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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy warns of powerful winter, reviews conflict positive factors By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view exhibits the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Plant throughout a go to by members of the Worldwide Atomic Power Company (IAEA) knowledgeable mission, in the middle of Ukraine-Russia battle outdoors Enerhodar within the Zaporizhzhia regi

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By Tom Balmforth

KYIV (Reuters) – European leaders sought to ease the affect of excessive vitality costs throughout the continent after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned of a tough winter, whilst he reported progress in a counter-offensive in opposition to Russian troops.

In Sunday’s nightly remarks, Zelenskiy thanked his forces for taking two settlements within the south and a 3rd, together with extra territory, within the east, citing “good reviews” from his navy commanders and intelligence head.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s workplace, earlier posted a picture of troopers elevating the Ukrainian flag over a village he stated was within the southern space that’s the foremost focus of the counter-offensive.

“Vysokopillya. Kherson area. Ukraine. In the present day,” Tymoshenko wrote on Fb (NASDAQ:) over {a photograph} of three troopers on rooftops, one in every of them fixing a Ukrainian flag to a put up.

Ukraine started the counter-offensive final week concentrating on the south, significantly the Kherson area, which Russia seized early within the battle.

After Ukrainian forces’ intense shelling of clusters of Russian troops within the area, the Russians have banned motion of residents, forbidding them to cross the Dnipro River, the Ukrainian normal employees stated on Monday.

Russia has launched 25 missile strikes, and greater than 22 air strikes, on navy and civilian targets in Ukraine within the final 24 hours, the assertion added, maintaining its deal with establishing full management over the Donetsk area.

Zelenskiy’s remarks got here a day after he warned Europeans that Russia was getting ready “a decisive vitality blow” in the course of the chilly months forward.

Moscow has cited Western sanctions and technical points for the vitality disruptions. European nations, which have backed Kyiv with diplomatic and navy help, have accused Russia of weaponising vitality provides.

Some analysts say the shortages and a surge in dwelling prices as winter approaches danger sapping Western help for Kyiv as governments attempt to soothe disgruntled populations.

Final week Moscow stated it could preserve closed the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, its foremost fuel channel to Germany, whereas G7 nations introduced a deliberate value cap on Russian oil exports.

The Kremlin stated it could cease promoting oil to nations that adopted the cap.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated on Sunday his authorities had been planning for a complete halt in fuel deliveries in December, promising measures to decrease costs and tie social advantages to inflation.

“Russia is now not a dependable vitality accomplice,” Scholz instructed a information convention in Berlin.

In response, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Germany of being an enemy of Russia. “In different phrases, it has declared a hybrid conflict on Russia,” he stated.

On Sunday, Finland and Sweden introduced plans to supply billions of {dollars} to energy corporations to avert the specter of insolvency amid the disaster.

Individually, the U.S. embassy in Moscow stated John Sullivan, the ambassador appointed by former President Donald Trump in 2019, had left his put up and was retiring. A State Division official stated Sullivan had served a typical tour size.

EYES ON ZAPORIZHZHIA NUCLEAR PLANT

Russian authorities stated the state of affairs was calm across the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine, after U.N. inspectors stated on Saturday it had once more misplaced exterior energy.

Three sturdy explosions have been heard in Energodar, the curfew-bound metropolis the place the plant is situated, however there have been no instant particulars of injury and casualties, Russia’s official TASS information company stated on Monday.

Ukrainian troops made two makes an attempt to deploy assault groups within the neighborhood of the town, it stated, including that they have been utilizing drones, heavy artillery and rocket launching techniques.

The final foremost exterior energy line was minimize off, though a reserve line saved up electrical energy provide to the grid, the Worldwide Atomic Power Company (IAEA) stated.

Solely one in every of its six reactors remained in operation, it stated.

Russian troops seized the plant shortly after President Vladimir Putin despatched his military over the border on Feb. 24. It has grow to be a focus of the battle. Either side has blamed the opposite for shelling that has raised fears of a nuclear catastrophe.

Vladimir Rogov, a pro-Russian official within the Zaporizhzhia area, instructed Komsomolskaya Pravda radio that there had been no shelling or incursions, and that IAEA specialists have been anticipated to work on the plant till no less than Monday.

Final week an IAEA mission toured the plant, which remains to be operated by Ukrainian employees, and a few specialists have stayed there pending the discharge of an IAEA report.

Russia has resisted worldwide calls to demilitarise the realm.

On different battlefronts, Ukrainian Telegram channels reported explosions on the Antonivsky bridge close to the town of Kherson, occupied by Russian forces.

Ukrainian missiles have severely broken the bridge over the previous weeks, however Russian troops have been attempting to restore it or to arrange a pontoon crossing or barges to take care of provides to their items on the proper financial institution of the Dnipro River.

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