Ukraine live updates: Russia recruiting US-trained commandos

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Afghan special forces soldiers trained by American soldiers are now being recruited by the Russian military to fight in Ukraine, three former Afghan generals told The Associated Press.

The Russians, they say, want to lure thousands of ex-commandos with promises of $1,500 a month and safe havens to avoid being deported home because they could face death at the hands of the Taliban. After the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, many commanders fled to Iran.

General Abdul Raof Argandival said he had spoken to more than a dozen commandos in Iran who did not want to fight against Ukraine but feared deportation for themselves and their families.

“They asked me, ‘Give me a solution?’ What should we do?” Argandival said. “If we go back to Afghanistan, the Taliban will kill us.”

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Other developments:

►Ukraine’s football association has called on FIFA to exclude Iran from next month’s World Cup for reasons including supplying weapons to the Russian army. Iran are due to face England in their first match in Qatar in three weeks.

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►Norway says it is ramping up its military preparations, but NATO member Prime Minister Jonas Gaar Store said there was “no reason to believe Russia would want to attack Norway or any other country directly.”

►Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and several top members of his government arrived in Kyiv on Monday to show European leaders their support for Ukraine.

Russia defends suspension of grain deal, accuses Ukraine of sabotage

Russia defended its decision on Monday A grain deal with Ukraine was suspended, accusing the country of using the Black Sea shipping corridor for “military and subversive purposes” to supply grain to the world market.

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasyl Nebenzya, said in the early hours of October 29 that Ukraine, with Western assistance, had carried out “massive air and sea strikes” on the Russian Black Sea fleet and infrastructure in Sevastopol. humanitarian grain corridor”.

Ukraine denied the attack and accused Russia of mishandling its weapons.

A grain agreement brokered by the United Nations in July ensured the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. The agreement, which was extended on November 19, reduced global food prices by about 15 percent from their peak in March, the United Nations said.

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Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that the talks would be suspended. Wheat futures rose 5 percent in Chicago on Monday.

Russia launched a major attack on Ukrainian infrastructure during Monday morning rush hour this month, scrambling to protect commuters and disrupting basic services for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said on social media that 80% of the capital, which was initially beaten, was without water and parts of the city were without power. By evening, running water had returned to about half of those who had lost it, and power outages across the city meant four hours and then five hours of power outages.

Supplying air defense systems to prevent these attacks has become a Pentagon priority, two senior officials told reporters on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Pentagon has supplied Ukraine with air defense weapons ranging from pickup-mounted guided missiles to more sophisticated medium-range systems. Russia increasingly relies on Iranian-supplied kamikaze drones to attack power plants.

Ukraine’s Air Force said on Monday morning it had destroyed 44 Russian missiles, but missile and drone infrastructure was hit in Kharkiv, Cherkassy, ​​Chernivtsi, Zaporozhye and several other regions. Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko announced that the government will immediately limit electricity supply throughout Ukraine.

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Thousands of Russian soldiers are reporting to the front with “unusable” weapons and will need to use different ammunition than regular Russian soldiers, Britain’s Ministry of Defense has said. latest war assessment. The photos show that the guns are AKMs from 1959.

By combining reservists in Ukraine with contract troops and combat veterans, Russia will need to push both types of small arms ammunition to the front lines, the ministry noted.

“This will further complicate Russia’s already strained logistics system,” the assessment said.

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Russian leader Sergei Aksenov has announced that the property of several major Ukrainian companies will be seized by Moscow’s installed government in Crimea. Ukraine’s Gulf Shipyard and a cement plant in Bakhchisaray are among the takeover sites, The Kyiv Independent reported. Other commercial and tourist facilities, apartments and houses, including the property of President Volodymyr Zelensky, could be targeted, Aksenov said.

“Russia’s enemies will not make money in Crimea, this is a principled position,” Aksenov wrote on Telegram.

Contributors: Tom Vanden Broek, USA TODAY; Associated Press


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