A woman stands near her destroyed house in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region. The Ukrainian army claims to have retaken hundreds of square kilometers of territory from Russian forces over the past two weeks.
The Ukrainian army on Monday claimed the capture of 500 square kilometers of territory to Russian forces in two weeks of counter-offensive in the Kherson region (south), a first quantified estimate of Ukrainian gains.
Our successes over the past two weeks are quite convincing, Natalia Goumenyuk, military spokesperson for the South, told the press, adding that we have liberated about 500 square kilometers, including the localities of Vysokopillia, Bilogirka, Soukhy Stavok and Myroliubivka.
Ukraine has thus indicated the recovery of more than twenty localities in 24 hours, in the face of Russia, which intends to fight until its objectives are achieved. Along the entire front line, the Ukrainian army ensured that the Russian troops hastily abandoned their positions and fled.
The liberation of the localities of Russian invaders continue in the eastern regions of Kharkiv and Donetsk, the Ukrainian army continued.
On Sunday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had already announced that x27;Izioum (east) had been liberated as part of this counter-offensive carried out for several days.
The loss of this strategic city could seriously counter Moscow's military ambitions in eastern Ukraine, according to military experts. a decisive reversal of the situation after a long period when the front appeared frozen.
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Pro-Russian occupation authorities in the Kharkiv region said on Monday they had moved to Russia's Belgorod region near the border, ostensibly to help deal with an influx of refugees, according to Russian agencies. /p>
But on Monday, Moscow, after acknowledging that it had lost ground, resumed an offensive tone to announce the bombardment of areas regained by Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, in the Kupiansk and Izium sectors.
And the Russian offensive launched last February will continue until the objectives are achieved, hammered the Kremlin.
There is currently no prospect of negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov added.
Ukraine claims to have taken back approximately 3000 square kilometers of its territory, mainly in the Kharkiv region, since the beginning of September.
The Ukrainian army first announced a counter-offensive in the south, before making a lightning advance in the Kharkiv region over the past week.
In the south, in the Kherson region, the occupiers have also withdrawn from their positions in several localities, the Ukrainian army also announced on Sunday.
Two men repair the roof of their house after a missile strike, in the Donetsk region.
Several regions in the east, north, south and center of countries also suffered extensive power outages on Sunday evening, which kyiv blamed on Russian strikes. Near Kharkiv, thermal power plant number 5, the second in the country, was hit, according to the presidency.
Power was, however, quickly restored to some of the affected areas. In Kharkiv, 80% of the electricity and water supply has been restored, deputy head of the presidency Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram on Monday morning.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko called the attacks an act of desperation by Russian forces at their setbacks.
In Geneva, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights raised the tone Monday towards the Russian power, accused of intimidation and censorship towards opponents of the war in Russia.< /p>
Intimidation, restrictive measures and sanctions against people expressing their opposition to the war in Ukraine undermine the exercise of fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Russian Constitution , Acting High Commissioner Nada Al-Nashif said during her opening speech at the 51st session of the Human Rights Council.
In particular, she deplored the pressure exerted on journalists, the blocking of resources available on the Internet and other forms of censorship.
The war in Ukraine will be discussed several times during the session of the Council, which meets for a month.
The situation also remains worrying at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia (south), where all the reactors have now been shut down.
In a telephone interview on Sunday with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of the catastrophic consequences that regular Ukrainian attacks on this complex, including the deposit of radioactive waste, could have.
Mr. Macron replied that the Russian occupation was the cause of the risks hanging over Europe's largest nuclear power plant, and demanded that Russia withdraw all its weapons.
In economic terms, the fallout from the conflict in Ukraine – inflation, lack of gas – is expected to contribute to a winter recession in Germany, and a 0.3% decline in the country's gross domestic product (GDP) expected in 2023, according to a study by the IFO institute.
The UN also called on the European Union on Monday to avoid turning to fossil fuels in the face of the energy crisis created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, deploring any backtracking contrary to climate interests.