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Ukraine: Army 'has liberated' more than 6,000 sq km of territory since beginning of September - Zelensky03:42

Ukraine: Army 'has liberated' more than 6,000 sq km of territory since beginning of September - Zelensky

Ukraine, Kiev
September 13, 2022 at 13:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that his country’s forces have 'liberated' thousands of square kilometres of land this month, while accusing Russian troops of striking energy infrastructure, during a video address on Monday.

"From the beginning of September until today, our warriors have already liberated more than 6,000 square kilometres of the territory of Ukraine - in the east and south," he said. "The movement of our troops continues."

It’s approximately 4,000 square kilometres more than the Ukrainian leader said his army had 'liberated' during an address two days previously. Kiev reported that it had taken the town of Balakleya, as well as 30 other settlements in the Kharkov region.

At the weekend, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said troops stationed in Balakleya and Izum had regrouped 'for reinforcement in the Donetsk direction', while Russian forces were continuing to hit Ukrainian units in the Kharkov region.

Zelensky also used his Monday briefing to accuse Russian troops of striking energy supply lines.

"Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians found themselves in the dark - without electricity," he said. "Houses, hospitals, schools, communal infrastructure... Russian missiles hit precisely those objects that have absolutely nothing to do with the infrastructure of the Armed Forces of our country."

The day before, Konanshenkov said it was in fact the Ukrainian side that was engaged in "deliberate shelling of energy infrastructure, namely generation facilities, transformer substations, and power transmission lines."

The Ukrainian leader also claimed that Russia was carrying out 'radiation terror at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant', putting Europe on the brink of 'radiation disaster'.

Both sides have accused each other of shelling the plant. It has been under the control of Russian forces since March, while Moscow’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said it would be 'absurd' to suggest they were firing on their own troops.

The recent International Atomic Energy Agency mission, led by Director General Rafael Grossi, failed to apportion blame, which Nebenzia said was disappointing. On Monday, Grossi himself said shelling was ongoing, while Zelensky has called on the IAEA to back Kiev’s calls for a Russian withdrawal from the plant.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR).

Kiev denounced the Russian action and Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.

During peace talks, Russia called for Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO.

Ukraine: Army 'has liberated' more than 6,000 sq km of territory since beginning of September - Zelensky03:42
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that his country’s forces have 'liberated' thousands of square kilometres of land this month, while accusing Russian troops of striking energy infrastructure, during a video address on Monday.

"From the beginning of September until today, our warriors have already liberated more than 6,000 square kilometres of the territory of Ukraine - in the east and south," he said. "The movement of our troops continues."

It’s approximately 4,000 square kilometres more than the Ukrainian leader said his army had 'liberated' during an address two days previously. Kiev reported that it had taken the town of Balakleya, as well as 30 other settlements in the Kharkov region.

At the weekend, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said troops stationed in Balakleya and Izum had regrouped 'for reinforcement in the Donetsk direction', while Russian forces were continuing to hit Ukrainian units in the Kharkov region.

Zelensky also used his Monday briefing to accuse Russian troops of striking energy supply lines.

"Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians found themselves in the dark - without electricity," he said. "Houses, hospitals, schools, communal infrastructure... Russian missiles hit precisely those objects that have absolutely nothing to do with the infrastructure of the Armed Forces of our country."

The day before, Konanshenkov said it was in fact the Ukrainian side that was engaged in "deliberate shelling of energy infrastructure, namely generation facilities, transformer substations, and power transmission lines."

The Ukrainian leader also claimed that Russia was carrying out 'radiation terror at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant', putting Europe on the brink of 'radiation disaster'.

Both sides have accused each other of shelling the plant. It has been under the control of Russian forces since March, while Moscow’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said it would be 'absurd' to suggest they were firing on their own troops.

The recent International Atomic Energy Agency mission, led by Director General Rafael Grossi, failed to apportion blame, which Nebenzia said was disappointing. On Monday, Grossi himself said shelling was ongoing, while Zelensky has called on the IAEA to back Kiev’s calls for a Russian withdrawal from the plant.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR).

Kiev denounced the Russian action and Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.

During peace talks, Russia called for Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO.