10 things you need to know today: October 4, 2022

Ukrainian forces break through Russian lines in southern Kherson, Trump sues CNN for defamation, and more

Ukrainian Grad rocket launcher in southern Ukraine
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1. Ukraine penetrates Russian lines in southern Kherson

Ukrainian forces continued to push into Ukrainian territory formerly occupied by Russia on Monday, expanding their counteroffensive in the east and puncturing Russian defenses in the southern Kherson region, one of the four areas Russia is trying to illegally annex. Ukraine's gains were so clear that Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov uncharacteristically acknowledged that "the enemy managed to forge deep into our defenses" using "numerically superior tank units," although he said Russian troops inflicted major losses in return. Russia's withdrawal from the former stronghold of Lyman in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, also targeted by Moscow for annexation, prompted rare ridicule of the Kremlin's war effort by two powerful allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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