Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Ukrainian forces recapture more than 190 square miles in a week, Zelenskyy says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his overnight address that the country’s forces had recaptured significant areas of the southern Kherson region in recent days.

“Since October 1, more than half a thousand square kilometers of territory and dozens of settlements have been liberated from the Russian sham referendum and stabilized only in the Kherson region,” Zelenskky said.

“There are also successes in the direction of the East,” he added. “The day will surely come when we will also report on the successes in the Zaporizhzhia region – in the areas that are still under the control of the occupiers. The day will come when we will also talk about the liberation of Crimea.”

—Sam Meredith

Ukraine announces death toll in Zaporizhzhia rocket attack rises to 11

Ukrainian firefighters extinguish a blaze after a strike in Zaporizhzhia on October 6, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s state emergency service said rescuers recovered 11 bodies and rescued 21 people from the rubble of buildings destroyed in Thursday’s missile attacks in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia, according to Reuters.

The state emergency service said rescuers continued to work at the scene.

—Sam Meredith

More than half of Ukrainian tank fleet in service may be captured vehicles, UK says

The British Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence update that repurposed captured Russian equipment now constitutes a large part of Ukraine’s military hardware.

“Ukraine has probably captured at least 440 Russian main battle tanks and about 650 other armored vehicles since the invasion. More than half of the tank fleet currently in service in Ukraine potentially consists of captured vehicles,” said the ministry via Twitter.

“The inability of Russian crews to destroy intact equipment before withdrawing or surrendering highlights their poor state of training and low level of combat discipline,” he added.

The ministry said Russian forces were likely to continue to lose heavy weapons, with its formations “under heavy pressure in several sectors and increasingly demoralized troops”.

—Sam Meredith

Biden says world could face ‘Armageddon’ if Putin uses tactical nukes

Activists urged political leaders to redouble efforts to get rid of all nuclear weapons by signing and ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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US President Joe Biden has issued his starkest warning yet of the threat of nuclear war, saying the world could face ‘Armageddon’ if Russian President Vladimir Putin attempts to use a tactical nuclear weapon to win the war in Ukraine.

Reporters from the White House press pool heard his off-camera comments at a Democratic fundraiser.

“For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, we have a direct threat of the use of nuclear weapons if, in fact, things continue on the path they are on,” Biden said.

“I’m trying to figure out what is Putin’s exit road? ” He continued. “Where does he find a way out? Where does he find himself in a position where he not only loses face, but also loses significant power in Russia?”

“We haven’t faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Biden said.

Referring to Putin, Biden added, “He’s not kidding when he talks about [the] the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons because its military is, one might say, grossly underperforming.”

—Sam Meredith

More than 6.4 million metric tons of grain and agricultural products left Ukrainian ports

The combine harvests wheat on the field near the village of Zgurivka in the Kyiv region, while Russia continues the war against Ukraine. August 9, 2022.

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The organization overseeing the export of agricultural products from Ukraine said nearly 6.4 million metric tons of grain and other foodstuffs were exported under the Black Sea Grain Initiative supported by the UN.

A total of 584 trips, 302 inbound and 282 outbound, have been activated so far, according to the Joint Coordination Center.

Learn more about the Black Sea Grain Initiative here.

—Amanda Macias

‘Zaporizhzhia belongs to Ukraine,’ says US State Department

A Russian serviceman stands guard in the territory outside the second reactor of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Energodar on May 1, 2022.

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The US State Department has declared the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to belong to Ukraine after Russia claimed control of it.

“Zaporizhzhia belongs to Ukraine. The power plant belongs to Ukraine and the electricity and energy it produces rightfully belongs to Ukraine,” State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said during a briefing. daily press.

“President Putin has absolutely no authority to take control of a power plant in another country, and a document issued by him or his government certainly doesn’t change that fact either,” he added. .

Earlier this week, Putin signed a decree declaring that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest facility, belongs to Russia.

—Amanda Macias

2 Russians seek asylum after reaching remote Alaskan island

Buildings stand in the Yupik Village Gambell on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.

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Two Russians who said they fled the country to escape mandatory military service have sought asylum in the United States after landing on a remote Alaskan island in the Bering Sea, the U.S. senator’s office announced Thursday. Lisa Murkowski.

Karina Borger, a spokeswoman for Murkowski, said by email that the office was in communication with the US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection and that “the Russian nationals have reported that they fled the one of the coastal communities on the east coast of Russia to avoid compulsory military service.”

Spokespersons for the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection each referred a reporter’s questions to the US Department of Homeland Security, which did not immediately respond Thursday.

Alaska senators, Republicans Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, said Thursday the individuals landed on a beach near Gambell, an isolated community of about 600 people on St. Lawrence Island. The statement does not specify when the incident occurred, although Sullivan said he was alerted to the matter by a “senior community official in the Bering Strait area” on Tuesday morning.

— Associated Press

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