Last war between Ukraine and Russia: Kyiv says it will never give Putin the gift of ‘giving up’

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An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky refused to enter into negotiations with Vladimir Putin because “it would mean giving up”, which he said was a “gift” Ukraine would never give to the Russian president.

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Mykhailo Podolyak said dialogue with Russia would only be possible once Russian forces leave Ukrainian territory.

“We have no choice. Russia has invaded us with mobile crematoria and half a million body bags. If we stop defending ourselves, we will cease to exist. Literally. Physically. We will continue to fight even if we stabbed in the back,” he said.

It comes after President Zelensky said he was open to “real” talks with Russia, but exclusively negotiations to restore Ukraine’s borders.

In his nightly video address, the Ukrainian president also demanded that Kyiv be compensated for Russia’s attacks and that Moscow punish those responsible for war crimes.

It follows a Washington Post report that suggested the Biden administration was privately encouraging Ukrainian leaders to signal an openness to negotiate.

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Republican win won’t impact support for Ukraine, Kyiv says

Oleksandr Merezhko, the head of Ukraine’s parliamentary foreign policy committee, said a Republican victory in the upcoming US election “will in no way impact support for Ukraine.”

“We highly appreciate the fact that we have bipartisan support,” he said.

“Whoever wins these elections will have no negative influence. On the contrary, we expect support for Ukraine to increase.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 8, 2022 12:50 p.m.

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Kyiv says he will never give Putin the gift of giving up

An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky refused to enter into negotiations with Vladimir Putin because “it would mean giving up”, which he said was a “gift” Ukraine would never give to the Russian president.

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Mykhailo Podolyak said dialogue with Russia would only be possible once Russian forces leave Ukrainian territory.

“We have no choice. Russia has invaded us with mobile crematoria and half a million body bags. If we stop defending ourselves, we will cease to exist. Literally. Physically. We will continue to fight even if we stabbed in the back,” he said.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 8, 2022 12:25 p.m.

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Sweden’s PM pledges to take a tougher stance on terrorism as he seeks Turkey’s backing for NATO bid

Sweden’s new prime minister has pledged to take a tougher stance on fighting crime and terrorism during a visit to Turkey, where he is expected to secure President Tayipp Erdogan’s endorsement of Stockholm joining NATO.

Ankara initially blocked the Nordic country’s candidacy and accused it of harboring militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said: “I think the new government will have an even tougher approach to Sweden’s NATO candidacy. .

“One of the main priorities of this government is to fight crime, to fight organized crime, to fight the link between organized crime and terrorism.

Emily Atkinson8 November 2022 12:00

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Over 77,000 Russian troops killed since invasion began, Kyiv says

Kyiv estimates that 77,170 Russian servicemen have been killed since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

It is not possible to independently verify Ukraine’s claim at this time.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 8, 2022 11:39 am

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4.5 million people in Ukraine without electricity, according to Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said around 4.5 million people are currently without electricity across the country.

He called on his compatriots to endure the hardships, saying, “We have to get through this winter and be even stronger in the spring than now.”

He said: “But of course the Kremlin is doing the opposite. He continues to escalate this war rather than offering some kind of real signal that he is ready or open to negotiations.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 8, 2022 11:20 am

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Zelensky will attend the G20 summit

Volodymyr Zelensky will attend the G20 summit next week, most likely virtually, his spokesman told public broadcaster Suspilne on Tuesday.

Ukraine’s president said last week that he would not attend if President Vladimir Putin attended the summit in Indonesia. Serhiy Nykyforov, the spokesman, did not say whether Mr Zelensky had changed his position.

Emily Atkinson8 November 2022 11:00

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Moldova plans to sue Gazprom over 40% cut in gas supplies

The Moldovan government plans to sue Russian energy company Gazprom over a sharp drop in natural gas supply, a senior official has said.

The tiny ex-Soviet state depends on Russian natural gas supplied by Gazprom and is grappling with a 40% drop in deliveries that has hurt its ability to supply enough electricity to its 2.5 million people.

“Lawyers are analyzing the possibility of applying penalties for breach of contract on the issue of supplying the entire volume of gas,” Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said. PRO TV tv channel monday.

“When that becomes clear, we will decide what actions to take and in which direction to move.”

Emily AtkinsonNovember 8, 2022 10:30 am

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Zelensky open to ‘real talks’ with Russia, but not Putin

President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he is open to “real” talks with Russia, but exclusively negotiations to restore Ukraine’s borders.

In his nightly video address, the Ukrainian president also demanded that Kyiv be compensated for Russia’s attacks and that Moscow punish those responsible for war crimes.

A senior adviser to Mr Zelensky said Ukraine had never refused to negotiate with Russia and was ready to talk with its future leader, but not with Vladimir Putin.

Mykhailo Podolyak’s comments followed a Washington Post report that the Biden administration was privately encouraging Ukrainian leaders to signal an openness to negotiate.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 8, 2022 10:11 am

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The “main condition” for the resumption of talks with Russia is the restoration of territorial integrity – Kyiv

Kyiv said the key condition for resuming talks with Moscow would be the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Ukraine’s Security Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said on Twitter that Ukraine also needed the “guarantee” of modern air defences, planes, tanks and long-range missiles.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 8, 2022 09:40

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North Korea insists it has never had an arms trade with Russia

North Korea’s military has denied US claims that it exported artillery shells and ammunition to Russia for use in the war against Ukraine, accusing Washington of spreading “baseless” rumors for ” tarnish” his image.

The White House said last week that Russia was secretly supplying a “significant number” of munitions shipments to North Korea, in potential violation of several United Nations resolutions by Pyongyang.

State media KCNA reported that an unnamed deputy director of the North Korean ministry’s military foreign affairs office said, “We view these actions by the United States as part of their hostile attempt to tarnish the image of (North Korea) in the international scene. »

Emily AtkinsonNovember 8, 2022 09:20

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