Attacks hit power, water supplies

  • Air attacks targeting critical infrastructure have left cities without water and electricity supplies, Ukrainian officials say.
  • Russia is using munitions “at an unsustainable rate”, according to the United States director of national intelligence.

    Russian troops recapture terrority in Kharkiv: Russian defence ministry

    The Russian military said it had recaptured territory in the eastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine, the first gains since Moscow’s forces were pushed back in a rapid counter-offensive.

    The defence ministry said, “Units of the Russian army during offensive operations captured the village of Gorobiivka in the Kharkiv region.”

    The ministry also claimed to have inflicted a “significant defeat” on Ukrainian troops in the village.

    Estonia’s foreign minister says Russian sanctions need to go further

    Estonia’s foreign minister says that sanctions against Russia still haven’t gone far enough.

    Urmas Reinsalu said that the point of sanctions is to raise pressure to end the war and the only person who can end the war is President Vladimir Putin.

    He argued that “as we have not reached that decision point, it means the sanctions have not reached the needed altitude.”

    He didn’t specify what further sanctions should be imposed.

    Air strikes continue on Ukraine infrastructure: Russian defence ministry

    Russia said its forces were continuing strikes on Ukraine’s military and energy infrastructure.

    The Russian defence ministry said the attacks are being carried out with high-precision long-range air and sea-based weapons.

    The targets are the “military command and energy infrastructure of Ukraine, as well as arsenals with ammunition and foreign-made weapons,” it said, adding all “assigned objects” have so far been hit.

    Russia has increasingly attacked Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, including energy facilities, after a series of defeats on the battlefield saw Kyiv’s forces recapture multiple settlements.

    13 people killed after fighter jet crash, says Russia

    At least 13 people, including three children, were killed when a Russian fighter jet crashed into the courtyard of a nine-storey apartment building and exploded in southern Russia across the Sea of Azov from Ukraine.

    The defence ministry said the supersonic jet was on a training flight and was seen with a fire in one engine before a blast and a fireball engulfed the building in the city of Yeysk.

    Russia’s emergency ministry said 19 people had been injured.

    At least 10 bodies were pulled from the rubble of the building, the ministry said, while 360 people were evacuated.

    “Thanks to the professional, competent and prompt actions of fire and rescue units, 68 people were rescued during the search and rescue operation in Yeysk,” emergency minister Alexander Kurenkov said in a statement.

    Former Soviet republics air their grievances with Moscow

    With Russia occupied with the war in Ukraine, in Central Asia, former Soviet republics are using their new-found leverage to air their problems with Moscow.

    Threatening nuclear weapons is more valuable than using them: Norway

    The head of Norway’s armed forces said it’s more beneficial for Russian President Vladimir Putin to threaten nuclear weapons than actually to use them.

    General Eirik Kristoffersen was speaking ahead of NATO nuclear exercises and said: “First of all, we have to listen to what he (Putin) says,” Kristoffersen said in the interview on September 26.

    “Second, there is no reason for him to use any nuclear weapons …There is no threat to Russia’s existential security. So he has no reason to use it.”

    For Putin, the threat of using nuclear weapons “is more valuable than if he actually uses them”, said Kristoffersen.

    • Nord Stream pipeline leaks caused by ‘powerful explosions’

      A preliminary investigation into leaks in the two Nord Stream gas pipelines shows that they were caused by “powerful explosions”, Copenhagen Police said after investigating the parts of the pipelines that lie in Danish waters.

      The Danish findings are similar to those of Swedish prosecutors, who said two other holes in the pipelines also seemed to have been caused by explosions and that the case was being investigated as sabotage.

      Swedish and Danish authorities are investigating four holes in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which link Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea.

      World leaders have called the damages an act of sabotage, but it remains unclear who might be behind them.

      Kremlin refuses to comment on alleged use of Iranian drones

      The Kremlin spokesman sidestepped a journalist’s question on allegations that Russia is using Iranian drones to target Ukrainian cities and damage critical infrastructure.

      Ukrainian leaders have accused Moscow of using Iranian Shahed-136 “kamikaze” drones in recent attacks on Kyiv. Iran has consistently denied supplying drones to Russia.

      Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin did not have any information about their reported use.

      “Russian equipment with Russian nomenclature is used,” he said. “All further questions should be directed to the defence ministry.”

      ‘Annexed’ regions protected by Russian nuclear arsenal, says Moscow

      The Kremlin said that the four regions of Ukraine it claimed to have formally annexed in recent weeks fall under the protection of Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

      In a call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “These territories are inalienable parts of the Russian Federation … and their security is provided for at the same level as the rest of Russia’s territory.”

      President Vladimir Putin last month announced that the territories Moscow was taking from Ukraine would be part of Russia “forever” but Russia does not completely control any of the four regions and is still to define its borders.

      The annexation was condemned as illegal by Ukraine, its Western allies and an overwhelming majority of countries in the United Nations General Assembly.

      More attacks on Ukraine, targeting critical infrastructure

      Russian forces reportedly carried out new air attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities, causing several explosions in an area of northern Kyiv that is home to a thermal power station.

      Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the presidential office, said there had been three Russian attacks on an unspecified energy facility.

      An air attack left the northern city of Zhytomyr without water and electricity supplies, Mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn said on Facebook.

      Another Russian missile struck an apartment building in the Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv.

      Russia using ‘kamikaze’ drones to compensate for defeats, says Zelenskyy

      In his nightly televised address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia is using “kamikaze” drones because it is losing the war, now nearing its eighth full month.

      “Russia doesn’t have any chance on the battlefield, and it tries to compensate for its military defeats with terror,” he said. “Why this terror? To put pressure on us, on Europe, on the entire world.”

      Later, posting on Telegram, he said at least one person had been killed in a missile attack on a residential building in the southern city of Mykolaiv but gave no other details of casualties.

      “Ukraine is under fire by the occupiers. They continue to do what they do best – terrorise and kill civilians,” he wrote.

      “The terrorist state will not change anything for itself with such actions. It will only confirm its destructive and murderous essence, for which it will certainly be held to account.”

      Russia using weapons ‘at unsustainable rate’: US official

      A senior US intelligence official says Russia has been using up its stock of munitions “at an unsustainable rate”.

      Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence, said Russian forces face a significant supply shortage, especially in precision weapons such as cruise missiles.

      She said international sanctions and export controls on Russia are exposing its technological weaknesses and forcing Moscow to turn to countries like Iran and North Korea for supplies and equipment, including UAVs, artillery shells and rockets.

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