Russia risked causing a “nuclear and radioactive catastrophe” by launching attacks that disconnected all of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants from the power grid for the first time in 40 years, Ukraine’s chief of nuclear energy said. Ukrainian officials said on Wednesday that three nuclear power plants on territory held by Ukrainian troops have been shut down after the latest wave of Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian energy facilities.
Ukraine expects the three nuclear power plants to be operational again on Thursday evening. So said Germany’s Energy Minister Galushchenko.
More than 15,000 people are missing during the war in Ukraine, said an official from the Kiev office of the Hague-based International Commission on Missing Persons. Matthew Holliday, the ICMP’s program director for Europe, said it is unclear how many people were forcibly transferred, held in detention in Russia, alive and separated from relatives, or deceased and buried in makeshift graves.
European Union governments remained divided over the level at which Russian oil prices should be capped to curb Moscow’s ability to pay for its war in Ukraine without causing a global oil supply shock, with further talks expected on Friday. Six of the 27 EU countries would oppose the price cap proposed by the G7, which will take effect on December 5.
G7 foreign ministers will discuss how to further support Ukraine in securing its energy supply at a meeting in Bucharest next week. This has been said by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.
The European Union is pressing ahead with a ninth sanctions package against Russia in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine. said European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen during a visit to Finland. She said the EU would “hit Russia where it hurts to weaken even further its ability to wage war against Ukraine.”
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia’s new strategy to destroy Ukraine’s infrastructure will not weaken the country’s determination to liberate all occupied land.who describes the conflict in an interview with the Financial Times as a “war of strength and resilience” and pushing back against Western fears of escalation.
In his speech late Thursday, Zelensky said: “Together we have endured nine months of full-blown war and Russia has not found and will not find a way to break us.”. Zelenskiy also accused Russia of relentlessly shelling Kherson, the southern Ukrainian city it had left earlier this month. A Russian attack on Thursday left seven dead and 21 injured, local authorities said.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said his country’s parliament would ratify NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. early next year. Hungary and Turkey are the only members of the alliance that have not yet approved accession.
Hungary will provide €187 million ($195 million) in financial aid to Ukraine as a contribution to a planned EU aid package worth up to €18 billion in 2023, according to a government decision.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said the UK would pledge millions of pounds for further aid to Kiev to ensure that the country gets the practical help it needs during the winter, while visiting Ukraine. Cleverly will meet Zelenskiy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during the trip.
Russia and Ukraine have carried out the latest in a series of prisoner of war exchanges, with both sides handing over 50 peopleconfirmed officials in Kiev and Moscow
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko sparked anger in Ukraine by suggesting that the end of the war is Ukraine’s responsibility, and that if it does not “stop”, it will end in the “complete destruction” of the country. He said that similar to relations with Germany after World War II, once the war in Ukraine is over “we will make it all right”.
Ground fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is conducting an offensive along a stretch of frontline west of the city of Donetsk, which has been occupied by its proxies since 2014.