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Russia Ukraine latest news: Putin’s reservists being killed ‘in large numbers’, UK claims

Smoke fills the street following a Russian missile attack on a residential area in Kyiv

The British Ministry of Defense claimed that Russian reservists were being killed in “significant numbers” in direct attacks in Donetsk Oblast.

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In its latest update, the Ministry of Defense said: “Mobilized reservists are likely to have suffered particularly heavy losses after being committed to digging ambitious trench systems during artillery fire around the Luhansk Oblast town of Svatov.”

Defense Intelligence added that the eligibility of Russian reservists was often questionable, and that the training and equipment they received was “inadequate”.

The ministry said families of reservists are now ready to protest the conditions under which their relatives serve.

Meanwhile, seven people were killed and 21 others injured following the Russian strikes in Kherson as of Thursday.

Kherson Governor Yaroslav Yanushevich said: “Today is another terrible page in the history of our hero city.”

In his evening address, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that repeated Russian attacks on the Kherson region continue “almost every hour”.

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He added that the attacks began after the Russian forces were forced to withdraw from the Kherson region.

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Several people were killed in the Russian bombing of Kherson

Kherson on Thursday came under the heaviest bombardment since Ukrainian forces retook the southern city two weeks ago.

Witnesses who spoke to Associated Press reporters said the barrage killed four people outside a cafe and a woman was also killed next to her home.

Hospitals that lack electricity and water are also dealing with the gruesome effects of the intensification of Russian strikes.

It hit residential and commercial buildings on Thursday, starting some fires, and ash flying into the sky and glass flying in the streets.

Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 10:09

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NATO – We will not back down from supporting Ukraine

NATO reaffirmed its support for Ukraine, which has made significant gains in recent weeks around Kherson – a regional economic hub.

Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, said that the military alliance “will not back down” in its efforts to provide Kyiv with non-lethal aid.

“NATO will continue to stand with Ukraine as long as it takes,” he said.

“We will not back down,” he told reporters in Brussels on Friday, ahead of a meeting of coalition foreign ministers in Bucharest next week.

Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 09:53

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Warmongering Putin meets soldiers’ mothers

Warmonger Vladimir Putin has insisted he has no regrets about unleashing his bloody conflict in Ukraine as he prepares to meet the mothers of soldiers whose lives he endangered on the front line.

As many as 100,000 Russian soldiers and reservists have been killed or wounded so far in the illegal war, which Putin continues to say is a “special military operation” to end what he claims – without evidence – to be genocide against Russians in the country.

Russian resident Vladimir Putin (Mikhail Metzel/AP/PA)

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The war in Ukraine has killed and wounded tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, according to the United States, and the Russian invasion sparked the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

“On the eve of Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in Russia on the last Sunday of November, Vladimir Putin will meet with the mothers of soldiers participating in the special military operation,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 09:28

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Kievans are in survival mode while Putin cuts off power

Residents of Ukraine’s bombed-out capital held empty bottles for water and crowded into cafes for energy and warmth on Thursday, defiantly switching into survival mode after fresh Russian missile strikes the day before plunged the city and much of the country into darkness.

In scenes hard to believe in a developed city of 3 million, some Kyiv residents have resorted to collecting rainwater from drainpipes as repair teams work to reconnect supplies.

Friends and family members exchanged messages to find out who had electricity and water back. Some had one but not the other. The air attack the day before on Ukraine’s power grid left many people without either.

By some small miracle, Kyiv cafes were quickly becoming oases of comfort Thursday, Oleksey Rashopkin, a 39-year-old investment banker, awoke to find that the water had been reconnected to his third-floor apartment but the electricity had not.

His freezer melted in the power outage, leaving a puddle on the floor.

So he got into a taxi and crossed the Dnieper from the left bank to the right, to a café he noticed had remained open after previous Russian strikes.

Sure enough, it was serving hot drinks and hot food and the music and Wi-Fi were on. “I am here because there is heat, coffee and light,” he said. “Here is life.”

Kyiv residents fill plastic bottles at a water pump in a park in Kyiv

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Maryam Zakir HussainNovember 25, 2022 08:55

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James Cleverly pledges to provide more ambulances to Ukraine during his visit to the country

James Cleverly announced a package of “hands-on” support to help Ukraine through the winter while visiting the war-torn country.

Cleverly announced practical support for Ukraine’s power grid and other critical infrastructure that has been bombarded by Russian strikes, causing blackouts and leaving millions without heat, electricity or water as temperatures plummet.

Maryam Zakir HussainNovember 25, 2022 08:41

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UK Foreign Secretary pledges more support in winter visit to Ukraine

The office of British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said it would pledge millions of pounds of additional support to Kiev during a visit to Ukraine to ensure the country gets the practical help it needs through the winter.

Astute, who is set to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the trip, also condemned Russia for its “brutal attacks” on civilians, hospitals and energy infrastructure.

A statement issued by his office early Friday said Cleverly had traveled to Ukraine, which this week suffered the most devastating Russian air strikes on energy infrastructure yet in the months-long war.

“The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine,” Cleverley said, setting aside £3m to help rebuild critical infrastructure and committing another £5m to a Ukraine-led initiative to ship grain to countries at risk of famine.

“I have seen firsthand here how the UK’s efforts are helping brave citizens fight back and rebuild. Our support will continue as long as this wonderful country recovers.”

Cleverly trip to the European country comes just days after new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made his first visit to Kyiv, during which he pledged to continue the strong support for Ukraine that Britain provided under his predecessors.

Maryam Zakir HussainNovember 25, 2022 08:23

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Air defenses launched in the town of Crimea-TASS, which was annexed by Russia

The Tass news agency quoted a local mayor as saying on Friday that the air defense system had started operating in the town of Armyansk in Russia-annexed Crimea.

Maryam Zakir HussainNovember 25, 2022 08:05

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Families of Russian reservists prepared to protest as large numbers of the crowd were killed

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said an increasing number of families of reservists were willing to risk arrest by protesting the conditions under which their relatives were serving.

It comes as the ministry stated that “mobilized reservists likely suffered particularly heavy losses after being committed to digging ambitious trench systems while under artillery fire around the Luhansk Oblast town of Svatov.”

Defense Intelligence added that the eligibility of Russian reservists was often questionable, and that the training and equipment they received was “inadequate”.

Maryam Zakir HussainNovember 25, 2022 07:50

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ICYMI: Putin meets mothers of Russian soldiers on Mother’s Day

Vladimir Putin will meet the mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine in time for the country’s celebration of Mother’s Day this weekend.

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Maryam Zakir HussainNovember 25, 2022 07:36

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15,000 people went missing during the Ukraine war

More than 15,000 people have gone missing since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

These figures were provided by an official with the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP), Reuters reported.

The actual number of missing persons may be much higher.

It is not clear how many people are being held, forcibly removed, separated from family members, or who have died, said Matthew Holliday, ICMP Europe program director.

(Copyright 2022 Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Sravasti DasguptaNovember 25, 2022 07:20

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