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    Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Kyiv recaptures 500 sq km of territory in south

    Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Kyiv recaptures 500 sq km of territory in south

    Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Kyiv recaptures 500 sq km of territory in south
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    Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Ukraine accused Russian forces of attacking civilian infrastructure in response to a rapid weekend offensive by Ukrainian troops that drove Russia to abandon its main bastion in the Kharkiv region. Ukrainian officials said the targets of the retaliatory attacks included water facilities and a thermal power station in Kharkiv, and that they caused widespread blackouts.

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    White House: Ukrainians fighting hard to take back territory

    The White House on Monday vowed to keep up support for Ukraine as the Ukrainian military takes back territory that had been seized by Russia. "We'll leave it to Ukraine to describe their operations but it is clear they are fighting hard to take back territory," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters as President Joe Biden flew to Boston. "We will continue to support Ukraine as they continue to defend their democracy against Russian aggression," she said.

    UN says at least 5,827 killed in Ukraine since start of war

    The United Nations has confirmed 5,827 civilian deaths and 8,421 injuries in Ukraine since Russia invaded its ex-Soviet neighbor on February 24. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the death toll in Ukraine is likely higher, because the armed conflict can delay fatality reports. (CNBC)

    We do not currently see any negotiation prospects, Kremlin says on ending war in Ukraine

    The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not see an opportunity for Ukraine and Russia to negotiate an end to the war. “We do not currently see any negotiation prospects and continue to state the absence of any prerequisites for such negotiations,” Peskov said during a press briefing, according to an NBC News translation. (CNBC)

    Mexico to present U.N. with peace proposal for Russia-Ukraine war
     
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday his government will present a proposal to the United Nations aimed at resolving Russia's war against Ukraine.

    Pro-Kremlin candidates win all 14 Russian governorships

    Pro-Kremlin candidates won all of the 14 regional governorships that were chosen in the first elections in Russia since it sent troops into Ukraine, according to preliminary results Monday. Most of the winners ran as members of United Russia, the country's dominant political party that is closely tied to President Vladimir Putin. Two ran as self-nominated but support United Russia.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked by reporters Monday, if the results constitute a show of support for Russia's military operation in Ukraine, said "Absolutely." "This shows a high level of support for both the current head and the decisions he makes,” Peskov said.

    Russian state media grapples with Kharkiv defeats

    Commentators on Russian state television have been forced to go off script by Ukrainian forces' swift advance in the country's Kharkiv region and Moscow's rapid retreat. Since the beginning of what Russia calls its “special military operation”, belligerent guests on state television talk shows typically have tried to outdo each other in backing President Vladimir Putin and denouncing Ukraine and its allies.

    But in the wake of Kyiv’s lightning counteroffensive, the mood was more subdued and the narrative turned to how allegedly Ukrainian forces overwhelmingly outnumbered the Russians in the northeast. The Rossiya-24 news channel on Monday interviewed Vitaly Ganchev, a Russian-appointed official in the Kharkiv region, who said that Russian troops in the province had been outnumbered “eight times over.” He also said, without providing evidence, that Ukrainian forces had been bolstered by “Western mercenaries”.

    Wary of Russia, Germany in talks to buy Arrow 3 missile defence from Israel

    Germany is in talks to buy the Arrow 3 missile defence system from Israel as part of Berlin's efforts to strengthen its armed forces after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on a visit to the German capital on Monday. Germany has ramped up its military spending after Russia sent troops into Ukraine in February, while shipping aid and heavy weapons to Kyiv as part of an international response.

    "Israel ... will play a part in building Germany's new defence force, mainly in the field of air defence," Lapid told reporters, speaking alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. "... it has to do with our total commitment to the safety of Germany, to the safety of Europe, to the ability of liberal democracies to defend themselves," he added.

    Russia shrugs off retreat in northeast Ukraine as Putin focuses on economy

    Faced with one of its worst defeats in nearly seven months of war in Ukraine, the Kremlin insisted on Monday it would achieve its military goals and President Vladimir Putin maintained an air of business as usual as he chaired a meeting on the economy.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to answer directly, when asked by a reporter if Putin still had confidence in his military leadership after Ukraine's lightning counteroffensive in the northeast of the country. Instead he repeated a familiar mantra. "The special military operation continues. And it will continue until the goals that were originally set are achieved."

    Germany: No option but to permit Russian uranium shipment

    The German government said Monday that it can't stop a shipment of Russian uranium destined for French nuclear plants from being processed at a site in Germany because atomic fuel isn't covered by European Union sanctions on Russia. Environmentalists have called on Germany and the Netherlands to block the shipment of uranium aboard the Russian ship Mikhail Dudin in the English Channel from being transported to a processing plant in Lingen, close to the German-Dutch border.

    Ukraine and Russia interested in Zaporizhzhia protection zone -IAEA chief

    Ukraine and Russia are interested in U.N. atomic watchdog proposal that a protection zone be created around the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, its chief Rafael Grossi said on Monday. Both countries are engaging with the International Atomic Energy Agency and asking many questions about on the idea, which is aimed at preventing military activities like shelling that has damaged the plant's power lines and jeopardised its security, Grossi told a news conference.

    Joy in northeast Ukraine as residents return following Russian rout

    Ukrainian forces swept deeper into territory seized from fleeing Russian troops on Monday, as joyful residents returned to former frontline villages and Moscow grappled with the consequences of the collapse of its occupation force in northeastern Ukraine.

    Ukraine's general staff said early on Monday that its soldiers had recaptured more than 20 towns and villages in just the past day, after Russia acknowledged it was abandoning Izium, its main stronghold in northeastern Ukraine.

    “People are crying, people are joyful, of course. How could they not be joyful!” said retired English teacher Zoya, 76, north of Kharkiv in the village of Zolochiv 18 km from the Russian frontier, weeping as she described the months she had spent sheltering the cellar.

    Ukraine recaptures 500 sq km of territory in south - military

    Ukrainian forces have retaken about 500 square km of territory in the south of the country in the past two weeks as part of a counter-offensive against Russian troops, a spokesperson for Ukraine's southern military command said on Monday.

    "On various sections we have advanced by (between) four and several tens of kilometres. We have liberated areas totalling around 500 square km," Natalia Humeniuk told a news briefing via video link, naming five settlements in the Kherson region which she said had been recaptured by Ukraine. Reuters could not independently verify her comments.

    Ukraine keeps initiative, claims it reached Russian border

    Ukraine kept the counteroffensive momentum in its war against Russia going Monday, saying it liberated one village after another and claiming that in one region it pushed the invaders back right up to the border in a lightning military move that stunned many. "In some areas of the front, our defenders reached the state border with the Russian Federation,” said the regional governor of the northeastern Kharkiv region, Oleh Syniehubov. Russian troops crossed the border in the region on Feb. 24, the first day of the invasion. Russia acknowledged the military developments by saying it was regrouping. As throughout the war, military claims were hard to verify independently.

    Ukraine war: Russians 'outnumbered 8-1' in counter-attack, says report

    Ukrainian forces outnumbered Russians by eight to one in last week's counter-attack in the Kharkiv region, Russia's top occupation official there says, as per a BBC report. Vitaly Ganchev told Russian TV that Ukraine's army had taken villages in the north and broken through to the Russian border, it added.

    Russian-installed official says Ukrainian soldiers outnumbered Russians

    A Russian-installed official in Ukraine's Kharkiv region said on Monday that Ukrainian forces had outnumbered Russian and pro-Russian forces by eight times during a lightning counteroffensive over the weekend. Ukrainian forces overran the Russian supply hubs of Izium and Kupiansk over the weekend, Russia's worst military defeat since its forces were forced back from Kyiv shortly after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into Ukraine. Speaking to the state-owned Rossiya-24 television channel, Vitaly Ganchev said that Ukrainian forces had captured previously Russian-held settlements in the region's north, breaking through to the border with Russia, and that "about 5000" civilians had been evacuated to Russia. Ganchev said "the situation is becoming more difficult by the hour", adding that the border with Russia's Belgorod region was now closed. Reuters could not immediately verify battlefield reports.

    Russia intimidating opponents of Ukraine war: acting UN rights chief

    The acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday that Russia was intimidating opponents of the war in Ukraine. "In the Russian Federation, the intimidation, restrictive measures and sanctions against people voicing opposition to the war in Ukraine undermine the exercise of constitutionally guaranteed fundamental freedoms, including the rights to free assembly, expression and association," Nada Al- Nashif said in a speech at the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. She also said Moscow was violating the right to access information by pressuring journalists, blocking the internet and through other forms of censorship.

    European shares, euro jump on Ukrainian advances in northeast

    European shares jumped on Monday after Ukrainian forces made a rapid advance in Kharkiv province in Russia's worst setback since its Kyiv push was abandoned in March, while the euro extended on last week's European Central Bank inspired gains. On Saturday, Moscow abandoned its main bastion in northeastern Ukraine, in a sudden collapse of one of the war's principal front lines after Ukrainian forces made a rapid advance. The broad pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.7 percent in early trade, hitting its highest since the end of August. Germany's DAX rose 1.4 percent, France's CAC 40 and Britain's FTSE 100 both jumped 1 percent.

    Ukraine troops sweep ahead after Russian collapse in northeast

    Ukrainian forces swept further across territory seized from fleeing Russian troops on Monday, as Moscow grappled with the consequences of the collapse of its occupation force in northeastern Ukraine. Ukraine's general staff said early on Monday that its forces had recaptured more than 20 towns and villages in just the past day, after Russia acknowledged it was abandoning Izium, its main stronghold in northeastern Ukraine. "Taking them under full control and stabilization measures are being carried out," the general staff said of the newly re-captured settlements. 

    Russia intimidating opponents of Ukraine war, says acting UN rights chief

    The acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday said that Russia was intimidating opponents of the war in Ukraine. "In the Russian Federation, the intimidation, restrictive measures and sanctions against people voicing opposition to the war in Ukraine undermine the exercise of constitutionally guaranteed fundamental freedoms, including the rights to free assembly, expression and association," Nada Al-Nashif said in a speech at the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. She also said Moscow was violating the right to access information by pressuring journalists, blocking the internet and through other forms of censorship.

    Montenegro wrestles with massive cyberattack, Russia blamed

    At the government headquarters in NATO-member Montenegro, the computers are unplugged, the internet is switched off and the state's main websites are down. The blackout comes amid a massive cyberattack against the small Balkan state which officials say bears the hallmark of pro-Russian hackers and its security services. The coordinated attack that started around Aug. 20 crippled online government information platforms and put Montenegro's essential infrastructure, including banking, water and electricity power systems, at high risk. The attack, described by experts as unprecedented in its intensity and the longest in the tiny nation’s recent history, capped a string of cyberattacks since Russia invaded Ukraine in which hackers targeted Montenegro and other European nations, most of them NATO members.

    Ukraine keeps initiative, claims it reached Russian border

    Ukraine kept the counteroffensive momentum in its war against Russia going Monday, saying it liberated one village after another and claiming that in one region it pushed the invaders back right up to the border. “In some areas of the front, our defenders reached the state border with the Russian Federation,” said the regional governor of the northeastern Kharkiv region, Oleh Syniehubov. Russian troops crossed the border in the region on Feb. 24, the first day of the invasion. As throughout the war, such military claims were hard to verify independently.

    Russia hits Dnipropetrovsk power sites: governor

    Russian forces hit energy infrastructure in the central Ukrainian region of Dnipropetrovsk on Sunday, knocking out power supplies to several towns, the region's governor said. "Some towns and communities are without power. The Russians have hit energy infrastructure. They are unable to reconcile themselves to defeats on the battlefield," Valentyn Reznichenko wrote on Telegram. "We will manage. All services are in operation. We will restore everything as quickly as possible."

    Ukraine forces push further after fall of Russian stronghold

    Ukrainian forces kept pushing north in the Kharkiv region and advancing to its south and east, Ukraine's army chief said on Sunday, a day after their rapid gains made Russia abandon its main bastion in the area.

    Eastern Ukraine towns hit in overnight strikes

    Through the debris-strewn rooms of the bomb-blasted house, the incessant ringing of a phone punctuates the crunch of broken glass splintering underfoot as police lay out a body bag. But the call will never be answered. The phone’s owner crouches lifeless on the floor of his home, in a front room where the explosion from a missile — one of several to hit this eastern Ukrainian town — found him. The missiles that rained down on Pokrovsk Saturday night and into the early hours of Sunday were part of a barrage of attacks on towns in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region that left at least 10 people dead Saturday, according to Donetsk governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

    Russian nationalists rage after stunning setback in Ukraine

    Russian nationalists called angrily on Sunday for President Vladimir Putin to make immediate changes to ensure ultimate victory in the Ukraine war, a day after Moscow was forced to abandon its main bastion in northeastern Ukraine. The swift fall of Izium in Kharkiv province was Russia's worst military defeat since its troops were forced back from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in March.

    Power drops in northeast Ukraine region, governor says

    Power levels dropped in Ukraine's northeastern region of Sumy on Sunday and the region's governor urged residents to unplug electrical devices. "Electric tension has fallen in the network through the region," Dmytro Zhyvytsky wrote on the Telegram messaging app. "I recommend disconnecting electrical devices as much as possible."

    Ukraine hails snowballing offensive, blames Russia for blackouts

    Ukrainian forces kept pushing north in the Kharkiv region and advancing to its south and east, Ukraine's army chief said on Sunday, a day after their rapid surge forward drove Russia to abandon its main bastion in the area. Ukrainian officials accused retreating Russian forces of launching retaliatory attacks on civilian infrastructure, including a thermal power station in Kharkiv, that the authorities in Kyiv said caused widespread blackouts.

    Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor shuts down

    As the war entered its 200th day, Ukraine on Sunday shut down the last operating reactor at Europe's biggest nuclear power plant to guard against a catastrophe as fighting rages nearby. Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of shelling around the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia plant, risking a release of radiation. The International Atomic Energy Agency said a backup power line to the plant had been restored, providing the external electricity it needed to carry out the shutdown while defending against the risk of a meltdown. French President Emmanuel Macron told Putin in a phone call on Sunday that the plant's occupation by Russian troops is the reason why its security is compromised, the French presidency said. Putin blamed Ukrainian forces, according to a Kremlin statement.

    Kyiv accuses Moscow of attacking power grid in revenge for offensive

    Ukraine accused Russian forces of attacking civilian infrastructure in response to a rapid weekend offensive by Ukrainian troops that drove Russia to abandon its main bastion in the Kharkiv region. Ukrainian officials said the targets of the retaliatory attacks included water facilities and a thermal power station in Kharkiv, and that they caused widespread blackouts.

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