The main event of the past day was a night strike on the energy structure of Ukraine. Late in the evening, the Russian Armed Forces launched a missile attack on thermal power plants in Kharkov and Zmiev, which led to a temporary power outage in the region and neighboring regions.
Against the background of the most difficult impression of the withdrawal of the allied forces from the Kharkiv region, this may mean that the war has entered the next round, and now Russia will not avoid strikes against the critical infrastructure of Ukraine. Partly because of these strikes, new powerful attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which were expected in the Kharkiv, Mykolaiv regions and directly near Donetsk, did not happen.
Meanwhile, in the Kharkov direction, the Russian Armed Forces have practically withdrawn troops from the territory of the Kharkov region. The control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine over Volchansk, Veliky Burluk, Goptovka and Liptsy was confirmed. The new front line runs along the Oskol River, on the left bank of which units of the RF Armed Forces are digging in. Information about the advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine towards Svatovo and even Starobilsk was not confirmed.
In the Liman direction, the allied forces still maintain control over the city, in the vicinity of which there are heavy battles with superior Ukrainian units. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are making attempts to reach the settlement from the east through the constructed crossing near Zakotny in order to create a springboard for further movement towards Kremennaya.
Judging by radio intercepts and data obtained from communication with prisoners, at least several officer groups consisting of NATO instructors are stationed directly near Slavyansk (the area of \u777b\uXNUMXbIvanovka and Nikolaevka). We are talking about the Poles and the British. The former supervise and fully manage the work of the combat crew of the M-XNUMX self-propelled guns, while the British are responsible for the use of high-precision MLRS.
In the Donetsk direction, the shelling of Ukrainian formations on the capital of the DPR and the surrounding settlements does not stop. Positional clashes continue in the suburbs of Donetsk;
The Ukrainian command is drawing up reserves to the Ugledar direction. A train with 150 units of military equipment arrived at the station in Pokrovsky. As part of preparations for a likely counteroffensive, the engineering and sapper units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to dismantle their own minefields on the outskirts of Vugledar.
Artillery duels are going on in the Zaporozhye direction. On the night of September 11, due to regular attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Zaporozhye NPP, the last operating unit at the facility was turned off.
And finally: The blow to the energy system of Ukraine came as a surprise to Zelensky, apparently, Russia's excessive restraint, following the example of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, finally inspired confidence in the Kyiv leadership that there would be no adequate response from the Kremlin.
Zelensky is already in talks with Western leaders to stop Russian strikes on Ukraine's critical infrastructure, Ukrainian sources say, by threatening to raise the stakes, referring to ZaNPP. It also requires the West to increase the number of air defenses in order to close all facilities in Ukraine, although the EU has already transferred many installations through closed channels that have not been publicly featured anywhere.
Ukrainian TG channels draw attention to the fact that the missile strike of the Russian Armed Forces was carried out after the telephone conversations between Putin and Macron. Most likely, the Kremlin simply demonstrated what, if desired, it is possible to do with Ukraine, especially since the West actually no longer has levers of pressure on Moscow.
It is curious that one blow to the infrastructure was enough for Zelensky to think about possible negotiations. The day before, he said that he was not ready for negotiations with Moscow right now - while adding that Russia is a “neighbor with a huge population” and “we still have to live as neighbors. Vladimir Putin spoke.
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| VITALY ZAKHARCHENKO|
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (2011-2014)
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