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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know

Gunmen have shot dead 11 people at a Russian military training ground, the defence ministry says, in the latest blow to President Vladimir Putin’s forces since the invasion of Ukraine.


* The gunmen who killed 11 and wounded 15 on Saturday at a Russian military training camp in the small town of Soloti, close to the Ukrainian border, were from Tajikistan and had opened fire after an argument over religion, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said on YouTube.

* Ukrainian troops are still holding the strategic eastern town of Bakhmut despite repeated Russian attacks while the situation in the Donbas region remains very difficult, Zelenskiy said.

* Russian missiles and drones had continued to hit Ukrainian cities, causing destruction and casualties, Zelenskiy said.

* Belarus said the first convoys of Russian servicemen, part of a “regional grouping” of troops, had arrived in the country. President Lukashenko said this week that his troops would deploy with Russian forces near the Ukrainian border.

* Ukrainian engineers have restored “much needed” back-up power to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after shelling robbed it of access to external electricity twice in the past week, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said.

* Zelenskiy said almost 65,000 Russians had been killed so far since the February 24 invasion, a figure far higher than Moscow’s official September 21 estimate of 5937 dead. In August the Pentagon said Russia has suffered between 70,000 and 80,000 casualties, either killed or wounded.

Economy, Diplomacy

* Russia’s attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine away from the front lines will complicate the dire economic situation facing the country, which has already seen a tenfold increase in poverty this year, a top World Bank official said.

* Putin authorised the Russian central bank to permit the export of foreign currency cash worth more than $US10,000 ($A16,130) in some cases, a published decree showed.

* International Monetary Fund member countries issued a near-unanimous call for Russia to end its war in Ukraine, after Moscow again blocked consensus, officials said.

* Elon Musk said his rocket company SpaceX would continue to fund its Starlink internet service in Ukraine, citing the need for “good deeds,” a day after he said it could no longer afford to do so. The service has helped civilians and military stay online during the war with Russia.

Source: Port Lincoln Times