Grappling with tens of thousands of unexploded landmines in Ukraine
02 October 2022 | 8:46 am
It's just one aspect of the seemingly endless list of horrors brought on by Russia's war in Ukraine: Ukrainian authorities say they have already removed some 80,000 landmines and explosive devices across the country. While Washington has pledged $89 million to help Kyiv clear the weapons, the process could take decades.
We look at press coverage of Ukraine's gains in a counter-offensive in the north and east of the country. While some editorials argue that this is a game-changer for the future of the war, others warn Vladimir Putin is unlikely to acknowledge any losses and could even resort to more agressive actions in response. We also look at analysis on the rise of the far right in Sweden and finish with good news for the future of cancer screenings.
Is it a turning point? After weeks of warning of a counter-offensive in the south, Ukraine has caught the Kremlin off guard with the reclaiming of vast swathes of the north, pushing the front away from the country's second city of Kharkiv. We ask what just happened, if there's more to come or if Kyiv is going to struggle to consolidate its gains.
Ukrainian forces have reported success with their counteroffensive. Now they may be threatening more than just Russian troops. Is this the beginning of the end of the Putin era? Our guests: Vendeline von Bredow (The Economist), Jörg Lau (Die Zeit), Vladimir Esipov (DW)
The city was recently retaken by Ukraine from Russian forces. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said more information would be given on Friday.
Kyiv has said Russian missiles landed near Ukraine's second-largest nuclear power station in Mykolaiv. Meanwhile, the Baltic states and Poland have closed their borders to Russians holding visas.
Day One of the UN General Assembly was marked by a grim assessment of the state of the world by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. And Germany joined other nations in blasting permanent Security Council member Russia over its war in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden accused Russia of violating the core tenets of membership of the UN by starting an "unprovoked war" Ukraine. He also warned Moscow about "irresponsible" threats to use nuclear weapons.
When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, it deployed 160,000 troops. Vladimir Putin has now called up 300,000 after major setbacks in Ukraine, while coupling his announcement with his most overt nuclear threat to the West.
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Ukraine launched a major counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region on September 6. This operation surprised Russia and led to the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from several strategic cities in eastern Ukraine, such as Izium. Our reporters Gulliver Cragg and Gwendoline Debono met with Ukrainian soldiers who took part in the counter-offensive and spoke to two of the operational commanders.
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