The day dawns in Europe and a 200th day of armed conflict opens in Ukraine after the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022. This Saturday, September 10, 2022, kyiv once again claimed major advances in the east of the country, announced that it had recaptured the key city of Kumyansk, and declared this Saturday that it had liberated another key city: Izium. A rapid breakthrough, confirmed by many observers of the conflict. We take stock of the events that have marked the last few hours.
After Kupiansk, the city of Izium recaptured
The least we can say is that things are changing rapidly in recent hours in Ukraine. This Saturday, September 10, the Ukrainian army demanded the liberation of the key city of Koupiansk, in the east of the country, in the Kharkiv region. The Ukrainian counter-offensive in the region puts the Russian armed forces in difficulty, which are for their part forced to reorganize. The Russian Ministry of Defense has announced that it has ” took of “ its present strengths “in the regions of Balakliia and Izioum”, in order to “strengthen efforts” further south, around Donetsk. Several images from the Ukrainian authorities show the army hoisting the Ukrainian flag in the cities of Kupiansk and Balakliia.
Later in the day on Saturday, the Ukrainian authorities also claimed the resumption of Izium, another key city in the region. Asked by the New York Times, the city’s mayor, Valeriy Marchenko, confirmed. “Izioum was liberated today”, he told the American newspaper.
For his part, a resident of Izioum, who preferred to remain anonymous, testified to the British media The Guardian, and confirmed the entry of Ukrainian military troops into the city, informing that upon their withdrawal, “Russian occupying forces” fled “quickly, leaving behind ammunition and equipment. » Several images relayed on social networks by the Ukrainian media tend to confirm the abandonment of ammunition by the Russian army during its hasty withdrawal.
Rapid advances continuing to the east
In his daily update, broadcast on social networks and published on the website of the Ukrainian presidency, Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday evening that Ukrainian forces had resumed “2,000 kilometers of territory” in September. Proof that things are changing rapidly on the front, the president declared Thursday evening the resumption of “1000 km²” of territory.
In its latest report, published this Saturday, the American Institute for War Studies (ISW) confirmed, reporting figures even higher than those given by kyiv. The think-tank, which regularly publishes reports and maps on the evolution of the conflict, claimed that the Ukrainian army had resumed “2500 km²” in the Kharkov region.
This Saturday, the French journalist Loup Bureau, confirming the breakthrough of the Ukrainian army, recalled that the maps released over the past few hours become “obsolete in a few hours” given the speed of the advance. “It should be noted that this Ukrainian offensive is (for the moment) carried out entirely without media coverage”, he said, thus explaining the rapid obsolescence of information from the front.
In the Kherson region, in the south, the counter-offensive continues
On Saturday, the ISW also confirmed the continuation of the Ukrainian counter-offensive led in the region of Kherson, in the south of the country. In an overnight article, the American newspaper The New York Times quotes military analyst Rob Lee of the Foreign Policy Research Institute as saying that while Ukrainian forces have taken over several villages, “we have to wait to see how far they can go”. The researcher points out that “the offensive in the northeast and in Kherson tells us that Ukraine has an advantage in terms of manpower”.
Ukraine “not interested” in a shutdown of the Zaporizhia power plant
In an interview given to Sunday newspaper, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he did not want to see the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant taken out of service. “Under no circumstances are we interested in a stoppage. Our vital interest is to keep it connected to the Ukrainian power grid,” he explains, before specifying that maintaining the operation of the plant, the largest in Europe, allows “to ensure our energy security and then to be able to export electricity to the European Union. this will [les Européens] would help to deal with the consequences of gas cuts. »
This Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron again spoke by telephone with Volodymyr Zelensky about the situation always “very worrying” of the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant, indicated the Elysée.
On Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had reported a “total power outage” in the Ukrainian city of Energodar (south), where the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is located, a situation which “compromises the safety of operations” engaged on site.