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Russia Ukraine latest: Poland fears missile strike could happen again, Western officials say

Zelensky denounces the new strikes as “another Russian terrorist attack”

Polish politicians believe the stray missile strike that killed two people last week is likely to happen again, Western officials have said.

During a briefing on the situation in Poland amid the war in Ukraine, officials said the Polish government handled the incident “calmly”, but cautioned that if it was “mishandled , it could degenerate in a different way”.

“If it happens again – and Polish politicians think it will – they have to deal with it in a way that is not wasteful.”

However, officials stressed that the “unfortunate accident” would not have happened at all without Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

It comes as Volodymyr Zelensky lashed out at Russia’s ‘formula of terror’ after Ukraine was battered by more than 70 missiles in a single day.

Ukraine’s president called on the UN to act against Vladimir Putin’s strategy to wipe out vital energy infrastructure, leaving Ukrainians without electricity this winter.

“Today is only one day but we have received 70 missiles. This is the Russian formula for terror,” Zelensky said.

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Ukrainian leaders can ‘end the suffering’ by meeting Russian demands

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that Ukrainian leaders could “end the suffering” in Ukraine by responding to Russia’s demands to resolve the conflict.

Peskov was asked if Russia is worried about the effect on the civilian population of its strikes on energy infrastructure, which have caused repeated massive power cuts.

Peskov said Russia only attacks targets of military importance, not “social” targets.

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 24, 2022 11:24 a.m.

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Russian attacks create real danger of ‘catastrophe’, says Ukrainian nuclear boss

Russia caused ‘real danger of nuclear and radioactive disaster’ by launching attacks in which all Ukrainian nuclear reactors were disconnected from the power grid for the first time in 40 years, Ukraine’s nuclear energy chief says .

Petro Kotin, head of nuclear energy company Energoatom, said in a statement on Thursday that the vast nuclear power plant in the Zaporizhzhia region had been reconnected to the national electricity grid after Russian airstrikes on Wednesday, and that emergency diesel generators on the site had been extinguished.

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 24, 2022 11:07 am

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Zelensky urges UN to fight Putin ‘terror’ as Russia is accused of ‘winter weaponry’

“Today is only one day but we have received 70 missiles. This is the Russian formula for terror,” Zelensky said via video link in the council chambers in New York.

Hospitals, schools, transport infrastructure and residential areas were also hit by Russian strikes.

Ukraine is waiting to see “a very strong reaction” from the world to Wednesday’s airstrikes, he added, also calling for Russia to be denied a vote on any decision on its actions.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 10:29

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Hit Russia ‘where it hurts’, says von der Leyen as EU prepares new sanctions

The European Union is moving forward with a ninth sanctions package against Russia in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday during a visit to Finland.

“We are working hard to hit Russia where it hurts to blunt even more its ability to wage war on Ukraine and I can announce today that we are working full steam ahead on a 9th sanctions package,” said von der Leyen at a press conference.

“And I am confident that we will very soon agree to a global cap on Russian oil prices with the G7 and other major partners. We will not rest until Ukraine defeats Putin and his illegal and barbaric war,” she said.

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 24, 2022 10:20 a.m.

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Poland fears recent missile strike could happen again, Western officials say

Briefing on the situation in Poland amid the war in Ukraine, Western officials said Polish politicians believed the stray missile strike that killed two people last week was likely to happen again.

The Polish government handled the situation in a “calm” way, but the incident signaled that if it was “mishandled, it could escalate in a different way”, the official said.

“If it happens again – and Polish politicians think it will – they have to deal with it in a way that is not wasteful.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 24, 2022 9:58 a.m.

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EU preparing 9th sanctions package against Russia, says von der Leyen

The European Union is moving forward with a ninth sanctions package against Russia in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday during a visit to Finland.

(AP)

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 24, 2022 9:44 a.m.

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Ukraine rushes to restore power cut by Russian airstrikes

Power was gradually restored to Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, on Thursday, a day after Russian missile strikes caused Kyiv’s biggest blackouts in nine months of war.

Regional authorities said 25% of homes in Kyiv were still without power, but water supplies had been restored in some areas and would start working in others later on Thursday.

In a big improvement from Wednesday, when authorities said power was cut across the Kyiv region, public transport was operating in the capital, with buses replacing trams to save energy.

“Let us persevere despite everything,” the Kyiv regional military administration said in a statement.

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 24, 2022 9:23 a.m.

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Russia says contacts with UN watchdog over Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant ‘constructive’

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that contacts with the UN’s nuclear watchdog over the safety of Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine were “constructive” and looked promising.

The Zaporizhzhia plant, which Russia seized shortly after the invasion, was again rocked by bombardments last weekend, prompting fresh calls from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to create a protective zone around it in order to avoid a nuclear catastrophe.

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog met a Russian delegation in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss security at the plant, which Ukraine and Moscow have accused each other of bombing.

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 24, 2022 09:02

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EU divided on level of Russian oil price cap, talks to resume on Thursday

European Union governments failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday on the price cap level for Russian oil transported by sea under the Group of Seven Nations (G7) program and will resume talks on Thursday evening or Friday, European diplomats said.

Earlier on Thursday, representatives of the 27 EU governments met in Brussels to discuss a G7 proposal to set the price cap in the range of $65-$70 a barrel, but the level proved too low for some and too high for others.

“There are still differences in price caps. We have to do it bilaterally,” an EU diplomat said. “The next meeting of ambassadors from EU countries will take place either tomorrow evening or on Friday,” the diplomat said.

The G7, including the United States, as well as the entire European Union and Australia, are expected to implement the price cap on maritime exports of Russian oil on December 5.

The move is part of sanctions designed to cut Moscow’s revenue from its oil exports so it has less money to fund its invasion of Ukraine.

But the level of the price cap level is a controversial issue – Poland, Lithuania and Estonia believe that $65-70 per barrel would leave Russia with too much profit, since production costs are around $20 a barrel.

Cyprus, Greece and Malta – countries with major shipping industries that stand to lose the most if Russian oil shipments are blocked – believe the cap is too low and are demanding compensation for lost business or more time to s ‘adapt.

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 24, 2022 08:40

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

In a vote of 494 to 58 with 48 abstentions, the European legislator sought to increase pressure on Moscow to bring before an international tribunal anyone responsible for war crimes committed since the start of the invasion.

The 27-nation bloc has condemned the invasion in the strongest terms and has repeatedly declared several Russian actions over the past 10 months to constitute war crimes.

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 24, 2022 08:22


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