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Backlog of 82 ships awaiting transport from Ukraine

On November 02nd, 2022, ships carrying grain from Ukraine are seen anchoring off Istanbul’s coast.

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According to the organization responsible for exporting Ukrainian crops, there is a backlog consisting of 82 vessels that are awaiting cargo.

The U.N.-led Joint Coordination Center stated that approximately 112 loaded vessels were awaiting inspection in Turkish territorial waters.

The Black Sea Grain InitiativeA July deal between Russia, Turkey and the United Nations was reached that eased Russia’s naval blockade. It also saw the reopening three key Ukrainian ports.

Since the signing of the deal, more than 490 ships with 11.8 million tonnes of grain and food products have left for destinations all over the globe.

Moscow has been previously blamed for delaying vessel movements and holding up inspections, Kyiv said.

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Biden honors victims “death by hunger”Ukraine

In a recent speech, U.S. President Joe Biden expressed doubts about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that he didn’t have the need or intention to use nukes in Ukraine.

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U.S. President Joe Biden paid tribute to the victims of Holodomor. “death by hunger,”It has been 90 years since the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin started the deliberate famine in Ukraine.

In light of Russia’s ongoing invasion in Ukraine, the Holodomor is of particular importance.

“During his regime, Joseph Stalin imposed harsh and repressive policies on Ukraine, including creating a deliberate famine in 1932-33 that caused millions of innocent Ukrainian women, men, and children to perish,”Biden made the statement in a statement. Biden did not hesitate to draw comparisons between the current fight against Russian aggression in Ukraine and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. “past injustices and horrors inflicted on Ukraine.”

“This month, we remember the victims of the Holodomor,” Biden said. “We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. And we honor the brave Ukrainian people who continue to courageously resist Russia’s assault on their democracy.”

Concerns have been raised about the availability and security of resources for the winter due to Russia’s targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure. Experts and officials believe this will be one the worst winters that Ukraine has ever faced, with energy shortages, food insecurity, and limited access mental health and medical services.

— Rocio Fabbro

Zelenskyy claims Russia has proven it is a terrorist country with its recent missile strikes

Volodymyr Zeleskyy, the Ukrainian President, attends a joint declaration with President Ursula from the European Commission, as Russia’s invasion in Ukraine continues, in Kyiv (Ukraine), June 11, 2022. 

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Ukrainean President) responded to the European Parlament’s recognition of Russia state sponsor of terrorism by saying one word: “Finally.”He added that Russia’s continued shelling of Ukraine supported his decision.

“Russia proved to the whole world that this is all true by using 67 missiles against our infrastructure, our energy, and ordinary people,”He said. Zelenskyy claimed that the strikes had produced results, though he did not give numbers. “tragic.”

“Many people are wounded, and there are dead,”He said.

The strikes had a devastating impact on infrastructure, especially in the energy sector. There were power outages across the country. The country’s capital, Kyiv, also experienced water shortages.

“As for electricity and water supply, everybody is working: energy specialists, emergency services, local authorities,”Zelenskyy claimed. “We will restore everything and overcome all difficulties because we are an unbreakable nation.”

— Rocio Fabbro

Officials say that missile strikes in Kyiv resulted in the deaths of three people and the injury of eleven others

Firefighters and rescue workers respond to a building that was hit by a missile in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 23, 2022.

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The city’s administration reported that at least three people died and eleven were hurt in missile strikes against the residential area of Kyiv.

During an air raid alert, 31 rockets were seen flying over the capital. 22 of these rockets were destroyed. According to the administration, rockets hit critical infrastructure, causing severe damage to heat and water supply.

Residents were assured by the city that heat and water would be back by Thursday morning. Once the grid is stabilized, power is also expected to return.

Many parts of Ukraine were left in a similar situation after nearly 70 Russian missiles struck energy facilities and other civilian facilities.

— Rocio Fabbro

Four vessels will depart Ukraine’s ports under Black Sea Grain Initiative

A photograph taken in Istanbul on October 31, 2022 shows an unloaded cargo ship carrying grain. It is being inspected in the Anchorage Area of the Southern Entrance to the Bosphorus.

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The organization responsible for overseeing the export of agricultural product said that four vessels carrying wheat, sunflower seed and barley left Ukrainian ports.

The Black Sea Grain initiative has already exported over 11.8 million tonnes of grain and other products.

The Black Sea Grain InitiativeA July deal between Russia, Turkey, and the United Nations was reached that eased Russia’s naval blockade. Three key Ukrainian ports were also reopened as a result.

The agreement between the signatories will expire in approximately four months.

— Amanda Macias

UN report exposes horrifying accounts from Ukraine of torture and abuse in Russian prisons

Editor’s note – The following article contains graphic material that details reports of torture or sexual violence.

The door’s window frames the corridor of the District Police Department, used by Russian occupiers to torture, Balakliia and Kharkiv Region, northeastern Ukraine.

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A UN report found that Russian forces used widespread abuses against prisoners captured in the invasion of Ukraine.

The investigators conducted 159 interviews in the course of eight month to compile the report. 

Ukrainian prisoners described so-called “admission procedures”On arrival at the internment, there were long beatings, strangling and twisting or breaking bones or joints, attacks by dogs, mock executions, sexual violence as well as stripping and the use of stress positions. 

According to the report, Russian guards also inhaled burning cigarettes into victims’ nostrils, hung them by their hands or legs for prolonged periods of time, and used tourniquet-like devices that painfully restricted blood circulation to their limbs.

Investigators heard from female prisoners that they were subject to invasive examinations during admissions procedures in the presence male guards. The female prisoners also claimed they were forced into undress and to walk naked down corridors.

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— Amanda Macias

Pope links plight of Ukrainians to Stalin’s ‘genocide’

Pope Francis arrives at United Nations New York on September 25, 2015.

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Pope Francis linked the sufferings of Ukrainians now with the 1930s “genocide artificially caused by Stalin,”Soviet leader was blamed in creating a manmade famine that killed more than 3,000,000 people.

Francis’s linking of the plight in Ukraine today to those who died from starvation 90-years ago and his willingness to call it an act of charity is a remarkable feat. “genocide”And squarely blame Josef Stalin. This marked a sharp escalation of papal rhetoric towards Russia. According to the Holodomor Museum, Kyiv, only 17 countries had officially recognized the Holodomor famine as of this year.

Francis renewed his appeals for prayers for the welfare of the poor in comments made at the end to his Wednesday general audience “terrible suffering for the dear and martyred Ukrainian people.”He remembered that Saturday marks 90 years since the beginning of the famine. Ukraine commemorates this anniversary every fourth Saturday of October with a Day of Memory.

— The Associated Press

36 Ukrainian prisoners were taken into custody in the most recent exchange.

View of a line of cars at blocks of flats that were destroyed in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. This is as evacuees are leaving Mariupol, Ukraine, March 17, 2022.

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Ukraine and Russia engaged in a prisoner swap, with Ukraine receiving 36 prisoners having spent eight months in Russian captivity.

Yermak indicated that the Ukrainian prisoners included 35 servicemen including order guardsmen and Navy soldiers as well as one serviceman of the armed forces as well as one civilian whose right leg was amputated.

“Among those released were the fighters who defended Mariupol and were on ‘Azovstal,'”Yermak spoke of the steel factory that was kept down by Ukrainian forces after a brutal Russian siege. “As well as national guardsmen who were captured at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in the first days of the invasion.”

This is one of several smaller prisoner exchanges that took place in recent weeks. Ukraine is still trying to bring back soldiers from Mariupol, where many of them fought before Russia’s capture of the city.

“We will bring everyone back,”Yermak stated.

— Rocio Fabbro

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant goes into ‘full blackout mode’

Satellite imagery shows a view of Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, August 29, 2022.

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The Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant was inaugurated. “full blackout mode,”The Ukrainian national nuclear power company Energoatom reported that it relied entirely on diesel generation.

The Russian shelling that Ukrainian officials claim hit critical infrastructure throughout the country caused the shutdown.

Also, emergency protection measures were activated at the Khmelnytskyi and South Ukraine nuclear power stations, resulting the automatic disconnections of all power units. They are currently operating in what’s known as “project mode,”According to Energoatom it is possible to generate electricity without putting it into the power system.

Energoatom stated that the background radiation at all plants is normal. “As soon as the operation of the power system is normalized, the supply of electricity from the NPP will be resumed,”The company was expanded.

This is the second time in a month that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia, has been disconnected from the power grid. It’s also the fifth time since Russia seized control of the plant in March. International Atomic Energy Agency repeatedly raised concerns about the possibility of shelling around the plant and called for an investigation. protection zoneTo prevent a catastrophe.

— Rocio Fabbro

Biden authorizes $400 million for Ukraine defense aid

U.S. President Joe Biden makes remarks at a Cabinet Meeting at White House on September 6, 2022 in Washington, DC. Biden sat next to Antony Blinken, Secretary of State.

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The U.S. President Joe Biden authorized a drawdown up to $400 million in military aid for Ukraine. The package includes “defense articles and services of the Department of Defense, and military education and training,”According to a White House memorandum.

This additional sum is a fraction the immense aid the U.S. provided to Ukraine, totalling $19.7 million since the inception of the Biden administration.

“The artillery ammunition, precision fires, air defense missiles, and tactical vehicles that we are providing will best serve Ukraine on the battlefield,”Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, spoke out about the drawdown. “We will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes, so it can continue to defend itself and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table when the time comes.”

Last week, the White House requested $37.7 billion in assistance to Ukraine from Congress. Nearly $22 Billion of the total amount would be dedicated to military equipment and replacements for weapons already sent by the Pentagon.

Biden also asked Congress for authorization to send $7 billion worth of weaponry to Ukraine.

— Rocio Fabbro

As Russian missiles have already damaged energy facilities, emergency shutdowns are carried out in ‘all regions’

View of the road at night when street lamps are switched off to save energy during Russia-Ukraine war in Kyiv (Ukraine), November 20, 2022.

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Russian missile strikes struck energy infrastructure in large parts of Ukraine, causing emergency shutdowns across the country “all regions”According to Ukrenergo Ukraine, the electricity supplier.

“This is a necessary step to protect power grids from additional technological accidents and support the operation of the power system,”Ukrenergo made the statement.

Although state emergency services and repair crews are ready to fix damage after the alert ended, severe weather conditions such as frost or freezing rain in certain regions could delay the restoration process.

Officials in Kyiv advised residents that they should monitor Telegram to receive updates on the air raid warning. The electric alert system has been shut down due to power outages. Residents are advised to stay safe until officials make a decision.

— Rocio Fabbro

Russian air strikes strike operations at Ukrainian nuclear power plant

A number of units were damaged at the Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant in southern Ukraine as a result of Russian air strikes. Energoatom, Ukraine’s nuclear energy firm, stated that this was due to the loss of power.

“Everything is fine with the station. There is nowhere to generate electricity,”A spokesperson for Energoatom spoke about the plant in Mykolaiv.

Local officials stated that units were not operating at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear plant in western Ukraine.

“Stopping the units. There is no electricity, water, possibly heat,”Oleksandr Surunyuk was the mayor of Netishyn, which is close to the plant. He wrote this on his Facebook Page.

— Reuters

Officials call for Russia to end partial mobilisation

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Sergei Shoigu, Defence Minister, at the Novo-Ogaryovo State Residence, outside Moscow, Russia, on October 28, 2022. 

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The Karelia opposition party asked President Vladimir Putin to issue an official decree ending the partial mobilization.

Russia’s controversial partial mobilization, which included 300,000 citizens, was announced in September. This caused a massive exodus of men and sparked protests against draft. A month later, Putin announced the end of the mobilization with Sergei Shoigu, Defense Minister. However, there were no legislative changes.

Inna Boluchevskaya and Emilia Slabunova, deputies of the Yabloko party at Karelia’s legislative assemblies, appealed that “the public speeches of the defense minister, the statements of the president and his press secretary that ‘the end has been set. Partial mobilization completed’ are not normative acts and therefore have no legal force.”

They also pointed out that some parts of the original mobilization order continue to work, despite it being completed.

“This fact, the deputies believe, affects the psychological state of society, is a source of anxiety and increased anxiety in Russian families and work collectives, and many people have health problems,”They said.

“Announcements must be supported by a decree,”They were also added.

— Rocio Fabbro

Russia relaunches Soviet-era Moskvich car brand

Russia’s efforts to create a self-sufficient economy are being supported by the relaunch of Moskvich cars, as it struggles to recover its finances from the sanctions and other effects of the invasion of Ukraine.

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According to Kamaz, Russia has relaunched production at a former Renault plant of the Soviet-era Moskvich automobile.

The Kremlin is striving for a self-sufficient economic system as Ukraine’s finances continue being choked by Western sanctions and other ramifications from its unprovoked invasion.

You can read the entire story here.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

According to reports, a Russian rocket attack leaves Kyiv without electricity or water

According to Ukrainian authorities, the capital of Kyiv was without electricity after Russian airstrikes hit critical infrastructure. The water supply was also cut off.

Two-story damage was caused by the rocket attack. The regional military administration of Ukraine reported that six people were injured and three were killed.

— Sam Meredith

Rescuers search Zaporizhzhia for a two-storey destroyed maternity building

A photograph shows a room from the two-storey destroyed building of the maternity unit in Vilnyansk in southern Zaporizhzhia on November 23, 2022 during the Russian invasion.

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Rescuers search the wrecked two-story maternity facility in Vilnyansk, southern Zaporizhzhia.

“As a result of a rocket attack on the territory of the local hospital, the two-storey building of the maternity ward was destroyed,”They said so in a statement. There was “a woman with a newborn baby as well as a doctor”They added that they were inside the building at the moment. Rescuers said that the baby died and the woman and doctor were rescued out of the rubble. 

Rescuers remove the debris from the two-storey, razed maternity building in Vilnyansk, southern Zaporizhzhia, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine on November 23, 2022.

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Rescuers rest in front the two-storey destroyed maternity building in Vilnyansk (south Zaporizhzhia), on November 23, 2022, as part of the Russian invasion.

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Rescuers remove the debris from the two-storey, razed maternity building in Vilnyansk, southern Zaporizhzhia, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine on November 23, 2022.

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Officials from Ukraine claim that one was killed in a Russian missile strike on Kyiv

Volodymyr Zeleskyy, the Ukrainian President, has promised that citizens will have access to winter shelters offering basic services like heat, water, and first-aid kits throughout the country.

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Ukrainian authorities claimed that Russian forces launched a new wave in missile strikes against critical infrastructure within Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

A statement from Kyiv’s military administration stated that a two-story building was hit by the missile, and one person was killed. Officials advised residents that they should stay in shelters until the air warning ends.

— Sam Meredith

The European Parliament declares Moscow a state sponsor for terrorism

The European Parliament was a symbolic move that is largely symbolic. DesignatedRussia is a state sponsor for terrorism. The Kremlin and its proxies have been accused of war crimes in the attack on civilians in Ukraine by their forces and their proxies. Russia denies targeting civilians.

Recognizing that the European Union can’t officially identify states as sponsors of terrorism in its official designations, European lawmakers called on the bloc for further isolation of Moscow on the international stage.

Zelenskyy of Ukraine had demanded that the U.S. and other countries recognize Russia’s role as a state sponsor for terrorism. These calls were rejected by President Joe Biden in September because he was concerned that such a move would have repercussions. “unintended consequences”Ukraine and the rest of the world

— Sam Meredith

Zelenskyy in Ukraine promises shelters with heat- and water-rich water when winter sets in

Zelenskyy stated that citizens would have access to winter shelters, which include heat, water, and a first aid kit, throughout the country.

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Volodymyr Zeleskyy, the Ukrainian President, stated that citizens throughout Ukraine would have free access to winter shelters and basic services such as heat, water, and a first aid kit.

These were his words.invincibility“Centers would be required to support the people in the event that Russia attacks the country’s energy system again.

Zelenskyy claimed that more than 4,000 centers have already been prepared. “I am sure [that] by helping each other, we will all be able to get through this winter together,”He concluded.

— Sam Meredith

Zaporizhzhia governor: Russia missile strike kills newborn

People watch as the rescue operations continue at the site where a Russian missile struck a two-story apartment building in Vilnyansk, Ukraine, in the Zaporizhzhia area.

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According to the Zaporizhzhia regional governor, a missile attack on a small hospital in southern Ukraine that night killed a newborn child was reported as having resulted.

Oleksandr Starukh stated via Telegram that “huge missiles” were Russian. “Grief fills our hearts,”He concluded.

CNBC was unable to verify the information independently.

— Sam Meredith

The European Union announces an additional $2.5 billion in assistance for Ukraine

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, delivers the State of the European Union address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on September 14, 2022.

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Denys Shmyhal (the country’s prime minister) said that the European Union sent $2.5 billion more to Ukraine.

Shmyhal tweeted Tuesday that the EU “disbursed €2.5 billion [around $2.57 billion] in macro-financial assistance.”


The EU’s latest effort to help Ukraine resist the Russian invasion is the massive cash infusion.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, recently announced that the EU would provide UpAs the country faces Russia, it will receive $18 billion in financial assistance in 2023.

– Brian Schwartz

Before the G7 price cap, Treasury issues new guidance regarding maritime transport of Russian crude oil.

The Treasury Department has issued new guidance on the maritime transport of Russian oil, ahead of a price cap in December.

This guidance is a complement to the U.K.’s recently-released policiesIn this article, we will outline how domestic service providers can continue to transport seaborne oil while complying the strategic Price capG7 countries have developed Russian oil, and the E.U. has created it. Australia.

“We’re taking these steps to make it as easy as possible for market participants to implement the price cap policy as of Dec. 5 consistent with the coalition’s goals of allowing Russians to keep foreign oil (in) flow while lowering the Kremlin’s revenues,”A senior Treasury official stated the following:

Russia will be without a source of funding to continue its war against Ukraine if the price cap is in place. It will take effect Dec. 5.

—Chelsey Cox

The British ambassador suggests that Iran could be guilty of crimes against humanity after sending weapons to Russia.

After the Security Council meeting, Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, briefs journalists on the Middle East situation (Syria), at the UN Headquarters in New York, Dec 20, 2019.

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In an interview, Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to America, stated that Iran could be guilty in some cases of crimes against humanity for producing weapons for Russia. These weapons are reportedly being used in Ukraine.

“Even at this late stage, I do think the Iranians need to contemplate how they may be guilty of crimes against humanity by supplying these weapons to the Russians,” Pierce SubmittedAndrea Mitchell, MSNBC

The Washington Post reportedIran has agreed that it will begin to build hundreds of unmanned drones on Russian soil.

These weapons are likely to be used in the conflict against Ukraine.

– Brian Schwartz

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