Russia-Ukraine war: Ukraine’s forces launch attacks in occupied Kherson; UN nuclear team arrives in Kyiv – live news

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It is 9am in Kyiv. Here is where we stand:

Ukrainian troops are mounting a long-awaited counteroffensive in the southern region of Kherson, military officials have said. “Today we started offensive actions in various directions, including in the Kherson region,” Ukraine’s southern command spokesperson, Natalia Humeniuk, said on Monday. She declined to provide more details about the new offensive but said Ukraine’s recent strikes on Russia’s southern logistical routes had “unquestionably weakened the enemy”. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, added in a Monday evening address: “If they want to survive, it is time for the Russian military to flee. The occupiers should know: we will oust them to the border. To our border, the line of which has not changed.”

Senior adviser to Ukraine’s president Oleksiy Arestovych described the counteroffensive as a “planned…

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This article was written by Samantha Lock and originally published on www.theguardian.com