Last Ukraine-Russia War: What We Know About Invasion Day 201

  • Ukrainian forces recaptured about 500 km2 of territory in the south of the country over the past two weeks, Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for Ukraine’s Southern Military Command, said on Monday. This includes five settlements in the Kherson region, Humeniuk said.

  • The Kremlin responded to the weekend’s Ukrainian advances on Monday by doubling down and saying Russia would achieve the goals of its “special military operation.”. In the same appeal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said that no discussion had taken place on the possible demilitarization of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, despite it being one of the main recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency following its visit to the plant.

  • Russian missile strikes on Monday again knocked out electricity and interrupted water supply in Kharkiv, said Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of the city of Kharkiv, on Telegram. The bombardment targeting infrastructure in the area came after rescuers restored around 80% of power and water to the area following more targeted attacks the day before. Terekhov and Volodymyr Zelenskiy called these attacks on infrastructure “Russian terrorists”. “No military facilities [were attacked]“, said the Ukrainian president in a statement on social networks. “The goal is to deprive people of light and heat.”

  • At least 1,000 people have been killed in the past six months of fighting in Izium, a city in northeastern Ukraine. Izium is one of more than 20 towns and villages that the Ukrainian General Staff said its forces had recaptured in recent days, part of a counter-offensive that forced Russian forces to abandon their positions and to leave behind huge stocks of ammunition and equipment. Now that the town is back in Ukrainian hands, officials are able to assess its casualties and have warned that the actual number of people killed since Russian forces took the town as their main stronghold is likely much higher.

  • Russian forces launched 11 missiles against eastern Ukraine overnight, announced the Ukrainian Air Force in a tweet on Sunday evening, causing a total blackout in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, and partial blackouts in the Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy regions. Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the President of Ukraine, said the CHPP-5 power station in Kharkiv – one of the largest in Ukraine – had been hit. Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the president’s office, later said power had been restored to some areas.

  • US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink denounced Russia’s strikes on electricity and water facilities. “Russia’s apparent response to Ukraine’s liberation of towns and villages in the east: sending missiles in an attempt to destroy critical civilian infrastructure,” Brink tweeted.

  • General Commanding Army Group West of Russia has been sacked after the retreat in the Kharkiv region, according to Ukrainian military intelligence. He reported on his Telegram channel that General Roman Berdnikov had been replaced after just 17 days in his post, GUR said.

  • The success of Ukrainian forces in pushing Russian troops out of the Kharkiv region “has important implications for Russia’s overall operational design”, according to the British Ministry of Defence., and for the morale of its soldiers in the field. “The majority of the force in Ukraine is most likely forced to prioritize emergency defensive actions. The already limited trust deployed troops have in senior Russian military leadership is likely to deteriorate further.

  • Kirill Stremousov, one of the leaders of the Russian-imposed authorities in occupied Kherson in southern Ukraine, questioned the situation in the north, saying that “Kherson is and will be a Russian city. No one is going to abandon the city, let alone retreat. Regarding the situation in the Kharkiv region, many of us are perplexed by the current situation.

  • Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president’s long-time warmongering ally and currently deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, again threatened Ukraine saying: “Zelenskiy has said he will not engage in dialogue with those who issue ultimatums. Today’s ‘ultimatums’ are a warm-up for children for the demands of the future. And he knows them: the total surrender of the Kyiv regime on Russian terms.

  • Western governments mobilize their arms manufacturers to increase production and replenish badly depleted stocks by fueling Ukraine’s six-month battle against Russian invasion. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is convening a meeting of senior national armaments directors from allied nations to develop long-term plans to supply Ukraine and replenish their own armament stockpiles.

  • The Acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada al-Nashif, said Monday morning that Russia was intimidating opponents of the war in Ukraine. “In the Russian Federation, intimidation, restrictive measures and sanctions against people expressing their opposition to the war in Ukraine undermine the exercise of fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, in particular the rights to freedom of assembly, expression and association.

  • Joe BidenBerlin’s new ambassador to Berlin urged Olaf ScholzThe Ukrainian government is “taking more of a leadership role” as calls grow for Germany to support Ukraine’s advances in the northeast by delivering tanks. After commending Germany’s military and financial support to Kyiv, the American Ambassador, Amy Guttman, told broadcaster ZDF “my expectations for Germany are higher”.

  • Ukraine closed the last reactor in service on Sunday at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant to guard against disaster as fighting rages nearby. Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing around the Russian factory in Zaporizhzhia, risking the release of radiation. The International Atomic Energy Agency said a backup power line to the plant had been restored, providing the external electricity it needed to carry out the shutdown while protecting against the risk of collapse.

  • French president, Emmanuel Macron, told Putin in a phone call on Sunday the factory’s occupation by Russian troops is the reason its security is compromised, the French presidency said. Putin blamed Ukrainian forces, according to a Kremlin statement.

  • Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-appointed leader of Chechnya, criticized the leadership of the Russian military after it appeared to be caught off guard by Ukraine’s response to the Russian invasion in the northeast. In a sign that the Kremlin could face serious fallout over the loss of territory that Russian occupation administrations have repeatedly said they plan to keep “forever”, Kadyrov also suggested that Vladimir Putin may not not be aware of the real situation.

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