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In Ukraine, almost half of the energy infrastructure was damaged by Russian strikes

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Almost half of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has been upgraded “out of order” following massive Russian strikes since the beginning of October, kyiv claiming this Friday, November 18 a “additional support” from its European allies.

After more than a month and a half of bombardments using missiles or other kamikaze drones, the damage to the Ukrainian energy network is significant. “Nearly half of our energy system has been put out of order”Prime Minister Denys Chmygal lamented during a press conference in kyiv with the Vice-President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis.

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He thus claimed “additional support” of the EU to deal with this situation, in particular “for the purchase of additional volumes of gas”.

“Ten million Ukrainians” without electricity

Many Ukrainians are facing the onset of winter with little or no electricity and no hot water, as the first snowfall of winter fell across the country on Thursday.

“Multi-hour restrictions are imposed throughout Ukraine during the day”the national electricity operator, Ukrenergo, said on Friday after President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday evening that “ten million Ukrainians” were still without power.

Russia on Friday accused Ukraine of ” war crime “believing that kyiv troops had executed “brutally” more than ten of its soldiers who had just surrendered to the Ukrainian forces. “No one will be able to present the deliberate and methodical murder of more than 10 Russian soldiers who were immobilized […]with direct shots to the head, as a “tragic exception” »lambasted the Russian Ministry of Defense in a press release.

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This accusation comes after the publication on social networks of two videos of about thirty seconds each, presented as showing the execution of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian soldiers. kyiv had not yet reacted to these accusations at the end of the afternoon.

But Ukraine has repeatedly asserted that the Russian army has, in its view, committed “war crimes” and “atrocities”especially during the occupation of part of the kyiv region in March, but also in the territories of the regions of Kharkiv (north-east) and Kherson (south) recently taken over.

Torture in Kherson

On Thursday, the Ukrainian human rights commissioner, Dmytro Loubynets, indicated that, according to him, ” the extent “ cases of torture in Kherson, a southern city liberated a week ago, was ” horrible “.

According to the deputy head of the presidency, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, who has visited the region in recent days, “the Russians not only killed, mined, but also robbed in our cities”he denounced.

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After the recapture last week of part of the Kherson region by the Ukrainian army, kyiv and Moscow seemed to want to consolidate their positions as winter approaches.

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Russia has announced that it is carrying out fortification work in the annexed Crimean peninsula, while the Russian military withdrawal to Kherson has enabled the Ukrainians to bring their guns closer to the region, which has already been targeted several times in recent months. “Fortification works are being carried out under my control on the territory of Crimea in order to guarantee the safety of Crimeans”said Sergei Aksionov, the governor installed by Moscow.

Since its annexation in 2014, Moscow has considered Crimea to be part of its territory, which is not recognized by the international community. kyiv has repeated several times in recent months wanting to retake the peninsula.

First train between Kyiv and Kherson

The Ukrainian national railway company, for its part, announced the reopening of the train line between the capital kyiv and the city of Kherson, a symbol a week to the day after its liberation. “Today we are launching our first train from Kyiv to Kherson”told AFP Natalia Turtchak, a spokeswoman for Ukrzaliznytsia.

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The trip is planned “at 10:14 p.m. from the capital, and will arrive tomorrow around 9 a.m. in Kherson”with “about 200 passengers […] on board “rejoiced on Facebook a local official, Serguiï Khlan. “At the moment, it’s only one train. Then we’ll see if it becomes a regular line.” of the Ukrainian rail network, said Natalia Tourchak.

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