Two-thirds of homes in Kyiv are without heating, says Ukraine’s mayor

Oleg Bistrov, a Ukrainian salesman of a company selling construction paint, works in a warehouse with headlights on during a power outage in Kyiv, Ukraine November 21, 2022.

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Vitaliy Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv, said that about two-thirds of homes in the war-weary Ukrainian capital had no heating. Klitschko added that about half of the homes in Kyiv had electricity but were experiencing waves of blackouts.

The day before, the head of the Kyiv regional government said that about 70% of the local government did not have electricity.

Oleksiy Kuleba also said that the death toll from Russian airstrikes recently rose to seven, according to an NBC News translation.

Rockets rained down on Kyiv and several other Ukrainian cities on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after officials said the newborn became one of the youngest victims of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war.

—Amanda Macias

The NATO secretary general will urge allies to contribute more to Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on August 17, 2022.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that next week at the alliance’s foreign ministers meeting he would urge partners to contribute more to Ukraine’s defense.

“Yes, we all paid the price for Russia’s war against Ukraine. But the price we paid was money. Meanwhile the price Ukraine paid was blood. And if we let Putin win, we will all pay a much higher price, for many years to come,” Stoltenberg told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

“So NATO will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary. We will not back down,” added Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg said that Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as well as foreign ministers from Sweden and Finland, would attend the Nato ministerial meeting in Bucharest.

—Amanda Macias

‘We share your pain’: Putin meets Russian soldiers’ mothers

President Vladimir Putin met on Friday with the mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, telling them that he and his country share their pain.

Sitting with a group of women around a table with tea and cakes, Putin said he understood that nothing could replace the loss of a son.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with mothers of Russian servicemen participating in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, ahead of Mother’s Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia November 25, 2022.

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“I want you to know that I personally, and the entire nation’s leadership, we share your pain,” he said, according to a televised clip seen by Reuters.

“We understand that nothing can replace losing a son – especially for a mother. We share this pain,” he added.

The clip did not immediately show the mothers’ response to Putin’s comments.

Hundreds of thousands of Russian troops have been sent to fight in Ukraine this year, including some 300,000 reservists that were called up in September in “partial” mobilizations.

—Karen Gilchrist

The Russian attack has put millions of people in trouble, says the UN human rights boss

Members of a public queue for food next to a picture by graffiti artist Banksy on the wall of a destroyed building on November 22, 2022 in Horenka, Ukraine.

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At least 77 civilians have been killed and millions have been left in extreme hardship since Russia began shelling critical Ukrainian infrastructure in October, the UN human rights chief has said.

“Millions of people have been plunged into extreme hardship and dire living conditions as a result of these attacks,” Volker Turk said in a statement, according to Reuters.

“Taken together, this poses a serious problem under international humanitarian law, which requires a real and immediate military advantage for any object attacked,” he added.

Turk also notes that initial analysis of the video purporting to show Ukrainian soldiers executing Russian prisoners of war suggests it is “highly likely genuine”.

—Karen Gilchrist

Russia increases shelling of Kherson

A man looks at smoke rising from a Russian attack on the Kherson shipyard on November 24, 2022 in Kherson, Ukraine.

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Russian troops expanded their assault on the southern city of Kherson, killing seven people and wounding at least 21 in the latest round of attacks, according to an official.

Shelling from Russian positions across the Dnieper River has become a regular occurrence since the city was liberated from Russian occupation two weeks ago.

The governor of the Kherson region, Yaroslav Yanushevych, said a residential area was hit by Russian artillery and anti-aircraft fire around 5pm local time Thursday, causing a high-rise building to catch fire. Children’s playgrounds were also hit, he said.

—Karen Gilchrist

Zelenskyy from Ukraine called on Europeans to stick together

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during an interview with Reuters, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine September 16, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday urged Europe to remain united in the face of Russia’s war.

Speaking via video link to a conference in Lithuania, Zelenskyy described the task as the region’s number one mission.

“There are no divisions, there are no divisions among Europeans and we must maintain this. This is our number one mission this year,” he said.

—Karen Gilchrist

Russian reservists suffered heavy casualties, Britain said

Britain’s defense ministry said Russian reservists, two months after being mobilized by Putin, were “very likely” to suffer heavy casualties after being asked to dig trenches in eastern Ukraine.

“The Kremlin is likely to be concerned that a growing number of reserve families are ready to risk arrest by protesting the conditions their relatives are living in,” it said in its daily update Friday.

Putin supporters increasingly use ‘genocidal rhetoric’

Prominent supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin are using increasing “genocidal rhetoric” when discussing and demonizing Ukrainians, analysts note, with some pro-war commentators supporting the concept of “liquidation” of the modern Ukrainian state.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on a screen in Red Square addresses a rally and concert marking the annexation of four Ukrainian regions — Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia — in central Moscow on September 30, 2022.

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About 70% of Kyiv remains without power due to Russian shelling, Ukraine says

Locals walk near downed power lines and an apartment building destroyed during the Ukrainian-Russian conflict in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine March 25, 2022.

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The head of the Kyiv regional government reiterated that about 70% of the local government remains without electricity.

Oleksiy Kuleba also said that the death toll from Russian airstrikes recently rose to seven, according to an NBC News translation.

Rockets rained down on Kyiv and several other Ukrainian cities on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after officials said the newborn became one of the youngest victims of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war.

—Amanda Macias

50 mass grave sites discovered in newly liberated Ukrainian cities, Kyiv said

Photo taken on September 25, 2022 shows empty graves after exhumation in a mass grave created during the Russian occupation of Izyum, Kharkiv region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian government said investigators found 50 separate sites of mass graves in the recently liberated areas of Mykolaiv and Kherson.

“In the liberated Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, 50 possible burial sites have been examined,” the government wrote on the messaging app Telegram, according to a translation of NBC News.

“Search teams identified the bodies of around 200 victims,” ​​the message added.

The Kremlin has previously denied claims that its troops had used mass graves in areas that were once heavily occupied.

—Amanda Macias

Piles of 79 ships waiting to transport crops from Ukraine

Ships, including those carrying grain from Ukraine and awaiting inspection, are seen anchored off the coast of Istanbul on November 02, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The organization that oversees the export of Ukrainian crops said there were a stash of 79 ships waiting to be loaded.

The UN-led Joint Coordination Center also said that some 110 loaded ships were awaiting inspection in Turkey’s territorial waters.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, a deal brokered in July between Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations, eased Russia’s naval blockade and reopened three of Ukraine’s main ports.

Since the deal was signed, more than 490 ships carrying 11.8 million metric tons of grain and other food products have departed to destinations around the world.

Kyiv has previously blamed Moscow for delaying inspections and delaying the ship’s movement.

—Amanda Macias

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