Russian attacks were reported across large areas of Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said, with heavy shelling and missile strikes in numerous regions damaging infrastructure, including power supplies to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
* Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has again been disconnected from the power grid after Russian shelling damaged the remaining high voltage lines, leaving it with just diesel generators, Ukraine nuclear firm Energoatom said.
* Russia told civilians to leave an area along the eastern bank of the Dnipro River in the Ukrainian province of Kherson, an extension of an evacuation order that Kyiv says amounts to the forced depopulation of occupied territory.
* The streets and boulevards of the Russian-held port of Kherson are virtually empty. Many shops and businesses have been closed. Evacuations have picked up as Ukrainian forces have advanced to the north and east of the strategic city.
* The Russian delegation resumed work at the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) that runs the Black Sea grain deal operations in Istanbul and joined vessel inspections on Thursday, the U.N. Secretariat at the center said. Russia said on Wednesday it would resume its participation in a deal to free up vital grain exports from Ukraine, after suspending it over the weekend, saying it had received guarantees from Ukraine that it would not use the Black Sea grain corridor for military operations against Russia.
* Ukraine said it had made no commitments to Russia that go beyond the terms of the Black Sea Grains Initiative agreed in July to persuade Moscow to resume its participation in the deal.
* Moscow urged the United Nations to help fulfill the parts of the deal intended to ease Russia’s food and fertilizer exports.
* Russia summoned the British ambassador over Moscow’s claim that British navy personnel were involved in a Ukrainian drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Crimea.
* Foreign ministers from the G7 group of rich democracies will discuss how best to coordinate further support for Ukraine when they meet on in Germany.
* G20 summit host Indonesia is waiting to see if Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend, Indonesia’s foreign minister said, adding that differences over Ukraine had made preparations for the meeting particularly fraught. QUOTE
“The entire front line is subject to constant shelling around the clock,” Donetsk region Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, told Ukrainian television.
“There is practically not a single dwelling that hasn’t been damaged in Avdiivka, in Maryinka, in Krasnohorivka. Selydove, even closer to the front line, took a direct hit this week. The enemy’s strategy of artillery strikes tactic is to destroy these towns and wipe then off the face of the Earth. Nothing else works for them.” (Compiled by Angus MacSwan and Lincoln Feast; Editing by Gerry Doyle and Simon Cameron-Moore)