Russia-Ukraine War LIVE: Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Head Detained; Ukraine Encircles Russian Troops at Lyman Stronghold

Russia-Ukraine War LIVE Updates: Russia's forces at Lyman totalled around 5,000 to 5,500 soldiers, but the number of encircled troops may have fallen because of casualties and some soldiers trying to break out of the encirclement

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Last Updated: October 01, 2022, 15:01 IST

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A pedestrian walks in a yard of a destroyed apartment building in the town of Sviatohirsk, Donetsk region, on September 30, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Image: AFP)

Russia-Ukraine War LIVE Updates: Ukraine has encircled thousands of Russian troops at the eastern town of Lyman, a bastion that is critical for Moscow, in an operation that is still under way, a Ukrainian military spokesperson said on Saturday. The capture of the town, which Russia has used as a logistics and transport hub for its operations in the north of the Donetsk region, would be a major new setback for the Read More

Oct 01, 2022 15:01 IST

Turkey Rejects Russian Annexation of Ukraine Provinces

Turkey on Saturday said Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian provinces was a “grave violation” of international law and called for negotiations to end the conflict. A foreign ministry statement said Ankara had not recognised Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and held the same stance after Russia on Friday declared Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia part of its territory after referendums that were slammed globally as a sham vote.

Oct 01, 2022 14:18 IST

Ukraine Encircles Thousands of Russian Troops at Lyman Stronghold: Military

Ukraine has encircled thousands of Russian troops at the eastern town of Lyman, a bastion that is critical for Moscow, in an operation that is still under way, a Ukrainian military spokesperson said on Saturday. The capture of the town, which Russia has used as a logistics and transport hub for its operations in the north of the Donetsk region, would be a major new setback for the Kremlin’s plan to seize all of the industrial Donbas region. “The Russian grouping in the area of Lyman is surrounded,” said Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern forces.

Oct 01, 2022 12:41 IST

Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Director General Detained by Russian Patrol

The director general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was detained by a Russian patrol, Energoatom, the state agency in charge of the plant, said on Saturday. Ihor Murashov was detained on his way from Europe’s largest nuclear plant to the town of Enerhodar around 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Friday, the company said in a statement.

Oct 01, 2022 12:06 IST

Putin Slams West and US for 'Double Standards'; Cites Plundering of India & Africa

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reminded the world of the West’s colonial policy, plundering of India and Africa, slave trade, and the use of nuclear and chemical weapons by the US, as he slammed them for their “utter deceit” and “double standards” on insisting on a rules-based global order. Putin made the remarks during a formal speech at the Kremlin’s opulent St George’s Hall on Friday, days after the referendums in the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia that were dismissed as shams by Ukraine and the US-led Western nations.

Oct 01, 2022 11:22 IST

US Has Much to Gain from Nord Stream Damage, Russia Says at United Nations

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Friday told the Security Council that the U.S. has much to gain in gas trade from damage to the Nord Stream pipeline system under the Baltic Sea but stopped short of blaming Washington for this week’s explosions. A council meeting convened at Russia’s request addressed leaks discovered on Tuesday on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines on which Russian-controlled Gazprom and its European partners spent billions of dollars. A main question about the blasts was whether the United States could gain from the destruction of the pipelines, ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said. “The answer is undoubtedly.”

Oct 01, 2022 11:10 IST

Russia-Ukraine War Timeline

The so–called Russian ‘military operation’ in Ukraine has now crossed 218 days and began almost seven months ago on February 24. The recent annexation referendums held in Russian-occupied regions in Ukraine and the Ukrainian advances in those regions is likely to change the course of the war which has seen thousands dead and millions displaced with economic damages worth tens of billions of dollars. READ MORE

Oct 01, 2022 10:21 IST

World Bank to Give Ukraine $530 Million in Additional Aid

The World Bank has said it will provide an additional $530 million in support to Ukraine, bringing the total aid by the bank to $13 billion, as Russia’s invasion of the country continues. The aid is supported by the United Kingdom ($500 million) and the Kingdom of Denmark ($30 million), the World Bank said in a statement. Of the total aid of $13 billion to Ukraine to date, $11 billion has been fully disbursed, the bank added.

Oct 01, 2022 10:10 IST

RECAP | 25 Killed in Attack on Civilian Convoy in Ukraine Ahead of Kremlin Annexation

An attack on a frontline civilian convoy killed at least 25 people in southern Ukraine on Friday, just hours before Moscow was due to annex four occupied Ukrainian regions. “Twenty-five killed and about 50 wounded in an attack by the Russian military on a humanitarian convoy in Zaporizhzhia. Investigation launched,” said the prosecutor general’s office on Telegram. Bodies of people wearing civilian clothes were left on the ground after the attack and windows of cars blown out, an AFP photographer said.

Oct 01, 2022 09:58 IST

Which Are the 4 Ukraine Territories Putin Annexed?

Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a grand ceremony in Moscow on Friday to celebrate the annexation of four parts of Ukraine occupied by his army. In Moscow, at least 10,000 people convened for state-organised annexation celebrations, with huge banners emblazoned: “Donetsk. Lugansk. Zaporizhzhia. Kherson. Russia!” The four territories – Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson – create a crucial land corridor between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014. Together, the five regions make up around 20 percent of Ukraine, where forces in recent weeks have been clawing back territory.

Oct 01, 2022 09:47 IST

US, Allies Not Intimidated by Putin: Biden

President Joe Biden said Friday the United States and NATO will not be intimidated by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and warned that the Western alliance would defend “every inch” of its territory if attacked. “America and its allies are not going to be intimidated,” he said in remarks at the White House. Putin is “not going to scare us.” Biden then addressed the Kremlin leader directly, pointing his finger into the television camera as he warned against any attack spilling beyond Ukraine onto NATO territory. “America’s fully prepared, with our NATO allies, to defend every single inch of NATO territory,” he said. “Mr Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying: every inch.”

Oct 01, 2022 09:17 IST

US Would Know if Russia Prepares Nuclear Strike, Say Experts

The United States would almost certainly discover ahead of time if Russia was preparing a nuclear strike on Ukraine, and Moscow might very well want it known, nuclear weapons experts say.

A 2017 report by the institute maps out 47 nuclear storage sites across Russia — 12 national-level facilities and 35 base facilities. These are monitored constantly by intelligence and military surveillance satellites of the United States and other countries. They can even be watched closely by commercial satellites, as shown by the widespread, regularly updated imagery of activities at North Korean nuclear facilities, the AFP said in a report.

Oct 01, 2022 08:58 IST

As Putin Annexes Ukraine Territories, Zelensky Vows to Fight Back, Pushes NATO Application

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday that Kyiv is requesting fast-track NATO membership after Russia formally annexed four Moscow-held regions of Ukraine. “We have already proven our compatibility with (NATO) alliance standards,” Zelensky said in a video posted by the Ukrainian presidency on social media. “We are taking a decisive step by signing Ukraine’s application for accelerated accession to NATO,” he added.

Oct 01, 2022 08:12 IST

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution on Proclaimed Annexations, China Abstains

Russia on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution introduced by the United States and Albania condemning Moscow’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, with Russia’s strategic partner China abstaining from the vote. Russian ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia, who raised his hand to give the only vote against the resolution, argued the regions, where Moscow has seized territory by force and where fighting still rages, chose to be part of Russia. Kyiv and Western leaders denounced the referendums as a sham. Ten nations voted in favor, while China, Gabon, India and Brazil abstained.

Oct 01, 2022 07:59 IST

'US, Allies Fully Prepared to Defend Every Inch of NATO Territory': Biden on Russian Escalation in Ukraine

Washington imposed sanctions against Russia after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday proclaimed the biggest annexation in Europe since World War Two, declaring Russian rule over 15% of Ukraine territory occupied by Russian forces. “America’s fully prepared with our NATO allies to defend every single inch of NATO territory. Every single inch,” Biden said at the White House. Biden’s remark came hours after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Kyiv is submitting “accelerated” application for NATO membership following Russia’s formal annexation of four Moscow-held regions of Ukraine.

Oct 01, 2022 07:51 IST

Russia Faces UNESCO Meeting Walkout Over Ukraine War

Representatives of dozens of countries walked out of an international culture conference on Friday in protest at the war in Ukraine when Russia’s representative took the floor. The boycott occurred during the final session of the World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development convened by UNESCO in Mexico City. Lithuanian Culture Minister Simonas Kairys hit out at Moscow’s “unjustifiable and illegal aggression” against Ukraine, in a statement that he said was on behalf of 48 countries.

Oct 01, 2022 07:47 IST

'Dialogue Only Answer to Settle Disputes': What India Said While Abstaining from UN Vote

In the explanation of the vote, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said that India was deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine and New Delhi has always advocated that no solution can ever arrive at the cost of human lives. “We urge that all efforts are made by concerned sides for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities. Dialogue is the only answer to settling differences and disputes, however daunting that may appear at this moment, she said.

The path to peace requires us to keep all channels of diplomacy open, she said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi unequivocally conveyed this in his discussions with world leaders, including with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. She also referred to statements made by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Ukraine during the high-level General Assembly session last week.

 

Oct 01, 2022 07:36 IST

India Abstains on UNSC Resolution Condemning Russia's Illegal Referenda' in Ukraine

India has abstained on a draft resolution tabled in the UN Security Council which condemned Russia’s “illegal referenda” and annexation of four Ukrainian territories and called for an immediate cessation of violence while underlining the need to find pathways for a return to the negotiating table. The 15-nation UN Security Council on Friday voted on the draft resolution tabled by the US and Albania that condemns Russia’s organisation of illegal so-called referenda in regions within Ukraine’s internationally recognised borders.

Oct 01, 2022 07:19 IST

Russian Consulate in New York Vandalized with Red Paint

The Russian Consulate in New York was vandalized with red spray paint early Friday, in an apparent protest as President Vladimir Putin pursues invasion of Ukraine. A police spokeperson said the investigation was ongoing into the potential “bias incident” and no arrests had been made.

Russian Consulate in New York Vandalized with Red Paint
The Russian consulate in New York is seen on September 30, 2022 after it was vandalized with red spray paint. (Image: AFP)
Oct 01, 2022 07:18 IST

U.S. to Announce New Ukraine Aid Package Next Week: White House

The U.S. will announce a new Ukraine security aid package next week, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Friday. Sullivan made the announcement as he condemned Russia for a “sham” referendum annexing part of Ukraine.

Oct 01, 2022 07:17 IST

Ukraine Says it Reclaims Village Near Russian-held Stronghold of Lyman

Ukraine said on Friday that its troops had captured a village near the Russian stronghold of Lyman in the eastern Donetsk region, hours after Moscow-backed forces reported “alarming” news from the area. The defence ministry tweeted a photo of what it said were Ukrainian troops in Drobysheve, some 10 km (six miles) to the north west of Lyman, which was taken by Russia in May after an extended battle.

Kremlin’s plan to seize all of the industrial Donbas region.

“The Russian grouping in the area of Lyman is surrounded,” said Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern forces.

Meanwhile, the director general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was detained by a Russian patrol, Energoatom, the state agency in charge of the plant, said on Saturday. Ihor Murashov was detained on his way from Europe’s largest nuclear plant to the town of Enerhodar around 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Friday, the company said in a statement.

“He was taken out of the car, and with his eyes blindfolded he was driven in an unknown direction,” it said.

Russia on Friday vetoed a Western bid at the UN Security Council to condemn its annexations of Ukrainian territory but found no support, with China and India abstaining. Russia’s veto was a certainty but Western powers hoped to show Moscow’s isolation in its war and will now take the condemnation effort to the General Assembly, where every nation has a vote and none can kill a resolution.

The United States pushed through the draft Security Council resolution hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow had taken over four areas of Ukraine which held Kremlin-organized referendums on land seized by Russia’s military.

“This is exactly what the Security Council was made to do — defend sovereignty, protect territorial integrity, promote peace and security,” the US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said at the start of the meeting.

“The United Nations was built on an idea that never again would one country be allowed to take another’s territory by force,” she said, later promising a General Assembly vote.

Russia’s ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, complained that it was unprecedented to seek condemnation of one of the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council.

“Do you seriously expect Russia to consider and support such a draft? And if not, then it turns out that you are intentionally pushing us to use the right of the veto in order to then wax lyrical about Russia abusing this right,” Nebenzia said.

On Friday, Ukrainian troops have captured two villages that lie very close to the eastern Russian-occupied stronghold of Lyman, in the clearest sign yet the town could soon fall.

Lyman, in the Donetsk region, has served for months as a logistics and transport hub anchoring Russian operations in the north of the region. Its capture would be Kyiv’s biggest gain since a lightning counter-offensive retook swathes of Kharkiv region this month.

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