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As Russia presses a campaign targeting civilian infrastructure in Ukraine while winter sets in, the head of NATO said the alliance must deny Moscow a victory that would embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin and other authoritarian leaders. Speaking at a meeting of the military alliance’s foreign ministers, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the group must continue to provide military support for Ukraine, at a time when U.S. officials have begun nudging Kyiv to consider peace, before the changing weather stalls the Ukrainian forces’ recent advances.
IZYUM, Ukraine—As war raged around this Russian-occupied city in eastern Ukraine over the summer, the sole Russian radio station in operation offered some respite for children: a camp by the Black Sea. Olena Karyaga had never been separated from her sons before, but they pleaded to go, and it seemed like the only way to protect them from the violence. “I couldn’t imagine they wouldn’t come back,” she said.
Ukrainian authorities worked to bring back electricity supplies in several cities including Kyiv, a day after a Russian missile barrage damaged critical infrastructure across the country as part of what the U.S. called a campaign by Moscow to “freeze the country into submission.”Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said early Thursday that 70% of Ukraine’s capital was suffering power outages and that repair crews had worked overnight to restore water supplies to the eastern half of the city.
Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine as Russian forces renewed their efforts to advance there after retreating from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. The loss of Kherson—the only regional capital seized by Russia since it launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February—was a major blow for Moscow, which claimed to have absorbed the Kherson region into its own territory in September. But the retreat has also freed up about 20,000 troops for Russia to redeploy to other fronts, including in the eastern Donetsk region.
MH17 Trial Finds Three Guilty Over Downing of Plane
  + stars: | 2022-11-17 | by ( Isabel Coles | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
The verdict session of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 trial near Amsterdam. A panel of Dutch judges found three men guilty over the shooting down of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014. All 298 passengers and crew were killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed after being struck by an antiaircraft missile that prosecutors said was launched from a field in an area controlled by Russia.
KYIV, Ukraine—Ukrainian forces moved to re-establish full control over the key southern city of Kherson on Saturday, filling a vacuum left by Russian troops who left it in one of the biggest reversals of the war. Ukrainian special units entered Kherson on Friday after Moscow abandoned the only regional capital to fall under its control since it invaded its smaller neighbor in February. Jubilant civilians came out to welcome Ukrainian forces back, hoisting their flag to mark the end of more than eight months under Russian occupation. One video posted by a local journalist showed civilians, hand in hand, dancing around a bonfire and singing while passing cars blared their horns.
DNIPRO, Ukraine—Ukraine imposed widespread power restrictions in seven regions including the capital of Kyiv on Saturday, as weeks of Russian attacks targeting energy infrastructure take a toll on the grid. Ukrenergo, the operator of Ukraine’s electricity-transmission system, said the temporary curbs on all consumers in seven regions were necessary to reduce pressure on the network.
Blasts Hit Crimean Port Where Russian Fleet Is Based
  + stars: | 2022-10-29 | by ( Isabel Coles | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
KYIV, Ukraine—Explosions hit the Russian-occupied port city of Sevastopol on Saturday, striking the home of Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet as Ukraine’s forces pushed for gains in the south of the country. Russian-installed officials said air defenses had shot down several drones in the early hours of the morning, including an unmanned surface drone in the waters off Sevastopol.
Russia said Saturday that it would suspend participation in the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports, in response to an attack on the occupied Black Sea port of Sevastopol that it blamed on the government of Ukraine. The Defense Ministry said in a statement published on Telegram that ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian ships involved in ensuring the security of the so-called grain corridor had come under attack. As a result, “the Russian side suspends participation in the implementation of agreements on the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports,” the statement said.
A street in central Kyiv was left mostly in darkness Saturday night as Ukraine’s power grid struggled following Russian attacks. KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine was working to restore electricity across the country Sunday following a Russian attack on critical infrastructure, as Moscow’s grip on the southern Kherson region weakened. Almost 1.5 million Ukrainians were left without power after Russia unleashed a volley of cruise missiles on Saturday—the latest salvo in a campaign to deprive the country of heat and light as winter sets in.
A street in central Kyiv was left mostly in darkness Saturday night as Ukraine’s power grid struggled following Russian attacks. KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine was working to restore electricity across the country Sunday following a Russian attack on critical infrastructure, as Moscow’s grip on the southern Kherson region weakened. Almost 1.5 million Ukrainians were left without power after Russia unleashed a volley of cruise missiles on Saturday—the latest salvo in a campaign to deprive the country of heat and light as winter sets in.
KYIV, Ukraine—Russia launched a fresh wave of Iranian-made drones to attack central Kyiv in the early hours of Monday, Ukrainian officials said, as Moscow presses a campaign targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure before the onset of winter. Rescue workers pulled 18 people from the rubble of a residential building that was damaged by a strike in the central Shevchenkivskyi district, said Kyiv’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko.
Russia Hits Ukraine’s Kyiv Region With Drone Attack
  + stars: | 2022-10-13 | by ( Isabel Coles | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Russia carried out a drone attack in the Kyiv region and Ukraine said it shot down several aerial vehicles in the south, following days of strikes that have galvanized Western support for fortifying Ukraine’s air defenses. Three so-called suicide drones struck an unspecified infrastructure facility in the Makariv area, about 35 miles west of the capital, said the head of the Kyiv region’s military administration, Oleksiy Kuleba. Rescue workers were at the site of the attack, he said, adding that there were no casualties.
Ukraine said it shot down nine drones over the south of the country on Wednesday as Kyiv pressed the West for more air defenses in the wake of a barrage of Russian missiles and drones that knocked out energy infrastructure earlier this week. The Iranian-made drones were shot down by Ukraine’s air defenses over the southern Mykolaiv region, according to the Ukrainian Air Force. On Monday, Russia unleashed 84 missiles on Ukraine, as well as drones, in one of the broadest attacks since the start of the war.
KYIV, Ukraine—Waves of Russian missiles slammed into Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities on Monday in one of the broadest and most intense barrages of the war, in response to a weekend attack Moscow blamed on Ukraine that seriously damaged a bridge connecting Russia to occupied Crimea. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia had carried out dozens of strikes using missiles as well as Iranian-made drones to target the country’s electrical grid and other civilian infrastructure. “They want panic and chaos,” he said in a video address filmed near his office. “They want to destroy our energy system.”
KYIV, Ukraine—Waves of Russian missiles slammed into Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities in one of the broadest and most intense barrages of the war, in response to a weekend attack Moscow blamed on Ukraine that seriously damaged a bridge connecting Russia to occupied Crimea. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia had carried out dozens of strikes using missiles as well as Iranian-made drones to target the country’s electrical grid and other civilian infrastructure. “They want panic and chaos,” he said in a video address filmed near his office. “They want to destroy our energy system.”
MYKOLAIV, Ukraine—Russia was wrapping up staged votes in occupied parts of Ukraine on Tuesday, as it prepared to announce the annexation of a swath of the country it invaded seven months ago, raising the stakes after suffering setbacks on the battlefield. Derided as a sham by Ukrainian and Western officials, the votes on whether to join Russia are designed to confer a veneer of legitimacy on Moscow’s land grab. They will also enable Moscow to claim that any effort by Ukrainian forces to recapture the territory amounts to an attack on Russia itself.
MYKOLAIV, Ukraine—Russia is set to formally annex occupied territories in Ukraine after staging referendums that involved coercion, threats and, in some places, soldiers going door to door and forcing people to vote at gunpoint. Kyiv and Western governments have described the votes as a sham designed to confer a veneer of legitimacy to Moscow’s seizure of Ukrainian land seven months on from its invasion. They could also enable Moscow to claim that any effort by Ukrainian forces to recapture the territories, in the south and east of the country, amounts to an attack on Russia itself.
A prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine that included senior Ukrainian commanders was hailed as a victory by Kyiv but provoked criticism among nationalists in Russia who questioned the decision to release them. The prisoner swap, brokered by Turkey, was a rare diplomatic breakthrough in the war, which has recently seen swift gains by Ukrainian forces dealing Moscow its biggest reversals in the battlefield. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered reservists to mobilize and hinted he could use nuclear strikes, saying he would use “all the instruments at his disposal,” to prevail.
Russia is intensifying a campaign of long-range missile strikes targeting Ukraine’s key infrastructure after facing major setbacks on the battlefield that have raised concerns about further escalation from Moscow. The U.K.’s Ministry of Defense said Sunday that Russian strikes had increasingly picked out civilian targets over the past week, even when no immediate military benefit could be perceived. The aim, it said, is to “undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government,” which has been buoyed by the success of a recent offensive in the northeast of the country.
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