Ukraine will evacuate civilians from recently liberated areas in Kherson and Mykolaiv regions. Residents of the two southern regions have been advised to move to safer areas in the center and west of the country, fearing the damage to infrastructure caused by the war is too severe for people to survive the winter.
The Kremlin said it was concerned about what it claimed to be Ukrainian shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. which is under Russian control. Yury Sak, an adviser to the Ukrainian defense minister countered that the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia factory was a Russian tactic to disrupt power supplies and “freeze Ukrainians to death”. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, appealed to NATO members to guarantee the protection of his country’s nuclear power plants against “Russian sabotage”.
The UN nuclear watchdog is said to be conducting an assessment of the Zaporizhzhia plant on Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the forces behind the shelling were “playing with fire” and such attacks risked major disaster.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Ukraine’s health system is “facing its darkest days of war yet”. Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, called for the construction of a “humanitarian health corridor” to all areas of Ukraine recently recaptured by Kiev, as well as areas occupied by Russian forces.
Ukraine’s prosecutor’s office has said its officials have identified four sites where Russian troops tortured detainees in the city of Kherson. It said Russian troops “established pseudo-law enforcement agencies” in pre-trial detention centers and a police station before troops withdrew from the southern Ukrainian city.
have Russian troops accused of burning bodies in a dump on the outskirts of Kherson during their occupation. Residents and workers at the site told the Guardian they saw Russian open trucks arriving at the site carrying black bags which were then set on fire, filling the air with a large cloud of smoke and a stench of burning flesh.
The Kremlin said it will bring to justice those responsible for the alleged execution of Russian prisoners of war in Ukraine. Russia has accused Ukrainian soldiers of executing more than 10 Russian prisoners of war, citing a video circulating on Russian social media. Ukraine denies the allegations.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said so no plans to call up more Russian soldiers to fight in Ukraine through a second round of mobilization.
Russian forces launched nearly 400 attacks in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as part of a campaign of artillery fire. President Volodymyr Zelensky said so. “The fiercest fighting, as before, is taking place in the Donetsk region. Although there were fewer attacks today due to the deteriorating weather, the number of Russian shellings unfortunately remains extremely high.”
According to the British Ministry of Defence, Russian troops are establishing defensive positions partly manned by poorly trained mobilized reservists around the Svatove sector in the Luhansk region of northeastern Ukraine. With Russia’s southwestern frontline now more defensible along the eastern bank of the Dnieper River, the Svatove sector is likely to be a more vulnerable operational flank for the Russian force, the latest British intelligence report said.
Forty-five countries and institutions will meet in Paris on Monday to pledge millions of euros in aid to Moldova as fears mount that it could be further destabilized by the conflict in Ukraine. Moldova, which lies between Ukraine and Romania, has felt the effects of rising food and energy prices, as well as thousands of refugees arriving in the country of about 2.5 million people.