Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 171 of the invasion | Ukraine

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  • The Ukrainian army said its artillery hit a Russian ammunition depot near a major bridge in the south and added that it now had the capability to attack almost all of Moscow’s supply lines in the occupied region. Reuters reported that there was no immediate comment from Russian authorities on the report of the attack in Kherson province, or the alleged range of Ukrainian firepower.

  • UN has pushed for a demilitarized zone around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant while Russia and Ukraine are making allegations of more shelling. The Ukrainian nuclear power company said the facility in the southeast of the country was shelled five times by Russian forces on Thursday, preventing personnel from changing shifts. Valentyn Reznichenko, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, reportedly said three civilians – including a boy – were injured Friday night in shelling in Marhanets, a town opposite the factory.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has told government officials to stop talking to reporters about Kiev’s military tactics against Russiasay such comments are “downright irresponsible””. In the wake of the major blast that destroyed a Russian air base in Crimea on Tuesday, the New York Times and Washington Post newspapers quoted unidentified officials as saying Ukrainian troops were responsible. The Kiev government, on the other hand, declined to say whether it was behind the explosions.

  • The British Ministry of Defense has said the explosions earlier this week at the Russian-operated Saky military airport in western Crimea were “almost certain” of detonating up to four uncovered ammunition depots., though what set them off remained unclear. At least five Su-24 Fencer fighter-bombers and three Su-30 Flanker H multi-role jets were almost certainly destroyed or seriously damaged in the blast, according to British intelligence.

  • Destruction at Russian air base in Crimea suggests Kiev may have received new long-range strikes with potential to change the course of the war. The base is well beyond the range of advanced missiles that Western countries have so far sent to Ukraine, with some Western military experts saying the extent of the damage and the apparent precision of the attack suggested a powerful new capability with potentially important implications.

  • Ukrainian security services have issued a joint statement calling on the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to send representatives to the sites where Russia is holding Ukrainian prisoners of war. Friday’s request follows Kiev’s earlier allegations that Moscow’s troops tortured and executed prisoners, including by detonating an explosion at a Ukrainian POW camp in Olenivka.

  • Volodymyr Zelenskiy tweeted that he spoke to Pope Francis on Friday. “Informed about the aggression that the Russian Federation is waging against Ukraine, about the terrible crimes committed by Russia,” the president wrote on Twitter.

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov has said a shipment of M20 MLRS tanks has arrived in Ukraine. In a tweet, he thanked British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and the British people for the donation, which had previously been pledged. “Your support is amazing and so important to Ukraine.”

  • Jose Andres, whose World Central Kitchen group has served more than 130 million meals in Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February, called for better coordination of food aid anticipating what promises to be a brutal winter. Donations dwindled as the war dragged on, he warned, meaning WCK, which provides short-term relief, must begin winding down operations, just as cold weather is likely to exacerbate the problems of millions of displaced Ukrainians.

  • India said Friday there was no pressure on the country from Western countries or anywhere because of its energy purchases from Russia, while Indian companies ramp up imports of oil and coal from the country others shunned because of the invasion of Ukraine. India, the world’s third largest importer of crude oil, overtook China and became the largest buyer of Russian oil by seaborne volumes in July.

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    Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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