KYIV/KHERSON. Russian forces maintained a barrage in missile and shell strikes on various parts of Ukraine, with many of them hitting power infrastructure. heavy fighting Keep going in The Luhansk-Donetsk region in The east of the country.
Authorities said that after the first snowfloods of winter hit Kyiv, they would restore power to the entire country. Russia Ukraine launched what it called the worst bombardment of civilian infrastructure during the nine-month-old war earlier this week.
President Volodymyr Zilenskyy stated that around 10 million people live without power. in A Thursday evening video address in A country of 44 million people pre-war. He said authorities in Some areas were forced to turn off power.
Russia’s defence The ministry claimed that its forces had used long range weapons on Thursday in order to strike defence and industrial premises, including “missile manufacturing facilities”.
Ukrainian For all forces in The Ukrainian military stated that in the past 24 hours, they have destroyed two Russian cruise missiles, five rocket-launched missiles, and five Iranian-made Shahed136 drones.
Reuters was unable verify battlefield reports.
The United Nations warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine was without power and water this winter. Valdis Dombrovskis (one of three vice presidents of European Commission) arrived in Ukraine. in Kyiv will discuss Friday emergency EU financial support for Ukraine in In the next few months.
Pope Francis reiterated his willingness to do whatever it takes to end the conflict.
“We must all be pacifists,” He spoke to La Stampa, an Italian newspaper. “Wanting peace, not just a truce that may only serve to rearm. Real peace, which is the fruit of dialogue.”
‘Torture chamber’
Investigators in Ukraine retakes Kherson region in A counter-offensive was launched last week and 63 bodies were found bearing signs of torture.
The Ukrainian Dmytro lubinets, parliament’s human right commissioner, released a clip of what he described as a torture chamber used Russian forces in The Kherson region includes a small room in He stated that as many as 25 people were kept at one time.
Reuters could not verify claims made by Lubinets or others, which also included electric shocks for confessions. in You can watch the video. Russia It denies that its troops have deliberately attacked civilians or committed atrocities.
Mass burials were discovered in Other areas previously occupied Russian troops include those with civilian bodies that show signs of torture.
Witness to the Reuters explosions in Black smoke was visible rising from behind buildings in the center of Kherson on Friday morning. The police blocked access, but it did not seem that the noise was affecting hundreds of people who waited in line for humanitarian assistance.
On Thursday, the square was a chaotic jumble of humanitarian aid queues. Residents celebrated their liberation from Russian occupation. But there was deep uncertainty.
“We’re fine, but we don’t know what to expect. Nothing is over yet. On that (east) bank of the river, the (Russian) forces are gathering. On this side, they are gathering. We are in the middle,” Ihor, 48, a builder who is unemployed.
According to the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Russian forces had occupied Ukraine. “plundered” The Kherson region, before they withdrew last Wednesday.
“After a trip to the Kherson region, one thing became clear – our people there need a lot of help. The Russians not only killed and mined but also robbed all the cities and villages. There is practically nothing there,” Kyrylo Tychenko spoke on Telegram.
Russia It has sent troops from Kherson to strengthen its positions in The eastern Donetsk, Luhansk, and Luhansk provinces. The Ukrainian military claimed that Russian forces had attacked the cities of Bakhmut, Soledar and Soledar. in The Donetsk Region, among other things.
Balakliya also was ravaged by Russian fire in Ukraine retakes northeastern Kharkiv in The statement stated that September and Nikopol were on the opposite banks of the Kakhovka reservoir, which is located from the Zaporizhzhia nuke station.
The Ukraine conflict has fallen Russia’s relations to the United States and other Western allies are in deep crisis
During talks this week, William Burns, chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA), delivered a warning message during the first high-level, face to face contact between the US and Russia since the invasion in Ukraine. in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, on the implications for Moscow if any nuclear weapons are used.
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian leader Vladimir Putin in On Friday, a telephone call revealed that Ankara talks had contributed to the prevention of terrorism “uncontrolled” escalation in The field. Erdogan called for diplomatic efforts in ending the war.
RussiaSergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, said that Moscow does not rule out additional high-level meetings between the United States and it. “strategic stability”A term that means to reduce the risk of nuclear warfare.
Ryabkov stated that Washington had nothing to discuss with him on the issue of Ukraine. Dmitry Peskov (Kremlin spokesperson) said that any summit between Putin, US President Joe Biden was not possible. “out of the question at the moment”.
Interfax also reported Ryabkov’s statement on Friday as saying that Russia Hopes it can arrange a prisoner exchange with the United States. This would include Viktor Bout, convicted Russian arms dealer. “Merchant of Death”.
The deadliest war in Europe since World War Two Russia Both the United States and Canada are considering a prisoner exchange that would see Brittney Griner, the basketball star of the United States, released from jail. in Bout.