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1. Kherson and Zaporizhzhia hit in newest Russian strikes

Russian missile strikes have broken a hospital in Zaporizhzhia, in keeping with the area’s governor, Oleksandr Starukh.

Starukh wrote on Telegram that nobody was injured however “the identical can’t be mentioned in regards to the constructing”.

The assaults come after Russia’s newest barrage shut down all of Ukraine’s nuclear vegetation – together with Europe’s largest positioned in Zaporizhzhia – for the primary time in 40 years.

The huge plant in Russian-held territory was reconnected on Thursday, Ukrainian nuclear energy firm Energoatom mentioned.

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A barrage of missiles late additionally struck the lately liberated metropolis of Kherson, killing 4 folks and injuring at the very least 10 others, in keeping with the Ukrainian military.

“That is the revenge of those that misplaced,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned on Thursday.

“They have no idea combat. The one factor they’ll nonetheless do is terrorise. Both vitality terror, or artillery terror, or missile terror — that is all that Russia has stooped right down to beneath its present leaders.”

Ukrainian officers additionally reported that seven folks have been killed and 30 wounded in shelling in Vychgorod.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg mentioned there can be no lasting peace in Ukraine if Russia gained the conflict, including that the Western navy alliance wouldn’t again down its assist for Kyiv.

2. Half of Kyiv’s residents nonetheless with out energy

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The mayor of Kyiv says that just about 50% of town’s residents have been nonetheless with out energy on Friday, two days after Russian strikes.

The Ukrainian capital was one in every of many cities and infrastructure websites focused by a barrage of Russian rockets on Wednesday.

Officers say ten folks have been killed whereas thousands and thousands of Ukrainians had spent Thursday with out electrical energy or water.

“A 3rd of Kyiv’s houses have already got heating, specialists are nonetheless restoring it within the capital,” Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram.

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“Half of the shoppers are nonetheless with out electrical energy,” he added, with temperatures approaching zero levels Celsius.

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“In the middle of the day, the vitality corporations plan to attach electrical energy for all shoppers on a rotating foundation.”

In Kharkiv, the nation’s second-largest metropolis, provides have been restored after “very troublesome” work, its mayor Igor Terekhov mentioned.

Volodymyr Kudrytsky, chairman of the board of the nationwide electrical energy operator Ukrenergo, mentioned Ukraine’s vitality system had now “handed probably the most troublesome stage” after Wednesday’s assaults.

Electrical energy is partially restored within the areas and “the vitality system is linked to the European Union’s vitality system once more”, he wrote on Fb.

President Zelenskyy mentioned the rocket assaults on Ukraine’s vitality infrastructure have been a “crime in opposition to humanity”.

Moscow says the purpose of its missile strikes is to weaken Ukraine’s potential to combat and push it to barter. Russia has all the time denied focusing on civilians and claimed that harm in Kyiv on Wednesday was attributable to “Ukrainian and overseas” anti-aircraft missiles.

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia mentioned the nation’s strikes have been “in response to the unbridled circulate of weapons to Ukraine and the reckless appeals of Kyiv to defeat Russia.”

3. Europe should stay united, says Zelenskyy

Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy has referred to as on Europe to keep away from division and to severely restrict the value of Russian oil.

In an tackle on Thursday, Zelenskyy referred to as on Europeans to “stand in opposition to Russian aggression”.

“There isn’t a cut up, there is no such thing as a schism amongst Europeans and we have now to protect this. That is our mission primary this yr,” he mentioned.

“Europe helps itself. It is not serving to Ukraine to face in opposition to Russia, that is serving to Europe to face in opposition to Russian aggression”.

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Zelenskyy additionally referred to as on the EU leaders to decide on a cap on Russian oil costs on the lowest quantity of $30 (€29). because the bloc remained cut up over the matter.

“The worth cuts are crucial. We hear about [proposals to set the cap per barrel at] $60 (€58) or $70 (€67). Such phrases sound extra like a concession [to Russia]”, Zelesnkyy mentioned.

“However I am very grateful to our Baltic and Polish colleagues for his or her proposals, fairly affordable ones, to set this camp at $30 (€29) per barrel. It is a significantly better concept”, he added.

The EU states failed to succeed in a deal on the value stage for Russian sea-borne oil on Wednesday as a result of a Group of Seven nations proposal for a cap was seen as far too excessive by some and too low by others.

Ukraine’s Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko has additionally mentioned extra Western assist is required to assist it meet its rising reconstruction prices following this week’s escalation of Russian missile assaults.

4. Putin to satisfy moms of Russian troopers

Vladimir Putin will meet the moms of troopers combating in Ukraine on Friday, the Kremlin has confirmed.

The Russian president is anticipated to satisfy with moms of reservists referred to as as much as combat in addition to skilled troopers.

Lots of of hundreds of Russian troopers have been despatched to Ukraine, together with among the 300,000 reservists who have been referred to as up as a part of Putin’s “partial mobilisation” in September.

In line with the United Nations, the conflict in Ukraine has killed and wounded tens of hundreds of troopers on either side.

Ukraine doesn’t disclose its losses. Russia final publicly disclosed its losses on 21 September, when Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu mentioned 5,937 Russian troopers had been killed. However that quantity is way under most worldwide estimates.

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The US’ high normal has estimated that Russia and Ukraine had every seen greater than 100,000 of their troopers killed or wounded.

The Worldwide Fee on Lacking Individuals (ICMP) mentioned on Thursday that over 15,000 Ukrainian folks have gone lacking through the conflict.

Putin has mentioned he has no regrets about launching what he calls Russia’s “particular navy operation” in opposition to Ukraine.

However Olga Tsukanova, the founding father of Russia’s Council of Moms and Wives, has accused Putin of excluding the organisation from Friday’s assembly.

In a recorded video tackle, Tsukanova demanded that the president ought to meet with “actual moms” of those that serve within the nation’s military versus the ladies “hand-picked” by the Kremlin for the occasion.

5. Brothers go on trial in Sweden on suspicion of spying for Russia

Two brothers, together with a former worker of Sweden’s safety police and armed forces, have gone on trial on suspicion of spying for Russia.

Prosecutors say the boys had handed on details about Sweden’s intelligence and safety system to Russia’s navy intelligence company (GRU) for years.

One suspect can be charged with gross unauthorised dealing with of secret data, in keeping with the prosecution.

The brothers, aged 42 and 35, have been detained final yr and have beforehand denied all allegations.

The trial is anticipated to largely happen behind closed doorways as a result of nationwide safety considerations.

Sweden hopes to quickly be a part of the Western navy NATO alliance amid rising safety considerations following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a separate case, two folks have been arrested by Swedish police in Stockholm on Tuesday on suspicion of espionage.

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