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

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

President Vladimir Putin welcomed the mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine on Friday and said he shares their pain with his country.

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

President Vladimir Putin has met the mothers of Russian soldiers and said he shares their pain.

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

“We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son, especially as a mother. We share this pain,” she added.

The clip did not directly show the mothers’ response to Putin’s comments.

Hundreds of thousands of Russian troops have been sent to fight in Ukraine this year, including about 300,000 reservists called up for “partial” mobilization in September.

– Karen Gilchrist

Russia’s crackdown leaves millions in dire straits, UN rights boss says

Members of a community food queue stand next to an image of graffiti artist Banksy on the wall of a destroyed building on November 22, 2022 in Khorenka, Ukraine.

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At least 77 civilians have been killed and millions more are in dire straits since Russia began striking Ukraine’s critical infrastructure last October, the UN human rights chief said.

“Millions of people are facing extremely difficult and terrible living conditions because of these strikes,” Volker Turk said in a statement, according to Reuters.

“Taken as a whole, this raises serious concerns under international humanitarian law, which requires a clear and direct military advantage over every object attacked,” he added.

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Turkey also noted that an early analysis of footage of Ukrainian soldiers executing Russian prisoners of war was “highly likely to be true.”

– Karen Gilchrist

Russians shell Kherson with artillery

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

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The Russian army continued shelling the southern city of Kherson, killing seven people and wounding at least 21 others, an official said.

Since the city was liberated from Russian occupation two weeks ago, there has been frequent shelling from Russian positions on the banks of the Dnieper River.

Kherson Governor Yaroslav Yanushevich said that around 5:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, Russian artillery and anti-aircraft fire hit a residential area and a high-rise building burned down. A children’s playground was also destroyed, he said.

– Karen Gilchrist

Ukraine’s Zelensky called on Europeans to be united

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to Reuters during an interview with Russia as Russia invades Ukraine on September 16, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday urged Europeans to be united in the face of Russian war.

At a conference in Lithuania via video link, Zelensky described the task as the region’s number one mission.

“There are no divisions, there are no divisions among Europeans, and we have to maintain that. That’s our No. 1 mission this year,” he said.

– Karen Gilchrist

Britain says Russian reservists are suffering heavy casualties

Two months after Putin mobilized, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russian reservists were likely to suffer heavy casualties after being asked about digging trenches in eastern Ukraine.

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“The Kremlin is concerned that families of reservists are preparing to risk arrest for protesting the conditions under which their relatives are serving,” according to Friday’s daily update.

Putin’s supporters are increasingly using “genocide language”.

Supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin are increasingly using “genocidal language” to discuss and demonize Ukrainians, analysts have noted, and some pro-war commentators are advocating the “dissolution” of modern Ukraine.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a rally and concert celebrating the unification of the four regions of Ukraine: Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, in the center of Moscow on September 30, 2022, and speaks on the Red Square screen.

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Ukraine says about 70 percent of Kyiv remains without power due to Russian shelling

Locals walk near an electricity pylon and a residential building destroyed during the Ukrainian-Russian conflict in the besieged port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine March 25, 2022.

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The head of the Kyiv regional government reiterated that about 70% of the regional government is still without electricity.

The death toll from recent Russian airstrikes has risen to seven, according to NBC News’ Alexey Kuleba.

Rockets hit Kyiv and several Ukrainian cities on Wednesday, 24 hours after officials said a newborn baby was one of the youngest victims of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war.

– Amanda Macias

Kiev says 50 mass graves have been found in recently liberated Ukrainian cities

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

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Investigators have found 50 separate mass graves in the recently liberated Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, the Ukrainian government said.

“Fifty possible burial sites have been checked in the liberated areas of Mykolaiv and Kherson regions,” the government wrote on the Telegram messaging app, NBC News translated.

“The search team has identified the bodies of around 200 victims,” ​​the message added.

The Kremlin has previously denied reports that its forces used mass graves in what were once largely occupied areas.

– Amanda Macias

Delay of 79 ships expected to transport grain from Ukraine

Ships carrying grain from Ukraine and awaiting inspection are seen moored off the coast of Istanbul on November 2, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Ukraine’s grain export watchdog said 79 ships were waiting to load.

The UN-led Joint Coordination Center also said that around 110 ships with cargo are awaiting inspection in Turkish waters.

The Black Sea Grains Initiative, brokered by Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations in July, eased Russia’s naval embargo and allowed the reopening of three key Ukrainian ports.

Since the signing of the agreement, more than 490 ships carrying 11.8 million tons of grain and other food products have gone to all corners of the world.

Kiev has previously accused Moscow of halting inspections and delaying the ship’s movement.

– Amanda Macias

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