Russia-Ukraine war: List of events, Losses, day 574

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Russia-Ukraine war: List of events, Losses, day 574

Russia-Ukraine War, the war between Russia and Ukraine, began in February 2014 with the covert invasion of the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea by disguised Russian troops. The conflict expanded in April 2014 when Russians and local proxy forces seized territory in Ukraine’s Donbas region; over the next seven years, more than 14,000 people would be killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Although Russian forces made significant gains in the first days of combat, Ukrainian defenders rebuffed attempts to seize Kyiv and other major cities and soon launched counterattacks at Russian positions.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of events, Losses, day 574

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The situation on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

1.  The Fight

  • According to a report by The New York Times, there is a likelihood that Ukraine may have been responsible for a significant explosion in Kostiantynivka earlier this month. This explosion tragically resulted in the deaths of at least 16 individuals in a bustling marketplace following the misdirection of a missile.
  • Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhailo Podolyak criticized the report, characterizing it as fueling “conspiracy theories.” Nevertheless, he clarified that the explosion’s circumstances are currently under investigation. Podolyak emphasized, “In the meantime, we must not forget: it was Russia that initiated the invasion of Ukraine, and it is Russia that bears responsibility for bringing war to our country.”
  • In a separate development, Russia conducted a series of drone attacks on the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, resulting in the loss of at least one life and triggering a significant fire at an industrial warehouse, where two individuals sustained injuries.
  • Furthermore, in the northeastern town of Kupiansk, at least three people lost their lives during a Russian assault, as confirmed by Oleh Synyehubov, the governor of Kharkiv.
  • Ukraine’s air defense systems reported that they successfully intercepted and destroyed 27 out of 30 drones and one ballistic missile launched by Russia in various regions of Ukraine, including the southern, central, and western areas.

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2. Diplomacy Between The Two Nations

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his first appearance at the United Nations headquarters since Russia initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, called on global leaders to demonstrate unity in the face of Russia’s ongoing “aggression” in Ukraine. Zelenskyy expressed concerns that Moscow was using food and energy as weapons in the conflict.
  • U.S. President Joe Biden, addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), emphasized the importance of international solidarity in defending Ukraine and urged leaders to confront Russia’s “blatant aggression” to deter potential future aggressors. Biden questioned whether any member state within the body could feel secure if core principles were compromised to appease an aggressor.
  • Additionally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to intensify diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the war in Ukraine, emphasizing the importance of Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity as the basis for dialogue.
  • Meanwhile, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil called for negotiations to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, stressing the necessity of dialogue for a lasting solution. Lula expressed concern that too many resources were being directed towards weaponry rather than development.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin is anticipated to visit Beijing in October for talks with China’s Xi Jinping, marking his first international trip since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for his arrest on alleged war crimes. China has not condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but has advocated for peace negotiations.
  • The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, urged his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, to encourage Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine and underscored the importance of respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity in Moscow. Wang is currently in Russia.
  • According to Russia’s TASS news agency, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Iran to reportedly enhance military ties between Russia and Iran.

3. Weapons

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called upon the United States’ allies to significantly increase their contributions of air defense systems to Ukraine, emphasizing the life-saving impact of such support. Austin made this appeal during the commencement of a gathering of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group (UDCG) held at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Furthermore, Austin announced that Ukraine would imminently receive M1 Abrams tanks from the United States. The US had previously committed to providing 31 of these tanks to Kyiv at the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Defense Minister Grant Shapps declared that the United Kingdom intends to supply Ukraine with a substantial quantity of artillery shells, numbering in the tens of thousands, within the current year. Shapps made this announcement following the conclusion of the UDCG meeting.

Russian losses

Personnel – 273,980 (+520),

Tanks – 4,635 (+7) units,

APV – 8,868 (+17) units,

Artillery systems – 6,096 (+34) units,

MLRS – 779 (+1) units,

Anti-aircraft warfare systems – 526 (+0) units,

Aircraft – 315 (+0) units,

Helicopters – 316 (+0) units,

UAV operational-tactical level – 4,821 (+37) units,

Cruise missiles – 1,479 (+0) units,

Boats/warships – 20 (+0) units,

Submarines – 1 (+0)

Special equipment – 906 (+3) units,

Vehicles and fuel tanks – 8,633 (+32) units.

Jael Okwuchukwu
Jael Okwuchukwu
I am Okwuchukwu Jael, a writer, educator, and musician from Enugu State. Teaching, both academic and musical, is a passion of mine, and I specialize as a Western pianist. Currently, I am employed as a blogger at Writer's King LTD, combining my love for writing and desire to share knowledge with a broader audience.

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