Ukraine war in the live ticker: +++ 06:01 reported explosions in the Russian region of Belgorod +++

Ukraine war in the live ticker
+++ 06:01 Explosions reported in the Russian region of Belgorod +++

More than 20 rockets are said to have hit the Russian city of Valuyki in the Belgorod region. This is reported, among others, by the news magazine “Nexta” and the “Kyiv Independent”. According to Vyacheslav Gladkov, the region’s governor, the city was without power after the explosions. One civilian has died and two others are being treated at local hospitals. Gladkov accuses Ukraine of attacking the city. Kyiv has not yet commented on the incident.

+++ 04:23 USA extend sanctions list +++
The US government has put numerous other Russian officials and companies on its sanctions list, especially in the technology sector. Those affected include the Russian secret service GRU, pro-Russian officials in occupied territories, but also a Russian neo-Nazi group and a child protection officer suspected of overseeing the kidnapping of Ukrainian children to Russia. Sanctions are also being imposed on the Russian space industry and computer and technology companies. This is primarily intended to hamper the supply of armaments and the modernization of the Russian military.

+++ 03:11 For the Pope, deliveries of weapons for defense are justifiable +++
Pope Francis considers arms deliveries to Ukraine to be morally justifiable if they are only for self-defense. However, it is immoral to deliver weapons “with the intention of provoking more war, selling more weapons or getting rid of old weapons,” says the head of the Catholic Church. Defending yourself is “not only justified, but a proof of love for your homeland,” says Francis. “Whoever defends something also loves it.”

+++ 02:27 USA agree to further military aid to Ukraine +++
The US government wants to provide Ukraine with further military aid. The Foreign Ministry has announced that Ukraine will receive additional weapons, ammunition and equipment from stocks of the Ministry of Defense worth 600 million US dollars. At the end of August, US President Biden announced the largest single package to date, worth almost three billion dollars. At the beginning of September, during a surprise visit to Kyiv, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced another aid package worth 2.2 billion dollars, with which Ukraine and 18 states in Eastern and Southern Europe are also to be given long-term military strength.

+++ 01:22 Over 400 seafarers are stuck in Ukraine +++
According to the industry, around 80 ships with more than 400 sailors on board are stuck in Ukrainian ports. Efforts to let the ships run out have so far been unsuccessful, say shipping representatives. The July agreement to open a United Nations-backed sea corridor for the transportation of grain only affected bulk carriers near three Ukrainian ports. Dozens of other ships, including oil tankers, do not have access to the corridor.

+++ 00:35 “Putin’s cook” defends the use of prisoners in the war +++
After the release of a video allegedly showing Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin enlisting Russian prisoners to serve on the Ukrainian front, the 61-year-old defended the move. Those who do not want private military companies and prisoners to be used in the conflict should send their own children to the front, Russian media report, citing Prigozhin’s press service. “Either private military companies and prisoners or your children – decide for yourself,” he said. Progoschin, known as “Putin’s cook” because of his restaurant business and his close relationship with the Kremlin chief, is considered the financier and unofficial boss of the far-right mercenary group “Wagner”.

+++ 23:51 Separatists put OSCE staff on trial +++
The trial of an employee of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) begins in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. The man, who has been in prison since April, has been accused of “high treason,” according to the Ministry for State Security in the pro-Russian separatist region. As a security assistant at the Stakhanavoskaya Forward Patrol Base, Dmitry Shabanov passed on secret information to representatives of foreign intelligence services. Video shows the suspect, handcuffed and with his head shaved, being led by police to a metal cage inside the courthouse. The OSCE condemned the trial and spoke of fabricated allegations and a “completely unacceptable, so-called ‘trial'”.

+++ 23:03 Allegedly 440 dead: mass grave found in Isjum +++
According to Ukrainian authorities, a mass grave with around 440 bodies has been discovered in the recaptured city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region. Like the transmitter “Sky News” citing a senior investigator, all the dead would now be exhumed and forensically examined. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed the existence of the mass grave in his videom speech that evening, without giving any details about the number of people found there. “We want the world to know what caused the Russian occupation,” said Zelenskyy. The investigations had begun, and the first findings should be available on Friday.

More about this here.

+++ 22:23 Von der Leyen considers trial against Putin possible +++
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen can imagine that there will be a trial before the International Criminal Court against Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I think that’s possible,” says von der Leyen on “Bild” TV. There is no doubt that the most serious war crimes are being committed in Ukraine. “That’s why we support the collection of evidence that the proceedings before the International Criminal Court are possible. That is the basis of our common international legal order, that we then also punish these crimes. And in the end, Putin is responsible for it.”

+++ 21:55 Dingo transporter for Ukraine – Bundeswehr calls vehicles life insurance +++
Ukraine should 50 Dingo armored transport vehicles get from Germany. The Bundeswehr praises the maneuverable wheeled tank with a top speed of 89 kilometers per hour as “life insurance for the troops”. The vehicle can withstand the explosion of several kilograms of TNT explosives and light machine gun fire. It has space for six to eight soldiers. It is designed for both roads and open terrain. The transporter can be equipped with a light or heavy machine gun or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. The Dingo has already “proved its worth in Ukraine and made a significant contribution to protecting the soldiers,” says Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht.

+++ 21:31 Prague exposed according to the report spy +++
An employee of the Czech Foreign Ministry is said to have passed on secret documents to Russia for years. This is reported by the newspaper “Denik N”, citing Prime Minister Petr Fiala. The Czech domestic secret service BIS observed the man over a long period of time. The Russian foreign secret service SWR exploited his “weakness for women and money”. He is no longer employed at the ministry in Prague. The civil servant had access to top-secret documents, reports “Denik N” with reference to diplomatic circles. Relations between the NATO and EU member state Czech Republic and Russia have long been extremely tense.

Read earlier developments related to the Ukraine war here.

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