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Ukraine calls for more Western arms after Russian setback

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president of Ukraine, urged the West to expedite the delivery of weapons systems as Ukrainian forces work to regain control of a sizable portion of Russia’s territory in the country’s northeast.

Ukrainian troops have recaptured dozens of towns since Moscow abandoned its main stronghold in northeastern Ukraine on Saturday, marking its worst defeat since the beginning of the war. This is a startling change in the momentum of the battlefield.

According to a senior U.S. military official, Russian troops have reportedly pulled back over the border and mostly ceded territory near Kharkiv in the northeast.
Ukraine claims that billions of dollars worth of weapons supplied by Washington and its allies have helped to contain Russian gains. Zelenskiy said Ukraine and the West must “strengthen cooperation to defeat Russian terror” in a video address late Monday.

With assistance from the West, Ukrainian forces, according to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, have made “significant progress.”

“What they have done is very methodically planned out, and of course, it has benefited from significant support from the United States and many other countries,” Blinken said during a news conference in Mexico City. “They have ensured that Ukraine has in its hands the equipment it needs to prosecute this counteroffensive.”

Last week, Washington revealed its most recent arsenal for Ukraine, which includes ammunition for HIMARS anti-rocket systems and NASAMS surface-to-air missile systems that can bring down planes.

Zelenskiy claimed that Ukraine had reclaimed about 6,000 square kilometres (2,400 square miles) of land, representing a small portion of the country’s total land area of about 600,000 square kilometres. The amount of reclaimed land roughly equals the combined areas of Gaza and the West Bank.

Since its troops invaded Ukraine on February 24, Russia has taken over about 5% of the country.

RUSSIA SILENT

The worst defeat suffered by Russian forces since April, when they were driven back from the outskirts of Kyiv, has largely gone unmentioned by President Vladimir Putin and his top officials.

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, dodged a reporter’s question on Monday about whether Putin still had faith in the military leadership.
“The unique military operation goes on. And it will keep going until the initial objectives are met, according to Peskov.

On Monday, Putin was seen on state television presiding over a meeting on the economy where he claimed that despite Western sanctions, Russia was doing well.

He claimed that the economic blitzkrieg strategies and onslaught they had planned had failed.

Sony Music announced on Tuesday that it was transferring the business and musicians to local management due to the conflict in Ukraine, joining a list of international companies that have left Russia.

Sony Music stated that we can no longer maintain a presence in Russia, “as the war continues to have a devastating humanitarian impact in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia continue to increase.”

The conflict in Ukraine, a significant producer of grains, has also increased food prices worldwide.

Under pressure to provide emergency funding to nations facing food price shocks, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund reviewed a plan to aid Ukraine and other nations severely affected by Russia’s war, according to sources familiar with the situation.

“PEOPLES ARE HAPPY”

Russia fired missiles at power plants, resulting in blackouts in Kharkiv and the nearby Poltava and Sumy regions, as thousands of Russian troops withdrew, leaving behind ammunition and equipment.
According to local emergency services, shelling of residential areas and infrastructure started fires throughout the city on Monday.

Grave worries about the possibility of a radioactive catastrophe have been raised by shelling near the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. According to the IAEA chief, both sides are interested in the U.N. atomic watchdog’s proposal to create a protection zone around the nuclear plant, which is the largest in Europe.

Rafael Grossi warned reporters, “We are playing with fire.”

We must stop while we are still one nuclear accident away from disaster. The Zaporizhzhia power plant’s security is in jeopardy.

Ukraine is using the west bank of the Dnipro River to isolate thousands of Russian soldiers, according to the British defence ministry, forcing most Russian forces to concentrate on “emergency defensive actions.” Moscow is reportedly having trouble getting reserves to the area.

The southern command of Ukraine reported that its forces had retaken 500 square kilometres of ground, killing 59 Russian soldiers over the previous day and destroying 20 pieces of equipment.

There was no way to independently verify the situation.
Oleksiy Aretovych, a presidential adviser for Ukraine, claimed that Ukrainian forces were advancing in Donetsk and had crossed the Siverskyi Donets River, posing a threat to retake important towns that Russian forces had taken during weeks of intense fighting in June and July.

Happy villagers returned to their frontline villages for the first time in months as Ukrainian forces swept closer into territory seized from Russian troops in the north.

People are happy and crying at the same time. How could they not be happy?” exclaimed 76-year-old retired English teacher Zoya in the now-quiet village of Zolochiv, located 18 kilometres from the Russian border and north of Kharkiv.

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