Ukraine’s Zelenskyy urges European unity; Russian reservists suffer heavy losses

“We share your pain”: Putin meets mothers of Russian soldiers

President Vladimir Putin met with the mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine on Friday and said he and his country shared their grief.

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

President Vladimir Putin met with the mothers of Russian soldiers and said that he shared their grief.

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“I want you personally and the entire leadership of the country to know that we share your grief,” he said, according to television footage seen by Reuters.

“We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son – especially for a mother. We share this grief,” he added.

The mother’s response to Putin’s words was not immediately shown in the clip.

Hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers have been sent to the war in Ukraine this year, including about 300,000 reservists who were called up for “partial” mobilization in September.

– Karen Gilchrist

Russia’s strikes put millions of people in trouble, says UN human rights defender

People queue for food next to graffiti artist Banksy on the wall of a collapsed building in Khorenka, Ukraine on November 22, 2022.

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At least 77 civilians have been killed and millions have been left in dire straits since Russia began striking Ukraine’s critical infrastructure in October, according to the UN human rights office.

“Millions of people are facing extreme hardship and terrible living conditions with these strikes,” Volker Turk said, according to Reuters.

“In general, this raises serious problems under international humanitarian law, which requires a specific and direct military priority for each object of attack,” he added.

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Turk also noted that initial analysis of videos showing Ukrainian soldiers killing Russian prisoners showed that they were “likely to be authentic.”

– Karen Gilchrist

Russia is intensifying shelling of Kherson

A man looks at smoke from a Russian strike at the Kherson Shipyard in Kherson, Ukraine on November 24, 2022.

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Russian troops continued shelling the southern city of Kherson, killing seven people and wounding 21 others in the latest strike, an official said.

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 Kherson region, Yaroslav Yanushevich, said on Thursday at around 17:00 local time, an apartment building was set on fire by Russian artillery and anti-aircraft fire, and one residence was hit by bullets. According to him, the children’s playground was also damaged.

– Karen Gilchrist

Ukrainian President Zelensky called on Europeans to maintain unity

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during an interview with Reuters during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sept. 16, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday urged Europeans to unite against Russia’s war.

Speaking via video link to a conference in Lithuania, Zelensky described the task as the region’s first mission.

“There is no division, no division among Europeans, and we have to preserve that. That is our No. 1 mission this year,” he said.

– Karen Gilchrist

According to the UK, Russian reservists are suffering heavy losses

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russian reservists could suffer heavy casualties after being asked to dig trenches in eastern Ukraine two months after being mobilized by Putin.

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“The Kremlin may be concerned that a growing number of reservists’ families are willing to challenge the conditions under which their relatives are serving and risk arrest,” said Friday’s update.

Putin’s supporters are increasingly using “genocidal rhetoric”.

Prominent supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin are increasingly using “genocidal rhetoric” to discuss and denigrate Ukrainians, analysts say, while some pro-war analysts are supporting the concept of “annihilating” the modern Ukrainian state.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a rally and concert dedicated to the annexation of four Ukrainian regions – Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia – on September 30, 2022 in the center of Moscow, on the screen on Red Square.

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According to Ukraine, about 70% of Kyiv is without electricity due to Russian shelling

Local residents walk near a power pole and apartment building destroyed during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, March 25, 2022.

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

According to a translation by NBC News, Alexei Kuleba also said that the death toll from the latest Russian airstrikes has reached seven.

Missiles rained down on Kiev and several other Ukrainian cities on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after a newborn baby claimed to be one of the youngest casualties of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war.

– Amanda Macias

Kyiv reported that about 50 mass graves were found in the recently liberated cities of Ukraine

This photo taken on September 25, 2022 shows empty graves after the exhumation of bodies in a mass grave created during the Russian occupation in Izyum, Kharkiv region, during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian government announced that investigators had found 50 separate mass graves in the recently liberated Mykolaiv and Kherson regions.

“Approximately 50 burial sites in the liberated areas of Mykolaiv and Kherson regions have been investigated,” the government wrote on the Telegram messaging app, according to a translation by NBC News.

“Search teams have identified the bodies of about 200 victims,” ​​the statement added.

The Kremlin has previously denied claims that its forces used mass graves in once heavily occupied territories.

– Amanda Macias

79 ships waiting to transport crops from Ukraine were left behind

Ships carrying grain from Ukraine and awaiting inspection docked in Istanbul, Turkey on November 02, 2022, off the coast of Istanbul.

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The organization that controls the export of Ukrainian crops said that 79 ships are waiting to load cargo.

The UN-led Joint Coordination Center also said it is awaiting inspection of about 110 cargo ships in Turkish territorial waters.

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

Since the signing of the agreement, more than 490 ships carrying 11.8 million tons of grain and other food products have left for destinations around the world.

Kyiv has previously accused Moscow of suspending inspections and delaying the movement of ships.

– Amanda Macias

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