Ukraine-Russia war live updates: Putin’s troops ‘clearly in panic’ as Kyiv grabs more territory abandoned by Russians

Russia strikes Pivdennukrainsk nuclear power plant, says Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky has said Russian occupiers in Ukraine are in panic mode as he announced that his soldiers have marched further east into territory recently left by Russia.

“The occupiers are clearly in a panic,” Mr Zelensky said in his nightly address last night and added that Ukrainian forces will move forward with sharpened focus on “speed” in liberated areas.

Advancing of Ukraine troops could likely result in potential assault on Moscow’s forces deployed in Donbas region with Kyiv set to receive more western arms, including tanks from Washington.

“The speed at which our troops are moving. The speed in restoring normal life,” the wartime president said.

However, Ukrainian officials have dug out 146 bodies buried without coffins in Izium — the recaptured town of Kharkiv — in a makeshift cemetery in woods. The satellite images of the vast forest showed the cemetery made in the woods.

Meanwhile, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has said that the war in Ukraine will be the most important issue at UN General Assembly this week.


On first international trip, Britain’s Truss pledges Ukraine support

British Prime Minister Liz Truss will pledge at a UN summit to meet or exceed the 2.3 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) of military aid spent on Ukraine in 2022 in the next year, doubling down on her support for Kyiv after Russia’s invasion.

Truss, on her first international visit as prime minister, will call on other leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York to help 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 continue to be right behind you every step of the way. Your security is our security,” she said in a statement before her speech to the summit, which begins on Thursday.

“Too many lives in Ukraine, in Europe and around the world are being manipulated by a dependence 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, committing 2.3 billion pounds in 2022, and that support next year would be determined by the Ukrainian army’s needs, although it is expected to include equipment such as rocket artillery systems.


Seven killed in Ukrainian strike on Luhansk region- more details

A Ukrainian strike on a Russian-controlled village in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine killed seven civilians, including three children, on Monday night, Russian-installed officials said on Tuesday.

The strike hit Krasnorichenske, in part of Luhansk region held Russian forces, Luhansk’s representative to the Joint Center of Control and Coordination (JCCC) said on Tuesday.

As a result of artillery shelling by Ukraine’s armed forces on the village of Krasnorichenske, seven civilians were killed, 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 was unable to verify battlefield reports.

The JCCC was set up as part of the failed Minsk Agreement – a deal between Russia and Ukraine designed to mediate and deescalate the conflict between Russian-backed separatists and Ukraine that started after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.


Medvedev says Moscow-backed separatists must hold referendums to join Russia

Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday it is “essential” that Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine carry out referendums that would see their regions join Russia.

In a post on social media, Medvedev said making the Moscow-backed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics officially part of Russia was a vital step in protecting their interests and could further justify Russia’s use of military force to protect them.



Seven killed in Ukrainian strike on Luhansk region

A Ukrainian strike on a village in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine 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 Luhansk region controlled by Russian forces.


Ukraine uses captured Russian tanks to firms up its lines

Ukraine is now deploying captured Russian tanks to solidify its gains in the northeast amid an ongoing counteroffensive, a Washington-based think tank said Tuesday, as Kyiv vowed to push further into territories occupied by Moscow. The Institute for the Study of War, citing a Russian claim, said that Ukraine had been using left-behind Russian T-72 tanks as it tries to push into the Russian-occupied region of Luhansk.

Ukrainian servicemen standing on top of a Russian tank

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“The initial panic of the counteroffensive led Russian troops to abandon higher-quality equipment in working order, rather than the more damaged equipment left behind by Russian forces retreating from Kyiv in April, further indicating the severity of the Russian rout,” the institute said .


ICYMI- Russia says claims it carried out war crimes in Izyum are a ‘lie’

Russia has rejected allegations its forces had committed war crimes in the Ukrainian city of Izyum as a “lie”.

It was the Kremlin’s first public statement about the allegations.

Around 450 bodies – most of whom Ukraine says are civilians – were found in mass graves near Izyum after Russian troops were this month forced out of the Kharkiv region, much of which they had controlled since the first weeks of their military campaign in Ukraine.

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Hungary says EU should not consider new sanctions against Russia

Hungary’s foreign minister said on Tuesday the European Union should not consider new sanctions against Russia as that would only deepen the energy supply crisis and hurt Europe.

“The EU should … stop mentioning an 8th package of sanctions, should stop flagging measures that would only further deepen the energy supply crisis,” Peter Szijjarto said in his statement.

Hungary’s foreign minister Peter Szijjarto

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UK will meet or exceed military aid spent on Ukraine in 2022 next year

British PM Liz Truss has said the UK will match record monetary aid to Ukraine in 2023 in a statement released today.

The UK will meet or exceed the amount of military aid spent on Ukraine which was £2.3bn this year in 2023, Ms Truss said.

The UK’s military support to Ukraine is likely to include equipment such as the Multiple Launch Rocket System, Truss’ office said in a statement.


In photos: Ukraine exhumes over a hundred bodies with signs of torture in Kharkiv

Rescue workers and forensic police exhume bodies from unidentified makeshift graves at the Pishanske cemetery in Izium, Ukraine

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The bodies will be examined by forensic officials for possible war crimes

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A Ukrainian rescue worker seen exhuming bodies from unidentified makeshift graves at the Pishanske cemetery

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Workers seen digging out earth to exhume bodies buried in Izium. The city was recently liberated from Russian occupation after six months.

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Rescue workers from Kharkiv take a break from exhuming bodies from makeshift graves at the Pishanske cemetery in Izium, Ukraine

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Putin’s forces have moved Black Sea fleet from Crimea to Krasnodar amid security threat – British MoD

Russian forces have “almost certainly” relocated its submarines from Crimea to Krasnodar in southern Russia amid a local security threat, the British defense ministry said today.

“The command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has almost certainly relocated 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 highly likely due to the recent change in the local security threat level in the face of increased Ukrainian long-range strike capability. In the last two months, the fleet headquarters and its main naval aviation airfield have been attacked,” it added.

The MoD noted that “guaranteeing the Black Sea fleet’s Crimea basing was likely one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations for annexing the peninsula in 2014”.

Base security has now been directly undermined by Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine, it added.

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