Russia Ukraine war latest: Putin’s troops ‘continue to bombard reclaimed Kherson’

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The city of Kherson continues to be battered by Russian shelling on a daily basis, despite having been liberated by Ukrainian forces earlier this month, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

“The city is vulnerable because it remains in range of most of Russia’s artillery systems, now firing from the east bank of the Dnipro River, from the rear of newly consolidated defensive lines,” the MoD said in its daily intelligence update.

The ministry added that 10 people were killed in one day alone on 24 November.

It comes as Volodymyr Zelensky has asked Ukrainians to brace for more Russian missile strikes which would further affect the power grid amid freezing temperatures.

“We understand that the terrorists are planning new strikes. We know this for a fact,” the Ukrainian president said in his nightly video address.

“And as long as they have missiles, they, unfortunately, will not calm down.”

Ukrainian authorities are continuing endeavors to restore electricity and water services after recent pummeling by Russian military strikes that vastly damaged infrastructure, with Mr Zelensky saying millions have seen their power restored.

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Kremlin denies Russia planning to quit Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

The Kremlin’s spokesman on Monday denied reports that Russian forces were planning to leave the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, telling reporters they should not look for signs where there were none.

Emily Atkinson28 November 2022 10:35

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Kremlin ‘welcomes Vatican offer to mediate negotiations with Kyiv’

The Kremlin says it welcomed a Vatican offer to provide a negotiating platform to resolve the Ukraine conflict, but that Kyiv’s position made this impossible.

Pope Francis reiterated 10 days ago that the Vatican was ready to do anything possible to mediate and put an end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, in an interview with the Italian daily La Stampa.

Emily Atkinson28 November 2022 10:05

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Russian forces ‘starting to retreat from Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant’

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak has said he has no doubt that Russian forces would leave the Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, where Ukrainian staff are still operating.

“The defence line is starting to retreat to the borders of the Russian Federation,” Mr Podolyak told Ukrainian broadcasters, adding that Ukraine would “take it (the plant) back.”

Emily Atkinson28 November 2022 09:33

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US weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine

The Pentagon is considering a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet demand for more arms.

US and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing need for more sophisticated weapons as the war drags on. Boeing’s proposed system, dubbed Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), is one of about a half-dozen plans for getting new munitions into production for Ukraine and America’s Eastern European allies, industry sources said.

GLSDB could be delivered as early as spring 2023, according to a document reviewed by Reuters and three people familiar with the plan. It combines the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) with the M26 rocket motor, both of which are common in U.S. inventories.

Doug Bush, the US Army’s chief weapons buyer, told reporters at the Pentagon last week the Army was also looking at accelerating production of 155 millimeter artillery shells – currently only manufactured at government facilities – by allowing defense contractors to build them.

The invasion of Ukraine drove up demand for American-made weapons and ammunition, while U.S. allies in Eastern Europe are “putting a lot of orders,” in for a range of arms as they supply Ukraine, Bush added.

“It’s about getting quantity at a cheap cost,” said Tom Karako, a weapons and security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He said falling US inventories help explain the rush to get more arms now, saying stockpiles are “getting low relative to the levels we like to keep on hand and certainly to the levels we’re going to need to deter a China conflict.”

Karako also noted that the US exit from Afghanistan left lots of air-dropped bombs available. They cannot be easily used with Ukrainian aircraft, but “in today’s context we should be looking for innovative ways to convert them to standoff capability.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 November 2022 09:07

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Gazprom to preserve Nord Stream gas-pumping equipment – Kommersant

Russia‘s Gazprom plans to preserve gas pumping equipment at the Portovaya and Slavyanskaya compressor stations that supply the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday, citing sources.

According to Kommersant, Gazprom plans to keep the equipment at the stations and not move it to other sites.

Kommersant said Gazprom declined to comment on its report.

Neither of the Nord Stream pipelines, laid on the bed of the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, are currently transporting gas.

Nord Stream 1 was shut down for repairs on Aug. 31 and never restarted, while Nord Stream 2 was never launched after Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine. Both lines were then damaged in what European authorities have called an act of sabotage.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 November 2022 08:42

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Vast Ukrainian nuclear plant remains under Russian control – Russia-installed authorities

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine remains under Russian control, authorities installed by Moscow in the nearby city of Enerhodar said on Monday, after a Ukrainian official suggested Russian forces were preparing to leave.

“The media are actively spreading fake news that Russia is allegedly planning to withdraw from Enerhodar and leave the (plant). This information is not true,” the Russia-installed administration wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

The head of Ukraine‘s state-run nuclear energy company said on Sunday there were signs that Russian forces might be preparing to vacate the vast Zaporizhzhia plant which they seized in March, soon after invading Ukraine.

Ukraine, which suffered the world’s worst nuclear accident in Chornobyl in 1986, and Russia have accused each other of shelling the site of the Zaporizhzhia reactor complex.

Both sides have warned of the danger of a nuclear catastrophe. The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency), wants to create a protection zone around the nuclear power station, which is Europe’s largest.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said late on Sunday that he had no doubt that Russian forces would leave the plant, where Ukrainian staff are still operating. Many of these workers live in Enerhodar.

“The defence line is starting to retreat to the borders of the Russian Federation,” Podolyak told Ukrainian television, adding that Ukraine would “take it (the plant) back.”

Ukraine‘s military said on Monday its forces late last week destroyed six units of Russian military equipment and that about 30 Russian servicemen were wounded in fighting near Enerhodar.

Reuters was not able to immediately verify the reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin moved in September to annex Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and the Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine where his forces say they have partial control. Kyiv and its Western allies condemned the move as illegal.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 November 2022 08:24

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Kherson suffers daily bombardment, despite liberation- MoD

Despite being liberated on 11 November, the city of Kherson continues to be battered by Russian shelling on a daily basis, according to the UK ministry of defence.

“The city is vulnerable because it remains in range of most of Russia’s artillery systems, now firing from the east bank of the Dnipro River, from the rear of newly consolidated defensive lines,” the UK defence intelligence said.

The ministry added that 10 people were killed in one day alone on 24 November.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 November 2022 08:04

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14 years on, Nato to renew a vow to Ukraine

Nato returns on Tuesday to the scene of one of its most controversial decisions, intent on repeating its vow that Ukraine — now suffering through the 10th month of a war against Russia — will join the world’s biggest military alliance one day.

Nato foreign ministers will gather for two days at the Palace of the Parliament in the Romanian capital Bucharest. It was there in April 2008 that U.S. President George W. Bush persuaded his allies to open Nato’s door to Ukraine and Georgia, over vehement Russian objections.

”Nato welcomes Ukraine‘s and Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in Nato. We agreed today that these countries will become members of Nato,” the leaders said in a statement. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was at the summit, described this as “a direct threat” to Russia‘s security.About four months later, Russian forces invaded Georgia.

Some experts describe the decision in Bucharest as a massive error that left Russia feeling cornered by a seemingly ever-expanding Nato.

Nato counters that it doesn’t pressgang countries into joining, and that some requested membership to seek protection from Russia — as Finland and Sweden are doing now.

More than 14 years on, Nato will pledge this week to support Ukraine long-term as it defends itself against Russian aerial, missile and ground attacks — many of which have struck power grids and other civilian infrastructure, depriving millions of people of electricity and heating.

“Nato will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will not back down,” the organisation’s top civilian official, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, vowed last week.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 November 2022 07:47

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Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant remains under Moscow control -Russia installed administration

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant remains under Russian control, the Russia-installed administration of the occupied Enerhodar city said on Monday, after a senior Ukrainian official suggested Russian forces were preparing to leave.

“The media are actively spreading fakes that Russia is allegedly planning to withdraw from Enerhodar and leave the (nuclear plant). This information is not true,” the Russian backed administration said on the Telegram messaging app.

The head of Ukraine‘s state-run nuclear energy firm said on Sunday there were signs that Russian forces might be preparing to vacate the vast Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which they seized in March soon after their invasion.

The General Staff of Ukraine‘s Armed Forces said on Monday that Ukrainian forces late last week destroyed six units of Russian military equipment and about 30 Russian servicemen were injured in fighting near Enerhodar.

Reuters was not able to immediately verify the reports.

Many of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant’s workers live in the nearby Enerhodar city that has been under Russian occupation since the early days of the invasion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin moved in September to annex Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and the Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine where his forces claim partial control in a move condemned by Kyiv and its Western allies as illegal.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 November 2022 07:31

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Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant ‘under Moscow’s control’

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant remains under Russian control, the Russia-installed administration of the occupied Enerhodar city said.

“The media are actively spreading fakes that Russia is allegedly planning to withdraw from Enerhodar and leave the (nuclear plant). This information is not true,” the Russia- backed administration said on the Telegram messaging app.

The head of Ukraine’s state-run nuclear energy firm said yesterday there were signs that Russian forces might be preparing to vacate the vast Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which they seized in March soon after their invasion.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar28 November 2022 07:00

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