Bombs rain down on Kyiv and Odesa as Putin lashes out

Poland: Missile strikes 'strengthen Zelensky's hand' says White

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Reports suggested up to 50 missiles were fired at the Ukrainian capital this morning, with two Cruise missiles shot down, while Odesa and the city of Dnipro were also targeted as air raid sirens sounded all across the country,

An infrastructure target was hit on the Odesa region, Governor Maksym Marchenko said on Telegram, warning about the threat of a “massive missile barrage on the entire territory of Ukraine.”

Multiple explosions were also reported in Dnipro, where two infrastructure objects were damaged and at least one person was wounded, according to the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

Air defence systems were operating in the central Kyiv region, Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said. Officials in the Poltava, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi and Rivne regions urged residents to stay in bomb shelters amid the ongoing threat of missile strikes.

Thursday’s blast follows the huge barrage of Russian strikes on Tuesday, the biggest attack to date on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure that also resulted in a missile hitting Poland.

Russia has increasingly resorted to targeting Ukraine’s power grid as winter approaches as its battlefield losses mount. The most recent barrage followed days of euphoria in Ukraine sparked by one of its biggest military successes — the retaking last week of the southern city of Kherson.

The head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Andriy Yermak, called the strikes on energy targets “a naive tactics of cowardly losers” in a Telegram post on Thursday.

He wrote: “Ukraine has already withstood extremely difficult strikes by the enemy, which did not lead to results the Russian cowards hoped for.”

Meanwhile the Ukraine Front Lines Twitter page posted: “2 cruise missiles were shot down. There are no data on victims and destruction, the information is being clarified. This is reported by the Kyiv City Military Administration.

“#Russia fired around 50 missiles on #Ukraine – some of the missiles are still in the air.”

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    State-run news agency RIA claimed the man had admitted his culpability, quoting him as saying of an engineer at the plant: “As the Russian military entered the territory of Energodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, I called him and said that the Russian military and equipment were on the territory of Energodar and the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.”

    The man claimed to have been told by the Kyiv special services to report on Russian forces on the territory of the ZNPP.

    After that, he told representatives of Ukraine that the Russian servicemen were carrying out a check-and-pass regime at the station, disclosed their locations to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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    Russian ‘torture’ dungeon in liberated Kherson are shown in disturbing new pictures

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    The disturbing discovery was made during a patrol of the city by Ukraine’s SBU secret service and national police officers, who were apparently tipped off by locals.

    “Local patriots” who “refused to cooperate with the enemy” were interrogated at the facility, the Ukrainian government said

    A spokesman added: “Kherson residents were interrogated and brutally tortured.

    “During the inspection, torture law enforcement officers found objects that directly indicate signs of torture.”

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    Russia strikes cause blackouts across Moldova

    Massive blackouts that temporarily hit more than a half-dozen cities across Moldova have highlighted the impact Russia’s war in Ukraine is having on Europe’s poorest country.

    The power outages happened Tuesday as the Russian military pounded infrastructure targets across Ukraine, which borders Moldova. Less than a week earlier, the European Union pledged £218millio (€250 million) to help the former Soviet republic tackle a severe energy crisis after Russia halved its natural gas supply.

    Moldova became a candidate for EU membership in June, on the same day neighboring Ukraine did.

    Speaking after Russia’s latest missile strikes caused the electricity to go out across the border, Moldovan Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu said: “Every deadly bomb dropped on Ukrainian cities and energy infrastructure has direct consequences for the people of our country.”

    Ukraine soldiers rescue puppy in heartwarming clip

    Ukrainian soldiers are shown rescuing a tiny puppy in a heartwarming clip uploaded to Twitter.

    The small dog is shown being passed to a man in combat fatigures sitting on an armoured car.

    The footage is captioned: “Every life matters.”

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    Odesa targeted by Russia for the first time in weeks

    Russian strikes hit Ukraine’s southern Odesa region and the city of Dnipro for the first time in weeks this morning, and air raid sirens sounded all across the country amid fears that Moscow unleashed another large-scale missile attack.

    An infrastructure target was hit on the Odesa region, Governor Maksym Marchenko said on Telegram, warning about the threat of a “massive missile barrage on the entire territory of Ukraine.”

    Multiple explosions were also reported in Dnipro, where two infrastructure objects were damaged and at least one person was wounded, according to the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

    Air defence systems were operating in the central Kyiv region, Gov. Oleksiy Kuleba said. Officials in the Poltava, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi and Rivne regions urged residents to stay in bomb shelters amid the ongoing threat of missile strikes.

    Russia launches fresh barrage of missiles on Ukraine, claim reports

    Russia has launched a fresh salvo of missiles on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, according to widespread reports.

    The Ukraine Front Lines Twitter page posted: “2 cruise missiles were shot down.

    “There are no data on victims and destruction, the information is being clarified. This is reported by the Kyiv City Military Administration.”

    “#Russia fired around 50 missiles on #Ukraine – some of the missiles are still in the air.

    “The head of the #Lviv RMA reported about the explosions in the Stryi district of the Lviv region!”

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    Known as the Ukrainian Green Growth Initiative, it plans to invest in primary infrastructure such as energy and telecoms networks.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the news, arguing that the money could be used to replace the energy infrastructure that Russia had destroyed.

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    US and Russia clash at United Nations

    Meanwhile, in New York, the US and its Western allies clashed with Russia at the UN Security Council over responsibility for the missile strike

    Respondong to US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s insistence that the tragedy was ultimately Russia’s responsibility given its war on Ukraine, Russian counterpart Vassily Nebenzia accused Ukraine and Poland of trying “to provoke a direct clash between Russia and NATO.”

    The US and Albania had called for a council update on the situation in Ukraine last week, and the meeting was dominated by Tuesday’s missile strike in Poland that killed two farm workers.

    Nebenzia pointed to statements by Ukraine’s president and Polish officials initially indicating Russia was responsible. NATO’s chief and Poland’s president said Wednesday there is no indication it was a deliberate attack, and was likely a Soviet-era projectile launched by Ukraine.

    Defiant Zelensky says Kyiv ‘not to blame’ for Poland missile that killed two

    Volodymyr Zelensky has dug his heels in over the missile strike which killed two people in Poland on Tuesday, insisting he had “no doubts” the projectile had not originated in Ukraine.

    In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, the Ukrainian President sought to pin the blame on Vladimir Putin’s Russia – but NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg yesterday contradicted him by suggesting Kyiv’s air defence missiles were “most likely” to blame.

    However, Mr Zelensky said he had been assured by his top commanders that “it wasn’t our missile”, adding that he had “no doubts”.

    He also demanded that Ukrainian officials to be permitted to have access to the site, in eastern Poland, and to be part of the investigation.

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