Kiev: “Rocket attack on an industrial plant in the city of Zaporizhzhia”
The Russians have launched a rocket attack on an industrial plant in the city of Zaporizhzhia. This was announced by the head of the regional military administration, Oleksandr Starukh, as reported by Ukrainska Pravda. “The enemy has launched a rocket attack on Zaporizhzhia. An industrial plant was damaged. Rescuers are working on the scene. Details later,” his Telegram statement read.
Broken down passenger train connecting Kiev to Kherson
The passenger train connecting the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, to the recently reconquered city of Kherson has restarted for the first time after months of interruption. This was stated by the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, reports Ukrinform. “The first train left for Kherson! This is our victory train! There are 200 passengers in the carriages who have bought tickets,” he said. Tymoshenko then clarified that the train to Kherson would leave Kiev on even days and return from Kherson on odd days. “Just like this train, we will get everything back to normal in Kherson!” he added, thanking everyone who is currently working to ensure the city gets everything it needs.
Zelensky: “A new package of European sanctions is needed”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for new Western sanctions against Russia in response to a massive increase in missile attacks against Ukraine. “A new package of European sanctions is needed,” Zelensky said today in a video message to Irish students. “Russian aggression does not stop for a single day. Just like the Russian lies told to the world never stop. Therefore, international pressure on Russia shouldn’t stop for a single day,” he said. Moscow – he later accused – is mobilizing all its resources “to become the largest terrorist state in history”.
Blinken: “Russia must end detentions and disappearances”
“Russia must end detentions and disappearances, withdraw its forces from Ukraine and end a war it cannot and will not win, no matter how brutal its tactics.” The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken writes on Twitter, presenting the new report ‘Conflict Observatory’ which documents new abuses by Vladimir Putin’s troops in Ukraine.
Russia must halt detentions and disappearances, withdraw its forces from Ukraine, and end a war that it cannot and will not win – no matter how brutal its tactics. A new #ConflictObservatory report documents additional attachments of Russia’s abuses. https://t.co/JwpNQYmdc9
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) November 18, 2022
The bishop of Kiev: “6.5 million internally displaced people are registered in Ukraine”
“Once again we are witnessing a a new wave of internally displaced people. This wave is caused precisely by the lowering of temperatures and the limited possibilities of supplying electricity or heating in the homes of our people. Today, according to official data, 6.5 million internally displaced persons are registered in Ukraine”. This was stated in a video message by the head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and major archbishop of Kiev, Monsignor Sviatoslav Shevchuk. “We do everything to welcome them, we open our hearts to them, our homes, we warm them, we feed them: we do everything to serve the people who found themselves in a difficult situation during the war”.
“Electricity has been restored almost everywhere in Ukraine”
Electricity has been restored almost everywhere in Ukraine after more than 10 million customers were disconnected. He reported it, Oleksandr Kharchenko, director of the Energy Industry Research Center, as reported by Cnn. “Maybe nearly 300 consumers are still offline, but most of them are near the front lines,” Kharchenko said, providing updates on recovery work after rocket attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. The situation is improving by the hour, Kharchenko said again, adding that he hopes “to be able to have at least 10-12 days off so that we can restore the sustainability of the grid”
Kiev: “30% of Ukrainian territory is mined”
About 30% of the Ukrainian territory is mined as a result of the war launched by Russia. It’s about a area twice that of Austria, the Ukrainian emergency service announced on its website this evening. The affected area and the number of mines planted on the territory of the country have increased tenfold compared to the pre-war period, especially compared to the territories of eastern Ukraine, a theater of conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, in the years since 2014. In Kherson and Mykolaiv regions, explosive ordnance clearance is continuing, it said. The area to be de-mined is 8,000 square kilometres.
Zelensky: “About 3 million hectares of forests destroyed due to Russian armed aggression”
About 3 million hectares of forests have been destroyed in Ukraine as a result of Russian armed aggression. This was stated by the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in his video speech to the Irish university community. Ukrinform reports it. “Russia which supposedly claims to protect the natural environment, however, has already destroyed almost three million hectares of forests in our country with its aggression! Forests have burned because of the bombings – said Zelensky -. And this is just one of thousands of crimes committed by Russia against the environment”.
Irish Parliament calls for expulsion of Russian embassy officials
The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Irish Parliament has called for the expulsion from the country of officials and employees of the Russian embassy in Berlin in response to the sanctions recently announced by Moscow against around fifty Irish citizens, including the premier, Micheal Martin, the his deputy, Leo Varadkar, the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Justice and Finance, who will be banned from entering the country. “In light of the sanctions against Irish Government ministers, members of parliament and other officials, the Commission is now calling for the expulsion of several officials and agents currently serving at the Russian Embassy in Ireland,” the committee chair announced, Charlie Flanagan. Following Moscow’s announcement, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney summoned the Russian ambassador to Dublin, Yuri Filatov.
Usa: “No discussions with Moscow without the presence of Kiev”
The United States “will not have discussions with Russia on peace in Ukraine without Kiev being a party to it”. This was reiterated by the spokesman for the US National Security Council, John Kirby, in a virtual briefing with the press. “We are not participating in discussions about ending the war with Russia,” he added, noting that Washington “relies on Zelensky.” “It’s up to him to decide when.”