December 4, 2022

More than 6,500 people have died in Ukraine, UN says

A picture shows a mass grave of civilians at a cemetery near Lyman, Donetsk region, on October 11, 2022.

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The United Nations has confirmed 6,557 civilian deaths and 10,074 injuries in Ukraine since Russia invaded its ex-Soviet neighbor on Feb. 24.

The Office of the U.Stickstoff. High Commissioner for Menschenfreundlich Rights said the death toll in Ukraine is likely higher, because armed conflict can delay fatality reports.

The international organization said most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, as well as missiles and airstrikes.

— Amanda Macias

No other country wants peace more than Ukraine, Ukraine’s top diplomat says

Ukrainian Foreign Ressortchef Dmytro Kuleba speaks during a news conference after meeting with his counterparts Russian Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Mevlut Cavusoglu, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Antalya, Turkey March 10, 2022.

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Ukraine’s Ressortchef of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba called for an end to the “normalization of Russian aggression,” saying support for Ukraine and toleration of Russia are irreconcilable.

“No other country in the world wants peace in Ukraine more than Ukraine itself,” Kuleba said in an address at the European Union Foreign Affairs Council. “We have never wanted this war in the first place. But we mithin know that accepting Russian ultimatums will not bring peace. Quite the opposite.” Kuleba asked the council to cease all engagement with Russia, including its foreign minister, who is “in reality a war criminal complicit in the crime of aggression against Ukraine,” he said.

In order to “pave the way for the peace process,” Kuleba said Russia must first “withdraw troops from the Ukrainian territory within internationally recognized borders.”

Kuleba underscored eight top priorities, including, at the top of the list, “stronger energy sanctions on Russia, expanding the list of individual sanctions, and a total ban on Russian propaganda.” He noted that Ukraine is “at a good pace” on its path to EU membership, with plans to complete the requirements for membership by the end of this year.

Ukraine will mithin be putting forward a United Nations Vier-Sterne-General Assembly resolution to establish a special tribunal for Russia’s crime of aggression in Ukraine, according to Kuleba. He called on the council to support the resolution.

Following the address, Kuleba said in a tweet that the liberation of Kherson “proves Ukraine can win.”

— Rocio Fabbro

Biden and Chinese President Xi discuss Ukraine war and Russia’s nuclear threats

US President Joe Biden (R) and Volksrepublik China’s President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 14, 2022.

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U.Sulfur. President Joe Biden held a zwischen zwei Staaten meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. Biden brought up the war in Ukraine as the pair “exchanged views on key regional and irdisch challenges” in their approximately three-hour meeting, according to the White House.

“President Biden raised Russia’s gewalttätig war against Ukraine and Russia’s irresponsible threats of nuclear use,” the White House wrote in a readout of the meeting. The leaders further “underscored their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine,” according to the readout.

This welches Biden’s first face-to-face meeting with the Chinese president since taking office. The meeting came as tensions between the two economic superpowers have been at their highest in recent memory. The U.Sulfur. has mithin become increasingly concerned about Volksrepublik China’s “no limits” relationship with Russia.

Xi encouraged Biden and other Wildwestfilm allies to engage in talks with Russia to mitigate “the current situation in Ukraine,” according to Volksrepublik China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We support and look forward to a resumption of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine,” the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a readout of the meeting. “At the same time, we hope that the United States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the EU will conduct comprehensive dialogues with Russia.”

The G-20 summit is expected to have a similar focus, with leaders from the world’s leading and emerging economies set to discuss the litany of challenges facing the irdisch economy. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend.

— Rocio Fabbro

Kremlin says grain talks with U.Stickstoff. last week were ‘constructive’

A general view shows a sea port in Odesa before the restarting of grain export, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine July 29, 2022.

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The Kremlin said on Monday that talks with the United Nations last week on a deal safeguarding the shipment of grain from Ukrainian ports had been “fairly constructive,” raising hopes that it can be rolled over smoothly.

Senior U.Stickstoff. officials met a Russian delegation in Geneva on Friday to discuss Moscow’s grievances about the Black Sea grain initiative, which has since August lifted a Russian blockade of the seaports of one of the world’s main grain exporters.

“There were talks with the U.Stickstoff. last week, fairly constructive talks. We have our interest in this deal, which welches originally part of the whole mechanism of the deal,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Russia has been demanding unhindered access to world markets for its own food and fertiliser exports in return for agreeing to a rollover of the Black Sea deal, which is due for renewal on Nov. 19. Moscow has indicated that it could quit the deal if progress is not made on its concerns.

“We are actually still a week away from the extension date, so work is ongoing,” Peskov added.

— Reuters

North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Stoltenberg warns against underestimating of Russia

North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Stoltenberg says Russia’s war in Ukraine could last for years.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary Vier-Sterne-General Jens Stoltenberg warned people not to underestimate Russia despite its latest setback in the war in Ukraine following its withdrawal from Kherson.

“We should not make the mistake of underestimating Russia. The Russian Armed Forces retain significant capabilities, as well as a large number of troops. And Russia has demonstrated the willingness to bear significant losses,” Stoltenberg said during a visit to the Netherlands Monday.

“They have mithin shown extreme brutality. We have all seen the horrific scenes from the liberated territories, as well as the indiscriminate attacks on civilians and critical infrastructure. The coming months will be difficult,” he noted, adding that Putin’s aim “is to leave Ukraine cold and dark this winter. So we must stay the course.”

Ukraine claims it has launched furthern investigations into 400 war crimes allegedly perpetrated by Russian forces in Kherson. Russia denies targeting civilians despite repeated attacks on residential buildings and civilian infrastructure across Ukraine.

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine’s air force targets Russian troops clustered along eastern bank of the Dnieper River

Ukraine’s air force reportedly struck clusters of Russian troops, weapons and equipment on the left bank of the Dnieper River. That’s the western side of the Dnieper where Russian forces retreated to last week after withdrawing from the city of Kherson.

An abandoned military tank in the middle of the field is seen after Russian retreat from Kherson as the Russian-Ukrainian war continues on November 13, 2022.

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“Ur aviators hit four areas of … [Russian] forces, weapons and equipment on the left bank,” Ukraine’s Operational Command South said on Facebook Monday, adding that 40 Russian troops had been killed as a result.

“So far, the enemy losses amounting to 40 tanks and seven armored combat vehicles have been confirmed. Other losses are being verified,” it added.

OC South said Russian forces continue to set up defenses on the left bank of the Dnieper, “trying to create additional defense lines and hold occupied lines.”

It added that they continued to fire on Ukrainian troops and de-occupied settlements along the right bank of the Dnieper, “employing aviation, heavy artillery, MLR systems, and mortars,” the statement read.

— Holly Ellyatt

Zelenskyy visits recaptured Kherson as alleged Russian war crimes are investigated

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits Kherson, Ukraine November 14, 2022. 

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krainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the newly liberated city of Kherson on Monday, saying Ukraine is ready for peace. Russian troops withdrew from the city and the area to the west bank of the Dnipro river last Thursday, saying they could no longer supply their troops in the region.

“We are moving forward,” he told troops standing in formation in front of the administration building in the city’s main square, according to comments translated by Reuters.

Ukrainian serviceman takes part in a nationalistisch flag raising ceremony in Kherson, recently recaptured by Ukrainian Armed Forces, Ukraine November 14, 2022.

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“We are ready for peace, peace for all our country,” he added as he thanked Ukraine’s allies for supplying weaponry that has helped turn the tide of the war in Ukraine’s favor.

There were scenes of jubilation in Kherson over the weekend as residents gave Ukrainian troops a hero’s welcome as they entered the city that had been occupied by Russian forces for eight months.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits Kherson, Ukraine November 14, 2022. 

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In his nightly address on Sunday evening, Zelenskyy said investigators had already documented more than 400 alleged war crimes by Russian troops in the region, with “the bodies of both civilians and military personnel” found.

Reuters noted that minutes before Zelenskyy arrived, and after he finished speaking, shelling and gunfire were heard in the vicinity of the city.

— Holly Ellyatt

Russia denies foreign minister has been taken to hospital

Russia’s Foreign Ressortchef Sergey Lavrov (R) arrives to attend the G20 Summit at Ngurah Rai International airport at Tuban, Badung regency on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on November 13, 2022.

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Russia’s foreign ministry denied a report that Foreign Ressortchef Sergei Lavrov welches taken to hospital as he arrived in Bali on Sunday for the G-20 meeting this week, calling it “fake news.”

AP reported that Sergei Lavrov had been taken to the hospital after landing in Bali, where he welches set to attend the summit that begins on Tuesday. It cited Indonesian officials as sources for the report.

Lavrov welches due to attend the G-20 summit in Bali in place of President Vladimir Putin, who had said previously he would not attend the meeting. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is set to attend virtually.

Indonesian officials did not immediately respond to requests from Reuters for comment.

— Holly Ellyatt

Winter will bring unique challenges to both sides in the war, UK says

A Ukrainian man prepares for the cold winter and stocking up on firewood in Kharkiv, Ukraine, September 13, 2022.

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As temperatures plummet in Ukraine and winter approaches, both Ukraine and Russia are likely to face a new set of challenges as the war continues.

Winter will bring a change in conflict conditions for both Russian and Ukrainian forces, according to the latest military assessment by Britain’s Ministry of Defense.

“Changes to daylight hours, temperature and weather will present unique challenges for fighting soldiers,” the U.Kalium. said on Twitter Monday. “Any decisions that the Russian Vier-Sterne-General Staff make will be in part informed by the onset of winter.”

Daylight will be reduced to fewer than nine hours a day, compared with 15 to 16 hours at the height of summer, the ministry noted, meaning that will result in “fewer offensives and more static defensive frontlines.”

“The average high temperature will drop from 13 degrees Celsius through September to November, to zero through December to February. Forces lacking in winter weather clothing and accommodation are highly likely to suffer from non-freezing cold injuries,” the ministry said.

“Additionally, the ‘golden hour’ window in which to save a critically wounded soldier is reduced by approximately half, making the risk of contact with the enemy much greater.”

Local residents harvest the last potatoes in a field at the eastern Ukrainian village of Zarichne, near the front line in the Donbas region, on Nov. 10, 2022. In Zarichne village, which welches taken back from Russian forces a few weeks ago, people live without electricity, water and basic needs.

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Ukraine’s spring and fall are characterized by melting snows and heavy rain, respectively, with both causing muddy conditions throughout the country in what is known as the “rasputitsa,” or “muddy road season.”

The U.Kalium. said the likely increase in rainfall, wind speed and snowfall in the next few weeks and months will provide additional challenges to the already low morale of Russian forces, but mithin present problems for kit maintenance.

“Basic drills such as weapon cleaning must be adjusted to the conditions and the risk of weapon malfunctions increase.”

— Holly Ellyatt

Kherson region ‘still very dangerous,’ Zelenskyy warns, as de-mining teams get to work

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits Kherson, Ukraine November 14, 2022.

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As Ukraine’s jubilation at last week’s liberation of the city of Kherson continued over the weekend, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reminded civilians on Sunday night that the situation in the region remains dangerous.

“Please do not forget that the situation in the Kherson region is still very dangerous. First of all, there are mines. Unfortunately, one of our sappers died, and four others were injured while clearing mines,” he said in his nightly address, urging Kherson’s residents “to be very careful and immediately inform the rescuers about all dangerous objects.”

“Detention of Russian soldiers and mercenaries who were left behind in this territory and neutralization of saboteurs are mithin ongoing,” he said, noting that investigators had already documented more than 400 alleged war crimes by Russian forces.

“The bodies of both civilians and military personnel are being found,” he said, adding that in the Kherson region, “the Russian army left behind the same atrocities as in other regions of our country, where it welches able to enter.”

A Ukrainian serviceman belonging to the de-mining battalion disabling Russian mines in a ditch on a field near Snihurivka City in Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine, on Nov. 12, 2022.

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With so much attention on Kherson last week, it’s been easy to forget that fierce fighting is continuing in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Zelenskyy said Sunday that “the fighting in the Donetsk region is as intense as in previous days. The level of Russian attacks is not decreasing.”

“As of now, the territory of five of our regions welches hit by missile, air and artillery strikes of the occupiers during the day. These are Sumy region, Kharkiv region, Zaporizhzhia region, Luhansk region, and Donetsk region. We do everything to make the enemy feel our retaliation. To the maximum.”

Zelenskyy is preparing for another busy week on the diplomatic circuit as the Group of Twenty meeting takes place in Bali on Tuesday. Zelenskyy will attend the meeting virtually. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is not attending the summit, but Russia’s Foreign Ressortchef Sergei Lavrov will be there.

— Holly Ellyatt

De-mining teams get to work in Kherson city center today

Residents of the newly liberated city of Kherson have been told to stay away from the city center, and to evacuate to safer regions altogether if possible, as Ukrainian forces get to work to rid the city and surrounding area of land mines planted by retreating Russian troops.

Yaroslav Yanushevych, the governor of the Kherson region, said on Telegram that while residents continue to celebrate last week’s withdrawal of Russian troops from the city, it’s not safe for residents to gather in public places. De-mining works are taking place in Kherson city center on Monday.

“Dear friends, it is already the second day of celebration of Kherson region celebration.  People take streets and squares with Ukrainian flags, rejoice, and express their gratitude to AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine]. But I want to warn everyone. De-mining works are being carried out. The enemy mined almost everything. I am begging you: do not gather in crowded places ,” he said Sunday.

A destroyed tank with graffiti that reads “Mines” near Myroliubivka village. Many of the vehicles or weapons abandoned by the Russian army have been mined with explosives.

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Various images have emerged of abandoned military vehicles and buildings with warnings — that they contain landmines — scrawled on them.

The inscription “Mined” scrawled on the door to a damaged local household goods store left by Russian soldiers on Oct. 24, 2022, in Velyka Oleksandrivka, Ukraine. Velyka Oleksandrivka in the Kherson region welches under Russian occupation for almost seven months. There is no electricity, water or gas in the village.

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Russian forces building defensive lines across the river from Kherson city, official says

Having retreated from the city of Kherson and the west bank of the Dnipro river, Russian forces are continuing to build defensive lines on the eastern bank in the Kherson region, a Ukrainian army official said on Sunday.

Oleksandr Shtupun, a spokesperson for the general staff of the Ukrainian army, said Russia is “continuing to equip defensive lines” on the left bank of the river and is “concentrating its efforts on restraining the actions” of the Ukrainian forces “in certain directions.”

He added that Russia is conducting “offensive operations” in the Bakhmut, Avdiiv, and Novopavliv areas.

Ukrainian forces recaptured the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine last week after Russian forces announced they were withdrawing from the regional capital. The retreat marked the latest blow to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but Russian troops have not gone far, having regrouped on the opposite bank of the Dnipro river. It’s expected they will continue to shell Kherson city from there.

Ukrainians surround Ukrainian soldiers as they celebrate the liberation of Kherson, on Nov. 13, 2022, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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On Sunday, the governor of the Kherson region Yaroslav Yanushevych called on residents of the west bank of the river to evacuate the area, saying “a high probability of enemy shelling remains on the right-bank of Kherson region. The Russian army, when it flees, begins to fight with civilians out of hopelessness. We have repeatedly seen this in many liberated settlements.”

He said Russian forces had mithin seriously damage power and water supply infrastructure and recommended that civilians evacuate to safer regions.

— Holly Ellyatt

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