New successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russian attacks on critical infrastructure: highlights of the day
12 September, 2022
A man stands in front of an exhibition of destroyed Russian tanks and armored vehicles near St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv, September 11, 2022 Photo: AP Photo / Jon Gambrell
Ukrainian troops continue to liberate the territory of Kharkiv and Kherson oblasts; Russian troops struck at critical civilian infrastructure of Ukraine; the last working reactor at Zaporizhzhya NPP is put on "cold shutdown". Here is our selection of the main news for the day.

De-occupation of Ukrainian territories

Russian Ministry of Defense in its report of September 11 admitted that the occupation troops fled from the territory of almost the entire Kharkiv Oblast. According to their map, only the left bank of the Oskil river remains under the control of the occupiers — part of the city of Kupyansk and the village of Borova are located there.

Later, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that on the Kharkiv axis the Russian military withdrew from their positions, the same situation is in some settlements of Kherson Oblast. The American Institute for the Study of War says that Ukraine has managed to liberate more territories as part of its counteroffensive since September 6 than Russian troops occupied during all their offensives since April.

What is the situation at ZNPP?

Energoatom reported that reactor No. 6, the last of the six units at ZNPP that continued to operate, was put into "cold shutdown" mode. For the last three days, it has been feeding only ZNPP's own needs, operating at a critically low power level. The reason is Russian shelling, which damaged all communication lines of Zaporizhzhya NPP with the Ukrainian grid.

Before putting the power unit into "cold shutdown", ZNPP managed to restore the backup power line. Thus, ZNPP own needs are now supplied from the power system of Ukraine.

Ukrainian intelligence warned that the command of the Russian occupation troops is probably planning another provocative shelling of the city of Enerhodar and Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. The occupiers traditionally plan to blame Ukraine for this.

Shelling of Ukrainian cities and villages

On September 11, the Russian military continued shelling Ukrainian towns and villages. According to the estimates of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as of 6 p.m., the Russians had launched 16 missile and 3 air strikes on the territory of Ukraine. They hit 15 settlements, including Derhachi, Kramatorsk, Kostyantynivka, Dnipro, Voznesensk and Mykolaiv.

A high-rise building in Slovyansk was heavily damaged by Russian shelling, and the center of Dnipro was shelled right on the day of the city.

Later, shelling continued: the Russians hit, in particular, TPP-5 — one of the largest thermal power plants in Ukraine, located in Kharkiv Oblast. After the evening shelling in Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk and partially Donetsk oblasts power supply was cut off. It is gradually being restored.

Air Command "East" reported that the Russian army launched 11 cruise missiles in its area of responsibility. Air defense units shot down seven cruise missiles in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast: five - Kh-101 and two Kalibr. Two more missiles were destroyed by Air Force units in Poltava Oblast.

Russian losses

According to the estimates of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, since February 24, the Ukrainian military has already destroyed 52,650 enemy troops, including 400 on September 10 alone. Also over the last day Russians lost 18 tanks, 33 armored combat vehicles, 4 artillery systems, 3 aircraft, a helicopter and other equipment.

They suffered the biggest losses on September 10 at on the Kharkiv and Donetsk axes.

European integration ambitions of the government

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Ukraine plans to be part of the European Union in two years. He says that Ukraine plans to move at a fast pace even though other countries took longer to complete this process.

"We analyzed how other countries went this way. It took 5, 7, 8 years. We have an ambition to walk this path in two years at most and realize our goal — to becoome a full-fledged part of the European Union," Shmyhal said.

Response to accusations from Putin

UK Ministry of Defence intelligence has responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that only 60,000 tonnes of grain exported from Ukraine within the grain corridor were sent to developing countries, and that the majority was delivered to the EU.

They stressed that Putin is lying about allegedly small supplies of Ukrainian grain to low-income countries to deflect blame for food security problems in the world. The intelligence stressed that, according to the UN, about 30% of grain went to low- and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.