As the Russian invasion of Ukraine entered its 200th day, Ukrainian officials were claiming that their forces had inflicted a tactical defeat on Moscow in a surprise counter-offensive in the north-east Kharkiv region that began on 6 September. After suffering a series of battlefield defeats, the Russian army was forced to pull back thousands of troops. Ukraine appeared to have regained control of the two key cities of Kupiansk and Izium. in a video address on 10 September President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukrainian forces had liberated about 2,000 sq km of territory so far, but it remains unclear whether the breakthrough in Kharkiv may mark a turning point in the war. Despite the gains made by Ukraine’s armed forces, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the war was entering a critical period and he urged Ukraine’s western backers to keep up their support through what could be a difficult winter.
Read more in the attached pdf on: the IAEA inspection of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station; the stalled diplomacy; Western military and financial assistance to Ukraine; the humanitarian consequences of the armed conflict; sanctions against Russia; energy security in Europe; and developments within NATO.