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The Russian defense minister ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kherson, which has become the target of a broader Ukrainian counteroffensive. The withdrawal is a new and serious setback for the Kremlin. The city has been a key Russian hold since the offensive began in February.

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Joe Biden defends Ukraine with a ‘blank check’

At a press conference on the midterm election results, Joe Biden defended himself against issuing a “blank check” to Ukraine. The US president vowed not to involve the US in “World War III”, but said he would continue to support Ukraine and provide Ukrainians with “capabilities to defend themselves”. According to him, even with a majority, Republican Party leader Kevin McCarthy cannot position himself against support for Ukraine.

Support for Transparty Ukraine, says NATO chief

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has said the United States has “strong support” for Ukraine, regardless of which party wins the country’s midterm elections.

“It’s absolutely clear that there is strong bipartisan support in the United States to continue to support Ukraine, and that hasn’t changed,” he told reporters after the meeting. Interview with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in London.

“No ID” for withdrawal

Following Russian announcements that troops would be withdrawn from Kherson to evacuate to the east bank of the Dnieper River, a natural barrier south of the city, the Ukrainian presidency was cast in doubt, vowing it had never seen it before. “Sign of withdrawal of Russian forces”.

In southern Ukraine, “Russian (troops) are stationed in a part of the city” in southern Ukraine, presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak slammed “sarcastic TV reports” from Moscow.

Gerson: The Russians are retreating

The Russian defense minister on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from the right bank of the Dnieper River in the Ukrainian region of Kherson, which includes the regional capital of the same name, which is the target of a wider Ukrainian counteroffensive.

“Continue with the withdrawal of soldiers,” Sergei Shoigu told television, after a proposal by the commander of Russian operations in Ukraine, General Sergei Surovykin, which he admitted was “not easy”.

Expulsion of the Russians near Kherson

The Russian defense minister on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from the right bank of the Dnieper River in the Ukrainian region of Kherson, which includes the regional capital of the same name, which is the target of a wider Ukrainian counteroffensive. “Continue with the withdrawal of soldiers,” Sergei Shoigu told television, after a proposal by the commander of Russian operations in Ukraine, General Sergei Surovykin, which he admitted was “not easy”.

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The soldier priest was honored in Russia

Vladimir Putin yesterday awarded Russia’s highest decoration posthumously to an Orthodox priest recently killed in Ukraine, who urged mothers of Russian soldiers to have more children to ease their grief.

In a statement, the Kremlin said Mikhail Vasiliev was awarded the title of “Hero of the Russian Federation” “for his courage and bravery in fulfilling his civic duty.”

On Sunday, Moscow’s Patriarchate announced that the priest died “in a special operations zone in Ukraine” while he was “carrying out his clerical duties.”

European support

The European Commission has proposed to twenty-seven to provide Ukraine with 18 billion euros in aid for 2023, with member states bearing interest in the form of loans.

“This stable, regular and predictable financial assistance, at an average of 1.5 billion euros per month, will cover a significant part of Ukraine’s short-term financing needs for 2023, which the Ukrainian authorities and international financial institutions estimate at 3 to 4 billion euros. per month”, notes the European executive in a press release. .

High Russian occupation official dies

Kirill Stremoussov, one of the most enthusiastic spokesmen for the Russian occupation forces based in Kherson, was killed in a road accident today, a Russian leader said in a full counter-attack on kyiv in the region.

“I am deeply saddened to announce that Kirill Stremozov was killed in a road accident in the Kherson region (…),” pointed out Vladimir Zalto, head of the Russian occupation administration in the region.

In recent months, several Moscow-appointed executives have been targeted by attacks, sometimes deadly, attributed by the Kremlin to Ukrainian intelligence services operating behind enemy lines.

Iran ready to end war in Ukraine

Iran is ready to end the war in Ukraine, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani welcomed his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in Tehran on Wednesday.

“Iran supports any initiative that leads to a ceasefire and peace between Russia and Ukraine based on negotiations, and is ready to play a role in ending the war,” he said. The Iranian official was quoted by the official news agency.

His statement comes as Kyiv and its Western allies accuse Russia of using Iranian-made drones in the war in Ukraine. Iran said last week it had supplied drones to Moscow ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, saying it was ready to investigate any evidence of Iranian drone use in the conflict.

New European aid

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The European Commission proposed on Wednesday twenty-seven 18 billion euros in aid to Ukraine in 2023.

“This stable, regular and predictable financial assistance, at an average of 1.5 billion euros per month, will cover a significant part of Ukraine’s short-term financing needs for 2023, which the Ukrainian authorities and international financial institutions estimate at 3 to 4 billion euros. per month”, notes the European executive in a press release. .

“Europe is no longer safe from missiles”, e. According to Macron

Emmanuel Macron announced from the port of Toulon that the continent was “no longer safe from missile and drone attacks” and that “the air defense of our continent is strategic”.

He said that “nuclear deterrence, the backbone of our security, is reliable and modern” and that French nuclear forces “contribute” to the security of Europe. “Today more than yesterday, France’s main interests have a European dimension. Our nuclear forces therefore contribute to the security of France and Europe through their own presence,” he began.

e. Macron warns of ‘broad competition’

From the port of Toulon, in the Var, Emmanuel Macron presents the key strategic challenges facing France in a global geopolitical grammar that has been disrupted by the war in Ukraine.

“Aggression against Ukraine risks presaging major conflicts in the future, which we have no reason to accept fatalistically and do not want to carry out passively,” the head of state began, adding that it provokes a “hybrid threat.” Conflict. He also felt that the conflict “clarifies the state of the world, weakens norms and taboos”.

“When peace returns to Ukraine,” he added, “we must draw all the consequences, which means creating a new security framework, a renewed framework of stability and arms control, where Europe will be around the table.” . The president also suggested that “we must relearn how to mobilize the living forces of our nation in the service of our sovereignty.”

United States-Russia Relations

The Russian president said on Wednesday that relations between Moscow and Washington will remain strained regardless of the results of midterm elections in the United States, amid a crisis linked to the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

“These elections will fundamentally change nothing. Our relations are bad at the moment and will remain so,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

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According to Q, three people died in the Donetsk region

Russian forces accused Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrilenko of killing three civilians and wounding eleven on Tuesday, according to Ukrainian media outlet The Kyiv Independent. All three victims were reportedly killed in Kostiantynivka, Chasiv Yar and Avdivka.

He said the bodies of three others killed by Russian troops while they were under control were found in the Yampil commune.

Is Iran accelerating its cooperation with Russia?

According to the Center for American Research, the Institute for War Research could provide Russia with new weapons. Tehran recently admitted to supplying drones to Russia before the war in Ukraine began.

“Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev arrived in Tehran on November 8, according to Iranian state media Noor news agency, with the possibility of discussing the sale of Iranian ballistic missiles to Russia,” the report said. In addition, “the Iranian regime will seek Russia’s help in suppressing demonstrations (on its own soil, editor’s note), it is unclear whether this will be discussed by Patrushev and his Iranian counterpart”.

Four million Ukrainians without electricity

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said on Tuesday that about four million people in the country’s 14 regions and Kiev were without electricity. Guardian. But this situation is more about confirmation than urgency, he said.

A scheduled hourly power outage is expected to affect the entire country on Wednesday, Ukraine’s electricity grid operator Ukrenergo said. Although winters in Ukraine are harsh and temperatures can drop as low as -20 degrees Celsius, electricity infrastructure, particularly generation, has been targeted by Russian strikes in recent weeks.

Update on the situation

Kyiv worries about questioning US aid following midterms. Power restored in Kherson. Here are the highlights from the last 24 hours.

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Concerns for US aid, restoration of power to Kherson...update on the situation in Ukraine

New Start Agreement

The US and Russia are expected to meet soon to discuss resuming their inspections under the New START treaty, the main nuclear disarmament agreement between the two powers, the State Department said on Tuesday.

“We have agreed that the Bilateral Consultative Committee (BCC) may meet in the future under the New Beginning Agreement,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

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