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Ukraine was working on Friday to repair energy infrastructure damaged by massive Russian strikes and to resupply millions of Ukrainians without heat and light as winter sets in.

Ukraine’s energy system is on the verge of collapse and millions of people have suffered emergency power cuts in recent weeks as a result of the war.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow’s new strategy to plunge Ukraine into darkness would not weaken his country’s resolve. “It’s a war of strength, of resilience, it’s about who is the strongest,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Friday. About fifteen regions encountered problems with the water and electricity supply.

The main information:

  • Ukrainians are still experiencing power cuts.
  • Vladimir Putin warns against Russian oil price caps.
  • The Russians suffered four casualties during bombardments in Kherson.
  • Kherson, in southern Ukraine, had been recaptured by Zelensky’s troops two weeks ago.

Russian bombardment of Kherson, taken over by kyiv

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At least four people were killed and 10 injured on Thursday in a Russian bombardment of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, from which Moscow troops withdrew two weeks ago, the governor said.

“The Russian invaders opened fire on a residential area using multiple rocket launchers. A large building caught fire,” Yarovslav Yanushevich, head of the Kherson military administration, said on Telegram.

Power cuts affect 70% of the population

Nine months to the day after the start of the Russian invasion, millions of Ukrainians have spent the day without power and in the cold. In kyiv, hit by freezing rain falling on snow and near freezing temperatures, around 70% of the population remained without electricity, while the water supply was restored, according to the town hall.

Three nuclear power plants under the control of kyiv have been able to be reconnected and were to supply homes without power in the evening from Thursday to Friday again.

Publication of a red list of Ukrainian cultural property

Ancient manuscripts, century-old icons or craftsmanship … The International Council of Museums (ICOM) published Thursday an “Emergency Red List of cultural property at risk” in Ukraine, to fight against illicit trafficking, “amplified by the invasion Russian”.

With this list, ICOM hopes to serve as an effective reference for “the identification of cultural objects looted and stolen in Ukraine when they begin to circulate in the weeks, months and years to come”, he explains in a statement.

Its initiative “comes at the right time in the fight against the illicit trafficking of Ukrainian cultural heritage – a phenomenon that has existed for a long time in the region and which has been amplified by the Russian invasion”, underlines this international network of museum professionals, which covers nearly 140 countries.

Cap the price of Russian oil? This would have ‘serious consequences’ warns Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday of “serious consequences” of capping the price of Russian oil, as countries in favor of such a measure are soon to announce their decision.

“Such actions go against the principles of trade relations and will most likely lead to serious consequences for the global energy market,” Vladimir Putin said in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohamed Chia al. -Sudani, according to a statement from the Kremlin.

Source: Europe1

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