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Residents of Kherson told that they should evacuate for the winter

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk called on residents of the recently liberated part of Kherson to evacuate for the winter.

“The government offers free evacuation to Kryvyi Rih, Mykolaiv and Odessa, with possible onward movement to Kirovohrad, Khmelnytskyi or western regions of Ukraine,” she wrote on her Telegram account.

In particular, she addressed her appeal to women with children, the elderly, the sick and people with reduced mobility, saying: “Given the difficult security situation in the city and the infrastructure problems, you can evacuate to safer regions of the country for the winter. “

Residents talk to train station staff as they wait to be evacuated from Kherson November 21, 2022 in Kherson, Ukraine.

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Displaced people are being provided with free shelter, humanitarian assistance, food and medical supplies, she said.

Vereshchuk is not the first to urge people to evacuate the region, a significant part of which was liberated from the west bank of the Dnipro River to the opposite bank after a Russian withdrawal in early November. Since then, the Russian troops assembled there have been shelling Cherson.

Other Ukrainian officials in Kherson have also warned civilians there that it is safer to evacuate the region now because of the dangers of Russian shelling. The region has received humanitarian aid in the form of blankets, warm clothing, food, hygiene items and medicine.

— Holly Ellyatt

WHO warns winter could be ‘life-threatening’ for millions in Ukraine

The World Health Organization has expressed concern over deteriorating living conditions in Ukraine, warning that “cold weather can kill” and expecting millions more to flee their homes in search of warmth and safety.

Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, warned on Monday that “this winter will be life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine” amid ongoing attacks on health and energy infrastructure.

“The devastating energy crisis, deepening mental health emergency, restrictions on humanitarian access and risk of viral infections will make this winter a formidable test for Ukraine’s healthcare system and people, but also for the world and its commitment to support Ukraine. ”

Independence Square in Kyiv during a rolling blackout in parts of districts of the Ukrainian capital after rocket attacks on critical infrastructure on October 24, 2022.

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Repeated Russian attacks on power plants across Ukraine mean hundreds of hospitals and health facilities are no longer fully operational and lack fuel, water and electricity to meet basic needs, the WHO has warned.

Kluge said there was a high risk alternative and potentially toxic fuels would be used as desperate families tried to stay warm this winter.

“Many will be forced to turn to alternative heating methods such as burning charcoal or wood or using generators powered by diesel or electric heaters. These pose health risks, including exposure to toxic substances harmful to children, the elderly and those with respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, as well as accidental burns and injuries,” he said.

— Holly Ellyatt

“No immediate safety concerns” at Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, shelling caused widespread damage

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in the Zaporizhia region of Ukraine, August 4, 2022.

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There are “no immediate safety concerns” at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after heavy shelling throughout the weekend, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

However, while vital equipment remained intact, the assessment team noted widespread damage throughout the site.

“This is of great concern as it highlights the sheer intensity of the attacks on one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants,” IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in a statement after the agency conducted an investigation into the site.

Areas of the plant damaged by the strikes included a compressed air line, the main road to the reactors, and condensate storage tanks, resulting in a non-radioactive leak. Operations and maintenance personnel are already repairing some of the damage, and plant personnel are cleaning up the site, the IAEA said.

Grossi has repeatedly warned of fighting near the site, most recently saying whoever is responsible for the attacks is “playing with fire.”

The renewed attacks on and around the nuclear area have made Grossi’s calls for a protection zone to prevent shelling in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant louder.

– Rocio Fabbro

One dead, four wounded by Russian shelling in Kherson, says a senior Ukrainian official

A fisherman sails his boat on the Dnipro River as black smoke billows after an attack on an oil well in Kherson November 20, 2022 amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Russian shelling in the Kherson region killed one person and wounded four others, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

Despite Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson earlier this month, shelling continued in the southern Ukrainian region. same t

In recent months, Russia has consistently attacked civilian infrastructure, including power systems and residential buildings.

Ukrainian officials began evacuating civilians from Kherson and a neighboring province as damage to infrastructure was deemed too critical for residents to remain safe during the winter.

– Rocio Fabbro

Zelenskyy from Ukraine: Nuclear power plants need protection against Russian sabotage

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits Kherson, Ukraine, November 14, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on NATO members to ensure the protection of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants from Russian sabotage, a day after the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia power plant was rocked by heavy shelling.

“All our nations are interested in not having dangerous incidents at our nuclear facilities,” Zelenskyy said in a video address to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Madrid.

“We all need guaranteed protection against Russian sabotage in nuclear facilities,” he added.

The Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine was shelled on Saturday and Sunday, raising concerns about the possibility of a major accident just 500 km (300 miles) from Chernobyl, site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster of 1986.

– Reuters

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly calls for the establishment of a special tribunal for Russian aggression in Ukraine and recognizes Russia as a terrorist state

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during the plenary session of the third day of the 68th Annual Session of the Parliamentary Assembly in the ground floor auditorium hall at Hotel Melia Castilla, November 21, 2022, in Madrid, Spain.

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The NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Madrid called for the establishment of a special international court on Russian aggression in Ukraine and recognized Russia as a terrorist state, the head of Ukraine’s permanent delegation to the NATO assembly said in a statement.

“All 30 NATO countries supported our delegation’s proposals,” Yehor Chernev said in the statement.

“Such a tribunal will make it possible to try not only the direct perpetrators of war crimes, but also the senior leadership of the Russian Federation.”

The resolution, which also includes proposals to increase arms sales to Ukraine, develop further steps for Ukraine’s accession to NATO and create a mechanism for collecting reparations, will be sent to all NATO member countries, Chernev said.

“The passage of this resolution is an important political step that reflects the mood in the Western parliamentary circles and therefore influences the countries’ leadership in decision-making,” he said.

At the gathering, NATO allies and the European Union also reaffirmed their commitment to long-term, sustained financial and military support to Ukraine.

– Rocio Fabbro

Poland wants to station German Patriot missiles near the border with Ukraine

A woman holds a torch as protesters gather outside the Russian embassy in Warsaw following rocket attacks in Ukraine, in Warsaw, Poland, October 10, 2022.

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NATO allies Poland and Germany have agreed to deploy more Patriot missile launchers near Poland’s border with Ukraine following an offer from Berlin, Poland’s defense minister said on Monday.

“The German Defense Minister has confirmed her willingness to use the Patriot launcher on the border with Ukraine,” wrote Mariusz Blaszczak on Twitter.

“The version of the system has yet to be determined, as well as how quickly they will reach us and how long they will be stationed.”

Berlin offered Warsaw the Patriot missile defense system to secure its airspace after a cluster missile crashed in Poland last week, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told a newspaper on Sunday.

The federal government had already announced that it would offer its eastern neighbor further help with the air police with German Eurofighters after the incident, which initially gave rise to fears that the Ukraine war would spread across the border.

– Reuters

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