Ukraine Russia latest news: Putin ‘makes nuclear threat from Hiroshima’ to Macron


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Vladimir Putin reportedly said the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima show “that you don’t need to attack big cities to end a war” during a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Ukraine’s Western allies have accused Russia of threatening to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Moscow denies doing so and has repeatedly accused Kyiv of planning the use of a radioactive “dirty bomb” without providing evidence.

The Sunday Mail reported a French government source saying that Mr Macron’s call with the Russian president had left him “clearly alarmed”. It sounded like a very heavy hint that Putin might detonate a tactical nuclear weapon in eastern Ukraine, while leaving Kyiv untouched. That seemed to be the meaning of his remarks.

A source was quoted: “The two presidents undoubtedly discussed the risk of the use of nuclear weapons. Putin wants to send the message that all options are on the table, in accordance with Russian nuclear weapons doctrine.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, an ally of Russia, on Friday condemned threats to use atomic weapons in Ukraine.

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Power cuts not enough, says Ukrainian energy operator

The Ukrainian grid operator, targeted by Russian airstrikes in recent weeks, said it would step up power cuts in Kyiv and seven Ukrainian regions in response to what it said was an increase in electricity consumption. ‘electricity.

Large parts of Ukraine have been cut off from power for several hours a day since Russia launched an air campaign against energy infrastructure across the country.

Ukrenergo said planned power outages were not enough and electricity could now be cut for longer periods on short notice.

A view of kyiv’s Podil district during a power outage on Friday

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A woman walks her dog during a power outage in Kyiv on Friday

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Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 12:55 p.m.

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Russian shelling of Donetsk intensifies, says Ukraine

Russian forces are stepping up their strikes in a bitterly disputed region of eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities have announced.

The action worsens already difficult conditions for residents and the defending army following the illegal annexation of Moscow and the declaration of martial law in Donetsk province, they said.

The attacks almost completely destroyed power plants that serve the town of Bakhmut and the nearby town of Soledar, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, Ukrainian governor of the region.

The shelling killed one civilian and injured three, Mr Kyrylenko said on Saturday evening.

“The destruction is daily, even hourly,” Mr. Kyrylenko said in an interview on state television.

Russia is pushing to take over the Donetsk region, with recent fighting focusing on the city of Bakhmut.

Local resident Alexander walks on the ruins of a house destroyed by recent shelling in Donetsk

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Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 12:15 p.m.

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Ukrainian dam ‘damaged by shelling’, says Russia

Ukraine’s Russian-held Nova Kakhovka Dam was damaged in a shelling by Ukrainian forces, Russian news agencies reported today, citing emergency services.

Russia’s state-run Tass news agency quoted an emergency services official as saying a rocket launched by a US-made Himars missile system struck the dam lock and caused damage. The quoted official said it was an “attempt to create the conditions for a humanitarian catastrophe” by breaking the dam.

The reports provided no evidence to support the claim, which could not be immediately verified by The Independent.

The vast Nova Kakhovka dam, which blocks the Dnipro river upstream from Kherson where Ukrainian forces are advancing, has taken on vital strategic importance in recent weeks.

Since October, both Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly accused of planning to breach the dam with explosives, which would flood much of the area downstream, likely causing destruction. major areas around the city of Kherson.

Kakhovka dam on the Dnipro

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Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 11:45 am

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Georgian economy booming thanks to Russian influx

Georgia is on track to become one of the fastest growing economies in the world this year after a dramatic influx of more than 100,000 Russians since Moscow invaded Ukraine.

The men fled to Georgia en masse after Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of military reserves.

A line of private vehicles leaving Russia in the days following the order stretched more than 10 miles.

Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 10:30 am

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More than 700 dolphins may have died in the Black Sea since Russia invaded Ukraine, report says

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has placed the entire Black Sea basin under a ‘huge threat’, according to a report that says more than 700 dolphins and porpoises have died in the region since the conflict began (Vishwam Sankaran writing).

The report, recently released by Accobams – or the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area – warns that military activity in the region is affecting marine life forms in the region, including cetaceans such as dolphins and porpoises.

More than 700 deaths, mainly of dolphins and harbor porpoises, have been recorded on the coasts of countries bordering the Black Sea, including Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

An earlier report by Ivan Rusev, research director at Ukraine’s Tuzla Estuaries National Nature Park, also warned that marine mammals were washing up on the Black Sea coastline.

Experts believe some of these increased dolphin strandings are a direct result of loud noises caused by warfare.

Liam James6 November 2022 10:00

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White House ‘no comment’ on talk plans with Russia

The White House National Security Council had no immediate comment on the accuracy of a report that Washington officials were pushing for negotiations with Russia.

The Washington Post reported that President Joe Biden’s administration was privately encouraging Ukrainian leaders to signal an openness to negotiate with Russia and drop their public refusal to engage in peace talks unless President Vladimir Putin is removed of his functions.

Asked about the report, a State Department spokesman said, “The Kremlin continues to escalate this war. The Kremlin has demonstrated its reluctance to seriously engage in negotiations even before it launches its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 9:30 a.m.

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Nuclear weapons must not be used over Ukraine, says Chinese president in clear response to Russia

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday warned against using nuclear weapons over Ukraine, in a clear first message to Russia (Maroosha Muzaffar writing).

“The international community should (…) jointly oppose the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, advocate that nuclear weapons should not be used and that nuclear wars should not be waged, in order to avoid a nuclear crisis in Eurasia,” Xi said at a meeting. with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Beijing.

President Xi told Chancellor Scholz he opposes the use of nuclear force in Europe without naming Russia, in his most blunt remarks yet on the escalating crisis.

During their first face-to-face meeting, Xi called on the international community to “reject the threat of nuclear weapons” and advocate against nuclear war to avert a “crisis on the Eurasian continent”.

Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 09:00

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Putin on the “Hiroshima nuclear threat”

Vladimir Putin reportedly said the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima show “that you don’t need to attack big cities to end a war” during a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Ukraine’s Western allies have accused Russia of threatening to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Moscow denies doing so and has repeatedly accused Kyiv of planning the use of a radioactive “dirty bomb” without providing evidence.

The Sunday Mail reported a French government source saying that Mr Macron’s call with the Russian president had left him “clearly alarmed”. It sounded like a very heavy hint that Putin might detonate a tactical nuclear weapon in eastern Ukraine, while leaving Kyiv untouched. That seemed to be the meaning of his remarks.

A source was quoted: “The two presidents undoubtedly discussed the risk of the use of nuclear weapons. Putin wants to send the message that all options are on the table, in accordance with Russian nuclear weapons doctrine.

Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 08:30

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Power cuts across Ukraine amid Russian bombardment

Ukraine’s state-owned electricity operator on Saturday announced regular power cuts in Kyiv and seven other regions of the country following Russia’s devastating strikes on energy infrastructure.

The move comes as Russian forces continue to pound Ukrainian towns and villages with missiles and drones, inflicting damage on power plants, water supplies and other civilian targets, in a fierce war that is approaching. of his nine months.

Russia has denied that the drones it used in Ukraine came from Iran, but the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister on Saturday admitted for the first time supplying Moscow with “a limited number” of drones before the invasion. Hossein Amirabdollahian, however, claimed that Tehran did not know if its drones were being used against Ukraine and declared Iran’s commitment to ending the conflict.

Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 08:00

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Kyiv mayor urges residents to stock up on basic necessities and has not ruled out a blackout

Vitalii Klychko, mayor of Kyiv, urged residents to stock up on basic necessities and even consider temporarily relocating, Ukrainian Pravda reported.

Nor did he rule out a complete blackout in Kyiv with no power, heat, water or communications.

Speaking on TV, Mr Klychko said: “We are doing everything we can to prevent this from happening. But let’s be honest: our enemies are doing everything they can so that the city has no heat, no electricity, no water, and that we are all dead. And the future of this country, and the future of all of us, depends on how prepared we are for different situations.

“We are not ruling it out. We go through different scenarios to survive, to be prepared.

Maroosha MuzaffarNovember 6, 2022 07:23

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