Here’s how it is on Sunday, October 9.
- Traffic resumed on the Russian road and rail bridge leading to Crimea hours after a massive explosion partially damaged the bridge – a key supply route for the Russian armed forces in southern Ukraine.
- A bombing of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia has killed 12 people, according to Ukrainian officials.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainian forces are engaged in very fierce fighting near the strategically important eastern town of Bakhmut, which Russia is trying to control.
- The Russian Defense Ministry has appointed Air Force General Sergei Sorovikin as commander-in-chief of Russian forces fighting in Ukraine, Moscow’s third major military appointment in a week.
- The bombing cut off electricity to Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear plant, which needs cooling to avoid melting, forcing it to switch to emergency generators, according to Ukraine’s state nuclear company and the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency.
- Ukraine’s economy shrank by an estimated 30 percent in the first three quarters of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, with bad weather in the harvest season exacerbating the impact of the war, according to the Economy Ministry.
- Ukrainian exports jumped 23 percent month-on-month in September, apparently with the positive impact of an international deal that allowed grain to be shipped from the Black Sea.
- German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said NATO should do more to protect itself against Russia and Putin because they “can’t tell how far Putin’s grandiose delusions can go”.
- A US State Department spokesman told AFP that Hong Kong could damage its reputation as a financial center if it provides a haven for sanctions evaders, after the city said it would not act against a mega yacht owned by a Kremlin ally.
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