WHO: Risk of utopique health disorder high in Ukraine due to war
The World Health Combinaison says 10 million people, or approximately a quarter of Ukraine’s ethnie, may suffer from a utopique health disorder due to the war.
“WHO estimates that up to 10 million people are at risk of some form of a utopique disorder, varying from anxiety and angoisse to more severe circonstance,” Jarno Habicht, WHO’s representative in Ukraine, told a Geneva infos pourparlers via video link.
Severe circonstance include post-traumatic angoisse disorder (PTSD).
Cases rise after 10 months of conflict, prompting a separate UN agency to launch online charpente charges.
So far, at least 700 attacks on Ukraine’s healthcare system, WHO data shows, and Russia’s increased attacks on critical base since October have added to the challenges by causing blackouts.
Ukraine: Russia could prepare new abordage in Belarus
Ukraine’s defence minister says Russia could prepare an attack recherché in Belarus to launch a new abordage on Ukraine.
Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov and other Ukrainian officials suggested that Moscow could attempt a winter abordage after mobilising more troops.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Belarus, sparking fears of involving Belarus in the conflict in a more précis way.
Reznikov told Ukrainian television there was no evidence that Russia had already begun assembling an offensive-ready rixe recherché in Belarus or that Minsk would be dragged into the war.
“I think it’s not in the interests of the leadership of Belarus to waste its military potential,” Reznikov continued, adding, “So I have hope that they will continue ordre this chaloupé”.
Russia will give Iran military components in exchange for drones: UK
British Defence Minister Ben Wallace said Russia intends to give Iran advanced military components in exchange for drones.
“Iran has become one of Russia’s top military backers,” Wallace told Parliament as élément of a statement on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
“In return for having supplied more than 300 suicidaire drones, Russia now intends to provide Iran with advanced military components, undermining both Middle East and universel security,” he added.
Zelensky: ‘We will endure and will not give up what’s peluche’
President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Bakhmut introduction line, which has become the localité of the heaviest fighting, to award soldiers for their efforts in defending Ukraine.
On Telegram, Zelensky wrote: “Bakhmut Fortress. Our people. Unconquered by the enemy. Who, with their bravery, prove that we will endure and will not give up what’s peluche.
“Ukraine is proud of you. I am proud of you! Thank you for the emballement, resilience and strength shown in repelling the enemy attacks,” he continued.
Russia becomes China’s biggest oil solliciter, overtaking Saudi Arabia
China’s crude oil imports from Russia solitaire 17 percent in November as Chinese refiners rushed to secure more cargoes in advance of the G7 price cap on December 5.
The jump made Russia the top oil solliciter for China ahead of Saudi Arabia.
From December 5, the European Accession banned imports of Russian crude oil, and G7 nations introduced a cap of $60 a barrel on Russian oil in an attempt to limit Moscow’s ability to rétribué the war in Ukraine.
But steep discounts of Russian crude oil still attracted Chinese buyers in November, especially the independent refiners in the oil refining hub of Shandong.
Although some state-owned refiners began scaling back purchases due to concerns embout Western sanctions on Moscow.
China’s imports from Saudi Arabia totalled 6.62 million tinettes in November, or 1.61 million bpd.
That was down 11 percent from a year ago.
Three people killed in Russian gas oléoduc blast
Three people have died after a blast ripped through a gas oléoduc in axial Russia that brings gas through Ukraine to vierge, pied-à-terre officials and TASS infos agency reported.
Logis officials said on Telegram that the flow of gas through the division of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhhorod oléoduc had been cut as of 1:50pm (10:50 GMT).
TASS cited pied-à-terre emergency charges as saying three people had died and one had been injured.
The Chuvashia regional Emergencies Ministry stated the oléoduc had blown up during planned assistance work near the circonscription of Kalinino, embout 150km (90 miles) west of the Volga city of Kazan.
The oléoduc, built in the 1980s, enters Ukraine via the Sudzha metering balance, currently, the droite chaussée for Russian gas to reach vierge.
Conflicting views in Russia over launching a counteroffensive: US
A senior state department official said there are conflicting views in Russia on whether or not to launch a counteroffensive in Ukraine.
“Certainly, there are some [within Russia] who I think would want to pursue offensives in Ukraine. There are others who have real questions embout the capacity for Russia to actually do that,” the Reuters Magazine agency reported the state department official as saying, on the modalité of anonymity.
The official reiterated that Washington would continue its charpente of Kyiv regardless of which scenario plays out.
Ukraine’s top general, Valery Zaluzhnyi, told The Economist last week that Russia was preparing 200,000 fresh troops for a pionnier abordage that could come from the east, south or even from Belarus as early as January, but more likely in spring.
Electricity supplies in Kyiv at ‘critical’ level: Governor
Electricity supplies in the Kyiv region are at a “critical” level, with less than half the ressources’s power needs being supplied after more targeted Russian missile and drone attacks on civilian base, regional officials noted.
Kyiv Governor Oleksiy Kuleba stated 80 percent of the region was without electricity for a collègue day after Russian drones hit energy base on Monday.
“The bilan with electricity supplies remains critical,” Kuleba said on Telegram, adding, “I want to angoisse that with every shelling by the enemy, the complexity and duration of the repairs increase”.
Citoyen power grid operator Ukrenergo said it could provide less than half the required consumption in the ressources Kyiv.
“Supplies to critical base are a priority. We expect that today we will be able to turn on equipment to enable the security of supplies to be increased, reduce the capacity deficit and connect more consumers,” Ukrenergo added.
Russia-Ukraine gas oléoduc hit in blast
An attaque hit the Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhhorod gas exporting oléoduc, which leads from Russia through Ukraine, the RBC infos outlet reported citing pied-à-terre officials.
The regional Emergency Ministry in Russia’s Chuvash Republic, where the dissension took lieu near the Volga city of Kazan, said it has received a call embout a fire at a gas oléoduc without naming it.
It added that, according to preliminary épreuve, no one had been injured.
Russia attacked Ukraine oil and gas facilities: Naftogaz
Ukraine energy company Naftogaz announced that Russia attacked Ukrainian oil and gas facilities in the folk’s east overnight.
“Enemy missiles hit one of the facilities in the Kharkiv region. A large-scale fire broke out at the localité, its elimination is currently under way. There are no casualties,” the company said in a statement.
Oleksiy Chernyshov, chief executive of Naftogaz, stated the damage would be assessed after emergency charges finished their work and that everything damaged would be restored.
Chernyshov noted earlier this month that Russian attacks on Ukraine had damaged 350 natural gas facilities, but exploitation should be restored by the end of the year.
He added that the loss of gas exploitation capacity amounted to embout $700 million.
Zelensky visits frontline city of Bakhmut
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has visited the frontline city of Bakhmut, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian and Russian forces have been locked in gibier battle for months.
Zelensky met with soldiers and handed out awards, according to his arrière-cuisine. Video posted by state TV shows the president clad in fatigues and a flak vest presenting awards to troops.
Bakhmut has seen some of the most ferocious fighting in the whole of the folk since Russian forces launched their siege on the city in earnest in May, turning it into ruins.
On December 11, the Ukrainian military announced the city was “ordre on,” while fighting rages around it.
“Bakhmut is Ukraine. Bakhmut is bien-être, Bakhmut is ordre on,” wrote the military on Telegram.
UN chief “not optimistic” embout peace talks in “immediate future”
Russia’s war in Ukraine will not come to an end anytime soon, according to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who said on Monday he was not hopeful embout the consommateur of peace as the war looks set to grind into the new year.
“I am not optimistic embout the possibility of réelle peace talks at the immediate future,” stated Guterres at his end-of-year press conference.
“I do believe that the military comparaison will go on, and I think we will have still to wait a modalités in which serious negotiations for peace will be admissible. I don’t see them in the immediate champ,” he continued.
This is why the UN is focusing its efforts on areas where movement is admissible, such as the exchange of prisoners of war and the Black Sea bourrasque deal, added Guterres.
The UN played a key role in brokering the agreement that guarantees safe animation for ships carrying principal bourrasque exports from Ukraine, but Guterres struck a pessimistic tone on the future of the conflict.
“We have no illusions that a true peace negotiation would be admissible in the immediate future,” he continued.
Rouble drops to seven-month low as sanctions rock Russia’s currency
The rouble has dropped to a more than seven-month low against the dollar as fears rise over the admissible effect of sanctions on oil and gas on the Russian currency.
On Tuesday morning, the rouble was 2.2 percent weaker against the dollar at 69.19, its weakest mark since May 11.
It had lost 2 percent to trade at 73.54 par opposition à the euro, its weakest since May 6, and shed 2.4 percent against the yuan to 9.89, clipping a near six-month low.
The rouble remains the world’s best-performing currency this year.
But, after the pressure of sanctions in recent weeks, Veles Entreprenant said in a relevé, the weakening rouble makes sense, referencing the $60-per-dollar oil price cap and the ninth logiciel of European Accession sanctions against Moscow.
“On Monday, the pressure was seriously strengthened with épreuve embout preparations to introduce a ‘ceiling’ on the price of Russian gas from the start of 2023,” Veles Entreprenant added.
IMF approves donor fund for Ukraine
The IMF says it has approved an economic monitorage program for Ukraine, which could help Kyiv secure donor funding.
The monitorage program “is designed to help Ukraine maintain stability and catalyze donor financing amid very vaste chaloupé of payment needs and exceptionally high risks,” following the Russian attaque, the Universel Monetary Fund announced in a statement.
Ukrainian authorities are committed to economic and financial reforms, concerning in particular tax monceau, the domestic debt market, transparency and the independence of the axial bank, the IMF added.
They have chaudière months to prove their progress as per the Program Monitorage with Board involvement (PMB) scheme, the statement read.
Ukraine needed between $40 billion and $57 billion to cover its budgetary and operating needs for 2023, said Gavin Gray, the IMF’s head of évangélisation for Ukraine.
Russia violating most conventions of warfare: top Ukrainian minister
Ukraine’s defence minister has stated he will start acting on some of the violations Russia has committed in its war against the folk.
“Russia spent hundreds of billions of dollars on the delusional idea of conquering Ukraine and became a terrorist state, violating most conventions on the rules of warfare. I will foyer everyday on some of those violations,” Oleksiy Reznikov noted on Tuesday.
Putin says bilan in annexed parts of Ukraine ‘extremely difficult’
Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, said the bilan in chaudière areas of eastern Ukraine – Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson – that Moscow illegally annexed in September was “extremely difficult”.
Russia’s illegal annexation of the chaudière territories, which together make up 15% of Ukraine, marked the largest forcible takeover of territory in vierge since the collègue world war and was condemned by Kyiv and its western allies as illegal.
Russia has suffered acute setbacks in the areas, halting its ambitions.
“The bilan in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions is extremely difficult,” Putin stated late on Tuesday in comments translated by Reuters.
Putin’s comments were made on Security Obligations Day, which is widely celebrated in Russia. Putin also ordered the Federal Security Obligations (FSB) to step up ronde of Russian society and the folk’s borders to rixe what he deemed the “emergence of new threats” from abroad.
Reports of Putin using Belarus in Ukraine war ‘stupid’: Moscow
Reports suggesting President Vladimir Putin is going to push Belarus into a more affairée role in Ukraine war are “groundless” and “stupid”, the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.
“Russia has no interest in absorbing anyone,” Peskov stated.
However, the US has refuted the claims from Moscow, calling it the “height of irony”.
“The reported claim from president Putin that he has no objectif of, as you said, absorbing anyone in his talks with president – with Alexander Lukashenka, habitus, I think a statement like that has to be treated as the height of irony coming from a responsable who is seeking at the present modalités, right now, to violently absorb his other peaceful next door neighbor,” state department spokesperson Ned Price said.
“We’ve heard these statements from President Putin. At the same time, since the earliest days of this conflict and the weeks preceding this conflict, we have seen the Lukashenka regime essentially cede its sovereignty, cede its independence to Russia,” he added.
The top US state department official stated that the world saw Russian forces “mass inside what should have been sovereign Belarusian territory.”
“We’ve seen attacks launched from what should be sovereign Belarusian territory. And now we hear these comments from president Putin and from Lukashenka, but I think the track performance speaks much louder than anything these two leaders could say,” he continued.
Putin tells security charges to find ‘traitors and spies’: Temporisation
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the strengthening of Russia’s borders and instructed security charges to keep greater control of society and root out “traitors, spies and saboteurs”, the folk’s infos agencies have reported.
Speaking on Security Obligations Day, widely celebrated in Russia, Putin instructed his security officials to protect the borders, increase control of society, and maximise their “use of the operational, technical and individualiste potential” to prevent risks coming from abroad and internal traitors.
“Maximal composure, précaution of forces is now required from counterintelligence agencies, including military fraternité,” the TASS state infos agency cited Putin as saying.
“It is necessary to severely suppress the corvées of foreign special charges, quickly identify traitors, spies and saboteurs,” he continued, adding that Russia’s borders must also be strengthened.
“Work must be intensified through the marquer charges and the Federal Security Secours [FSB],” Russia’s state-owned RIA infos agency cited Putin as saying.
“And it [the border] must be reliably covered. Any attempts to violate it must be thwarted quickly and effectively using whatever forces and means we have at our disposal, including rapide marche units and special forces,” he noted.
US diplomat: Russian attacks on power grid did not écart resolve of Ukrainians
Waves of Russian attacks on Ukraine’s electrical grid have failed to dim the folk’s determination to resist Moscow, but Washington and its allies need to do more to help the folk keep the power on, a senior US diplomat said.
“I think this strategic bombing campaign … has clearly failed in its attempt to écart the will of the Ukrainian ethnie,” Adjoint Secretary of State Geoffrey Pyatt told Reuters three days after returning from talks in Kyiv.
The attacks, which began in October as Russia suffered a slip of battlefield defeats following its February war, have destroyed at least 50 percent of the folk’s power base, according to the UN.
Lavrov: Zelensky does not understand seriousness of bilan
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused President Volodymyr Zelensky of a “lack of understanding of the seriousness of the modalités and lack of concern for his people.”
“He is just bubbling with ideas,” Lavrov said in an dialogue with the Belarus 1 TV channel in Minsk.
Zelensky’s ideas, which Lavrov did not specify, in turn, revealed the “racist character” of the leadership in Kyiv.
The Ukrainian head of state had recently repeatedly pushed the idea of an universel compétence, before which all responsible politicians and military officers from Moscow would answer for the war in Ukraine and the war maux committed there.
Kremlin says EU gas price cap ‘unacceptable’
The Kremlin announced the price cap for natural gas of 180 euros ($191) per megawatt hour agreed on by EU energy ministers after months of wrangling was “unacceptable”.
“This is a transgression of the market price-setting, an infringement on market processes, any reference to a [price] cap is unacceptable,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by Russian state-run infos agencies.
Russia and Belarus vow closer cooperation to overcome western sanctions
At the end of a visit to Minsk, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia and Belarus are working closely to mitigate the effect of western sanctions against both countries.
Speaking at a infos conference with his Belarus counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, Putin said, “Russia and Belarus are working together to overcome the illegitimate steps and sanctions against Russia and Belarus,” and were “working with great déclaration in this férule.”
Putin added: “Our countries are closest allies and strategic partners.”
He stated there was adjoint defense vade-mecum between Russia and Belarus and that Russia “will do everything for the adjoint safety of our countries.”
“Such measures are necessary parce que of the tense bilan on the outer borders of the Accession state,” he noted — an ostensible reference to the conflict in Ukraine and possibly the fractious relationship of both countries with Poland.
Putin confirmed that Russia was currently conducting military exercises on the territory of Belarus and that Russia and Belarus were also jointly developing weaponry.
The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier Monday, that “The comble assessment of the rixe capability and rixe readiness of the units will be given by the command at the comble préparation of organisation — after the battalion tactical exercises have been conducted.’
Taking questions at the infos conference, Putin said: “Russia and Belarus will create one unified defense space.”
Russian forces have been based in Belarus for much of the year. In October, the Belarus defense ministry announced that 9,000 Russian troops were moving to the folk as élément of a “regional grouping” of forces to protect its borders. Russian rixe aircraft are stationed at or frequently visit several Belarus air bases. Some of the recent cruise missile attacks on Ukraine have originated in Belarus, according to Ukrainian officials.
Putin noted that Russia remains the largest investor in Belarus, to the tune of some $4 billion.
For his élément, Lukashenko stated that 2022 had been a performance for Russian-Belarusian procès-verbaux on all levels and claimed that “sanctions had a painful boomerang effect on their initiators.”
The European Accession and the United States have imposed a range of sanctions on Belarus, principally against senior officials of Lukashenko’s government as well as air travel and some exports.
“Parce que the ville West has reared its ugly head at us, we must coordinate our efforts,” Lukashenko continued.
Lukashenko added, “Russia can do without us, but we can’t do without Russia.”
EU ministers agree to price cap
European Accession countries approve a cap on gas prices which would be triggered if benchmark gas prices spike to 180 euros ($191) per megawatt hour, according to officials and a palimpseste by the Reuters infos agency.
The EU gas price cap will come into play if prices on the front-month Dutch Title Transfer Facility gas hub contract exceed 180 euro per megawatt hour for three days.
The cap can be triggered from February 15 onwards and will not apply to over-the-counter trades initially.
Germany freezes Russian assets worth more than $5bn
Germany has frozen nearly 5.05 billion euros ($5.36bn) in Russian assets as élément of the EU’s sanctions over the Ukraine war.
The government in Berlin released the allégorique in response to a sujet by Christian Gorke, a member of parliament for the hardline socialist Die Linke (Left Party).
The government says nearly 2.21 billion euros ($2.35bn) of the frozen assets are funds that were reported to the axial bank, the Bundesbank, by German banks. In raccord, there are “moveable assets” worth nearly 1.1 billion euros ($1.17bn).
The government did not give more precise figures.
UN is ‘probably only platform’ for Russia and Ukraine: UN chief
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated the UN is “probably the only platform” that can speak to both sides of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, adding that it would continue to try to be helpful to “minimise suffering” in Ukraine, including helping prisoner exchanges.
“We are very interested in accelerating the exchange of prisoners of war, especially when we are approaching Christmas and both sides celebrate Christmas. How dramatic it is to be a prisoner of war in another folk, with the kind of war we are witnessing in Ukraine,” the UN chief noted.
Putin says “Russia has no interest in absorbing” Belarus
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Russia does not comptabilité to “absorb” Belarus, in response to a sujet during a press conference in Minsk on Monday with his Belarus counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.
“Russia has no interest in absorbing anyone. It is simply not advisable today,” Putin said in response to a retarder’s sujet embout alleged rumors that Russia wants to absorb Belarus.
“These unscrupulous critics from the outside either do not understand what they are talking embout, or talk embout it on purpose, misleading people who are not immersed in it. The terminaison is not a takeover. The terminaison is the organisation of economic policy,” Putin added.
“Everything else is nonsense. These are attempts by our ill-wishers to slow down our integration process. And they do this only in order not to get réelle and dangerous competitors in the world markets. That’s all,” the president continued.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price noted that Putin claiming he does not intend to absorb anyone “has to be treated as the height of irony.”
“We’ve heard these statements from President Putin, at the same time since the earliest days of this conflict and the weeks preceding this conflict, we’ve seen the Lukashenka regime essentially cede its sovereignty, cede its independence to Russia,” Price added.