LIVE: Day 273 of Russian aggression against Ukraine

Photo: PAP/EPA/ALESSANDRO GUERRA

Ukraine promised to create shelters with heat and water and encouraged citizens to conserve energy as a harsh winter loomed amid relentless Russian strikes that have left its power structure in tatters.

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Polish Deputy PM and Ministerof Defence Mariusz Blaszczak:

“After more rocket attacks [conducted by] Russia, I requested the German side that the Patriot batteries offered to Poland be transferred to Ukraine instead and deployed along the western border. This will enable Ukraine to protect itself from further victims and blackouts, an will increase security at our eastern border.”

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80 pct. of electricity and water consumers have lost access to them following the Russian rocket attack, says city’s Mayor Vitalii Klitschko. Municipal workers are trying to restore the service, but according to the Mayor, this may take up to 10 hours.

Source: PAP

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Ukrainian defence forces shot down 51 of the 67 Russian cruise missiles that were launched on Wednesday, the country's top general said, after strikes that knocked out power-generating facilities.

Commander in chief Valerii Zaluzhniy, writing on Telegram, said 30 missiles had been launched at Kyiv alone, adding that 20 were downed.

Source: Reuters

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Power knocked out in the separatistst Transnitria region of Moldova following the Russian attack against Ukraine. Rest of Moldova also severly affected.

Source: PAP

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A section of the Druzhba oil pipeline in Ukraine has been partially suspended, Russia's TASS news agency reported on Wednesday, citing the state-owned pipeline operator Transneft TRNF_p.MM.

The pumping of oil from Belarus to Ukraine continues, TASS cited spokesman Igor Demin as saying.

Source: Reuters

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Russia has asked Turkey to refrain from a full-scale ground offensive in Syria, senior Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev said on Wednesday, because such actions could trigger an escalation of violence.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said this week that Turkey would attack Kurdish militants in Syria with tanks and soldiers soon, signalling a possible ground offensive in retaliation for a bomb attack in Istanbul.

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The European Parliament on Wednesday decided to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing Moscow's military strikes on civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters violate international law.

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There is evidence that Russian commanders in several instances were aware of sexual violence by military personnel in Ukraine “and in some cases, encouraging it or even ordering it,” according to an international criminal lawyer assisting Kyiv’s war crimes investigations.

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A Russian court on Wednesday ordered Google to reinstate the blocked YouTube channel of the State Duma, Russia's parliament, the Duma said in a statement.

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The heads of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Russia's state-run nuclear energy agency Rosatom met in Istanbul to discuss the situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power in southern Ukraine, Rosatom and the IAEA said in statements.

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Pope Francis said on Wednesday that Ukrainians today were suffering from the "martyrdom of aggression" and compared the war to the “terrible genocide” of the 1930s, when Soviet leader Josef Stalin inflicted famine on the people there.

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Moldova said on Wednesday Russia had sent no signals that it would stop supplying it with gas next month but that it was ready for any scenario because Moscow was using energy resources as “a tool of blackmail”.

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Russia on Wednesday relaunched production of the Soviet-era Moskvich car at French carmaker Renault's former plant in the Russian capital, news agencies reported.

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Russia has likely launched a number of Iranian-manufactured un-crewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) against Ukraine since September, Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.

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