Ukraine says four ‘torture’ sites have been discovered in Kherson

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UN atomic watchdog slams ‘targeted’ strikes on Ukraine’s Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, calling for ‘a stop to this madness’ as kyiv and Moscow blame each other amid conflict enters its 271st day.

Since the Russian army withdrew on Nov. 11 after occupying the city for eight months, kyiv has accused Moscow’s forces of committing abuses on a “horrific” scale. (AFP)

Monday, November 21, 2022

Ukraine says four ‘torture’ sites have been discovered in Kherson

Ukraine said it identified four locations where Russian forces tortured detainees in Kherson before Moscow withdrew its troops from the southern Ukrainian city.

Since the Russian army withdrew on Nov. 11 after occupying the city for eight months, kyiv has accused Moscow’s forces of committing abuses on a “horrific” scale.

The attorney general’s office said officials inspected “four premises” where Russian troops were “illegally detaining people and brutally torturing them.”

Senior Russian official warns of possible nuclear accident in Zaporizhzhia

The head of Russia’s national atomic energy agency, Rosatom, has warned there is a risk of a nuclear accident at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, following renewed bombardments this weekend.

Moscow and kyiv have traded accusations of bombing the facility for months since Russian forces seized it in March, shortly after invading Ukraine. Further shelling has sparked fresh fears of a possible disaster at the site.

“The plant is at risk of a nuclear accident. We have been in negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) all night,” Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachev was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Ukraine urges civilians to leave liberated areas for winter

Ukrainian authorities have started evacuating civilians from recently liberated areas of the Kherson region and neighboring Mykolaiv province, fearing the damage to infrastructure may be too severe for people to withstand the coming winter, officials said. officials.

Residents of the two southern regions, which have been regularly bombarded in recent months by Russian forces, have been urged to move to safer areas in the center and west of the country, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

The government will provide “transportation, accommodation, medical care,” she said.

Norway to finance gas supply to Ukraine with $195 million aid

The Norwegian government said it had agreed to help Ukraine secure gas supplies for next winter, providing funding amounting to 2 billion Norwegian kroner ($195 million).

The funds, part of a previously announced 10 billion crown aid package, will go through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

“It is important to channel the support through an established and internationally recognized organisation, which will ensure efficient and transparent use of funding,” Norwegian Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum said in a statement.

Ukraine celebrates Freedom Day

The people of Ukraine are united to protect their freedom, independence and nation, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said as the country marks its Freedom Day under the shadow of Russia’s attack.

“Today we celebrate the Day of Dignity and Freedom. A holiday that shows that for us dignity and freedom are holidays. The answer to the question of who Ukrainians are and what is most important to them,” he said in a statement issued by the Ukrainian presidency.

“Everyone has seen what kind of people we have! Ready to give the last. Ready to hold until the end. They have not lost their dignity. Bravery. Faith in yourself. And they united. To not lose his freedom. To not lose its independence. Do not lose Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said.

Russian bombardment remains ‘extremely high’ — Ukraine

Russian forces are pounding Ukrainian positions with artillery fire and in the eastern region alone have launched nearly 400 strikes, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

“The fiercest battles, as before, are taking place in the Donetsk region. Although there were fewer attacks today due to deteriorating weather conditions, the number of Russian shelling unfortunately remains extremely high “, said Zelenskyy.

“In the Luhansk region, we are advancing slowly while fighting. To date, there have been nearly 400 artillery attacks in the east since the start of the day,” he continued.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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