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Kyiv faces worst winter since World War Two and Zelensky says Ukrainian people will not be inconvenienced

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Russia fired missiles across Ukraine on Wednesday, hitting infrastructure in the capital Kyiv and other cities as Moscow continued its campaign to cut Ukraine’s electricity and heating services ahead of winter.

Air raid sirens sounded across the country. Explosions were heard in the suburbs of Kyiv, whose mayor said infrastructure had been bombed, without specifying further. There were also reports of explosions in other cities. Information about the victim was not immediately available.

Since October, Russia has been targeting electricity and heating infrastructure. Moscow says the aim is to reduce Ukraine’s combat capability. Kyiv claims that a targeted attack on civilian infrastructure is a war crime.

On Tuesday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in a video that special “resilience centers” will be created in Ukraine, which will provide electricity, heat, water, Internet, mobile phones and medicine free of charge 24 hours a day.

Russian attacks at one point caused prolonged outages of up to 10 million users. Ukraine’s national power grid operator said before Wednesday’s attacks that more power outages were needed across the country.

References to the war in Ukraine

7:28 pm

Ukraine tries to hold emergency Security Council meeting after Russian attacks

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that Ukraine will demand an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss Russia’s recent attacks on electricity production facilities.

“The murder of citizens and the destruction of civilian infrastructure are acts of terrorism. Ukraine will continue to demand a decisive response from the world to these crimes,” he added in a tweet.

7:26 pm

The Russian court has decided to extend the arrest of Russian dissident Ilya Yashin by six months

A Russian court ruled on Wednesday to extend by six months the prison sentence of opposition politician Ilya Yashin, who faces 10 years in prison for condemning President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine.

And Ilya Yashin, 39, who was a deputy to the Moscow City Council at the time of his arrest, is accused of “spreading false information” and “inciting hatred” against the Russian army, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence. phrase.

Prosecutors accuse him of “murdering civilians” in a speech broadcast live on his YouTube channel in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, near Kyiv, in which he accused the Russian military of committing abuses, which Moscow denies.

According to an AFP correspondent, Yashin appeared during the hearing at Moscow’s Meshchansky court, smiling inside a glass cage and waving to his parents.

Prosecutors said Yashin should remain in custody because he “caused great harm to Russia” and “increased political tensions during a special military operation”, a term used by Moscow to refer to the attack on Ukraine.

On the other hand, one of the opposition activist’s lawyers, Vadim Prokhorov, stated that extending Yashin’s detention until May 10 is illegal.

The next session is scheduled for November 29th.

7:24 pm

Ukraine: 50 Russians killed in attack on ammunition depot

Ukraine’s military said on Wednesday that up to 50 Russian soldiers were killed and about 50 wounded in an attack by Ukrainian forces on an ammunition depot in the eastern region of Luhansk.

In a post published on Facebook, the General Staff of the Armed Forces did not provide further details about the time of the attack and how it was carried out.

He also said a separate attack in the southern region of Zaporizhia killed about 15 Russians and wounded 20 others.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the information. The Russian military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

18:54

Ukraine claims to have shot down 51 of 67 cruise missiles launched by Russia

Ukrainian army commander Valery Zalony said his country’s forces shot down 51 of 67 cruise missiles fired by Russia on Wednesday as part of a bombardment of energy production facilities.

Zaloni added through the Telegram app that 30 missiles were aimed at Kyiv alone and 20 of them were shot down.

And the Ukrainian Air Force announced today that the military managed to shoot down 51 of the “about 70” missiles fired by Russia against the country, without specifying the location.

18:48

Russian company: renewal of oil pumping on the Ukrainian section of the Druzhba pipeline

TASS news agency quoted Russian state company Transneft, its pipeline monopoly, as saying on Wednesday that oil pumping on the Ukrainian section of the Druzhba pipeline had resumed after a partial suspension.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the partial suspension, which coincided with Russia’s barrage of missiles in Ukraine, the closure of nuclear power plants and even the border closure in Moldova.

18:43

18:32

Russia’s Ministry of Defense has released videos and images of what it calls crews of musket-type “unmanned aerial vehicles” in the Central Military District carrying out combat missions in Ukraine.

  • Watch: Russian Ministry of Defense will demonstrate an unmanned aerial vehicle on combat missions in Ukraine

18:30

The mayor of Kyiv says the Ukrainian capital is facing its worst winter since World War II.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, a former boxer, said on Wednesday the Ukrainian capital was facing its harshest winter since World War Two after renewed Russian attacks on power facilities.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Klitschko warned citizens to prepare for the “worst case scenario” of widespread blackouts and freezing temperatures.

Klitschko added that residents would be evacuated from parts of the capital at worst and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of intimidating Ukrainians to force them to leave the city by attacking infrastructure.

18:12

Pentagon: Russia is facing major shortage of artillery ammunition

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed on Wednesday that Russian forces are facing a “significant shortage” of artillery ammunition, hampering their operations in Ukraine. “The Russians have had logistical difficulties since the beginning of the war in Ukraine” and “they still have logistical difficulties,” Austin told reporters from inside a military plane.

“They are experiencing a serious shortage of artillery ammunition,” he added.
Austin noted that Russian forces rely heavily on artillery because they fire large numbers of shells before carrying out ground maneuvers. “This type of operation requires a large amount of ammunition. I’m not sure they have enough ammo to go forward,” he said.

Austin also noted that Russia’s stockpiles of precision-guided munitions have been “significantly reduced” over the course of the nine-month conflict, stressing that Moscow will not be able to quickly replace them due to trade restrictions on items such as microchips.

18:05

Product prices in Russia continue to rise.

Data released on Wednesday by Russia’s State Statistics Service (Rosstat) showed that the country’s consumer goods prices continued to rise in November for the ninth straight week, driven by higher vegetable and transport prices.

Officials said Russia’s consumer price index rose 0.11 percent in the week ended Nov. 21, compared with 0.06 percent the week before.

Since the beginning of the year, prices have risen 10.86%, compared to 7.51% in the same period last year.

Last month, Russia’s central bank reinforced expectations that it would end its rate-cutting cycle by keeping its key interest rate at 7.5 percent. Analysts widely expect the Bank to keep rates unchanged at its last meeting in December.

The bank aims to bring inflation rates down to four percent by 2024 and expects them to drop to between five and seven percent next year.

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Source: EuroNews

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