- The UN Chief said that they also talked about security at Europe's biggest nuclear plant, where bombing has stopped for three days, and about war prisoners.
- The warring countries are said to blame each other for the attack, in which 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 were hurt
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was in a car accident, but he was not seriously hurt, according to Serhii Nykyforov, Zelensky’s spokesman. Nykyforov said in a Facebook post on September 15 that a car crashed into the presidential car and motorcade.
After the accident, Zelensky was checked out by a doctor, who said he wasn’t seriously hurt. The media portal also said that doctors with Zelensky helped his driver get medical care and put him in an ambulance. Nykyforov also said that the crash will be carefully looked into by the police.
Reports say that the war between Russia and Ukraine is entering a new phase after Kyiv dealt a big blow to Moscow’s control over parts of the east with a fast-moving offensive that led to Ukrainian troops entering the strategic city of Izium after it had been occupied by Russian troops for six months. CNN said that when Ukrainian troops moved into the city of Izium on Saturday, it showed that Russian troops are trying hard to hold onto the land they have taken over the past six months.
Just five days after Ukrainian forces began a new offensive to the east through the Kharkiv region, they were forced to leave the important city of Izium in the east. “Russians ran away, but they left guns and ammunition behind. The centre of the city is free, “Last week, a spokesman for the Land Forces of Ukraine’s Bohun Brigade said.
Earlier on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Telegram that Ukrainian forces had gotten rid of Russian troops from the village of Chkalovske in the Kharkiv region “Another settlement set free! The Ukrainian flag was brought back to Chkalovske in the Kharkiv region by the 14th separate mechanised brigade, which was named after Prince Roman the Great.” Late Friday night, Zelenskyy said in his daily video message that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had taken control of and freed more than 30 settlements in the Kharkiv region.
Since Russia started its full-scale invasion in late February, the last few days have seen the most ambitious ground attacks by the Ukrainians.
UN chief Antonio Guterres, President Putin discuss war in Ukraine
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that he talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday about exporting Russian fertiliser through Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to help solve a growing global food crisis that could lead to multiple famines. The UN Chief said that they also talked about security at Europe’s biggest nuclear plant, where bombing has stopped for three days, and about war prisoners.
Guterres told a news conference that Putin said the fact-finding mission he set up at the request of Russia and Ukraine to look into the deaths at the Olenivka prison in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine on July 29 will be able to go there “however we choose,” which is a very important point.
The warring countries are said to blame each other for the attack, in which 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 were hurt, according to separatist and Russian officials. Guterres said that his call to President Putin was a follow-up to his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Lviv on August 18 and his regular calls to the head of Zelenskyy’s office, Andriy Yermak.
In regards to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, which is Europe’s largest, the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog agency said on Monday that he has started talking to Ukraine and Russia about his call for a “nuclear safety and security protection zone” around the plant, and both countries seem to be interested. Over the weekend, the Zaporizhzhia plant was reconnected to Ukraine’s electricity grid. This let engineers shut down the plant’s last working reactor to try to avoid a disaster while fighting was going on in the area.