As Ukraine firepower thunders, Russian troops flee to the border; Biden to meet with Griner relatives: Live updates

Written by on September 15, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned the northeastern metropolis of Izium has turn into the most recent location the place the Russians have left behind mass graves.

Zelenskyy mentioned Thursday that Ukrainian authorities have discovered a mass burial web site close to Izium within the just lately recaptured Kharkiv area beforehand occupied by Russian forces.

“Bucha, Mariupol, now, sadly, Izium,” Zelenskyy mentioned in his nightly televised tackle, including that affirmation would seemingly come Friday. “Russia leaves demise all over the place. And it have to be held accountable for it. The world should convey Russia to actual accountability for this warfare.”

The Related Press reported that its journalists noticed the positioning in a forest exterior Izium on Thursday. A mass grave had a marker saying it contained the our bodies of 17 Ukrainian troopers. It was surrounded by tons of of particular person graves with solely crosses to mark them.

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Children look through a car windows as they and other refugees from Kharkov travel to a temporary camp in Belgorod, Russia, on Sept. 14, 2022.

Newest developments: 

►The U.N. atomic company’s 35-nation Board of Governors handed a decision Thursday calling on Russia to instantly finish its occupation of the Ukrainian nuclear energy plant in Zaporizhzhia, the place shelling of the power and close by areas in current weeks heightened fears of a doable radiation catastrophe.

►Famous person guard Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors mentioned his “contacts within the Biden administration rebuffed an offer to help” the efforts to free WNBA star Brittney Griner from Russian captivity. 

Russians flee to the border close to Kharkiv

Tensions had been rising in Russian villages bordering the Kharkiv area Thursday because the roar of the Ukraine navy’s firepower edged nearer to the border.

The governor of Russia’s Belgorod area mentioned residents had been wounded when Ukraine shells slammed into one border village, and non-public homes, farm buildings and energy traces in one other had been partially destroyed. Vyacheslav Gladkov additionally ordered the evacuation of a number of villages.

Ukraine has retaken 1000’s of miles and greater than 300 villages and cities this month. The Ukraine Protection Ministry mentioned Russian troops fleeing the Ukraine advance are massing on the Belgorod border, the place different Russian troops are maintaining them from crossing over.

“They haven’t any communication with the command,” the ministry mentioned in a press release. “There isn’t any provide of meals and ammunition.”

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, reporting from Belgorod in current days, discovered locals who expressed concern and concern. One schoolteacher mentioned she instructed college students who heard missiles that the sound was solely thunder.

Some residents have fled to Belgorod from villages in Ukraine after working for Russian administrations – solely to have the Russians abandon the Ukraine cities. Now they concern payback from Ukrainian authorities who view them as traitors.

Biden to satisfy kinfolk of Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan at White Home

President Joe Biden will hold separate meetings Friday at the White Home with kinfolk of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan safety government Paul Whelan, the Related Press reported, citing senior administration officers.

This would be the first in-person contact between the president and relations of the 2 People being held captive in Russia, thought-about by the U.S. authorities to be “wrongfully detained.”

The Biden administration mentioned in July that it had made a “substantial proposal” to get them house in a prisoner change, however these efforts thus far have proved fruitless.

Griner has been held in Russia since February on drug-related costs. She was sentenced final month to 9 years in jail after pleading responsible, and has appealed the punishment. Whelan is serving a 16-year sentence on espionage-related costs that he and his household say are false. Invoice Richardson, the previous U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, visited Moscow this week to debate their launch.

Putin acknowledges China’s ‘considerations’ about warfare in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged China has “questions and considerations” about Moscow’s warfare in Ukraine as he met along with his Chinese language counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Thursday in Uzbekistan.

“We extremely recognize the well-balanced place of our Chinese language buddies in reference to the Ukrainian disaster,” mentioned Putin, who took the chance to blast the West. “We perceive your questions and considerations on this regard.”

Putin’s uncommon point out of Chinese language worries comes as Beijing has been anxious in regards to the affect of unstable oil costs and financial uncertainty ensuing from a warfare that has lasted almost seven months and has seen Russia expertise some embarrassing battlefield setbacks.

China’s economy has already taken a downturn this 12 months largely due to its strict anti-COVID measures. Russia has dramatically elevated vitality gross sales to China in current months as Europe purchases declined due to sanctions.

Xi didn’t make any references to Ukraine in his public feedback throughout the assembly on the sidelines of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Group, a safety alliance created as a counterweight to U.S. affect. The alliance additionally contains India, Pakistan and 4 ex-Soviet nations in Central Asia.

Some Russian troops in Kharkiv ‘fled in obvious panic,’ British ministry says

The Russian retreat from the Kharkiv area, the place Ukrainian forces have been consolidating their just lately recaptured territory, was in some cases orderly however at different occasions the troops “fled in obvious panic,” the British Ministry of Protection said in an intelligence update.

Within the course of, the Russians left behind worthwhile gear “important to allow Russia’s artillery-centric fashion of warfare,” the ministry mentioned, concluding that such abandonment illustrates “localized breakdowns in command and management.”

Contributing: The Related Press

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