Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now By Reuters

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now By Reuters

© Reuters. Ukrainian servicemen drive near Bakhmut, as Russia’s attack in Ukraine continues, in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, September 7, 2022. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

(Reuters) – Russia said its troops had abandoned a key bastion in occupied eastern Ukraine, a stinging defeat that prompted one of President Vladimir Putin’s most hawkish allies to call for Russia to consider resorting to low-grade nuclear weapons.


* Russia said its troops had withdrawn from Lyman to avoid being surrounded by Ukraine’s army.

* Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s region of Chechnya, said Moscow should consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine after a major new defeat on the battlefield – the loss of Lyman.


* Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday proclaimed the annexation of four regions in Ukraine, while Kyiv said it would continue its fight to retake occupied land.

* Before signing documents to annex the four regions – an act denounced as illegal by Ukraine, the United States, the European Union and the head of the United Nations – Putin delivered a 37-minute anti-Western diatribe.

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday the country was formally applying for fast-track membership of the NATO military alliance and that Kyiv was ready for talks with Moscow, but not while Putin was president.

* The United States responded on Friday to the annexations by imposing more sanctions on Russia, targeting hundreds of people and companies, including those in Russia’s military-industrial complex and lawmakers.


* A Russian patrol has detained the director general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the state-owned company in charge of the plant said, and the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Russia had confirmed the move.


* Ukraine’s SBU security service said at least 20 civilians were killed in the Russian shelling of a civilian convoy in late September in an eastern “grey zone” between Russian-controlled and Ukrainian-controlled territory.

* At least 30 civilians were killed and almost 100 wounded in what Kyiv said was a cynical Russian missile strike on Friday on a convoy of civilian cars in southern Ukraine.


* Italy’s Eni said it would not receive any of the gas it had requested from Russia’s Gazprom (MCX:) for delivery on Saturday, but the firms said they were working to fix this.

* Greece and Bulgaria started commercial operation of a long-delayed gas pipeline which will help decrease southeast Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and boost energy security.

* Russia’s Gazprom cut supplies to Moldova on Saturday by around 30%, according to the director of gas firm Moldovagaz, Vadim Ceban.


* Russia failed to win enough votes for re-election to the United Nation’s aviation agency’s governing council, in a boost for Western powers that wanted to hold Moscow accountable following its invasion of Ukraine.

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