Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 288 of the invasion | Ukraine

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  • Russian shelling killed 10 people and wounded many others in the eastern Ukraine town of Kurakhove, President Volodymyr Zelensky said so. Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko this winter warned of an “apocalypse” scenario for the city if Russian air strikes on infrastructure continue. Russia has fired more than 1,000 missiles into Ukraine’s power grid, Interfax Ukraine news agency reported.

  • President Vladimir Putin has said Russia’s war in Ukraine could become a “protracted process”. Speaking to members of his personal human rights council on Wednesday, Putin sought to defend an invasion that forced Russian troops to withdraw and even attacked airbases deep inside Russia.

  • Putin also claimed that Russia would not be the first to use nuclear weapons in any conflict and denied that Russian troops were deserting en masse from the battlefield. He claimed that the Russian army does not need to mobilize more troops, a process that has caused quite a stir in Russia.

  • The risk of using nuclear weapons the Ukraine conflict has eased thanks to international pressure on Russia, That said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in an interview published Thursday. “One thing has changed for now: Russia has stopped threatening to use nuclear weapons. In response to the fact that the international community has drawn a red line,” Scholz said in the interview with Germany’s Funke media group.

  • Talks between Russia and the United States about securing an exchange of high-profile prisoners are making only sporadic progress. said a top Russian diplomat in comments published Thursday. The two countries are exploring ways to broker an exchange to release imprisoned Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. Moscow has said it would like convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout to be involved in a deal.

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said Russia is trying to freeze fighting in Ukraine over the winter. to prepare his troops for a renewed attack early next year. Stoltenberg urged NATO allies to continue sending weapons to Kiev over the winter, adding that the conditions for a peaceful settlement of the war “are not present now”.

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said 31 “suspicious packages” had been sent to Ukrainian missions in 15 countries. Ukraine says its embassies and advisers across Europe have received “bloody” packages, some with animal eyes, in what Kiev has described as a “campaign of terror and intimidation” over the past week.

  • A road accident in the temporarily occupied eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk left 16 dead and several injured. according to a Russian-backed official and state media. The accident between Torez and Shakhtarsk occurred between Torez and Shakhtarsk, involving a minibus and a truck, including military personnel as passengers, emergency services reported to the Russian state news agency Tass.

  • Ukraine’s culture minister, Oleksandr Tkachenko, has called on the country’s Western allies to boycott Russian culture. In the Guardian, Tkachenko writes that a halt to performances of the music of Tchaikovsky and other Russian composers until the end of the war would “interrupt the performance of his works until Russia ceases its bloody invasion”.

  • The European Commission has proposed a ninth package of sanctions against Russia. including adding nearly 200 additional individuals and entities to the sanctions list. In a statement, the head of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, accused Russia of “deliberately attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure” and “continuing to bring death and devastation to Ukraine”.

  • The US has made it clear to Ukraine that it is concerned about any escalation of the war with Russia. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said. Kirby said the principle behind the war in Ukraine was one of sovereignty, and “unlike the Russians, we respect Ukrainian sovereignty”. Kirby’s comments came after Kiev appeared to be launching a pre-emptive strike against bombers at two Russian airbases far from the front lines earlier this week.

  • The Kremlin has said a US military aid spending bill that provided $800 million to Ukraine and was approved by lawmakers on Tuesday was a “provocation against our country.” The Fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, authorizes the additional spending for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, a $500 million increase over President Joe Biden’s request earlier this year.

  • Britain has ordered “several thousand” NLAW anti-tank weapons to replace the 7,000 donated to Ukraine over the past year. Ben Wallace, Britain’s Defense Secretary said the NLAWs played “a decisive role” in pushing back the Russian invasion, but Labor has complained that the deal took almost 10 months to sign and the replacement will take three years.

  • BP should donate its “war profits” in Russia to rebuilding Ukraine or ministers should impose a special windfall tax on the oil company to force it to do so, British MPs have told parliament. The British oil supermajor has a 19.75% stake in Rosneft, one of the Kremlin’s main oil assets, and announced nine months ago that it wanted to leave Russia after Russia invaded Ukraine.

  • At least 441 civilians were killed by Russian forces during the first weeks of the war in Ukraine. This is according to a report by the UN Human Rights Office. Many of the bodies documented in the report showed signs that the victims may have been deliberately murdered, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report said.

  • An Orthodox priest accused of leaking information about Ukrainian defense positions to Russia has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. This is reported by the public prosecutor’s office of Ukraine. The priest from Lysychansk, in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region, had been briefing Russians on the positions of Ukrainian troops since April, he said in a statement posted to Telegram.

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    Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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