Russia-Ukraine war live: nuclear threat is worst in 60 years, Biden says; Ukraine recaptures 500 sq km in a week

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Ukraine takes backmost 500 quadrate km of territory successful a week, Zelenskiy says

Ukraine’s proclaimed wins successful the confederate portion of Kherson are the latest successful a bid of Russian defeats undermining the Kremlin’s assertion to person annexed astir 20% of Ukraine.

“More than (500 quadrate kilometres) person been liberated from Russian occupiers successful the Kherson portion alone” since the commencement of October, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced precocious Thursday successful his nightly address.

The recaptured territory was location to dozens of towns and villages that had been occupied by Russian forces for months, confederate service bid spokeswoman Natalia Gumeniuk said.

Kherson, a portion with an estimated pre-war colonisation of astir 1 cardinal people, was captured aboriginal and easy by Moscow’s troops aft their penetration launched connected 24 February.

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Russia’s overseas minister, Sergey Lavrov, has said this greeting that Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s comments astir Nato making “preventive strikes” showed that Russia had needed to transportation retired what it presumption its “special subject operation” wrong Ukraine’s borders.

Yesterday, speaking via video nexus to an assemblage successful Australia, Ukraine’s president had said “What should Nato do? Make it intolerable for Russia to usage atomic weapons. What is important, I erstwhile again entreaty to the planetary assemblage … preventive strikes truthful that they cognize what volition hap to them if they usage them [nuclear weapons].”

Today marks Russian President Vladimir Putin’s birthday, an lawsuit that has not gone unnoticed by Arvydas Anušauskas, Lithuania’s defence minister. He has sarcastically tweeted, successful a notation to photographs of Putin gathering satellite leaders astatine a distance, that the Russian president has been talented “a caller array and binoculars”, and said that successful his honour “Lithuanian radical are raising wealth for immoderate ‘fireworks’”.

Today Putin connected the juncture of his day was fixed a caller array and binoculars for communicating with visitors. Lithuanian radical are raising wealth for immoderate “fireworks”.

— Arvydas Anušauskas (@a_anusauskas) October 7, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a gathering  with French President Emmanuel Macron successful  Moscow successful  February.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a gathering with French President Emmanuel Macron successful Moscow successful February. Photograph: SPUTNIK/Reuters

Oleh Synyehubov, politician of Kharkiv, has posted to Telegram to accidental that successful the past 24 hours, 8 radical person been hospitalised successful the portion arsenic a effect of Russian shelling. He besides said that a 47-year-old pistillate was injured by stepping connected a excavation successful the Izium region. He cautioned residents again astir the risks, saying “the minefields near by the force are huge”. The claims person not been independently verified.

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Hundreds of bodies recovered successful Kharkiv aft Russian's left

In the northeastern Kharkiv portion wherever Ukrainian forces regained a ample swathe of crushed successful September, the bodies of 534 civilians including 19 children were recovered aft Russian troops left, Serhiy Bolvinov of the National Police successful Kharkiv told a briefing posted online Thursday.

The full included 447 bodies recovered successful Izium, Reuters reports. He besides said that investigators had recovered grounds of 22 sites being utilized arsenic “torture rooms”. There was nary contiguous remark from Russia.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, appealed to Australia for assistance successful a captious UN ballot adjacent week, asking Australian officials to articulation successful diplomatic efforts to guarantee it was ‘as unanimous arsenic possible’. ‘I’m asking Australia to usage each of its power to person arsenic galore countries arsenic imaginable not to stay neutral and to ballot for planetary instrumentality and against a Russian annexation,’ helium said.

Addressing the Sydney-based Lowy Institute by video link, Zelenskiy revealed Australia was offering dense arms to Ukraine successful its adjacent bundle of subject enactment and thanked Australia for its ‘very meaningful defence’ assistance, saying the Bushmaster protected-mobility vehicles which the state had antecedently contributed had ‘performed masterfully’.

Zelenskiy calls connected Australia to backmost UN ballot condemning Russia's purported annexation – video

Julian Borger

Julian Borger

Joe Biden has warned the satellite could look “Armageddon” if Vladimir Putin uses a tactical atomic limb to effort to triumph the warfare successful Ukraine.

The US president made his astir outspoken remarks to day astir the menace of atomic war, astatine a Democratic fundraiser successful New York, saying it was the closest the satellite had travel to atomic catastrophe for sixty years.

“We person not faced the imaginable of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban rocket crisis,” helium said.

“We’ve got a feline I cognize reasonably well,” Biden said, referring to the Russian president. “He’s not joking erstwhile helium talks astir imaginable usage of tactical atomic weapons oregon biologic oregon chemic weapons due to the fact that his subject is, you mightiness say, importantly underperforming.”

Putin and his officials person repeatedly threatened to usage Russia’s atomic arsenal successful an effort to deter the US and its allies from supporting Ukraine and helping it defy the all-out Russian penetration launched successful February. One fearfulness is that helium could usage a abbreviated scope “tactical” atomic limb to effort to halt Ukraine’s counter-offensive successful its tracks and unit Kyiv to negociate and cede territory:

Ukraine takes backmost 500 quadrate km of territory successful a week, Zelenskiy says

Ukraine’s proclaimed wins successful the confederate portion of Kherson are the latest successful a bid of Russian defeats undermining the Kremlin’s assertion to person annexed astir 20% of Ukraine.

“More than (500 quadrate kilometres) person been liberated from Russian occupiers successful the Kherson portion alone” since the commencement of October, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced precocious Thursday successful his nightly address.

The recaptured territory was location to dozens of towns and villages that had been occupied by Russian forces for months, confederate service bid spokeswoman Natalia Gumeniuk said.

Kherson, a portion with an estimated pre-war colonisation of astir 1 cardinal people, was captured aboriginal and easy by Moscow’s troops aft their penetration launched connected 24 February.

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Hello and invited to our unrecorded sum of the Russia-Ukraine war. My sanction is Helen Sullivan and I’ll beryllium bringing you the latest for the adjacent fewer hours.

My workfellow Julian Borger reports from Washington that Joe Biden has warned the satellite could look “Armageddon” if Vladimir Putin uses a tactical atomic limb to effort to triumph the warfare successful Ukraine.

The US president made his astir outspoken remarks to day astir the menace of atomic war, astatine a Democratic fundraiser successful New York, saying it was the closest the satellite had travel to atomic catastrophe for sixty years.

“We person not faced the imaginable of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban rocket crisis,” helium said.

Meanwhile present are the different cardinal caller developments:

  • The EU has imposed a caller circular of sanctions connected Russia, expanding import and export bans and blacklisting individuals implicit Moscow’s annexation of 4 Ukrainian regions.

  • Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, told European heads of authorities gathered successful Prague that Ukraine indispensable win truthful that Russia does not “advance connected Warsaw oregon again connected Prague”.

  • The Russian absorption activistic Vladimir Kara-Murza, who has been imprisoned successful Moscow since April, is being investigated for “high treason”, arsenic the authorities measurement up their lawsuit against him for his disapproval of the warfare successful Ukraine.

  • The United States has accused Russian mercenaries of exploiting earthy resources successful Central African Republic, Mali, Sudan and elsewhere to assistance money Moscow’s warfare successful Ukraine, a complaint Russia rejected arsenic “anti-Russian rage”. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has said the Wagner Group of mercenaries are exploiting earthy resources and “these ill-gotten gains are utilized to money Moscow’s warfare instrumentality successful Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine”.

  • Ukrainian exigency services said 3 bodies were pulled from rubble aft a Russian rocket onslaught destroyed a five-storey flat artifact successful the confederate Ukrainian metropolis of Zaporizhzhia.

  • The Kremlin denied reports that 700,000 Russians had fled the country since Moscow announced a mobilisation thrust it said would telephone up hundreds of thousands to combat successful Ukraine.

  • Two Russians who said they fled their state to debar compulsory subject work person requested asylum successful the US aft landing successful a tiny vessel connected a distant Alaska island successful the Bering Sea, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s bureau said Thursday.