Ukraine-Russia war – live: Kyiv says it has retaken Klishchiivka as drones target Crimea and Moscow

Russia’s war in Ukraine

Ukraine has claimed the recapture of the eastern village of Klishchiivka on the southern flank of Bakhmut after a period of reported heavy fighting.

It follows the recapture of Andriivka, another village in the region, earlier in the week and Kyiv forces are said to be gaining ground. On Sunday they sent drones to disrupt air traffic in Moscow and causing a fire at an oil depot, according to Russian reports.

“Klishchiivka was cleared of the Russians and liberated,” Alexander Syrskyi, commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, said in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Ministry of Defence has said Russia is likely building new defences in southern Ukraine amid “growing concern” among Vladimir Putin’s forces about Kyiv’s success in breaching its first defensive line.

Moscow’s troops are believed to be “deploying additional checkpoints, ‘hedgehog’ anti-tank defences and digging new trenches” near the Zaporizhzhia village of Tokmak, which is situated just 16km from Ukraine’s forces, and is set to become a “lynchpin” of Russia’s second defensive line, the ministry said.


Ukraine recaptures Klishchiivka village

The general in command of Ukraine’s ground forces said on Sunday that Ukrainian forces had recaptured the eastern village of Klishchiivka on the southern flank of Bakhmut, which the Russians claimed control of in January.

“Klishchiivka was cleared of the Russians and liberated,” Alexander Syrskyi, commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, said in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko also confirmed on Telegram that the village was recaptured in heavy fighting by the “Liut” national police united assault brigade, the 80th airborne assault brigade and the 5th assault brigade. Reuters was unable to verify the battlefield report.

Klishchiivka is around six miles (nine km) south of Bakhmut and had a pre-war population of around 400 people. It is several miles (kilometres) north of Andriivka, which was recaptured earlier this week.

Both settlements were substantially destroyed in months of fighting for Bakhmut.

Soldiers hold flags as they speak in front of destroyed buildings in Klishchiivka, Ukraine

(Col. Gen. Syrskyi via REUTERS)

William Mata17 September 2023 21:30


New explosions at Sevastopol as Ukraine launches fresh drone strikes on Crimea

Fresh explosions struck Sevastopol and smoke was seen rising from a prominent landmark just kilometres away from the Crimean city as Ukrainian forces announced they were carrying out a joint intelligence operation in the region illegally annexed by Russia in 2014.

Pro-Russian Telegram channel ChP Sevastopol reported explosions in the area of Cape Fiolent late on Sunday night, while another Telegram channel reporting on Crimea shared visuals of an explosion and smoke arising from the same area.

The location, on the Crimean peninsula’s southern coast about 16km away from Sevastopol, has a marine radio engineering unit and a radio engineering station with a dozen radar antennas, an unnamed intelligence source told Ukraine’s Suspilne public broadcaster.

Arpan Rai18 September 2023 06:28


Update: US sees some ‘limited’ signs of opening on military talks with China

The United States saw some “limited” signs that China may allow some communications between the countries’ militaries during 12 hours of talks between senior diplomats in Malta this weekend, according to a senior Biden administration official.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan also raised concerns over China’s assistance to Russia and recent actions by Beijing in the Taiwan Strait during his talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the official said.


William Mata18 September 2023 05:00


Video ‘shows anti-aircraft missile systems being destroyed’

Ukraine’s department for defence has released a video which it claims shows two Russian Buk-M3 anti-aircraft missile systems being destroyed.

“And right after, the headquarters of the brigade and division of the Airborne Forces of the occupiers, which they were covering, were also annihilated,” the statement on Twitter added.

William Mata18 September 2023 04:00


From Sunday: UK’s top agenda at UN General Assembly: Ukraine, AI and sustainable development

The world must recommit to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals if the ambitious targets are to be met, UK ministers and diplomats will urge at a UN summit next week.

Prime ministerRishi Sunak has been accused of snubbing the gathering in New York, blaming diary pressures for his absence and instead sending a team headed by his deputy Oliver Dowden.

He is not the only world leader expected to miss the summit, which is set to see discussions on the war in Ukraine, artificial intelligence and the threat of climate change.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly

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William Mata18 September 2023 03:00


Ukraine’s record tally at Invictus Games celebrated by Zelensky

Ukraine’s president has congratulated his country’s record 34 medals in the Invictus Games – a competition set up by Prince Harry for those injured in service.

Mr Zelensky wrote on Twitter: “I applaud our team: Nazar Vozniuk, Volodymyr Tovkys, Mykola Zaritskyi, Yuliia Shevchuk, and Maksym Zubov.

“They exemplify Ukrainian invincibility.”

William Mata18 September 2023 02:00


Video shows gleeful dog being reuinted with soldier

Ukraine’s defence ministry has released a video of a soldier returning from battle being reunited with his adoring dog.

“True happiness,” the caption read of the video which was released at 6pm on Sunday.

William Mata18 September 2023 01:00


Ukraine on the agenda as US and China hold talks

President Joe Biden’s national security adviser met with China’s foreign minister over the past two days for talks.

The White House said in a statement that Jake Sullivan and Chinese envoy Wang Yi had “candid, substantive and constructive discussions” as the world’s two largest economies try “to maintain open lines of communication.”

The White House said Mr Sullivan and Mr Wang discussed the relationship between the two countries, global and regional security issues, Russia’s war in Ukraine and the Taiwan Strait.

“The United States noted the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The two sides committed to maintain this strategic channel of communication and to pursue additional high-level engagement and consultations in key areas between the United States and the People’s Republic of China in the coming months,” according to the statement.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington


William Mata18 September 2023 00:00


Donald Trump “pleased” with Vladimir Putin comments

Donald Trump has said he was pleased to hear Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent remarks praising him for suggesting that he were elected to the White House again, he would negotiate an end to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Mr Putin on Tuesday said Trump’s statements were “good” and brought “happiness.”

“Well, I like that he said that. Because that means what I’m saying is right,” Mr Trump said on NBC.

Mr Trump said he had had a good relationship with Putin, something he has said several times before, and denied that any deal he would seek in Ukraine would be a win for Russia and allow it to keep territory it has seized.

“That’s something that could have been negotiated,” Mr Trump said. He went on and said, “They could have made a deal where there’s lesser territory right now than Russia’s already taken, to be honest.”

Donald Trump campaigning in South Dakota


William Mata17 September 2023 23:00


Ukraine farm worker killed when tractor hit mine

One farm worker died and another was injured on Sunday in Ukraine‘s southern Kherson region after their tractor hit a mine while ploughing a field, Kherson governor Oleksandr Prokudin said.

Liberated after a long Russian occupation, the Kherson region is heavily mined and farmers risk their lives trying to work in fields that have not yet been cleared of mines.

“I’m once again appealing to the residents of the region. Do not start any work until the fields have been inspected by sappers. Take care of your safety,” Mr Prokudin said on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukrainian prime minister Denys Shmygal earlier this year said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had created the world’s largest minefield with an area of 250,000 square kilometres (96,525 square miles).

William Mata17 September 2023 22:00