A nationwide weather alert has been activated by Ukrainian authorities, who believe new rocket fire and drone attacks are being prepared in Russia. Watch the latest events in Ukraine live hour by hour.
17:11: According to Vladimir Zelensky, more than 1,300 prisoners have been released since the start of the war.
“We will not stop until we do [les] we will not all recover. After today’s exchange, 1,319 heroes have already returned home,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Telegram after another prisoner exchange between Kyiv and Moscow on Thursday.
In a report published by the UN in mid-November, Ukrainian prisoners of war were subjected to “quite systematic” torture by Russian forces, and the statements also mentioned cases of ill-treatment on the Ukrainian side.
15:52: Emmanuel Macron confirms that he will speak with Vladimir Poutine in the coming days
French President Emmanuel Macron, who is on a state visit to Washington, confirmed that he will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the near future.
Emmanuel Macron stated on ABC television that he will speak with the Russian president “in the coming days”, saying, “I wanted to make a state visit first and have deep discussions with President Biden and our teams.”
Emmanuel Macron has called for a “lasting peace” to end the conflict in Ukraine. “A just peace is not a peace that will be imposed on Ukrainians,” he stressed. “A just peace is not a peace that will not be accepted by one of the two sides in the medium or long term.”
15:16: Kyiv says Russian troops are retreating opposite Kherson
The Ukrainian army said that it withdrew part of the Russian troops from the settlements on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River, opposite the city of Kherson.
This is the first official information from Ukraine indicating that Russian troops are now withdrawing from the main front line in the south of the country.
14:43: Kyiv dismissed the new Ukrainian director of the Zaporozhye power plant appointed by Moscow the day before
Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom has announced the dismissal of its new Ukrainian director, appointed a day earlier by land grabber Russia, at the Zaporizhia power plant, urging workers not to cooperate with Moscow again.
Petro Kotine, head of Energoatom, said in a press release, “Yuri Chernchuk (until then) deputy chief engineer of the power plant, fulfilled his duty during the war and betrayed Ukraine and went over to the enemy’s side.” , his first reaction on the subject.
1:40 p.m.: A weather warning has been issued across Ukraine
An air alert has been raised across Ukraine after Ukrainian authorities warned that Russia was preparing new missile strikes and drone attacks.
“A general weather warning is in effect in Ukraine. Take shelter,” Ukraine’s border control service warned via Telegram messaging.
13:39: Kyiv urges Westerners to sanction Russia’s missile industry
Josep Borrell and I agree: “Total war against Ukraine (by Russia, editor’s note) means total support for Ukraine,” Dmitry Kouleba announced on Twitter after an interview with his European counterpart on the sidelines of the OSCE meeting. Security and Cooperation in Europe) Lodz, Poland.
“I thanked the EU for its continued defense assistance and stressed that further EU sanctions (…) should also include the Russian missile industry: this production must be stopped.”
11:39: According to the Kremlin, the tribunal on Russia’s intervention in Ukraine “lacks legitimacy”
“As for attempts to create courts, they will have no legitimacy, we will not accept them and we will condemn them,” Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president, told reporters.
10:38: “The West missed an opportunity to avoid war,” Sergey Lavrov claims
At a press conference in Moscow marking the tenth month of the war, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the West had real options to avoid the conflict in Ukraine, but it chose to reject Russia’s offers.
Sergey Lavrov also said that Ukraine’s accusations that Russia wants to negotiate to buy time to regroup and rebuild its armed forces are absurd.
The minister finally declared that Moscow is ready to resume negotiations with the West on Ukraine.
8:20 am: The city of Bahkmout is the scene of fierce fighting
The town of Bachkmout is the scene of heavy fighting, where Russian forces continue to press down on the resisting Ukrainian soldiers, unable to gain an advantage.
6:01: The UN makes a record appeal for humanitarian aid backed by Ukraine
The UN has launched a record appeal for funds for 2023 in the face of growing humanitarian needs linked to the effects of climate change, such as the conflict in Ukraine and the risk of famine in Africa.
United Nations humanitarian organizations need US$51.5 billion (€49.6 billion) next year, a 25% increase in needs. The funds will enable them to fund their programs to help 230 million of the most vulnerable people in 68 countries.
01:12: Assembly condemns Russia’s “crime of aggression”.
In a resolution adopted by a large majority, the National Assembly confirmed its “full support” to Kyiv and condemned Russia’s “crime of aggression” against Ukraine.
The text presented by the presidential majority groups on the initiative of Pierre-Alexander Anglade (Renaissance) calls for a buffer zone around the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe, and the Assembly’s “full support for Ukraine, its people, sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
With AFP and Reuters