The Russian army is in a “tense” situation, and Iran is ready to talk with Kiev
► A “tense” situation for the Russian army
The Russian military said on Tuesday, October 18, that there is a situation on land in Ukraine “tense” for its troops in the face of Ukrainian counterattacks after several significant setbacks in the east and south.
War in Ukraine, day 238: “tense” situation for Russian army, evacuation of civilians in Kherson
“The situation in the area where special military operations are taking place can be called tense. The enemy does not stop trying to attack the positions of the Russian troops.”General Sergei Surovikin, who has been in charge of operations in Ukraine for ten days, told the Russian public television Rossia 24 about this.
The general also announced that the Russian army is preparing to evacuate the population of Kherson, the capital of the Russian-annexed province of the same name in southern Ukraine, against a counterattack from Kiev.
► Iran states that it is ready to clarify the accusations of Kiev
While Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kouleba suggested to Volodymyr Zelensky to cut diplomatic ties with Iran on Tuesday, accusing the Islamic Republic of supplying drones to Moscow for the bombings, the Iranian government said it was ready to meet with Kiev to clarify the allegations. “unreasonable”.
To judge these claims “based on false information”Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani assured on Tuesday “Iran was ready for negotiations and discussions with Ukraine to resolve these accusations”, the press release said. The Kremlin, for its part, claimed that it was not aware of the use of such weapons by the Russian army.
► Kyiv condemns the “inaction” of the ICRC
Kyiv condemned on Tuesday “inactivity” The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to its soldiers to help the Russian prisoners, whom the international organization has not yet been able to visit.
“Unfortunately, in every exchange, we see that the ICRC’s inaction is causing our prisoners of war and civilian hostages to suffer daily starvation and electric shock torture.”, Human Rights Officer of Ukraine Dmytro Loubinets expressed his regret in the press release of the presidency. According to him, the ICRC does not fulfill its mandate, which includes the visit of military and civilian prisoners in conflict zones.
► More than 1,100 settlements in Ukraine are still without electricity
Kyiv and several other regions of the country experienced power and water outages on Tuesday after Russia struck critical infrastructure facilities for the second day in a row in the early hours of the morning, Ukrainian officials said.
The invaders continue to terrorize the civilian population. In Mykolaiv, the enemy destroyed a residential building with C-300 missiles. A man died. There was also a holiday in the flower market and the chestnut park. I wonder what the Russians were fighting against in these peaceful objects? pic.twitter.com/z2SzXDhNUE
— Volodymyr Zelensky (@ZelenskyyUa) October 18, 2022
According to the information of the Ukrainian army, over the past 24 hours, Russia has struck more than 35 locations using cruise missiles, anti-aircraft missiles and aircraft, as well as Iranian-made Shahed drones. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russia destroyed 30% of the country’s power plants within a week.
Ukraine’s emergency services announced on Tuesday that more than 1,100 settlements in Ukraine are still without power after Russia’s strikes in the past ten days have targeted particularly critical infrastructure.
“Currently, the situation in the whole country is critical, because our regions depend on each other”– said the official of the president “It is necessary to prepare for failures in the electricity, water and heating system for the whole country”.
► The Russian army says it has captured a village in the Kharkiv region for the first time since September
The Russian army said on Tuesday that they captured a village in the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine. A first since the Ukrainian counter-offensive forced them out of the area in September.
“During offensive operations, units of the Russian army captured Gorobivka station”Close to the border with Russia, the Ministry of Defense said in its daily report.
► Ukraine accuses Russia of “kidnapping” two employees of the nuclear power plant
Ukraine’s nuclear operator accused Russia on Tuesday of abducting two officials at the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
There are Russian forces “stolen” IT director of the plant Oleg Kostioukov, as well as deputy general director Oleg Ocheka and them “led to an unknown direction”– the operator Energoatom said in a press release on the social network.