On the 207th day of the Russia-Ukraine War, let’s take a look at the key developments.
Here is the situation as it stands on Sunday, September 18th.
- Ukraine’s counter-offensive has continued to advance into the partially retaken north-east as pressure on Russian forces mounts.
- Ukraine has continued its offensive to retake territory in the south, where it hopes to trap thousands of Russian troops cut off from supplies on the west bank of the Dnipro River and recapture Kherson, the only major Ukrainian city that Russia has held since inception of the war invasion.
- Russian forces have stepped up attacks on civilian infrastructure to “undermine the morale of the Ukrainian government and people…although they are unlikely to see any direct military effect,” according to the UK MoD said shortly.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his late night speech: “Torture was a widespread practice in the occupied territories. That’s what the Nazis did. That’s what [the Russians] do.”
- Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to remain on course in his campaign against Ukraine, warning of a “more serious” military response if counterattacks continue.
- One of the four main power lines at the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been repaired and is supplying electricity from the Ukrainian grid two weeks after the outage.
- The Russian Defense Ministry accused Kyiv of shelling near the Zaporizhia plant, which Ukraine denied. The ministry said its forces had launched attacks on Ukrainian positions in several parts of the country.
- Both sides reported casualties in fighting in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
- Russian security forces fired on a gang of armed criminals in the center of the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson and “neutralized” them, the TASS news agency reported.
- Oleksandr Shapoval, a leading Ukrainian ballet dancer who died fighting at the front last week, was honored with a memorial service at Ukraine’s National Opera.
- US President Joe Biden has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against using tactical nuclear or chemical weapons following setbacks in Ukraine. “Not. Not. Not. It would change the face of the war unlike anything since World War II,” he told 60 Minutes in a clip released by CBS.
- When asked about Biden’s comments, RIA Novosti quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying: “Read [Russia’s nuclear] Teach. Everything is written there.”
- According to the doctrine, nuclear weapons can be used after “an aggression against Russia or its allies using weapons of mass destruction” or “when the existence of the state is threatened”.
- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a war-exacerbated global food crisis will be the focus of world leaders as they convene this week for the United Nations General Assembly, a gathering unlikely to bring any progress towards ending the conflict.
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