Russian strikes risked nuclear ‘catastrophe’, Putin told – live

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Zelensky slams new attacks as ‘another Russian terrorist attack’

Russia created a “real danger of nuclear and radioactive catastrophe” by launching attacks that disconnected all of Ukraine’s nuclear reactors from the power grid for the first time in 40 years, Kyiv’s nuclear energy chief said.

Petro Kotin, head of the nuclear power company Energoatom, said in a statement Thursday that the massive nuclear power plant in the Zaporizhzhia region had been reconnected to the national power grid after Russian airstrikes on Wednesday and backup diesel generators at the site had been turned off. turned off.

It’s because repeated rocket fire against power infrastructure across Ukraine in recent weeks has forced millions of people to be without light, water or heating for hours or days, just as outside temperatures dip below freezing.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “there have been no strikes on ‘social’ targets and there are none – special attention is being paid to this”. “As for targets directly or indirectly related to military potential, those are subject to attack accordingly,” he said.

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Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 4:40 PM

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Hungary will ratify Finland and Sweden as NATO members next year

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said Budapest will ratify NATO membership for Finland and Sweden early next year.

Mr Orban told a briefing after a meeting of the Visegrad Group in Slovakia that his government had already decided that Hungary would support Finland and Sweden joining NATO and that the parliament would consider this point at its first session at the European Parliament next year. agenda would set.

“Hungary will certainly support their entry, after the government has done so, so will the parliament,” Orban said. Parliament normally meets again around mid-February.

Emily AtkinsonNov 24, 2022 4:20 PM

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Putin ‘talks with Iraqi prime minister about Western oil price cap’

President Vladimir Putin discussed Western efforts to limit the price of Russian oil during a phone call with Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, the new Iraqi prime minister, the Kremlin said, the state news agency said. BAG.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 4:00 PM

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Four killed in shooting at shopping center in southern Russia

Four people were killed in a deadly shooting at a shopping center in the southern Russian city of Krymsk today.

The shooter is included in the four deaths, TASS news agency said.

Russian state news agencies cited local law enforcement agencies and the prosecutor’s office.

A video circulating on social media shows a gunman walking down the street and shooting a body lying on the ground.

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Emily AtkinsonNovember 24, 2022 3:40 PM

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50 Russian soldiers released, says Moscow

Russia’s defense ministry said Ukraine had released 50 Russian soldiers captured in the latest prisoner exchange between the two sides.

Earlier on Thursday, the Russian-installed head of Ukraine’s Donetsk region said Russia would also release 50 imprisoned Ukrainians.

Emily AtkinsonNov 24, 2022 3:20 PM

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Finland introduces new tax on excessive profits of energy companies

Finland is preparing to introduce a new temporary tax on excessive profits from energy companies, the country’s finance minister said.

It comes as Europe faces a sweeping energy crisis triggered by Russia’s war in Ukraine and has led multiple countries to impose curfews to conserve energy.

Maryam Zakir-HusseinNovember 24, 2022 3:00 PM

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Ukrainians say goodbye to fallen ballet dancer

Sad Ukrainians said their last goodbye on Thursday to a 26-year-old ballet dancer who died fighting with Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

Vadym Khlupianets, of the Kiev National Academic Operetta Theater, was killed by a sniper near Bakhmut, a strategically important city in the eastern Donetsk region, the Ukrainian military said.

Fellow performers and staff members carried his coffin into the theater, where visitors lined up to say a tearful farewell. As Khlupianet’s coffin was carried away, they burst into final applause.

“Vadym sided with light and good against evil,” said Bohdan Strutynskii, the theater’s creative director.

He added, “Today’s tribute is not what it should have been: applause at the end of a performance, with people asking for an encore.”

Born in Donetsk, Khlupianets volunteered to join the army after the invasion of Moscow on February 24.

Ukrainian troops have succeeded in driving Russian troops out of large parts of eastern and southern Ukraine in recent weeks. But they are still suffering losses, said Khlupianets commander Denys Popov.

“Ukraine’s best sons are losing their lives,” he told mourners.

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Maryam Zakir-HusseinNov 24, 2022 2:38 PM

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Germany’s Merkel says he had no political strength for pre-invasion negotiations with Ukraine

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had wanted to hold European talks with Vladimir Putin the year before his invasion of Ukraine, but ultimately saw no possibility of influencing the Russian president at the end of her term.

Merkel told Spiegel news magazine in an interview published Thursday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron planned to hold an independent talk with Putin at the European Council in 2021, her last summer in office.

“But I no longer had the strength to continue, because everyone knew: she will leave in the fall,” she said.

Merkel, who retired from politics after Germany’s September 2021 elections after 16 years in power, officially handed over the reins to Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats in December of that year.

Referring to her farewell visit to Moscow in August 2021, Merkel, who speaks fluent Russian, told Spiegel: “The feeling was very clear: ‘In terms of power politics, you’re done.’ For Putin, only wealth counts.”

Still, the former conservative leader said of her departure from politics that it was “time for a new approach” due to a lack of progress by her government, not only on Ukraine, but also on conflicts in Moldova, Georgia, Syria and Libya.

Maryam Zakir-HusseinNov 24, 2022 1:59 PM

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The Kremlin denies that attacks on energy infrastructure targeted civilians

The Kremlin denied on Thursday that its attacks on Ukraine’s power grid targeted civilians, but said Kiev could “end the suffering” of its people by meeting Russia’s demands to resolve the conflict.

Repeated rocket fire against power infrastructure across Ukraine in recent weeks has forced millions of people to be without light, water or heating for hours or days at a time, just as outside temperatures dip below freezing.

But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “there have been no strikes on ‘social’ targets and there are none – special attention is being paid to this”.

“As for targets directly or indirectly related to military potential, those are subject to attack accordingly,” he said.

Peskov was asked how the suffering of the civilian population of Ukraine can be reconciled with the views of President Vladimir Putin. Putin has said Russia does not want to destroy Ukraine or its people.

“Ukraine’s leadership has every chance to return the situation to normal, has every chance to resolve the situation in a way that meets the demands of the Russian side and, accordingly, to end all possible suffering from the population.”

Maryam Zakir-HusseinNov 24, 2022 1:44 PM

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Russia passes law banning ‘LGBT propaganda’ advertising among adults

Russia’s parliament today passed a law banning the promotion of “LGBT propaganda” to people of all ages.

The third and final reading of the law expands an existing ban that previously only applied to children.

Propaganda includes any attempt to promote homosexuality online, in movies, books, advertisements or in public. Any event or act that is considered to be breaking the law can carry a heavy fine.

The fine can be up to 400,000 rubles ($6,600) for individuals and up to 5 million rubles ($82,100) for legal entities. Foreigners risk 15 days of arrest and subsequent deportation from the country.

Maryam Zakir-HusseinNov 24, 2022 1:23 PM

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