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Smoke fills street in aftermath of Russian rocket attack on residential area of Kyiv

Russia has spent $82bn on the war in Ukraine since it started its invasion on 24 February, Forbes has estimated.

The report added that Russia has already spent a quarter of last year’s $340bn revenues on military operations.

Meanwhile, seven people have been killed and 21 injured following Russian strikes in Kherson through Thursday.

Kherson Oblast governor Yaroslav Yanushevych said: “Today is another terrible page in the history of our hero city.”

In his evening address, president Volodymyr Zelensky said repeated Russian attacks on Kherson Oblast continue “almost every hour”.

He added that the attacks started started after Russian forces were forced to withdraw from Kherson Oblast.

The attacks come amid repeated missile barrages against power infrastructure across Ukraine over the last few weeks that have forced millions of people to go without light, water or heating for hours or days at a time, just as outdoor temperatures fall below freezing.

Ukraine’s state grid operator Ukrenergo said that power supply has been restored for up to 50 per cent of consumers as of Thursday evening- a day after Moscow’s latest mass missile strike on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

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Sravasti Dasgupta25 November 2022 06:40

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We will endure despite cold and blackouts, Ukraine’s first lady says

Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska has said that Ukraine will endure the winter despite the cold and the blackouts caused by Russian missiles.

In an interview with BBC, Ms Zelenska said: “We are ready to endure this.”

“We’ve had so many terrible challenges, seen so many victims, so much destruction, that blackouts are not the worst thing to happen to us.”

She added: “We all understand that without victory, there will be no peace. It would be a false peace and wouldn’t last long.”

(via REUTERS)

Sravasti Dasgupta25 November 2022 06:20

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Kremlin denies energy infrastructure attacks were aimed at civilians

Russia has acknowledged that it targeted Ukraine’s energy facilities but denied that they were aimed at civilians.

Defence ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said they were linked to Ukraine’s military command and control system and that the aim was to disrupt flows of Ukrainian troops, weapons and ammunition to front lines.

“We are conducting strikes against infrastructure in response to the unbridled flow of weapons to Ukraine and the reckless appeals of Kyiv to defeat Russia,” said Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

Authorities for Kyiv and the wider Kyiv region reported a total of seven people killed and dozens of wounded.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov also sought to shift blame for civilian hardship.

“Ukraine’s leadership has every opportunity to bring the situation back to normal, has every opportunity to resolve the situation in such a way as to meet the demands of the Russian side and, accordingly, end all possible suffering of the civilian population,” he said.

Local residents queue for access to a water pump in a park to fill plastic bottles in Kyiv

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Sravasti Dasgupta25 November 2022 06:00

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Power restored to almost 50% consumers, Ukraine’s state grid operator says

Power supply has been restored for up to 50 per cent of consumers as of yesterday evening, Ukraine’s state grid operator Ukrenergo has said, reported The Kyiv Independent.

This after Russia’s mass missile strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure the day before.

“The consequences of yesterday’s missile attack are felt by all regions of Ukraine. It is impossible to tell any terms of full recovery now,” Ukrenergo said.

However, a “significant part” of thermal power plants and hydroelectric power plants are already operating, the company added.

Firefighters work to put out a fire in an energy infrastructure facilities, damaged by a Russian missile strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, October 18, 2022

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Sravasti Dasgupta25 November 2022 05:40

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Zelensky says Russian attacks on Kherson ‘almost every hour’

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky said repeated Russian attacks on Kherson Oblast continue “almost every hour”.

In his evening address yesterday, Mr Zelensky said the frequent attacks started after Russian forces were forced to withdraw from Kherson Oblast.

“Only the liberation of our land and reliable security guarantees for Ukraine can protect our people from any escalation by Russia,” he said.

“We are working with our partners every day for this.”

Sravasti Dasgupta25 November 2022 05:20

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7 killed, 21 injured in Kherson, governor says

Seven people have been killed and 21 others injured in Kherson Oblast in Russian strikes carried out through Thursday.

Kherson Oblast governor Yaroslav Yanushevych said in a post on Telegram: “Today is another terrible page in the history of our hero city.”

Sravasti Dasgupta25 November 2022 05:00

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Russia spent $82bn on war in Ukraine since February

Russia has spent $82bn on the war in Ukraine since it started its invasion on 24 February, Forbes has estimated.

The estimate includes the direct costs that are necessary to support military operations but excludes stable defense spending, or losses related to the economy.

The report added that Russia has already spent a quarter of last year’s $340bn revenues on military operations.

Moscow spent more than $5.5bn on the provision of artillery alone, with the average price of a Soviet-caliber projectile at about $1,000.

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Sravasti Dasgupta25 November 2022 04:38

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