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Russian missiles pound Ukraine power supply, fighting rages in east

World Nov 17, 2022 04:31PM ET
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By Dan Peleschuk and Max Hunder

KYIV (Reuters) - Missiles rained down on Ukrainian energy infrastructure on Thursday as Russian forces stepped up attacks in eastern Ukraine, reinforced by troops pulled from Kherson city in the south which Kyiv recaptured last week.

Explosions resounded in cities including the capital Kyiv, the southern port of Odesa, the central city of Dnipro and the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia. Ukrainian military command also reported attacks on civilian infrastructure in Balakleya in the eastern Kharkiv region and Ochakiv in the Mykolaiv region in the south.

"Punishment for all Russian atrocities - both present and past - will be unavoidable," President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter, as news came that a Dutch court had ruled an airliner shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 during fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces was hit by a Russian-made missile.

The court sentenced two former Russian intelligence agents and a Ukrainian separatist leader to life in prison for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which killed all 298 passengers and crew. Moscow called the ruling "scandalous".

A deal aimed at easing global food shortages by facilitating Ukraine's agricultural exports from its southern Black Sea ports was extended for 120 days, though Moscow said its own demands had yet to be fully addressed.

Ukraine has few viable options currently to boost grain exports by rail, road or river barge anytime soon if a United Nations-brokered deal to export by sea runs into trouble.

As the winter's first snow fell in Kyiv, authorities said they were working to restore power nationwide after Russia earlier this week unleashed what Ukraine said was the heaviest bombardment of civilian infrastructure of the nine-month war.

State energy company Naftogaz said gas production facilities in eastern Ukraine had been damaged or destroyed. Other sites struck included the huge Pivdenmash defence plant in Dnipro.

The UN humanitarian office (OCHA) warned of a serious humanitarian crisis in Ukraine this winter, with millions facing "constant power cuts".

POLISH BLAST

NATO and Poland concluded that a missile that crashed in Poland on Tuesday, killing two people, was probably a stray fired by Ukraine's air defences and not Russian. Zelenskiy contested this view in a rare public disagreement with his Western allies.

    Polish President Andrzej Duda said the missile, the war's first deadly extension into NATO territory, appeared to be a Soviet-made S-300 rocket most likely fired accidentally "by Ukrainian anti-aircraft defence", not by Russia. Russia and Ukraine both use the missile.

An adviser to Duda said Ukraine was likely to get access to the site of the blast that it has requested.

U.S. President Joe Biden disputed Zelenskiy's assertion that the missile was not Ukrainian, telling reporters at the White House on Thursday: "That's not the evidence."

Moscow had denied responsibility. Russia's Foreign Ministry said accusations of Russian involvement in the blast were "part of a systematic anti-Russian campaign by the West".

PATRIOTISM, UNCERTAINTY IN KHERSON

Officials reported heavy fighting in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which Russia claims to have annexed along with the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions after holding what it called referendums condemned as a sham by Kyiv and the West.

Vladimir Rogov, a Russian-installed official in the Russian-controlled part of Zaporizhzhia, said a Ukrainian missile struck a village there, killing two people and wounding nine.

Moscow's forces retreated from the city of Kherson last week after a Ukrainian counteroffensive. It was the only regional capital Russia had captured since its Feb. 24 invasion, and the pullback was the third major Russian retreat of the war.

Ukrainian and Russian gunners on Thursday traded shellfire across the Dnipro River that bisects the Kherson region, the thumps echoing as a freezing rain drenched the city.

Investigators in recaptured territory in the area uncovered 63 bodies bearing signs of torture after Russian forces left, Ukraine's interior minister was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Russia denies its troops target civilians or have committed atrocities. Mass burial sites have been found in other parts previously occupied by Russian troops, including some with civilian bodies showing signs of torture.

Kherson's central square on Thursday was a frenetic melee of humanitarian aid queues and displays of patriotic celebration tinged with uncertainty about the future.

At one end, a man played the Ukrainian anthem on the accordion as bystanders sang along; a man strummed out popular Ukrainian rock songs on the other. Children and teenagers asked a soldier to sign flags draped around their shoulders.

Locals queued to swap Russian SIM cards in their mobile phones for Ukrainian ones and hundreds waited for humanitarian aid, but said they had no idea what they might receive.

"We're fine, but we don't know what to expect. Nothing is over yet. On that bank of the river, the forces are gathering. On this side, they are gathering. We are in the middle. I’m afraid we'll end up like Mariupol," said Ihor, 48, an unemployed builder, referring to the devastated Ukrainian city now in Russian hands.

The last batch of bracelets made from metal produced by the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to Russia's invasion, went on sale on Thursday.

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Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Nov 17, 2022 9:27AM ET
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Russian are terr/.orists
Yellow Owl
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rally news or useless.
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We are aware yuo and the Chinese Communist Party have no interest in rising to the moral challenges of our time. Thank yuo for continuing to remind us of yuor human infer iority.
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only if I could have a dollar for your useless social lectures just like those useless liberal sociology degrees.
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Brad Albright Nov 17, 2022 8:24AM ET
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Yellow Owl Of course you regard morality as useless, that's the point.
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I actually believe the Ukrainians a lot more concerning this than NATO who is not ready to start wwIII over this missile attack that could be explained as a Russian missile with bad target technology and not an intentional attack on NATO. I understand Zelinskys protest because this has already been used against Ukraine by Trump jr. who writes that we should stop arming Ukraine because they are firing rockets at NATO.,..typical MAGA mo...ron statement, but good to know. We can therefore assume that if Trump would ever get near the white house all US support to Ukraine would stop and Trump would rather hand over eastern europe to Putin.
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C300 missiles self-destruct in the air if they miss. 2 Ukrainian air defense missiles simply could not fall and explode on the territory of Poland. According to the photo from the scene, experts said that these were Russian cruise missiles. Journalists and representatives of Poland talked about Russian missiles, and then suddenly changed their minds after discussions with the US and NATO. Conclusion - they decided to shift the responsibility to Ukraine, so as not to respond to Russian aggression against NATO.
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C300 missiles self-destruct in the air if they miss. 2 Ukrainian air defense missiles simply could not fall and explode on the territory of Poland. According to the photo from the scene, experts said that these were Russian cruise missiles. Journalists and representatives of Poland talked about Russian missiles, and then suddenly changed their minds after discussions with the US and NATO. Conclusion - they decided to shift the responsibility to Ukraine, so as not to respond to Russian aggression against NATO.
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those Ukraine Bots are so f_ ucking _ re_tarded
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russian cucks are worse, loZer
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those Ukraine Bots get dumber each day
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was probably not. They just don't want to stoke the fire.
 
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