Live: Ukraine accuses Russia of attacks on electricity grid in revenge for offensive

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Ukraine accused the Russian military of attacking civilian infrastructure in response to a quick weekend offensive by Ukrainian troops that forced Russia to abandon its main bastion in the Kharkiv region. Read TBEN’s live coverage of the day’s events. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

10:14 p.m.: Zelensky says Izyum, the main city in eastern Ukraine, has been ‘liberated’

President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed on Sunday that Ukrainian forces have recaptured the strategic city of Izyum in the eastern part of the country from Russian forces as part of a large-scale counter-offensive.

In a speech to the nation marking 200 days since the beginning of the Russian invasion, Zelensky thanked Ukrainian troops who “liberated hundreds of our towns and villages… by the Kiev army.

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21:06: Ukraine officials blame Russia for power cuts in the eastern part of the country

Ukrainian authorities in the eastern part of the country have accused the Russians of bombing strategic infrastructure, leading to power outages in large parts of the country.

The governor of the Kharkiv region of northeast Ukraine said Russian attacks on “critical infrastructure” had cut off electricity and water supplies. Its counterpart in the eastern central region of Dnipropetrovsk said Russian troops had “hit energy infrastructure” in retaliation for their “battlefield defeat”.

20:24: Power goes out in Northeast Ukraine region, says governor

Power levels dropped in Ukraine’s northeastern Sumy region on Sunday and the region’s governor urged residents to disconnect electrical appliances.

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“Electrical voltage has dropped in the network throughout the region,” Dmytro Zhyvytsky wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

“I recommend disconnecting electrical appliances as much as possible.”

5:51 p.m.: Macron asks Putin to withdraw Russian weapons from Zaporizhzhya

In a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin on Sunday, Emmanuel Macron stressed the need to ensure the safety of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant and asked Russian troops to withdraw their heavy and light weapons from the site, the Elysée said.

The French president “remembered that the Russian occupation was the cause of the risks weighing on the integrity of the Zaporizhzhya factory today” and asked “that the recommendations of the IAEA be followed to ensure the safety of the site,” added the French president. the French Presidency in a statement. .

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4:39 p.m.: Putin discusses Ukrainian nuclear power plant with Macron

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed the security situation at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

By telephone, the two leaders expressed their willingness for “unpoliticized” talks on the issue with the participation of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to a statement published on the Kremlin’s website.

Putin warned his French counterpart of the potential “catastrophic consequences” of what he believes were Ukrainian attacks on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, which is still under Russian control.

(TBEN with TBEN, TBEN and Reuters)

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