Russia-Ukraine – live: Moscow accused of killing civilians in homes as Kyiv hits aircraft factory over border

By Isaac M November 28, 2023
<p>A Ukrainian serviceman jumps out of the boat on the shore of Dnipro river at the frontline near Kherson, Ukraine, Sunday Oct. 15, 2023.</p>

A Ukrainian serviceman jumps out of the boat on the shore of Dnipro river at the frontline near Kherson, Ukraine, Sunday Oct. 15, 2023.

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A seven-year-old is among the victims of a deadly Russian shell attack in southern Ukraine after a Ukranian drone attack hit an aircraft factory in Russia.

Russian shells struck a residential building and private houses, killing four and injuring at least five people, local Ukrainian officials said.

A five-story building was hit in the morning in the southern town of Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region governor Serhiy Lysak said.

“A 63-year-old man was killed. Two women, aged 65 and 63, were injured. There may be people under the rubble,” he said on Telegram messenger.

In a separate attack in the afternoon, Russian shelling destroyed at least five private houses in a northern settlement just on the border with Russia, Sumy regional prosecutors reported.

Two bodies have been recovered from the rubble, and a 7-year-old girl died in hospital after a car she was in came under fire, the prosecutors said on Telegram. Three people have been injured.

It comes as Kyiv confirmed a successful drone strike on a Russian aircraft factory in Smolensk on Monday, 200 miles beind enemy lines, report Kyiv Independent.

The attack disrupted the producted of Kh-59 missiles, said Kyiv Independent.

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Ukraine says Russian shells hit private homes, four killed

Russian shells struck a residential building and private houses on Tuesday, killing four and injuring at least five people, local Ukrainian officials said.

A five-story building was hit in the morning in the southern town of Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region governor Serhiy Lysak said.

“A 63-year-old man was killed. Two women, aged 65 and 63, were injured. There may be people under the rubble,” he said on Telegram messenger.

In a separate attack in the afternoon, Russian shelling destroyed at least five private houses in a northern settlement just on the border with Russia, Sumy regional prosecutors reported.

Two bodies have been recovered from the rubble, and a 7-year-old girl died in hospital after a car she was in came under fire, the prosecutors said on Telegram. Three people have been injured.

Russia has denied deliberately targeting civilians although many have been killed in its frequent air strikes.

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 15:20

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UK must reveal plans to fund Ukraine war efforts in 2024, ministers told

The UK must guarantee military funding for Ukraine‘s defence next year, ministers have been warned.

The Government has given £4.6 billion of aid to Ukraine since the war started, but ministers have faced questions about why no extra money to help the eastern European country defend itself against Russia’s invading forces throughout 2024 was announced in the Chancellor’s autumn statement.

Labour and senior Conservatives pressed the Government about future support, with defence minister James Heappey giving assurances that an announcement would be made in the Commons once plans were confirmed.

Shadow defence secretary John Healey told the Commons: “The Defence Secretary (Grant Shapps) said last month ‘Let’s not forget about Ukraine‘. So why did the autumn statement do just that?

“No 2024 military funding for Ukraine, no 2024 action plan for Ukraine. At the very time when Ukraine needs confidence that it has strong, continuing support from allies, the Prime Minister is stepping back.

“UK leadership on Ukraine is flagging. This year’s £2.3 billion of UK military funding runs out in March, while this month Germany announced military aid for next year of eight billion euros.”

The Labour frontbencher added: “When will the Prime Minister demonstrate by his decisions and actions that Britain will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes to win?”

James Heappey on Good Morning Britain, 13 November

(Good Morning Britain, ITV)

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 14:46

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Russian university students told to donate their vapes to make drones, report News X

Students at Samara University were told to donate their e-cigarette devices, according to Russian media.

Those behind the movement are reportedly the Volunteers in Uniforms club, which is part of the Sokol students patriotic association.

They have reportedly been distributing leaflets explaining their goals, saying that the batteries and microcircuits in the smoking devices can be used to make drones.

The university’s press service told local media that these components are needed to make the release systems that are attached to drones so that they can drop their payloads of bombs.

The organisers of the vape collection push said that one donated electronic cigarette equals “one copter drop on the enemy”, according to a Soviet-style anti-alcohol poster they repurposed with their new message.

News channel, News X, have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.

Vape pens stand on a counter at a vape store, in Melbourne, Australia

(REUTERS)

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 14:00

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Pictured- Odesa rescue efforts as snowstorm hits Ukraine

Ukrainian service members release car stuck in snow in Odesa region

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Emergency workers release a car stuck in snow following a heavy snowstorm in Odesa region

(via REUTERS)

A woman walks in a snow-covered park during the first snowfall, amid Russia’s attack in Ukraine, in Kyiv

(REUTERS)

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 13:30

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Ukraine to boycott OSCE meeting due to decision to allow Russia’s Lavrov to attend – Kyiv

Ukraine said on Tuesday its foreign minister would boycott a meeting of the OSCE in North Macedonia this week due to a decision to allow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to take part.

“The Ukrainian delegation will not participate in the OSCE ministerial meeting at the level of the minister of foreign affairs,” Oleh Nikolenko, spokesman for Ukrainian foreign ministry, wrote in a statement on Facebook.

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 13:00

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Snow storm forces Russia’s Black Sea fleet to retreat

The Institute for the Study Of War reported that the storm forced Russia to return all of its naval vessels and missile carriers to their bases, and suggested that the threat of mines drifting in the Black Sea will increase because the storm has dispersed minefields.

The damage caused by the storm affected “the tempo of military operations along the frontline in Ukraine“ but has not stopped military activity entirely, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said.

There were also reports that the storm damaged railways in coastal areas which could have an impact on the Russian military’s logistics capabilities in occupied Crimea and southern Ukraine, the ISW said.

Winds of 67 mph were forecast for Tuesday in Crimea, southern Russia and parts of north-western Russia, the state news agency Tass reported.

(Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 12:30

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Tornadoes to sweep across Black Sea region

Tornadoes have been forecast for the Black Sea region, a day after a storm that left more than two million people without electricity in Russia and Ukraine.

A think tank said the weather also affected Russian military operations.

The storm killed at least 14 people in Russia and Ukraine, officials said, as it toppled trees, tore down power lines and flooded coastal areas.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said at least five people died in the Odesa region of southern Ukraine, and that engineers were working to restore electricity to villages that have been cut off.

Winds of 67 mph were forecast for Tuesday in Crimea, southern Russia and parts of north-western Russia, the state news agency Tass reported.

In the Vologda region, about 310 miles north east of Moscow, more than 10 days worth of snow – about 25cm (10in) – fell in one day, Tass said, citing the mayor of a small town who said road clearing took twice as long as usual.

The storm also caused the Moscow region to be blanketed with snow on Monday, piling drifts up to 25cm deep, three times heavier than normal, the Tass news agency said.

It was part of a weather system that created blizzard-like conditions in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Serbia on Sunday, dumping snow and causing power outages and fatal traffic crashes.

Ukrainian emergency workers tow ambulance from snow as storm kills five

(The State Emergency Service of Ukraine)

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 12:00

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UK’s Cameron to underline support for Ukraine at NATO meeting

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron will underline the country’s “unwavering” support for Ukraine at his first meeting with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday, his office said in a statement.

Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron (left) and Minister of State for Development and Africa Andrew Mitchell leave 10 Downing Street

(PA)

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 11:43

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In depth- Russian forces encircle Ukraine’s Avdiivka and ‘ready to storm city’ after months-long offensive

“Things in the Avdiivka sector have become tougher. The intensity of clashes has been increasing for some time,” Vitaliy Barabash, head of Avdiivka’s military administration, told Espreso TV.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar has the full story

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 11:15

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Russian forces surround Adviika

Russian troops have been pressing land and air-based attacks, attempting to encircle the eastern town of Avdiivka,

Vitaliy Barabash, head of Avdiivka‘s military administration, said last week that Ukrainian troops had made some headway in halting and pushing back the Russian advance.

“Things in the Avdiivka sector have become even tougher. The intensity of clashes has been increasing for some time,” Barabash told the media outlet Espreso TV.

“The Russians have opened up two more sectors from which they have begun making assaults – in the direction of Donetsk … and in the so-called industrial zone. The enemy is attempting to storm the city from all directions.”

Officials say not a single building remains intact after months of battles in the town noted for a vast coking plant. Fewer than 1,500 residents remain of 32,000 before the war.

Ukrainian serviceman stands next to residential buildings heavily damaged by permanent Russian military strikes in the front line town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region, Ukraine

(REUTERS)

Lydia Patrick28 November 2023 10:39

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