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

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

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

The Post on Sunday A French government source reported that Mr Macron’s call to the Russian President had “clearly alarmed” him. It sounded like a very strong indication that Putin could detonate a tactical nuclear weapon in eastern Ukraine while leaving Kyiv intact. That seemed to be the thrust of his remarks.”

A source was quoted as saying: “The two presidents have undoubtedly discussed the risk of using nuclear weapons. Putin wants to send the message that all options are on the table, consistent with Russian doctrine on nuclear weapons.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping, a Russian ally, on Friday condemned threats to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

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Power cuts are not enough, says the Ukrainian energy supplier

The operator of Ukraine’s power grid, which has been the target of Russian airstrikes in recent weeks, said it would intensify power outages in Kyiv and seven Ukrainian regions in response to alleged increases in electricity consumption.

Power has been shut off for several hours a day in much of Ukraine since Russia launched an airstrike on the country’s energy infrastructure.

Ukrenergo said the planned power outages were not enough and power could now be shut down at short notice for longer periods.

A view of Kiev’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 JamesNov 6, 2022 12:55 p.m

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Russian shelling of Donetsk mounting, Ukraine says

Russian forces are intensifying their strikes in a hotly contested region of eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities said.

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

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

The shelling killed one civilian and wounded three, Mr Kyrylenko said late Saturday.

“The destruction is happening daily, if not hourly,” Mr Kyrylenko said in an interview on state television.

Russia is pushing to seize the Donetsk region, with recent fighting centered on the city of Bakhmut.

Local resident Alexander walks on the rubble 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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Ukraine dam ‘damaged in bombing’, Russia claims

The Russian-held Nova Kakhovka dam in Ukraine was damaged by shelling from Ukrainian forces, Russian news agencies reported today, citing rescue services.

Russian state news agency Tass quoted a rescue services official as saying a missile fired from a US-made Himars missile system hit and damaged the dam’s lock. The official quoted said it was an “attempt to use the dam breach to set the stage for a humanitarian catastrophe.”

The reports provided no evidence for the claim that could not be immediately verified The Independent.

The huge Nova Kakhovka dam blocking the Dnipro River upstream from Kherson, where Ukrainian forces are advancing, has acquired crucial strategic importance in recent weeks.

Both Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly accused themselves since October of planning to breach the dam with explosives, which would inundate much of the area downstream, likely causing widespread destruction around the city of Kherson.

Kakhovka Dam on the Dnipro River

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Liam JamesNov 6, 2022 11:45 am

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Georgia’s economy is booming due to the Russian influx

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

Men fled to Georgia in droves after Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of military reserves.

A string 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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According to reports, over 700 dolphins may have died in the Black Sea since the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put the entire Black Sea basin under “enormous threat,” according to a report that says more than 700 dolphins and porpoises have died in the region since the conflict began (Viswam Sankaran writes).

The recent report released by Accobams – or the Agreement on the Conservation of Whales of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Adjoining Atlantic Basin – warns that military activities in the region are affecting marine life in the region, including cetaceans such as dolphins and porpoises.

Over 700 fatalities, mainly dolphins and porpoises, have been recorded on the shores of the Black Sea countries, including Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

A previous report by Ivan Rusev, research director of Ukraine’s Tuzla Estuaries National Nature Park, had also warned that the marine mammals would wash up on the Black Sea coast.

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

Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 10:00 am

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White House ‘no comment’ on Russia talk plans

The White House National Security Council initially declined to comment on the accuracy of a report that Washington officials were urging negotiations with Russia.

The Washington Post reported that President Joe Biden’s administration privately encouraged Ukraine’s leaders to signal their openness to negotiations with Russia and drop their public refusal to participate in peace talks unless President Vladimir Putin is removed from power.

When asked about the report, a State Department spokesman said: “The Kremlin is continuing to escalate this war. The Kremlin showed its unwillingness to engage in serious negotiations even before the start of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.”

Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 9:30 am

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Nuclear weapons must not be used over Ukraine, says China’s president in a clear reply to Russia

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against the use of nuclear weapons over Ukraine in a first clear message to Russia on Friday (Maroosha Muzaffar writes).

“The international community should … stand united against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, advocate non-use of nuclear weapons and no nuclear wars in order to prevent a nuclear crisis in Eurasia,” Mr Xi said during a meeting with the Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Beijing.

President Xi told Chancellor Scholz in his most direct statements to date on the escalation of the crisis that he opposes the use of nuclear weapons in Europe, without naming Russia.

During their first face-to-face meeting, Mr. Xi urged the international community to “reject the threat of nuclear weapons” and oppose nuclear war to prevent a “crisis on the Eurasian continent.”

Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 09:00

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Putin in the “Hiroshima Nuclear Threat”

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

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

The Post on Sunday A French government source reported that Mr Macron’s call to the Russian President had “clearly alarmed” him. It sounded like a very strong indication that Putin could detonate a tactical nuclear weapon in eastern Ukraine while leaving Kyiv intact. That seemed to be the thrust of his remarks.”

A source was quoted as saying: “The two presidents have undoubtedly discussed the risk of using nuclear weapons. Putin wants to send the message that all options are on the table, consistent with Russian doctrine on nuclear weapons.”

Liam JamesNov 6, 2022 8:30 am

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Power outages across Ukraine under Russian fire

Ukraine’s state-owned electric utility on Saturday announced scheduled power outages 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 bomb Ukrainian towns and villages with missiles and drones, damaging power plants, water supplies and other civilian targets in a grueling war nearing its nine-month mark.

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

Liam JamesNovember 6, 2022 8:00 am

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Kyiv’s mayor is urging residents to stock up on essentials and doesn’t rule out a complete blackout

Vitalii Klychko, mayor of Kyiv, has urged residents to stock up on essentials and even consider moving out temporarily, Ukraine’s Pravda reported.

He also did not rule out a complete blackout in Kyiv without electricity, heating, water or communications.

During a TV broadcast, Mr Klychko said: ‘We are doing everything we can to prevent this. But let’s face it: our enemies are doing everything so that the city has no heating, no electricity, no water and we are all dead. And the future of this country and the future of each of us depends on how prepared we are for different situations.

“We’re not ruling that out. We run through different scenarios to survive and be prepared.”

Maroosha MuzaffarNovember 6, 2022 07:23

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