Last Russian-Ukrainian War: What We Know About Invasion Day 194 | Ukraine
Ukraine has made progress in its recently launched counter-offensive with his forces taking two settlements in the south, a third in the east, as well as additional territories in the east of the country, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy claimed during a speech on Sunday evening. “Ukrainian flags are returning to the places where they should be by right,” he added. Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, posted an image of soldiers raising the Ukrainian flag over a village he said was in southern Ukraine. “Vysokopillya. Kherson region. Ukraine. Today,” Tymoshenko wrote.
Russian authorities said the situation around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine was calm on Sunday, after UN inspectors said on Saturday it had again lost external power. The last remaining main external power line was cut, although a reserve line continued to supply power to the grid, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement. Only one of its six reactors remained in service, he said. Speaking to Komsomolskaya Pravda radio, Russian official Vladimir Rogov said there had been no shelling or incursions. IAEA experts are expected to continue working at the plant until at least Monday, Russian official Vladimir Rogov said.
Analysts expect gasoline prices to hit record highs this week after Russia shut down a key pipeline to Europe. Many commentators have warned that European prices will rise further when markets open on Monday after Moscow scrapped the deadline for resuming flows through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany on Saturday, saying it had discovered a fault during maintenance.
Zelenskiy warned Europe to expect a tough winter after Moscow shut down a main pipeline that supplies Russian gas to the mainland. “Russia is preparing a decisive energy blow on all Europeans for this winter,” he said.
Thousands of people gathered in Prague to protest against soaring energy bills and demand an end to sanctions against Russia for the war in Ukraine. Around 70,000 far-right and far-left elements gathered at a ‘Czech Republic first’ rally to call on Sunday for a new gas supply deal with Moscow and a halt to shipments arms to Ukraine.
A Russian journalist faces a 24-year prison sentence for treason. Ivan Safronov, a former military correspondent for Kommersant and Vedomosti, faces a ‘record’ sentence for treason charges that were prosecuted with secret evidence behind closed doors. A Russian judge is expected to hand down his verdict on Monday in one of the most significant lawsuits against a Russian journalist in decades.
The Russian state should be tried for historic crimes committed by the Soviet Union, said Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa before the premiere of his new documentary, The kyiv Trial, in Venice. Speaking at a press conference, Loznitza said there was a need to repent of past wrongs. “History repeats itself when we don’t learn from history, when we haven’t studied it and don’t want to know what happened to us,” he said.
Sweden said it was on ‘high alert’ for outside intervention in its upcoming election in a context of growing tensions with Russia. The Scandinavian country’s recently restored psychological defense agency said it had seen increased activity from foreign sources following its NATO bid and was prepared for the possibility of “something exceptional” at the moment. election day on September 11 is approaching.
Ukrainian Prime Minister thanked Germany for its solidarity in the face of the Russian invasion while demanding more weapons, as a sign of easing tensions between Berlin and Kyiv. Denys Shmyhal, who was welcomed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz with military honors in Berlin on Sunday, is the most senior Ukrainian official to visit the German capital in months.
Scholz said on Sunday that his government was planning a total shutdown of gas deliveries in December, promising measures to lower prices and link social benefits to inflation. “Russia is no longer a reliable energy partner,” Scholz told a news conference in Berlin. In response, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Germany of being an enemy of Russia. “In other words, he declared hybrid war on Russia,” he said.
China’s top lawmaker Li Zhanshu to attend 7th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok this week, becoming the most senior Chinese official to visit Russia since the start of the war in Ukraine. Li, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, will pay official visits to Russia, Mongolia, Nepal and South Korea from Wednesday to September 17, according to Xinhua News Agency. He will attend the four-day forum, which is due to start on Monday, while in Russia.