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War in Ukraine: 4.5 million people without electricity after Russian strikes

This Friday morning, November 4, new Russian strikes on electrical infrastructure are depriving several million Ukrainians of electricity. National authorities accuse the Kremlin of carrying out “energy terror”. In addition, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that it had detected “no sign of undeclared nuclear activities” in three places inspected at the request of kyiv. These conclusions are “clear and irrefutable proof” of the absence of any preparations for the manufacture of a “dirty bomb”, reacted Volodymyr Zelensky, while Moscow accuses Ukraine of manufacturing one.

  • Russian strikes cut off 4.5 million Ukrainians of electricity

Several million people in Ukraine were without electricity overnight from Thursday to Friday due to Russian strikes against the country’s infrastructure, President Volodymyr Zelensky denouncing “energy terror”. “Tonight alone, around 4.5 million consumers have been temporarily disconnected” in Kyiv and ten other regions across the country, he said in his evening address.

The mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, counts 450,000 homes without electricity in the capital, or “1.5 times more than in previous days”. The elected official explains the situation by the “overload” of the country’s electricity network: “I appeal to all the inhabitants of the capital: save electricity as much as possible, because the situation remains difficult!”

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  • IAEA conclusion: “irrefutable proof” of the absence of a “dirty bomb” in Ukraine

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that it had detected “no sign of undeclared nuclear activities” in three places inspected at the request of kyiv.

The “obvious” conclusion by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) represents “clear and irrefutable evidence” of the absence of any preparations for a “dirty bomb” in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr said on Thursday Zelensky. “We gave full freedom of action” to the IAEA inspection mission and, after its conclusion, “we have clear and irrefutable evidence that no one in Ukraine has created or is in the process of manufacturing ‘dirty bombs'”, he launched in his daily address.

  • It is ‘unacceptable’ for Iran to supply drones and missiles to Russia, according to NATO

kyiv and the West accuse Tehran of already supplying combat drones to Moscow, which the two countries deny. “We see Iran offering drones and considering ballistic missile deliveries to Russia,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference in Istanbul. “This is unacceptable. No country should support Moscow in this illegitimate war,” he added.

According to kyiv, 400 Iranian drones have already been used to strike civilian installations in Ukraine, and Moscow has ordered around 2,000. The NATO secretary general also accused Russia of “cruelly and deliberately depriving the Ukrainians of heating , water and electricity on the threshold of winter”. “In recent weeks we have seen dozens of drone and missile strikes across Ukraine. Including on critical infrastructure,” he said.

  • kyiv denounces “forced displacements” of inhabitants of the “occupied” regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia

Ukraine “strongly condemns” the “displacements” of inhabitants of the regions of Zaporizhia and especially Kherson, where Russia is carrying out “forced mass displacements”, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. “The Russian occupation administration has started forced mass displacement of residents” from the Kherson region, more specifically from Skadovsk and Kakhovka, to Crimea or to Russia, the ministry said in a statement.

“Similar trips are also being carried out by Russia in the regions of Zaporizhia, Lugansk and Donetsk, as well as in Crimea,” the ministry added. These displacements are accompanied “by the looting by the Russian occupants of industrial, cultural, educational and medical establishments, as well as of private houses and apartments”, he further asserts. He also assures that “alarming information is also circulating about Russian troops who are mining the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, the explosion of which could cause a large-scale human and humanitarian catastrophe”.

  • The G7 wants to prevent Russia from starving Ukrainians this winter

“We will not allow the brutality of this war to lead to the mass death of old people and children, young people or families in the coming winter months,” the German Foreign Minister said on Thursday. Annalena Baerbock at the opening of a G7 meeting in Münster, western Germany. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, accused Vladimir Putin of “waiting for General Winter to arrive to support the Russian army”. “They are bombing, they are destroying the civilian infrastructure of millions of Ukrainians who no longer have access to electricity. What Putin is ready to do is to plunge the country into darkness,” he said. lamented.

Faced with the intensification of Russian strikes on civilian equipment, the group of seven industrialized countries, which meets until Friday, will coordinate its aid to deliver “water pumps, heating appliances, housing containers and sanitary facilities, beds, blankets, tents,” said Annalena Baerbock.


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