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President Volodymyr Zelensky went on Wednesday to Izium, an important city in the East, which was taken in recent days by Ukrainian forces. Kyiv led a lightning counter-offensive in the south and north-east of the country that put the Russian army in dire straits. Follow the latest developments in the war in Ukraine every hour.
3:22 pm .: Volodymyr Zelensky’s surprise visit to Izium after it was taken by kyiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the city of Izium on Wednesday, recaptured on Saturday by Kyiv forces during their lightning counter-offensive in the northeast.
The Russian military abandoned its main stronghold in northeastern Ukraine on Saturday, leaving behind crates of abandoned ammunition and equipment, in the worst setback since the abortive offensive against the capital, Kyiv, in March.
2:40 pm .: The export of gas can start in “mid-October” from France to Germany, informs GRTgaz
A new gas export capacity from France to Germany will be available “mid-October”, announced the general manager of the gas network operator of France GRTgaz, Thierry oublie, during a press conference.
“Under the impact of the war in Ukraine, the gas flowing historically from the East has been broken. A gradual drying up of gas transits from Germany (along with Russian gas, editor’s note) has occurred since summer 2022: GRTgaz is working to adapt its network to develop new export capacity from France to Germany that will be available in mid-October”, specifies a press release from GRTgaz issued in the process .
France will be able to spend the winter and meet the demand for gas and electricity in the condition of saving energy, network managers insisted on Wednesday, before the government’s announcements of possible price increases.
12:51 pm: Vladimir Putin has reportedly rejected a peace deal recommended by his envoy at the start of the war in Ukraine, according to Reuters
Russia’s top envoy to Ukraine reportedly told Vladimir Putin at the start of the war that he had reached a tentative deal with Kyiv that satisfied Moscow’s demands, including its need to prevent Ukraine from of NATO , but the Russian president would have rejected it and continued his military campaign, according to three sources close to Russian power.
Dimitri Kozak reportedly told Vladimir Putin that the agreement made a large-scale occupation of Ukraine by Russia unnecessary, the sources said. The envoy’s recommendation that the deal be completed was first reported by Reuters.
Asked about the findings by Reuters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “This is completely unrelated to reality. Such a thing has never happened. This is completely false information.”
12:24 pm: Volodymyr Zelensky in Izium, an important Eastern city retaken from the Russians
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Izium, a strategic city recaptured in the Kharkiv region (east), a first visit to territories recovered from the Russians this month during a glittering counter-offensive.
Volodymyr Zelensky “participated” in the ceremony of raising the Ukrainian flag and “thanked the military for the liberation of Ukrainian lands”, said on Facebook the 25e airborne brigade by publishing photos of the Head of State in the area. Surrounded by armed bodyguards, the president in military-style khaki attire was helmetless and did not appear to be wearing a bulletproof vest according to photos of him with military personnel posted on his Telegram account.
Ukraine has announced in recent days that it has taken several thousand square kilometers in the East and South from the Russians.
9:30 am: Ursula Von Der Leyen is expected in Kyiv
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced her trip to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose wife was invited to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
“I will now travel to Kyiv to meet with President Zelensky”, to discuss in detail the “continuation of European aid”, he announced in his State of the EU address in front of MEPs.
The President of the European Commission, who has visited Ukraine twice, also insisted that the sanctions imposed on Russia should be continued and judged that the time for appeasement has not yet come.
“I want it to be clear: the sanctions cannot be lifted. It is time for determination, not appeasement,” he said.
With AFP and Reuters