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Russia is shortening military training courses for cadets amid a shortage of combat infantry and junior commanders. It comes as mass burial sites have been found in newly-liberate Izyum, with the Ukrainian President saying more information will be released today.
A prosecutor in Ukraine has said that some bodies found at a mass burial site in Izyum show signs of torture.
In London, Oksana seeks out an antidote to the horrors discovered by Ukrainian forces during this week’s counter-offensive.

Returning from assignment in Ireland, military volunteer Seva makes a roadside pitstop in Poland to reflect on the Ukrainian army’s breakthrough.
Meanwhile in Kyiv, for the first time since the Russian invasion, Ilyas can see a clear road map to victory.
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In recent days, Ukraine’s army has reclaimed occupied territory in the east of the country, forcing Russian troops into a rapid retreat. 

On the Sky News Daily, Niall Paterson speaks to military analyst and former Air Vice-Marshall Sean Bell about how Ukrainian forces have managed to regain an area of land reported to be the equivalent to half of Wales, and talks to Sky News Moscow correspondent, Diana Magnay, about the impact the retreat is having on Putin’s hold on power.
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by Kieran Devine, Data and Forensics Unit
Ukrainian forces have made territorial gains in recent weeks. They’ve taken back an area almost the size of Cyprus in the past fortnight.
But the amount of territory held isn’t the only instructive measure. A look at the change in equipment stocks also hints at a shift in the balance of the war.
The chart below shows the proportion of each side’s tanks, armoured personnel carriers (APCs), and infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) that have been confirmed as destroyed, abandoned, or captured through online sources.
At first, it looks like sobering reading for the Ukrainians, having lost a higher percentage of their available tanks and APCs than the Russians.
But the above figures fail to account for the large number of vehicles the Ukrainians have captured during the war, many of which can be repurposed for their use.  Almost 100 IFVs were captured from the Russians in the last 10 days alone, for example.
When the equipment which has been captured by each side is added to their stocks, the Ukrainians appear to have increased their number of available tanks and IFVs.
And if we also consider the material that Ukrainian allies have said they are supplying, the picture looks stronger again for the Ukrainians across all three types of equipment shown here.
The data behind these figures has some flaws. Not all equipment damaged, destroyed, or abandoned will have been confirmed online. They also assume Russia hasn’t been able to replenish its stocks.
Nevertheless, given the production problems there have been in Russia, the data does indicate the direction the arms race is moving in.
Ukrainian forces almost certainly have more equipment available to them now than they did at the start of the war. The Russians might not.    
384 children have been killed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, Ukrainian authorities have said. 
The Prosecutor General’s Office has released new figures, with 753 injured during the conflict.
The largest number of casualties was reported in Donetsk Oblast, where 393 children have been killed or injured.
Just on Sept. 14-15, in Kharkiv Oblast, as a result of Russia’s shelling, three children were wounded, the Prosecutor General’s Office reported.
The number of children killed and injured by Russia is expected to be higher and does not include casualties in Russian-occupied areas and near the front line.
Around 200 wooden crosses have been found on the edge of the city of Izyum, possibly marking a second mass burial site.
Authorities are expected to begin recovering bodies from the area in the forest after it was recaptured from Russian forces.
Men in white overalls have begun exhuming bodies at the site, located on the edge of a cemetery, with some 20 white body bags visible.  
It comes after an area containing around 440 bodies was discovered within the city, which was previously a Russian stronghold. 
Russia’s invasion has driven 70 million people closer to starvation, due to the knock-on effects of soaring food, fuel, and fertiliser costs. 
A UN food chief has now warned the world is facing “a global emergency of unprecedented magnitude”.
David Beasley, executive director of the UN World Food Programme, said the 345 million people facing acute food insecurity in the 82 countries where the agency operates is two-and-a-half times the number of acutely food insecure people before the pandemic hit in 2020.

He told the UN Security Council it is incredibly troubling that 50 million of those people in 45 countries are suffering from very acute malnutrition and are “knocking on famine’s door”.

“What was a wave of hunger is now a tsunami of hunger,” he said, pointing to rising conflict, the pandemic’s economic ripple effects, climate change, rising fuel prices and the war in Ukraine.

Despite the agreement in July allowing Ukrainian grain to be shipped from three Black Sea ports that had been blockaded by Russia and continuing efforts to get Russian fertiliser back to global markets, “there is a real and dangerous risk of multiple famines this year”, he said.
“And in 2023, the current food price crisis could develop into a food availability crisis if we don’t act.”

Ukraine’s First Lady will attend the Queen’s funeral, it has been reported.
While President Volodymyr Zelenskyywill not join the heads of states at the funeral himself, Olena Zelenska will be present at the Westminster Abby, according to The Sun.
“Olena Zelenska’s presence is yet another sign of the global support for Ukraine while Russia is isolated,” a source was quoted as saying to the outlet.
“Britain is one of Ukraine’s staunchest allies. Her presence at the funeral is a sign of that friendship and mutual respect,” the source added.
She will reportedly return to the war-torn country immediately after the funeral.
Most of the people found in a mass burial site discovered in the eastern Ukrainian city of Izyum are civilians, Ukraine’s police chief has said.
Earlier, authorities said they had found a mass grave containing 450 bodies in Izium, a former Russian frontline stronghold, and said this was proof of war crimes carried out by the invaders. Russia has not publicly commented on the matter. 
Asked if the mass grave contained mainly civilians or soldiers, police chief Ihor Klymenko told a news conference: “On a preliminary estimate, civilians. Although we have information that there are troops there, we haven’t recovered a single one yet.” 

Russia has not commented publicly on the matter.
The prosecutor general of the Russian-backed self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in eastern Ukraine and his deputy were killed by a bomb blast at his office on Friday, the Russian Interfax news agency reported, citing emergency services. 

“According to preliminary data, LNR Prosecutor-General Sergei Gorenko died from his injuries as a result of an explosion at his office,” a spokesperson for the emergency services said, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. 
The state-run TASS news agency quoted a colonel in the separatist Luhansk interior ministry as saying Mr Gorenko’s deputy had also been killed. 
Russian agencies quoted emergency services and local officials as saying the blast had been caused by a bomb. 

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