It’s the 200e day of war in ukrainesince the start of the conflict with Russia on February 24, 2022. In the past week, Ukraine has reconquered 3,000 km2 of territory from the Russians, confirming a breakthrough in the east and south of the country.
Whereas Moscow admits having lost ground this Sunday, September 11, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron discussed, during a phone call, the security around the Zaporijjia power plant, which concentrates all the concerns.
A new call between Macron and Putin
During this phone call, Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron mentioned the Zaporijjia power station, the largest European power station. The Russian president warned Emmanuel Macron against the “catastrophic consequences” what could the “regular Ukrainian attacks” on this complex of six reactors, “including the disposal of radioactive waste”.
Emmanuel Macron replied that “Russian Occupation” was “the cause of the risks” weighing on this power plant in southern Ukraine, the largest in Europe, and asked him to withdraw all weapons.
The two leaders should talk to each other again “in the next few days”in order to ” find an agreement “ regarding plant security.
In Zaporizhia, all the reactors are shut down
The Ukrainian operator Energoatom for its part announced that it had shut down before dawn, this Sunday, the sixth and last reactor which remained in operation there.
“Today, September 11, 2022, during the night at 03:41, unit number 6 of the [centrale] has been disconnected from the electricity network, according to a press release from the Ukrainian operator Energoatom. “Preparations are underway for its cooling”adds the operator.
According to Energoatom, a cold shutdown constitutes “the safest state” for the reactor, which for three days had been the only one to produce the electricity necessary for cooling the nuclear fuel and for the safety of the site.
The decision to shut it down was taken when the site’s external power supply was restored. ” last night “ with one of the transmission lines.
“In the event of further damage to the transmission lines connecting the site to the electrical system – the risk of which remains high – the internal needs (of the site) will have to be provided by generators running on diesel”warns Energoatom.
“Total blackout” in eastern Ukraine
Large portions of territory in eastern Ukraine were affected this Sunday evening by power cuts. President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of causing a “total blackout”. “No military installation” is affected, he added. “The goal is to deprive people of light and heating. »
Ukrainian officials in Kharkiv, the country’s second city, and in the Donetsk and Sumy regions posted statements on social media reporting power cuts.
Ukraine took back 3,000 km2 from Russia
Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday evening that the army has “released” the strategic city of Izioum in the East. He thanked the Ukrainian soldiers who “liberated hundreds of our towns and villages (…) the most recent of which are Balakliïa, Izium and Kupiansk”.
Regarding the ongoing lightning counter-offensive in north-eastern Ukraine, “Since the beginning of September, more than 3000 km2 have returned to Ukrainian control”General Valeri Zalouzhny, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, said in a statement. “We are 50 kilometers from the border” Russian, he added.
On June 2, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted that 20% of the total area of his country, or around 125,000 km2, was in Russian hands, of which more than 43,000 km2 (Crimea and part of the Donbass basin ) conquered before the outbreak of the invasion, on February 24.
At the beginning of September, the Ukrainian army first announced a counter-offensive in the south, before carrying out during the past week a surprise and lightning breakthrough in the Russian lines in the Kharkiv region.
A little earlier, the General Staff of the Ukrainian forces had announced that “the liberation of portions of territories in the districts of Kupyansk and Izium” was ” In progress “.
A Russian map confirms a major withdrawal of the army
A map of this northeastern area, presented by the Russian Ministry of Defense during its daily briefing on Sunday, showed a large withdrawal of Russian soldiers, who only controlled a small part of it on Sunday. , behind the Oskol River.
On Saturday, the Russian army announced that it had ” took of “ its forces present in the areas of Balakliïa and Izioum in order to ” gather “ near Donetsk, one of the capitals of the pro-Russian separatists, further south.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the Russian province of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, for his part assured that ” thousands of people “ had fled the Kharkiv region for Russia.