Ukraine war latest: Russia ‘ramps up attacks on civilian targets after setbacks’

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Russia has widened its strikes on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and is likely to expand its target range further, the British Ministry of Defence has said.

Five civilians were killed in Russian attacks in the Donetsk region over the past day, while in Nikopol several dozen high-rise and private buildings, gas pipelines and power lines were damaged by Russian strikes, the governors of those regions said on Sunday.

In an intelligence update, the MoD said that Russia had launched several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since the start of the invasion. “However, in the last seven days Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it probably perceives no immediate effect,” the ministry said.

“As it faces setbacks on the front lines, Russia has likely extended the locations it is prepared to strike in an attempt to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.”

It comes after Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that Ukraine risks provoking “more serious” action from Moscow with its sweeping counteroffensive, claiming that “we so far have responded with restraint”.

He vowed to press on with his “special military operation” during his address to reporters after attending a meeting of Asian world leaders, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, in Uzbekistan.


UK ambassador to Ukraine expresses gratitude for First Lady’s visit

Responding the the visit of Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska to visit the late Queen, the UK’s ambassador to the war-torn eastern European nation said she was “deeply honoured” by the president’s gesture.

“Grateful to the president for taking the time to do this given all else that is happening in (Ukraine) at this time,” Melinda Simmons said.


Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska meets Princess of Wales ahead of Queen’s funeral

The Princess of Wales has welcomed the First Lady of Ukraine to Buckingham Palace ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.

Kate held an audience with Olena Zelenska at the royal residence on Sunday afternoon, where they were pictured speaking.

Images capture the pair sitting side-by-side in front of a fireplace on gingham armchairs with purple orchids on display in the background.


Russia boosting targeting of civilian infrastructure, says MoD

Britain’s Ministry of Defence has warned that over the past week Russia has “increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure.”

The government department warned in a tweet that this was occuring “even where it probably perceives no immediate effect.”

“As it faces setbacks on the front lines, Russia has likely extended the locations it is prepared to strike in an attempt to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.”


Trudeau says mass gravces are evidence of Russian war crimes

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday that mass graves found in Ukraine were evidence of Russia’s war crimes and that full accountability for its actions was needed.

Trudeau, in London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, told reporters he had met with Prime Minister Liz Truss and that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was at the top of their agenda.

“Obviously the UK and Canada have been two of the strongest countries in standing up in support of Ukraine and pushing back against Russia’s illegal actions,” Trudeau said.

Those actions “increasingly, clearly include war crimes, include absolutely unacceptable crimes, whether we think of what we found in Bucha or the discovery of mass graves in the reclaimed territories by Ukraine,” he said.

“There needs to be a proper investigation and transparency and Vladimir Putin, his supporters and the Russian military need to be held to account for the atrocities they have and are continuing to commit in Ukraine,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau, who was due to meet Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Sunday evening, said Canada strongly supported Ukraine and would continue to provide aid.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau signs the book of condolence at Lancaster House (David Parry Media Assignments/PA)

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Russian forces committed over 34,000 war crimes, say Ukraine

Russian forces have committed over 34,000 war crimes, say Ukraine.

On Saturday, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said it has recorded 34,441 war crimes committed by the Russian military since the beginning of the war in February.

The European Union have since called for a war crime tribunal and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy had branded Russia a “terrorist country.”


Four medics killed in Russian shelling of Kharkiv

Four medics have been killed in Russian shelling of Kharkiv Oblast.

The city’s governor, Oleh Syniehubov, said the doctors were trying to evacuate patients from a psychiatric hospital in the village of Strilecha when Russian forces began “a massive shelling” of the area.

Two patients were also injured in the attack, he said.


Biden urges Putin against use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has urged Vladimir Putin to not use nuclear or chemical weapons in Ukraine.

When asked about the Russian president’s potential use of such methods in an interview to air on Sunday, Biden said: “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of war unlike anything since World War Two.”

He added that Russia “would become more of a pariah in the world than they ever have been.”

“Depending on the extent of what they do will determine what response would occur.”


Grave exhumation in Izyum to continue for weeks

Grave exhumation in Izyum, Ukraine will continue for at least two more weeks.

The city mayor, Valerii Marchenko said that the exhumation works will continue “because there are many burials” in the recently liberated city in Kharkiv Oblast.

Around 450 bodies were found in the mass grave, with some displaying signs of torture according to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenksy.


Russian troop death toll at over 50,000

Over 50,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the ongoing war with Ukraine.

Around 54,480 troops have been killed, according to Ukrainian armed forces.

Over 3,000 vehicles, 2,000 tanks and 200 planes have also been destroyed as of September 18.


Vladimir Putin ‘failing on all of his military objectives’, says UK army chief

Vladimir Putin is “failing on all of his military strategic objectives”, says the UK army’s chief of the defence.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said pressure is mounting on the Russian president as the country’s defence weakens and international support grows for Ukraine.

He told the BBC: “At the very outset, we said that this was a strategic error by President Putin and strategic errors lead to strategic consequences. And in this instance, it’s strategic failure.

“Putin is failing on all of his military strategic objectives, he wanted to subjugate Ukraine, that’s not going to happen.

“He wanted to take control of the capital, we saw that that was defeated earlier on. We saw that he wanted to weaken Nato. Nato is now much stronger, and we have Finland and Sweden joining.

“He wants to break the international resolve. Well, actually that strengthened over this period, and he’s under pressure, his problems are mounting.”

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