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UNITED NATIONS — The UN humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine says there are new dimensions to the “humanitarian disaster” in the country.

This includes taking care of people’s acute needs as winter approaches, traveling to newly accessible areas in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions, and dealing with war traumatized people.

Denise Brown said on Thursday that many Ukrainians displaced by the war are in “collective centres” such as universities, training centers and former orphanages that are not well equipped for the winter.

Brown says helping people in newly accessible areas in Kharkiv and Kherson is “extremely complex” due to landmines and other remnants of war.

He says the trauma of people living in bunkers and underground for months is acute and needs to be addressed on a long-term basis.

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IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS:

— Ukraine’s public services threatened by Russia in the new phase of the war

EU leaders head to separatist summit in the energy crisis

The US crashes the network that provides technology to the Russian military

– Russia asks Philippines to respect helicopter purchase agreement

– Pence warns of ‘unprincipled populists’, ‘Putin defenders’

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian army chief said that the Russian forces are likely to launch an offensive from Belarus to cut off the supply routes of Western weapons and military equipment.

Russia has deployed aircraft and troops to air bases and military infrastructure facilities in Belarus, Oleksei Hromov, deputy chief of the General Staff’s main operations department, said on Thursday.

“This time, the direction of the offensive can be diverted to the west of the Belarus-Ukraine border to cut off the main logistical arteries of the supply of weapons and military equipment from the partner countries to Ukraine,” said Hromov.

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BRUSSELS — The European Union has imposed sanctions on Iran’s Shahed Aviation Industries and three Iranian armed forces generals for undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity by helping them supply Russia with drones for use in combat.

Russia is believed to have sent waves of Iranian-made Shahed drones over Ukraine to hit power plants and other important infrastructure.

In response, the EU imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on the company, along with three officers suspected of being linked to Iran’s drone programme.

Thursday’s move was “a sign of the EU’s determination to respond swiftly and decisively to Iran’s actions in support of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” EU headquarters said in a statement. The EU condemns the delivery of Iranian drones to Russia and their deadly deployment in the war of aggression against Ukraine.”

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has denied allegations that it has sent missiles and drones to Russia for use by Russian forces in its invasion of Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Twitter on Thursday that he spoke on the phone with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell about the issue.

Amirabdollahian describes the claim that Iran sent missiles and drones to Russia as “baseless”. “We have defense cooperation with Russia, but it is certainly not our policy to send weapons and drones to Ukraine,” he said.

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KYIV, Ukraine — More than 3,000 people have called the Ukrainian hotline for Russians who want to surrender rather than fight, organizers say.

Dubbed “I want to live,” the line was launched by Ukrainian military officials in mid-September via a Telegram chatbot. The idea was born after Ukraine recaptured territories in the Kharkiv region from Russia and wanted to give the Russians a chance to surrender.

“There were Russian cases calling us while it was not yet in draft,” project spokesman Vitalii Matvienko told the Associated Press. “There are now more calls from newly enlisted recruits.”

Matvienko said that the operators received calls from the men in tears, they lost because they did not want to join the war and were afraid of being drafted. “The number of calls increases when there is a Ukrainian counterattack somewhere,” he said.

Matvienko said that Russia blocked the project website but failed to prevent the news from spreading.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine launched an energy conservation campaign after Russia’s attacks on its energy infrastructure.

Starting Thursday, Ukrainians are asked to reduce their use of force between 7am and 11am.

Blackouts could also occur as the country tries to respond to the growing number of repairs to power plants and other facilities damaged by Russian bombing.

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KYIV, Ukraine — At least three civilians were killed and 14 injured in an overnight bombing attack across the country, Ukrainian officials said.

The Russian army fired drones and missiles at eight regions in the southeast of the country during the night, the presidential office said in a statement.

The attack on the south central city of Kryvyi Rih damaged a power plant and a power plant, leaving the city without electricity.

“Now any lighted business sign, billboard or washing machine can lead to serious emergency shutdowns,” said Regional Governor Valentin Reznichenko.

The city is the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and an industrial centre.

Clashes continued in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions, which Russia had recently illegally annexed.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said on Thursday that Russia’s war in Ukraine has “entered an even more serious phase” and the security political situation in Europe is more tense after Nord Stream gas pipelines were damaged in the Baltic Sea. he said it has become .

Gahr Støre said, “It has come closer to us in Norway” and that “nuclear weapons should never be used. A nuclear war cannot and should not be won. The Russian regime knows this too.”

Gahr Støre said that a neighbor’s threat to use nuclear weapons naturally creates fear. And if there is radioactive fallout in Norway, “our nuclear preparations are good.”

NATO member Norway has a border of about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) with Russia in the Arctic.

Gahr Støre said at a press conference that there is no direct military threat to Norway.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces struck new industrial and energy facilities in central Ukraine and launched attacks on infrastructure.

Russia has announced its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine’s electricity, water and other vital infrastructure in the final phase of the war that has been going on for nearly 8 months.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Moscow forces had destroyed 30% of the country’s power plants since October 10.

According to regional manager Valentyn Reznichenko, the latest attacks tonight in the Kryvyi Rih region of the Dnipropetrovsk region have wreaked havoc.

He did not give any other details.

Russian forces also hit a school in the Zaporizhzhia district earlier on Thursday, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, vice-president of the presidential office, told Telegram.

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BRUSSELS — European Union leaders are heading for a two-day summit with opposing views on whether and how the bloc can impose a gas price ceiling to contain the energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its strategy of cutting gas supply to the bloc.

The need for a rock-solid EU union in the fight against Russia will be highlighted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He will address 27 national leaders from Kiev via videoconference and will constantly ask for help to get his nation through the winter.

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BERLIN – Chancellor Olaf Scholz underlines Germany’s concerns over the idea of ​​capping gas prices, which many other European Union countries are ready to adopt.

Ahead of an EU summit to begin on Thursday, Scholz told the German Parliament that “a politically set price cap always runs the risk of producers selling their gas elsewhere, and that we Europeans eventually get less gas, not more.”

He said the EU should consult closely with other gas consumers such as Japan and South Korea so that they do not compete with each other; and that it is important to talk to gas producers about an “affordable price”.

“I believe that countries like the USA, Canada or Norway, who stand with us in solidarity with Ukraine, have an interest in ensuring that energy in Europe does not become affordable,” Scholz said.

The German leader said the best answer to short energy supplies is to rapidly expand renewable energy. But he said that to replace Russian gas, we “must also work with countries that have the potential to develop new gas fields,” within the countries’ commitments under the Paris climate agreement.

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BERLIN — Germany will train a brigade of 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers as part of the European Union training mission approved earlier this week, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said.

The EU approved the initial two-year mission on Monday. Its primary aim is to train approximately 15,000 soldiers, primarily in Poland and Germany, and the mission is expected to be operational by mid-November.

Scholz told MPs in Berlin on Thursday that one of the headquarters will be in Germany and that “by spring we will train a full brigade of up to 5,000 soldiers.”

However, we underline our readiness to participate, hand in hand with our partners, in the long-term construction of strong Ukrainian armed forces.

Scholz also said that “scorched earth” tactics will not help Russia win its war in Ukraine, emphasizing that “deliberate attacks on the civilian population are war crimes”.

“They only strengthen the determination and lasting power of Ukraine and its partners,” Scholz said. “Russia’s bomb and missile terror is ultimately an act of desperation, just as Russian men are mobilized for war.”

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