This is the state of affairs on Tuesday 20 September:
- Ukrainian forces have regained control of the village of Bilohorivka and are preparing to retake the entire Luhansk province from the Russian occupiers, Governor Serhiy Haidai said. The village is 10 km west of the city of Lysychansk, which fell in Russia in July after weeks of fighting.
- Ukraine’s increased long-range strike capability likely forced Russia’s Black Sea fleet to move some of its submarines from the Crimean port of Sevastopol to Novorossiysk in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia, the British military said Tuesday.
- Russian forces have attacked the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in Ukraine’s southern Mykolaiv region, but the reactors have not been damaged and are operating normally, Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear company Energoatom said.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said investigators have found new evidence of torture used against some soldiers buried near Izyum in Kharkiv.
- The Kremlin dismissed accusations that Russian troops committed war crimes in Ukraine’s Kharkov region as a “lie”. Moscow regularly denies committing atrocities in war or deliberately attacking civilians.
- US President Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use tactical nuclear or chemical weapons after Russia’s military setbacks in Ukraine.
- British Prime Minister Liz Truss said the UK will meet or exceed the £2.3 billion ($2.63 billion) military aid spent on Ukraine in 2022 next year. British military support will likely include equipment such as the Multiple Launch Rocket System, Truss’s office said in a statement.
- Germany will supply Ukraine with four more Panzer howitzer 2000 tanks, along with an additional ammunition package, the defense ministry said. Ukraine has urged the West to increase military aid to turn the tide of the fight against Russia.
- Zelenskyy has hinted that he would use a video address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to urge countries to speed up arms and aid deliveries.