Russia’s scorched earth tactics will not win, Germany says; Kyiv tells men to resist Russian conscription

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Russian plane fired missile near British plane over Black Sea, UK official said

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Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Thursday that a Russian plane fired a missile near a British aircraft patrolling international airspace over the Black Sea on September 29.

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Wallace told parliament that Britain had suspended patrols following the incident and expressed its concern to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Russia said it was a technical fault and Wallace said Britain had now resumed patrols.

He said the patrol now has fighter aircraft escorts.

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— Reuters

Russians may ‘seriously consider’ withdrawing from Kherson part, says UK

Britain’s defense ministry said it was likely Russia was considering pulling out troops from part of the Kherson region west of the Dnipro River, as it began evacuating civilian populations there.

The ministry noted that, given recent comments by the newly appointed commander of the Russian military in Ukraine about “a difficult situation” emerging in Kherson in southern Ukraine – as well as their approval of plans to evacuate residents there – ” The prospect indicates that the Russian authorities are seriously considering a major withdrawal of their forces from the area west of the Dniepro River.”

“As overall operational commander, it is highly unusual to uncover negative news about Surovikin’s announcement of a ‘special military operation’,” the ministry said.

However, it would be difficult for the Russian army to retreat. “A major challenge of any Russian withdrawal operation will be the removal of troops and their equipment in good order across a 1000-metre-wide river.”

“With all permanent bridges severely damaged, Russia will rely heavily on a temporary barge bridge built near Kherson in recent days and military pontoon ferry units, which continue to operate at several locations,” the ministry said. “

— Holly Eliot

Scorched Earth strategy won’t help Russia win war, says Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Europe was being tested because Russian President Vladimir Putin used energy and hunger as weapons.

“The brutal war in Ukraine, the hunger and ruthless use of energy by Putin as a weapon, huge price increases here in Germany and around the world – Germany and Europe are going through trials we have not experienced for decades. tests that Putin has forced upon us with the war of his imperialist aggression,” he told the German parliament on Thursday.

Scholz said Germany, a country that received more than half of its gas imports from Russia before the war, would make it “through this winter”, establishing alternative import infrastructure.

“With all these measures, we have managed to fill our storage facilities in Germany and Europe in good time before winter,” he said, adding that storage levels exceed 95%.

Nonetheless, Scholz said Germany would bring coal-fired power plants back online as a temporary measure. “We are committed to our stated climate goals,” he said.

— Holly Eliot

Try to resist the Russian army, Zelensky tells the men in the occupied territories.

President Zelensky called on men in the occupied territories of southern and eastern Ukraine to oppose enlistment in Russia’s armed forces. “Please avoid it as much as you can. Try to leave the occupied area,” he said in his nightly address on Wednesday.

“If you can not do this and find yourself in Russian military formations, then at the first opportunity try to lay down your weapons and come to Ukrainian positions. And most importantly, protect your life. And our other people Be sure to help those who are close to you,” he said.

Zelensky’s remarks came after Russian President Vladimir Putin put both the occupied territories of Russia and Ukraine on a strong war footing after introducing martial law in the illegally annexed areas of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya in the south and Donetsk and Luhansk in the east. Is.

Russia began after “annexing” the territories already occupied by men to fight in the war against Ukraine, a move Ukraine and its allies have condemned as illegal. Martial law means that the civil administration in those areas is now essentially a military administration.

— Holly Eliot

Ukraine bans energy use after further infrastructure damage

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine’s energy infrastructure suffered new damage as Kyiv called on citizens to limit their energy use.

“There is new damage to critical infrastructure. Three energy facilities were destroyed by the enemy today,” Zelensky said in his nightly video address on Wednesday. “We believe that Russian terror will be directed at energy facilities until, with the help of our partners, we are able to 100% shoot down enemy missiles and drones,” he said.

Kyiv imposed a nationwide ban on energy use on Thursday as a result of widespread attacks on critical energy infrastructure this week.

Ukraine’s national energy company Ukrenergo Telegram said on Thursday That Russia’s “relentless missile strikes are destroying our energy infrastructure, and energy workers need time to restore it.”

“At the same time, it is getting colder outside, which traditionally encourages us to consume more electricity. But now we need to be very aware and frugal with our electricity consumption so that with the next winter- together as possible.”

“Today, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., consumption restriction measures may be implemented in Ukraine. Your distribution network operator determines exactly when your road will be cut.”

— Holly Eliot

Zelensky says that Ukraine is preparing for the breakdown of energy systems throughout the country

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said the government was preparing for a breakdown of energy systems across the country.

“We are working to create mobile power points for critical infrastructure in cities, towns and villages. We are preparing for different scenarios of possible outcomes,” Zelensky said. telegram messaging app,

Zelensky said the options were discussed during a strategic meeting on security at energy supply facilities. The meeting comes as Kyiv accuses Moscow of targeting critical infrastructure such as energy facilities.

“Ukraine will defend itself. No matter what the enemy plans and does,” said Zelensky.

— Amanda Maciasi

Russia says that Ukraine’s confiscated land is under its nuclear protection

Russia said that the four Ukrainian regions it illegally attached The last months are now under the protection of their nuclear arsenal.

The Kremlin’s statement came at a moment of intense tension, with both NATO and Russia expected to conduct military exercises soon to test the readiness of their nuclear weapons forces.

Asked by reporters whether the areas were under Moscow’s nuclear umbrella, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “All these areas are inseparable parts of the Russian Federation and they are all protected. Their security is provided at the same level.” such as [it is for] the rest of Russia.”

President Vladimir Putin said last month that Moscow was ready to use nuclear weapons To protect the “territorial integrity” of Russia if necessary. US President Joe Biden said on October 6 that his threat has brought the world Closer to “Armageddon” than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, when many feared a nuclear war might be imminent.

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— NBC News

IAEA chief hopes to return to Ukraine ‘soon’ for nuclear plant talks

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi expects to return to Ukraine “soon” as talks continue to establish a security protection zone around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, Reuters reported.

Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly blamed each other for shelling at the site, which has been plagued by power outages over the past few weeks. On Monday, Ukraine’s state nuclear power firm said Russian shelling cut off the plant’s external power supply.

“There is a possibility that I will return to Ukraine and Russia, this is exactly what we have agreed in principle, at this time we are continuing consultations aimed at establishing a conservation zone,” Grossi told Reuters.

“It implies a conversation where I get answers and responses from both sides and I’m looking for new ways to move forward and for that, at some point, maybe very soon.”

Grossi also told Reuters that he believes Russia’s nuclear threat is not an immediate possibility, although “nothing can be ruled out.”

— Natalie Hold

Putin introduces martial law in four illegally enclosed areas

Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced martial law in four regions of Ukraine that Moscow illegally occupied last month.

Martial law would be introduced in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya – four regions of Ukraine that Moscow claimed as Russian territory after a fake referendum in September that Ukraine and its allies denounced as illegal and illegitimate. is of.

The decision, announced by Putin as he addressed a meeting of the Russian Security Council on Wednesday, would mean that the civilian administration of the regions would be replaced by military administration.

— Holly Eliot

Russian official says Kherson is not being surrendered despite evacuation

The Russian-installed deputy governor of the Kherson region has insisted that Russia is not surrendering the city of Kherson, despite calls for residents to evacuate immediately.

“We are not going to surrender the city. We will hold our side until the end. We will not allow the Nazis to enter the city,” said Kirill Stremosov. Russian officials often and unfoundedly refer to the Ukrainian military as “Nazis” to demonize them.

Citizens in Kherson, claimed by Russia and only partially occupied by its forces, have been asked to leave the area as Russian officials hope to reclaim the area. A massive retaliation by the Ukrainian forces may begin to take over.

Residents of the west bank of the Dnipro River have been asked to cross to the opposite side of the water and travel from there to Russian territories. Established officials in Russia say 60,000 people could evacuate the area in the next six days.

In a further development, Vladimir Saldo, the acting governor of the region, told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Wednesday that due to the disturbed situation, entry for citizens into the Kherson region would be very limited for seven days.

According to comments reported by the Tass news agency, “only those who will be given a pass by the commandant’s office” will be able to enter the area, Saldo said. “These are those who are engaged in working, supplying, working in public utilities,” he said.

— Holly Eliot

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Putin imposed martial law on the enclosed areas; ‘Battle for Kherson’ could be imminent as civilians were told to flee

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