If you’ve just joined us, here’s what you need to know about Wednesday’s progress in Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Zelensky to Russia: ‘Flee or surrender’
As the counteroffensive in southern Ukraine continued, President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday addressed the military’s efforts to bring the fight into Russian forces, saying the occupiers “can only do two things: flee or surrender.” Few details have emerged about the objectives and timetable of the counteroffensive, as well as Ukraine’s progress in the Kherson region.
US thinks Russia has received drones (drone) from Iran A State Department official confirmed that “they intend to use these Iranian drones that can conduct air-to-ground attacks, electronic warfare, and targeting on the Ukrainian battlefield.
UN nuclear inspectors head to Zaporozhye nuclear power plant
IAEA spokesman Frederick Dahl said IAEA experts had arrived in the Ukrainian-held city of Zaporozhye ahead of a planned visit to the Russian-occupied Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.The team may spend the night in the city before visiting the nuclear power plant Thursday, according to a Reuters report earlier on Wednesday.Team expected to ‘see work on station’ in one dayThe head of Russia’s appointed local government told news agency Interfax.
A historic Soviet figure dies
Mikhail Gorbachev – the last leader of the former Soviet Union between 1985 and 1991 – aged 91 After a long illness, the Russian state news agency reported. He is credited with introducing important political and economic reforms to the Soviet Union and helping to end the Cold War.
Russian gas supplies to Europe halted again
Stream from Nord Stream 1, the largest pipeline to transport Russian gas supplies to Europe through Germany, down to zero Wednesday morning, as part of a planned shutdown announced last week, according to the operator. That has fueled fears that Russia deliberately cut off gas supplies to Europe in retaliation for Western sanctions over its war in Ukraine – a charge Moscow has denied.