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VLADIMIR PUTIN has suffered a fresh blow as the US secretary of state claimed to Zelensky that the war is at a ‘PIVOTAL moment’ following Ukraine’s counteroffensive.

Anthony Blinken, told Volodymyr Zelensky the war with Russia was in a “pivotal moment” following Ukraine’s “effective” military counteroffensive.

The AP have reported that Blinken told Zelensky: “We know this is a pivotal moment, more than six months into Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, as your counteroffensive is now under way and proving effective.”

Zelensky replied: “We are grateful for the signal, for this enormous support that you’re providing on a day-to-day basis.”

It comes as Putin has warned Europe he may RIP UP the crucial grain agreement Russia has with Ukraine.

Speaking at an economic conference in Vladivostok, Putin fueled fears of a military blockade in the Black Sea, as he stated he will speak with Turkey’s president about “limiting the destinations for grain exports.”

Read our Ukraine-Russia blog below for the latest updates…

Russian losses continue to rise as brutal invasion rages on

Russian losses have surpassed 50,000, as Putin’s bloodthirsty invasion reaches its eighth month.

Specifically, the Ukrainian Armed Forces report that Russia has lost 51,250 soldiers since the war began.

On top of this, reports show Russia has lost 239 planes and 2,112 tanks.

Ukraine’s minister of defence meets with Ben Wallace

Ukraine’s minister of defence met with Ben Wallace, the Uk’s defence secretary, at Ramstein Air Base yesterday.

Taking to Twitter, Oleksii Reznikov declared: “UK military assistance has been dramatically strengthening the Ukrainian army.

“We believe that the truth and democracy will prevail over tyranny. Our partnership is strong and getting even stronger”.

Ukrainians near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant told to evacuate NOW as fears of disaster rise

Ukrainians living in the area near the Zaporizhzhia power plant have been told to evacuate immediately.

The country’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk urged those living near the plant to evacuate following constant Russian shelling.

She wrote on Telegram: “I appeal to the residents of the districts adjacent to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant …. evacuate!

“Find a way to get to (Ukrainian) controlled territory”.

Ukrainians near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant told to evacuate NOW as fears of disaster rise

Ukrainians living in the area near the Zaporizhzhia power plant have been told to evacuate immediately.

The country’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk urged those living near the plant to evacuate following constant Russian shelling.

She wrote on Telegram: “I appeal to the residents of the districts adjacent to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant …. evacuate!

“Find a way to get to (Ukrainian) controlled territory”.

Zelensky offers stark warning over Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

The Ukrainian leader spoke on the IAEA’s report on Zaporizhzhia.

This stark warning came after the last working reactor shut down when a fire broke out, cutting it off from power lines.

It is the sixth reactor, and the last remaining one, after number five was disconnected on Saturday due to shelling, it was reported.

On Monday night, Zelenskyy said the shelling proves Russia did “not care what the IAEA will say”.

“Again – already for the second time – because of Russian provocation, the Zaporizhzhia station was placed one step away from a radiation catastrophe,” he said.

Poland, Baltic states to limit Russian travel in the coming weeks

Beginning September 19, Poland and the Baltic states will limit the entry of Russian tourists.

These plans were confirmed by Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

In action, this will see Russian tourists having to go through long and expensive routes to enter these countries.

Norway to send 160 Hellfire missiles to Ukraine

Norway will send approximately 160 Hellfire missiles to Ukraine, as the democratic West looks to aid Ukraine in its fight against Putin’s forces.

Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram reported the package will also include launching pads, guidance units, and night vision devices.

Norway is just one of several countries sending military, financial, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, with Britain playing a leading role.

Putin blames Ukraine for nuclear power plant damage

In what is becoming somewhat of a trend, Putin has accused Ukraine of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

“The IAEA are under pressure and cannot directly say that shelling comes from Ukrainian territory” he said on Wednesday.

“We are controlling the station, our servicemen are stationed there. What, are we shooting at our own [men] or what? This is utter rubbish, it’s impossible to say otherwise.”

New iPhone still available to Russians, despite sanctions

The new iPhone 14 will still be available for Russians to purchase, despite the plethora of trading sanctions currently placed on the country, according to a government official.

“If consumers want to buy these phones, you’re welcome. They will have that chance,” Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.

This comes despite Apple claiming to have stopped operations in the country.

A visual look at the current situation in Ukraine

The British Ministry of Defence as provided a visual look at the current state of play in Ukraine.

This comes as Ukraine’s president Zelensky announced the “good news” that his troops have taken key locations in Kharkiv.

Meanwhile, fighting continues at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, as fears of a Chornobyl-style disaster grow.

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant’s severed damage

Russian troops seized control of Zaporizhzhia in early March, and their troops have been stationed there ever since.

The Kremlin has denied responsibility for damage to the plant, blaming Kyiv for the shelling at the site.

For its part, Kyiv blames Russia for heavy shelling and using the plant to hide its military equipment.

Russian losses continue to rise as brutal invasion rages on

Russian losses have surpassed 50,000, as Putin’s bloodthirsty invasion reaches its eighth month.

Specifically, the Ukrainian Armed Forces report that Russia has lost 51,250 soldiers since the war began.

On top of this, reports show Russia has lost 239 planes and 2,112 tanks.

Ukraine’s minister of defence meets with Ben Wallace

Ukraine’s minister of defence, met with Ben Wallace, the Uk’s defence secretary, today at Ramstein Air Base.

Taking to Twitter, Oleksii Reznikov declared: “UK military assistance has been dramatically strengthening the Ukrainian army.

“We believe that the truth and democracy will prevail over tyranny. Our partnership is strong and getting even stronger”.

Ukrainians near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant told to evacuate NOW as fears of disaster rise

Ukrainians living in the area near the Zaporizhzhia power plant have been told to evacuate immediately.

The country’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk urged those living near the plant to evacuate following constant Russian shelling.

She wrote on Telegram: “I appeal to the residents of the districts adjacent to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant …. evacuate!

“Find a way to get to (Ukrainian) controlled territory”.

Zelensky offers stark warning over Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

The Ukrainian leader spoke on of the IAEA’s report on Zaporizhzhia.

This stark warning came after the last working reactor shut down when a fire broke out, cutting it off from power lines.

It is the sixth reactor, and the last remaining one, after number five was disconnected on Saturday due to shelling, it was reported.

On Monday night, Zelenskyy said the shelling proves Russia did “not care what the IAEA will say”.

“Again – already for the second time – because of Russian provocation, the Zaporizhzhia station was placed one step away from a radiation catastrophe,” he said.

Poland, Baltic states to limit Russian travel in the coming weeks

Beginning September 19, Poland and the Baltic states will limit the entry of Russian tourists.

These plans were confirmed by Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

In action, this will see Russian tourists having to go through long and expensive routes to enter these countries.

Norway to send 160 Hellfire missiles to Ukraine

Norway will send approximately 160 Hellfire missiles to Ukraine, as the democratic West looks to aid Ukraine in its fight against Putin’s forces.

Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram reported the package will also include launching pads, guidance units, and night vision devices.

Norway is just one of several countries sending military, financial, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, with Britain playing a leading role.

Putin blames Ukraine for nuclear power plant damage

In what is becoming somewhat of a trend, Putin has accused Ukraine of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

“The IAEA are under pressure and cannot directly say that shelling comes from Ukrainian territory” he said on Wednesday.

“We are controlling the station, our servicemen are stationed there. What, are we shooting at our own [men] or what? This is utter rubbish, it’s impossible to say otherwise.”

Putin blames Ukraine for nuclear power plant damage

In what is becoming somewhat of a trend, Putin has accused Ukraine of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

“The IAEA are under pressure and cannot directly say that shelling comes from Ukrainian territory” he said on Wednesday.

“We are controlling the station, our servicemen are stationed there. What, are we shooting at our own [men] or what? This is utter rubbish, it’s impossible to say otherwise.”

New iPhone still available to Russians, despite sanctions

The new iPhone 14 will still be available for Russians to purchase, despite the plethora of trading sanctions currently placed on the country, according to a government official.

“If consumers want to buy these phones, you’re welcome. They will have that chance,” Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.

This comes despite Apple claiming to have stopped operations in the country.

A visual look at the current situation in Ukraine

The British Ministry of Defence as provided a visual look at the current state of play in Ukraine.

This comes as Ukraine’s president Zelensky announced the “good news” that his troops have taken key locations in Kharkiv.

Meanwhile, fighting continues at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, as fears of a Chornobyl-style disaster grow.

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant’s severed damage

Russian troops seized control of Zaporizhzhia in early March, and their troops have been stationed there ever since.

The Kremlin has denied responsibility for damage to the plant, blaming Kyiv for the shelling at the site.

For its part, Kyiv blames Russia for heavy shelling and using the plant to hide its military equipment.

United States to commit $2 billion to Ukraine and surrounding allies

The United State’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to announce a $2 billion scheme of aid for Ukraine and its surrounding allies today.

Blinken made a surprise visit to Kyiv today, the third time he has visited since the conflict began.

According to CNN, he “will announce that we are notifying Congress today of our intent to make a further $2 billion available in long-term investments under Foreign Military Financing to bolster the security of Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors; including both many of our NATO allies as well as other regional security partners who are most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression.”

Xi Jinping to meet Putin next week

CNN reports that the Chinese and Russian leaders are set to meet next week, amid ever-tightening bonds.

This comes just days after the two nations took part in a joint military exercise.

The pair are expected to meet at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

This will mark the first time the two leaders have met face-to-face.

Belarus begins military exercise near Polish border

The Russian ally-state has begun military exercises near the Polish border.

The exercise will focus on “liberating territory temporarily seized by the enemy,” the Belarussian defence ministry said.

Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo has reported Poland will be watching these events “very closely.”

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