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Ukraine: the state takes control of strategic companies

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The Ukrainian state will take control of several “strategically important” companies, including hydrocarbon producer Ukrnafta and aircraft manufacturer Motor Sich, to aid war efforts in thwarting the Russian invasion. This was announced by the government of Kiev. “It has been decided to expropriate the assets of companies of strategic importance to make them become state property,” the secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council, Oleksii Danilov, said at a press conference.

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The measure concerns, in addition to Motor Sich and Ukrnafta, also Zaporozhtransformator, specialized in the production of reactors, the truck manufacturer AvtoKraz and the oil refinery Ukrtatnafta. “These five enterprises will be managed by the Ministry of Defense to respond to the urgent needs of the armed forces. It involves supplying fuel and lubricants, repairing military equipment and weapons,” explained Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. “These companies will have to operate 24/7 for the needs of the state defense,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal also said.

More than half of the inhabitants of Melitopol in southeastern Ukraine have left their homes. There are 50-60 thousand inhabitants left in the city occupied by the Russians. The district was massively repopulated by Russians, Chechens, Ossetians: exiled mayor Ivan Fedorov announced. “More than half of Melitopol’s residents were evacuated to Ukrainian-controlled territory or abroad. Up to 60,000 residents of Melitopol remained. Instead, the city and district were massively populated by occupiers from the Russian Federation: Russians, Chechens, Ossetians, “Fedorov said.

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Ukrainians denounce that the Russians arrest and deport the residents of the Kherson region accused of collaborating with the Ukrainian security service: several hundred citizens are currently being held prisoner, many of them were taken to Simferopol, in the Crimea. Yurii Sobolevskyi, of the Kherson Regional Council in Exile, said in a briefing: “We have reports that people are arrested every day. Some of these people – fortunately the majority – are released after a week or two, but if they fail to demonstrate that they are not linked to the Security Service of Ukraine, they remain detained. ” Unian reports it.

There is alarm in Kiev due to the Russian bombing of energy infrastructures. Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko does not rule out the possibility of a total blackout in the Ukrainian capital due to lack of electricity, heating, water, communications and invites residents to stock up on food or temporarily move out of the city.

“Let’s be honest: the Russian Federation is trying to commit an energy genocidebut Kiev and Ukraine will resist “, writes on Twitter Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, adding that “the protection plan is simple” and provides for “air defense, protection of infrastructure systems, optimization of consumption”. Podolyak then explained that the Ukrainian “state” is effectively addressing these challenges “and that” a solution is being worked on together with partners “.

According to the NYT, the city would have started plan the evacuation of the 3 million residents. The Russians accuse the Ukrainians of having damaged the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant in the Kherson region with a rocket, without causing major damage. Kerson would be without electricity due to an attack on the power grids.

The hypothesis of a mass evacuation is however excluded, at least for now. The situation in Kiev is under control, and there is currently no reason to consider an emergency evacuation of the population of the Ukrainian capital. This was stated by the head of the municipal security department at the state administration of the city of Kiev, Roman Tkachuk, quoted by Ukrinform. “At the moment there is no reason to talk about evacuation,” said Tkachuk. “The civil protection system must be prepared for various options, but that does not mean that we are now preparing to launch an evacuation. To react in the right way, we must have a plan for all possible scenarios,” he added.

Meanwhile Kherson is left in the dark and without water. “Kherson is currently without electricity and water following an attack by Ukrainian forces on power lines”, the Russian occupation authorities denounce. “Following a terrorist attack, organized by the Ukrainian side, three concrete pylons carrying high voltage lines were damaged on the Berislav-Kakhovka axis”.

Russians accuse Ukrainians of having “damaged” the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant with a rocket, in the Kherson region. “Six Himars rockets were used in an attack at 10 am today. Air defense units shot down five rockets and one hit the Kakhovka Dam, damaging it,” an emergency services representative told reporters, reports Interfax.

The American National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, has been engaged for some months in secret conversations with his Russian counterparts. This was reported by informed sources to the Wall Street Journal citing in particular talks with Yuri Ushakov, Vladimir Putin’s adviser for foreign policy.


Media, a video shows kilometers of coffins in Lugansk
A video shared online and relaunched on Twitter by Nexta Tv shows chilling images of miles of coffins and graves flying Russian and Soviet flags along a road in the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine. The video is accompanied by a sarcastic post: “Putin freed Lugansk from the invaders”. Coffins and tombs appear covered by the decorations of the Orthodox liturgy, as well as by the banner of the Federation. There is no indication as to when the footage was shot.

Explosions in occupied Donetsk
Numerous explosions were reported overnight in the Russian-occupied part of Donetsk, the Kyiv Independent reports, citing Russian state media. According to preliminary information, a large fire broke out in a building of the railway administration in the Voroshylivskyi district. For the moment there are no reports of injuries or victims.

Russians attack the Sumy region, one dead
At least one person died in yesterday’s attacks by Russian forces in the Sumy region of eastern Ukraine, Governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi said, as reported by the Kyiv Independent. According to Zhyvytskyi, the Russians have fired over 200 rockets hitting various communities, including Bilopillia, Esman, Vorozhba, Krasnopillia, Khotin, Seredyna-Buda and Shalyhyne. In the Vorozhba community, one woman was killed and another was injured.

Russian bombs in Donetsk, civilian killed
At least one resident of the Donetsk region, in eastern Ukraine, died yesterday due to attacks by Russian forces: the head of the regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said on Telegram, adding that five other people were injured. Ukrinform reports it. “On November 6, the Russians killed a civilian in the Donetsk region, in the city of Bakhmut. Another five people were injured in the region,” Kyrylenko wrote. At the moment it is impossible to establish the exact number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha, Kyrylenko noted.

Pro-Russian: over 500 civilians killed in Donetsk since February
More than 500 civilians, including 23 children, have been killed in the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk (DPR) since the escalation began in February this year, pro-Russian representatives of the DPR at the Joint Center for the control and coordination of war crimes in Ukraine, as reported by the Russian state news agency Tass. “In 263 days of escalation (since February 17, the agency says)) 503 civilians have been killed, including 23 children,” the pro-Russians said in a note published on Telegram, specifying that 3,718 people were injured, including 234 children.

Gb: Russia will not regain air superiority for months
Russia’s lack of air superiority in Ukraine “will not change in the coming months”: the British Defense Ministry writes in its daily intelligence update on the situation in the country. According to the report, Moscow’s continuing air superiority deficit is “likely exacerbated by insufficient training, the loss of experienced military personnel and an increased risk of conducting air support operations in areas with high concentration of air defenses.” This scenario “is unlikely to change in the coming months”, concludes the ministry, stressing that Russia’s aircraft losses probably significantly exceed its capacity to produce new ones. In addition, the time required for pilot training further reduces Moscow’s ability to regenerate its air combat capability.

BBC: Over 1,500 new graves excavated near Mariupol
More than 1,500 new graves have been excavated since last June at a mass burial site near the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, in the Donetsk region annexed to Russia, according to an analysis of new satellite images carried out for the BBC. . The site, located northwest of the city, consists of a large field of graves which – according to Ukrainian officials and witnesses – contains thousands of bodies. Mariupol, a port city close to the Russian border, was an important strategic target for the Russians and has been bombed relentlessly since the invasion began. Recent satellite images from the Maxar company, the BBC writes, show that three mass burial sites near Mariupol – located in Staryi Krym, Manhush and Vynohradne – have been expanding steadily since spring. In particular, the Center for Information Resilience analyzed images of Staryi Krym for the BBC’s Panorama program and concluded that over 1,500 new graves have been excavated since it last analyzed images of the site, last June. . The Center also estimates that more than 4,600 graves have been excavated since the start of the war, noting that it is impossible to know how many bodies are buried at the site. According to Ukrainian officials, at least 25,000 people were killed in the fighting in Mariupol, of which 5,000-7,000 died under the rubble of their bombed-out homes.

Unicef ​​delivers 29 electric generators to Kherson
UNICEF has delivered 29 electricity generators, in collaboration with the Kherson Oblast authorities, to restore stable electrical supplies “for medical, water and heating facilities in accessible areas of the Kherson region.” working to rehabilitate the occupied territories and it is not possible to repair all the water pipes and electricity transmission lines before the start of the winter season. “The generators will help to” meet the needs before the winter, a substantial help for the local population, “said the head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration Yaroslav Yanushevych. Unicef ​​delivered 15 generators to ensure the uninterrupted operation of primary health care and other medical facilities, covering the needs of newly accessible areas Novovorontsovska, Velykooleksandrivska and Vysokopilska. Another 14 were handed over to local authorities for support water services in these areas, to ensure access to water for approximately 12,000 people and to support the functioning of the emergency service in the Kherson region. “Access to health care and water is a fundamental right, so children’s access to basic services must be restored as soon as possible. We are committed to procuring the supplies and services necessary for this to happen,” he said. the Unicef ​​Representative in Ukraine Murat Sahin.

Source: Ansa

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