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Moscow announces “massive strikes” in the face of Ukrainian breakthroughs | War in Ukraine

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">A residential building destroyed by missile fire in the center of Kharkiv.

The Russian army on Tuesday announced ” massive strikes” on all fronts in response to the meteoric counter-offensive by Ukrainian troops, which the United States called a “change of momentum” by announcing new military aid “in the coming days”.

I leave it to [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky […] to decide whether he feels he has reached a turning point militarily, but clearly, at least in Donbass [east of Ukraine], there is momentum, said John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council attached to US President Joe Biden.

You will see a another [military assistance stream] in the coming days, he promised.

On the ground, Russian bombardments have left at least 8 dead and 19 injured in 24 hours in the regions of Kharkiv (northeast) and Donetsk (east), according to the Ukrainian presidency.

Ukraine registers up to 200 war crimes committed daily by Russians on its soil, assured the Ukrainian general staff, adding that more than 70,000 km2 in 10 Ukrainian regions have been been mined by the occupants.

The Ukrainian General Staff reported continued looting by the Russian military, saying some 300 cars were stolen in the Kharkiv region.

Destroyed churches in the village of Bohorodychne in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region.

For its part, Russia has claimed that the Ukrainian military is carrying out reprisals against civilians in the places they have taken over in recent days.

According to our information, there are many punitive actions against residents of the Kharkiv region, people are being tortured, mistreated, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding: This is appalling.

During a Tuesday meeting of the general staff, the Ukrainian president argued that more than 4000 km2 and more than 300 localities have been liberated. Stabilization measures are being implemented and the offensive continues.

“Air, ballistic and military forces Russian artillery carry out massive strikes against Ukrainian Armed Forces units in all operational areas.

—Russian Defense Ministry

In particular, he referred to shelling near Sloviansk, Konstantinivka and Bakhmout in eastern Ukraine, as well as in the southern regions of Mykolaiv and Zaporizhia and Kharkiv, from where the Russian soldiers have almost completely withdrawn in the face of the Ukrainian advances.

The Russian offensive launched on February 24 will continue until the objectives are achieved, said the watches the Kremlin, according to which there are currently no prospects for negotiations between the two belligerents.

Ukraine said on Monday it had reached the Russian border and restored control over the equivalent of seven times the area of ​​kyiv in a month.

“The liberation of localities occupied by the Russian invaders continues in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions. ”

— Ukrainian Army

According to the Presidency, the electricity supply to the city of Kharkiv and the entire region has been restored.< /p>

In the village of Bogoroditchne, formerly on the front line not far from Donetsk and which the Russians evacuated a few days ago, practically every house bears the traces of intense fighting, noted a journalist from the AFP.

Mykola Gonchar, 58, and her mother Nina Gonchar, 92, stayed there despite everything.

The Russians came, they killed my brother and my sister-in-law, tells AFP this man in front of his house relatively spared by the artillery and bullet fire which ravaged this locality of 750 inhabitants before the war.

He buried the bodies himself.

In total, since the beginning of September, our soldiers have already liberated 6,000 km2 of Ukrainian territory in the east and south, twice the figure officially provided 24 hours earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday evening. And we keep moving forward.

“[Russians fail] to reinforce new front line after Ukrainian gains in eastern part; Kharkiv Oblast and are fleeing the area in large numbers, or are redeploying on other axes.

—Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a US-based think tank

It is too early to say exactly where all this will lead us, however, tempered the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian army, Russian ammunition is strewn in an abandoned factory in Izium, in the Kharkiv region.

On the diplomatic front, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to order the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine.

During a 90-minute telephone interview, the German leader urged the Russian president to find a diplomatic solution as soon as possible, based on a ceasefire, a complete withdrawal of Russian troops and respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a statement from the German Chancellery.

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Pressure is mounting on Mr. Scholz, both in Kyiv and within his own governing coalition, to deliver tanks that could complete the successes of the counter-war. Ukrainian offensive.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda also called on French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to increase military aid to Ukraine, in a Paris-initiated phone conversation.

In front of the European Parliament, the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell announced the same day that he will propose to the Member States to grant new funding for the supply of arms to Ukraine.

In Kyiv, Danish Defense Minister Morten Bødskov told the Danish agency Ritzau that his country would train Ukrainian soldiers on its soil.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Tuesday called for European Union unity and to new sanctions against Russia in the face of its energy blackmail.

European energy ministers will meet in this and consideration on September 30 to examine the emergency measures proposed by the Commission to stem the spike in gas and electricity prices caused by the war in Ukraine.

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