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Pro-Russian Kherson administrator says no power supply after ‘sabotage’

Residents of the besieged Ukrainian town of Bakhmut live in dire conditions, with civilians killed and injured daily as fighting between opposing sides continues into Day 256.

In recent weeks, Russian officials have repeatedly warned civilians to leave Kherson. (Reuters archive)

Sunday, November 6, 2022

The Russian-backed administration in Ukraine’s Kherson region said a number of settlements, including the city of Kherson, lost water and electricity after what it called an act of ” sabotage”.

In a statement on Telegram, the Russian-backed Kherson administration said electricity and water were ‘temporarily out’ after what it called a ‘terrorist attack’ damaged three lines electricity in the area.

He said the attack was organized by Ukraine, although he provided no evidence. Battlefield accounts have not been verified by any side.

Ukrainian and EU leaders discuss aid, grain deal and Iran sanctions

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to discuss financial aid to Ukraine, the grain deal and tougher sanctions against Iran.

“Discussed macro-financial assistance to Ukraine for the current year and 2023 with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Noted the importance of continuing the cereals initiative for global food security. Discussed of increased sanctions and opposition actions by Iran, which supports the aggression,” Zelenskyy said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, von der Leyen announced that the EU will offer a financial support package to Ukraine for 2023, without specifying a specific date.

In Russian-ruled Donetsk, freed POWs return to tearful reunion

Fighters affiliated with the Russian-backed administration of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region arrived in the town of Amvrosiivka after being released in a prisoner swap with the Ukrainian military .

The fighters were freed in a prisoner swap on November 3, with the two sides in the eight-month-old conflict each freeing 107 captives.

Prisoner swaps occurred regularly during the conflict, with both military personnel and high-ranking politicians freed in the swaps.

Rocket fire kills people

Russian strikes killed two more people in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said.

One person was killed in rocket fire targeting the Zaporizhzhia region in southeastern Ukraine.

“At night, the enemy launched two rocket attacks on the regional center. One of the rockets hit the property of a private company. As a result of the attack, one person died,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said on Telegram.

Tymoshenko further noted that a fire broke out in an area of ​​800 square meters due to the explosion.

The official said another rocket fell on private property without injuring anyone, but two cars were damaged.

Another strike on Ukraine’s Donetsk region on Saturday killed one civilian and injured three others, Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram.

kyiv prepares for a winter without heat, water or electricity

The mayor of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv is warning residents they need to prepare for the worst this winter if Russia continues to hit the country’s energy infrastructure – and that means it’s not out of the question that there will be no d electricity, water or heating in the freezing cold.

“We are doing everything to avoid this. But let’s be frank, our enemies are doing everything so that the city is without heating, without electricity, without water, in general, so we all die. And the future of the country and the future of each of us depends on how prepared we are for different situations,” Mayor Vitali Klitschko told state media.

Ukraine warns of Russian ‘brutality’ in eastern region

Russian forces are stepping up their strikes in a bitterly disputed region of eastern Ukraine, worsening already difficult conditions for residents and the defending army following the illegal annexation of Moscow and the declaration of the martial law in Donetsk province, Ukrainian authorities said.

The attacks almost completely destroyed power plants that serve the town of Bakhmut and the nearby town of Soledar, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, Ukrainian governor of the region.

“The destruction is daily, even hourly,” Kyrylenko said in an interview on state television.

Ukrainian shelling damages Russian Nova Kakhovka Dam

The Russian-held Nova Kakhovka checkpoint was damaged by shelling by Ukrainian forces, Russian news agencies reported, citing emergency services.

Russia’s state-run TASS news agency quoted an emergency services official as saying a rocket launched by a US-made HIMARS missile system hit the dam lock and caused damage.

The quoted official said it was an “attempt to create the conditions for a humanitarian catastrophe” by breaking the dam.

The reports provided no evidence to support the allegation, which could not be immediately verified by Reuters.

Gazpom says shipments to Europe are stable at 42.6 million cubic meters

Russia’s Gazprom has announced that it will ship 42.6 million cubic meters of gas to Europe via Ukraine, in line with recent trends.

US official: Ukraine fatigue ‘a real thing’

The Biden administration is privately encouraging Ukrainian leaders to signal an openness to negotiate with Russia and drop their public refusal to engage in peace talks unless President Vladimir Putin is removed from office. Washington Post reported.

The newspaper cites unnamed people familiar with the talks who said the US officials’ request was not intended to push Ukraine to the negotiating table, but a calculated attempt to ensure kyiv retains the support of other nations. faced with constituencies fearful of fueling conflict for many people. coming years.

He said the talks illustrated the complexity of the Biden administration’s position on Ukraine, as US officials publicly pledge to support Kyiv with massive amounts of aid “for as long as it takes”. .

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Source: Reuters