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German official says it’s time to start rebuilding Ukraine

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze said she believed it was important to start rebuilding Ukraine now.

“Apparently you have to do many things side by side and also expect that one or the other can be destroyed again,” said Schulze on the morning program ARD Mediathek. “But it is important that the children continue to have schools, that the local hospital works, that there is electricity, that there is water.”

Germany is already helping with reconstruction, he added. About 200 million euros of the 426 million euros Germany has sent to Ukraine for reconstruction efforts have gone directly to people in Ukraine, Schulze said.

It could cost up to $350 billion to rebuild Ukraine after the war, according to a report released early last month by the World Bank, the Ukrainian government and the European Commission.

– Rocking Fabbro

Kremlin says France and Germany have shown “no desire” for mediation on Ukraine

Moscow says France and Germany have shown “no desire” to take part in mediation over the Ukraine conflict, and praises Turkey’s willingness to broker talks.

“[Turkish capital] Ankara takes a different position from that of Paris and Berlin… and has declared its readiness to continue mediation efforts,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

He added that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have so far shown “no desire to listen to Russia’s position or participate in mediation efforts.”

Macron said on Sunday that the terms of peace should be determined by the Ukraine.

— Natasha Turak

Ukraine’s foreign minister asks UN nuclear watchdog to inspect its facilities to refute Russian ‘dirty bomb’ claim

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, asked the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, to send a team of experts to Ukraine to inspect its nuclear facilities, in order to refute Russia’s claim that it has a “dirty bomb” which it intends to use it on its own territory.

Grossi, the head of the IAEA, which is the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, “agreed to Kuleba’s request to “urgently send experts to peaceful facilities in Ukraine,” the minister wrote on Twitter.

“Unlike Russia, Ukraine has been and continues to be transparent. We have nothing to hide,” added Kuleba. In a separate tweet, he said he had spoken with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who “welcomed Ukraine’s decision to invite IAEA experts.”

— Natasha Turak

Ukraine increasingly successful in removing Iranian drones, says the UK Ministry of Defence

Local residents look at parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), what Ukrainian authorities believe is an Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone, after a Russian drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 17, 2022.

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Russia has been using Iran’s Shahed-136 drones over parts of Ukraine to target critical infrastructure and civilian areas, the UK Ministry of Defense said in its latest intelligence update, but added that Ukrainian forces’ use of anti-aircraft technology drone is increasingly becoming. more effective.

“Russia continues to use Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against targets throughout Ukraine. Ukrainian efforts to defeat Shahed-136 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are increasingly successful,” the ministry said in a Twitter post.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and other officials claim that up to 85% of attacks are intercepted, the ministry wrote, adding “These UAVs are slow, noisy and fly at low altitudes , making individual aircraft easily targetable using conventional air defences.”

The drones are likely to be used as a replacement for Russia’s long-range precision-guided missiles, which he said are “becoming increasingly rare.”

— Natasha Turak

Zelenskyy calls out Kremlin ‘dirty bomb’ claim, says only Russia would use nuclear weapons in Europe

“The morning is difficult. We are dealing with terrorists. Dozens of missiles, ‘Shahids’ of Iran,” Zelenskyy wrote on his official Telegram account, referring to the Iranian-made Shahid drones increasingly used by Russian police forces.

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The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said that Russia is the only actor that would use nuclear weapons in Europe, calling for the destruction of Ukraine’s infrastructure over the past eight months.

His comments came in response to the Kremlin’s claim, without evidence, that Ukraine was preparing to use a ‘dirty bomb’ — which uses nuclear fission to contaminate a large area with radiation, without using an explosion — on its own territory.

He was in Russia using “nuclear blackmail” in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which has been under Russian occupation since March, as well as using phosphorus munitions and other prohibited weapons yet civilian infrastructure, Zelenskyy said.

He added that such a claim only meant that Russia was the one preparing to use the weapon it accused Ukraine of having.

In response, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated the Russian position that Ukraine intends to use a “dirty bomb” on its own territory to escalate the conflict with Russia.

“Their distrust of the information provided by the Russian side does not mean that the threat of using such a dirty bomb does not exist,” Peskov told the press.

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“Such a threat exists, and the defense minister has given the information about it to his interlocutors. It is up to them to trust him or not.”

— Natasha Turak

‘Ukraine neither has the ability nor the need to use a dirty bomb,’ says ex-British ambassador

Ukraine “neither has the ability nor the need to use a dirty bomb,” senior Russia and Eurasia fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Nigel Gould-Davies, wrote in a thread on Twitter.

“[Russian Defense Minister] Shoigu’s round of calls with the US, the UK, France and Turkey, claiming that Ukraine intends to use a ‘dirty bomb’ is worrying. We have not seen anything like this intense military diplomacy since the war began. Its substance is even more worrying,” wrote Gould-Davies, who previously served as the UK’s ambassador to Belarus.

“Of course, Ukraine neither has the ability nor the need to use a dirty bomb. Russia is the loser. No one will believe Shoigu anyway – esp [UK Defense Minister] Ben Wallace, who was lied to during his pre-attack visit to Moscow.

“Shoigu also warned of ‘uncontrolled escalation’. Russia is escalating… So hard to see these calls as anything other than Shoigu either doubling down on Putin’s cliff, or paving the way for nuclear use Russian. Yes, nuclear (ie fission),” added Gould-Davies. “A dirty bomb broke a nuclear taboo but did not achieve significant effects.”

— Natasha Turak

US dismisses Russian claims Ukraine will use ‘dirty bomb’

US and Ukrainian officials have dismissed claims by Moscow that Ukraine plans to use a “dirty bomb,” calling them “transparently false.”

The claim was made by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in a round of high-level calls with Western defense directors. Shoigu expressed “concerns about possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a ‘dirty bomb’,” according to the Russian defense ministry.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov attend a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia February 27, 2022.

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A “dirty bomb” is made to contaminate a large area with radiation, making it harmful or unfit for its inhabitants, without using a nuclear explosion.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba that “the United States rejects Russian Defense Minister Shoygu’s transparently false claims that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its own territory and that the world would see by any attempt by Russia to use this claim as a pretext for escalation,” according to a White House statement.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also slammed the charge in Russian.

“If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is allegedly preparing something, it means one thing: Russia has already prepared all this,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly address.

— Natasha Turak

France’s Macron says Ukraine must decide on peace terms with Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron poses during a press conference on the final day of the NATO Heads of State summit in Madrid on June 30, 2022.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said that Ukraine must decide on peace terms with Moscow, stressing that the end of the war “cannot be a dedication to the law of the strong.”

“Staying neutral would mean accepting the world order of the strongest, and I don’t agree with this,” Macron said from Rome on Sunday, as the three-day Cry for Peace conference began.

Macron added that the international community would be ready to accept when the government of Ukraine decides on that time.

Ukrainian forces are gradually retaking territory occupied and illegally annexed by Russia, and while Moscow looks increasingly to be on the back foot, its ability to wreak havoc on Ukrainian cities and vital infrastructure remains intact and analysts fear he could use more extreme measures in retaliation, such as nuclear weapons.

— Natasha Turak

More than 1 million Ukrainian households are without power

Smoke rises above the buildings after a Russian missile attack on the critical infrastructure of Lviv on October 10, 2022. Russia launched 15 rockets in the Lviv region, some were shot down by air defense forces, the rest hit energy infrastructure facilities. Due to the rocket attack, Lviv was left without electricity, water and mobile communication.

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Russian strikes on vital energy infrastructure in Ukraine have left more than 1 million homes in the country without power, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidency Kyrylo Tymoshenko said over the weekend. Cities and towns across Ukraine have faced power outages this month due to Russian attacks, prompting fears of what could be in store for the coming winter.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged his fellow citizens to be careful with their use of power.

“We should use electricity very consciously. Remember to limit the use of unnecessary equipment that takes a lot of energy… We need to be really frugal with the use of energy in public places,” he said in his address on Sunday evening.

— Natasha Turak


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