Ukraine war live updates: Ukraine’s Zelenskyy set for awkward encounter with Russians at UN; China urged to pressure Moscow

G-7 ministers name on China to press Russia to cease aggression in Ukraine

The Group of Seven (G-7) on Tuesday known as on China to press Russia to cease its aggression in Ukraine after international ministers of the bloc met on the sidelines of the United Nations Basic Meeting and launched a joint assertion.

The assertion, launched by the international ministry of G-7 chair Japan, mentioned the members hoped China would push for the fast, full and unconditional withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, pose for a photograph after laying a wreath in entrance of the Cenotaph for the Victims of the Atomic Bomb on the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, after Zelenskiy was invited to the Group of Seven nations’ summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Might 21, 2023. The Atomic Bomb Dome is seen within the background. 

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The assertion comes as China’s prime diplomat, Wang Yi, visits Russia for a four-day journey throughout which each nations are anticipated to pledge deeper political ties, with a attainable go to by President Vladimir Putin to Beijing on the horizon.

The G-7 members additionally welcomed China’s participation within the Ukraine-led assembly in Jeddah and “additional inspired China to assist a simply and lasting peace, together with by way of its direct dialogue with Ukraine,” the assertion mentioned.

Putin met North Korean chief Kim Jong Un final week in Moscow for talks that included nearer army ties, alarming the USA and different western-aligned nations.

Pyongyang and Moscow have denied that North Korea may provide arms to Russia, which has expended huge shares in additional than 18 months of battle.

The G-7 joint assertion didn’t identify any nations, however mentioned its members “reiterated their name on third events to stop any and all help to Russia’s battle of aggression or face extreme prices.”

— Reuters

Zelenskyy attributable to deal with UN, may come nose to nose with prime Russian officers

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy might be coming nose to nose with prime Russian officers this week as he prepares to deal with international leaders on the U.N. Basic Meeting on Tuesday.

Zelenskyy can also be attributable to communicate at a U.N. Safety Council assembly about Ukraine on Wednesday, an occasion that would see him in the identical room as Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov, who can also be anticipated to deal with the Council.

When requested on Monday whether or not he would keep to take heed to Lavrov’s remarks, Zelenskyy mentioned “I do not understand how it will likely be, actually,” AP reported.

Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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Russia is considered one of 5 everlasting members of the U.N. Safety Council, and like its different everlasting members (the USA, Britain, China and France), it has the ability of veto U.N. resolutions; Russia vetoed a Safety Council decision final 12 months condemning the tried annexation of 4 Ukrainian areas, for instance.

Ukraine has repeatedly questioned how and why Russia continues to occupy a prime place within the U.N. when it has itself invaded its neighbor and fostered battle and instability.

In his nightly deal with, Zelenskyy mentioned “territorial integrity of the state is a key precept of all primary worldwide paperwork, together with the UN Constitution. And it’s essential to return to it the complete power destroyed by the Russian invasion, and to extend the capabilities of the UN to cease aggressions and forestall them. Ukraine will make a transparent proposal on this regard to UN members.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits wounded Ukrainian troopers on the Staten Island College Hospital in New York on Sept. 18, 2023.

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Zelenskyy arrived in New York on Monday, the place he visited Northwell Well being’s Staten Island College Hospital to acknowledge efforts to assist medical suppliers in Ukraine. He additionally met wounded Ukrainian troopers who had obtained superior prosthetics and demanding rehabilitation after being severely injured within the Russian invasion.   

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine plans lawsuit towards Poland, Hungary and Slovakia over agricultural import restrictions

Ukraine intends to sue Poland, Hungary and Slovakia over their restrictions on Ukrainian agricultural imports, officers mentioned.

Ukrainian Commerce Consultant Taras Kachka told Politico in an interview it was “necessary to show that these actions are legally incorrect,” and that an enchantment could be made by way of the World Commerce Group.

A senior Ukrainian official mentioned an enchantment might be despatched “within the close to future,” Reuters reported Monday.

Poland, Hungary and Slovakia on Friday announced import curbs after European Fee-led restrictions on Ukrainian imports into the nations — in addition to Romania and Bulgaria — expired. All 5 are EU members that are near or border Ukraine.

The EU deal allowed merchandise to transit by way of the nations however required them to be offered elsewhere. The three new nationwide restrictions cowl home imports and can nonetheless permit transit, Reuters reported.

Land exports from Ukraine have elevated for the reason that suspension of the Black Sea grain initiative by Russia in July, creating tensions with native farmers as items costs fell.

Ukraine has agreed to introduce measures supposed to forestall a “surge” in EU imports, nevertheless the small print haven’t been specified.

Hungarian President Viktor Orban on Saturday wrote on social media web site X that Ukrainian agricultural merchandise destined for Africa had been “flooding Central European markets.”

A Polish authorities spokesperson mentioned it was introducing the ban within the “curiosity of Polish farmers and shoppers;” whereas Slovakia’s Prime Minister Ľudovít Ódor mentioned it will “stop extreme stress on the Slovak market as a way to stay truthful to our farmers as effectively.”

— Jenni Reid

Explosions reported at Russian administration constructing in occupied Donetsk

Explosions have been reported across the headquarters of the Russian authorities in Donetsk, information company RIA Novosti said Monday.

The report mentioned there was at the very least one hit on the constructing housing the authorities of the pro-Russian, so-called Donetsk Individuals’s Republic, or DPR. CNBC was unable to substantiate the data reported by the Russian information company.

Shortly after, RIA Novosti revealed an replace by which a DPR consultant claimed that Ukrainian forces had fired three missiles on the middle of Donetsk. Ukraine has not commented on the incident which represents the newest effort to strike on the coronary heart of Russian occupying forces in Ukraine.

Army automobiles of the DPR military are seen in Yasynuvata, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on Might 28, 2022. 

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was preceded by Moscow’s recognition of the breakaway areas of the DPR, and the neighboring Luhansk Individuals’s Republic, as unbiased states. Russia has supported and fomented pro-Russian separatism in each areas for years.

Russia has since tried to justify its invasion of Ukraine by saying it did so to guard the areas, which it has since integrated into the Russian Federation following disputed referendums held final 12 months on whether or not to affix Russia. Russia mentioned a majority of residents voted to affix Russia however the votes had been largely seen as coercive and bogus.

— Holly Ellyatt

Counteroffensive is ‘not very quick’ however is making progress, Zelenskyy says

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged that the counteroffensive isn’t continuing shortly however insisted Ukrainian forces are advancing and liberating Russian-occupied areas each day.

“It’s a tough state of affairs, I might be utterly sincere with you,” Zelenskyy mentioned in an interview with CBS News revealed on Sunday.

“We now have the initiative. This can be a plus. We stopped the Russian offensive and we moved onto a counter-offensive. And regardless of that, it’s not very quick. It will be significant that we’re transferring ahead each day and liberating territory,” Zelenskyy added.

He famous that Ukraine must liberate its territory as a lot as attainable. Time is of the essence within the south and east of Ukraine, the place preventing is intense alongside a 900-mile lengthy entrance line; Ukraine’s notorious muddy season will return round October, making motion and progress harder.

“We have to liberate our territory as a lot as attainable and transfer ahead, even when it’s lower than [half a mile or] 100 [yards] we should do it. We mustn’t give Putin a break,” Zelenskyy famous.

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine liberates two villages within the east as grueling counteroffensive continues

Ukraine recaptured two villages within the space round Bakhmut in Donetsk, jap Ukraine, in latest days as its grueling counteroffensive continues within the south and east of the nation.

Ukraine’s Deputy Protection Minister Hanna Maliar mentioned Monday that Kyiv’s forces had liberated Andriivka and Klishchiivka over the weekend however mentioned Russian was “attempting with all his may to regain misplaced positions.” 

“Our fighters maintain again the enemy’s assaults there and are entrenched on the achieved frontiers,” she mentioned in a put up on Telegram. Two sq. kilometers, or 0.77 miles, of territory had been regained prior to now week round Bakhmut, an epicenter of preventing for months.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy congratulated his forces within the area in his nightly deal with Sunday, saying “I want to particularly acknowledge the soldiers who’re progressively regaining Ukraine’s territory within the space of Bakhmut.”

A Ukrainian serviceman walks close to a destroyed Ukrainian tank, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, close to the village of Robotyne, Zaporizhzhia area, Ukraine, on Aug. 25, 2023.

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Ukrainian forces are additionally attempting to push southward to regain cities and cities towards, and on, the Sea of Azov.

Maliar mentioned Ukraine is continuous its “offensive operation within the Melitopol path” and that there was success within the space south and east of Robotyne, a city within the southern Zaporizhia area that Ukraine mentioned it had recaptured in late August.

Prior to now week, protection forces within the south have liberated 5.2 sq. km of territory. Because the begin of the counteroffensive, 261.7 sq. km has been retaken within the area.

— Holly Ellyatt

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