Somethging IS going on in regards to the Ukraine Zaporizhzhia plant….
First we hear a rumour about Russia walking away from the place….
Now we have a Ukraine boss put in place?
Yes….The Russian’s ARE trying make the entire Ukraine pay for their losses on the battlefields….
Poland is asking to some Ukraine refugee’s to start paying for some things going forward…
Ukraine military forces are wearing out some of hardware the US and NATO have sent to them…
The Euroepean Union is working to set war crimes investigations thru the UN and Internatioanl Court after the conflict ends….
Russia makes some gains in the Donetsk region…..
The rocket attacks contiune….
Here’s what we know:
Kyiv is trying to persuade world leaders to prosecute Russian soldiers and top Moscow officials for atrocities in Ukraine.
A top E.U. official proposes a special court to focus on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Blinken says the U.S. and its allies must help Ukraine with its air defenses.
Kyiv’s mayor expresses resolve as Russian attacks aim to make his city unlivable.
Russia’s nuclear energy company says it appointed a Ukrainian engineer to run the Zaporizhzhia plant.
President Zelensky of Ukraine rebukes Elon Musk’s peace proposal.
Poland says it will ask Ukrainian refugees to pay some housing and food costs next year….
NATO ministers will meet for a second day in Bucharest, Romania, after alliance officials condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for targeting vital infrastructure and pledged wide-ranging support for Ukraine, including fuel and generators. On the sidelines of those talks, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a U.S. plan to help Ukraine rapidly procure transformers, circuit breakers and other hardware to repair the electrical grid ahead of winter, following weeks of missile and drone attacks.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- Von der Leyen’s proposal comes after months of Ukrainian calls for such a court. In his nightly addressTuesday, Zelensky said a special tribunal was needed “so that every Russian murderer receives the deserved punishment.” The International Criminal Court has already launched its own investigation into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity, but it does not have jurisdiction to prosecute other crimes, such as aggression.
- The European Commission explored two potential solutions in an “options paper” — the creation of an ad hoc tribunal for the crime of aggression, or a “hybrid court” that internationalizes a domestic court. “We believe it would be possible to have a specialized court to deal with the crime of aggression,” said a senior E.U. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to brief the press. “It would require U.N. backing and an international agreement. But we do believe that this is possible.”
- A Ukranian Embassy employee in Spain was injured by a letter bomb Tuesday, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said on Twitter. Ukraine would increase security at all embassies, he said. Spanish police have opened an investigation and placed a security cordon around the building in northern Madrid, Agence France-Press reported.
- “NATO’s door is open” for Ukraine’s eventual membership, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday in Bucharest, adding that “Russia does not have a veto” on countries joining. But there are few signs the alliance is focused on the issue while the war is ongoing.
- Finland and Sweden’s NATO applications are “nearly complete,” Stoltenberg said following a ministerial meeting in Bucharest attended by the two Nordic nations. “Their accession will make them safer, our Alliance stronger and the Euro-Atlantic area more secure.”Stoltenberg also said the alliance would continue providing military support to Ukraine, particularly through the supply of air defenses.
- Secretary of State Antony Blinken downplayed disagreements within NATO over Finland and Sweden’s membership, and those over a proposed plan tocap the price of Russian oil, at a news conference in Bucharest on Tuesday. “Sometimes it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees” he said. “The forest is dense, strong, substantive, and that is convergence among allies and partners on all of the critical issues,” he said. He said the ratification in 28 of 30 member nations had happened “in record speed” and said Sweden and Finland were engaging with Turkey to address its concerns.
- Russia resumed strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure overnight, targeting a gas distribution point in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia region, according to a local official. The official said there were no known casualties but that three streets had been left without gas. It follows weeks of Russian missile and drone attacks targeting Ukraine’s energy grid.
- Moscow will not discuss the START nuclear arms control treaty until the United States stops supplying Ukraine with weapons, a top Russian diplomat suggested, according to Tass news agency. “They will keep supplying all those arms and goad the Kyiv regime … while we sit down to discuss mutual security issues with them?” Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said on Sputnik radio. Her comments followed Russia’s decision to postpone treaty talks, scheduled to begin Tuesday in Cairo
- The Pentagon is considering supplying Kyiv with a Patriot air defense system, a senior defense official said Tuesday. Receiving the surface-to-air missile system is a top Ukrainian priority, alongside circuit transformers to support its energy grid going into winter. “In a nutshell, Patriots and transformers is what Ukraine needs the most, and we’re discussing it here in Bucharest,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Tuesday at the NATO summit.
- The area around Bakhmut has become a center of gravity in the east, the Pentagon said Tuesday, as Ukrainian and Russian forces struggle for the strategic city of Donetsk, where important roads and rail lines meet. Recent Russian counteroffensives have eroded Ukrainian gains there, a senior U.S. military official said during a background briefing….