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Russia Ukraine War News Highlights: Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant surrounded by Kremlin troops, loses external power

Ukraine War, Russia-Ukraine News Highlights: Zelenskyy added that he expects a positive response from Western allies to his requests for a rapid increase in military aid.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2022 07:49 IST
Servicemen fire from their 152-mm gun 2A36 'Giatsint-B' howitzer from their position at Ukrainian troops at an undisclosed location in Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Oct. 11, 2022. (AP)

Russia-Ukraine War News, Highlights: Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was on Wednesday surrounded by Russian troops and lost all external power needed for vital safety systems for the second time in five days, said the head of UN’s nuclear watchdog. International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi said agency monitors at the power plant reported the interruption and said backup diesel generators are keeping nuclear safety and security equipment operational.

Several cities across Ukraine lost power after Russia’s aerial attacks on Monday and Tuesday in as many as 10 cities. Kremlin’s attacks came days after a major bridge linking Ukraine to Russian-annexed Crimea was blown up by a truck bomb on Saturday. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds Kyiv responsible for what he has described as a “terrorist attack.

On Monday, India voted to reject Russia’s demand for a secret ballot in the UN General Assembly on a draft resolution to condemn Moscow’s “illegal” annexation of four regions of Ukraine. Moscow’s demand for a secret ballot was rejected after 107 UN member states, including India, voted in favour of a recorded vote.

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Russia Ukraine War News Highlights: Russian strikes damage 10 cities; Moscow says it is open to talks; Zelenskyy rules out talks; India votes against Russia in UN. More updates here.

07:42 (IST)13 Oct 2022
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Why Russia’s missiles on Ukraine have limited impact

Russia’s biggest air strikes against Ukraine since the start of the war killed at least 19 people, drove thousands of Ukrainians back into air raid shelters and knocked out electricity in hundreds of towns and villages. The strikes — denounced in the West for deliberately hitting civilian targets — have been hailed by hawks in Moscow as a turning point that demonstrates Russia’s resolve in what it calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

But Western military analysts say the strikes came at a staggering cost, depleted a dwindling supply of long-range missiles, hit no major military targets and are unlikely to change the course of a war going badly for Moscow. Read more

20:48 (IST)12 Oct 2022
Will Putin go to the G20? We'll see, says the Kremlin

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it still remained to be seen if President Vladimir Putin would attend November's G20 summit on the resort island of Bali. 'A large number of international forums are planned for November," Putin's foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters.

"If you are asking about the G20, then there is still a lot of time before the G20, as well as before other forums - we'll wait and see," Ushakov said. US President Joe Biden, asked if he would meet Putin at the G20, said he didn't see a good reason for a sit-down with the Kremlin chief. "It would depend on specifically what he wanted to talk about," Biden told CNN, adding that if Putin wanted to discuss the jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner then he would be open to talking. (Reuters)

19:41 (IST)12 Oct 2022
Russia has depleted large part of precision ammunition: NATO official

Russia has depleted a significant proportion of its precision-guided ammunition in its invasion of Ukraine and its industry cannot produce all kinds of ammunition and weapon systems due to Western sanctions, a senior NATO official said on Wednesday.

The official said he did not know how long it would take for Russia to mobilise the 300,000 troops Moscow is aiming for, and suggested it could take a few months. (Reuters)

19:40 (IST)12 Oct 2022
Meet ‘General Armageddon’, the fearsome new commander of Russian forces in Ukraine

As Russia rained shells and missiles in civilian areas in Ukraine and Western officials prepared to meet at NATO headquarters to discuss ways to sustain military assistance to the government in Kyiv, there was speculation over a possible link between the recent dramatic escalation in the war and the appointment of a new commander of the Russian forces.

The Kremlin on Saturday (October 8) announced the appointment of General Sergei Surovikin, a 55-year-old veteran of several intense and complex battles including as leader of the Russian forces in Syria, and a man with a reputation for ruthlessness and brutality. Read the full explainer here

19:22 (IST)12 Oct 2022
Ukraine Conflict: Putin’s desperation and cracks within Russia are beginning to show

Leaders often start wars in hubris, thinking that they would shape the course of the conflict. But it is the fog of war that, more often than not, ends up becoming the more significant determinant. Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing a similar predicament. Despite the reality on the ground, he continues to insist that the situation will soon be under control. Last week, he said he expected the situation to “stabilise” in Ukrainian regions annexed by the Kremlin despite his forces suffering military setbacks and losing several key towns to Kyiv. This was followed by heavy bombing in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia — the capital of one of the regions annexed by Russia – and then the raining of missiles across the vast Ukrainian territory from Kyiv and Lviv to Kharkiv and Odessa. Harish V Pant writes

18:53 (IST)12 Oct 2022
Dutch to give Ukraine 15 mln euros worth of air defense missiles

The Netherlands will deliver 15 million euros worth of air defense missiles to Ukraine, the government said in a letter to parliament on Wednesday, in reaction to Russian air raids on Ukraine earlier this week.

"These attacks ... can only be met with unrelenting support for Ukraine and its people," wrote Defense Minister Kasja Ollongren. (Reuters) 

18:05 (IST)12 Oct 2022
Ukraine says Russia's investigation into Crimea bridge blast is 'nonsense'

A Ukrainian official dismissed as "nonsense" on Wednesday Russia's investigation into an explosion last weekend that badly damaged a bridge linking the Russian mainland to the Crimea peninsula that Moscow has annexed. Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed Ukraine's security forces for the explosion and earlier on Wednesday Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said it had detained five Russians and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia over the blast.

"The whole activity of the FSB and Investigative Committee is nonsense," Ukraine's public broadcaster Suspilne cited Andriy Yusov, a press officer for Ukrainian military intelligence, as saying when asked about Moscow's allegations on the Crimea Bridge blast. (Reuters)

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is meeting G7 countries virtually on Tuesday to ask for more air defence weapons, among other demands. US President Joe Biden has said he is willing to supply more air defence systems to Ukraine after Russia bombed several of its key cities Monday (October 10), killing 19, injuring scores and inflicting devastating damage on critical infrastructure. The strikes continued in the southeastern town of Zaporizhzhia on Tuesday.

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“We’re trying to figure out what is Putin’s off-ramp? Where does he get off? Where does he find a way out?” the US president said Thursday at a fundraiser in New York City. “Where does he find himself in a position that he does not, not only lose face but lose significant power in Russia?” For the moment, Putin has backed himself further into a corner, effectively ruling out talks with his annexation of occupied Ukrainian lands and redoubling his commitment to fight with the order to call up at least 300,000 reservists despite rising consternation at home. Read more

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Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant surrounded by Kremlin troops, loses external power

The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that a Ukrainian nuclear plant surrounded by Russian troops has lost all external power needed for vital safety systems for the second time in five days.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi said agency monitors at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant reported the interruption and said backup diesel generators are keeping nuclear safety and security equipment operational. 

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An external power line to Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant — the biggest in Europe — was repaired on Sunday after shelling disconnected the facility from the grid and forced it to resort to emergency diesel generators, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said.The International Atomic Energy Agency said the 750-kilovolt line was reconnected to the plant on Sunday evening following repair work by Ukrainian engineers. That enabled the plant to start switching off the generators that had kicked in to provide it with power after the line — its last connection to the grid — was cut early Saturday.IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi tweeted that the reconnection was “a temporary relief in a still-untenable situation.”

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A Russian attack on Zaporizhzhia overnight struck apartment buildings and killed at least 17 people, a top official in the Ukrainian city said Sunday.City council Secretary Anatoliy Kurtev said the city was struck by rockets overnight, and that at least five private houses were destroyed and around 40 were damaged. The Ukrainian military also confirmed the attack, saying that there were dozens of casualties. The strike came after an explosion Saturday caused the partial collapse of a bridge linking the Crimean Peninsula with Russia, damaging an important supply artery for the Kremlin’s faltering war effort in southern Ukraine and hitting a towering symbol of Russian power in the region.

UN: Ukraine nuclear power plant loses external power link

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First published on: 10-10-2022 at 09:24 IST
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