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Smoke fills the street following the Russian rocket attack on a residential area of ​​Kyiv

Many Russian soldiers are forced to serve in Ukraine with “serious” health problems, while those forced to build trenches under fire have likely suffered “particularly heavy casualties”, British defense experts say.

A number of “common themes” emerge in the experience of mobilized reservists from Moscow, according to the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD), with their deployment often characterized by “inadequate” training and personal equipment.

A defense intelligence update from the Defense Ministry suggests the Kremlin will likely be concerned that a growing number of families are willing to risk arrest while protesting the conditions their loved ones face in war time.

Earlier, the Defense Ministry said Russian reservists were being killed “in large numbers” during frontal assaults in Donetsk Oblast.

In its latest update, the MoD said: “Mobilized reservists most likely suffered particularly heavy casualties after being engaged in digging ambitious trench systems under heavy artillery fire around the town of Svatove in Luhansk Oblast”.

Defense intelligence added that the eligibility of Russian reservists has often been questionable and that the training and equipment provided to them is “inadequate”.

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German lawmakers want to declare 1930s famine in Ukraine a genocide

Lawmakers from Germany’s ruling coalition and opposition want to declare the Holodomor, the starvation deaths of millions of Ukrainians in 1932-33 under Soviet leader Josef Stalin, a genocide, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters.

The project describes the Soviet leadership’s attempts to control and suppress the farmers and Ukrainian culture and language through starvation and repression. This “from today’s point of view, suggests a historical-political classification as genocide. The German Bundestag agrees with this classification”.

According to German media, the draft will be debated and passed in the lower house of the Bundestag parliament next week.

Matt MatherNovember 25, 2022 1:59 p.m.

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Watch: Escape from Mariupol with my family and my cat

Alona Zahreba is a 15-year-old Ukrainian woman who lived with her parents and her cat when Russian forces invaded in 2022.

Living in Mariupol, one of the most heavily fought areas in Ukraine, Alona’s family had to try to escape to survive but just before leaving, her cat Peaches disappeared.

With encouragement from producers Jim Lenz, Noah Berlow and John Chua, this is a short film about rescuing his cat during the Russian invasion, exclusive to watch on Independent television.

Matt MatherNovember 25, 2022 1:40 p.m.

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ICYMI: NATO undertakes to help Ukraine “as long as necessary”

NATO is determined to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia “for as long as it takes” and help the war-torn country transform its armed forces into a modern army of Western standards, the general secretary of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Romania next week, Stoltenberg urged countries that wish, individually or as a group, to continue providing air defense systems and other weapons. to Ukraine. NATO as an organization does not supply weapons.

“NATO will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will not back down,” the former Norwegian prime minister said. “Allies are providing unprecedented military support, and I expect foreign ministers to also agree to step up non-lethal support.”

Lorne Cook has the full report:

Matt MatherNovember 25, 2022 1:15 p.m.

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Zelensky: Europe must avoid division

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday called on Europeans to stand united against Russia’s war at a conference in Lithuania.

“There is no split, there is no schism between Europeans and we must preserve that. This is our number one mission this year,” Zelensky said via video link.

(AFP via Getty Images)

Matt MatherNovember 25, 2022 12:39

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Putin “forces troops with chronic health problems to fight”

Many Russian soldiers are forced to serve in Ukraine with “serious” health problems, while those forced to build trenches under fire have likely suffered “particularly heavy casualties”, British defense experts say.

A number of “common themes” emerge in the experience of mobilized reservists from Moscow, according to the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD), with their deployment often characterized by “inadequate” training and personal equipment.

A defense intelligence update from the Defense Ministry suggests the Kremlin will likely be concerned that a growing number of families are willing to risk arrest while protesting the conditions their loved ones face in war time.

Most mobilized reservists have served before, he says, with “numerous examples” suggesting there is a good chance their medical condition is not being “adequately reviewed”.

“Many are forced to serve with serious chronic health conditions,” the update said.

Matt MatherNovember 25, 2022 11:31 am

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Several people killed in the Russian bombardment of Kherson

Kherson suffered its heaviest shelling on Thursday since Ukrainian forces recaptured the southern city two weeks ago.

The barrage of missiles killed four people outside a cafe and a woman was also killed next to her house, witnesses said, speaking to Associated Press reporters.

Hospitals without electricity or water also face the horrific aftermath of intensified Russian strikes.

They struck residential and commercial buildings on Thursday, setting some on fire, blowing ash skyward and smashing glass in the streets.

Matt MatherNovember 25, 2022 10:09

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NATO – we will not back down on support for Ukraine

NATO has reaffirmed its support for Ukraine, which has made significant gains in recent weeks around Kherson, a regional economic center.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general, said the military alliance “would not back down” in its efforts to provide Kyiv with non-lethal aid.

“NATO will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes,” he said.

“We will not back down,” he told reporters in Brussels on Friday ahead of a meeting of alliance foreign ministers in Bucharest next week.

Matt MatherNovember 25, 2022 9:53 a.m.

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Warmonger Putin to meet soldiers’ mothers

Warmonger Vladimir Putin has insisted he has no regrets sparking his bloody conflict in Ukraine as he prepares to meet the mothers of soldiers whose lives he put at risk on the line of forehead.

So far, up to 100,000 Russian soldiers and reservists have been killed or injured in the illegal war, which Mr Putin continues to call a ‘special military operation’ to end what he claims – without evidence – be a genocide against ethnic Russians in the country.

Vladimir Putin, Russian resident (Mikhail Metzel/AP/PA)

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The war in Ukraine has killed and injured tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, according to the United States, and the Russian invasion has sparked the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

“On the eve of Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in Russia on the last Sunday of November, Vladimir Putin will meet the mothers of servicemen participating in the special military operation,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Matt MatherNovember 25, 2022 9:28 a.m.

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Kyiv residents in survival mode as Putin cuts power

Residents of the bombed Ukrainian capital grabbed empty bottles in search of water and crowded into cafes for electricity and heat on Thursday, defiantly going into survival mode after fresh Russian missile strikes the day before plunged the city and much of the country into darkness.

In hard-to-believe scenes in a sophisticated city of 3 million, some Kyiv residents resorted to collecting rainwater from drainpipes as repair crews scrambled to reconnect the supplies.

Friends and family members exchanged messages to find out who had collected electricity and water. Some had one but not the other. The previous day’s aerial assault on Ukraine’s power grid left no one without either.

The cafes of Kyiv which, by a small miracle, had both quickly become oases of comfort on Thursday. Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old investment banker, woke up to find water had been reconnected to his third-floor apartment, but electricity had not.

Her freezer thawed in the blackout, leaving a puddle of water on her floor.

So he jumped into a taxi and crossed the Dnieper from the left bank to the right, to a cafe he had noticed had remained open after previous Russian strikes.

Sure enough it was serving hot drinks, hot food and the music and wifi was on. “I am here because there is heating, coffee and light,” he said. “Here is life.”

Residents of Kyiv fill plastic bottles at a water pump in a park in Kyiv

(AFP via Getty Images)

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 25, 2022 08:55

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James Cleverly promises more ambulances for Ukraine during his visit to the country

James Cleverly has announced a “hands-on” support package to help Ukraine weather the winter during a visit to the war-torn country.

Mr Cleverly announced the practical support as Ukraine’s power grid and other critical infrastructure was pounded by Russian strikes, causing blackouts and leaving millions without heat, electricity or water as temperatures fall.

Maryam Zakir-HussainNovember 25, 2022 08:41

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