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Russian defences breached ‘in hours’ as Ukraine launches major counteroffensive

After Ukraine launched a counterattack in order to retake territory to the south, Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Russia that his troops would “push them towards the border”.

“We will push them towards the border. To our border, the boundary of which has not changed. Invaders know it well,” stated , the Ukrainian president during his nightly address.

According to a senior advisor to Mr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian troops managed to break through the Russian defenses in the frontline of several areas close the city Kherson.

Oleksiy Arestovych claimed that the defenses were breached within “a few hours.”

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Ukrainian troops “break” the first line of Russian defense in Kherson – live updates

Since the beginning of war, the Kherson region, north of annexed Crimean Peninsula has been occupied Russia.

“If they want survival, it’s time for the Russian military and to flee,” stated Mr Zelenskyy.

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According to RIA news agency, Russia’s defense ministry stated that the offensive in Kherson and the Mykolaiv area had “failed miserably”, with many casualties.

According to witnesses and city officials, the Shelling of Mykolaiv killed at least two people on Monday and left about 24 others with injuries.

One woman was killed when her house, located next to a school was struck by lightning. She was buried in rubble.

Image Alexander Shulga was killed in the attack on their home in Mykolaiv.
Image Situation on Day 186 of war


Experts in Nuclear go to the endangered power station

Further east, there are still fears about an accident at Zaporizhzhia’s nuclear plant. However, an international safety committee is now in place after days of negotiations.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, staff will assess the damage to the facility, which is the largest nuclear power station in Europe. They also check on safety systems and working conditions for the Ukrainian staff.

To reduce radiation levels in the event of a leakage, residents living near the plant were provided with iodine tablets .

Both sides are blaming each other for the dangerous attacks on the Russian-controlled station. It was temporarily taken off the grid last week.

Image Images seem to show holes in Zaporizhzhia’s roof
Image Iodine tablets were given to those who live near the nuclear power station

Russia’s defense ministry claimed that it had shot down a Ukrainian drone which was trying to attack the reactor complex. Other officials stated that a Ukrainian missile struck a fuel depot.

Satellite images taken by Maxar Technologies in the USA showed damage to the roof of the plant, as well as brush fires.

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According to the White House, Russia must agree to international demands for demilitarisation of the area.

John Kirby, spokesperson for the US National Security Council, stated that “we continue to believe a controlled shutdown Zaporizhzhia’s nuclear reactors would prove to be the safest option and least risky in the short-term.”

So far, the Kremlin has not indicated that it would agree to these demands.

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