Ukraine news – live: Poland fears missile strike could happen again, western officials say

Zelensky slams fresh strikes as ‘another Russian terrorist attack’

Polish politicians think the stray missile strike that killed two people last week is likely to happen again, western officials have said.

In a briefing about the situation in Poland amid the Ukraine war, officials said the Polish government handled the incident in a “calm” manner but flagged that if it was “badly handled, it could escalate in a different way”.

“If it happens again- and Polish politicians think it will- they need to manage it in a way that is not unhelpful.”

However, the officials stressed that the “unfortunate accident” would not have happened at all without Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

It comes as Volodymyr Zelensky hit out against Russia’s “formula of terror” after Ukraine was battered with over 70 missiles in just one day.

The Ukrainian president appealed to the UN to act against Vladimir Putin’s strategy of wiping out vital energy infrustaructure, leaving Ukrainians without power this winter.

“Today is just one day but we have received 70 missiles. That’s the Russian formula of terror,” Zelensky said.

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Russia and Ukraine to free 50 prisoners of war each, Moscow-backed leader says

Russia and Ukraine will each hand over 50 prisoners of war to the other on Thursday, the Moscow-backed administrator of Ukraine‘s Donetsk region, Denis Pushilin, said on the Telegram messaging service.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 12:04

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Ukraine leadership can ‘end suffering’ by meeting Russian demands- update

The Kremlin on Thursday denied that its attacks on Ukraine‘s electricity network were aimed at civilians, but said Kyiv could “end the suffering” of its population by meeting Russia‘s demands to resolve the conflict.

Repeated missile barrages against power infrastructure across Ukraine over the last few weeks have forced millions of people to go without light, water or heating for hours or days at a time, just as outdoor temperatures fall below freezing.

But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “there have been no strikes on ‘social’ targets and there are none – special attention is paid to this”.

“As for targets that are directly or indirectly related to military potential, they are accordingly subject to strikes,” he said.

Peskov was asked how the suffering of Ukraine‘s civilian population could be reconciled with President Vladimir Putin’s positions. Putin has said Russia does not wish to destroy Ukraine or its people.

“The leadership of Ukraine has every opportunity to bring the situation back to normal, has every opportunity to resolve the situation in such a way as to fulfil the requirements of the Russian side and, accordingly, end all possible suffering among the population.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 11:44

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Ukraine leadership can ‘end suffering’ by meeting Russian demands

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Ukraine‘s leadership could “end suffering” in Ukraine by meeting Russia‘s demands to resolve the conflict.

Peskov was asked whether Russia was worried about the effect on the civilian population of its strikes on energy infrastructure, which have caused repeated mass blackouts.

Peskov said Russia only attacked targets of military relevance, not ‘social’ ones.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 11:24

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Russian attacks create real danger of ‘catastrophe’ – Ukraine nuclear energy boss

Russia caused a “real danger of a nuclear and radioactive catastrophe” by launching attacks in which all Ukraine’s nuclear reactors were disconnected from the power grid for the first time in 40 years, Ukraine’s nuclear energy chief said.

Petro Kotin, head of nuclear power company Energoatom, said in a statement on Thursday the vast nuclear power plant in the Zaporizhzhia region had been reconnected to the national power grid after Russian air strikes on Wednesday, and that the backup diesel generators at the site had been turned off.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 11:07

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Zelensky urges UN to fight Putin’s ‘terror’ as Russia accused of ‘weaponising winter’

“Today is just one day but we have received 70 missiles. That’s the Russian formula of terror,” Zelensky said via video link to the council chamber in New York.

Hospitals, schools, transport infrastructure and residential areas had also all been hit by Russian strikes.

Ukraine is waiting to see “a very firm reaction” to Wednesday’s air strikes from the world, he added, also calling for Russia to be denied a vote on any decision concerning its actions.

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 10:29

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Hitting Russia ‘where it hurts’ von der Leyen says as EU prepares more sanctions

The European Union is pressing ahead with a ninth sanctions package on Russia in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said during a visit to Finland on Thursday.

“We are working hard to hit Russia where it hurts to blunt even further its capacity to wage war on Ukraine and I can announce today that we are working full speed on a 9th sanctions package,” von der Leyen told a news conference.

“And I’m confident that we will very soon approve a global price cap on Russian oil with the G7 and other major partners. We will not rest until Ukraine has prevailed over Putin and his unlawful and barbaric war,” she said.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 10:20

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Poland concerned recent missile strike could happen again, western officials say

In a briefing about the situation in Poland amid the war in Ukraine, western officials said Polish politicians think the stray missile strike that killed two people last week is likely to happen again.

The Polish government handled the situation in a “calm” manner but the incident flagged that if it was “badly handled, it could escalate in a different way,” the official said.

“If it happens again- and Polish politicians think it will- they need to manage it in a way that is not unhelpful.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 09:58

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EU preparing 9th Russia sanctions package, von der Leyen says

The European Union is pressing ahead with a ninth sanctions package on Russia in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said during a visit to Finland on Thursday.

(AP)

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 09:44

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Ukraine races to restore power knocked out by Russian air strikes

Power was gradually being restored to Ukrainian cities including the capital Kyiv on Thursday, a day after Russian missile strikes caused Kyiv’s biggest outages in nine months of war.

Regional authorities said 25 per cent of homes in Kyiv was still without electricity but the water supply had been restored in some areas and would start working in other areas later on Thursday.

In a big improvement from Wednesday, when authorities said power was lost across the entire Kyiv region, public transport was operating in the capital, with buses replacing trams to save power.

“Let’s persevere, despite everything” the Kyiv regional military administration said in a statement.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 09:23

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Russia says contacts with UN watchdog over Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant are ‘constructive’

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that contacts with the UN nuclear watchdog over safety at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine were “constructive” and showed some promise.

The Zaporizhzhia plant, which Russia seized shortly after the invasion, was again rocked by shelling last weekend, prompting renewed calls from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to create a protection zone around it to prevent a nuclear disaster.

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog met a Russian delegation in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss safety at the plant, which both Ukraine and Moscow have accused each other of shelling.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain24 November 2022 09:02

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