Ukrainian news – live: Russia ‘completes’ evacuation of Kherson as Kyiv braces for more power cuts

Ukrainians line up for water after Russians cut city’s main supply

Civilian evacuations organized by the Russian military in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson have ended, officials said.

At least 70,000 civilians have been moved out of the city as Russia prepares its defenses for a major battle there. Kyiv called the evacuations “forced deportations”.

“We are preparing Kherson for defense,” Russian militia commander Alexander Khodakovsky said. “We are taking out the civilian population, untying ourselves in many ways.”

Kherson is one of four partially occupied regions that Russia has annexed since its invasion of Ukraine in late February.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities have announced further power cuts in and around the country’s biggest cities amid ongoing Russian strikes targeting energy infrastructure.

“Emergency blackouts” of four hours a day or more have resumed in the Kyiv region, the press service of Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s sole operator of high-voltage transmission lines, said yesterday.

Capital Region Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram that residents could expect “harder and longer” power cuts compared to the start of the war.

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‘Difficult years’ ahead as Russia threatens Europe, Germany says

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has plunged Europe into an era of insecurity, Germany said on Friday a day after Vladimir Putin predicted a “dangerous” decade to come.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the February 24 invasion had ended “old dreams” of a united continent.

“It plunged us into another time, into an insecurity that we thought we had overcome: a time marked by war, violence and flight, by worries about the extension of war to a wildfire in Europe. said the president, who hails from a wing of German Social Democrats that has long advocated closer economic ties with Moscow.

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Stuti MishraOctober 29, 2022 06:10

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Russia ends its mobilization after the flight of thousands of people

Russia announced yesterday that it had finished calling up reservists to fight in Ukraine, having recruited hundreds of thousands of people in a month, more than a quarter of whom have already been sent to the battlefield.

The announcement appears to end a campaign of mobilization that is dividing Russia – the first since World War II – which had seen tens of thousands of men flee the country and sparked the first sustained public protests against the war.

“The task you set for yourself of (mobilising) 300,000 people has been accomplished. No other measures are planned,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin during a televised meeting in the Kremlin.

He said 82,000 had already been sent to the combat zone and the rest were training.

Both men, however, acknowledged “problems” early in the call-up. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he doubted Moscow was done calling in soldiers.

Russian forces “are so ill-prepared and equipped, so brutally used by their command, that it allows us to assume that very soon Russia may need a new wave of people to send to war,” Mr. Zelenskiy in his nightly televised address.

The mobilization Putin ordered last month after his forces suffered major setbacks on the battlefield was the first time most Russians had suffered a direct personal impact from the “special military operation” launched in February.

Stuti MishraOctober 29, 2022 05:50

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Russia completes removal of Kherson civilians as battle looms

Russia says it has “completed” an operation to move civilians out of the southern occupied city of Kherson ahead of an expected battle with advancing Ukrainian forces.

At least 70,000 civilians are believed to have crossed to the left (east) bank of the Dnipro River, in what Ukraine has called forced deportations.

“We are preparing Kherson for defense,” said a Russian militia commander.

Kherson is one of four partially occupied regions that Russia has annexed since its invasion of Ukraine in late February.

Stuti MishraOctober 29, 2022 05:30

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UN chief calls for extension of Ukraine-Russia grain deal

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging Russia and Ukraine to renew the deal that saw more than 9 million tons of grain exported from Ukraine and lowered global food prices.

It also calls on other countries, mainly in the west, to speed up the removal of obstacles blocking Russian grain and fertilizer exports.

The UN chief’s spokesman said on Friday that António Guterres was stressing the urgency of renewing the agreement in order to “contribute to food security in the world”.

Ukraine and Russia are the main grain suppliers in the world. The agreement brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in July is due to expire on November 19.

Russia’s UN ambassador said Wednesday that before Moscow discusses a renewal

“Russia needs to see the export of its grains and fertilizers on the world market, which has never happened since the start of the agreement.”

Mr Guterres said the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports from three Black Sea ports “has significantly contributed to lower prices for wheat and other commodities”.

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Stuti MishraOctober 29, 2022 05:20

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Kyiv prepares for longer blackouts

Ukrainian authorities have announced further power cuts in and around the country’s largest cities as part of ongoing Russian strikes targeting energy infrastructure.

“Emergency blackouts” of four hours a day or more have resumed in the Kyiv region, the press service of Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s sole operator of high-voltage transmission lines, said yesterday.

Capital Region Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram that residents could expect “harder and longer” power cuts compared to the start of the war.

Stuti MishraOctober 29, 2022 05:06

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Stuti MishraOctober 29, 2022 04:45

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