Ukraine Update — 09/09/22
1. Update on #Donetsk Oblast
Russian forces killed 9 and injure 23 in #Donetsk Oblast on September 8 2022 according to #Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko. He said that over the previous day, the Russian military killed five civilians in #Bakhmut, two in #Zaitseve, one in #New #York (named after the U.S. State), and one in #Fedorivka.
#Krylenko said that #Bakhmut, with an estimated population of 70,000, "has been without water and electricity for the fourth day," adding that "repairs are impossible due to ongoing fighting."
2. Update on #Kharkiv Oblast
Intensive shelling in #Kharkiv Oblast killed 4 civilians on September 8 2022 #Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov said.
Syniehubov reported on September 9 2022 that Russian forces had shelled the city of #Kharkiv and across the Oblast with multiple-launch rocket systems. Ten people were hospitalised.
#Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported early this morning that Russian shelling in the #Saltivskyi District damaged an educational institution overnight on September 9 2022. The State Emergency Service is working on the scene. There is no information on casualties yet.
Terekhov reported on September 9 2022 that Russian shelling damaged a kindergarten and set a gas station on fire in Kharkiv’s #Shevchenkivskyi district. Terekhov also reported that 10 people were injured due to Russian shelling, including three children.
Ukrainian forces reportedly have reached #Kupiansk, #Kharkiv Oblast. A photo of soldiers posing with a Ukrainian flag near the entrance sign to the city of #Kupiansk, #Kharkiv Oblast, has been circulating on social media on September 9 2022.
Ukraine’s military reportedly raised the Ukrainian flag in #Shevchenkove, #Kharkiv Oblast. Photos geo-located by CNN today appear to show the Ukrainian flag hoisted above an administrative building in the community of #Shevchenkove, located around 30 kilometres from the city of #Kupiansk, which has also been reportedly liberated.
Russia said on Friday it was #dispatching reinforcements to the #Kharkiv region in eastern Ukraine where Ukraine's forces have announced robust gains as part of a broader counteroffensive. Russian state media broadcast footage of columns of Russian tanks, support vehicles and artillery travelling along paved roads and dirt tracks, emblazoned with the letter "Z," the symbol of Russia's invasion.
A Russian-appointed official in Ukraine’s #Kharkiv region announced on Friday that civilians are being evacuated from three of the region’s Russian-controlled territories that have come under threat from a Ukrainian counteroffensive.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said meanwhile that Russia's push to send reinforcements showed Russia was paying "huge costs" in its bid to capture and then hold on to Ukrainian territory.
A Russia-installed official in the region, Vitaliy Ganchev, said in televised remarks that "fierce battles" were under way near #Balakliya, a town in the #Kharkiv region that Ukraine said it had recaptured on Thursday. "We do not control #Balakliya. Attempts are being made to dislodge the Ukrainian forces, but there are fierce battles and our troops are being held back on the approaches," Ganchev said."Now Russian reserves have been brought there, our troops are fighting back," he added.
On the Ukrainian side, the road from #Kharkiv — the country's second-largest city — heading southeast towards recaptured #Balakliya was open Friday, AFP journalists said, with queues at several checkpoints and civilian and military vehicles dotting the road.
Ukrainian forces have continued to advance deep into Russian-occupied parts of #Kharkiv region in the country's northeast, according to multiple social media videos as well as accounts from both the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian social media channels. The Russian 202nd motorized rifle regiment, "located in the #Kharkiv region, withdrew from their positions and moved to the nearest forest. The unit was left without commanders and communications," Ukrainian intelligence said. Ukrainian forces have advanced more than 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) eastwards into Russian-held territory across a widening front, threatening to cut off Russian forces to the south around #Izyum.
Ukraine's Intelligence Directorate has claimed that the "237th Guards Airborne Assault Regiment of the Russian Federation ceased to exist due to the death or injury of all servicemen."
Through geolocation and the statements of the Ukrainian military, independent analysts and Russian military bloggers, it's estimated that Ukrainian forces have taken well over 400 square kilometers of territory this week in the #Kharkiv region.
The head of the #Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleh Syniehubov, said he toured recently liberated areas of the region — and the "Russians left broken infrastructure and houses, many trophies and piles of garbage."
Syniehubov posted photographs of his tour on his Telegram channel. "People, without exaggeration, met our soldier with tears in their eyes....Residents, of course, need help. Most villages do not have electricity or gas. In the near future, we will restore them and bring in humanitarian aid," he said."
"But the first thing is cleansing and demining," Syniehubov said. "For those who have left, we do not recommend returning until the relevant orders of the military."
He also issued a warning to those who had collaborated with the occupation. "No traitor will escape responsibility. Today, the head of one of the villages of the de-occupied community, who collaborated with the enemy, was detained," he said.
"The most important thing: thanks to our Armed Forces, there are already Ukrainian flags everywhere!" Syniehubov said.
3. Update on #Mykolaiv Oblast
Mykolaiv Oblast Governor Vitaliy Kim reported on September 9 2022 that Russian forces had shelled neighboring areas to the east and west of #Mykolaiv, damaging undisclosed infrastructure and causing a forest fire.
4. Update on #Sumy Oblast
Russian forces launched an airstrike on a hospital in #Sumy Oblast stated Sumy Oblast Governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi. He said that Russian forces had struck upon the community of #Velyka #Pysarivka early on September 9 2022, causing injuries and destruction. Seven people are undergoing treatment, reported Suspilne media outlet, citing the community’s head, Liudmyla Biriukova.
Russian forces fire almost 100 rounds at Sumy Oblast on September 8 2022 according to Dmytro Zhyvytskyi. He stated that #Krasnopillia, #Esman and #Znob-#Novhorodske were shelled with mortars and artillery. Zhyvytskyi also said that in the #Shostka district, a car was blown up by a mine.
5. Update on #Kherson Oblast
Operational Command South said Ukrainian units continued to suppress "concentration of manpower and combat equipment, the pontoon crossing in the #Darivka area and the temporary bridge in the #Nova #Kakhovka area," which the Russians have erected to try to resupply forces on the west bank of the Dnipro river.
Operational Command South reported that Ukrainian forces hit Russian pontoon bridges in #Kherson Oblast.
Ukraine’s Operational Command “South” reported on September 9 2022 that Ukrainian forces also killed 11 Russian troops and destroyed two tanks, two Pion self-propelled artillery and an amphibious combat vehicle in #Kherson Oblast and #Kharkiv Oblast.
6. Update on #Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says shelling has caused a near blackout in the town near the #Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine where the plant’s operators live, adding to the increasingly precarious situation at the plant. Rafael Grossi said in a statement on September 9 2022 that he learned from IAEA staff on-site about the blackout, which developed the night before at the plant.
The power infrastructure feeding the town of #Enerhodar has been destroyed by shelling of the switchyard at the town’s thermal power plant, leading to a complete power blackout, the statement said.
Grossi said, given the situation, there is significant risk of an impact on the availability of essential staff at the site to continue to safely operate #Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
"I therefore urgently call for the immediate cessation of all shelling in the entire area," Grossi said. "Only this will ensure the safety and security of operating staff and allow the durable restoration of power to #Enerhodar and to the power plant."
Grossi added that the IAEA understands that, as a result of the development, the operator is considering shutting down the only remaining operating reactor. The plant would then be fully reliant on emergency diesel generators for ensuring nuclear safety and security functions, he said.
Meanwhile, in Vienna, the UN watchdog's board of governors is expected to call on Russia to cease all actions at Ukraine's nuclear facilities, according to a draft resolution that diplomats say Poland and Canada have prepared ahead of next week's meeting of the board.The draft, obtained by Reuters, is being circulated among the 35 countries on the board and is a follow-up to a resolution that was passed by an emergency board meeting in March 2022 and that only Russia and China opposed. Diplomats quoted by Reuters say the aim is to show Russia is isolated diplomatically and to pressure it to end its occupation of the #Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
The draft text says the board "deplores the Russian Federation's persistent violent actions against nuclear facilities in Ukraine, including the ongoing presence of Russian forces and [Russian nuclear agency] personnel at the #Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant."
7. Update on Southern Ukraine
Operational Command “South” said that Ukrainian forces killed 59 Russian troops and destroyed three Uragan MLRS along with a transport charger, two Pion self-propelled artillery, one Msta-S howitzer, three self-propelled artillery and mortar machines, and one T-72 tank.
The military also destroyed six units of armoured vehicles, two ammunition depots and one ferry crossing.
8. Russia has completely destroyed 127 medical facilities since February 24 2022
Ukraine’s Health Ministry said in a statement on September 8 2022 that Russian forces have damaged 826 medical facilities since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion.
So far, Ukraine, with the help of international organizations, has restored 62 medical facilities.
9. UN Ukraine Mission Chief Accuses Russia Of Denying Access To POWs
The chief of the UN human rights mission in Ukraine has accused Russia of failing to allow access to prisoners of war (POWs) and said that it has evidence of ill-treatment and torture of Ukrainian prisoners that may constitute war crimes. "The Russian Federation has not provided access to prisoners of war held on its territory or in territory under its occupation...," Matilda Bogner, the head of the mission, told a news conference in Geneva on September 9 2022.
"This is all the more worrying since we have documented that prisoners of war in the power of the Russian Federation and held by the Russian Federation's armed forces or by affiliated armed groups have suffered torture and ill-treatment," she added.
Under the UN's 1949 Geneva Conventions, of which Russia and Ukraine are signatories, torture, willfully causing injury, murdering POWs, deliberately targeting civilian populations, and the extensive destruction of property without military necessity all rank as war crimes.
Ukraine says its has launched investigations into about 32,000 suspected war crimes -- including for torture and mistreatment of POWs -- since the invasion was launched.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on September 9 2022 that he could not comment on the UN statement because Russian authorities did not have enough information from the UN on what it was basing its allegations on.
10. Romanian navy ship hits mine in Black Sea, no casualties reported
The Romanian navy dredger was attempting to defuse the drifting sea mine when it exploded 25 nautical miles off the coast of Constanta. No casualties or significant damage to the ship was reported.
11. St. Petersburg deputies face fines after calling for impeachment of #Putin
Several elected deputies in the St. Petersburg area have been summoned by police after calling for the impeachment of Russian President Vladimir #Putin. The local deputies from the Smolninskoye municipality appealed to the Russian Duma to impeach Putin for what they called crimes of high treason.
The author of the appeal, Dmitry Palyuga, posted it on Twitter, alleging Putin was responsible for: "(1) the decimation of young able-bodied Russian men who would serve the workforce better than the military; (2) Russia’s economic downturn and brain drain; (3) NATO’s expansion eastward, including adding Finland and Sweden to “double” its border with Russia; (4) the opposite effect of the 'special military operation' in Ukraine."
Palyuga and fellow deputy Nikita Yuferev later posted on Twitter a summons issued to them by the St. Petersburg police for “discrediting of the ruling establishment.” Palyuga later reported that two of the four deputies summoned have been released by the police and all are expected to face fines.
Polish Prime Minister arrived in Kyiv #today
Mateusz Morawiecki arrived on the morning of September 9 2022 for a series of meetings connected to the ongoing war and the energy market, Polish Government spokesperson Pjotr Muller said.
Latvian President makes unannounced visit to Ukraine
Latvian President Egils Levits met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on today to express Latvia’s “continued strong support to Ukraine until victory in this war.” “Latvia will help in the reconstruction effort,” Levits said.
14. European Council adopts full suspension of visa facilitation agreement with Russia
The move will make it harder and more costly for Russian citizens to enter the EU. The measures will enter into force on September 12 2022.
U.S. sanctions Iranian companies over drone sales to Russia
The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on four Iranian companies and one individual for the development and shipment of Iranian drones to Russia.
According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the list includes Safiran Airport Services, Paravar Pars Company, Design and Manufacturing of Aircraft Engines, Baharestan Kish Company and Rehmatollah Heidari.
U.S. Defence Secretary: Count On Ukraine Support For 'As Long As It Takes'
U.S. backing for Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion will continue for "as long as it takes," said Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin in Prague on September 9 2022. Appearing alongside Czech Defence Minister Jana Černochová, Austin commended the progress Ukrainian troops have made recently in both #Kherson and #Kharkiv.
17. EU Budget Commissioner Calls On EU States To Step Up Funding For Ukraine in 2023
EU Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn has asked EU member states to step up their financial support to Ukraine next year because Russia's war in Ukraine “is very likely" to continue.
Speaking to RFE/RL in Prague ahead of an informal meeting of EU finance ministers, Hahn confirmed that a 5 billion euro ($5.02 billion) loan tranche to Ukraine will be formally agreed upon in the coming days and that he hoped an additional 3 billion euros, possibly in grants, would be provided to Ukraine before the end of the year.
"There has to be more in the pipeline, because the financial needs of Ukraine until the end [of the year] is another 3 billion [euros]," Hahn said.
Hahn added that the additional funds had already been proposed to the European Commission and expressed confidence that they would be approved by EU member states.
A first tranche of 1 billion euros was already disbursed this summer, meaning that a total of 9 billion euros of financial aid from the EU could go to Ukraine before the end of this year.
18. Infrastructure damage
According to the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE): Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused direct damages worth over $114 billion so far.
According to the KSE, the total cost of damages to infrastructure has reached $114.5 billion, requiring at least $197.8 billion for the recovery.
19. Ukraine registers record number of marriages in 7 years
A total of 103,903 marriages were recorded in Ukraine in the first six months of 2022, which is a 21% increase from last year's number and the highest since 2016, according to the data published by the Ukrainian Justice Ministry.
20. Zelenskyy’s nightly address
Ukrainian President Volodymyr #Zelenskyy said that offensive actions by the country's armed forces continue "successfully" in several directions.
"As of now, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have liberated and taken control of more than 30 settlements in the #Kharkiv region," Zelenskyy said in his daily video message.
"Measures to check and secure the territory in some villages of the region are ongoing; we are gradually taking control of new settlements. We are returning the Ukrainian flag and protection for all our people everywhere," he said.
#Zelenskyy singled out the 14th Separate Mechanised Brigade for its contribution to the #Kharkiv offensive, as well as marines of the 503rd Naval Infantry Battalion "for their courage in #Donetsk region."