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The Kremlin says France and Germany have shown “no desire” to mediate over Ukraine

Moscow says France and Germany have shown “no desire” to participate in mediation over the Ukraine conflict, and is praising 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 demonstrated “no desire to listen to Russia’s position or participate in mediation efforts.”

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

– Natasha Turak

Ukraine’s foreign minister calls on UN nuclear watchdog to inspect its facilities to refute Russian “dirty bomb” allegations

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has 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 accusations that it has a planned “dirty bomb”. used on its own territory.

Grossi, who heads the IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog agency, “agreed” to Kuleba’s request to “urgently send experts to peace facilities in Ukraine,” the minister wrote on Twitter.

“Unlike Russia, Ukraine has always been transparent and remains so. We have nothing to hide,” Kuleba added. In a separate tweet, he said that he spoke with the head of EU foreign policy Josep Borrell, who “welcomed the decision of Ukraine to invite IAEA experts.”

– Natasha Turak

The UK Ministry of Defense says that Ukraine has been more successful in taking down Iranian drones

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

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Russia has used Iranian-made 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 technology anti-drone is coming back. more efficient.

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

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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and other officials stated that up to 85% of the attacks were intercepted, the ministry wrote, adding “These UAVs are slow, noisy and fly at low altitudes, making lone aircraft easy to target using conventional air defense.”

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 called the Kremlin’s “dirty bomb” claims, saying only Russia would use nuclear weapons in Europe

“The morning is difficult. We are facing terrorism. Dozens of missiles, Iranian ‘Shahids’,” Zelenskyy wrote on his official Telegram account, referring to the Iranian-made Shahid drone increasingly used by Russian forces .

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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy said that Russia is the only actor that would deploy nuclear weapons in Europe, and called its destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure in the past eight years.

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

Zelenskyy said Russia used “nuclear blackmail” at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which has been under Russian occupation since March, and also used phosphorus munitions and other weapons against civilian infrastructure.

He added that such a claim only means that Russia is the one preparing to deploy the weapons it accused Ukraine of having.

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

“The 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.

“This threat exists, and the defense minister has given information about it to his interlocutors. It’s up to them whether they trust him or not.”

– Natasha Turak

‘Ukraine has neither the ability nor the need to use dirty bombs,’ former British ambassador says

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

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

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“Obviously, Ukraine has neither the ability nor the need to use dirty bombs. It is Russia that will lose. Nor will anyone believe Shoigu anyway – esp. [UK Defense Minister] Ben Wallace, who lied during his pre-invasion visit to Moscow.

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

– Natasha Turak

US rejects Russian claims that Ukraine will use a “dirty bomb”

US and Ukrainian authorities have rejected Moscow’s claims that Ukraine is planning to use a “dirty bomb,” calling them “transparently false.”

The accusation was made by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in a series of high-level calls with Western defense chiefs. Shoigu expressed “concern about the possible provocation of Ukraine and the use of a ‘dirty bomb’,” according to Russia’s defense minister.

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 on February 27, 2022.

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A “dirty bomb” is designed to contaminate a large area with radioactivity, making it dangerous or uninhabitable for residents, without using a nuclear explosion.

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

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy also condemned the Russian accusation.

“If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is allegedly preparing something, it means only one thing: Russia has already prepared all these things,” Zelenskyy said in his evening speech.

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– Natasha Turak

France’s Macron says it is Ukraine that must decide the terms of peace with Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures 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 the terms of peace with Moscow must be decided by Ukraine, insisting that the end of the war “can not be the consecration of the law that is stronger.”

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

Macron added that the international community will be receptive when the government of Ukraine decides on this time.

Ukrainian forces are gradually recapturing territory occupied and illegally annexed by Russia, and while Moscow increasingly appears to be on the back foot, its ability to wreak havoc on Ukraine’s cities and critical infrastructure remains intact and analysts fear that it could use more extreme measures of retaliation, such as nuclear weapons.

– Natasha Turak

More than 1 million Ukrainian homes are without power

Smoke rises above the buildings after the 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 communications.

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

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

“We should consume electricity very consciously. Please remember to limit the use of devices that are not necessary and consume energy … It is necessary to be really frugal with energy consumption in public spaces,” he said in his address every night on Sunday.

– Natasha Turak

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