Monday, September 19. Russia’s war against Ukraine: news and information

Shipments from Ukraine. Monday, September 19. Day 208.

As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are essential. Forbes is gathering information and providing updates on the situation.

By Polina Rasskazova

Mykolaiv region. Overnight, a Russian missile struck 300 meters from the Pivdennukrainsk nuclear power plant, causing a short-lived power outage damaging the plant’s windows, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Telegram channel. “The invaders wanted to fire again, but they forgot what a nuclear power plant is,” Zelenskyy wrote. “Russia endangers the whole world. It must be stopped before it is too late.”

Forced mobilization continues in the Donetsk region, according to Petro Andryushenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol. In the village of Portovske, Mariupol district, Russian forces broke into civilian homes and abducted men under the age of 40. “Loaded on a bus and taken to Donetsk,” Andryushenko wrote on his Telegram channel. “To all questions they answer without hiding that Ukrainians are entering the army.”

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has established five cases of sexual violence committed by Russian soldiers against children between the ages of 4 and 16. “We work with children using a system called the ‘green room’ – with the direct involvement of a psychologist who is outside the visual observation of the child, but who helps,” said Andriy Kostin, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. “It’s complicated. But in some cases, there are testimonies that can be used as evidence in these criminal prosecutions. He also noted that there are many more crimes in this category than are being reported.

In July, the UN declared 124 cases of sexual violence committed by the Russian army against the Ukrainian population during the large-scale war. But these data do not show the true extent of the violence suffered by Ukrainians during Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the CEO of the world’s largest investment company BlackRock

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Larry Fink, discussed details for attracting public and private investment to Ukraine.
The meeting was held by videoconference and Zelenskyy and Fink discussed the creation of a reconstruction fund to support the recovery of the Ukrainian economy. “Ukraine wants to attract global capital that will create new jobs and facilitate the growth of the economy,” Zelenskyy said. “We are able and we want to restore a normal investment climate.”

Russian plans for a “referendum” in the Kharkiv region are revealed. Journalists of the Radio Svoboda project, “Donbas Realities”, received a document entitled “Strategy for holding a referendum on the entry of the Kharkiv region into the Russian Federation” from their sources in the Ukrainian intelligence agencies. The main objective of the Kremlin’s plan was the annexation of the Kharkiv region by Russia through a legitimate referendum with a participation of more than 70% of the citizens and a “yes” of more than 75% of the participants to vote. The document states that a total of 142,000 voters are expected to “vote”, of which more than 100,000 will choose to join Russia. The Russian authorities wanted to organize this vote from November 1 to 7 under the slogan “Say yes to Russia”.

Christi C. Elwood