Germany to send US Patiort Missile systems to Polish/Ukraine border….
Ukraine President Zelensky addresses his nation and urges them to remeber battles of the past that they endured and continued as a nation….
The UN calls for Russia to NOT bomb the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and cause a disaster for the Ukraine and Europe…
The Ukraine will have a colder winter due to Russian attacks on it’s energy infrastructure ….
Russian families complain about their drafted sons and husbands thrown into battle unprepared…..
A link showing the status of the conflict on the ground….
Russia continues to fish for some sort settlement outline…..
Here’s what we know:
Nine years after an uprising that challenged Moscow, President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukraine’s desire for freedom is undimmed.
Zelensky invokes the Maidan protests to brace Ukrainians for the challenge ahead.
After a blast inside Polish territory, Germany offers help with air defense.
The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog calls for protection of the Zaporizhzhia plant.
Under the cover of darkness, Ukrainian units plying the Dnipro River venture behind enemy lines.
Zelensky says 400 shellings were recorded in one day.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- Heavy fighting continues in Ukraine’s east, with the “fiercest battles” taking place in the Donetsk region, President Volodymyr Zelensky said. The nearly nine-month-old conflict is showing no signs of abating as winter approaches and both sides gear up to continue the fight well into next year. “Little by little we are moving forward with battles,” Zelensky said. “We are holding the line, consistently and very calculatedly destroying the potential of the occupiers.”
- The Kremlin said Monday that its goal is not regime change in Ukraine. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the comment in a news briefing after a Russian lawmaker, Konstantin Kosachev, told a government-owned newspaper that the normalization of relations between Moscow and Kyiv could happen only “after a change of power in Ukraine.”
- Ukraine’s power utilities are working around-the-clock to restore transmission lines damaged in Russian bombardments. More than a dozen areas endured blackouts Sunday, including the Vinnytsia, Sumy, Poltava, Khmelnytskyi and Ivano-Frankivsk regions, as well as the capital.
- Russian forces over the past day have continued to launch “offensive operations in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and western Donetsk directions,” according to the Institute for the Study of War think tank. The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said Ukrainian troops repelled Russian attacks around Bakhmut and several surrounding settlements in the region, while a Russian TV network run by the Defense Ministry claimed Ukrainian forces suffered heavy losses around Bakhmut. The Washington Post could not verify either side’s claims.
- “Intense artillery exchanges” have been reported during the past week around Svatove in northwestern Luhansk, Britain’s Defense Ministry said. Russian forces, which retreated from Kherson city to the east bank of the Dnieper River this month, can more easily defend the “south-western front line” from there, the ministry said. This makes the area around Svatove, which Russia controls and likely sees as a priority, “a more vulnerable operational flank” for Russian forces, it added.
- Shelling was reported overnight in southern and eastern Ukraine, with at least four civilians killed and eight injured in Kherson, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk in the past 24 hours, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office.
- Poland accepted an offer from Germany to deploy Patriot missile defense systems on its territory after a missile landed in Polish territory last week, killing two people and raising fears of a spillover of the war into NATO territory. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told German media outlets: “We have offered Poland support in securing airspace — with our Eurofighters and with Patriot air defense systems.” Her Polish counterpart, Mariusz Blaszczak, said he would propose that the systems, which are designed to intercept missiles, be stationed at the border with Ukraine.
- Spain will send police officers to Ukraine to help investigate allegations of war crimes committed since Russia’s invasion, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Madrid. Sanchez also said that a new facility for the training of Ukrainian troops will open at the end of the month in Toledo, in central Spain….