Russia Ukraine war latest news: Kyiv ‘firing on entire Russian front’, as Kherson defence ‘broken’

‘We will chase them to the border,’ says Zelensky – Monday

Ukrainian troops have fired on Russian positions along the entire front, Volodymyr Zelensky said, as a presidential aide claimed Moscow’s defences in the Kherson region had fallen through hours after Kyiv launched its counter-offensive.

“Active military engagement is now happening along the whole front line: in the south, in the Kharkiv region, in Donbas,” Mr Zelensky said last night, as he warned Russian troops to flee “if they want to survive”.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Ukrainian forces had pushed the front line back in places but did not say where.

Oleksiy Arestovych, a senior Ukrainian presidential adviser, said Russian defences in the Kherson theatre had been “broken through in a few hours”.

The Ukrainian military’s southern operational command said that they had killed 117 Russian troops and destroyed over 30 units of military equipment including tanks and a howitzer.

The battlefield claims could not be verified by The Independent.

Shortly after Ukraine launched the counter-attack, the Kremlin claimed all its war goals “will be reached”.

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Putin intent on ‘undoing the good’ of Mikhail Gorbachev, says Boris Johnson

Vladimir Putin is intent on “undoing the good” of Mikhail Gorbachev and attempting to “recreate that Soviet empire”, Boris Johnson has said.

The prime minister paid tribute to the former Soviet Union leader, who has died at the age of 91, describing him as “one of those people who changed the world and unquestionably changed it for the better”.

Mr Johnson said: “When you look at what he did to make Europe whole, free, to give freedom to the countries of the former Soviet Union – it was quite an extraordinary thing.”

He added: “Maybe he paid his own political price for it but when history is written, he will be, I think, one of the authors of fantastic change for the better in the world.”

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Russia fully cuts off Germany’s biggest gas pipeline

Russia’s Gazprom has shut off the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany.

The state energy giant has said the largest pipe supplying Germany will be out of operation for 72 hours was needed for maintenance.

Gazprom had been running the pipeline at only 20 per cent capacity prior to Wednesday’s full shutdown. Germany has said there were no technical issues.

Europe faces gas shortages this winter without Russian supplies. Governments fear Russia could extend the outage in retaliation for sanctions imposed on it and have accused Vladimir Putin of using energy supplies as a weapon.

Russia has denied that and blames sanctions for the drop in exports.

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Ukraine firing on whole Russian front, says Zelensky

Ukrainian troops have attacked Russian positions along the entire front, Volodymyr Zelensky said, warning Moscow’s forces to flee or die.

“Active military engagement is now happening along the whole front line: in the south, in the Kharkiv region, in Donbas,” the Ukrainian president said in his nightly address on Tuesday.

He added: “If they want to survive, it’s time for the Russian military to run away. Go home.”

A aide to Mr Zelensky said that Russian defences in Kherson, a key target of Ukraine’s counter-offensive, had fallen within hours – though it was unclear which defences he was referring to.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence said Ukrainian forces had pushed the front line back in places but did not say where.

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Ukraine wants Russian tourists banned by EU

Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba has urged the European Union to ban Russian tourists reasoning that a majority of the Kremlin’s population supported Russia’s “genocidal war of aggression” against Ukraine.

“The time for half-measures is gone. Only a tough and consistent policy can produce results,” Mr Kuleba said ahead of EU foreign ministers meet in Prague on Wednesday for a second day of talks.

“A visa ban for Russian tourists and some other categories will be an appropriate response to Russia’s genocidal war of aggression in the heart of Europe supported by an overwhelming majority of Russian citizens,” the top Ukrainian official said.

He also suggested a special program for Russian soldiers who do not want to fight in Ukraine anymore.

“(The message): save yourself and leave. Lay down arms, surrender to Ukrainian forces, and get an opportunity to start a new life,” he said.

Mr Kuleba added: “I am confident that this offer is worth making, because even if one Russian soldier lays down arms and decides to leave, it means saved Ukrainian lives and closer peace.”

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Russia to pour in more volunteer battalions in war after Ukraine’s assault in south

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is likely to send in more volunteer battalions in war with Ukraine but the troops are believed to have limited training, the British defence ministry said today.

“In line with its doctrine, Russia will likely now attempt to plug the gaps in its line using pre-designated mobile reserve units. These will likely include some of those from the Eastern Grouping of Forces,” the British MoD said, sharing its latest intelligence update.

It added that Moscow continues to “expedite attempts to generate new reinforcements” for Ukraine.

“Volunteer battalions of the new 3rd Army Corps had departed their home base near Moscow by 24 August, highly likely for onward deployment to Ukraine,” the ministry said.

However, the operational effectiveness of these units is not known.

The 3rd Army Corps is highly likely short of personnel and these troops have had limited training, the ministry claimed.

This comes after the Ukrainian armoured forces continued to assault Russia’s southern grouping of forces on several axes across the south of the country since Monday.

“Ukrainian formations have pushed the front line back some distance in places, exploiting relatively thinly held Russian defences,” the British defence ministry said.

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UN nuclear watchdog group leaves Kyiv for Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have left for Kyiv for Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the nuclear watchdog group’s chief said today.

IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi said that the mission will cross the war zone’s frontline for the first time and requires security guarantees as he addressed a briefing in Kyiv.

Mr Grossi added that the Vienna-based nuclear agency intended to spend several days at the Zaporizhzhia plant to examine and stabilise the situation, as well as to establish permanent representation.

Read the full story here:

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Situation at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant ‘extremely threatening’ – Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that the situation at the Europe’s largest nuclear power plant Zaporizhzhia remains extremely threatening and said he hopes that the mission by the global atomic body International Atomic Energy Agency starts soon.

“Representatives of the IAEA have already arrived in our country and are to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. It’s an important mission, and we’re doing everything we can for it to be safe and work at full capacity,” Mr Zelensky said yesterday.

He added that the situation at the nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s Enerhodar where the plant is situated and in the surrounding areas, remains extremely threatening.

“The occupiers do not leave the plant, continue shelling and do not take away their weapons and ammunition from the territory of the NPP. They intimidate our plant’s staff. The risk of a radiation disaster due to Russian actions does not decrease for a single hour,” Mr Zelensky said.

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Ukraine-Russia maps: Where is the invasion taking place

Russia is now six months into its long-feared full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which began on 24 February when Vladimir Putin announced his “special military operation” in a televised address to his citizens.

Ukraine’s cities have been under attack ever since, with the locals putting up a courageous resistance at street level to ensure the conquest is far from the formality Mr Putin and the Russian military appear to have assumed it would be.

Here are two maps to explain Ukraine’s frought situation as the conflict gets underway.

The first shows its borders within continental Europe (Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland lie to the south west and west while Belarus sits north) and its major cities.

The second details the incursions made by Russian troops, tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery units, which remain clustered to the east and south.

Look at the maps detailing Ukraine’s territory under Russian invasion here:

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117 Russian troops killed in battle in southern Ukraine, officials say

Ukrainian military officials said that the Russian forces have sustained significant losses in the besieged country’s southern part after Kyiv renewed its offensive on Moscow’s soldiers yesterday.

At least 117 Russian troops have been killed and over 30 units of military equipment including nine T-72 tanks, three “Grad” MLRS, one Giatsint-S self-propelled gun, one Msta self-propelled howitzer, and 18 units of armored vehicles have been destroyed, Ukraine’s operational command “South” said.

It added that the Ukrainian army also struck four Russian control points and four transportation routes, including two strikes on the Antonivsky bridge.

Volodymyr Zelensky said his troops have launched an active military engagement along the whole front line: in the south, in the Kharkiv region, in Donbas.

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Russia will not have a single safe base in Ukraine, warns Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky warned Russian troops will flee or surrender after Kyiv bolstered its offensive in southern Ukraine’ Mykolaiv and Kherson.

“Throughout the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, from Crimea to the Kharkiv region, the Russian army does not have and will not have a single safe base, a single quiet place,” the Ukrainian war-time president said in his late night video address yesterday.

He warned Russia that his soldiers “will destroy all warehouses, headquarters of the occupiers, their equipment, wherever they are located.”

“This is Ukrainian land, and the occupiers can do only two things – flee or surrender. We leave them no other options,” Mr Zelensky said.

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