Live: Ukrainian soldiers applaud the rapid advance of the counteroffensive

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Ukraine said its troops have moved further east into territory recently abandoned by Russia, paving the way for a possible attack on Moscow’s occupying forces in the Donbas region as Kiev searches for more Western weapons. “The occupiers are clearly in a panic,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday evening, adding that he was now focusing on “speed” in liberated areas. Follow TBEN’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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6:56 am: Russian Black Sea fleet moves some submarines away from Crimea, says VK

Russia’s Black Sea fleet has moved some of its submarines from the port of Sevastopol in Crimea to Novorossiysk in Krasnodor Krai in southern Russia, the British Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The move is likely due to the recent change in the local security threat level in light of increased Ukrainian long-range attacks, the ministry said in its daily intelligence update on Twitter.

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“In the past two months, the fleet headquarters and the main naval airfield have been attacked,” the ministry added.

05:15 am: Ukrainian soldiers cheer the rapid advance towards Donbas. please

“We were ready to fight. But that they would just leave the whole front line… We really didn’t expect that,” said a Ukrainian soldier.

Among the items the Russian soldiers left behind were weapons, ammunition, photos of Lenin and Playboy pinups, as Gulliver Cragg and Gwendoline Debono of TBEN of Izium report in the video below.


Ukrainian soldiers ride on an armored personnel carrier and a tank as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues near the city of Izium, recently liberated by the Ukrainian armed forces, in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, September 19, 2022. © Gleb Garanich, Reuters

September 20, 12:18 pm: Ukrainian troops conduct counter-offensive deeper Donbas. in

Ukraine said its troops have moved further east into territory recently abandoned by Russia, paving the way for a possible attack on Moscow’s occupying forces in the Donbas region as Kiev searches for more Western weapons.

In a sign of nervousness from a Moscow-backed government in Donbas over the success of Ukraine’s recent offensive, the leader called for urgent referendums on the region’s accession to Russia.

“The occupiers are clearly in a panic,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a televised speech late Monday, adding that he was now focusing on “speed” in liberated areas.

“The speed at which our troops move. The speed at which normal life is restored,” Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian leader also hinted that he would use a video address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday to call on countries to speed up arms and aid deliveries.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure that Ukraine’s needs are met at all levels – defense, financial, economic, diplomatic,” Zelensky said.

Serhiy Gaidai, the Ukrainian governor of Luhansk, a province in the Donbas now under control of Russian forces, said Ukrainian armed forces have regained full control of the Luhansk village of Bilohorivka and are preparing to fight to take over the entire province. recapture.

“Every inch will be fought for,” Gaidai wrote on Telegram. “The enemy is preparing their defence. So we don’t just march in.”

(TBEN with TBEN, TBEN and REUTERS)

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