Russian missile strikes leave 10 million Ukrainians without power, Zelenskyy says
Vehicles drive down a street with St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv October 31, 2022 as the city is plunged into near darkness after a military strike that partially disrupted electricity infrastructure.
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Russian missile strikes on critical energy infrastructure in Ukraine have left about 10 million people in the country without power, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
“More than 10 million Ukrainians are currently without electricity,” said Zelenskyy in his nightly speech, stating that the regions of Kyiv, Odessa, Vinnytsia and Sumy were most affected.
Kyiv has been urging residents of Ukraine to cut their energy consumption for several weeks as power plants around Kyiv are operating at a fraction of their normal capacity amid Russian attacks. Engineers have been working around the clock to fix power plants that have become prime targets of Russian strikes. The attacks on urban areas follow humiliating losses for Moscow as Ukrainian forces launched successful counteroffensives to retake regions previously under Russian occupation.
— Natasha Turak
The Nord Stream explosion was “gross sabotage,” says the Swedish prosecutor
BORNHOLM, DENMARK – SEPTEMBER 27: Danish defense shows the gas leaking at Nord Stream 2 seen from the Danish F-16 interceptor on Bornholm, Denmark on September 27, 2022.
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Swedish prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist, who is leading the investigation into the September blast that damaged Germany’s Nord Stream pipeline, called the blast “gross sabotage” and said explosive remnants had been identified.
“During the crime scene investigations conducted on site in the Baltic Sea, extensive confiscations were made and the area was carefully documented,” Ljungqvist said in a statement. “The incident is gross sabotage,” read the headline of the statement.
“The analysis that has now been carried out shows traces of explosives on several of the foreign bodies found. In order to be able to draw more precise conclusions about the incident, further analysis work is being carried out.”
Work on the preliminary investigation, which is “very complex and comprehensive,” continues, the statement said. It did not name any potential suspects and said no further information could be provided at this time.
— Natasha Turak
Diplomats make final push on Ukraine crisis at APEC meeting
After the ASEAN and G-20 meetings, the possible spillover of the war in Ukraine to Europe’s eastern flank is the focus of the two-day APEC summit.
The gathering of world leaders in the Thai capital Bangkok could be the last chance in a recent spate of diplomatic efforts in the region to seek consensus to chart a path to peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.
“How can we help bring all the conflicting parties to the table here and try to find a solution? We need to get to that point as soon as possible,” Kasemsit Pathosak, executive director of the APEC CEO Summit, told CNBC.
Participants in the group’s first face-to-face meeting in four years include Chinese President Xi Jinping, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Big interest groups like US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will not be there.
– Lee Ying Shan, Sri Jegarajah
US Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley and his Swedish counterpart discuss NATO membership at the Pentagon
Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs, speaks during a news conference after attending a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the Pentagon November 16, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia.
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US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, met with his Swedish counterpart at the Pentagon.
Milley spoke with Swedish Commander-in-Chief General Micael Bydén about the NATO accession process and regional security concerns, according to a Pentagon release from the meeting.
In May, Sweden and Finland began the formal process of joining NATO. All 30 members of the alliance must ratify countries’ accession to the group. In August, US President Joe Biden signed ratification documents to admit Finland and Sweden to NATO after a 95-1 Senate vote.
– Amanda Macias