on Monday to avoid turning to fossil fuels in the face of the energy crisis created by the Russian invasion in Ukraine, deploring any “backtracking” contrary to climate interests.