Zelensky denounces new attack as ‘another Russian terrorist attack’

Russia caused “a real danger of a nuclear and radioactive catastrophe” by launching an attack in which all of Ukraine’s nuclear reactors were cut off from the power grid for the first time in 40 years, Kyiv’s nuclear energy chief said.

Petro Kotin, head of nuclear power company Energoatom, said in a statement on Thursday that the sprawling nuclear power plant in the Zaporizhzhia region had been reconnected to the national power grid following Wednesday’s Russian air strike, and that a backup diesel generator at the site had been installed. has been turned off.

It comes as repeated missile barrages against power infrastructure across Ukraine over the past few weeks have forced millions of people to go without lights, water or heat for hours or days, as outdoor temperatures dip below freezing.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “there was no attack on a ‘social’ target and nothing – special attention was paid to this”. he says.

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We’re stopping our live updates on Russia’s war in Ukraine for now. Join us again tomorrow for all the latest.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 20:57

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Watch: Smoke fills the street after a Russian rocket attack on a residential area of ​​Kyiv

Smoke fills the street after a Russian rocket attack on a residential area of ​​Kyiv

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 23:00

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Russia passes a law banning the promotion of “LGBT propaganda” among adults

The Russian parliament has today passed a law banning the promotion of “LGBT+ propaganda” to people of all ages.

The law’s third and final reading expands on a ban that previously applied only to children.

Maryam Zakir-Husain report:

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 22:30

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“This is a war about strength, about resilience,” said Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the war with Russia as one of “strength and resilience”.

It comes as repeated missile barrages against power infrastructure across Ukraine over the past few weeks have forced millions of people to go without lights, water or heat for hours or days, as outdoor temperatures dip below freezing.

Mr. Zelensky told FT: ‘It was the kind of incident that had never happened because I don’t know how many years, maybe 80, 90 years: a country on the continent of Europe where there was absolutely no light.

‘The country is overwhelmingly fighting back. Energy workers, the state emergency ministry, mine deminers are all working to repair and restore electricity and provide at least some water.

“This is a war about strength, about resilience, about who stands stronger.”

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 22:00

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Zelensky insisted Ukraine must reclaim “all the land” from Russian occupation

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia’s strategy to destroy Ukraine’s critical infrastructure would not weaken his country’s resolve to reclaim territory captured by Vladimir Putin’s troops.

In an interview with Financial timing, Mr. Zelensky said: “We must return all the land . . . because I believe the battlefield is the way when there is no diplomacy.

“If you can’t get your land back completely, the war will simply freeze. It’s a matter of time before it continues.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 21:30

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Why did Russia invade Ukraine?

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 21:00

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Feeling flushed? Vladimir Putin’s nude gold toilet statue is being auctioned to raise money for Ukraine

A nude statue of Russian president Vladimir Putin perched atop an ornate gold toilet has been put up for auction by a group of Czech activists who plan to use the proceeds to buy and deliver combat drones to Ukrainian troops.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 20:30

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Ukraine: Putin’s Russia declared ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ by the European Parliament

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Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 20:00

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Berlin rejected Warsaw’s request that air defense be transferred to Ukraine

Berlin has made clear that the Patriot air defense units it is offering to Poland are intended for use on NATO territory, against Warsaw’s demands that the systems be delivered to Ukraine.

“These Patriots are part of NATO’s integrated air defense, meaning they are intended to be deployed on NATO territory,” German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said in Berlin.

“Any use outside NATO territory will require prior discussion with NATO and its allies,” he added.

Berlin offered Warsaw a Patriot missile defense system to help secure its airspace after a stray missile crashed and killed two people in Poland last week.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 19:30

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Friend or foe: Hungary delays ratifying Swedish and Finnish bids for NATO membership

Hungary has delayed ratifying Finland’s and Sweden’s bids for NATO membership – but Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be approved early next year.

Orban told a briefing after the Visegrad Group meeting in Slovakia that his government had decided that Hungary would support Finland and Sweden’s NATO accession and parliament would set this item on its agenda at its first session next year.

“Hungary will definitely support their accession, once the government does it, the parliament will do it too,” Orban said. Parliament usually reconvenes around mid-February.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 19:00