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Biden urges Putin not to use nuclear or chemical weapons

US President Joe Biden has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use tactical nuclear or chemical weapons following setbacks in Ukraine, Reuters reports.

Asked by CBS what he would say to Putin if he considered using such weapons, Biden replied, “No. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of warfare like it hasn’t since World War II.

Biden said the US response would be “consecutive” but declined to elaborate. Russia “would become more of a pariah in the world than it ever was,” Biden said. “Depending on the extent of what they do, that will determine what response would occur.”

Russian government officials have dismissed Western suggestions that Moscow would use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but it remains a concern for some Westerners.

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Russia has launched several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since 24 February 2022. However, in the last seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it probably perceives no immediate military effect.

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This category of mission has included strikes against the electricity grid, and a dam on the Inhulets River at Kryvyi Rih.

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As it faces setbacks on the front lines, Russia has likely extended the locations it is prepared to strike in an attempt to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.

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Welcome to our live coverage of the war in Ukraine. I’m Martin Farrer and I’ll be with you for the next hour or so.

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The main developments you need to know about are here:

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  • US president Joe Biden urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to not use tactical nuclear or chemical weapons in the wake of setbacks in Ukraine. Asked by CBS what he would say to Putin if he was considering using such weapons, Biden said: “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of war unlike anything since world war two.” Biden said the US response would be “consequential,” but declined to give detail.

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  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a global food crisis aggravated by the war will be the focus of world leaders when they convene at the United Nations in New York this week. “It would be naive to think that we are close to the possibility of a peace deal,” said UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres ahead of the high-level meeting of the 193-member UN general assembly, which starts on Tuesday. “The chances of a peace deal are minimal, at the present moment.”

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  • The Czech Republic, which currently holds the EU presidency, have called for a “special international tribunal” after a mass grave was discovered in Izium, a town in north-eastern Ukraine. “In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and abhorrent,” said Jan Lipavský, foreign minister of the Czech Republic. More than 440 bodies have been discovered by Ukrainian officials, with some found with their hands tied behind their backs.

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  • Satellite imagery has emerged of the recently discovered mass grave site near Izium. The images, taken from March to August this year and released by Maxar Technologies, show the entrance to the “forest cemetery” where many bodies have been discovered.

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  • One of the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant’s four main power lines has been repaired and is supplying the plant with electricity from the Ukrainian grid two weeks after it went down, the UN nuclear watchdog has said. Even though the six reactors at Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant, have been shut down, the plant needs electricity to keep them cool.

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  • Indian prime minister Narendra Modi told Putin on Saturday that “today’s time is not a time for war” when the pair met during a regional Asia summit in Uzbekistan. Putin told Modi he knew of India’s “concerns” about the conflict, echoing language he had used with Chinese president Xi Jinping the day before. “We will do our best to end this as soon as possible,” Putin said, while accusing Kyiv of rejecting negotiations.

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  • Speaking to reporters later, Putin vowed to continue his attack on Ukraine and warned that Moscow could ramp up its strikes on the country’s vital infrastructure if Ukrainian forces target facilities in Russia. Putin said the “liberation” of Ukraine’s entire eastern Donbas region remained Russia’s main military goal and that he saw no need to revise it. “We aren’t in a rush,” he said after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Samarkand.

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  • Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told leaders at the summit that efforts were being made “to finalise the conflict in Ukraine through diplomacy as soon as possible”. Putin told Erdogan, who has been a key broker in limited deals between Russia and Ukraine, that Moscow was keen to build closer ties with Turkey and was ready to “significantly increase” all exports to the country.

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  • The security service of Ukraine said that Russia’s federal security service (FSU) officers tortured residents in Kupiansk, a city in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. The Kyiv Independent reports that when FSU officers were in then-occupied Kupiansk, they tortured residents and threatened to send them to minefields and kill their families.

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Key events

Australia will not bar Russian tourists from entering the country as part of sanctions imposed on Russia over the war in Ukraine, Defense Minister Richard Marles said today.

Since the start of the conflict, Australia has sanctioned hundreds of Russian individuals and entities, Reuters reports.

It also provided defense equipment and humanitarian supplies to Ukraine, while banning exports of alumina and aluminum ores, including bauxite, to Russia.

Asked if Australia would also ban Russian tourists, Marles said the sanctions were aimed at the Russian government, “not the Russian people themselves”.

He told ABC television:

It’s not something we’re considering at the moment.

Marles refused to be fired on whether Australia would supply more Bushmasters and other protected vehicles to Ukraine after a recent request from the Ukrainian ambassador to Australia.

In July, Australia pledged 60 Bushmasters and 28 M113AS4 armored vehicles to Ukraine.

Biden urges Putin not to use nuclear or chemical weapons

US President Joe Biden has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use tactical nuclear or chemical weapons following setbacks in Ukraine, Reuters reports.

Asked by CBS what he would say to Putin if he considered using such weapons, Biden replied, “No. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of warfare like it hasn’t since World War II.

Biden said the US response would be “consecutive” but declined to elaborate. Russia “would become more of a pariah in the world than it ever was,” Biden said. “Depending on the extent of what they do, that will determine what response would occur.”

Russian government officials have dismissed Western suggestions that Moscow would use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but it remains a concern for some Westerners.

And if you want to know more about this question, our columnist Simon Tisdall has also thought about it:

Russia stepped up attacks on civilian targets, UK says

Russia reacted to its military setbacks last week by stepping up its missile attacks on civilian infrastructure even if it has no military impact, according to the latest intelligence report from the British Ministry of Defense.

He says in a message on Twitter that this decision aims to destroy the morale of the Ukrainian people.

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Russia has launched several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since February 24, 2022. However, over the past seven days Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it likely does not perceive any immediate military effect. .

This category of mission included strikes against the power grid and a dam on the Inhulets River in Kryvyi Rih.

As it faces setbacks on the front lines, Russia has likely expanded the locations it is prepared to strike in an effort to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.

Welcome

Welcome to our live coverage of the war in Ukraine. I’m Martin Farrer and I’ll be with you for about an hour.

The main developments you need to know are here:

  • US President Joe Biden has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use tactical nuclear or chemical weapons following setbacks in Ukraine. Asked by CBS what he would say to Putin if he considered using such weapons, Biden replied, “No. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of warfare like it hasn’t since World War II. Biden said the US response would be “consecutive” but declined to elaborate.

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a war-aggravated global food crisis will be front and center for world leaders when they meet at the United Nations in New York this week. “It would be naive to think that we are close to the possibility of a peace agreement,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said ahead of the UN General Assembly high-level meeting, which has 193 members, which begins on Tuesday. “The chances of a peace deal are slim at the moment.”

  • The Czech Republic, which currently holds the EU presidency, has called for a “special international tribunal” after the discovery of a mass grave in Izium, a town in northeast Ukraine. “In the 21st century, such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and heinous,” said Jan Lipavský, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. More than 440 bodies have been discovered by Ukrainian officials, some with their hands tied behind their backs.

  • Satellite images have emerged of the recently discovered mass grave site near Izium. The images, taken from March to August this year and released by Maxar Technologies, show the entrance to the “forest cemetery” where many bodies were discovered.

  • One of the Russian prisoners Zaporizhia the four main power lines of the nuclear plant have been repaired and supply the plant with electricity from the Ukrainian network two weeks after it went down, the UN’s nuclear watchdog said. Although the six reactors of Zaporizhzhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, have been shut down, the plant needs electricity to cool them.

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Putin on Saturday that ‘today’s time is not the time for war’ when the pair met at an Asian regional summit in Uzbekistan. Putin told Modi he was aware of India’s “concerns” over the dispute, echoing language he had used with Chinese President Xi Jinping the day before. “We will do our best to end this as soon as possible,” Putin said, while accusing Kyiv of rejecting negotiations.

  • Speaking to reporters later, Putin vowed to continue his attack on Ukraine and warned Moscow could step up its strikes on the country’s vital infrastructure if Ukrainian forces target facilities in Russia. Putin said the “liberation” of Ukraine’s entire eastern Donbass region remained Russia’s main military goal and he saw no need to revise it. “We are in no rush,” he said after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in Samarkand.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told leaders at the summit that efforts were being made “to finalize the conflict in Ukraine through diplomacy as soon as possible”. Putin told Erdogan, who has been a key broker in limited deals between Russia and Ukraine, that Moscow wants to forge closer ties with Turkey and is ready to “significantly increase” all exports to the country.

  • Ukraine’s security service said Russian Federal Security Service (FSU) operatives tortured residents of Kupiansk, a town in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. The Kyiv Independent reports that when FSU officers were in then-occupied Kupyansk, they tortured residents and threatened to send them to minefields and kill their families.

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