The Kiev counter-offensive: recapture the city and preparing to break through in Kherson. Moscow: 'Our goal is to free the Donbass'

Kiev recaptures Balakliya and Kupiansk, puts the Russians on the run from Izyum and is preparing to break through in Kherson. Moscow claims the Donbass goal. The Pope's appeal: 'We are living in World War III, averting atomic danger'

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The Ukrainian counter-offensive continues. After Volodymyr Zelensky's announcement of the reconquest of thirty cities, the liberation of Kupiansk and Izyum are added. And a showdown in Kherson is announced. Moscow raises: 'We will focus on the Donbass'. And the Ukrainian leader fears that he will try to weaken his forces with the winter. Pope's appeal: 'We are living in the third world war, averting atomic danger.' - Photo | video | video 1

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WAR FRONT - Fire days in Ukraine. On Telegram, Nataliia Popova, adviser to the head of the Kharkiv Regional Council announces the liberation of Kupiansk. There are hours in which the army advances undisturbed in the south of the country, as Nataliya Gumenyuk, spokesman for the Southern Command of the Ukrainian army tells us: 'Our troops are advancing along the southern lines in various sectors, for several tens of kilometers'. In the early afternoon of Saturday, the Russians flee from Izyum and other areas of Kharkiv. The head of the pro-Russian administration admits: “The situation is very difficult. In the last two weeks the city has been under constant bombardment by Ukrainian forces with foreign ammunition: Himars and 155 mm M777, which caused destruction and a large number of deaths and injuries ”. Shortly thereafter, Izyum was freed, five months after the occupation of Moscow. Mayor Vladimir Matsokin speaks on the radio: “Our Ukrainian armed forces are in Izyum. It cannot be said that the military operation to free Izyum is over, but our armed forces are operating. Our blue and yellow flag is already flying. This has been confirmed ”. It is “a real celebration, the day of the liberation of our city. September 10 is the day of the liberation of Izyum from the Russian invaders ”. Lugansk governor Sergej Gaidai recounts how Kiev's forces are also advancing towards Lysychansk, which was lost in July. In the evening Balakliya also returns to Ukraine and in the night the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov warns of the reinforcements of Kiev in Mykolaiv in an attempt to break through in Kherson.

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WE ARE REORGANIZING - From the Kremlin, the Ministry of Defense informs Interfax: “Russian troops are reorganizing near Balakliya and Izyum to increase efforts in the direction of Donetsk, in order to achieve the objectives of the special military operation of liberating Donbass. To this end, a three-day operation was conducted for the displacement and new organized deployment of troops to Izyum-Balakliya in the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic '. The withdrawal would therefore be a 'diversion' and 'the armed forces carried out powerful attacks with aviation, missiles and artillery against the enemy to prevent Russian troops from being hit' during which 'they eliminated over two thousand fighters Ukrainians and foreigners and destroyed more than 100 pieces of artillery and armored vehicles ”. But Volodymyr Zelensky is also unusually cautious. And at the annual Yalta European Strategy (YES) international forum held in Kiev, he says: “Moscow hopes to break the Ukrainian resistance in the winter, counting on heating problems in Ukraine and a possible weakening of Western support for Kiev due to increase in energy prices in Europe ”.

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THE POPE'S APPEAL - Emmanuel Macron still turns his attention to the atomic danger and writes on Twitter: “The situation around the Zaporizhzhia power plant remains very worrying. To ensure the safety and integrity of nuclear facilities, we stand alongside President Zelensky in asking Russian forces to withdraw from the area. ' And Pope Francis also launches a new appeal to put a stop to the conflict so that the nuclear risk of a third world war is averted: 'After the two tragic world wars, it seemed that the world had learned to progressively move towards respect for human rights, international law and various forms of cooperation. But unfortunately, history shows signs of regression. Not only are anachronistic conflicts intensifying, but closed, exasperated and aggressive nationalisms re-emerge, as well as new wars of domination, affecting civilians, the elderly, children and the sick, and causing destruction everywhere. The numerous armed conflicts in progress are of serious concern ”.

OTHER SHIPS DEPARTED - Finally, the Istanbul agreements continue to work, despite Vladimir Putin's intention to review them in the face of the hypothesis of a gas price cap, for now only aired by the EU: another five ships with 90,000 tons of cereals have sailed from Odessa , bound for Europe and Africa, thus bringing export loads of Ukrainian agricultural products to 2.6 million tons.