September 2, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Tara Subramaniam, Aditi Sangal, Kara Fox and Adrienne Vogt, CNN

Updated 0143 GMT (0943 HKT) September 3, 2022
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12:41 a.m. ET, September 2, 2022

Ukrainians say Russians are making no progress in Donetsk offensive 

From CNN's Tim Lister

Ukrainian servicemen fire at a position in the Donetsk region on August 26.
Ukrainian servicemen fire at a position in the Donetsk region on August 26. (Sofiia Gatilova/Reuters)

The Ukrainian military says the situation in the eastern Donetsk region is virtually unchanged, despite weeks of efforts by Russian forces and their allies in the Donbas militias to take new territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's declared objective is to take all of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, but Ukrainian forces still control more than one-third of Donetsk.

The Ukrainian military's General Staff said Thursday that once again the Russians had tried to attack in several directions, toward the city of Sloviansk and the towns of Bakhmut and Avdiivka.

In each instance, the General Staff said, Russian forces had been unsuccessful and had withdrawn.

It spoke of heavy attacks with tanks, artillery and mortars in the south where Ukrainian forces are trying to weaken Russian defenses.

According to the General Staff, the Russians had fired on 15 settlements in the region, mostly along the borders of Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, which have been an active front line for more than two months.

12:45 a.m. ET, September 2, 2022

Ukrainian prosecutors identify Russian soldier suspected of shooting civilians from CNN report

From CNN's Sara Sidner, Lauren Kent, Victoria Butenko, Sandi Sidhu and Kostyantyn Gak

Surveillance camera footage obtained by CNN shows the suspect inside the dealership, which the group of Russian soldiers looted.
Surveillance camera footage obtained by CNN shows the suspect inside the dealership, which the group of Russian soldiers looted. (Obtained by CNN)

It was a chilling shooting: Russian soldiers caught on camera killing unarmed Ukrainian civilians as they walked away from an encounter on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv.

CNN first reported on the shooting in May, after obtaining exclusive surveillance video of what is being investigated as a war crime, a shooting targeting civilians.

Now, Ukrainian prosecutors say they have informed Russia that their pre-trial investigation has zeroed in one of the Russian perpetrators they believe is responsible.

The Bucha Prosecutors' Office in the Kyiv region says CNN's exclusive reporting was instrumental in helping identify the Russian soldier.

Prosecutors say the suspect is Nikolay Sergeevich Sokovikov, adding that Russia was informed of his charges of "violation of the laws and customs of war" and "intentional murder."

CNN has requested comment from Russia's defense ministry but has not had a response. CNN also asked the Russian MOD for response to our original report in May and never received a reply.

Read the full story here.

12:54 a.m. ET, September 2, 2022

Lukoil chairman dies after falling from a Moscow hospital window

From CNN's Anna Chernova, Frederik Pleitgen, Chris Liakos and Julia Horowitz

The Central Clinical Hospital is seen Thursday September 1, in Moscow after Lukoil chairman Ravil Maganov fell out of a sixth-floor window and died as a result of his injuries.
The Central Clinical Hospital is seen Thursday September 1, in Moscow after Lukoil chairman Ravil Maganov fell out of a sixth-floor window and died as a result of his injuries. (Evgenii Bugubaev/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The chairman of Russian oil and gas giant Lukoil has died after falling out of the window of a hospital in Moscow, according to Russian state media.

"The man fell out of the sixth-floor window and died as a result of his injuries," a source told TASS.

Lukoil confirmed the death of its chairman on Thursday in a statement published on its website.

Ravil Maganov "passed away following a severe illness," Lukoil said, making no mention of a fall. "Maganov immensely contributed to the development of not only the company, but of the entire Russian oil and gas sector."

Lukoil, Russia's second biggest oil and gas company, made headlines in March when it called "for the soonest termination of the armed conflict" in Ukraine.

"We express our sincere empathy for all victims, who are affected by this tragedy," the company's board of directors said in a statement to shareholders, staff and customers at the time. "We strongly support a lasting ceasefire and a settlement of problems through serious negotiations and diplomacy."

The firm produces more than 2% of the world's crude oil and employs over 100,000 people.

RIA Novosti quoted a law enforcement source Thursday as saying Maganov "most likely committed suicide."

"Investigating authorities are working on the spot to establish the causes of the incident," the source told RIA.

At least five prominent Russian businessmen have reportedly died by suicide since late January, according to previous CNN reporting.

8:23 p.m. ET, September 1, 2022

Ukrainian military says it is focusing attacks on bridges and other Russian positions near Kherson

From CNN's Julia Kesaieva

The Ukrainian military says it is keeping up the pressure on Russian forces in the southern Kherson region, with attacks on several targets Thursday, including bridges across the Dnipro river.

Its Operational Command South said: "Our missile and artillery units conducted fire missions on three control points, a radar station, two points of concentration of enemy manpower, weapons and equipment." 

"An attempt to establish a new pontoon crossing in the Dariivka area was also cut down by our fire," it said.

It added that fire against the Kakhovskyi Bridge left several additional holes, which meant it remained unusable to occupying forces.

Ukrainian forces have focused in the last two months on degrading Russian supply lines, ammunition depots and rear bases in the south.

1:32 a.m. ET, September 2, 2022

Putin snubs funeral of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

From CNN's Ivana Kottasová and Anna Chernova

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, talks with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the start of a news conference at the Castle of Gottorf in Schleswig, northern Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004. 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, talks with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the start of a news conference at the Castle of Gottorf in Schleswig, northern Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004.  (Carsten Rehder/dpa/AP)

Vladimir Putin will not attend the funeral of Mikhail Gorbachev, the Kremlin said Thursday, in a snub of the former Soviet leader with whom the Russian President had a fraught relationship.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "Putin's work schedule will not allow him to take part in the farewell ceremony for Gorbachev on September 3," adding that the Russian President visited the Central Clinical Hospital today to pay his respects to Gorbachev, laying flowers by the coffin.

A farewell ceremony for Gorbachev, which will be open to the public, is due to take place on Saturday, followed by the funeral later on the same day at Moscow's Novodevichy Cemetery.

Read the full story here.