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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know

Ukrainian troops say they have taken the key bastion of Lyman in occupied eastern Ukraine, a stinging defeat that has prompted a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for the possible use of low-grade nuclear weapons.

October 2, 2022
By AAP
2 October 2022

Ukrainian troops say they have taken the key bastion of Lyman in occupied eastern Ukraine, a stinging defeat that has prompted a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for the possible use of low-grade nuclear weapons.

LYMAN

* Russia said its troops withdrew from Lyman to avoid being surrounded by Ukraine’s army.

* Ramzan Kadyrov, a Putin ally and head of Russia’s Chechnya region, said Moscow should consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine after the loss of Lyman.

* United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin cheered Lyman’s capture, saying it was an encouraging battlefield success and that the loss of the logistics and transport hub will pose a dilemma for Russia’s military.

ZAPORIZHZHIA

* A Russian patrol detained the director general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the state-owned company in charge of the plant said. The United Nations nuclear watchdog said Russia confirmed the move.

* International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi is expected to hold talks in Moscow and Kyiv in coming days on the creation of a protection zone around the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia plant, the UN watchdog said.

CASUALTIES

* Ukraine’s SBU security service said at least 20 civilians were killed in Russian shelling of a civilian convoy in late September in an eastern “grey zone” between Russian and Ukrainian-controlled territory.

GAS FLOWS

* Italy’s Eni said it would not receive any of the gas it had requested from Russia’s Gazprom for delivery on Saturday, but the firms said they were working to fix this.

* Greece and Bulgaria started commercial operation of a long-delayed gas pipeline that will help decrease southeast Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and boost energy security.

* Russia’s Gazprom cut natural gas supplies to Moldova on Saturday by around 30 per cent, said Vadim Ceban, director of gas firm Moldovagaz, said.

DIPLOMACY

* Russia failed to win enough votes for re-election to the UN aviation agency’s governing council, in a boost for Western powers that wanted to hold Moscow accountable following its invasion of Ukraine.

* Germany will deliver the first of four advanced IRIS-T air defence systems to Ukraine in the coming days to help ward off drone attacks, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said during an unannounced visit to Odesa.

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