NU.nl regularly gives you an overview of the situation in Ukraine. This time: Ukrainian armed forces have recaptured at least 6,000 square kilometers of land since the start of their offensive early this month, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to Zelensky, Ukrainian troops have won major victories in the east and south of the country. “You are real heroes,” Zelensky told his armed forces. “And our troops continue.”
As a result of the advance, the blue-and-yellow flag of Ukraine is now flying again in villages and towns in Kharkiv province that had been in Russian hands for months. Russia’s army fought long and hard to get hold of all those places, Ukraine now recaptures them in a few days.
Two days ago, Zelensky spoke of a recaptured area of 2,000 square kilometers. According to the Ukrainian president, his armed forces have now regained three times as much ground. Russia seems overwhelmed by the Ukrainian counter-offensive.
Ukraine claims down Iranian drone
Ukraine’s defense ministry has announced that the military has shot down an Iranian-made Russian drone in the Kharkiv region. This feat of arms took place near the strategically important city of Kupiansk, which, like Izium further south, has been recaptured from the Russians.
The United States and Ukraine have accused Iran of supplying Russia with unmanned aerial vehicles. The government in Tehran denied that.
Kyiv now claims for the first time that it shot down an Iranian Shahed-136 drone, sharing photos of the debris with “Geran-2” written in Russian as evidence. A found wing tip appears identical to that of a Shahed-136.
The Ukrainian military shared this photo of a fragment of the alleged downed Iranian drone.
Power cables repaired at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant
All three cables that will supply the Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia with the necessary electricity are operational again. This was announced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday. The first backup connection could already be restored on Saturday.
The 730/330 kilovolt (kV) pipeline now supplies the nuclear complex in southern Ukraine, which has been damaged by war activities, with the external electricity needed to cool the reactors and provide essential safety equipment. The 330 kV and 150 kV cables are kept as a reserve.
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