shelling of the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant, NATO commanders in Tallinn

It is the 208th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The main thing that happened by noon on September 19th.

Women rest near a burned-out building in the center of Izyum, liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces from the occupation of the city in the Kharkiv region.A photo: UMIT BEKTAS, REUTERS/Umit Bektas, Scanpix

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports that over the past day 170 people of the personnel of the invasion troops were destroyed, 2 tanks and 2 armored vehicles. The indicators of Russian losses, voiced by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, are significantly lower than they were at the beginning of last week, which may indirectly indicate a decrease in the intensity of fighting.

On the Kherson front Ukrainian missilemen shot down a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft. The cost of one such aircraft is about 11 million US dollars. According to British military intelligence, over the past few days, the Russian side has lost at least four aircraft. Experts see the reason for this in the lack of awareness of the pilots about the real situation on the fronts against the backdrop of a rapidly changing position of forces.

«400 people serving criminal sentences were sent from the Russian city of Tambov to reinforce units fighting in Ukraine. In the Krasnodar Territory, public organizations of “Afghan warriors” were tasked to collect money from the local population to buy warm clothes for the regional volunteer battalion,” said Alexander Shtupun, official speaker of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Tonight, during the Russian rocket attack on the Nikolaev region, one of rockets fell 300 meters from the complex of the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant, according to the General Staff of Ukraine. “The invaders wanted to shoot again, but they forgot what a nuclear power plant is. Russia endangers the whole world. We must stop her before it’s too late.” commented blow President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
Donetsk region also attacked. “In the morning, Avdiivka was again subjected to massive shelling – the central part of the city was damaged … The Russians launched a missile attack on Kramatorsk – they damaged the building of the College of Economics. According to preliminary information, the S-300 air defense system was used. No casualties… At about 2 am, Toretsk was attacked. The Russians got into the private sector – they killed one person, damaged houses, ”- dissectionazal head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration Pavel Kirilenko.
Also, the strikes on the night of September 19 were inflicted in Zaporozhye. “The enemy launched another missile attack on the regional center. Eight arrivals are now known. Previously, infrastructure facilities were again targeted,” wrote in his telegram channel, the chairman of the Zaporozhye regional military administration Oleksandr Starukh.
Ukrainian troops, in turn, inflicted artillery strike on a recreation center in the city of Stakhanov (aka Kadievka) on territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic. By information from Ukrainian sourcesRussian troops were stationed in the building.
Washington Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in a fresh update writesthat Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his invasion of Ukraine, seems to be increasingly relying on irregular, poorly trained volunteer and proxy units, rather than trying to rebuild damaged or destroyed regular Russian ground forces. At the same time, tension is growing both between the political and military leadership of Russia, and between the various forces operating on the fronts.

“Professional military personnel are likely to be face behavioral problems among recruited prisoners, especially given the likely preponderance of prisoners convicted of violent crimes, drugs and rape. The Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LNR and DNR) previously refused to fight for each other’s territory. All these groups have different levels of military training, decentralized command structures, different perceptions of war and motivation for combat, which makes conflicts and poor coordination of units more likely,” analysts say.

Another conclusion of the experts of the American Institute concerns the course of the Ukrainian offensive in the Kherson region. Washington believes that it’s still moving forward, while Russian forces try to slow it down and retreat to more defensive positions, but fail to stop it or reverse it. Continuous Ukrainian attacks on Russian land routes across the Dnieper River to western Kherson Oblast appear to be increasingly affecting Russian supplies on the right bank – recent reports point to food and water shortages in the Russian-occupied city of Kherson and at least a temporary weakening the fire of Russian artillery.

At the same time, Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Kherson administration appointed after the Russian occupation, said that the region is “under complete control of the allied forces” (Pro-Russian speakers refer to the Russian army as allied forces, as well as units formed on the territory of the puppet DPR and LPR) and there is no threat of an offensive by Ukrainian troops on Kherson.

In the ruling party in the Russian Federation “United Russia” suggested grant academic leave to students fighting in Ukraine. The new measure should apply to both those who have already gone to the front and potential volunteers from among the students.

McDonald’s since September 20 will reopen 3 restaurants in Kyiv. The network’s establishments were closed on February 24 “for security reasons.”

September 18 in Tallinn Conference of the NATO Military Committee, where the commanders of the defense forces of the allied countries discussed the strategic developments of the alliance. For the first time, the commanders of the defense forces of Finland and Sweden took part as guests of the conference. From Estonia, in addition to the leadership of the Defense Forces, the meeting was attended by President Alar Karis. Addressing the audience, he, in particular, declaredthat Estonia will not completely rely only on the armies of its NATO allies, but will also build its own defense system: “Estonians have a saying “Saving the drowning is the work of the drowning themselves””.

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