Ukraine’s Zelenskyy urges European unity; Russian reservists suffer heavy losses

Two-thirds of homes in Kyiv are without heat, Ukrainian mayor says

Oleg Bistrov, a Ukrainian salesman of a company that sells construction paint, works in the warehouse with a headlight during a power outage in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 21, 2022.

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Vitaliy Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said that about two-thirds of homes in Ukraine’s war-weary capital city are without heat. Klitschko added that about half of the homes in Kyiv have power but are experiencing waves of blackouts.

A day before, the head of Kyiv’s regional government said that about 70% of the regional government is without electricity.

Oleksiy Kuleba also said that the death toll from recent Russian airstrikes rose to seven, according to an NBC News translation.

Rockets rained down on Kyiv and several other Ukrainian cities on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after officials said a newborn became one of the youngest victims of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war.

— Amanda Macias

NATO secretary general will urge allies to contribute more for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, on August 17 August 2022.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that next week at the alliance’s foreign ministers meeting he will urge partners to contribute more to the defense of Ukraine.

“Yes, we are all paying a price for Russia’s war against Ukraine. But the price we pay is in money. While the price Ukrainians pay is in blood. And if we let Putin win, all of us will pay a much higher price, for many years to come,” Stoltenberg told reporters at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels.

“So NATO will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will not back down,” Stoltenberg added.

Stoltenberg said that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as well as the foreign ministers from Sweden and Finland, will attend the NATO ministerial in Bucharest.

— Amanda Macias

‘We share your pain’: Putin meets with mothers of Russian soldiers

President Vladimir Putin met on Friday with the mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, telling them that he and his country shared their pain.

Sitting with the group of women around a table with tea and cake, Putin said he understood that nothing could replace the loss of a son.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with mothers of Russian servicemen participating in Russia-Ukraine conflict, ahead of Mother’s Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia November 25, 2022. 

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“I would like you to know that, that I personally, and the whole leadership of the country, we share your pain,” he said, according to a recorded television clip seen by Reuters.

“We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son — especially for a mother. We share this pain,” he added.

The clip did not immediately show the mothers’ response to Putin’s comments.

Hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers have been sent to fight in Ukraine this year, including around 300,000 reservists who were called up in September in a “partial” mobilization.

— Karen Gilchrist

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