In Bakhmut and Kherson, Ukrainian forces advance against Russian fighters


Ukrainian forces continued their advance on the Russian army in the southern Kherson region on Tuesday, pushed back Russian soldiers from Bakhmut in eastern Donetsk, gained new momentum in Luhansk and seized a main road between the towns of Kreminna and Svatove.

A day of intense, high-tempo fighting has seen Ukrainians recapture captured territory and Moscow’s recent successes in withdrawing Moscow’s forces in areas claimed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Away from the battlefield, the Kremlin has repeatedly asserted without evidence that Kyiv was preparing to use a dirty bomb, a weapon that combines conventional explosives with radioactive material. It is an accusation that was rejected by the United States. Other western countries.

U.S. officials say Moscow’s accusations risk that Russia itself is planning a nuclear attack, justifying an escalation of the war amid territorial setbacks.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ukraine’s nuclear power operator Energoatom issued a similar warning, citing Russian military control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Enerhodar. “Energoatom considers that such actions by intruders are preparing a terrorist act using nuclear materials and radioactive waste stored at the ZNPP site,” the statement said.

As both sides try to redraw the facts on the ground ahead of winter, Putin’s war in Ukraine is more deadly and dangerous, adding to fears of a renewed strike of some kind.

As Ukraine pushes for more territory, Russia this month launched a relentless bombing campaign against Ukraine’s energy system, using missiles and attack drones to plunge the country into freezing darkness and potentially compensate for battlefield losses.

The setbacks in the invasion of Ukraine have heightened Russia’s nuclear threats, echoing Cold War events such as the lesser-known 1983 nuclear crisis. (Video: Joshua Carroll/The Washington Post)

As Ukraine continues to exploit, pro-Kremlin military bloggers and analysts confirmed new setbacks to Russian forces on Tuesday, including in the Russian-occupied easternmost region of Luhansk.

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“The Ukrainian army has resumed its counteroffensive in the direction of Luhansk,” the pro-Russian WarGonzo Project said in its daily military update, adding that Ukrainian forces control the main road between the cities of Luhansk and Kreminna.

Russia’s methodical attacks exploit the fragility of Ukraine’s power system.

“Russian artillery is active on the left bank of the Zherebets River, trying to stop the transfer of reinforcements to the enemy, but the situation is very difficult,” WarGonzo said.

in the Donetsk region; The Wagner contingent, controlled by St. Petersburg businessman Yevgeniy Prigozhin, appears to have been pushed back by Bakhmut. The mercenaries spent weeks demolishing the city, but making small gains. While military experts say capturing Bakhmut has little strategic value, Prigozhin appears to see an opportunity to reap political rewards while the Russian army loses ground in other combat zones.

Ukrainian forces have recaptured a concrete factory in the eastern suburbs of Bakhmut, the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War reported on Monday. on Sunday Prigozhin acknowledged the slow pace of Wagner’s efforts, saying the workers were only getting 100 to 200 meters a day.

“Our units are constantly meeting the strongest enemy resistance, and I note that the enemy is well-prepared, motivated, confident and harmonious,” Prigozhin said in a press release from his food company. “This is preventing our fighters from advancing, but I won’t comment on how long.”

In the southern Kherson region, one of the four captured by Moscow appears to be preparing to defend the city of Kherson and is reportedly withdrawing to the eastern side of the Dnieper River.

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Russian troops have placed “defensive positions” along the eastern banks of the Dnieper, leaving little avenues of potential withdrawal from the west bank, Ukraine’s military said in its Tuesday operations report.

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Speculation over whether Moscow was preparing to give up Kherson has been rife for weeks after Ukrainian troops made steady inroads on the southern route.

“I don’t know all the ins and outs of the order, but it doesn’t include the surrender of Kherson, as it might be diverted from its defensive path to a military one at the moment,” said a popular Russian military blogger. The writer under the moniker Zapiski Veterana wrote in a Telegram post. “But I think there is nothing to be sad about in the surrender of Kherson, if you have made up your mind to fight until victory in Moscow.”

Moscow had no choice. “Russia’s position in the upper Kherson Oblast is, however, likely to be untenable,” the Institute for War Studies said.

Kiev is preparing to attack the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, prompting residents to evacuate residents on the west bank of the Dnieper as Kremlin-armed officials over allegations of a “dirty bomb.”

Populist Putin has spoken out about the chaos during the war in Ukraine.

United States France and Britain have accused Moscow of using this as a pretext for expanding pollution bombings, and warned that Putin’s government could face further sanctions from the West.

on Tuesday, The Kremlin called Washington’s distrust of Russia’s claims an “unacceptably frivolous approach.”

It follows two weeks of bombing that has systematically targeted Moscow’s energy infrastructure. Kyiv became increasingly concerned about civilians enduring the bitter winter. Ukrainian officials have been pressing European officials for more sophisticated weapons in the past few weeks, particularly advanced air defense systems needed to fend off Russian airstrikes.

The country is facing an urgent cash crisis, with officials questioning how Ukraine will secure funding to keep services running in the country’s brutal weeks and months. The World Bank predicted in early October that Ukraine’s economy would shrink by 35 percent this year.

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Germany and the European Union held a reconstruction conference in Berlin on Tuesday, and the talk seems especially premature as Russian attacks wreak new havoc every day.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says $38 billion in emergency economic aid is needed for the coming year alone. But while top officials often trumpet the EU’s support for Ukraine, there are questions about the short- and long-term follow-up.

Although European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced plans to help Ukraine until 2023, For example, EU officials have acknowledged delays in delivering roughly $9 billion in loans to Kyiv that were promised earlier this year.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen has pressed European countries to increase financial aid to Kiev in recent weeks, implicitly questioning the decision to offer loans rather than grants.

“We call on our partners and allies to join us by quickly delivering on their current commitments to Ukraine and accelerating to do more,” Yellen said this month. In a video address at a European Council summit in Brussels last week, Zelensky called out European leaders for failing to deliver much-needed economic aid quickly enough.

Liberals are urging Biden to rethink his Ukraine strategy.

“Thank you for the funds that have already been allocated,” Zelensky said. “But no decision has yet been made on the remaining $6 billion from this much-needed package for this year.”

“It’s up to you today to get a basic agreement on this aid to our state.”

With existing requirements not being met, some wonder how seriously the EU’s promises of a proportional Marshall Plan effort will be taken. A Q&A published by Germany’s Group of Seven presidents ahead of Tuesday’s conference noted that the event did not include a “pledge part”. Instead, The aim is to “express that the international community stands united and resolute in its support for Ukraine.”

In private conversations, Some EU diplomats have questioned whether the bloc should allocate resources to rebuilding the war-torn country, particularly because of Europe’s own energy and economic crises.

During a speech in Berlin on Tuesday, von der Leyen There has been a lot of focus in Brussels on efforts to find common ground among the EU’s own member states on emergency energy measures.


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