ARocket attacks from the Ukrainian capital Kiev and other areas were reported again on Wednesday. In Kiev, a critical infrastructure item was also damaged by Russian shelling, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko wrote on the Telegram news service. At first I didn’t know which building it was. Terrestrial television failed for a short time and there were strong fluctuations in the already ailing power grid. A flight alert was issued across the country.
Explosions – some of them caused by anti-aircraft defenses – were also reported from Odesa, Mykolaiv, Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk regions. There were no initial reports of casualties.
About nine months ago, Russia invaded Ukraine. After mounting military setbacks, Moscow launched targeted attacks on the neighbor’s energy supplies a few weeks ago and has already caused massive damage. Ukraine, which now has to cut off its citizens’ electricity for hours to avoid disruptions, calls it “energy terrorism”.
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2:15 pm: Federal government contradicts Johnson’s allegation
Steffen Hebestreit, a government spokesman for the German government, contradicted former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statements that the German government hoped to quickly defeat Ukraine before the Russian invasion began. “Johnson has always had his own relationship with the truth, and it’s no different here,” Hepstreet said in Berlin on Wednesday.
12:47 pm – Mutzenich stresses the need for diplomatic efforts
Regarding Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich emphasized the importance of diplomatic efforts. Mützenich said during the budget debate in the Bundestag that it was important to support Ukraine with weapons and financial and humanitarian aid. At the same time, it is the duty of the central government to “prevent demarcation of war through intelligent politics”.
Mützenich criticized that some people “behaved hastily, some, I think, too dangerously and dangerously” after the recent rocket attack in Poland. The SPD parliamentary group leader was referring to an incident a week ago in the Polish village of Przewodow, just six kilometers from the border with Ukraine. A rocket landed there, killing two civilians. Currently, the West believes it is a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile used to defend against attacks by the Russian military. Immediately after the explosion, media reports also spoke of a Russian missile. “We must prevent the dissolution of the frontiers of war,” repeated Mützenich.
Talking to countries that oppose the war but have abstained in international referendums is part of “smart diplomacy,” Mutsenich said. “You have to talk to people who disagree with you from the start.” Chancellor Olaf Scholes (SPD) is doing just that.
11:36 am – Number of Ukrainian children in German schools rises to more than 200,000
The number of Ukrainian students enrolled in German schools has risen to more than 200,000. According to the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) held in Berlin, the federal states reported a total of 200,754 children and young people from Ukraine in schools during the 46th calendar week from November 14 to 20.
Compared to the previous week, the number increased by 1820. The number of students served by KMK refers to general education and vocational schools.
10:49 am – Klitschko fears ‘worst winter since WWII’ in Kyiv
Kyiv’s mayor Vitaly Klitschko expects a dramatic winter for the Ukrainian capital of about three million people due to power outages. “This is the worst winter since World War II,” he said “Bild” newspaper. You have to be prepared for the “worst case scenario” of widespread power outages in low temperatures: “And then parts of the city have to be evacuated,” he said. “But we don’t want to let it get that far!”
Former boxing world champion Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukrainians of trying to flee Kyiv by attacking civilian infrastructure. “Putin wants to scare people, let them freeze without light.” This is how pressure should be put on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “But that will not happen. My impression is that people are angry and more determined. We will not die or run away as Putin wants,” Klitschko said.
He asked Germany to urgently send generators, protective clothing and humanitarian supplies along with weapons for defense.
10:25 am – Putin wants to export fertilizers through Odessa port
Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin has spoken out in favor of exporting Russian fertilizer through Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa. Russia is ready to increase its fertilizer exports, Putin said in a meeting with Russian businessman Dmitry Mazebin. He asked for the resumption of ammonia exports via Odessa. An ammonia pipeline from Tolyatti to Odessa in Russia has existed since Soviet times.
10:04 am – The situation in Ukraine
09:44 – Russia calls search of Kiev monastery godless
Russia has criticized the search for the Kiev monastery as godless. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “There is no reason, no explanation. This is another wild and immoral move by the regime in Kiev. In the Ukrainian capital, police and security service SBU raided the 1,000-year-old Kiev Cave Monastery on suspicion of Russian vandalism on Tuesday morning.
9:08 am – Merse accuses Scholes of breaching defense budget
Opposition leader Friedrich Merz is taking a sharp line at Chancellor Olaf Scholes in the Bundestag over next year’s defense budget. Instead of increasing spending by at least two percent of economic output, as promised, the defense budget will actually decrease by 300 million euros, the CDU/CSU parliamentary group leader says in a public debate. “It’s a bad word violation.”
08:25 – Britain delivers three helicopters to Ukraine
Britain is supporting Ukraine with helicopters for the first time. According to a BBC report, Kyiv is set to receive a total of three Sea King aircraft. The first helicopter has already arrived in Ukraine. British experts have been training their Ukrainian counterparts in Great Britain in recent weeks. Both the British Air Force and Navy used Sea Kings, but retired them in 2018. Helicopters can be used for anti-submarine and search and rescue missions.
07:18 – Ukraine investigates shooting of prisoner
Ukrainian officials say they are investigating the behavior of Russian soldiers, who can be seen in Moscow on video showing them trying to surrender – before they are shot. Parts of the recordings appeared on social networks in Russia last week. According to footage circulating in Russia, a man appeared to refuse to put the gun down and opened fire.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said it was investigating allegations that Russian soldiers violated the laws or customs of war. According to prosecutors, the soldiers faked their surrender and opened fire on Ukrainian forces.
05:45 – Expert: The war against Ukraine will continue
Political scientist Sarah Bagung expects massive Russian attacks on civilian targets and infrastructure in Ukraine to continue. Nine months after the start of the war of aggression, there is no real willingness on the Russian side to negotiate an end to the war. “It amounts to a war,” a Russian expert at the German Society for Foreign Policy (DGAP) told the Evangelical Press Service.
With rocket attacks, the Russian leadership wants to exterminate the Ukrainian population, the scientist said. “Of course it’s a humanitarian emergency as we go into winter and people should expect that the heating won’t work, the electricity won’t work,” Bagung stressed. Moscow’s prediction is that the opposition in Ukraine and the support of the West, which plays a key role in Ukraine’s grip, will diminish over time.
04:27 Ukraine: Russian missiles hit hospital
According to Ukrainian sources, a maternity hospital in the Zaporizhia region was hit by Russian missiles. A child was killed, the governor of the region Oleksandr Staruch wrote in a telegram. The report could not be independently verified at first. Russia denies targeting civilians.
11:20 pm – Kuleba: EU must not be “tired” of war in Ukraine
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has appealed to the European Union not to be weary of the war in Ukraine. Putting “all doubts” and “fatigue” aside, I call on my EU colleagues to “end the long-overdue” ninth set of sanctions, “as soon as possible,” he told an online press conference. “If we Ukrainians are not tired, the rest of Europe has no moral or political right to be tired.”
Kuleba called for Rosatom, the state-run nuclear power company, to be punished for its role in the seizure of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Also important are the sanctions that make it possible to “slow down” the Russian arms industry. “We need to destroy Russia’s ability to produce new missiles to kill Ukrainians, to prevent them from having additional resources to destroy Ukrainian cities and the energy system,” he argued.
Kuleba appealed to the West to increase its arms supplies, particularly air defense systems, to Kiev. Moscow has been deliberately destroying its neighbor’s energy infrastructure for weeks.
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