Russia’s war on Ukraine breaking news: shelters promised as grim winter looms

November 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government pledged to build shelters to provide heat and water and encouraged citizens to save energy as a harsh winter loomed amid relentless Russian strikes that have left its power structure in tatters.

POWER SUPPLIES

* The head of Ukraine’s national electricity grid operator said the damage inflicted on power generation facilities by Russian missile strikes was “colossal”, but he dismissed the need to evacuate civilians.

* Special “invincibility centers” will be set up across Ukraine to provide free 24-hour electricity, heat, water, internet, cellphone connections and pharmacy service, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

* The Kremlin said no significant progress had been made in creating a safe zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.

* Despite the weekend’s shelling that caused widespread damage, there were no immediate nuclear safety or security concerns at the Russian-held reactor complex, the UN nuclear watchdog said after its experts toured the site.

* Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of repeated shelling in the immediate vicinity of the facility. CONFLICT

* Fighting continued to rage in the east, where Russia has sent some of the forces it had moved after withdrawing from the southern outskirts of the city of Kherson. Moscow is conducting its own offensive along a front line west of the city of Donetsk, which has been held by its proxies since 2014.

* “The enemy does not stop shelling the positions of our troops and settlements near the line of contact (in the Donetsk region),” said the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

* Russian air defenses have repelled two drone strikes in Crimea, annexed by Ukraine in 2014, including one on a thermal power plant near Sevastopol, homeport of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, the regional governor said.

* Russian shelling hit a humanitarian aid distribution center in Orihiv, a city in southeastern Ukraine, killing a volunteer and wounding two women, the regional governor said.

* Reuters could not independently verify the Battlefield accounts.

FOREIGN EFFECTS, HELP

* The Group of Seven Nations should soon announce the price cap on Russian oil exports and the coalition is likely to adjust the level a few times a year, a senior US Treasury Department official has said.

* Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany must be prepared for an escalation of the situation in Ukraine, but his recent trip to China was worth it to illustrate the two countries’ common stance against the use of nuclear weapons.

* Disbursements of $4.5 billion in US economic aid to Ukraine will begin in the coming weeks, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.

Compiled by Lincoln Feast

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