As the Russo-Ukrainian war enters its 207th day, let’s take a look at the main developments.
This is the current situation on Sunday, September 18.
- The Ukrainian counterattack that has advanced further into the northeast has been partially recaptured as pressure mounts on Russian forces.
- Ukraine has continued an offensive to retake territory to the south, where it hopes will trap thousands of Russian troops cut off from their supplies on the west bank of the Dnipro River and retake Kherson, Ukraine’s only major city. which Russia has occupied in its entirety since the beginning of the invasion.
- Russian forces have increased their targeting of civilian infrastructure in “a move aimed at weakening the morale of the Ukrainian government and people…even if they may claim no impact. immediate military use”, British Ministry of Defense speak in a nutshell.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address: “Torture is a common practice in the occupied territory. That’s what the Nazis did. That’s what [the Russians] do.”
- Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to continue his journey in the campaign against Ukraine, warning of a Military response “more serious” if the counterattacks continue.
- One of the four main power lines of the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been repaired and is supplying power from the Ukrainian grid two weeks after it crashed.
- The Russian Defense Ministry accused Kyiv of shelling near the Zaporizhzhia plant, which Ukraine denies. The ministry said its forces had launched attacks on Ukrainian positions in several areas of the country.
- Both sides reported injuries in the fighting in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.
- The Tass news agency reported that Russian security forces opened fire on an armed criminal gang in the center of the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson and “neutralized” them.
- Oleksandr Shapoval, a leading Ukrainian ballet dancer who died last week fighting on the front lines, was honored during a memorial service at the National Opera of Ukraine.
- US President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use nuclear weapons or tactical chemical weapons in the context of Ukraine’s defeat. “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. It will change the course of war unlike anything since the Second World War,” he said on 60 Minutes in a clip released by American television station CBS.
- Asked about Biden’s comments, RIA Novosti quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying: “Read [Russia’s nuclear] theory. Everything is written there”.
- According to the doctrineNuclear weapons can be used after “aggression against Russia or its allies with the use of weapons of mass destruction”, or “when the very existence of the state is threatened”.
- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the global food crisis exacerbated by war will be at the heart of world leaders when they convene the United Nations General Assembly this week, a difficult meeting. could bring about any progress toward ending the conflict.