Top stories about the Russia-Ukraine war and other international affairs on Channel One from August 28 through September 4, 2022

By Madeline Roache

What follows is NewsGuard’s summary and translation of top news stories from Russia’s state TV Channel One. NewsGuard presents these stories in the order that they appear on the program. NewsGuard shares this summary as part of our mission to monitor and report all categories of misinformation, including Russian disinformation. Please note that these summaries of Russian state TV broadcasts may well contain falsehoods or propaganda, and NewsGuard does not vet them for accuracy or balance.

Reporting directly from the front, where remaining militants are being liquidated

The last few days have seen fierce fighting. The remaining militants, who suffered huge losses while trying to break through to Kherson, are being eliminated. Strategic points in the Donetsk People’s Republic, such as Kodema, are being liberated. Troops are being grouped.

A Ukrainian war prisoner said: “As I understand, it turns out we were just a distraction tactic, just meat.” He continued, “I had to eat bugs, ants. … I went to a reservoir to drink, I couldn’t just lose consciousness.”

Channel One correspondent Dmitry Kulko said, “In prison there is regular food and no one’s life is threatened. In the eyes of the Kiev generals, their life has no value. There are reports that the army increased to one million people during mobilization. There have been threats to replenish it multiple times.”

The latest data from the Russian Ministry of Defense on the progress of the special military operation to protect Donbas

Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said, “Forces and military equipment of the units of the 14th and 92nd mechanized brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Staroverovka, Chuguev, and Volosskaya Balakleya were hit, as well as the 113th brigade of territorial defense in the village of Novaya Vodolaga, and the deployment point of foreign mercenaries in the area of the settlement of Klugino-Bashkirovka. As a result, more than 200 military personnel and more than 20 pieces of equipment were lost. In addition, during the day, concentrated fire strikes inflicted defeat on units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of the settlements of Pristin, Boldyrevka, Sinikha, Beloe, Komarovka, Gorokhovatka, Kupyansk, Senkovo, and Podvysokoe of the Kharkov region. More than 250 Ukrainian servicemen, 12 armored vehicles, three field artillery pieces, one multiple rocket launcher, and 17 vehicles were destroyed.”

He continued: “In the Nikolaev-Kryvyi Rih direction, high-precision missile strikes by the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the temporary deployment point of units of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Nikolaev region. Enemy losses amounted to more than 100 military personnel, as well as 15 vehicles and armored vehicles. In total, from September 6 to September 10, in these two directions only, the Kyiv regime resulted in losses of more than four thousand, and more than eight thousand were wounded.”

Vladimir Putin confirmed the need for the special military operation, speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum

The special military operation in Donbas is needed when when a neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv and the West is openly conducting economic and technological aggression against Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed at the Eastern Economic Forum.

Putin said, “we haven’t lost anything and we will not lose anything, our main gain is the strengthening of our sovereignty, and this is the inevitable result of what is going on now. A polarization is happening but I think it will only be of benefit to us. … Anything that prevents us from moving forward will be rejected. The most important thing is that we did not start the hostilities, we’re only ending them.”

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron discussed the export of grain and the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant by phone 

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron discussed the Ukrainian shelling of Donbas with Western weapons and the export of grain from ports on the Black Sea. The President of France called Moscow in the late afternoon. The Russian leader drew attention to the regular attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the facilities of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, including the storage of radioactive waste, which is fraught with disaster. Our specialists are taking measures to physically protect the station. But the West needs to influence the Kyiv authorities to immediately stop the strikes.

Former CIA officer commented on the IAEA visit to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Today, the sixth and last power unit of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant was completely shut down. However, according to a representative of [Russian state nuclear power company] Rosatom, the threat of a nuclear catastrophe is not removed by the transfer of the reactor to the so-called “cold mode.”

The station, located near the city of Energodar, accounts for at least a fifth of the total annual electricity generation and half of nuclear energy in Ukraine. Problems related to both the energy balance and, of course, security were studied by international experts, who on Tuesday, September 6, stated at the UN Security Council that shelling of the station took place. But the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] did not confirm who attacked the station.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said: “Accidentally or intentionally, the [nuclear power plant] was struck, which I personally and the experts saw with their own eyes. This is simply unacceptable! This is playing with fire.”

Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, said,

“We understand your position as the head of the international regulator, but in the current situation it is extremely important to call a spade a spade. Perhaps, if the document was devoted exclusively to the results of your trip to the ZNPP [Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant], your conclusions could be clearer and more unambiguous.”

A man who worked for many years in American intelligence showed solidarity with our permanent representative to the UN. An ex-CIA analyst said, “The US controls the UN. … Who is shelling Zaporizhzhia? To believe that the Russians are doing this, you have to believe that they are firing at themselves. And yet, the UN, the IAEA, even under fire from across the river, cannot say that it is the Ukrainians who are conducting a very dangerous shelling of Zaporizhzhia.”

The Channel One host said, “We are talking about provocations that Kyiv staged so that the IAEA mission would not reach the station at all. On September 1, when the delegation was just getting ready, Ukrainian drones raided the administration of Energodar. Then the saboteurs tried to land on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir near the nuclear power plant. That evening, there was another similar sabotage. The militants, hiding behind IAEA inspectors, wanted to land on the coast on boats and boats. The Russian military stopped all provocations. The saboteurs were destroyed. The Russian Ministry of Defense emphasizes that the Zaporizhzhia NPP is not the only vital object targeted by Ukraine.”

Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said: “In order to destabilize the situation in the territory liberated by the Russian Armed Forces and inflict suffering on the civilian population, the Kyiv regime continues deliberate shelling of energy infrastructure: generation facilities, transformer substations and power lines. Since September 1, the territory of the Zaporizhzhia NPP and the city of Energodar have been subjected to artillery shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine 26 times, including on the territory of the nuclear power plant.”

New buildings are being commissioned in Mariupol, and doctors from Russia help doctors in Zaporizhzhia 

In the Zaporizhzhia region, our specialists help local doctors. This is footage from one of the largest hospitals in the region, in Melitopol. Surgeons perform several surgeries a day, including saving those who were wounded during Ukrainian shelling. Doctors have themselves witnessed such blows. For years, hospitals could not afford to treat the large flow and patients.

Yuri, a patient says, “In Ukraine, in general … everything had to be bought, even a bandage, gloves, all this had to be bought, and not just one pair of gloves, but a million. Nothing is free. Now, yes, they’re treating people for free, look, operations are being done, you offer, but they say they don’t take money.”

The Pentagon will discuss in NATO ways to support Ukraine 

In the coming weeks, the Pentagon will discuss in NATO the so-called “ways to support” Ukraine from the Western military-industrial complex. A new batch of American weapons for Kyiv was approved three days ago.

In Europe many enterprises are gradually shutting down, due to rising energy prices

Another resource that the collective West is trying to manipulate is energy. The idea of dictating the price of our gas is being discussed, but unsuccessfully. The storages seem to be filled to a level that the EU itself has determined acceptable for itself. Consumers do not share optimism about the economy.

[The segment quoted an open letter from Eurometaux, a metals trade body, to President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen, saying:] “50% of the EU’s aluminum and zinc capacity has already been forced offline due to the power crisis, as well as significant curtailments in silicon and ferroalloys production and further impacts felt across copper and nickel sectors. We know from experience that once a plant is closed it very often becomes a permanent situation, as re-opening implies significant uncertainty and cost.”

Shelling by the Ukrainian army in Makeevka killed two people and wounded a resident 

Today [Sept. 11], Ukrainian groups fired more than two dozen shells, including those of NATO caliber, at the settlements of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Two people were killed in Makeevka and a resident of Donetsk was severely wounded. The capital of the republic came under massive fire the day before. Three people died and four were injured as a result of the strike on the market, which was busy trading.

A new king ascended the British throne, and a new prime minister headed the government

Britain has a new king and a new prime minister this week. Charles III, you still need to get used to the fact that he is no longer Prince Charles, ascended the throne, which his mother Elizabeth II held for 70 years.

In one of the last days of her life, she took the oath as the head of the cabinet of Liz Truss, whom many managed to compare, and not favorably, with both [former British prime ministers] Winston Churchill, and with the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher .

Churchill governed during the Second World War and the difficult years after the collapse of the British Empire. Thatcher spent 11 years in office — no one else has managed to hold out for so long, and oversaw through economic reforms, which are not always popular.

By the way, the pound sterling against the dollar fell to its lowest point since 1985 on Wednesday, September 7. This happened after Truss unveiled a plan of action in a situation where the problem is not only the British economy.

A London resident said: “The conservatives should call for early parliamentary elections. I can’t think of anything that the conservatives do for everyone, and not just the select few. They say we did this and this, but every time it is a disaster, a disaster.”

Several generations grew up in Britain not knowing any other ruler than Elizabeth II

Up to two million people will gather in central London each day before the funeral, scheduled for September 19, Sky News predicts.

Queen Elizabeth was a symbol of the nation’s conscience. In difficult times, she always found the words that the nation needed.

The future of the British monarchy is with Charles III. Many never forgave him for betraying another beloved woman of the British crown, Lady Diana. As a father, he completely dismissed his son Harry, who, in his youth, appeared at a party wearing a swastika, then later completely renounced his duties. The prince is an outcast in the palace. So, what awaits the new monarch, more scandals and intrigues or a peaceful rule?