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Top Russian official loses legs in car bomb
Artyom Bardin, the Russia-appointed head of Berdyansk on the Black Sea is in a serious but stable condition, a health official in the city told the RIA Novosti news agency. A second Russian official was quoted as saying he had suffered the “explosive amputation of his legs and great blood loss”, by state-controlled news agency Tass. Footage from the scene showed Mr Bardin’s vehicle burnt and mangled from what appears to be the result of a powerful explosion Mr Bardin was the latest pro-Kremlin official to be targeted in Russian occupied Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has hailed the attacks as the work of partisans behind enemy lines.
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A 28-second clip appeared to show long queues of cars waiting to get back into Kharkiv some 196 days after Vladimir Putin’s troops invaded Ukraine.
A mixture of cars, lorries and vans were all visible in the clip and all vehicles were ground to a halt.
Twitter user @vbobber1 said: “People are returning to Kharkiv, there is a traffic jam at the entrance. No Europe can replace our native city.”
@biz_ukraine_mag replied: “Traffic jams in Kharkiv as residents return home.”
However, @awererger added: “Many Kharkivers are returning to their city.
“Here is a traffic jam when driving into the city.
“Places of residence such as Saltivka (large prefabricated housing estate) are still hardly habitable.”
Budapest had demanded that three oligarchs were removed from the sanctions list which threatened to disrupt the EU’s plans to renew their sanctions against Russia.
The Bloc is obligated to review and renew its sanctions against individuals since the invasion of Ukraine.
Without the official renewal of sanctions, they lapse, and the EU needs all member states to agree to the sanctions at the point of renewal.
Ahead of a meeting on Wednesday of EU envoys, the Czech presidency of the Council of the EU reached a deal with Hungary to avoid their obstruction of the renewal process.
The agreement noted that the inclusion of the three oligarchs in question will need to be reviewed at the new renewal point in a couple of months.
Such an agreement ahead of the vital meeting on Wednesday ensured that all went smoothly, according to EU diplomats.
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Russia is reportedly looking to bolster its military supplies using components made from Nexperia, which owns a microchip factory in Wales.
Vladimir Putin’s long “special military operation” has taken on toll on the Russian military, both in terms of the number of soldiers dead, and equipment destroyed and exhausted.
As supplies diminish, Russian troops have begun relying on stocks of Soviet-era munitions, while Ukrainian forces, armed to the teeth with Western weapons, push back in a counteroffensive to reclaim areas captured by Russia.
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Vladimir Putin warned Europe that Russia will shut off gas and oil supplies if price caps are imposed. The Russian dictator called Western nations ‘stupid’, adding the cap would lead to even higher energy bills.
The G7 announced plans to impose a price cap on Russian oil exports last week in a move that could also restrict Russia’s ability to secure tankers and insurance.
It comes as Ukrainian military chiefs warned Moscow may attack Kyiv again next year.
They fear Vladimir Putin will once again use Belarus to launch an assault on the Ukrainian capital.
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Good evening. I’m Jack Walters. I will be bringing you the latest Ukraine developments over the next eight hours. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.
Email: jack.walters@reachplc.com 
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said that Russia has returned the body of British humanitarian aid worker Paul Urie who they captured in April and claim died of “illness” and “stress” in July. 
Mr Kuleba said he expresses his “deepest condolences” to Mr Urie’s family. 
He added: “He was a brave man who dedicated himself to saving people. Ukraine will never forget him and his deeds. We will identify the perpetrators of this crime and hold them to account. They won’t escape justice.”
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A top Russian official in occupied southern Ukraine has had both his legs blown off, but has survived an assassination attempt, following a car bombing, Kremlin-controlled media has reported.
Artyom Bardin, the Russia-appointed head of Berdyansk on the Black Sea is in a serious but stable condition, a health official in the city told the RIA Novosti news agency.
A second Russian official was quoted as saying he had suffered the “explosive amputation of his legs and great blood loss”, by state-controlled news agency Tass.
Footage from the scene showed Mr Bardin’s vehicle burnt and mangled from what appears to be the result of a powerful explosion
Mr Bardin was the latest pro-Kremlin official to be targeted in Russian-occupied Ukraine.
The Ukrainian government has hailed the attacks as the work of partisans behind enemy lines.

Russia and China will hold a meeting today as Beijing continues its indifference to the invasion of Ukraine.

China’s number three in command will meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin during an economic forum on Wednesday. The meeting will be the most senior level in-person meeting between Moscow and Beijing since the start of Russia’s Ukraine invasion.
Li Zhanshu will meet with President Putin during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
Russia’s relationship with China has continued despite the Ukraine invasion, which China has failed to condemn.
The two countries have emerged as close partners in the last two decades as both have tensions with the West.
Xi Jinping and Putin declared the two countries had a “no limit” partnership just weeks before Russia launched its bloody war on its neighbour.

According to the Russian Starshe Eddy channel, Ukrainian forces have not only encircled Balakliya, but appear to have taken Volokhiv Yar overnight.

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The UK’s new Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, has reaffirmed the UK’s “steadfast support” for Ukraine.
The Foreign Office said he spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart on Wednesday.
In a statement, shared on social media, he said: “I just spoke to Dmytro Kuleba in my first call as Foreign Secretary. I reaffirmed the UK’s steadfast support for Ukraine as they resist (Vladimir) Putin’s barbaric invasion.
“What happens in Ukraine matters to us all and I will do everything possible to assist their fight for freedom.”

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Volodymyr Zelensky is the 6th President of Ukraine, a position he has held since 2019. 
Prior to his career in politics, Mr Zelensky was a comedy actor and starred in a show called Servant of the People, in which funnily enough, he played the role of the Ukrainian President. 
He also recorded the voice of Paddington Bear in the Ukrainian dubbing of the British films Paddington and Paddington 2. 
For his courageous leadership in the war against Russia, Mr Zelensky appeared on TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people in 2022. 

Who is Volodymyr Zelenksy?
Ukraine’s foreign minister has called for a special tribunal to prosecute Russia’s aggression. 
Following Putin’s statement that Russia “consciously” chose to launch military actions against Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba said that Putin “publicly confessed” to committing the crime of aggression.
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Following Putin’s statement that Russia “consciously” chose to launch military actions against Ukraine, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Putin “publicly confessed” to committing the crime of aggression.
Ukraine has called for the evacuation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. 

Moscow and Kyiv have accused each-other of shelling the plant, risking a nuclear disaster.
In a post on Telegram, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said: “I appeal to the residents of the districts adjacent to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant …. evacuate! Find a way to get to (Ukrainian) controlled territory.”

A photo has been posted to Twitter of what appears to be a Ukrainian soldier holding up his country’s flag in Balakliya.
Balakliya, is a Russian-held region in Kharkiv Oblast. 
Last night, Ukraine launched a surprise counter-offensive in the region. 
The tweet reads: “Our flag in #Balakliya again!!! Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine!”
Our flag in #Balakliya again!!! ud83cuddfaud83cudde6ud83dudcaaud83cudffc Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine!

Photo: Grunt media pic.twitter.com/kYZnhEhd7j

The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) has been credited with stopping Russia in its tracks, with retired US Army General Mark Hertling last month describing the missile system as a “game changer”. 
Built by Lockheed Martin, the mobile platform can either be equipped with six guided rockets which have a range of roughly 40 miles, or one Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), which has a range of about 185 miles.

Igor Strelkov, who was a military leader of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ (DNR) in 2014 has said that the war will continue until Russia is completely defeated. 
He added: “We have already lost, the rest is just a matter of time”, suggesting that Russia knows it will not succeed in its objectives in Ukraine. 

Igor Girkin, better known by his nom de guerre Igor Strelkov, who was a military leader of the u2018Donetsk Peopleu2019s Republicu2019 (DNR) in 2014, says:
“The war in Ukraineud83cuddfaud83cudde6 will continue until the complete defeat of Russiaud83cuddf7ud83cuddfa. We have already lost, the rest is just a matter of time.” https://t.co/QoX7Gc4PdI

Good afternoon, I’m Olivia Stringer and I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the war in Ukraine for the next eight hours. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.
Email: olivia.stringer@reachplc.com 
Twitter: @Livstringer_

Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping next week.
They will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Uzbek.
It will be their first face-to-face meeting since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin
 
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz vowed that Germany will keep moving “at great speed” to reduce its reliance on Russian power.
He was highly critical of Angela Merkel’s policies and closeness with Russia.
He said: “Because we started so early, when it wasn’t even such a big awareness of the problem in Germany, we are now in a situation that we can head into the winter courageously and bravely – our country can survive.”

He said he was working to “guarantee a secure energy supply” for the country.
He continued: “We have spoken with our friends on the west European coast, with the Netherlands and Belgium for them to expand (LNG) terminals and pipeline capacities with France which will for the first time deliver gas to us.”

Russia would walk away from its supply contracts if the west went ahead with plans to price cap Moscow’s oil and gas exports.
The Russian president said: “Will there be any political decisions that contradict the contracts? Yes, we won’t fulfill them.
“We will not supply anything at all if it contradicts our interests.”
He added: “We will not supply gas, oil, coal, heating oil – we will not supply anything.”
He said Russia “would only have one thing left to do. As in the famous Russian fairy tale, we would sentence the wolf’s tail to be frozen.”

Vladimir Putin’s aims have shifted since the invasion began February 24, 2022. 
His initial aim was to overrun Ukraine and depose its government. 
The Russian leader claimed this was a preventative measure to prevent Ukraine from joining the Western defensive alliance NATO.
After a month of failures, he abandoned his bid to capture the capital Kyiv and turned his ambitions to “liberating the Donbas region” in Ukraine’s east and south.

A Russian colonel who is said to be one of Putin’s closest allies has been killed in a suspected “car bomb”, Cally Brooks reports.
Bardin Artem Igorevich, who was in charge of the occupied Ukrainian city of Berdyansk, was reportedly killed in an explosion that was seen and heard across the city.
Footage appeared to show Igorevich’s car on fire just moments after an explosion hit the city.
The ally of Putin was rushed to hospital but died of his wounds, according to Yaroslav Trofimov, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, quoting the Russian military regime in Zaporizhzhia.

Ukraine is heavily dependent on nuclear energy, with around 15 reactors generating about half of its electricity. 
Energoatom operates all four active nuclear power stations in Ukraine. 
The country is also home to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster site, one of the world’s most severe nuclear accidents when an explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination across much of Europe. 

Ukraine power stations
Kyiv’s top nuclear safety expert has said Ukraine is considering shutting down its Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant for safety reasons.
Oleh Korikov said there are worries about the reserves of diesel fuel used for backup generators.
He said: “The option of switching off the station is being assessed.”

Vladimir Putin started the invasion of his southwestern neighbour on February 24, 2022. 
He told the Russian people his goal was to “demilitarise and de-Nazify Ukraine”. 
Putin’s declared aim was to protect people subjected to what he called eight years of bullying and genocide by Ukraine’s government.
But this escalation came after years of rhetoric claiming that Ukraine rightfully belonged to Russia. 
Putin also claimed the invasion was necessary to protect Russia from the possibility of Ukraine joining the Western defensive alliance NATO. 

The Royal Navy has intercepted a Russian missile cruiser during a “provocative” trip past UK waters, reports Francesca Edwards.
The cruiser, whose sister ship Moskva was sunk by Ukraine was stopped in the Celtic Sea before making a U-turn and lurking around Land’s End for days.
Fears were raised over a plot to unmask British submarines as the ships dispersed over 60 miles across British waters.
Several units were involved in tracking the ships, which included a destroyer and tanker in tow, as the Navy scrambled “an array of modern naval technology” to keep an eye on the fleet.

Speaking today, Vladimir Putin said “the people of Great Britain don’t take part, in this instance, in the change of government.
“The ruling elites there have their arrangements.”
Asked about prospects for ties with Britain, Putin said: “We know the Tories’ position on these questions, including on relations with Russia.
“It’s their business how to build relations with the Russian Federation.
“Our business is to defend our own interests and we will do that consistently, let no one be in any doubt about that.”
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have all agreed in principle to restrict Russian tourists travelling into their territories from Russia and its ally Belarus.
Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics announced the agreement this morning.
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Former British soldier Mark Ayres, 48, has said Ukraine’s counterattack against Russia is unlikely to be quick.
Mr Ayres was wounded by shrapnel on the second day of the counteroffensive near the southern city of Kherson.
He said: “The fighting was pretty intense, lots and lots of shelling.
“We fought very hard, and we took the Russian positions that we were meant to take.”
“It won’t be quick; it’s hard, slow fought, metre by metre, position by position, because we haven’t got the resources to do a massive blitzkrieg, with masses of artillery and armor.
“So we have to do it smart, and try to do it (by) sustaining as (few) casualties as possible.”
The Kyiv Independent has reported that 383 children have died as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24.
A tweet from the newspaper reads: “Prosecutor General’s Office: Russia’s war has killed at least 383 children, injured over 742 since Feb. 24.
“The numbers are expected to be higher since they do not include casualties in the Russian-occupied territories or near the front line.”
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The numbers are expected to be higher since they do not include casualties in the Russian-occupied territories or near the front line.
Speaking from the forum in Vladivostok, he said: “I am speaking of the West’s sanctions fever, with its brazen, aggressive attempt to impose models of behaviour on other countries, to deprive them of their sovereignty and subordinate them to their will.
He also said the power has shifted towards Asia: “Irreversible and even tectonic changes have taken place throughout international relations.
“The role of dynamic, promising countries and regions of the world, primarily the Asia-Pacific region, has significantly increased.”
Vladimir Putin
Predient Putin has said that Russia had not lost anything as a result of the Ukraine invasion.
Speaking at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday, he claimed all Russia’s actions had strengthed Russian sovereignty.
He said: “We have not lost anything and will not lose anything.
“In terms of what we have gained, I can say that the main gain has been the strengthening of our sovereignty.”
The IAEA report regarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has said Russia has moved military vehicles inside the plant.
The UN team said: “The team observed the presence of Russian military personnel, vehicles and equipment at various places at the ZNPP.
“Including several military trucks on the ground floor of the Unit 1 and Unit 2 turbine halls and military vehicles stationed under the overpass connecting the reactor units.”
The IAEA said the presence of military personnel and equipment creates “very challenging circumstances” for staff trying to maintain normal operations at the plant.
The USA has said request from Russia to North Korea is “indicative of the situation Russia finds itself in”.
Defence Department press secretary Pat Ryder said: “It does demonstrate and is indicative of the situation Russia finds itself in in terms of logistics and sustainment capabilities as it relates to Ukraine.
“We assess that things are not going well on that front for Russia, so the fact that they’re reaching out to North Korea is a sign that they’re having some challenges on the sustainment front.”
A senior Russian-appointed official has said Ukrainian forces have attacked the Russian-occupied eastern town of Balakliia.
The town of 27,000 people lies between Kharkiv and Russian-held Izyum.
Daniil Bezsonov said on Telegram on Tuesday”Today, the Ukrainian armed forces, after prolonged artillery preparation … began an attack on Balakliia.”
New Prime Minister Liz Truss has affirmed her committment to Ukraine in a call with President Zelensky.
A Downing Street statment said: “In her first call with a counterpart since becoming prime minister, she reiterated to the Ukrainian leader that he had her full backing, and Ukraine could depend on the UK’s assistance for the long term.
“The leaders discussed the need to strengthen global security and the measures necessary to cut off the funds fuelling Putin’s war machine.
“The leaders deplored Putin’s attempts to weaponise energy, and the prime minister said it was vital Russia’s blackmail did not deter the west from ensuring Putin fails.
“She also underscored the importance of ensuring the UK and our allies continue to build energy independence.”
Good morning from London. I’m Aliss Higham, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on Ukraine today. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

Email: aliss.higham@reachplc.com
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