Ukraine liberates more towns, pushes for Russian troops to keep surrendering: Live updates

Written by on September 13, 2022

The Ukraine army claimed Tuesday that it had downed one in every of Russia’s Iran-built drones as Kyiv’s counteroffensive continued to drive again the invaders from northeastern cities occupied for the reason that early weeks of the warfare.

The Ukrainian army revealed photographs of wreckage from the drone, encountered close to Kupiansk in Kharkiv province, the place Ukraine troops have made a push in latest days into the strategically essential metropolis of Izyum.

In Moscow, the Russian Protection Ministry tried to tamp down rising unrest on the progress of the warfare, saying groups of assault helicopters are making greater than 5 fight sorties daily to disrupt the counteroffensive close to Izyum. Russian forces additionally shelled the middle of Kharkiv, knocking out energy and water in some areas of town, Mayor Ihor Terekhov mentioned.

Electrical energy had been absolutely restored within the area of Kharkiv by Tuesday night, in line with a Telegram submit from Ukrainian presidential aide Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

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Russia has withdrawn many troops from the province, however claims this was a deliberate regrouping to extend efforts on the southern Donetsk entrance.

“The enemy is demoralized and is on the lookout for methods to depart the occupied territories,” Ukraine’s Operational Command South mentioned. “However the occupiers nonetheless have loads of energy and energy.”

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This undated photograph released by the Ukrainian military's Strategic Communications Directorate shows the wreckage of what Kyiv has described as an Iranian Shahed drone downed near Kupiansk, Ukraine. Ukraine's military claimed Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, for the first time that it encountered an Iranian-supplied suicide drone used by Russia on the battlefield.

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►Along with leaving the Kharkiv area, Russian troops have been additionally abandoning Melitopol within the south and heading towards Moscow-annexed Crimea, mentioned Ivan Fedorov, town’s mayor earlier than the occupation.

►Dmitry Palyuga, one of many district council members in St. Petersburg who final week known as for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be eliminated and charged with treason over the warfare in Ukraine, mentioned he has been fined 47,000 rubles ($780) for “discrediting” the authorities, Reuters reported. On Monday, 18 municipal deputies signed a petition calling for Putin to resign, and that checklist has greater than doubled, the information company says.

►The U.N. mentioned 129 loaded ships carrying greater than 2.eight million tons of Ukrainian grain have left the Black Sea since an settlement was reached to raise a Russian blockade July 22, however fertilizer exports from Russia are nonetheless down regardless of being lined by the deal.

►Russia has spent greater than $300 million since 2014 to attempt to covertly affect politicians and different officers in additional than two dozen nations, the State Division mentioned in a cable launched Tuesday.

Ukraine tells Russian troopers: ‘You don’t want this warfare. Give up’

As newly liberated residents in some elements of Ukraine rejoice the Russian retreat and examine the charred tanks left behind, Ukrainian authorities are working to influence extra of the invading troops to surrender the combat.

Amid unconfirmed stories that enormous numbers of Russian troopers have surrendered, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Protection Hanna Maliar mentioned the federal government is launching shells full of flyers encouraging extra of them to put down their arms.

“Russians use you as cannon fodder,” the flyers learn. “Your life doesn’t imply something for them. You don’t want this warfare. Give up to Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

US refrains from ‘spiking the ball’ over Ukraine’s positive aspects

Admiration for what Ukraine has achieved on the battlefield these days is warranted. Declaring victory? That will be untimely, observers and U.S. officers say.

The Biden administration has kept away from publicly celebrating the Ukrainians’ beautiful positive aspects of the previous couple of days — notably within the northeast — which President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned has led to as much as 2,300 sq. miles of reclaimed territory.

The sight of Russian troops in hasty retreat has introduced jubilation to Ukrainians, however Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby declined to name it a turning level in a battle that began greater than 200 days in the past, stating the unpredictability of warfare.

Kirby mentioned Russia has issues with command, logistics and unit cohesion however nonetheless has a big and potent army with loads of energy — together with nuclear weapons.

“They clearly nonetheless have a army able to inflicting nice harm,” he mentioned.

Russian forces additionally preserve management of huge swaths of the east and south, together with the commercial Donbas area, the place they continue to be in cost in one of many two provinces and a part of the opposite.

“I agree there must be no spiking of the ball as a result of Russia nonetheless has playing cards it may well play,” mentioned Philip Breedlove, a retired U.S. Air Pressure normal who was NATO’s high commander from 2013 to 2016. “Ukraine is now clearly making sturdy adjustments in its east and north and I consider that if the West correctly equips Ukraine, they’ll be capable to maintain on to their positive aspects.”

Putin aide: Criticism of warfare allowed, ‘however the line could be very, very skinny’

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, requested about simmering criticism at residence of the warfare effort, mentioned it was permissible by legislation, however with limits. Peskov cited the hostile reactions as an instance of “pluralism,” including that Russians general stay firmly in assist of President Vladimir Putin. The Protection Ministry has taken a beating on Russian social media – and even amongst some Russian TV commentators – for what in some instances have been seen as hasty, sloppy retreats.

“As for different factors of view, vital factors of view, so long as they continue to be inside the legislation, that is pluralism, however the line could be very, very skinny,”  Peskov mentioned. “One should be very cautious right here.”

He mentioned plans nonetheless name for persevering with the warfare till targets are achieved. No plans to drastically enhance troop energy by way of a draft have been made, he mentioned.

Contributing: Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY; The Related Press

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