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The last war between Russia and Ukraine: what we know on day 238 of the invasion | Russia

  • The new commander of the Moscow army in Ukraine announced that civilians were “resettled” from the southern Russian-occupied city of Kherson, describing the military situation as “tense”. “The enemy is constantly trying to attack the positions of the Russian forces” Sergey Surovkin He said in his first televised interview Since his appointment earlier this month, he added, the situation has been particularly difficult around the occupied southern city of Kherson.

  • Kyiv recently introduced a news blackout in the south of the country, leading to speculation that it was preparing for a new major offensive on Kherson. “When the Ukrainians have a news blackout, it means something is going on. They have always done it before when there is a major attack,” Michael Clarke, former director general of the Royal United Services Institute, told Sky News.

  • People were relocated in four cities of the Kherson region in anticipation of a “large-scale attack”, Vladimir Saldo, president of Kherson who has been inaugurated in Russia, said in a video address. Kirill Strimosov, the Russia-installed deputy director of the Kherson region, echoed the message on Telegram late Tuesday: “The battle of Kherson will begin in the very near future. The civilian population is advised, if possible, to leave the area of ​​the forthcoming fierce hostilities.”

  • Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said on Thursday that Russia no longer sees a need to maintain a diplomatic presence in the West.Daily Beast reports. There is neither the benefit nor the desire to maintain the former presence in Western countries. “Our people work there in conditions that are difficult to describe as human,” Lavrov said, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

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  • Military advisors of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were on Ukrainian territory at a Russian military base in occupied Crimea, The New York Times reports. The Iranians were reportedly deployed to help Russian forces deal with the problems of a fleet that Tehran supplied with Shahid-136 drones, which the attackers renamed Jeeran-2.

  • Iran has deepened its commitment to supplying Russia with weapons for the Russian attack on Ukraine by agreeing to provide a range of medium-range well as large numbers of cheap and effective drones, According to US and Iranian security officials.

  • Russian air strikes have destroyed 30% of Ukrainian power plants since October 10, The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that causing power outages across the country.

  • Russian strikes targeted a power plant in Kyiv, killing three people, as well as energy infrastructure in Kharkiv in the east and Dnipro in the south. A man was also killed sheltering in an apartment building in the southern port city of Mykolaiv, and the city of Zhytomyr in northern Ukraine had no water or electricity.

  • Ukraine’s foreign minister says he proposes to formally cut diplomatic ties with Tehran After a wave of Russian attacks using what Kyiv says are Iranian-made drones. Iran denied supplying it with drones, and Russia denied using it. Ukrainian intelligence said 1,750 drones were delivered, each costing just £20,000 to manufacture. They can be launched from mobile trucks and, despite their slow speed, are difficult to detect until the last minute.

  • NATO said that Ukraine will receive anti-aircraft defense systems in the coming days. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, said member states would “step up” and provide more air defenses to help stabilize the situation.

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  • The Russian State Duma has indefinitely stopped broadcasting live plenary sessions to protect information from our “enemy”, A prominent legislator said.

  • Joe Biden is expected to announce Wednesday that he will release more oil from the US Strategic Reserve As part of the response to the recent production cuts announced by countries in OPEC+.

  • Zelensky urged his troops to take more prisoners, To say that this will facilitate the release of soldiers detained by Russia.

  • The West should listen carefully when President Vladimir Putin talks about the use of nuclear weapons, but it should remember that it is more profitable to threaten to use them than to go ahead, The commander of the Norwegian armed forces told Reuters.

  • Ukraine’s state nuclear power company has accused Russia of “kidnapping” two senior employees of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear plant. In southern Ukraine. Energoatom said that Russian forces on Monday “kidnapped” the head of information technology, Oleg Kostyukov, and the assistant general manager of the plant, Oleg Ushika, and “transferred them to an unknown destination.”

  • Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the US House of Representatives, warned on Tuesday that Congress would not “write a blank check to Ukraine.” If his party wins the midterm elections next month. Hours later, prominent Republican Michael McCaul said he believed the Ukrainians should “get what they need” — including more long-range missiles than the Biden administration was so far prepared to supply.