Here is the situation as of Sunday September 17, 2023.
- Russia and Ukraine are fighting over control of the devastated village of Andriivka, near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces were still holding Andriivka after Ukraine released a video that it said proved its forces were in full control of the village.
- Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said the Bakhmut sector was the scene of the “most active fighting.” “The offensive continues south of Bakhmut. Things are hot in Klishchiivka and Kurdiumivka,” Maliar said on Telegram, referring to two other villages near the city. “Near Klishchiivka, thanks to the offensive, our defense forces achieved successes.”
- In southern Ukraine, where Ukrainian troops sought to penetrate as far as the Sea of Azov, Maliar said soldiers were “inflicting significant losses on the occupiers in terms of men and equipment.”
- A Russian-installed official in Donetsk, Ukraine, reported intense Ukrainian shelling in the eastern region, saying at least five civilians had been killed and one injured in the attacks.
- The Russian Defense Ministry reported that it had foiled a coordinated Ukrainian attack on the annexed Crimean peninsula on Sunday morning, but did not say whether there was any damage or casualties.
- The ministry also said a Ukrainian drone was destroyed early Sunday in Moscow’s Istra district. The incident caused the delay of 24 flights at the capital’s airports, according to the official TASS news agency.
- U.S. Army General Mark Milley told reporters that North Korea might be able to increase Russia’s supply of artillery ammunition for the war in Ukraine, but that would probably not make a difference. big difference. Milley, who was traveling to Norway for NATO meetings that began Saturday, said Ukraine still needed more weapons and equipment and that allies and partners would discuss how to get there. answer.
- Norway’s defense chief said Russian forces stationed in the Arctic near the Scandinavian country were 20 percent or less of what they were before the war in Ukraine. Gen. Erik Kristoffersen said the move suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin knew “very well” that NATO did not pose a threat to Moscow.
- Poland will ban the entry of passenger cars registered in Russia, as part of sanctions imposed on Moscow and its citizens over the war in Ukraine, state media reported, citing Interior Minister Marius Kaminski.
- North Macedonia has ordered the expulsion of three more Russian diplomats, the third such since Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
- In the Czech Republic, thousands of protesters gathered in Prague to demand the resignation of the government over high energy prices as well as its support for Ukraine.
- Russian authorities in Crimea said they planned to sell about 100 Ukrainian properties, including one owned by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The sales contracts amount to more than 815 million rubles ($8.51 million), an official said.
- Ukrainian authorities said two cargo ships had arrived at the Black Sea port of Chernomorsk to load nearly 20,000 tonnes of wheat destined for African and Asian markets. The two ships were the first to use a temporary corridor to sail to Ukraine’s Black Sea ports after Russia abandoned a deal allowing kyiv to export grain.
- Romanian farmers have called on their government to unilaterally ban the import of Ukrainian grain and other food products, after the European Union decided to lift restrictions on these goods. Romania is one of five Eastern EU countries, alongside Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, which saw a sharp increase in Ukrainian grain imports after the Russian invasion, which distorted prices in local markets.