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Ukraine news live: Russian troops 'blocking access to medicines' – as MoD says two bridges to Kherson 'out of use'

Ukraine latest as Russia is accused of blocking access to affordable medicines in areas its forces have occupied; the MoD says two key road bridges to Kherson in southern Ukraine are now out of use.

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Explosion heard in Melitopol

Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol, posted on Telegram that "an explosion was heard in the northeastern part" of the city.

"We're waiting for good news about Russian losses," he added.

The city, which is east of the Dnipro river and north east of the Crimean peninsula, has been occupied since March.

The claim of an explosion in Russia-controlled territory comes days after a series of blasts hit a Russian military air base on the Crimean peninsula.

Russian authorities have denied these were were caused by a Ukrainian attack, instead claiming that ammunition had detonated.

In pictures: Ukrainian troops on the front line

The photographs below picture Ukrainian servicemen as they use a BM21 Grad multiple launch rocket system on the front line in Kharkiv.

What are the risks of a nuclear accident at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant?

In recent days, there has been more concern over attacks around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southwestern Ukraine.

The United Nations watchdog said attacks on Europe's largest nuclear power plant "underlines the very real risk of nuclear disaster".

But what's happening there and what are the risks?

Ukrainian official 'convinced' more war crimes await police in occupied cities

From Ukraine, Sky correspondent Alistair Bunkall speaks to the country's interior minister about war crime investigations and the horrors they are expecting.

Police in Ukraine are investigating 26,000 war crimes committed by Russian soldiers and expect to uncover thousands more as land is retaken and towns and villages liberated, Sky News has been told. 

Gathering evidence to prosecute Russian forces has become one of the biggest tasks for the Ukrainian police since the start of the invasion on 24 February but international support is helping efforts.

"Everyday we record the death of many civilians," Ukraine's interior minister told Sky News. 

"These are the crimes committed and committed by them [Russia] in the occupied territories."

Referring to the war crimes uncovered when Russian forces retreated from the towns of Bucha, Hostomel near Kyiv, Denys Monastyrsky said he is bracing for more horror as the war continues.

"I am convinced that even more crimes await us in Mariupol, Volnnovakha, and Severodonetsk, those cities that are currently under occupation and will be de-occupied later."

The United States has recently donated a mobile DNA collection unit to help investigators process DNA from bodies found at the scene.

Experts from France, Lithuania and Slovakia are also in Ukraine providing support – in total more than 40 countries have offered assistance. $20 million has been pledged to help fund the office of Ukrainian Prosecutor-General.

Fighting continues and civilians are dying daily in eastern and southern Ukraine as Russian shelling targets apartment blocks, schools, shopping centres and train stations.

A Ukrainian counter-offensive in the south is expected to start within days, to push Russian forces out of the Kherson region. If successful, it could be a turning point in the war. 

Ukraine war diaries: Combat stress, stoicism and a special journey

After months of war Oksana begins to experience vivid destructive thoughts. 

Recording while returning from the frontline, Seva shares important news about his father.

Meanwhile, Ilyas is given clearance to make a special journey to Poland. 

Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone. 

'Russians upset with proposed tourist ban can direct their complaints to the Kremlin'

As we reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has once again called on European Union states to ban visas for Russian nationals.

Now, foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said those who are "upset" with this should "direct their complaints to the Kremlin" and those who support the war.

In pictures: Ukrainian grain unloaded in Italy

The Rojen ship, containing 13,000 tonnes of corn from Ukraine, is photograhed a day after it arrived in the northern Italian port city of Ravenna.

A total of 16 ships have now left Ukraine's Black Sea ports since a UN-brokered deal allowed exports to resume amid the war with Russia.

Russia claims it has seized village in Donetsk

Moscow this morning claimed to have taken full control of Pisky, a village on the outskirts in Ukraine's Donetsk region.

The latest was reported by the Interfax news agency, citing the Russian defence ministry.

Sky News has been unable to independently verify the claim.

Russian and pro-Russian forces reported they had taken full control of Pisky more than a week ago. 

The ministry also said Russian troops had destroyed a US-supplied HIMARS rocket system near Ukraine's Kramatorsk and a depot with ammunition for the system. 

Grain exports continue from Ukraine

Two more ships left Ukraine's Black Sea ports on Saturday, Turkey's defence ministry said.

This brings the total number of ships to depart the country under a UN-brokered deal to 16.

The Barbados-flagged Fulmar S left Ukraine's Chornomorsk port, carrying 12,000 tonnes of corn to Turkey's southern Iskenderun province, it said. 

The Marshall Island-flagged Thoe departed from the same port and headed to Turkey's Tekirdag, carrying 3,000 tonnes of sunflower seeds.

The statement added that another ship would depart from Turkey on Saturday to Ukraine to buy grains. 

Ukraine's infrastructure ministry said on Saturday that 16 ships carrying 450,000 tonnes of agriculture products had departed from Ukrainian ports since early August under the deal which ensured safe passage for vessels.

The agreement, signed by Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations in July, allowed to resume grain exports from Ukraine's Black Sea ports after they were stalled for five months due to the war.

US 'concerned' by reports people charged by 'illegitimate authorities in eastern Ukraine'

The US is concerned by reports that British, Swedish and Croatian nationals are being charged by "illegitimate authorities in eastern Ukraine", Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. 

"Russia and its proxies have an obligation to respect international humanitarian law, including the rights and protections afforded to prisoners of war," he added.