Frozen Russian assets could be used to rebuild Ukraine, says EU chief
Ukraine’s armed forces have lost around 10,000 to 13,000 soldiers in Vladimir Putin’s war against the country, Volodymyr Zelensky’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak has said.
The top Ukrainian officials said that the war-hit country is “open in talking about the number of dead” and added that more soldiers have been injured than had died.
This comes as Joe Biden has said he is ready to speak with Mr. Putin if the Russian president is interested in ending the war in Ukraine, as he sought to alleviate European anger over US subsidies.
Mr. Biden said that the “one way” for the war to end in a “rational way” is for Mr. Putin to “pull out of Ukraine”.
The French leader said he would continue to talk to Mr. Putin to “try to prevent escalation and to get some very concrete results” like assurances on the safety of nuclear plants.
On the war’s frontlines, Russian rockets pounded neighborhoods in Kherson knocking out power in the city and intense shelling continued to hit a number of eastern frontline villages near the city of Bakhmut.
Russia unable to restart attack on Ukraine due to shortage of ammunition – MoD
Russia’s military salvo has been interrupted due to its shortage of ammunition, the British defense ministry said today, as Vladimir Putin’s soldiers have not launched an effective attack on Ukraine after abandoning Kherson.
“Russia’s shortage of munitions (exacerbated by these logistics challenges) is likely one of the main factors currently limiting Russia’s potential to restart effective, large-scale offensive ground operations,” the ministry said in its latest war update.
It added that after Russia’s withdrawal from the west bank of the Dnipro River last month, the Ukrainian Armed Forces gained the opportunities to strike additional Russian logistics nodes and lines of communication.
“This threat has highly likely prompted Russian logisticians to relocate supply nodes, including rail transfer points, further south and east,” the ministry said.
“Russian logistics units will need to conduct extra labor-intensive loading and unloading from rail to road transport. Road moves will subsequently still be vulnerable to Ukrainian artillery as they move on to supply Russian forward defensive positions,” according to the British defense ministry.
Arpan Rai2 December 2022 06:57
Putin can pull out of Ukraine to end the war in a rational way, says Biden
Joe Biden has said that the “one way” for the war to end in a “rational way” is for Russian President Vladimir Putin to “pull out of Ukraine” but he said he has no plans to engage with the Russian leader in the immediate future.
“He’s paying a very heavy price for failing to do it, but he’s inflicting incredible, incredible carnage on the civilian population of Ukraine. I mean, nurseries, hospitals, children’s homes, it’s sick, what he’s doing, but the fact of the matter is, I have no immediate plans to contact Mr. Putin,” he said, adding later that the idea that Russian forces would ever be victorious in Ukraine is “beyond comprehension”.
He was speaking at a news conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron after a three-hour bilateral meeting between the two leaders and their respective advisers.
Arpan Rai2 December 2022 06:36
Zelensky commemorates Ukrainian referendum anniversary: ’Our desire to live freely’
Volodymyr Zelensky commemorated the anniversary of a referendum held in Ukraine 31 years ago when the country was still part of the Soviet Union – voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence.
“Every year on December 1, we recall an event that defined history. An event that said a lot about all of us, about Ukrainians. About who we are. And about who we will never become,” he said.
“Our desire to live freely … will not be broken. Ukrainians will never again be a tiny stone in some empire,” Mr. Zelensky added.
The referendum, he said, was held that united the entire territory of their state. “None of our people remained outside the All-Ukrainian decision. Kyiv and Sevastopol, Odesa and Crimea, Lviv and Cherkasy, Chernihiv and Kharkiv, Donetsk and Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Luhansk, Khmelnytskyi and Kirovohrad regions, Volyn and Dnipropetrovsk regions, Sumy and Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil, Zhytomyr region and Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia , Kyiv region, Mykolaiv, Poltava, Rivne… Everyone expressed their support,” he said in his nightly address.
Hours later in the early hours today, Russian forces shelled a building in the Ukrainian-held city of Zaporizhzhia, setting it ablaze, city official Anatoly Krutyev said.
Arpan Rai2 December 2022 06:05
New sanctions on Russians recruiting conscripts and prisoners to Putin’s war machine
Also targeted was the head of Russia‘s prison system, accused of supporting the recruitment of convicts to fight as mercenaries in return for pardons for crimes including murder and sexual assault.
Ill-equipped and poorly trained conscripts – many of them drawn from Russia’s ethnic minorities – have been sent to the frontline in recent months as “cannon fodder” as Vladimir Putin’s invasion met fierce resistance from Ukraine.
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Arpan Rai2 December 2022 05:30
Shelling injures one in Kharkiv
At least one civilian has been injured in Russian shelling in Kharkiv oblast.
The attack targeted a high-rise in the Kluhyno-Bashkyrivka village, said the spokesperson for the Ukrainian state emergency service in Kharkiv oblast.
Arpan Rai2 December 2022 05:19
Ukraine has lost 10,000 to 13,000 soldiers so far – official
Around 10,000 to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died in Russia’s war against the country, presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on television network.
This comes as Ukraine’s armed forces reported heavy shelling of a number of eastern frontline villages near the city of Bakhmut.
Russian rockets pounded neighborhoods in Kherson knocking out power in the city where electricity had only begun to be restored nearly three weeks after Russian troops left.
Residents in Kyiv have been asked to stock up on water, food and warm clothes in anticipation of a total blackout caused by Russian strikes, mayor Vitaliy Klitschko.
Arpan Rai2 December 2022 04:42
The US poses an existential threat to Russia, says Putin’s leading diplomat
Sergey Lavrovthe Kremlin’s foreign minister who has a reputation for wild statements, used a press conference on Thursday to condemn Washington and Nato, while defending Russia’s bombing of Ukraine’s civil infrastructure.
He said the Kremlin’s assault on the Ukrainian power grid was aimed at cutting off the country’s supply of western arms, countering the view held by Kyiv and allies that knocking out heat and electricity for ordinary citizens was an attempt to break the national spirit.
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Arpan Rai2 December 2022 04:24
Biden is willing to discuss the end of the Ukraine war with Putin
Joe Biden said he would be willing to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin to learn whether he’s willing to end his nearly year-long invasion of Ukraine, but not unilaterally and only after discussions with America’s Nato allies first.
The US president said he’d take a meeting with Mr. Putin “if he’s willing to talk to find out what he’s willing to do”, speaking at a news conference alongside French president Emmanuel Macron after a three-hour bilateral meeting between the two leaders and their respective advisors.
“But I’ll only do it in consultation with my Nato allies. I’m not going to do it on my own,” he added.
He also thanked his French counterpart for welcoming over 100,000 Ukrainian refugees to his shores, adding that such actions were “a mark of who you are as a people”.
“Putin thinks that he can crush the will of all those who oppose his imperial ambitions by attacking civilian infrastructures in Ukraine, choking off energy to Europe as a driver of crisis, [and] exacerbating [a] food crisis that’s hurting very vulnerable people not just in Ukraine, but around the world. And he’s not going to succeed,” he said.
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Arpan Rai2 December 2022 04:11
Good morning, welcome to our coverage of the Ukraine war on Friday, December 2.
Arpan Rai2 December 2022 03:37