LIVE. War in Ukraine: the new Prime Minister of Great Britain Rishi Sunak is on a surprise visit to Kyiv


UK support “confirmed”

According to Downing Street, the British Prime Minister is in Kiev to “confirm the UK’s support” for Ukraine. “Great Britain has been the strongest ally since day one,” Vladimir Zelensky said on Telegram.


Rishi Sunak in Kyiv

According to a video posted on the Telegram account of Vladimir Zelensky, the new Prime Minister of Great Britain Rishi Sunak is currently in Kyiv. An unannounced trip.


An ambitious goal

In an interview with the Sky News channel, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine said that he was optimistic about the results of the war. Volodymyr Havrylov believes that Ukrainian troops can be in Crimea by the end of December. “It’s a possible scenario,” he assured her, assuring them that the winter would not stop them from fighting. For him, it is also possible that the war will end “by the end of summer”.


Leaving Ukraine to reduce electricity use?

In an interview with the BBC, Maxim Timchenko, managing director of Ukraine’s DTEK energy company, advises “those who have the ability” to leave their country for “three to four months” to allow them to maintain the electricity system. “If you consume less, there will definitely be electricity in hospitals treating wounded soldiers,” he specifically pleads.


The strategy behind mass bombing

According to Colin Cal, the adviser to the US defense minister, the increase in Russian bombing in Ukraine will be aimed at weakening Kiev’s anti-aircraft missile reserves. “Therefore, we will make sure that the Ukrainians have everything they need to keep their air defenses alive,” he said.


Electric generators shipped by Spain

The Spanish government has announced that it has sent 14 new electric generators to Ukraine, where many Ukrainians are left without electricity and hot water during the winter as a result of Russian attacks on energy infrastructure. Madrid will also send an additional 30 ambulances and police reinforcements to help Ukrainian authorities investigate possible war crimes on its territory.


In Poland, Lavrov persona non grata angers Russia

Russia is condemning the “provocative” and “unprecedented” decision of the Polish authorities to ban Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (photo) from entering its territory for the OSCE ministerial meeting this Saturday.


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S. who is looking for support for MacronFrancophonie Summit

There is no speech from Emmanuel Macron at the La Francophonie summit in Tunisia, but the French president is set to discuss Ukraine behind the scenes this Saturday to drum up support at the end of a long diplomatic journey. A number of leaders of the French-speaking community want to “talk about the war in Ukraine” in a closed meeting dedicated to the future of the French-speaking world, so that the entourage of the head of state will know about it.

Emmanuel Macron at the Francophonie Summit. AFP

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More than a hundred Ukrainians are missing in Kherson

The Conflict Observatory, a Yale University Department of Public Health research group supported by the US State Department, documented 226 extrajudicial arrests and enforced disappearances in Kherson. According to the report, half of those in prison “have not been released”. After the withdrawal of Russian troops from Kherson on November 11, their fate is unclear.

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More than 400 Ukrainian children are believed to have died in the war

The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine said that at least 437 Ukrainian children were killed and more than 837 were injured as a result of the Russian invasion. The eastern region of Donetsk suffered the most, with a total of 423 children killed or injured.


Many regions are still without electricity

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that due to Russian attacks and the arrival of winter temperatures, “the situation of electricity supply in 17 regions is difficult” and “very difficult” especially in the capital city of Kyiv.

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Finland is a “natural step” in NATO

Finland and Sweden submitted a joint bid for the Atlantic Alliance in May, abandoning decades of military alliances. “Applying for NATO membership was a natural step for us,” Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said this Saturday after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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No other trains are scheduled at this time

This first Kyiv-Kherson visit since the war began was above all symbolic. “Right now it’s just a train. After that, we will see whether it will become a regular line of the Ukrainian railway network,” said Natalia Turchak, one of its spokespersons.


Meeting scenes in Kherson

A young woman finds her parents with great emotion in a town captured by the Ukrainian army a week ago, as shown in this video filmed by a Radio France reporter. This is the first Kyiv-Kherson train since the start of the war.


The Emir of Qatar highly appreciates Russia’s “cooperation” for the world

The Russian president congratulated Qatar for organizing the world championship that will open on Sunday in this Gulf country. Amir thanked Vladimir Putin for his message and “appreciated Russia’s cooperation in organizing this global event.”

Russia, the host of the 2018 World Cup, was banned from the 2022 FIFA World Cup after invading Ukraine last February.


Iran is accused of “shedding blood”.

British Foreign Minister James Agilli accuses Iran of “shedding blood” from the Middle East to Ukraine. “Iran’s weapons threaten the entire region. “Today, Iran’s nuclear program is more advanced than ever, and the regime is selling armed drones to Russia that are killing civilians in Ukraine,” he said at an annual security conference in Bahrain.


The first Kyiv-Kherson train

A train line between the capital Kyiv and Kherson was opened a week after the capture of the city near Crimea by the Ukrainian army.


Washington says that only Zelensky can decide on negotiations

“We all agree that a negotiated diplomatic solution is the best possible outcome, preventing (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s decision to withdraw troops from Ukraine,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters yesterday. “We also said that President Zelensky should say whether he is ready for negotiations and when and in what form these negotiations will take place; and no one in the United States is investigating, pushing, or bringing it to the negotiating table,” he added.

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Russia’s record debt issuance

“Russia makes biggest debt issue in one day” – UK Ministry of Defense November 16. It is “the main mechanism to support significantly increased defense spending after the invasion of Ukraine.”


“Dangerous” flight of NATO ships in the Baltic Sea by Russian fighters

The Atlantic Alliance said yesterday that two Russian fighter jets approached NATO ships in the Baltic Sea on a routine operation earlier this week “dangerously and unprofessionally”. The incident occurred early Tuesday morning when two Russian planes approached the ships “at an altitude of 300 feet (91 meters) and at a distance of 80 yards (73 meters)” without their pilots responding to communications.


There is no “short truce” with Russia

“Russia is now looking for a short truce, a respite to restore its strength. This can be regarded as the end of the war, but such a delay will worsen the situation,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said during his speech at the international security forum in Halifax, Canada. According to him, “truly real, lasting and honest peace can be achieved only with the complete destruction of Russian aggression”.



Russia is carrying out fortification works in the annexed Crimea

The pro-Russian governor of the region fears that Ukraine’s counteroffensive operation in the Kherson region since September will reach the peninsula, which was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. More information in our article.


Apec condemnation

The 21 leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, including Russia and China, said in the same terms, “The majority of members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine, stressing that it has caused great human suffering and exacerbated existing fragilities in the global economy.” like the final declaration of the G20 a few days ago.


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