Russia News on Ukraine : Latest updates
Ukrainian officials say their long-promised counteroffensive in the south is progressing. The governor of the Luhansk region acknowledged early signs of "positive news" in the process of "retaking our land" on Monday. The Kremlin also attempted to shift responsibility for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline stoppage, while Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a 31-page doctrine defining the Kremlin's broad foreign policy vision based on the values and interests of the "Russian world."
According to the Institute for the Study of War, a think tank located in the United States, "the Ukrainian counteroffensive is making substantial gains in the south and east." According to ISW experts, Ukrainian forces are moving west of the Kherson area along "many axes" and have "secured land in Donetsk, one of the two eastern regions that comprise the Donbass region." After a meeting of Ukraine's defense, military, and intelligence officials on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that "Ukrainian flags are returning to the areas where they should be by right."
The Kremlin blamed the Nord Stream 1 suspension on the West "collectively," with press secretary Dmitry Peskov alleging Monday that sanctions against Russia were blocking critical repairs to the pipeline's equipment. European officials have accused Russia of using the repairs as an excuse to cut off natural gas supplies, potentially in revenge for European assistance to Ukraine.
Putin issued a 31-page foreign policy doctrine outlining broad objectives for defending and promoting the values and interests of the "Russian world." The doctrine's goals include improving Russia's worldwide image, supporting traditional Russian culture and values, and fortifying ties with countries like as the Slavic states, India, and China. The statement states that by assisting Russians abroad, "Russia reinforces its image on the international scene as a democratic state fighting for a multipolar world and preserving its cultural and civilizational variety."
A vote in occupied Kherson on whether to join Russia has been "paused," according to a Moscow-based official reported by Russia's state-run Tass news agency. Kirill Stremousov criticized the security situation, but said claimed threats by Ukrainian officials against those voting would not deter them. Russia has declared similar referendums in other occupied regions.
According to Ukraine's official atomic energy agency Energoatom, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency departed the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power station on Monday. Two UN nuclear watchdog representatives remained behind and are scheduled to stay indefinitely to supervise the facility, according to Energoatom.
On Monday, John Sullivan told Politico that the cause for his hasty resignation as US ambassador to Russia the day before was a significant change in his wife's health. His wife, attorney Grace Rodriguez, died on Monday, according to Politico. According to the newspaper, the couple had been married for 34 years. "I don't want people to believe I didn't do my job," Sullivan said, adding that he was thankful for the opportunity to spend her dying hours with her.
Former investigative journalist Ivan Safronov was sentenced to 22 years in jail in Russia for "high treason." The sentencing, which capped one of Russia's most high-profile journalist cases in recent years, is the latest chapter in Russia's attack on the media and free expression.
The print media license of Russia's independent news outlet Novaya Gazeta was cancelled by a Russian court on Monday. The move was described as a "purely political decision" with no "legal basis" by the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year.
Updates to the battlefield
Ukraine claims to have retaken two settlements in the country's south. The widely distributed photograph of a soldier hoisting the Ukrainian flag on a structure was taken Sunday in the Kherson area, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the presidential office. "Two communities in the south of our nation have been freed," Zelensky declared late Sunday.
Serhiy Haidai, Governor of the Luhansk Territory, stated there were early indicators of "positive news" in the process of "de-occupation of our region." Haidai stated on Telegram on Monday that 100 pieces of equipment had been destroyed and 400 Russian troops had been killed in the seized town of Kreminna over the course of several days. "The Russians already believe they will depart our nation soon," he wrote.
According to Ukrainian military intelligence, Ukrainian special forces struck a Russian military post and a referendum vote storage facility in Kamianets-Dniprovska, an occupied section of the Zaporizhzhya region, on Monday. The intelligence service stated in a statement that the base of the Russian FSB team protecting the camp containing the ballots was "destroyed," and that "all existing printed documents were destroyed." According to the report, the precise number of individuals killed and injured is still unknown.
According to Energoatom, the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant lost its final direct link to Ukraine's electricity system on Monday as a consequence of a fire triggered by Russian shelling near the plant. "As a consequence, unit No. 6 was discharged and unplugged from the grid, which presently satisfies the Zaporizhzhia NPP's own demands," Energoatom explained. Russia also accused Ukraine of attacking the power plant's vicinity.
Russia's main aim "very definitely" remains the recapture of the eastern Donbass region, according to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense's daily review of combat information on Monday. It predicted that Russia will focus on seizing Donetsk, "allowing the Kremlin to declare the 'liberation' of the Donbass." According to the ministry, Russian soldiers are making the most advance north of Donetsk, around Avdiivka and Bakhmut. Even then, progress is slow, as Russian soldiers "only... move roughly 1 kilometer every week toward Bakhmut," according to the government.
According to Ukraine's Energy Ministry, more than 600,000 people in Ukraine are without power as a result of fighting-related damage. More than 80% of those without power reside in Donbass, with the remainder in Mykolaiv in the south and Kharkiv in the northeast. According to the government, around 235,000 individuals are still without natural gas delivery.
The global influence
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Russian Diplomatic in Kabul, killing two embassy employees. Taliban guards inside the embassy, according to Afghan police, shot at the assailant, but his explosive device exploded. According to the ministry's statement, Afghans were also among the victims. Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, branded it a "terrorist attack" and said the incident's facts were still being worked out.
Under a "financial support" deal reached Monday during a meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council, the European Union would contribute around $500 million in fresh funding to Ukraine. Denys Shmyhal, Ukrainian Prime Minister, attended the meeting in Brussels and stated that the agreement, one of four agreed on Monday, will bring Ukraine closer to the European Union and help to its sustainability.
Liz Truss was announced the United Kingdom's next Prime Minister. The outcome of a highly monitored referendum by Conservative Party members provoked a dubious response from the Kremlin. Prior to the announcement of the results, Peskov accused Truss and her opponent, Rishi Sunak, of "competing in anti-Russian rhetoric." He added it was "difficult to think" that Russia-UK relations would deteriorate, but he "could not rule it out."
Kiev is attempting to get political backing for the creation of an international tribunal to punish key Russian officials responsible for the war. Andriy Yermak, Zelensky's chief of staff, told a Russian war crimes conference in Brussels that he is campaigning for support for the tribunal with the president of the European Parliament. In a tweet on Monday, Yermak said, "Every single architect of this conflict must be punished for the assault against Ukraine."
Tajikistan's foreign minister is in Russia on official business and met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The officials are scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding. According to the ministry, "Russian-Tajik cooperation is growing despite the challenging international circumstances."
Russia sanctioned 25 additional US people, ranging from politicians like Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to cultural celebrities like actors Ben Stiller and Sean Penn. The people, who join a growing list of Americans sanctioned by Russia, have been permanently barred from entering the country, according to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday.