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US accuses Russia of trying to bow down by “freezing” Ukraine

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The United States said Friday that Russia intends to liberate Ukrainians by bombing their power plants on the eve of winter, noting the impossibility of preventing a retaliation that has forced it to leave the conquered city of Kherson (south). Citizens were forced to evacuate.

“President [Vladimir] It seems that Putin has decided that if he cannot take Ukraine by force, he will try to do so by freezing it for submission,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told G7 foreign ministers meeting in Germany. said after.

In recent weeks, Russia has bombed Ukraine’s energy facilities and according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 4.5 million people were out of power on Thursday as a result of these attacks.

The G7 grouping of the world’s most advanced economies – the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Japan – is a “coordinating mechanism” to help Ukraine repair and protect its vital electricity and water infrastructure. agreed to make.

Before the arrival of winter, the equipment will seek to distribute, among others, “water pumps, heaters, container houses and portable toilets, beds, blankets and tents”, said Annalena Barbock, the head of German diplomacy, whose country is home to the G7. preside over. ,

The Ukrainian prime minister, Denis Shyagal, assured that they are preparing for “all scenarios”, but guaranteed that “currently, about half of the buildings across Ukraine have heating”.

In addition, he pointed out that they have “substantial reserves” of gas, with 14.5 billion cubic meters of deposits, and up to 700 generators from foreign donors, with another 900 on the way, he said.

The United States has also promised Kyiv a $400 million security aid package that includes modernizing T-72 tanks and HAWK surface-to-air missiles.

Ukraine has an “urgent need for air defense,” said President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, who was in Kyiv.

– ‘Exile’ –

Kyiv troops have retaken the territories of eastern and southern Ukraine. Zelensky said of the night, “the most violent” fighting “concentrated this week in Donbass (East), Bakhmut and Soledar.”

But “we are in positions,” assured the president, who claimed “significant losses” in the Russian ranks.

The counter-offensive recently gained new momentum in the southern Kherson region, one of four that Moscow had captured at the end of September.

Faced with the advance of Ukrainian troops, officers stationed by Moscow in that area and a similar city evacuated “more than 5,000 civilians” daily on the left bank of the Dnieper River.

Kherson was one of the first large Ukrainian cities conquered by Moscow at the beginning of its military campaign. Since October, the occupation authorities have been urging civilians to leave the area in order to turn the area into a military “fort”.

Occupation officers number two, Kirill Stremosov, said that Ukrainian forces may be preparing “provocations” and “terrorist actions” against the city.

In Moscow’s Red Square, at a ceremony for National Unity Day, Putin said civilians should be “removed” from “dangerous” areas of war.

– “49,000 new recruits” –

During the event, he assured that 318,000 recruits had signed up as he ordered a partial mobilization in September – already exhausted – to face Ukrainian retaliation.

The figure exceeds the target of 300,000 as “volunteers keep coming in,” he said. Of these, 49,000 are already taking part in the fighting.

Due to recruitment, there was a wave of migration from the country.

Putin also said that he wants to restore historical monuments in the occupied territories of the former Soviet republic so that “those who have lived 30 years of crazy and foolish propaganda” can know the origins of “their ancestors”.

Meanwhile, Western countries are urging Russia to extend the agreement on grain exports to Ukraine, which is due to expire on November 19.

Russia returned to the agreement on Wednesday after suspending its participation for four days due to a drone attack on its fleet in the Black Sea.

During his visit to China, German government chief Olaf Scholz urged Putin to extend the agreement he signed in July to help ease the post-war global food crisis.

“Hunger should not become another weapon,” said Scholz, the first G7 group leader to visit the Asian giant since the start of the pandemic.

The agreement has allowed the export of 10 million tonnes of food grains and other agricultural products from August 1.

The German chancellor also called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to use “his influence” on Russia to end the conflict.



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