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Ukraine worries about EU ‘war fatigue’

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy warned the EU on Tuesday against “fatigue” in the face of the war in Ukraine, urging the adoption of a new package of sanctions against Moscow. In addition, the Russian company Gazprom has threatened to reduce its gas deliveries to Moldova, accusing Ukraine of siphoning off the gas pipeline which passes through its territory. Follow hour by hour the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.

  • 1:16 am: “invincibility centers” to provide water and heating

Ukrainians without access to essential services after Russian strikes against energy infrastructure will be able to go to special “invincibility centers”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Tuesday.

Thousands of centers across the country will provide access to electricity, heating, water, Internet, mobile phone networks and pharmacies, free of charge and around the clock.

President Zelensky indicated that 4,000 centers have already opened and that more centers should be created.

  • 9:19 p.m .: Canada announces new sanctions against Belarus, “accomplice in the invasion of Ukraine”

“We know that there are human rights violations in Belarus and we also know that Belarus is complicit in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said on Tuesday. during a press briefing.

Canada wants to “do more to really isolate Belarus diplomatically, politically, economically,” she added. In a press release, Mélanie Joly accused the Belarusian president’s regime of letting “its territory serve as a launching pad for Russia’s heinous attacks against Ukraine”.

  • 7:37 p.m .: Ukraine warns EU against war “fatigue”

“I call on my colleagues in the EU” to “dismiss any doubt” and any “fatigue”, and to “finalize as soon as possible the ninth sanctions package” which is “long overdue”, declared the head of the Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba, during an online press conference.

“If we Ukrainians are not tired, the rest of Europe has no moral or political right to get tired,” insisted the minister.

  • 7:01 p.m .: $ 4.5 billion in additional aid to Ukraine

The World Bank announced on Tuesday that it would grant an additional $4.5 billion in support to Ukraine to enable it to “operate essential services and the government”.

This support should allow the government to “pay the salaries of hospital, government and school employees, as well as retirement pensions, salaries of civil servants and social assistance programs”, detailed the institution in a press release. .

  • 6:13 p.m .: Volodymyr Zelensky calls on French mayors to provide help to “survive the winter”

“I call on you to be very concrete in helping and supporting our cities and communities against terrorism.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on Tuesday at the congress of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) via a subtitled video broadcast during a tribute to Ukraine. He called on elected officials to provide help to his country to prevent Russia from using the cold as a “weapon”.

“The Kremlin wants to turn the winter cold into a weapon of mass destruction,” he said. “To survive this winter and not allow Russia to turn the cold into a tool of terror and submission, we need a lot of things”, he continued, mentioning in particular “generators of different capacities” , “demining aid (and) equipment for firefighters, rescuers and doctors”.

  • 5:59 p.m .: anti-aircraft defense activated in Crimea, two drones shot down, according to the governor

Anti-aircraft defense was activated on Tuesday in Sevastopol, Crimea, and two drones were shot down, the governor of the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 said on social networks.

The port of Sevastopol is home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Moscow has already attributed to Ukraine an attack against this port carried out at the end of October using air and sea drones. In response, Russia suspended its participation in the agreement on Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea.

  • 4:36 p.m .: fighting underway on the tip of Kinbourne, south of Mikolaiv, according to kyiv

According to the Ukrainian authorities, fighting was underway on Tuesday between Ukrainians and Russians on the tip of Kinbourne, a piece of land nestled at the tip of the left bank of the Dnieper in southern Ukraine, south of Mikolaiv.

“We still have three localities (to be taken over) on the Kinbourne peninsula” before completely liberating the Mikolaiv region, said regional governor Vitali Kim.

The capture by the Ukrainian army of the last three villages in the Mikolaiv region from the hands of the Russians would mark an important victory for kyiv, a few days after having driven the Russian troops from Kherson, the main city occupied until then.

  • 4:03 p.m .: WHO fears harsh winter, threatening millions of people

Faced with the cold, the Ukrainian authorities are encouraging the population to leave certain regions. According to the regional director for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO), it is a matter of “survival” for millions of Ukrainians this winter. Insight from Taline Oundjian, special correspondent for France 24 in Kobleve, near Kherson.

Ukraine: with the onset of winter, the Ukrainian authorities encourage the population to leave Kherson © France24

  • 2:40 p.m .: three dead in explosions in the Russian region of Belgorod

Explosions killed three people in the Russian region of Belgorod bordering Ukraine, its governor announced. This territory is regularly hit by gunfire and fortifications are under construction.

“Since April, we have been actively reinforcing our borders,” said Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, quoted by the Russian news agency Tass, adding that this work was “on a large scale” but without giving more details to avoid informing , according to him, the Ukrainian enemy.

  • 2:05 p.m .: Gazprom accuses Ukraine of siphoning off gas destined for Moldova

The Russian giant Gazprom has threatened to reduce its gas deliveries to Moldova, accusing Ukraine of siphoning off the gas pipeline which passes through its territory.

“The volume of gas supplied by Gazprom to the Sudja crossing point for transiting to Moldova via the territory of Ukraine (in reality) exceeds the volume” that reaches the border between Ukraine and Moldova, lamented the gas giant, owned by the Russian state.

According to Gazprom, Ukraine illegally accumulated 52.5 million cubic meters of gas in November by appropriating part of the deliveries to use for its own purposes.

  • 12:41 p.m .: Ukraine says it has arrested an official of Russian remand centers in Kherson

Ukrainian investigators said on Tuesday that they had arrested for “treason” an official of Russian remand centers in Kherson (south). “From the first days of the occupation of Kherson, this employee of a detention center worked for the invaders … as a manager of remand centers and places of execution of sentences,” he said. the Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) said in a statement. According to the SBI, this employee “enabled the escape of criminals imprisoned just before the liberation of Kherson.”

Ukraine worries about EU ‘war fatigue’

Ukraine: kyiv says it has discovered Russian “torture sites” in Kherson © France24

  • 10:36 a.m .: search of a monastery in kyiv suspected of links with Moscow

The Ukrainian security services (SBU) carried out a search Tuesday morning in the main monastery of the capital kyiv, place of residence of the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and suspected of links with Russia, they announced in a press release.

The SBU “carries out counterintelligence measures” on the site of the kyiv Caves Lavra “to counter the subversive activities of Russian special services in Ukraine”, he said on Telegram, specifying that this search was being carried out “together with the national police and the national guard”.

  • 4:26 am: call to evacuate Kherson

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister responsible for the reintegration of temporarily occupied territories in Ukraine, Iryna Vereshchuk, called on Kherson residents to “evacuate for the winter to safer parts of the country”, especially women, children and people elderly.

Ukraine worries about EU ‘war fatigue’

With AFP and Reuters

Ukraine worries about EU ‘war fatigue’