LIVE – War in Ukraine: half of kyiv residents still without electricity

British Foreign Minister visiting Ukraine announces new aid

The British Foreign Minister paid a visit to Ukraine on Friday where he met Volodymyr Zelensky and announced new aid to the Ukrainians “in their fight”.

During his visit, six days after that of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, James Cleverly notably announced the delivery of 24 additional ambulances and 3 million more pounds to help rebuild infrastructure.

On Saturday, Rishi Sunak had already announced military aid in the amount of 50 million pounds (57.4 million euros) and humanitarian aid of 16 million pounds (18.3 million euros).

NATO says there will be no ‘lasting peace’ if Russia wins the war

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke at a press conference on Friday morning. He said the alliance will continue its support for Ukraine and increase “non-lethal” aid, reports Reuters.

“NATO will continue to stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will not back down,” he said.

Jens Stoltenberg added that there is “no lasting peace” if Russia wins, and also said Finland and Sweden should be welcomed as “full” members of the alliance.

Volodymyr Zelensky says ‘mission number one this year’ is to avoid dividing Europe

“There is no division, there is no schism among Europeans and we have to preserve that. This is our number one mission this year,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech at a conference in Lithuania.

“Europe is helping itself. It is not helping Ukraine stand up against Russia, it is helping Europe stand up against Russian aggression,” he added.

The Ukrainian president was referring in particular to the governments of the European Union which remained divided on Thursday on the level of capping Russian oil prices in order to reduce Moscow’s ability to pay for the war.

For Volodymyr Zelensky, there will be no lasting peace until Crimea is returned to Ukraine

In an interview with the Financial TimesVolodymyr Zelensky insisted that Russia must be driven out of all the territory of his country, including Crimea, occupied since 2014.

“We have to give back all the land…because I believe the battlefield is the way to go when there is no diplomacy,” the Ukrainian president said.

“If you can’t fully recover your land, the war is just frozen. It’s a matter of time before it resumes,” he added.

Half of kyiv residents still without electricity

Nearly half of kyiv residents were still without electricity on Friday, two days after Russian strikes targeted essential infrastructure, said the mayor of the Ukrainian capital Vitali Klitschko.

“A third of kyiv’s homes already have heating, specialists continue to restore it in the capital. Half of consumers are still without electricity,” he wrote on the social network Telegram.

“During the day, the power companies plan to connect electricity for all consumers on an alternating basis,” he promised, as temperatures approached zero degrees Celsius with rain.

The chairman of the board of directors of the national electricity operator, Ukrenergo, Volodymyr Kudrytsky, for his part estimated that the Ukrainian energy system had now “passed the most difficult stage” after the attack.

Russia claims to have foiled Ukrainian sabotage on South Stream gas pipeline

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said it prevented Ukrainian special services from committing what it called sabotage on the “South Stream” gas pipeline, reports Reuters.

“Through a combination of investigative measures, [le FSB] prevented an attempt by Ukrainian special services to carry out an act of sabotage and terrorism on the South Stream gas pipeline which supplies energy resources to Turkey and Europe,” the FSB said.

South Stream, which was originally meant to transport Russian gas under the Black Sea to the Bulgarian coast, was abandoned in 2014 in favor of TurkStream, which opens in Turkey and can supply gas to Hungary and Bulgaria.

Vladimir Putin will meet mothers of Russian soldiers deployed in Ukraine this Friday

Vladimir Putin is due to meet mothers of soldiers deployed in Ukraine this Friday, the Kremlin announced.

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

Hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers have been deployed in Ukraine, including some of the 300,000 reservists called up as part of the partial mobilization decreed by Vladimir Putin at the end of September.

Volodymyr Zelensky says ‘bringing light back’ is ‘a nationwide task’

“Restoration continues, we are gradually restoring electricity, heating, water supply and communications,” Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Thursday evening.

“Every hour we restore power for new consumers,” added the Ukrainian president.

However, he said the situation remained difficult in many parts of the country, following Russian strikes targeting energy infrastructure.

“Restoring light is truly a task of national scope”, added Volodymyr Zelensky.

The recently liberated city of Kherson continues to be the target of Russian strikes

In his daily address this Thursday evening, Volodymyr Zelensky said: “Together we have endured nine months of total war and Russia has not found a way to break us, and will not find one.”

The Ukrainian president also accused Russia of incessantly bombarding Kherson, the southern Ukrainian city it abandoned earlier this month. Seven people were killed there and 21 injured in a Russian attack on Thursday, according to local authorities.

Ukraine’s nuclear energy chief says Russia risks causing ‘nuclear and radioactive disaster’

Russia risks causing a “nuclear and radioactive disaster” by launching attacks in which all Ukrainian nuclear power plants have been disconnected from the electricity grid for the first time in 40 years, the head of Ukraine’s nuclear energy said on Thursday .

Ukrainian authorities have claimed that three nuclear power plants were taken out of service after the latest wave of Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian energy facilities.

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