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Russiα-Ukrαine: List of key events, day 202

Ukrαine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is calling on the West to speed up deliveries of wᴇᴀᴘoɴs systems as Ukrαiniαn troops move to consolidate control over a large swath of northeastern territory seized back from Russiα.

Zelenskyy said Ukrαiniαn forces had retaken 6,000 square km (2,400 square miles) of Russiαn-held territory since the beginning of the month.

Russiα has largely ceded its gains near Kharkiv, and many of the withdrawing Russiαn soldiers have exited Ukrαine, a senior United States military official said.

Vitaly Ganchev, the Russiαn-installed head of Moscow’s occupation administration in what remained of Russiαn-held territory in the Kharkiv region, acknowledged that Ukrαine’s troops had broken through to the frontier.

Ukrαine’s general staff said its forces had recaptured more than 20 towns and villages in the past day.

At least 1,000 people have been κιʟʟᴇᴅ in the last six months in fighting in the city of Izyum but the real figure is probably much higher, an official said, two days after Kyiv’s forces recaptured the major supply hub.

The United Kingdom’s defence ministry said Russiα had probably ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the entire occupied Kharkiv region west of the Oskil river.

Faced with one of its worst defeats in nearly seven months of wᴀʀ, the Kremlin insisted it would achieve its military goals and Putin maintained an air of business as usual.

Diplomacy, trade

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was still early days in Ukrαine’s counteroffensive against the Russiαn military, but Ukrαiniαn forces have made “significant progress” with Western support.

The International Monetary Fund’s executive board reviewed a plan on Monday that would help Ukrαine and other countries hit hard by Russiα’s wᴀʀ, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters news agency.

The Kremlin said it saw no prospect of peace talks and that what it calls the “special military operation” in Ukrαine would achieve its goals.

Nuclear plant

Ukrαine and Russiα are interested in the United Nations atomic watchdog’s proposal that a protection zone be created around the Russiαn-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the watchdog’s chief Rafael Grossi said, describing it as a ceasefire.