World Cup key events, Day 6: Qatar eliminated, Iran stuns Wales | Qatar World Cup 2022

World Cup host nation Qatar has been eradicated from the match, lower than per week after it launched the primary model of soccer’s greatest occasion within the Center East.

On day six of the World Cup, Qatar misplaced 3-1 to Senegal in its second straight defeat on the match. Its exit was confirmed a couple of hours later when Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 within the different Group A sport.

That left Qatar on the backside of Group A with no likelihood of progressing.

South Africa had been the one different dwelling group to fail to make it out of the group stage in 2010.

“In the event you anticipated us to go very far on this match, then it is going to be a disappointment,” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez stated earlier than his group was formally out. “Our aim was to be aggressive.”

In different day-six fixtures, Iran scored a spectacular 2-0 win over Wales in stoppage time and the USA group pissed off England in a 0-0 draw for its second consecutive draw within the World Cup.

Here’s a fast information recapping all it is advisable know from Day 6 – Friday, November 25, 2022 – of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Senegal 3, Qatar 1

With World Cup futures on the road, the footballing stakes may hardly have been greater for hosts Qatar and African champions Senegal.

Qatar’s opening-night nerves have been nowhere to be seen as they rapidly obtained to grips with Senegal and may have had a penalty when Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr bundled over Akram Afif, however Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz waved away their pleas and the VAR (video-assisted referee) didn’t intervene.

With Qatar defending nicely, it was going to take both a second of magic or a catastrophic mistake for Senegal to interrupt the impasse. Sadly for Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi, it turned out to be the latter.

His try and clear a routine low move into the field by Senegal’s Krepin Diatta went disastrously unsuitable as he fluffed his clearance, permitting Boulaye Dia to pounce and rattle dwelling the opening aim simply earlier than the break.

Qatar's Ismail Mohamad in mid-air with the ball as Pedro Miguel rans alongside and Senegal's Ismail Jakobs coming up behind him
Qatar’s Ismail Mohamad and Pedro Miguel in motion with Senegal’s Ismail Jakobs [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/ Reuters]

It obtained worse for Qatar early within the second half, with Famara Diedhiou doubling Senegal’s benefit with an excellent glancing header from an Ismail Jakobs nook within the forty eighth minute.

It was a cue for the house group to play their greatest soccer of the match to date.

Mohammed Muntari decreased the deficit within the 78th minute with a first-ever aim for Qatar at a World Cup however Senegal have been unruffled as they continued to out-muscle their opponents in midfield.

Six minutes after Muntari’s strike, Bamba Dieng swept dwelling a move from fellow substitute Iliman Ndiaye for the African facet’s third aim of the match.

That consigned Qatar to the underside of Group A with no factors, whereas Netherlands and Ecuador have 4 factors and the Senegalese three.

Qatar’s hopes of progressing at the moment are over.

Even a win of their remaining sport towards three-time World Cup finalists Netherlands won’t be sufficient to see them progress.

Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1

It was Enner Valencia’s third aim of the match that helped Ecuador earn a draw with the Dutch in Group A, thereby sealing Qatar’s destiny.

Netherlands took the lead early on within the sport with Cody Gakpo placing them forward with a fast strike within the sixth minute.

However after that, Ecuador dominated.

After having the obvious equaliser overturned by VAR simply earlier than the half, Valencia leveled the match within the forty ninth minute.

Iran 2, Wales 0

Iran recovered from their thrashing by England with an excellent 2-0 win over Wales, leaving their World Cup future in their very own fingers.

Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi broke the goalless impasse within the 98th minute and Ramin Rezaeian scored within the a hundred and first towards a 10-man Welsh squad, which misplaced goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to a crimson card within the 86th minute.

Hennessey initially drew a yellow card after his excessive problem towards Iran’s Mehdi Taremi however the referee confirmed him the crimson card after a VAR test.

Iran's Roozbeh Cheshmi in action just post the kick, with the Wales defender looking behind him at the ball that has flown past him on its way to the goal
Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi scores their first aim of the match [Marko Djurica/ Reuters]

With three factors going into Tuesday’s sport towards the USA, Iran has a shot at advancing to the World Cup knockout phases for the primary time.

Cheshmi stated it was “the solidarity between the group members” that helped them win the sport.

The result leaves Wales’s possibilities of reaching the final 16 hanging by a thread. It is going to face a troublesome problem in England on Tuesday.

“We need to end the competitors on a excessive, it’s out of our fingers with reference to going by way of, however we need to end with a great efficiency and a win,” Wales coach Rob Web page stated.

USA 0, England 0

England suffered a sobering actuality test as they have been outplayed for lengthy durations by a youthful US facet in a tense 0-0 draw of their second World Cup Group B sport.

A 6-2 thrashing of Iran on Monday had despatched England followers’ hopes hovering however Gareth Southgate’s facet have been lucky to not undergo a repeat of their 1950 World Cup calamity towards the People.

They’ll nonetheless qualify for the final 16 in the event that they keep away from a heavy defeat by Wales of their remaining group sport however they have been greeted with boos on the remaining whistle and can want an unlimited enchancment if they’re to have a deep run.

Fans looking up, most holding their heads with faces showing shock and disappointment
Followers in London watch England vs United States on the Wembley Boxpark in London, UK [Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters]

The US produced a high-tempo show however might reside to rue not placing away an England facet caught in second gear, though they may attain the final 16 in the event that they beat Iran.

“A draw’s not the worst factor however I felt for stretches of the sport we confirmed dominance,” stated Christian Pulisic, considered one of 5 England-based gamers within the US beginning line-up.

Whereas the consequence, and efficiency, was desperately disappointing for England, it tops the group on 4 factors and stay within the field seat to achieve the final 16.

Iran, who snatched a late win over Wales, have three factors with USA on two factors and Wales on one.

All potentialities are nonetheless open within the group subsequent Tuesday.

World Cup 2022 key events: Japan’s stunning win on Day 4 in Qatar | Qatar World Cup 2022

Japan delivered a surprising victory over Germany on day 4 of the World Cup in an upset that just about rivalled Saudi Arabia’s sensational win over favourites Argentina on day three of the match.

Wednesday’s match resulted in a 2-1 victory for Japan over the mighty Germans, a rustic whose groups have gained the World Cup a whopping 4 occasions.

Many have to be questioning what different phenomenal upsets World Cup 2022 Qatar can have in retailer because the video games progress in direction of the finals.

Within the different day-four fixtures, Spain gave Costa Rica a lesson in world-class soccer, beating “Los Ticos” 7 to 0, whereas Morocco and Croatia ended their match scoreless in what some noticed as a lacklustre efficiency and Belgium gained out over Canada in a gripping sporting encounter.

Here’s a fast information recapping all you have to know from Day 4 – Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Kimmich bowing down low with his head in his hands
Germany’s Joshua Kimmich reacts after Japan scored in the course of the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany and Japan, on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 23, 2022 [Matthias Schrader/AP Photo]

Morocco vs Croatia

Morocco and Croatia kicked off at 1pm native time (10:00 GMT) at Al Bayt Stadium within the hotly anticipated sport that rapidly turned out to be an uneventful if high-intensity match.

Croatia had a irritating begin, and their possibilities of scoring a objective have been sparse, because the Atlas Lions contained the Croatians for many of the sport however then failed themselves to handle a breakthrough within the goalless draw on Wednesday.

Croatia’s greatest moments predictably hinged on Luka Modric, who was given free rein, floating effortlessly up and down the pitch, with soccer’s conventional midfield roles seeming to not apply to the Croatian captain.

Morocco player has arm around Croatian player's neck, as the latter wrestles with the ball
A Croatian participant takes possession in the course of the match agains Morocco on November 23, 2022 in Qatar [Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera]

Morocco appeared to Hakim Ziyech for inspiration because the Chelsea winger was their most harmful attacker within the early levels. Regardless of his onerous work, the tip product was not objectives.

Whereas the encounter was low on motion, it was no less than excessive on depth as each side battled for midfield supremacy a lot to the delight of the loud supporters of the Atlas Lions. The Moroccan followers have been in good spirits after the sport regardless of the draw.

“I needed a win badly,” Morocco fan Mohammaed El Yamiq, 42, from Mohammadiya close to Casablanca, advised Al Jazeera.

“It was very a lot a boring sport … however this can do for now. It’s a good booster for us once we play with others within the group,” he mentioned.

Croatia’s Modric mentioned after the match that it was “a tricky sport, particularly within the first quarter-hour”, including that his workforce had faired higher within the second half.

Croatia will now flip their consideration to their sport in opposition to Canada on Sunday when Morocco will face Belgium.

Moroccon player with arms out, in motion, about to kick the ball
Morocco in motion in opposition to Croatia on November 23, 2022, in Qatar [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Germany vs Japan

Germany in opposition to Japan acquired underway at 4pm (13:00 GMT) at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium and few may have anticipated what was about to unfold.

Japan created the second earthquake on the Qatar World Cup 2022 after they got here from behind to ship a surprising 2-1 win over the Germans.

Mirroring Argentina of their shock 2-1 loss in opposition to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after being forward by a objective, Germany had been within the lead following a first-half penalty by Ilkay Gundogan.

A number of German possibilities then went unfulfilled and poor defending helped the Japanese to regain their composure and are available roaring again.

With one objective down, the Japanese appeared to alter their ways and have become extra aggressive within the German half, taking the initiatives when the German’s tried to carry on to their lead.

However it was Ritsu Doan within the seventy fifth minute and Takuma Asano within the 83rd whose objectives gave Japan their largest World Cup win so far.

“This can be a enormous disappointment and irritating,” Germany’s Captain Manuel Neuer advised broadcaster ARD after the sport. “We made the opponent robust. The ultimate need made the distinction. Japan believed they might win whereas we thought we may protect the lead,” he mentioned.

German coach Hansi Flick mentioned: “It’s brutally disappointing. We’re aggravated we misplaced the sport as a result of we had the possibilities. We’ve to look ahead. We’ve the prospect for six factors.”

Japan’s Maya Yoshida advised BeIN Sports activities: “That is the great thing about soccer, typically it occurs! Now the highlight is on our facet, it’s time to bounce.”

Japan’s Coach Hajime Moriyasu mentioned: “We knew that we needed to defend higher. That’s why I modified the system. The gamers knew instantly what I meant and the way they need to react.”

“We’ve celebrated an excellent victory but it surely continues. We’ll put together as effectively for the subsequent sport,” Moriyasu mentioned, trying forward at Sunday’s sport with Costa Rica.

With the loss, Germany doubtless now worry an early exit from the match.

“We’ve created historical past right now!” Japan fan Kosuke advised Al Jazeera, as fellow supporters exited Khalifa Worldwide Stadium waving flags.

Kosuke mentioned he didn’t anticipate his workforce to beat Germany however now there was no stopping the Samurai Blue.

“They are going to be dropping their heads again residence, and possibly they’ll get a time without work tomorrow, identical to Saudi Arabia,” Kosuke mentioned with a smile on his face.

Asano kicking the ball, as goalkeeper bends to block it
Japan’s Takuma Asano scores their second objective in opposition to Germany on November 23, 2022 in Qatar [Matthew Childs/Reuters]

Spain vs Costa Rica

The Spanish and Costa Ricans acquired their sport underway at 7pm (16:00 GMT) at Al Thumama Stadium and it was a match of extra firsts for the World Cup.

Not since Pelé in 1958 had somebody as younger as Spain’s Gavi scored a objective on the World Cup. The 18-year-old midfielder led the way in which on Wednesday as Spain pulled off the most important World Cup victory in its historical past, delivering a 7-0 thrashing to Costa Rica.

With Gavi and 19-year-old Pedri beginning within the match, Spain additionally grew to become the primary European nation with two youngsters within the line-up of a World Cup match in 60 years

“I may by no means have imagined it,” mentioned Gavi, who was named the sport’s most respected participant. “I do know I’m the youngest within the workforce and I respect everybody, however on the sphere it’s totally different and I carry out my greatest,” he mentioned.

Gavi smiles holding his hands up, with fingertips of both hands pressed together except the pinkie, both of which are up
Spain’s Gavi celebrates scoring their fifth objective in opposition to Costa Rica at Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on November 23, 2022 [Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

Spain’s younger squad prevented any likelihood of an upset with Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres scoring a objective every within the first half. Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Álvaro Morata added to the tally within the second half.

Olmo’s objective was the a centesimal at World Cups for Spain, which grew to become the sixth nation to attain greater than 100 occasions within the match’s historical past. It was additionally the primary time Spain scored seven objectives in a World Cup match and the primary time a workforce accomplished 1,000 passes in a 90-minute sport on the match, based on match statistics from the Opta Sports activities analytics platform.

Costa Rica appeared overwhelmed all through the sport, failing to even get a single try scoring a objective. The workforce got here to Qatar hoping to repeat their shock run to the quarterfinals in 2014 in Brazil and keep away from a repeat of their winless displaying 4 years in the past on the World Cup in Russia.

“We didn’t maintain on to the possession as we must always have performed it,” Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suárez mentioned after the match. “We couldn’t full three or 4 passes.”

Costa Rica team strolling across the field, from the side
The Costa Rican workforce at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on November 23, 2022 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Solely 5 nations have scored extra objectives than Spain on the World Cup – Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy and France.

Belgium vs Canada

The Belgian and Canadian sides squared off at 10pm (19:00 GMT) on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium the place Canada outplayed Belgium on the pitch however didn’t win the match.

Canada misplaced 1-0 to the Belgian facet who weathered a fierce Canadian storm of soccer prowess to place away a objective and take the sport.

In opposition to the world’s second-ranked facet, Canada have been unfortunate to come back away empty handed. Belgium managed solely 9 makes an attempt at a objective whereas Canada had 21.

Canada's Junior Hoilett controls the ball during the World Cup group F soccer match between Belgium and Canada, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Canada’s Junior Hoilett controls the ball in the course of the World Cup group F soccer match between Belgium and Canada, on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar on November 23, 2022 [Martin Meissner/AP Photo]

Canada didn’t capitalise on a number of scoring alternatives however nonetheless stood as much as their mighty opponents by stopping them from settling into the match.

Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved a penalty early within the first half and teammate Michy Batshuayi scored on the stroke of halftime to present Belgium the win.

“They confirmed tonight that they do belong right here,” Canada’s Supervisor John Herdman mentioned of his workforce’s efficiency after the match.

“With a efficiency like this, I mentioned to the gamers” ‘we simply get on to the subsequent activity.’ I’m pleased with what they did, actually proud. They proved they’ll play right here,” he mentioned.

With their win, Belgium now lead Group F with 3 factors.

Herdman mentioned that he expects Canada’s efficiency in opposition to the Belgians will earn his workforce a bit of extra respect from future opponents.

“Groups will know what we do and the way we go about our enterprise. The trouble was unreal. If we will be extra ruthless in that assault, we are going to get one thing out of those video games. The group is large open,” he mentioned.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez mentioned after the sport that the workforce had been second-best on the pitch however hailed the win as an essential basis on which Belgium may construct its match marketing campaign.

Canada’s come up subsequent in opposition to Croatia on Sunday and Belgium is about to tackle Morocco on the identical day.

Belgium's Michy Batshuayi scores
Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi scores their first objective in opposition to Canada at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 23, 2022 [Matthew Childs/Reuters]

Off the pitch:

German Inside Minister Nancy Faeser, who can also be liable for sports activities, wore a “One Love” armband within the stands at Germany’s sport on Wednesday, the place she was sitting beside FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Faeser posted a photograph of herself on Twitter carrying the band with the hashtag #OneLove.

Information company DPA reported that Faeser had the armband on beneath a pink blazer, which she took off in the course of the first half.

“In right now’s occasions, it’s incomprehensible that FIFA doesn’t need folks to overtly stand for tolerance and in opposition to discrimination. It doesn’t slot in our occasions and it isn’t acceptable in direction of folks,” Faeser mentioned throughout a go to to a German Soccer Affiliation occasion in Doha earlier than the sport.

Germany’s gamers additionally coated their mouths throughout a workforce picture forward of their World Cup opener in opposition to Japan on Wednesday in protest at FIFA’s risk to sanction gamers for carrying the “OneLove” armband.

The gesture, which occurred in entrance of dozens of photographers, got here after the world soccer physique had threatened to sanction gamers for carrying the rainbow-coloured armbands.

The captains of seven European groups had deliberate to put on the armbands as a part of an anti-discrimination marketing campaign, however the footballers backed down after the specter of disciplinary motion.

‘Dilemma for the Russians’ after surrendering key Ukraine city | Russia-Ukraine war News

The recapture of Lyman metropolis within the east – in territory just lately annexed by Moscow – raises questions on how Russia can maintain surrounding areas with provide routes severed.

Questions on Russia’s faltering army operation in Ukraine proceed to be raised as Kyiv introduced it was in full management of the important thing jap metropolis of Lyman after Moscow’s troops pulled again.

It’s Kyiv’s most vital battlefield acquire in weeks, offering a possible staging publish for elevated assaults to the east whereas heaping additional stress on the Kremlin.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced on Sunday that his forces had taken over Lyman after encircling it the day earlier than.

“As of 12:30pm (09:30 GMT) Lyman is cleared totally. Thanks to our militaries, our warriors,” he stated in a video handle.

Russia’s army didn’t touch upon Lyman on Sunday after saying the day past it was withdrawing its forces there to maneuver to “extra beneficial positions”.

‘Type of a dilemma’

The lack of Lyman is a big blow to Russian forces, who’ve used town for months as an important logistics and rail hub within the Donetsk area to maneuver army tools, troops, and different obligatory provides.

“With out these routes, it will likely be harder so it presents a kind of a dilemma for the Russians going ahead,” US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin stated.

Lyman, which Ukraine recaptured by encircling Russian troops, is within the Donetsk area close to the border with the Luhansk area. These are two of the 4 areas or oblasts that Russia annexed on Friday after folks there voted in referendums, which Ukraine and the West known as illegitimate.

The Institute for the Research of Warfare, a United States-based think-tank, stated the autumn of Lyman advised Russia was “deprioritizing defending Luhansk” to carry occupied territory in southern Ukraine. 

“Ukrainian and Russian sources constantly point out that Russian forces continued to bolster Russian positions in Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts, regardless of the latest collapse of the Kharkiv-Izyum entrance and even because the Russian positions round Lyman collapsed,” it stated. 

‘Braveness, bravery, abilities’

In a day by day intelligence briefing on Sunday, the UK’s army described the recapture of Lyman as a “vital political setback” for Moscow. Taking town paves the best way for Ukrainian troops to probably push farther into Russian-occupied territory.

Ukraine’s seize of a metropolis inside territory of President Vladimir Putin’s declared annexation demonstrates that Ukrainians are in a position to push again Russian forces, NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg stated on Sunday.

“We’ve got seen that they’ve been in a position to take a brand new city, Lyman, and that demonstrates that the Ukrainians are making progress, are in a position to push again the Russian forces due to the braveness, due to their bravery, their abilities, however in fact additionally due to the superior weapons that the US and different allies are offering,” Stoltenberg stated in an interview with American broadcaster NBC.

Ukrainian forces have retaken swaths of territory, notably within the northeast round Kharkiv, in a counteroffensive in latest weeks that has embarrassed the Kremlin and prompted uncommon home criticism of Putin’s conflict.

A pomp-filled Kremlin annexation ceremony on Friday has did not stem a wave of criticism inside Russia of how its “particular army operation” is being dealt with.

Putin ally Ramzan Kadyrov, the chief of Russia’s southern Chechnya area, on Saturday known as for a change of technique “proper as much as the declaration of martial regulation within the border areas and using low-yield nuclear weapons”.

Different hawkish Russian figures criticised Russian generals and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on social media for overseeing the setbacks, however stopped wanting attacking Putin.

Russia loses control of key towns as Ukrainian forces advance | Russia-Ukraine war News

Moscow has deserted its principal bastion in northeastern Ukraine, in a sudden collapse of one of many warfare’s principal entrance strains after Ukrainian forces made a fast advance.

The swift fall of Izyum in Kharkiv province on Saturday was Moscow’s worst defeat since its troops had been compelled again from the capital Kyiv in March.

This might show a pivotal second within the six-month-old warfare, with hundreds of Russian troopers abandoning ammunition stockpiles and tools as they fled.

Russian forces used Izyum because the logistics base for one among their principal campaigns – a months-long assault from the north on the adjoining Donbas area comprising Donetsk and Luhansk.

The state-run TASS information company quoted Russia’s defence ministry as saying it had ordered troops to go away the neighborhood and reinforce operations elsewhere in neighbouring Donetsk.

The top of Russia’s administration in Kharkiv informed residents to evacuate the province and flee to Russia to “save lives”, TASS reported. Witnesses described site visitors jams of vehicles with individuals leaving Russian-held territory.

Ukrainian forces
Ukrainian troops captured the town of Kupiansk, a railway hub [Press Service of the State Security Service of Ukraine/Handout via Reuters]

Zelensyy says 2000sq km retaken

The Russian withdrawal was heralded by Ukrainian leaders.

“The Russian military today is demonstrating its finest capability – to indicate its again,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned in a video handle Saturday night.

Ukraine’s armed forces have liberated about 2,000 sq. kilometres (770 sq. miles) of territory since a counter-offensive towards Russia began earlier this month, he mentioned.

Ukrainian officers stopped wanting confirming that they had recaptured Izyum, however Andriy Yermak, Zelenskiy’s chief of workers, posted a photograph of troops on its outskirts and tweeted an emoji of grapes. Town’s title means “raisin”.

“The Russian military is claiming the title of quickest military on the planet … maintain working!” Yermak wrote on Twitter later.

Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from Kyiv, mentioned Izyum was “a key navy strongpoint for the Russians for a lot of months”.

“It took the Russians six weeks of combating to come up with that metropolis, and now it seems that the Ukrainians could have retaken it, in just about a 12-to-24-hour timeframe,” Elizondo mentioned.

“It offers you an thought of how the tide is actually turning. Ukrainians clearly have the momentum on this battle proper now within the northeast, as they proceed to push the Russian forces again.”

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock
German overseas minister Annalena Baerbock, who was visiting the Ukrainian capital, mentioned Berlin would proceed to assist Ukraine [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]

The Russian withdrawal announcement got here hours after Ukrainian troops entered the town of Kupiansk farther north, the only railway hub supplying Russia’s whole entrance line throughout northeastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian officers posted photographs early on Saturday of their troops elevating the nation’s blue-and-yellow flag in entrance of Kupiansk’s metropolis corridor.

That left hundreds of Russian troops abruptly minimize off from provides alongside a entrance that has seen among the most intense battles of the warfare.

There have been indicators of bother for Russia elsewhere alongside its remaining positions on the jap entrance, with pro-Russian officers acknowledging difficulties at different places.

Ukrainian armed forces are persevering with to advance in several areas alongside the entrance, Zelenskyy mentioned.

Earlier on Saturday, German overseas minister Annalena Baerbock, who was visiting the Ukrainian capital, mentioned Berlin would proceed to assist Ukraine in its struggle towards Russian forces.

“I’ve travelled to Kyiv as we speak to indicate that they will proceed to depend on us. That we are going to proceed to face by Ukraine for so long as crucial with deliveries of weapons, and with humanitarian and monetary assist,” she mentioned.

Ukrainian service members pose
Ukrainian service members pose for within the lately liberated settlement of Vasylenkove in Kharkiv area, Ukraine [Press service of the Territorial Defence of the Ukrainian Armed Forces/Handout via Reuters]

Russian forces ‘regrouping’

Days in the past, Kyiv’s forces burst via the entrance line and have since recaptured dozens of cities and villages in a swift mechanised assault, surging ahead dozens of kilometres a day.

“To realize the acknowledged targets of the Particular Army Operation for the liberation of Donbas, it was determined to regroup the Russian troops positioned within the districts of Balakliia and [Izyum] for the aim of accelerating efforts within the Donetsk route,” TASS quoted Russia’s defence ministry as saying.

Russian forces had already deserted Balakliia days in the past.

Ukraine’s deputy defence minister, Hanna Malyar, sounded a cautionary notice, urging individuals to not report prematurely that cities have been “taken” simply because Ukrainian troops have entered, as in Balakliia.

“A couple of days in the past it was reported that troops had entered the city. Right now, now we have lastly established management within the metropolis, carried out all the required actions, and raised the flag,” she mentioned.

Ukraine tanks
A nonetheless picture from video, launched by the Russian defence ministry, reveals what it mentioned to be a Russian navy convoy heading in direction of the entrance line in Ukraine’s Kharkiv area [Russian Ministry of Defence/Handout via Reuters]

In Hrakove, one among dozens of villages recaptured within the Ukrainian advance, Reuters noticed burned-out autos bearing the “Z” image of Russia’s invasion. Packing containers of ammunition had been scattered together with garbage at positions the Russians had deserted in evident haste.

“Howdy everybody, we’re from Russia,” was spray-painted on a wall. Three our bodies lay in white physique luggage in a yard.

The regional chief of police, Volodymyr Tymoshenko, mentioned Ukrainian police moved in the day before today, and checked the identities of native residents who had lived below Russian occupation for the reason that invasion’s second day.

“The primary perform is to supply assist that they want. The subsequent job is to doc the crimes dedicated by Russian invaders on the territories which they quickly occupied,” he mentioned.

Russian rocket fireplace hit Kharkiv metropolis on Saturday night, killing a minimum of one particular person and damaging a number of properties, a part of a surge in shelling since Kyiv’s counteroffensive, Ukrainian officers mentioned.

Russia’s abrupt abandonment of the entrance line south of Kharkiv metropolis introduced a sudden finish to a interval when the warfare was fought as a relentless grind on a static entrance, favouring Moscow’s benefit in uncooked firepower.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 172 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Because the Russia-Ukraine conflict enters its 172nd day, we check out the principle developments.

Listed below are the important thing occasions from Sunday, August 14.


  • Russia and Ukraine have blamed one another for the most recent spherical of shelling across the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Europe’s largest, which is in Russia’s management and has come underneath fireplace repeatedly up to now week.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday mentioned any Russian soldier who shoots on the plant or makes use of it as cowl would grow to be a “particular goal”, repeating accusations that Moscow was utilizing the ability station as nuclear “blackmail”.
  • Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of “hitting the a part of the nuclear energy plant the place the power that powers the south of Ukraine is generated”.
  • Professional-Moscow officers within the occupied space have blamed the shelling on Ukrainian forces, with Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Moscow-installed administration, saying the Zaporizhzhia plant, and the city the place it’s situated, Energodar, “are once more underneath fireplace by Zelenskyy’s militants”.
  • Western powers have expressed growing concern over the plant since Russian forces took management of the ability in early March. They’ve known as on Moscow to withdraw its troops from the plant, which continues to be run by Ukrainian technicians.
  • The UK’s navy intelligence mentioned Russia’s precedence within the final week has possible been to “reorient items to bolster southern Ukraine” amid a Ukrainian counteroffensive.
A person walks in entrance of a destroyed constructing following a rocket assault within the city of Kramatorsk within the Donetsk area of Ukraine [Anatolii Stepanov/AFP]


  • The pinnacle of the North American division on the Russian overseas ministry has mentioned any doable seizure of Russian property by the US will utterly destroy Moscow’s bilateral relations with Washington, in accordance with the TASS information company. The US has seized billions of {dollars} of property of Russians underneath sanctions because the invasion started.
  • Russia has additionally informed the US that diplomatic ties could be badly broken and will even be damaged off if Washington declares Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism”, TASS cited a high overseas ministry official as saying. Zelenskyy and several other US legislators have known as for Russia to be designated as such.

Economic system

  • Two extra ships left from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports on Saturday, Turkey’s defence ministry mentioned, bringing the whole variety of ships to depart the nation underneath a United Nations-brokered deal to 16.
  • A UN-chartered ship, MV Courageous Commander, is about to grow to be the primary humanitarian meals cargo for Africa to depart from Ukraine because the Russian invasion. A UN official has mentioned the ship will journey within the coming days from the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi to Ethiopia alongside the Black Sea hall brokered by the UN and Turkey. It’s set to hold 23,0000 tonnes of wheat.
  • Zelenskyy’s chief financial adviser has mentioned securing a brand new $5bn mortgage from the IMF would assist guarantee Ukraine’s different collectors that its macroeconomic state of affairs was underneath management.
  • The US has expressed concern that an Indian ship earlier this 12 months used a high-seas switch to export gasoline to New York created from Russian crude, a high Indian central banker mentioned. US sanctions on Russia prohibit imports to the US of Russian-origin power merchandise, together with crude oil, refined fuels, distillates, coal and gasoline.
  • Hungary mentioned Russia has begun to ship extra gasoline to the nation following a July go to to Moscow by its overseas minister. Hungary has resisted European Union’s efforts to scale back Russian gasoline consumption.

Key dates in the life of author Salman Rushdie | Arts and Culture News

The controversial creator spent years in hiding after a 1989 decree by the Iranian chief led to threats in opposition to his life.

Creator Salman Rushdie has been hospitalised after he was attacked earlier right this moment at an occasion in New York state.

Police have mentioned that Rushdie was apparently stabbed within the neck, however said that the motive and the weapon used within the assault are nonetheless unknown. Reuters has reported that he’s in surgical procedure, and New York Governor Kathy Hochul has mentioned Rushdie is “getting the care he wants”.

Rushdie’s writing led to dying threats from Iran within the Eighties, which banned his most well-known ebook, The Satanic Verses, in 1988. A yr later, Iran’s late chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a spiritual edict calling for the creator’s dying.

Iran additionally provided greater than $3m for anybody who kills Rushdie. Iran’s authorities has since distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, however Rushdie has remained a deeply controversial determine. Rushdie hung out in hiding underneath the pseudonym Joseph Anton.

Here’s a timeline of Rushdie’s life:

June 19, 1947: Rushdie is born in Bombay, now Mumbai, India.

1981: His second novel, Midnight’s Youngsters, wins the Booker Prize.

1988: The Satanic Verses is launched however is shortly banned in Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and different nations. India additionally bans it from being imported.

1989: Iran points a “fatwa”, or spiritual decree, calling for Rushdie to be killed for insulting Islam in The Satanic Verses. He lives underground for greater than a decade, shifting between protected homes and residing underneath the pseudonym Joseph Anton.

1990: Newsweek publishes an essay by Rushdie, In Good Religion, by which he sought to defend the novel.

1993: He participates within the founding the Worldwide Parliament of Writers geared toward defending writers and freedom of speech. It was dissolved in 2003.

2005: Shalimar the Clown, is revealed, with many narrative threads revolving round Indian-administered Kashmir.

2007: He’s knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his companies to literature, prompting widespread protests amongst Muslims, notably in Pakistan.

2008: Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Youngsters is known as the “Booker of Bookers” after profitable a public vote for the very best Booker-winning novel in 40 years of the award.

2009: Iran says the spiritual edict is “nonetheless legitimate”.

2012: Rushdie publishesm Joseph Anton, a memoir wanting again at his years in hiding.

2015: Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, is launched.

2016: Rushdie turns into a US citizen after about 20 years of residing in New York.

2020: Rushdie is short-listed for the Booker Prize for, Quichotte, a contemporary model of the Spanish epic, Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 170 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Listed below are the important thing occasions on Friday, August 12.


  • The size of injury from explosions at an airbase in Russian-annexed Crimea on Tuesday and the obvious precision of an assault instructed a brand new functionality with potential implications for the course of the conflict, Western navy consultants mentioned. Russia mentioned the explosions have been detonations of saved ammunition.
  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed authorities officers to cease speaking to reporters about Ukraine’s navy ways in opposition to Russia, saying such remarks have been “frankly irresponsible”. He was reacting to newspaper stories citing unidentified officers as saying Ukrainian forces have been answerable for the explosions in Crimea.

  • Russia has doubled the variety of air raids on Ukraine’s navy positions and civilian infrastructure in contrast with the earlier week, based on a Ukrainian brigadier common.
  • Ben Wallace, the British defence secretary, mentioned Russia was unlikely to reach occupying Ukraine.
  • Western nations dedicated greater than 1.5 billion euros ($1.55bn) in money, tools and coaching to spice up Ukraine’s navy capabilities.
  • Ukraine goals to evacuate two-thirds of residents from areas it controls within the japanese battleground area of Donetsk earlier than winter.
  • Russian officers educated in Iran in latest weeks as a part of a drone deal, america alleged. US officers beforehand mentioned Iran would supply as much as a number of hundred drones, together with some which can be weapons succesful, to Russia. The declare raised issues that Iran was supporting Russia in its conflict in Ukraine.
  • The top of the United Nations nuclear watchdog informed the Safety Council that preventing close to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has sparked a “grave disaster”.

Economic system

  • The abroad collectors of Ukraine backed its request for a two-year freeze on funds on nearly $20bn in worldwide bonds, serving to it keep away from a default.
  • Ukraine expects a ship to reach on Friday to load grain for supply to Ethiopia beneath a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey.

Is China preparing to invade Taiwan? Key questions answered | Explainer News

China has launched its biggest-ever navy drills round Taiwan, firing ballistic missiles and deploying dozens of fighter jets and warships, in response to a go to to the self-ruled island by US Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Beijing known as Pelosi’s journey to the territory, which it views as a breakaway province, a “harmful, reckless and irresponsible provocation” by america towards China. It mentioned the continued navy drills, which started on Thursday and can final till Sunday, are aimed toward demonstrating its resolve to uphold its “sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

The workouts have ratcheted up tensions within the area, with Japan saying a number of missiles fired by Chinese language forces landed in its unique financial zone (EEZ), whereas the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) warned the state of affairs risked “miscalculation, critical confrontation, open conflicts and unpredictable penalties amongst main powers”.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, in the meantime, issued an announcement late on Thursday calling on the worldwide group to assist finish China’s “unilateral and irrational navy actions”. She additionally mentioned Taiwan wouldn’t provoke conflicts, however would firmly defend its sovereignty and nationwide safety.

Three Chinese helicopters in the air with what look like commercial shipping vessels below off China's Pingtan island
China deployed scores of planes and fired dwell missiles close to Taiwan in a present of pressure within the Taiwan Strait on Thursday [Hector Retamal/ AFP]

As frictions escalate, listed here are solutions to a few key questions:

How worrying are China’s navy drills?

Chinese language state media say the live-fire sea and air workouts are going down in six zones round Taiwan, which lies 180km (112 miles) off the mainland. They contain greater than 100 planes, together with fighter jets and bombers and 10 warships, in line with CCTV.

Taiwan has decried the workouts, saying some infringe on Taiwan’s territorial waters and quantity to a sea and air blockade of the island.

On the primary day of the drills, Chinese language rocket forces fired a number of ballistic missiles into the waters round Taiwan, a primary since 1996. Taiwan’s defence ministry mentioned 11 missiles had been fired and recognized them as Dongfeng ballistic weapons.

Japan mentioned not less than 5 missiles landed in its EEZ, a zone that stretches 200 nautical miles (370km or 230 miles) from the outer limits of its territorial seas, and has lodged robust diplomatic protests over the transfer.

Authorities in Taiwan additionally urged ships and planes travelling within the space to search out different routes, and on Thursday cancelled dozens of flights on the Taoyuan Airport within the capital, Taipei. South Korea’s Korean Air and Asiana Airways additionally halted service to Taiwan for one or two days due to the workouts, in line with native media.

Map showing Taiwan, mainland China and locations where China is holding military exercises until Sunday
The six areas round Taiwan the place China is holding live-fire navy workouts till Sunday [Al Jazeera]

May China invade Taiwan? And the way troublesome would that be?

China’s unprecedented drills have revived questions on whether or not Beijing intends to launch an invasion of Taiwan, particularly with the state-run tabloid International Instances operating commentary from consultants describing the workouts as a rehearsal for “reunification”.

“Within the occasion of a future navy battle, it’s probably that the operational plans presently being rehearsed shall be instantly translated into fight operations,” it quoted Chinese language mainland navy analyst Music Zhongping as saying.

Regardless of the rhetoric, most consultants say neither China nor the US desires a battle in Taiwan – not less than not within the close to time period.

“China is in search of to warn the US and Taiwan towards taking further measures that problem Chinese language redlines,” mentioned Bonnie Glaser, director of the Asia Program on the German Marshall Fund of the US.

“They’re demonstrating their navy capabilities to impose a blockade on Taiwan. However [President] Xi Jinping doesn’t need a battle with america. He has not decided to invade Taiwan,” she instructed Al Jazeera.

However even when China – which has the world’s largest preventing pressure and has quickly modernised its navy – wished to take Taiwan by pressure, such a transfer carries important dangers. Its forces must cross the Taiwan Strait with greater than 100,000 troopers, in line with observers, throughout which they’d face aerial and naval bombardment. In the event that they do handle to make it to Taiwan’s shores, they’d discover it troublesome to make a touchdown as its rugged shoreline provides few appropriate seashores for unloading armoured personnel, carriers, tanks and artillery.

There’s additionally the chance an invasion may provoke a bigger battle between China and the US.

Though the US doesn’t formally recognise Taiwan as a separate state, below the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, it’s obliged to assist the island defend itself. In Could, US President Joe Biden steered Washington would defend Taiwan with pressure within the occasion of a Chinese language incursion.

Whereas Biden has couched US help for Taiwan within the language of values – defence of democracy towards autocracy – many consultants be aware the island can also be strategically vital to Washington.

“It is because it’s a part of the primary island chain of defence towards aggression by the Individuals’s Liberation Military,” mentioned June Teufel Dreyer, professor of political science on the College of Miami.

“Chinese language navy strategists have referred to Taiwan because the buckle within the chain that retains the PLA bottled up behind the primary island chain, and taking on Taiwan would imply having access to a vital port, Kaohsiung, and an entryway to the Blue Pacific and Guam, which is a US territory and is half-way to Hawaii,” she instructed Al Jazeera.

What’s China’s drawback with Pelosi’s go to?

Though the Individuals’s Republic of China (PRC), as the federal government in Beijing is formally identified, has by no means dominated Taiwan, it considers the island of 23 million folks a part of its personal territory.

The Chinese language authorities categorically objects to all official contacts between Taipei and Washington, and has characterised the go to by Pelosi, a longtime China hawk, as a provocation and a violation of its sovereignty.

Her go to additionally comes at a delicate time, simply weeks earlier than Communist Occasion leaders are set to fulfill for the twentieth Congress, with President Xi believed to be setting the groundwork to safe a norm-busting third time period. Xi, in a current telephone name with Biden, warned the US chief towards “enjoying with hearth over Taiwan” and harassed he firmly opposed Taiwanese independence and interference by exterior forces.

Analysts say the journey was more likely to harm already strained relations between Beijing and Washington and enhance cross-Strait tensions.

“This was a very unhealthy transfer on the a part of Pelosi, as a result of she got here at a time when bilateral relations between US and China are on the lowest level. And [at a time when] the world is going through a pandemic, the Ukraine disaster and an power disaster, amongst many others,” mentioned Henry Huiyao Wang, president of the Heart for China and Globalization.

“This damages not solely the US-China relations, however brings a critical disaster to cross-strait relations,” he instructed Al Jazeera. “I feel there may be going to be a variety of penalties sooner or later.”

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 159 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Because the Russia-Ukraine conflict enters its 159th day, we check out the primary developments.

Listed below are the important thing occasions thus far on Monday, August 1.

Get the newest updates right here.


  • The primary ship carrying Ukrainian grain departed the port metropolis of Odesa for Lebanon, in line with Turkey’s defence ministry.
  • A press release from the United Nations stated the Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, Razoni, was carrying greater than 26,000 tonnes of corn.


  • Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych stated greater than 12 missile strikes, in all probability probably the most highly effective on the town in 5 months of the conflict, hit properties and colleges, with two folks confirmed killed and three wounded.
  • Grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadatursky, founder and proprietor of agriculture firm Nibulon, and his spouse had been killed of their dwelling, Mykolaiv Governor Vitaliy Kim stated on Telegram.
  • In Russian-occupied Sevastopol, 5 Russian navy employees members had been wounded in an explosion after a presumed drone flew into the courtyard of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, the Crimean port metropolis’s governor, Mikhail Razvozhayev, advised Russian media.
  • The Sevastopol assault coincided with Russia’s Navy Day, which President Vladimir Putin marked by asserting that the navy would obtain what he referred to as “formidable” hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles within the coming months.
  • The southern Ukrainian metropolis of Nikopol additionally got here below heavy assault, the governor of Dnipropetrovsk, Valentyn Reznichenko, wrote on Telegram.
  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy referred to as for the evacuation from the jap Donetsk area.
  • The UK says Russia continued to aim tactical assaults on the Bakhmut axis in jap Ukraine over the past 4 days, however managed solely to make sluggish progress.

Economic system

  • Zelenskyy stated Ukraine’s harvest could possibly be half its ordinary measurement this yr as a result of Russian invasion.
  • The UK says overseas corporations holding property within the nation should establish their true house owners in an official register as a part of a crackdown on Russian oligarchs and corrupt elites laundering illicit wealth.