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Ukraine war latest: Vladimir Putin’s invasion dealt MAJOR blow as Kherson village recaptured from Russian despot’s army

A SENIOR aide to Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday posted an image of soldiers raising the Ukrainian flag in a recaptured village.

Vysokopillya village in Kherson, which was overthrown by Russians, has been reclaimed by Ukrainian forces after a week of fierce fighting.

“Vysokopillya. Kherson region. Ukraine. Today,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, wrote in a Facebook post over a photo of three soldiers on rooftops, one of them fixing a Ukrainian flag to a post.

Ukrainian soldiers were photographed flying the nation’s flag on a telephone mast, a signal to Russia that Ukraine is a force to be reckoned with.

James Rushton, British military analyst based in Ukraine, shared a video on Twitter which he said showed Ukrainian forces had forced Russians out of their camps.

The video shows a the abandoned Russian site, with a backpack and a rifle, left behind.

Read our Ukraine-Russia blog below for the latest updates…

  • Ukrainian teachers are being forced to teach Russian curricula

    Reportedly teachers in the Russian occupied Kherson, are being threatened by soldiers to teach Russian curricula to students.

    Local officials said that teachers who were resisting, were brought in for “interviews” with Russian law enforcement…

    Yuriy Sobolevsky, the First Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council told Ukrinform: “The occupying Russian authorities are putting pressure on educators who refused to work under the Russian curriculum.

    “In this way, they are trying to persuade them to cooperate and compensate for the lack of personnel.

    “In addition, there are reports of threats to the families of school principals who fled the occupied areas and set up from the Ukraine-controlled territory the distance learning process for school children.”

  • Volunteers helping residents escape Kherson say there are ‘missiles flying in front of your eyes’

    Terrifying eye witness reports have been made by volunteers driving Ukrainian families away from the Kherson war zone.

    One source told Sky News: “Everyone understands a serious fight is coming for Kherson city,” so people are fleeing in their droves.

    They said: “I think every person with a clear mind understands it is better to leave and wait somewhere else during this period, especially if you have children.

    “We don’t want a second Mariupol or something similar. But if that happens to Kherson, then why wait inside the city? Better to move out and wait outside.”

  • Ukrainians flee fighting near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

    Residents of Nikopol are escaping their homes as aggressive fighting rages on.

    Ukrainians are reportedly gathering in a park near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

    They are setting up set up temporary shelters, 30 kilometres away from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

    Resident Olena Kovalova told Euro News: “We are not afraid of the Zaporizhzhia power plant, but … the Russian soldiers, they are shelling it and accusing our soldiers of doing it.

    “But for Ukrainians, it doesn’t make sense to shell it because Ukraine knows what Chornobyl was, and nobody would even have in mind to shell the Nuclear power plant.

    “We are hoping that the Russian soldiers will be kicked out from there,” Kovalova added. 

  • Tough winter ahead, warns President Zelensky

    The Ukrainian leader warned Europe that Russia plans to wage war with resources, before it can use missiles.

    He said Russia was preparing “a decisive energy blow” for the coming winter.

    Germany’s Chancellor said his government is planning to no longer rely on Russian gas by December.

    “Russia is no longer a reliable energy partner,” Olaf Scholz told a news conference in Berlin, Reuters reported.

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  • Russia wants to destroy ‘normal life’ for Europeans

    President Zelensky damned Putin’s cruel attack on Ukrainians.

    He told his Saturday night address: “It is trying to attack with poverty and political chaos where it cannot yet attack with missiles.”

    The Ukrainian leader warned that while Russia cannot attack the EU “yet” with missiles due to Nato, it can attack by causing chaos by withholding fuel and food exports.

  • Ukraine mural in Melbourne removed after controversy

    The mural, painted by Peter Seaton in the Aussie city, apologised saying he didn’t think it would be so “badly received”.

    It depicts a Russian and Ukrainian soldier hugging.

    Peace Before Pieces was hit out on by critics, who say it painted a false moral equivalence between the two sides.

    Ukraine’s ambassador for Australia, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, said it was “utterly offensive to all Ukrainians”.

  • British scheme to train up Ukrainian soldiers is ‘expanding’

    The training scheme has been extended from three weeks to five.

    Reportedly, 4,700, individuals have already been trained, Sky News reported.

    This scheme is showing no signs of slowing down as more Ukrainian fighters are continuing to be trained up to fight the Russians.

  • Russian forces attack civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, sources claim

    Mykolaiv Oblast Governor Vitaliy Kim claimed Russian troops attacked civilian infrastructure last night.

    The report claims Putin’s forces shelled buildings, schools and a museum.

    Three hospitals were also attacked.

  • Gazprom shutting gas flows will trigger shortages, claims expert

    Russian energy giant Gazprom’s latest move to halt gas flows could spark mass shortages across the continent, experts claim.

    The dependence on Russian gas has left the West in a vulnerable position while stubbornly supporting Ukraine in the bloody conflict, with half of EU states already being impacted by gas shortages.

  • Respect energy contracts, EU warns Russia

    Russia should respect its energy contracts and the EU can cope if they don’t, the bloc warned, according to Sky News.

    A spokesman said: “We expect Russia to respect the contracts that they have. 

    “But even if weaponisation of energy continues or increases, the EU is ready to react.”

  • Ukrainian forces ‘grinding’ down Russian military, ‘slowly’

    The Ukrainian presidential adviser said that the Ukrainian army are using a methodical counteroffensive.

    Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said that the goal is the “systemic grinding of Putin’s army and that Ukrainian troops are slowly and systematically uncovering and destroying Russia’s operational logistical supply system with artillery and precision weapon strikes.”

  • Battle to reclaim Kherson could take months says Ukrainian officer

    A special forces officer from Ukraine, said the counter attack against the Russians could take months to pull off.

    The Ukrainian military are determined to win back Kherson.

    If they do, it could be a key stepping stone in defeating the Russian invasion.

    Taras Berezovets told Al Jazeera: “I would characterise our offensive as smooth but effective.

    “Our armed forces are thinking first about the lives of our servicemen and the lives of our civilians.

    “We’re not going to go any further if there is a serious risk.”

  • Ukraine Prime Minister pleas for more weapons from allies

    Prime Minister Denys Shmygal has told Germany that Ukraine needs more weapons to fight off Russian advances.

    The Ukrainian Prime Minister is visiting Germany for the first time in months, which is reportedly a sign that the nations are strengthening ties.

    Shmygal, who will meet Chancellor Olaf Scholz later, also thanked Germany “for solidarity with Ukrainians and support”.

  • Germany unveils $65 billion new plan to help struggling households as energy bills soar

    The German government announced the plan which should help ease the pressure that they dwindling Russian gas supply has caused.

    Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said that the nation will have enough supplies to see them through winter without Nord Steam 1.

  • Russia wants to destroy ‘normal life’ for Europeans

    President Zelensky damned Putin’s cruel attack on Ukrainians.

    He told his Saturday night address: “It is trying to attack with poverty and political chaos where it cannot yet attack with missiles.”

    The Ukrainian leader warned that while Russia cannot attack the EU “yet” with missiles due to Nato, it can attack by causing chaos by withholding fuel and food exports.

  • Russian losses approach 50,000 as brutal invasion continues

    According to Ukrainian military sources, Russian losses are approaching 50,000.

    With the war entering its eighth month, Putin’s army continues to be met with heroic resistance from the Ukrainian army.

    This comes as reports emerge of growing discontent among Russian troops, with the British Ministry of Defence claiming there are concerns over morale.

  • ‘We will curtail Putin’s capacity to fund his war’

    The UK representative, chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, said the move would restrict Putin’s ability to fund the war in Ukraine.

    Mr Zahawi said: “This has been a personal priority for me as chancellor.

    “We will curtail Putin’s capacity to fund his war from oil exports by banning services, such as insurance and the provision of finance, to vessels carrying Russian oil above an agreed price cap.

    “We are united against this barbaric aggression and will do all we can to support Ukraine as they fight for sovereignty, democracy and freedom.”

  • Russian forces attack civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, sources claim

    Mykolaiv Oblast Governor Vitaliy Kim claimed Russian troops attacked civilian infrastructure last night.

    The report claims Putin’s forces shelled buildings, schools and a museum.

    Three hospitals were also attacked.

  • Ukrainian forces ‘grinding’ down Russian military, ‘slowly’

    The Ukrainian presidential adviser said that the Ukrainian army are using a methodical counteroffensive.

    Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said that the goal is the “systemic grinding of Putin’s army and that Ukrainian troops are slowly and systematically uncovering and destroying Russia’s operational logistical supply system with artillery and precision weapon strikes.

  • Russian forces attack civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, sources claim

    Mykolaiv Oblast Governor Vitaliy Kim claimed Russian troops attacked civilian infrastructure last night.

    The report claims Putin’s forces shelled buildings, schools and a museum.

    Three hospitals were also attacked.

  • Gazprom shutting gas flows will trigger shortages, claims expert

    Russian energy giant Gazprom’s latest move to halt gas flows could spark mass shortages across the continent, experts claim.

    The dependence on Russian gas has left the West in a vulnerable position while stubbornly supporting Ukraine in the bloody conflict, with half of EU states already being impacted by gas shortages.

  • Ukraine Prime Minister pleas for more weapons from allies

    Prime Minister Denys Shmygal has told Germany that Ukraine needs more weapons to fight off Russian advances.

    The Ukrainian Prime Minister is visiting Germany for the first time in months, which is reportedly a sign that the nations are strengthening ties.

    Shmygal, who will meet Chancellor Olaf Scholz later, also thanked Germany “for solidarity with Ukrainians and support”.

  • Germany unveils $65 billion new plan to help struggling households as energy bills soar

    The German government announced the plan which should help ease the pressure that they dwindling Russian gas supply has caused.

    Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said that the nation will have enough supplies to see them through winter without Nord Steam 1.

  • Russia wants to destroy ‘normal life’ for Europeans

    President Zelensky damned Putin’s cruel attack on Ukrainians.

    He told his Saturday night address: “It is trying to attack with poverty and political chaos where it cannot yet attack with missiles.”

    The Ukrainian leader warned that while Russia cannot attack the EU “yet” with missiles due to Nato, it can attack by causing chaos by withholding fuel and food exports.

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