Here is the situation as of Tuesday October 10, 2023.
- Ilia Yevlash, a spokesperson for the Eastern Ukraine Group of Forces, said troops were making progress in their counter-offensive launched four months ago. Yevlash said they had achieved “partial success” near Andriivka, which they captured last month, as well as the nearby town of Klishhiivka, and were “making progress” in the Bakhmut sector. “We are talking about hundreds of meters at a time that we liberate from our enemies and strengthen our positions. However, it is too early to talk about concrete objectives,” he said.
- Ukrainian prosecutors in the Donetsk region said Russian forces shelled areas east of the city of Donetsk, killing one person. Avdiivka, which has resisted Russian advances for months, was also bombed.
- Residents of the Ukrainian village of Hroza wept beside coffins as they buried relatives and neighbors who were among more than 50 people killed in a Russian missile attack on a cafe last week – one of the attacks the deadliest of the war.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy replaced Gen. Ihor Tantsyura as head of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, whose roles include protecting critical installations, countering sabotage and enemy intelligence forces, and maintaining security. Major General Anatoliy Barhylevych was appointed as the new commander. No reasons were given for these decisions.
- The Ukrainian parliament has registered a bill that would ban the activities of the Moscow-linked Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which Kiev accuses of undermining the country’s unity and collaborating with Russia. The bill now requires the approval of a parliamentary committee before it can be submitted to Parliament for consideration.
Politics and diplomacy
- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed “deep concern” over Moscow’s “massive granting” of Russian passports in the occupied Ukrainian territory it controls. Deputy UN human rights chief Nada Al-Nashif told the Human Rights Council that residents who had not acquired Russian citizenship were being denied access to public services essential and were at greater risk of being arbitrarily detained.
- Top UN and Russian officials met in Moscow for talks aimed at enabling “unimpeded access” to global markets for grain and fertilizer from Russia and Ukraine. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “continues his determination to facilitate unimpeded access to global markets for food and fertilizers from Ukraine and the Russian Federation,” the spokesperson said. -UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric. Russia withdrew from a previous grain deal in July.
- Russian lawmakers have been given 10 days to consider how best to revoke Moscow’s ratification of a historic treaty banning nuclear testing. President Vladimir Putin hinted last week that Russia could resume nuclear testing, while Russia’s envoy to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said Moscow could revoke its ratification of the agreement.
- Zelensky said it was in Russia’s interests to “stir up war in the Middle East” in order to weaken global unity. Speaking in his nightly video address, Zelenskyy said Russian propagandists “rejoice” at the developments and that Iran, which he described as Moscow’s ally, openly supports those who attack Israel. “All of this poses a much greater threat than the world currently perceives,” he said.
- U.S. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said the U.S. military would need Congress to approve additional funding to ensure the Pentagon’s munitions production and acquisition plans can simultaneously meet the needs of the Ukraine and Israel.