Ukrainian army continues to advance, Putin expects 'stabilization' | War in Ukraine

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Ukrainian army continues to advance, Putin expects “stabilization” | War in Ukraine

The push by Ukrainian forces has liberated dozens of localities in eastern Ukraine in recent days.

Russian President Vladimir Putin assured Wednesday that the military situation will “stabilize” in the Ukrainian territories which he claims the annexation but where his forces suffer a series of setbacks against the Ukrainian army.

A few hours earlier, Ukraine had announced that it was regaining ground in the Lugansk region after its successes in those of Kherson and Kharkiv.

“We assume that the situation will stabilize and that we can develop these areas peacefully.

— Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

He signed a decree for Russia to formally take over Ukraine's Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. For his part, the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, announced his departure for Kyiv to discuss the more urgent need than ever for the establishment of a protection zone around this plant.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today promulgated the law which enshrines the annexation to the Russian Federation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia.

Even though&# x27;she is retreating on the ground, Russia proclaimed the annexation of four regions of Ukraine (Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia), which it partially controls, at the end of referendums denounced by kyiv and its Western allies.

A sign of disarray in Russia, the military's setbacks led a senior parliamentary official to call on it to stop lying about its defeats.

“Our people are not stupid. And he sees that we don't want to tell him even a part of the truth. This can lead to a loss of credibility.

— Andrei Kartapolov, Head of the Duma Defense Committee

kyiv troops are continuing their counter-offensive, claiming further gains in the east and south.

Ukrainian soldiers fire guns at the front line in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

In his daily video communication, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the recovery of three new villages in the Kherson region, assuring that the movement continues.

Earlier in the day, the Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region, hitherto under the almost total control of Moscow, had proclaimed a breakthrough.

Now it's official. The ''reconquest'' of the Lugansk region began. Several localities have already been liberated, said Sergiï Gaïdaï without further details.

Almost all of the Kharkiv region, in the northeast, now appears to be under Ukrainian control, thus opening the way to that of Lugansk, bastion of separatists installed by Moscow since 2014.

Map of the areas occupied by Russian forces in eastern and southern Ukraine

For its part, the Russian army assured Wednesday that it had carried out, in the last 24 hours, massive strikes near Lyman, in the Donetsk region, a city recently recaptured by Ukrainian forces, and inflicting heavy casualties on them.

In the region of Kherson, Moscow troops hold their positions repelling attacks from numerically superior enemy forces, she added.

Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured that the lost territories will be regained.

Mr. Putin meanwhile had sworn to defend the annexed areas, even if it meant using nuclear weapons, a threat that has stopped neither the Ukrainian counter-offensive nor Western arms deliveries.

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The Russian army had half-acknowledged retreats on Tuesday by publishing maps showing that Moscow had ceded a whole part of the northern Kherson region and that its presence in that of Kharkiv was now minimal.

Near Lyman, a strategic railway junction recaptured in the Donetsk region last weekend, a Ukrainian paratrooper seen by AFP on Tuesday admitted that he and his comrades were both exhausted and determined.

A Ukrainian army press officer walks past a destroyed Russian convoy in the recently recaptured town of Lyman in the Donetsk region.

Oleksandre, 31, said the battles had been very tough but they had to move on.

In Lyman, where AFP reporters visited on Wednesday, 62-year-old resident Tatiana Slavouta said she was unsure if the situation was better or worse since the Ukrainian reconquest.

All the shops are closed, we have no money, we have no light. Nothing, [but] at least now there is silence, no bombardments, she explains.

Vladimir Putin formalized the annexation of 4 regions of Ukraine on Wednesday, but his army is retreating there. In the northeast as in the south, the Ukrainian army is regaining ground. We are discussing it with our special correspondent Marie-Eve Bédard who is in Kharkiv.

On the diplomatic front, US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday a new US shipment of equipment military worth $625 million.

For their part, the states of the European Union have agreed on a new series of sanctions against Russian organizations and personalities.

For its part , the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recognized Ukraine as a potential member country, the very first step towards a very long accession process.

Following the request received from Prime Minister Denys Chmygal to start the process of Ukraine's accession to the OECD, the OECD Council has decided to recognize Ukraine as a potential member country, the secretary general of this international organization, Mathias Cormann, said on Wednesday.

On the sporting level, Spain and Portugal announced they had included Ukraine in their joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, which President Zelensky hailed as a symbol of victory. oire.

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