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- In the midst of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy reported that Russian forces suffered significant casualties while attempting to advance on the eastern town of Avdiivka. These losses occurred during Russia’s renewed offensive in mid-October, characterized by heavy artillery bombardments and waves of troops and armored vehicles. The situation in Ukraine remains highly volatile and is a matter of international concern, with ongoing diplomatic efforts to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
- In a separate incident, Russian forces heavily shelled the center of Kherson, a southern Ukrainian city. This attack resulted in injuries to several individuals and extensive damage to at least ten buildings, according to a senior local official and emergency workers.
- The European Council has unveiled a plan to utilize profits from frozen Russian assets to provide financial support to Ukraine. This decision was formalized following an EU leaders’ summit. The plan aims to redirect “extraordinary revenues held by private entities derived from Russia’s immobilized assets” to aid Ukraine in its recovery.
- French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán for his recent meeting and handshake with Vladimir Putin. Macron stressed that, given the situation with Russia, bilateral negotiations should not compromise the unity of EU leaders on Ukraine.
- Russia’s top investigative body has initiated a criminal inquiry into the attempted murder of former Ukrainian lawmaker Oleg Tsaryov, who was considered by Moscow to lead a puppet administration in Kyiv after Russia’s invasion. Tsaryov is currently in intensive care following a gunshot wound.
- Wives and family members of enlisted Ukrainian soldiers gathered at Independence Square in Kyiv to advocate for the right to request voluntary demobilization after 18 months of service. During the rally, protesters emphasized that while their servicemen are resilient, they are not robots.
- Slovakia’s new Prime Minister, Robert Fico, urged other EU leaders to ensure that the €50 billion in EU aid earmarked for Ukraine includes safeguards against misappropriation. Fico asserted that Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries globally.
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