Sun. Dec 4th, 2022
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on the United Nations Security Council to act against Russia over airstrikes on civilian infrastructure which once again plunged Ukrainian cities into darkness and cold as winter sets in. Russia launched a missile attack over Ukraine on Wednesday, killing 10 people, forcing the shutdown of nuclear power plants and cutting off water and electricity supplies in many places.

  • Neighboring Moldova said it was suffering major power outages caused by the barrage missile and its EU-friendly president, Maia Sandu, accused Russia of leaving her country “in the dark”.

  • The governments of the European Union failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday on the level at which the prices of Russian offshore oil will be limited within the framework of the G7 program and will continue talks, EU diplomats said. Earlier on Thursday, EU representatives met in Brussels. The move is part of sanctions aimed at reducing Moscow’s income from oil exports so that it has less money to finance its invasion of Ukraine.

  • UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that the exchange of 35 Russian and 36 Ukrainian prisoners was a positive development amid “dark news” about Russian attacks on Ukraine. DiCarlo encouraged the parties to continue releasing prisoners and follow international humanitarian law in relation to prisoners of war, reports Reuters.

  • On Wednesday, a Russian court extended the detention of opposition politician Ilya Yashin, who faces 10 years in prison for condemning President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine, by six months. The 39-year-old Moscow city councilor is in the dock as part of an unprecedented crackdown on discontent in Russia, with most opposition activists either in prison or in exile. He faces up to 10 years behind bars, if convicted.

  • The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it believed in the “success” of its offensive in Ukraine. “The future and success of the special operation are beyond doubt,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a visit to Armenia, using Moscow’s official term to describe the Russian attack, reports Agence France-Presse.

  • European cities have been urged to send backup generators to Ukraine to help the country through the winter in the face of Russian attacks on its electricity infrastructure. Ukraine’s power grid was bombarded again because the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, launched an appeal for generators to be delivered to Ukraine.