Russo-Ukrainian War: US Hails Ukraine’s ‘Extraordinary Victory’ in Kherson; Kyiv warns Moscow to “mobilize more conscripts” – live | Ukraine

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Key events

UN grain talks with Russia still without breakthrough

United Nations chiefs held talks with Russian officials on the Black Sea deals on the export of grain and fertilizer, eight days before one of the deals expired.

The discussions took place behind closed doors in Geneva and ended on Friday afternoon.

Ukraine is one of the world‘s leading grain producers and the Russian invasion had blocked 20 million tonnes of grain in its ports until the safe passage agreement was reached.

Two agreements brokered by the UN and Turkey were signed on 22 July.

The first was to allow the export of war-blocked Ukrainian grain from Russia into the country, while the second was to export Russian food and fertilizer despite Western sanctions imposed on Moscow following its invasion.

The 120-day Black Sea Grains Initiative expires on November 19 and the United Nations is seeking to renew it for one year.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Saturday accused Russian inspectors of “silent sabotage”, saying they were intentionally dragging their feet in allowing shipments through.

“Russia should – must – stop playing hunger games with the world,” he said.

Moscow, however, has yet to say whether it would agree to a renewed deal.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Saturday that the “war continues” after the successful recapture of the city of Kherson.

Speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Cambodia, Kuleba said the country’s liberation struggle would continue.

“We are winning battles on the ground. But the war continues he told reporters in Phnom Penh.

Earlier, Kuleba said he understood that “everyone wants this war to end as soon as possible. We are certainly the ones who want it more than anyone… But as long as the war continues and we see Russia mobilizing more conscripts and bringing more weapons to Ukraine, we will of course continue to count on your continued support”.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba attends the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photography: Vincent Thian/AP

White House hails Ukraine’s ‘extraordinary victory’ in Kherson

The White House on Saturday hailed what it called an “extraordinary victory” for Ukraine in retaking the city of Kherson from Russian occupiers, AFP reported.

“It looks like the Ukrainians have just won an extraordinary victory where the only regional capital that Russia captured in this war is now back under a Ukrainian flag – and that’s quite a remarkable thing,” he said. he added. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters while accompanying President Joe Biden to the ASEAN summit in Cambodia.

Sullivan said the Russian retreat would have “broader strategic implications,” including mitigating Russia’s longer-term threat to other southern Ukrainian cities such as Odessa.

“This is a great moment and it is due to the incredible tenacity and skill of Ukrainians, backed by the relentless and united support of the United States and our allies,” he added. said Sullivan.

Ukrainian servicemen board a previously captured Russian armored personnel carrier in Blahodatne, Kherson region.
Ukrainian servicemen board a previously captured Russian armored personnel carrier in Blahodatne, Kherson region. Photo: Valentin Ogirenko/Reuters

Summary

Hello and welcome to our continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine.

I’m Christine Kearney and I’ll bring you the latest developments. It’s around 9am in Kyiv, here’s where things stand:

  • Ukrainians in the city of Kherson celebrate after the arrival of Ukrainian soldiers to retake the city. In extraordinary scenes, cheering crowds were seen welcoming soldiers to the southern Ukrainian city, after the continued progress made by the armed forces in recent days. Ukrainian forces liberated 41 settlements as they advanced south, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

  • A Ukrainian flag was raised in Svobody Square, near the headquarters of the regional administration for the first time since the city fell to Russia on March 2. Another steals in front of the city’s national police headquarters.

  • Zelensky declared the city “ours” and that it was a “historic” day for the country, after Russia announced the completion of its withdrawal from the regional capital. In a statement on his Telegram page, he said the people of Kherson never lost hope in Ukraine, adding: “Hope for Ukraine is always justified – and Ukraine always gives back.” .

  • A spokesperson for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense told the BBC that Ukrainian forces almost in full control of Kherson.

  • Russia said more than 30,000 military personnel have been withdrawn on the eastern bank of the Dnieper. The Defense Ministry said its evacuation was complete by 5 a.m. Moscow time on Friday. The ministry said there were no more military equipment or soldiers on the west bank of the river.

  • However, there have been reports of a few Russian soldiers being left behind in Ukraine and put on civilian clothes, or drown trying to escape. The Defense Ministry’s intelligence unit urged the Russian soldiers to surrender.

  • The White House on Saturday hailed what it called an “extraordinary victory” for Ukraine by retaking the city of Kherson from the Russian occupiers, AFP reported. it’s a pretty remarkable thing,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters.

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Saturday that the “war continues” after the successful recapture of the city of Kherson. Speaking at a Southeast Asia summit in Cambodia, Kuleba said the struggle to liberate the country would continue: “We are winning battles on the ground. But the war continues,” he told reporters in Phnom Penh.

  • The Antonivsky Bridge, the only nearby road that connects the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine to the eastern bank of the Russian-controlled Dnieper, was destroyed. There was significant new damage to the nearby major Nova Kakhovka dam after the pullout, US satellite imagery company Maxar said.

  • Ukraine’s Prosecutor General investigates three bodies found in Kherson region, which she suspected of having been victims of war crimes.

  • Russian attacks on electrical installations have a disproportionate effect on civilians in Ukrainehaving an indiscriminate impact on critical functions such as health care and heating, according to the last evaluation by the UK Ministry of Defence.

  • Ukraine is building a wall on its northern border with neighboring Belarus, a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The concrete wall is already 3 km long.

  • Forty-five Ukrainian soldiers were freed in a prisoner swap with Russia and the bodies of two killed Ukrainian soldiers have also been repatriated, the head of the Ukrainian presidential office said.

  • The The United Nations ended his discussions for the week with Russian officials in Geneva, but have not yet finalized an agreement to export cereals from Ukraine across the Black Sea.

  • UN nuclear watchdog announces investigation into research plant in the city of Kharkiv found that it was badly damaged, but there were no signs of radiological release or diversion of nuclear materials.

  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany’s priority in helping Ukraine should be to help it defend against Russian air raids on its cities and help rebuild its infrastructure.

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