Russiaof, UkraineNot even 24 hours after the annexation of the four regions of the Ukraine, the Ukrainian army recaptured some critical areas from Russia. Advancing in Donetsk, which Russia announced its annexation, Ukrainian forces took back the city of Port, where about 5 thousand Russian soldiers were located. In its daily briefing, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that Russian troops and allied forces were withdrawing from the region upon the threat of siege.
AFTER THE SIege
Yesterday, the developments on the front were first announced by Ukrainian Defense Ministry Eastern Troops Command Spokesperson Sergey Cherevatiy. Stating that the counterattack launched by the Ukrainian army in early September is continuing at full speed, Cherevatiy said:
“The strategic port town in the Donetsk region, which was under the control of the Russians only a month and a half ago, was surrounded by us as of Saturday morning. While our troops completed the siege, the settlements of Yampol, Novoselovka, Shandrigolovo, Drobishevo and Stavki were liberated in the same area. In one night, an area of 80 square kilometers came back under our control. According to intelligence data, there are between 5 and 5,500 Russian soldiers in and around the port town. Although the Russian soldiers made several attempts to break through the circle, they were unsuccessful.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense also admitted defeat and said, “Despite the threat of siege, our soldiers in the Krasni Port settlement are being withdrawn and sent to more suitable fronts.” On the other hand, although he knew days ago that the port town would be surrounded by the Ukrainian army, it is a matter of curiosity why Russia did not withdraw its forces from here. Military experts in the region claimed that “Moscow may use this siege as an excuse to drop the first tactical nuclear artillery shell into the port town.”
POWER PLANT MOVE FROM RUSSIA
Meanwhile, Russia annexation launched an operation to completely seize Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which has 6 reactors, in the southern Zaporozhye region. Until yesterday, there was a two-headed administration at the nuclear power plant under Russian occupation. While security in and around the power plant was in the hands of Russian soldiers, Ukraine’s ‘Energoatom’ company (Ukrainian National Nuclear Power Generation Corporation) was responsible for the operation of the reactors.
THEY MISSED THE DIRECTOR
It was reported that the Ukrainian Director General of the nuclear power plant, Igor Murashov, was kidnapped by unidentified people in the city of Enerhodar on Friday evening. Russia, which seized the power plant in the second month of the war, began to gradually replace the Ukrainian personnel with “Rosatom” employees. The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant remains in the area that Russia has announced its unilateral annexation.
RUSSIA VETO TO UNSC Draft
At the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the draft resolution containing the condemnation of the annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions by Russia was rejected by Russia’s veto. While the UNSC convened right after the annexation, the draft resolution condemning the annexation prepared by the USA and Albania, abstained from Russia’s strategic partner China and India, which has security partnerships, as well as Brazil and Gabon. Russia, one of the 5 permanent members of the UNSC, has veto power. The condemnation decision was rejected by Russia’s veto vote.