Russian military can ‘give up or run’, says Zelensky of Ukrainian counteroffensive

The Ukrainian counteroffensive continues and its army has recaptured a village near the eastern city of Lisichansk, in a small but symbolic victory that means Russia no longer has full control of the Lugansk region.

Russia has reported new attacks on areas it controlled, such as in Donetsk, where Russian-backed authorities said 13 people had been killed. Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the counterattack is still under way and has offered Russian troops two options: surrender or escape.

“In the Kharkov region we are stabilizing the situation, holding our positions. Firmly. So firmly that the occupiers are visibly panicking. Well, we have warned that the Russian military in Ukraine has only two options: escape from our land or The collaborators have similar options: either they try to escape – and it remains to be seen whether Russia will let them enter its territory, even if they have given their passports – or the collaborators will be sentenced according to the current legislation of Ukraine,” the president declared.

Donetsk and Lugansk civic chambers call for referendums

The civic chambers of the self-proclaimed republics of Luhansk and Donetsk on Monday called on the heads of their regions, backed by Russia, to hold referendums on joining Russia.

“Residents of Donbas already made their choice in 2014 in the self-determination referendum of the Luhansk People’s Republic. We have been waiting and hoping for all these years that the second referendum will definitely come and make our dream of returning home to Russia come true,” said Lina Vokalova, deputy head of the Civic Chamber of the Lugansk region.

Russian state television broadcast images of the two Donbas organs holding votes in favor of the proposal.

Andrei Turchak, leader of United Russiathe main Kremlin-led party, suggested that referendums in Donbas and other Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine could be held on November 4, when Russia marks National Unity Day.

Ukraine accuses Russia of attacking the country’s second nuclear power plant

kyiv claims Russian forces have carried out a missile attack that narrowly missed a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that the attack came close to hitting the nuclear power plant in Pivdennoukrainskin the Mykolayiv region, about 200 km north of the southern front line of fighting between Russian and Ukrainian troops.

Energoatom, the Ukrainian state nuclear power company, said three reactors at the plant were still operating and no one had been injured. He added that a hundred windows in the plant had been smashed and that there had been a brief power outage.

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