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Russia Ukraine war latest: Putin claims he ‘shares pain’ of troops’ mothers

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

Warmonger Vladimir Putin has claimed that he and other ministers “share the pain” of mothers whose sons are fighting and dying in Ukraine.

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The president, who is overseeing the conflict from his luxurious residence in Moscow, met with the soldiers’ mothers on the Friday before Mother’s Day — celebrated in Russia on the last Sunday in November.

Some reports say around 100,000 have been killed or wounded in Putin’s bloody war, which he claims is a “special military operation”.

Speaking on Friday, he told the women: “I’d like you to know that I, personally, and the entire leadership of the country — share your pain.

“We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son — especially for a mother,” he said, breathing heavily and frequently clearing his throat. “We share that pain.”

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said earlier that many Russian troops are being forced to serve in Ukraine due to “serious” health problems, while those forced to build trenches under fire are likely to have suffered “particularly heavy casualties”.

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Putin’s warmonger claims to “share” soldiers’ mothers

Warmonger Vladimir Putin has claimed that he and other ministers “share the pain” of mothers whose sons are fighting in Ukraine.

The Russian president, who is overseeing the war from his luxurious residence in Moscow, met the soldiers’ mothers on the Friday before Mother’s Day – celebrated in Russia on the last Sunday in November.

Some reports say around 100,000 have been killed or wounded in Putin’s bloody war, which he claims is a “special military operation”.

Speaking on Friday, he told the women: “I’d like you to know that I, personally, and the entire leadership of the country — share your pain.

“We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son — especially for a mother,” he said, breathing heavily, repeatedly pounding his throat. “We share that pain.”

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Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 14:26

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German lawmakers want to declare the famine in Ukraine in the 1930s as genocide

Lawmakers from Germany’s ruling coalition and opposition want to declare the Holodomor, the starvation deaths of millions of Ukrainians in 1932-33 under Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, a genocide, according to a draft proposal seen by Reuters.

The draft describes the Soviet leadership’s attempts to control and suppress farmers as well as Ukrainian culture and language through starvation and oppression. This “from today’s perspective, indicates a historical-political classification as genocide. The German Bundestag agrees with this classification.”

German media reports said the draft will be discussed and approved in the lower house of the Bundestag next week.

Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 13:59

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Watch: I run away from Mariupol with my family and my cat

Alona Zahiriba, a 15-year-old Ukrainian, lives with her parents and her cat when the invasion of Russian forces takes place in the year 2022.

Alona’s family lives in Mariupol, one of the hardest fighting areas in Ukraine, and she had to try to escape in order to survive, but just before she left, her cat Peach went missing.

Encouraged by producers Jim Lenz, Noah Berlow, and John Chua, this is a short film about saving her cat during the Russian invasion, exclusive to watch. Independent TV.

Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 13:40

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ICYMI: NATO pledges to help Ukraine ‘as long as it takes’

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg vowed on Friday that NATO is determined to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia “for as long as it takes” and will help the war-torn country transform its armed forces into a modern military by Western standards.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Romania next week, Stoltenberg urged countries that, either individually or collectively, want to continue providing air defense systems and other weapons to Ukraine. NATO as an organization does not supply weapons.

NATO will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as possible. “We will not back down,” said the former Norwegian prime minister. “Allies are providing unprecedented military support, and I expect the foreign ministers will also agree to increase non-lethal support.”

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Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 13:15

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Zelensky: Europe must avoid division

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Europeans on Friday to remain united against Russia’s war while speaking at a conference in Lithuania.

“There is no division, no division among the Europeans, and we have to maintain this. This is our number one task this year,” Zelensky said via video link.

(AFP via Getty Images)

Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 12:39

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Putin ‘forces troops with chronic health problems into battle’

British defense experts believe that many Russian troops are forced to serve in Ukraine due to “serious” health problems, while those forced to build trenches under fire are likely to have suffered “particularly heavy casualties”.

A number of “common themes” emerge in the experience of reservists mobilized in Moscow, according to Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD), with their deployment often marked by “inadequate” training and personal equipment.

A Defense Department intelligence update indicates that the Kremlin will likely be concerned that an increasing number of families are willing to risk arrest by protesting the conditions their relatives face in the war.

The report adds that most of the mobilized reservists have served previously, with “numerous examples” indicating that it is very likely that they are not undergoing “sufficient review” of their medical status.

“Many are forced to serve with serious, chronic health conditions,” the update reads.

Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 11:31

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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

(AFP via Getty Images)

Maryam Zakir HussainNovember 25, 2022 08:55

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