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September 7, 2022 - Ukrainian forces have attacked the Russian-held eastern town of Balakliia in the Kharkiv region, as Kyiv has taken advantage of the redeployment of Russian troops to reinforce the Kherson region in the south.
Balakliia is an eastern town of 27,000 people that lies between Kharkiv and Russian-held Izyum, a city with a major railway hub used by Moscow to supply its forces.
Little information has emerged about progress of the main Ukrainian offensive in the southern Kherson region, with Kyiv barring journalists from the front line and releasing only limited reports to preserve the element of surprise.
Meanwhile, the UN has called for a demilitarised zone around Ukraine’s Zaporizhya nuclear plant.
Secretary general António Guterres urged for the withdrawal of Russian occupying troops and the agreement of Ukrainian forces not to move in.