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Ukraine breaks through front line in east, near key town

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said Ukrainian forces had liberated more than 30 settlements in the Kharkiv region and fighting – now in its 199th day – continues in eastern Donbas and the south.

Ukrainian officials have shared photos showing troops raising the national flag above the city housing the main rail hub that supplied Russian forces in northeastern Ukraine. (AA)

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Ukraine breaks through front line in east, near key town

Western defense officials say they believe Ukraine has breached Russian front lines south of the country’s second-largest city, taking thousands of square miles of territory and threatening to cut supply lines Russians.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence, in an online briefing on Saturday, said it believed the Ukrainians had advanced up to 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine .

“The Russian forces were probably taken by surprise. The sector was only lightly held and Ukrainian units captured or surrounded several towns,” the British military said.

Ukrainian troops raise flag at rail hub as advance threatens to turn into rout

Ukrainian officials have shared photos showing troops hoisting the nation’s flag over the city housing the main rail hub that supplied Russian forces in northeastern Ukraine, as a collapse of the Russian front line threatened to turn into a rout.

Natalia Popova, adviser to the head of the Kharkiv regional council, shared pictures of troops outside Kupyansk city hall on Saturday with a message: “Kupyansk is Ukraine. Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

The town, where rail lines to eastern Ukraine converge on Russia’s main line, would be the most important prize to date in a stunning Ukrainian breakthrough this week, after the Russian front line shattered. collapsed near the city of Kharkiv.

Five more grain ships leave Ukraine under Istanbul deal

Five other ships left Ukrainian ports as part of Istanbul’s grain export deal, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said.

A ministry statement on Saturday did not reveal the departure points or destinations of the ships.

Plans were also finalized for inspections of 12 vessels on Saturday, the ministry added.

German Foreign Minister arrives in Kyiv for surprise visit

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock arrived in Kyiv for a surprise visit, which she said would demonstrate Berlin’s unwavering support for Ukraine in its battle against Russia.

“I went to Kyiv today to show that they can continue to count on us. That we will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary with arms deliveries and with humanitarian and financial support,” he said. Baerbock said in a statement. Saturday.

This is his second trip to Ukraine and comes a week after Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal traveled to Berlin where he reiterated kyiv’s call to arms.

Report: Rebuilding Ukraine will cost $349 billion

Rebuilding Ukraine after the devastation caused by the Russian offensive will cost around $349 billion, according to a report.

But this figure, which altogether represents 1.5 times the size of the Ukrainian economy, is considered a minimum and is expected to increase in the coming months as the war continues, according to the joint assessment of the Ukrainian government, of the European Commission and the World Bank.

Physical damage alone inflicted since the offensive in late February to June 1 has already totaled $97 billion, according to the report.

Zelenskyy: Ukrainian army takes over 30 settlements in the northeast

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country’s forces had regained control of 30 settlements from Russian troops in the northeast region of Kharkiv.

“To date, the Ukrainian armed forces have liberated and taken control of more than 30 settlements in the Kharkiv region,” he said.

Zelenskyy: Turkish drone manufacturer to build factory in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has met with the head of Turkish defense company Baykar and said the company will set up a factory in Ukraine to build unmanned aerial vehicles.

Baykar’s Bayraktar TB2 drone has been extremely popular in Ukraine, where it has helped destroy many Russian artillery systems and armored vehicles.

“We discussed the details of the construction of Baykar’s plant in Ukraine and the production of new products using Ukrainian components,” Zelenskyy said in an online post after meeting Baykar’s chief executive Haluk Bayraktar. in Kyiv.

A video posted online shows Zelenskyy presenting Bayraktar with the Ukrainian Order of Merit. In return, Zelenskyy received a traditional embroidered Ukrainian shirt with a drone.

US issues guidelines on proposed Russian oil price cap

The US Treasury has issued new guidance on a proposed Western price cap on Russian oil exports, saying shipping service providers would not be held liable for false price information provided by buyers and sellers of crude Russian.

The Treasury said in the guidelines that those who buy Russian crude at prices above the cap who knowingly provide false documents could be investigated for violation of sanctions.

He said governments participating in the cap would share this information to help monitor it.

The price cap plan agreed by rich G7 countries calls on participating countries to deny insurance, financing, brokerage, shipping and other services to oil cargoes priced above a price cap yet to be determined on crude oil and petroleum products.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies