Ukraine has set its sights on freeing all territory occupied by invading Russian forces after driving them back in a speedy counteroffensive in the north-east. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on 14 September that about 8,000 sq km have been liberated so far, apparently all in the north-eastern region of Kharkiv. Russian troops left behind stockpiles of ammunition and other supplies following Ukraine’s counteroffensive. Russia responded by escalating missile strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure. Speaking to reporters on 17 September after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Samarkand, President Putin vowed to continue his attack on Ukraine and warned that Moscow could ramp up its strikes on the country’s vital infrastructure if Ukrainian forces target facilities in Russia.
Read more in the attached pdf on: the latest allegations of war crimes in Izium; continuing concerns about the safety of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station; the stalled diplomacy; Western military and financial assistance to Ukraine; the Kyiv Security Compact; the humanitarian consequences of the armed conflict; sanctions against Russia; energy security in Europe; international food security; China’s position on the conflict; and developments within NATO.