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Russian ship shoots down drone over Black Sea, chief Sevastopol says

Russian warships are seen for the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, July 23, 2021.

Alexey Pavlishak | Reuters

The Russian fleet shot down a Ukrainian drone over the Black Sea, the Russian-installed governor of Sevastopol, the largest city in the annexed Crimea peninsula, said Thursday.

“This morning a ship of the Black Sea Fleet shot down a UAV over the sea,” Sevastopol governor Mikhail Razvozhaev told Telegram.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify battlefield reports from both sides.

Reuters

‘Fierce confrontation’ continues around Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday evening that fighting was raging in the Bakhmut area of ​​Donetsk.

“First of all, regarding the Donetsk region, Bakhmut districts and other hottest places. A very fierce confrontation is going on there, every meter counts. I thank all our men who destroy the enemy there – every day, every night, every hour ,” Zelenskyy posted on Telegram on Wednesday after meeting with military leadership. On Tuesday, Zelenskyy visited troops on the frontline in Donetsk.

He said fighting in the neighboring Luhansk region and the northeastern region of Kharkiv was discussed, as well as the acute crisis in Ukraine’s energy system.

“We are constantly increasing electricity generation and supply — adding more volume almost every day,” Zelenskyy said, though the country’s armed forces warned on Thursday that “the threat of Russian missile strikes on Ukraine’s energy system and critical infrastructure remains. .”

Smoke and flames rise after many rockets and artillery shells fell on the area on December 6, 2022, in the Voroshylovskyi district of Donetsk, Ukraine. Initial reports say the attack has left civilian settlements dead and injured. .

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The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces noted on Facebook that while other regions in Ukraine are under attack, Russian forces continue to focus their attacks on Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

“In the past 24 hours, units of the armed forces have repelled attacks by Russian invaders outside the settlements of Ternova, in the Kharkiv region: Stelmakhivka, Ploshchanka, Chervonopopivka and Bilohorivka, Luhansk region, and Bilohorivka, Berestove, Yakovlivka, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Opytne., Kurdiumivka, Maiorsk, Marinka and Novomykhailivka, Donetsk region,” the report said.

Russia launched seven missile strikes and 16 airstrikes, as well as more than 40 strikes using multiple launch missile systems, the military update said. CNBC was unable to immediately verify the information.

— Holly Ellyatt

Kiev’s mayor says a winter scenario with an “apocalypse” is possible, but urges calm

Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko attends an interview with Reuters, amid the Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kiev, Ukraine on December 7, 2022.

Valentin Ogirenko | Reuters

Kiev’s mayor on Wednesday warned of an “apocalypse” scenario for the Ukrainian capital this winter if Russian air strikes on infrastructure continue, saying that while there is no need for people to evacuate now, they must be prepared to do so.

“Kiev could lose power, water and heat. The apocalypse could happen, like in Hollywood movies, when it is not possible to live in houses due to the low temperature,” Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in an interview with Reuters.

“But we are fighting and doing everything we can to make sure this doesn’t happen,” the former world heavyweight boxing champion said, raising his booming voice to make the point.

According to Klitschko, since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, 152 civilian residents of Kiev have been killed and 678 buildings destroyed.

— Reuters

EU looks to Russian officials, banks and industry for sanctions

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, speaks at a media conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday 6 December 2022. EU leaders and their Western Balkan counterparts met on Tuesday for talks to finalize their partnership as The Russian war in Ukraine threatens to change the geopolitical balance in the region.

Andrea Alexandru | AP

The European Union has proposed travel bans and asset freezes for nearly 200 more Russian officials and military officers as part of a new round of sanctions to increase pressure on Moscow over its war in Ukraine.

The proposals have been made by the EU’s executive, the European Commission. They have yet to be discussed and approved by the 27 member states, a process that routinely results in the committee’s suggestions being watered down.

The targets of the latest recommended sanctions include ministers, legislators, regional governors and political parties.

“This list includes key figures in Russia’s ruthless and deliberate missile attacks against civilians, in the abduction of Ukrainian children to Russia and in the theft of Ukrainian agricultural products,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement.

With a new set of sanctions, the commission also plans to target Russia’s defense industry and more Russian banks, imposing export controls and restrictions on products such as chemicals, nerve agents, electronics and IT components that could be used by the armed forces. are used.

— Associated Press

Putin says war in Russia could be a ‘protracted’ process, downplaying need to mobilize more troops

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Young Scientists Congress in Sochi, Russia on December 1, 2022.

Mikhail Metzel | Sputnik | Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his invasion of Ukraine could be “protracted” as the brutal conflict enters its 10th month.

As Russia struggles to hold on to ground it gained in Ukraine this year, Putin downplayed the need to mobilize more troops. Considering another round of conscription “just doesn’t make sense,” Putin said, according to an NBC News translation of his remarks at a meeting of his human rights council.

Of the 300,000 reservists called up during Putin’s partial mobilization earlier this year, 150,000 are now in Ukraine, the Russian president said.

He added that “there is no mass withdrawal” from Russian positions in Ukraine.

— Jacob Pramuk

Ukrainians are bracing for a long winter ahead

Kiev residents brace for a cold, dark winter as Russia continues its missile strikes that have led to widespread power outages across the country.

Citizens make their way through the snow on December 7, 2022 in Borodyanka, Ukraine.

Jeff J. Mitchell | Getty Images

A resident collects water from a pump in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Ukrainians have been no stranger to hardship over the past century, but their tenacious resilience and solidarity in the face of Russian bombing has been an enduring image of a war that started at the end of last winter. Photographer: Andrew Kravchenko/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Woman seen near an artwork by British street artist Banksy on December 7, 2022 in Borodyanka, Ukraine.

Jeff J. Mitchell | Getty Images

People walk down a street amid snowfall as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, in the center of Kiev, Ukraine on December 7, 2022.

Gleb Garanich | Reuters

Civilians shelter in a subway station during an air raid alert in central Kiev on December 5, 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Dimitar Dilkoff | AFP | Getty Images

A resident lights a camping stove at home during a power outage in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

Andreas Kravchenko | Bloomberg | Getty Images

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