Nov. 3 (Reuters) – Russian troops are likely to abandon their footholds on the western bank of Ukraine’s Dnipro River, a Russian-installed occupation official said, signaling a massive Russian withdrawal that, if confirmed, could be a major would be a turning point in the war.
* Russian attacks were reported in much of Ukraine, damaging infrastructure, Ukrainian officials said.
* Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has been disconnected from the grid again after Russian shelling damaged remaining power lines, leaving only diesel generators left, Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom said.
* Ukrainian troops destroyed 278 Russian planes during eight months of fighting, more than twice as many as the Soviet Union lost during its 1979-89 military intervention in Afghanistan, Ukraine’s commander-in-chief said.
* The streets and boulevards of the Russian port of Kherson are almost empty. Many shops and businesses are closed. The evacuations have picked up as Ukrainian troops have moved north and east of the strategic city.
* The Russian delegation resumed work at the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) leading grain deal operations in the Black Sea in Istanbul and participated in ship inspections on Thursday, the UN secretariat at the center said. Russia said on Wednesday it would resume its participation in a deal to free up vital grain exports from Ukraine after it suspended it over the weekend and said it had received assurances from Ukraine that it would not use the Black Sea grain corridor for military operations against Russia.
* Ukraine said it had made no commitments to Russia beyond the terms of the Black Sea Grains Initiative agreed in July to persuade Moscow to resume its participation in the deal.
* Moscow urged the United Nations to assist in fulfilling the parts of the agreement intended to facilitate Russian exports of food and fertilizers.
* The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had protested to the British ambassador after summoning her over her claim that British specialists had been involved in a Ukrainian drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea fleet in Crimea.
* Foreign ministers of the G7 Group of Rich Democracies discussed at a meeting in Germany how best to coordinate further aid to Ukraine.
* Indonesia’s host of the G20 summit awaits Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attendance, Indonesia’s foreign minister said, adding that disagreements over Ukraine had made preparations for the meeting particularly fraught.
“The entire front line is subject to round-the-clock shelling,” Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region, told Ukrainian television.
“There is practically not a single house that has not been damaged in Avdiivka, in Maryinka, in Krasnohorivka. Selydove, even closer to the front line, received a direct hit this week. The tactic of the enemy with artillery strikes is to destroy these cities and then wipe from the face of the earth. Nothing else works for them.”
Curated by Angus MacSwan and Lincoln Feast; Editing by Gerry Doyle and Simon Cameron-Moore
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