Ukraine claims to have retaken 400 km2 of territory from the Russians, in the south of the country | War in Ukraine

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Ukraine claims to have retaken 400 km 2  of territory from the Russians, in the south of the country | War in Ukraine

Ukrainian forces claim territorial gains in both south and northeast from the country.

Ukrainian forces are maintaining pressure on Russian troops who have ceded more than 400 km2 of territory in the Kherson region since October 1, Southern Military Command spokeswoman Natalia Goumenyuk said Thursday.

These 400 km2 include the villages of Novovoskressenské, Novogrygorivka and Petropavlivka, the liberation of which was confirmed last night by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Russian army, for its part, assures that the enemy has been pushed back from the line of defense of the Russian troops.

According to the Russian military command, Ukrainian forces deployed four tactical battalions – several hundred men – on the southern front and repeatedly attempted to break through Russian defenses near Dudchany, Sukhanove, Sadok and Bruskinskoye.

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On Thursday, at least seven Russian rockets struck residential buildings in the city of Zaporizhia, killing at least one person, while five others are believed to be trapped in the rubble.

Firefighters have a colossal job Thursday to find the bodies and survivors in the rubble of a building bombed by the Russians in Zaporizhia.< /p>

Governor Oleksandr Starukh wrote on his Telegram channel that many people had been rescued from the multi-storey buildings, including a three-year-old girl who was taken to hospital for treatment.

Regional authorities reported another rocket attack later that morning, but there were no immediate details of casualties or what happened. been hit.

Meanwhile, in northeastern Ukraine, kyiv forces, which retook the strategic town of Lyman on Sunday, made a breakthrough yesterday in the Luhansk region which has been under the control of Russian and pro-Russian forces since 2014. Also in the north, the entire Kharkiv region has now returned to Ukrainian control.

In the Baltic Sea, where the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines have suffered significant damage last week, the first inspections carried out on the installations by Swedish investigators reinforce the suspicions of sabotage, announced Thursday the Swedish justice.

Gas leaks after underwater explosions produced bubbling up to 200 meters up to a kilometer in diameter.

“We can see that there have been detonations near Nord Stream 1 and 2 in the Exclusive Economic Zone Sweden, which caused extensive damage to gas pipelines. »

— Mats Ljungqvist, Special Investigating Prosecutor in Sweden

[Evidence] seizures have been made at the scene and will be investigated, added the special prosecutor who is working on this file with the Swedish intelligence services.

Sweden, which had established a perimeter of several kilometers on Monday for the purposes of the investigation, announced the lifting of restrictions.

No details were provided on how the underwater inspections were carried out.

Recall that two explosions of unknown origin heavily damaged the two oil pipelines in full sea ​​on September 26, causing major methane leaks.

The leaks were sealed on Nord Stream 1, but gas was still leaking from Nord Stream 2 on Thursday, according to the Swedish Coast Guard.

Suspected of being the source of the explosions, Russia counterattacked last week, pointing to the United States, which in turn denied responsibility.

The 44 leaders of the European Political Community met for the first time on Thursday in Prague.

On the diplomatic scene, 44 European leaders gathered in Prague on Thursday to discuss the situation in Europe as winter approaches, which promises to be difficult for many countries whose natural gas supply depends on Russia. .

This new European forum, known as the European Political Community, was convened on the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron to coordinate the efforts of European countries in the face of the emerging energy crisis.

The entire European continent is gathered here except for two countries: Russia and Belarus. It shows how isolated these two countries are, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said as he arrived on the red carpet.

During a bilateral meeting between Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, the two leaders stressed the importance to present a united European front in the face of Putin's brutality.

As European leaders huddle against Russia, the United States has dispatched the Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, to Kyiv, who announced an additional $55 million to Ukraine to repair heating pipes and other essential equipment ahead of the onset of winter.

The The United States has so far provided $9.89 billion in aid to Ukraine since February, according to USAID.

A spending bill signed by US President Joe Biden last week promises $12.3 billion more for both military and public service needs. Ms. Power said that Washington expects to release the first $4.5 billion of this funding in the coming weeks.

With information from Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, and La Presse canadienne

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