new exchange of prisoners of war between Moscow and kyiv

Russia and Ukraine have carried out a new exchange of prisoners of war, freeing 50 people each, according to kyiv and Moscow. Several Ukrainian cities remain largely without electricity and running water, in the wake of new massive strikes by Russia specifically targeting energy infrastructure. Find the thread of November 24.

  • 11:48 p.m .: water and power supply problems in around fifteen regions

According to the Ukrainian president, around fifteen regions were experiencing problems with the water and electricity supply. “The situation with electricity remains difficult in almost all regions. However, we are gradually moving away from cuts and every hour we are reconnecting electricity for new consumers,” assured Volodymyr Zelensky.

“We have withstood nine months of total war, and Russia has not found a way to break us. And it will not. We must continue to hold our ground,” he said in his speech. evening.

  • 7:45 p.m .: International Council of Museums publishes list of Ukrainian cultural property “at risk”

Ancient manuscripts, century-old icons or craftsmanship… The International Council of Museums (Icom) has published an “Emergency Red List of Cultural Property at Risk” in Ukraine to fight against illicit trafficking, “amplified by the Russian invasion” .

With this list, Icom hopes to serve as an effective reference for “the identification of cultural objects looted and stolen in Ukraine when they begin to circulate in the weeks, months and years to come”, he explains in a statement.

Its initiative “comes at the right time in the fight against the illicit trafficking of Ukrainian cultural heritage – a phenomenon that has existed for a long time in the region and which has been amplified by the Russian invasion”, underlines this international network of museum professionals, which covers nearly 140 countries.

  • 7:39 p.m .: at least four dead in Kherson in a Russian bombardment, according to the governor

At least four people were killed and ten injured in a Russian shelling of the city of Kherson – in southern Ukraine – from where Moscow troops withdrew two weeks ago, the governor said.

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“The Russian invaders opened fire on a residential area using multiple rocket launchers. A large building caught fire,” Yarovslav Yanushevich, head of the Kherson military administration, said on Telegram.

  • 4:56 p.m .: Hungary still postpones the ratification of the accession of Sweden and Finland

Hungary, the only NATO country with Turkey not to have ratified the accession of Sweden and Finland, has postponed it until next year.

The Hungarian Parliament will vote “during the first session” in 2023, nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared on the sidelines of a summit of the Visegrad group in Kosice (Slovakia), assuring the two countries of his “support”.

  • 4.20 p.m .: new exchange of prisoners between Moscow and kyiv

Russia and Ukraine have carried out a new exchange of prisoners of war, freeing 50 people each, according to kyiv and Moscow.

Andriy Yermak, head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, said on Telegram that Ukraine had received 48 soldiers and two officers, including marines, infantry, border guards and territorial defense personnel.

“We managed to bring back 19 defenders from Mariupol […] as well as 15 prisoners (of war) from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and seven from theSerpents’ Island“, did he declare.

Denis Pushilin, leader of the self-declared Russian-controlled Donetsk People’s Republic, said earlier that a prisoner swap with Kyiv was underway, involving 50 prisoners on each side.

  • 3:11 p.m .: Volodymyr Zelensky challenges Russia’s retention in the OSCE

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky questioned Russia’s continued membership of the OSCE during a televised address to the Parliamentary Assembly of this international organization meeting in Warsaw.

“We see various international platforms finding necessary solutions to help stop Russian terrorism, isolate this terrorist state as much as possible and seek a way out of the brutal global crises created by Russia,” the Ukrainian head of state remarked to the press. parliamentary delegates from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

“Why is there still no OSCE among these platforms? Why, in particular, is a terrorist state, even after nine months of continuous crimes, still a member of your Parliamentary Assembly?” asked Volodymyr Zelensky .

  • 1:37 p.m .: Russia and Ukraine discussed ammonia and exchange of prisoners in the Emirates

Russian and Ukrainian officials met last week in the United Arab Emirates to discuss the possibility of a prisoner exchange allowing a resumption of ammonia exports from Russia to Asia and Africa via a gas pipeline in Ukraine, we learned from three sources informed of the holding of this meeting.

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These talks took place under the mediation of the Emirates and without the participation of the United Nations, despite the central role played by the organization in the creation of maritime corridors allowing the export of agricultural products from three Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea.

  • 1:25 p.m .: European Parliament approves aid of 18 billion euros blocked by Hungary

The European Parliament on Thursday supported the proposal for new European financial aid to Ukraine in the amount of 18 billion euros for 2023 – aid which remains blocked by Hungary, in conflict with Brussels.

By 507 votes (38 votes against, 26 abstentions), the MEPs, meeting in Strasbourg, largely gave their support to this new financial support for kyiv, to deal with the economic consequences of the invasion of Russia.

“This vote is important not only for the much-needed funding it makes available to the people of Ukraine, but it’s also important for democracy,” said conservative European Parliament President Roberta Metsola after announcing in the hemicycle this vote carried out “at record speed”.

  • 12:31 p.m .: Russia says recent damage in kyiv was caused by Ukrainian “air defense”

The Russian military denied carrying out strikes on kyiv the day before, saying the damage in the Ukrainian capital was caused by “Ukrainian and foreign” anti-aircraft missiles.

“No strikes have been carried out on kyiv. All the damage in the city reported by the kyiv regime is the consequence of the fallout of foreign and Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles, installed in residential areas of the Ukrainian capital”, a said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

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He said that the Russian army had carried out “massive strikes” the day before against “the Ukrainian military command system and the energy infrastructure linked to it”.

  • 12:25 p.m .: Paris accuses Russia of committing “war crimes”

Russia is “obviously committing war crimes” in Ukraine, the French Foreign Ministry once again accused Thursday, stressing that the massive bombardments on Wednesday “did not pursue any military target”.

“France condemns in the strongest terms the massive bombardments launched by Russia on November 23 against kyiv, Lviv, and several other Ukrainian cities,” said the Quai d’Orsay spokeswoman in a statement.

“This systematic targeting of the population at the approach of winter reflects a clear Russian desire to make the Ukrainian people suffer, to deprive them of water, heat and electricity to undermine their resilience”, a- she continued, adding that “these acts clearly constitute war crimes”.

  • 11:45 am: Moscow has distributed 80,000 Russian passports since the “annexations”

Russia announced on Thursday that it had distributed Russian passports to more than 80,000 inhabitants of four areas of Ukraine that it claims to have attached to its territory, annexations not recognized by the international community.

  • 10:24 a.m.: three nuclear power plants reconnected to the electricity grid

“After yesterday’s massive bombings, energy workers were able to […] reconnect three nuclear power plants to the electricity grid in the morning”, indicated the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy on Telegram, specifying that these installations should begin to deliver electricity by “this evening”.

“The situation is difficult throughout the country,” Minister German Galushenko added in a televised statement, adding that the national electricity grid was “unified” again after the damage caused by the Russian strikes and that production should gradually increase in the day.

These are the Khmelnytsky and Rivne power stations (West) and that of Pivdenne (South), which were disconnected by the automatic protection system following the Russian strikes which affected a number of Ukrainian electrical installations.


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  • 10:18 am: Poland wants Germany to give its Patriot missiles to Ukraine

Poland’s defense minister has proposed that Germany transfer to Ukraine the Patriot air defense system it gave to Warsaw after a deadly missile fell in Poland last week.

“After new Russian missile attacks, I asked the German side that the Patriot batteries offered to Poland be passed on to Ukraine and installed on the western border,” Mariusz Blaszczak said on Wednesday evening on Twitter. “This will protect Ukraine against further losses and power cuts, and will enhance security on our eastern border,” he added.

  • 9:50 a.m.: Russia welcomes “constructive” contacts with IAEA over Zaporizhia power plant

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said contacts with the United Nations nuclear watchdog over the safety of the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant were “constructive” and promising.

The central Zaporizhia, which Russia captured shortly after its February 24 invasionwas again rocked by bombardments last weekend, prompting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to call for the creation of a protective zone around it to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.

  • 9:04 a.m .: in Ukraine, the race to restore electricity to cities without power

In the aftermath of the Russian strikes which targeted energy infrastructure in Ukraine, more than two thirds of kyiv are still without electricity Thursday morning and a large part of the inhabitants do not have running water.

The three nuclear power plants shut down due to Wednesday’s attacks were to be back in service later on Thursday, which should help ease supply problems, Energy Minister German Galushenko hoped.

  • 8:35 a.m.: Hungary to provide $195 million in financial aid to Ukraine

Hungary will provide 187 million euros ($195 million) in financial assistance to Ukraine – its contribution to an EU aid package worth a total of 18 billion euros in 2023, according to a government decree published at the end of the day on Wednesday.

  • 2:58 am: Russian strikes are a “manifest violation of international humanitarian law”, according to Paris

The French ambassador to the UN, Nicolas Rivière, described the Russian strikes as a “manifest violation of international humanitarian law” and reaffirmed France’s support for Ukraine during this Security Council.

With AFP and Reuters

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