The Ukrainian army entered Lyman, in one of the regions annexed by Moscow | War in Ukraine

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The Ukrainian army entered Lyman, in one of the regions annexed by Moscow | War in Ukraine

A burnt Russian tank sits in a field of sunflowers near Izium in eastern Ukraine on October 1, 2022, about 70 kilometers from Lyman.

The Ukrainian armed forces have entered the town of Lyman, in one of the regions annexed by Moscow, the Ukrainian Defense said.

The victory would be kyiv's biggest since launching its lightning counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region last month.

Ukrainian air assault forces are entering Lyman, Donetsk region, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Twitter.

The army had earlier claimed to have surrounded several thousand Russian soldiers in this city in the Donetsk region.

A Ukrainian flag is displayed in front of a destroyed house near Izium in eastern Ukraine on October 1, 2022.

Soon after, Russia announced that her troops – which she describes as allied with pro-Russian separatist forces – had left Lyman.

“Due to the threat of encirclement, Allied troops were withdrawn from [Lyman] to better positions. »

— Russia's Ministry of Defense quoted by Russian news agencies

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The ministry said in a statement that Russia had inflicted serious casualties on Ukrainian forces by launching massive fire strikes against them. He did not provide evidence and this claim could not be independently verified.

Despite the losses suffered, the enemy, having a significant superiority in forces and means, introduced reserves and continued the offensive in this direction, he added.

The Russian Defense Ministry claims to have killed more than 200 Ukrainian soldiers and destroyed 14 armored vehicles in the past 24 hours.

In a video released by the Ukrainian president's chief of staff on Saturday, two soldiers hang the blue and yellow national flag from a sign for Lyman at the entrance to the city, located in the north of the province of Donetsk.

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October 1st. We unfurl our national flag and place it on our land. Lyman will be Ukraine, says one of the soldiers in this video, standing on a military vehicle, according to the Reuters translation.

Russian forces are surrounded at Lyman, Ukrainian army spokesman Sergiy Tcherevatiy told Ukrainian television. the last days. But the latest fighting has [since] reduced numbers, he added.

Thousands of Russian troops are believed to be surrounded by Ukrainian forces in Lyman. in the Donetsk region.

According to Sergiy Gaïdaï, the governor of the neighboring region of Luhansk, the Russian soldiers present in Lyman's cauldron have three options: to flee, to die together or to surrender, he claimed on social networks.

Russian troops tried in vain to carry out military operations to break the encirclement, says a spokesman for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“Some surrender, they have many killed and wounded, but the operation is not over. »

— Sergey Cherevaty, spokesman for the Ukrainian army

The governor of Luhansk, in exile, has said that Russian soldiers have asked for the right to leave in security the encircled area, but that their request had been rejected. Ukraine's General Staff told Reuters it did not have this information.

Around 8 a.m., several Russian military commentators had already posted messages on their Telegram channels announcing that the Ukrainian military had captured [soldiers] or, at a minimum, entered Lyman, reports the BBC.

The wreckage of a Russian fighter jet shot down by Ukrainian armed forces is visible in a field near the town of Izioum, about 70 km from Lyman.

Since the capture of Lyman in late May, Russian troops have turned the Donetsk region city into an important logistics hub for troop deployment and ammunition supply.

The city is also a key railway hub, connecting Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv regions in eastern and northeastern Ukraine.

According to the spokesman for the Ukrainian army, the capture of Lyman would make it possible to advance in the region of Luhansk, which Moscow had announced, at the beginning of July, to control in full.

Lyman is important because it is the next step towards the liberation of Ukrainian Donbass. This is an opportunity to advance towards Kreminna and Sievierodonetsk, and it is very important psychologically, he added.

Vladimir Putin addresses the crowd gathered in Red Square, Moscow, after formally annexing four Ukrainian regions.

Friday evening, Volodymyr Zelensky, had welcomed the major results of the counter-offensive of his troops in the East, prompting the Russians to withdraw from many conquered territories.

At the same time, Vladimir Putin, for his part, had concluded a day of ceremonies for the annexation of Ukrainian territories. Victory will be ours, he said, microphone in hand, in front of several thousand people gathered for a festive concert in Red Square, Moscow.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia's Chechnya region, said on Saturday that Moscow should consider using a low-powered nuclear weapon in Ukraine, amid further battlefield shifts.

In a Telegram message criticizing Russian commanders for abandoning the town of Lyman on Saturday, Kadyrov wrote: In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, until martial law is declared in border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons.

Russia has the largest atomic arsenal in the world which has low-yield tactical nuclear weapons .

Other big Vladimir Putin backers, including former President Dmitry Medvedev, have hinted that Russia may need to resort to nuclear weapons, but Kadirov's call is the strongest yet. explicit.

A Russian patrol arrested the director of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Energoatom, the public company in charge of operating the site, announced on Saturday, information confirmed by the International Agency for Energy. Atomic Energy (IAEA).

Igor Murashov was arrested on his way from the power plant to the city of Enerhodar at around 4 p.m. local time on Friday, the report said. chairman of Energoatom, Petro Kotine.

“He was taken out of the car, blindfolded and taken to car for an unknown destination.

— Petro Kotine, President of Energoatom, on Telegram

Russia has made no public statement on the matter.

Petro Kotin said he called on IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to x27;it takes all possible immediate measures to obtain the urgent release of Igor Murashov.

Asked by Reuters, an IAEA spokesman said: We have contacted the Russian authorities and asked them for an explanation. A few hours later, the IAEA announced that it had been informed by Russian authorities that Igor Murashov was being held for questioning.

An armored vehicle marked with a “Z”, a symbol of support for President Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine.

Mr. Murashov was opposed to handing over the Zaporizhia plant to Russia, but Energoatom spokespersons could not confirm that was the reason for his abduction.

< p class="e-p">The Zaporizhia power plant has become one of the key issues in the conflict in Ukraine, with kyiv and Moscow accusing each other of bombing the site at the risk of triggering a nuclear disaster.

In his statement on Telegram, Petro Kotin assures that Igor Murashov bears sole responsibility for the nuclear and radioactive safety of the site and that his arrest jeopardizes the safety of the activities of the largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine and Ukraine. x27;Europe.

It calls on Russian troops to immediately cease acts of nuclear terrorism targeting the management and personnel of the site and to release Igor Murachov.

The plant is a strategic trophy for Russia and has caused worldwide concern as the only nuclear plant caught in modern warfare.

Energoatom spokespersons told The Associated Press on Saturday that employees of the Zaporizhia power plant were being forced to submit a transfer request to the company of Russian State which deals with the management of the power stations in Russia, Rosatom.

Active fighting nearby means it is unlikely to start generating power anytime soon, even if Russia installs its own management system.

According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Russian troops fired on a convoy of seven vehicles and killed 24 people. There are 13 children and a pregnant woman among the victims.

According to the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleg Synegoubov, the [Russian] occupiers attacked those civilians who were trying to escape the shelling. They fired at close range, he added.

Russian troops fired on a convoy of seven vehicles and killed at least 20 people.

Two cars burned completely, there were children with their parents: they burned alive, he said in a statement.

The spokesman for the prosecutor's office from the Kharkiv region, Dmytro Chubenko, said in a television interview that the location of the massacre site on the front line, in a gray area, hampered the investigation.

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The Ukrainian army's control over this territory is not permanent, he said. It is sometimes under our control, then goes under Russia's control, and therefore we cannot carry out all investigative actions.

Mr. Synegoubov and Ukraine's SBU security service previously said at least 20 people died, without giving an exact date of the attack.

Now Mr. Synegoubov claims it happened on September 25 around 9 a.m. (local time), citing local police. Details have not been independently verified.

The attack took place in the gray area between the recently liberated towns of Koupianks and Svatove, still under Russian occupation.

Acting SBU chief Vasyl Maliuk, reportedly said the brutal attack on civilians was carried out by a sabotage and reconnaissance group.

“L' enemy has once again proven that his goal is the destruction of all Ukrainians, regardless of age and gender. »

— Vasyl Maliuk, acting head of the SBU

But they will not escape punishment. We will find everyone and hold them accountable for the atrocities committed, he said.

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The governor of the Kharkiv region, where the bodies were found, mentioned that police and experts have visited the scene and an investigation is under way. in progress.

According to the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleg Synegoubov, the Russian occupiers attacked civilians who tried to escape the bombardments.

On Friday September 30, an AFP team had seen at least 11 bodies of civilians, shot dead in their cars, on a road abandoned by the Russians in their withdrawal from the area last week.

The place where the dozen civilians were found is located in a place where fighting between Ukrainians and Russians took place. Recently, kyiv forces led a major counter-offensive in the region.

A strike on Friday against a humanitarian convoy killed around 30 people.

With information from Agence France-Presse, REUTER, and BBC

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