Ukraine news - live: Russia 'uses old nuclear cruise missiles' as stockpiles 'run out'

The Kremlin "almost certainly hopes that such a missile will serve as bait", the Ministry of Defense said

Russia removed the nuclear warhead from an old cruise missile designed in the 1980s and fired unarmored ammunition into Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defense claims.

London believes that the weapon is unlikely to cause much damage and that Moscow is using it as bait to divert Kyiv's air defenses, alleging that the use of the weapon highlights its depleted stocks.

It came as Vladimir Putin's forces bombarded the main city of Kherson - a territory they lost to Ukraine two weeks ago - forcing Ukrainian authorities to evacuate hospitals in the area.

Russia's relentless shelling of Kherson has killed 15 people and injured 35 in the last six days, possibly signaling Moscow's intention not to surrender the strategically important city.

An estimated six million remain without power, with nighttime temperatures now dropping well below freezing, with Volodymyr Zelensky calling on Ukrainians to use energy sparingly, saying: “If there is electricity, this doesn't mean you can power some powerful electrical appliances. . at a time."

Germany and France vowed to support each other through energy shortages

Germany and France have pledged to help each other prevent domestic energy crises in each other's countries, in a joint agreement signed in Berlin on Friday.

Olaf Scholz has agreed to provide electricity to France, while French prime minister Elisabeth Borne has promised to send gas to Germany in return, as energy supplies from Russia dry up.

"Friends helping each other in need," said Mr Scholz after the signing ceremony. Ms Borne echoed that sentiment, saying the friendship between the two European heavyweights is very important. "It has been proven to be able to stand the test and master many challenges," he added.

France said it would provide up to 100 gigawatt hours of gas per day to Germany, while Germany would "maximize interconnect capacity" for electricity exports.

Berlin will also allow "all available spare power plants to re-enter the market and postpone the shutdown of the remaining nuclear power plants until mid-April 2023 even in order to provide additional electricity trade volumes to France," according to the agreement.

Zelensky appeared to criticize Kyiv's mayor over the blackout

In a rare public spat, Volodymr Zelensky criticized Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko for what he alleged was a poor job of setting up makeshift shelters to help those without electricity and heat after the Russian attack.

Although the number of Ukrainians without electricity is now said to be half of the 12 million people who experienced power cuts a few days earlier, Zelensky said: “Unfortunately, local authorities are not working properly in all cities”, adding: “In particular, there are many complaints in Kyiv. Simply put, more work is needed.”

Many residents of the capital were without power "for more than 20 or even 30 hours", Zelensky said in his evening address, calling for "quality work" from the mayor's office and saying: "Please be more serious."

Odesa Orchestra 'trains Brahms in the dark'

A Ukrainian government adviser has posted footage he says shows the Odesa Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsing Brahms in the dark.

“This is also resistance. Under missile attack, no electricity, no heat, Ukrainian musicians keep playing. Violence cannot and will not break the spirit of Ukraine," said Anton Gerashchenko.

Kyiv is slowly restoring power as the nuclear plant is connected to the grid

Ukrainian authorities gradually restored power yesterday as four Ukrainian power plants were reconnected to the power grid – the largest, in Zaporizhzhia, is held by Moscow, according to the United Nations.

Nevertheless, some six million people remain without energy following Russia's attack on energy infrastructure, with Ukrainian grid operators saying that 30 percent of electricity supply remains offline.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appealed to Ukrainians to use energy sparingly, saying in his evening speech: "If there is electricity, this does not mean that you can power several powerful electrical appliances at once."

Yesterday, Mr Zelensky visited the city of Vyshhorod, just north of Kyiv, where he inspected a four-story building damaged by Russian missiles and visited one of the many emergency centers that have been set up to provide heating, water, electricity and mobile phones. communication.

“Together we will be able to walk this difficult path for our country. We will overcome all challenges and we will win for sure,” he said in an earlier video statement.

Russian gas flows through Ukraine remain stable

Russia's Gazprom said it would deliver 42.6 million cubic meters of gas to Europe via Ukraine today - the same level as in recent days.

Russia is getting rid of its aging nuclear cruise missile - MoD

Russia may be removing the nuclear warheads from its aging nuclear cruise missiles and firing unarmed munitions into Ukraine, the UK's defense ministry said today.

“This open source image shows the wreckage of an apparently shot down AS-15 KENT air-launched cruise missile (ALCM), which was designed in the 1980s exclusively as a nuclear delivery system. The warheads may have been replaced with ballast," the ministry said in its latest intelligence update.

It added that "such an inert system would still produce some damage through the missile's kinetic energy and wasted fuel, unlikely to achieve a reliable effect against the intended target."

Russia almost certainly hopes such a missile will serve as bait and divert Ukraine's air defences, the British Ministry of Defence.

He added: "Whatever Russia's intentions, this improvisation highlights the depletion rate of Russia's stockpile of long-range missiles." New attacks on Ukraine signal Putin's "desperation," says Ben Wallace

The bombing of Russia's critical infrastructure in Ukraine is a sign of Vladimir Putin's "desperation", says Ben Wallace.

The defense minister said the Russian president was targeting Ukraine's power grid and other civilian infrastructure to "cover up" for his military failings.

Ukraine's energy facilities have been hit by a barrage of Russian missile attacks, leaving power outages and millions of people without heat, electricity or water as temperatures plummeted.

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The defense minister said Moscow was targeting Ukraine's power grid to cover up its failings on the battlefield

Russia's war in Ukraine strains EU-US relations - report

Top European officials are now at odds with the Biden administration over how the US is benefiting from the war in Ukraine while countries in Europe are suffering.

America had managed to make a lot of money but public opinion shifted in European countries during the war, reported Politico.

"The fact is, if you look at it wisely, the country that benefits the most from this war is the US because they sell more gas and at higher prices, and because they sell more weapons," a senior official told Politico.

Another senior EU official said the Western allies were at a "historic point".

He pointed to the double whammy of trade disruption from US subsidies and the risk of high energy prices turning public opinion against the war effort and the transatlantic alliance.

"Americans need to recognize that public opinion is shifting in many EU countries," the senior official said.

NATO to support Ukraine for 'as long as necessary'

NATO is determined to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia "for as long as necessary" and will help the war-torn country transform its armed forces into a modern army by Western standards, alliance secretary general Jens Stoltenberg vowed yesterday.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Romania next week, Stoltenberg urged countries that wish, both individually and as a group, to keep providing air defense systems and other weapons to Ukraine. NATO as an organization does not supply weapons.

"Nato will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary. We will not back down," said the former Norwegian prime minister. "Allies are providing unprecedented military support, and I hope the foreign ministers will also agree to increase non-lethal support."

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the military organization stood ready to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia "for as long as necessary." This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS. 

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