First Ukrainian city to be taken over by Russian military
There are reports the Ukrainian city of Kherson has fallen to the Russian military
The mayor of the region has posted a message to Facebook today writing “there were armed visitors in the city council today.”
“We don’t have Ukrainian Armed Forces in the city, only civilians and people who want to LIVE here!”he told troops.
He says Moscow’s forces have imposed a curfew from 8:00pm to 6:00am local time.
Cars with food, medicines and some other supplies will be allowed to enter the city, whilst cars within the city must drive at a “minimum” speed.
Pedestrians are also banned from moving in groups of more than two people.
Meanwhile, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby has just addressed the media, as the US aims to prove to the world it is a responsible nuclear power in the face of Russian aggression.
Russia intensifies attacks
As fighting in Ukraine enters its seventh day, Russia has begun intensifying its attacks on major Ukrainian cities.
As western sanctions intensify yet again, the owner of Russian oligarch, Chelsea FC, says he now has plans to sell his club.
Roman Abramovich says the net proceeds from the sale will go to a charitable foundation tasked with supporting victims of war in Ukraine.
Here is a recap of what you need to know:
Russia is intensifying attacks on cities in the north, east and south.
Hundreds of people have lost their lives in the port region of Mariupol after intense shelling.
ticker NEWS understands the Ukrainian city of Kherson has fallen to the Russian military.
The United Nations General Assembly has voted to deplore Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
The UN voted overwhelmingly in support of Ukraine, demanding Moscow stop the fighting and withdraw troops immediately.
The resolution was passed with 141 votes in favour and five against, with 35 absentee votes.
The five countries on Russia’s side included Russia itself, Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea and Syria while the abstentions included China and India.
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield urged members to hold Moscow accountable for its violations of international law.
While General Assembly meetings and notes like this carry little legal weight, the action aims to diplomatically isolate Russia from the world.
Ukraine’s ambassador has since urged other member nations to sign his copy of the UN charter to demand Russia end the war in his country.
Savannah Pocock contributed to this report
Europe is preparing for winter: how can you keep costs down?
Britain is facing a surge in cold weather, with icy conditions and fog expected for much of this week
The UK Met Office has issued a Yellow warning, which means there could be damage to buildings as Britons brace for cold conditions.
Like much of Europe, the UK are bracing for very strong winds on Wednesday, causing disruption to travel and some utilities.
Drivers are also urged to take extra care on the roads, with warnings in place for icy stretches forming on UK roads.
But some residents who are seeking to heat their homes are on edge, as power prices remain high.
Peter Smith is the director of policy and advocacy at National Energy Action, who said the rising cost of living is impacting Britons.
“The average annual bill has almost doubled since this time last year.”
The organisation seeks to close the gaps when it comes to energy affordability. It predicts 6.7 million UK households will be in fuel poverty in the coming months.
This means millions of Britons will be unable to afford living in a warm, dry and safe home.
“So far the milder than usual weather has protected many from the spiralling bills as they haven’t needed to heat their homes as high or as long as usual,” Mr Smith said.
How to keep warm without blowing your bill
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has urged people to make their own decisions, as he met with world leaders in tropical Bali last week.
“There are things that we can do—all of us—to improve the efficiency with which we use energy, to be careful about it,” he said.
For example, an efficient heater; taking advantage of the sun, where appropriate; and rearranging furniture are some cost-effective methods to reduce the burden on gas and energy bills.
In addition, there are some other cheap ways to reduce dependence on gas and electricity bills, as the temperature continue to plunge.
- close off rooms you’re not using
- lower the temperature of heating
- make sure windows are fully closed
- block cold drafts from under doors using door snakes or carpet.
The UK Government has placed a cap freeze on energy prices.
This means households will pay an average £2,500 on their energy bills. But there is a catch: if households use more, they pay more.
National Energy Action believes an additional 2.2 million homes could be in fuel poverty, when compared to the same time last year.
Why are energy prices so high?
As demand increases, so too does the cost of heating homes.
But there is another factor, which has sent prices rising across Europe: the war in Ukraine.
Russia accounts for 25% of global gas trade, 15% of global thermal coal trade and 10% of global oil trade.
However, countries are struggling to find alternative supplies after sanctioning Moscow for the ongoing conflict.
Germany halted the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was expected to double the amount of Russian gas shipped to Europe.
In July, Russia cut the amount of gas pumped through Nord Stream 1 to 20 per cent capacity.
Hoax call between Polish and “French” Presidents
Poland President Andrezj Duda spoke to a hoaxer posing as France counterpart Emmanuel Macron, on the night a missile hit near the Poland-Ukraine border.
The news was confirmed after two Russian pranksters, Vovan and Lexus, posted a recording of the incident, and Duda’s office also affirmed the incident.
During the call, Duda was asking who was responsible for the attack on November 15, wanting to avoid a war with Russia.
The missile landed six kilometres from the border.
Initial reports suggested the missile was Russian-made, but it was later discovered to likely be a Ukrainian air defence missile.
This is the second time the pranksters have targeted the Poland President, who have made their names going after celebrities and politicians, especially those opposed to the Kremlin.
Russian missiles hit NATO territory, killing two
Russian missile hits Poland, as the west assesses the attack on a NATO member
Reports a Russian missile has landed in Poland, killing two people. A projectile struck an area where grain was drying in the village of Przewodów, near the Ukraine border.
An anonymous U.S. intelligence official suggested a barrage of Russian missiles hit the Ukrainian power grid, and spilt into neighbouring Poland.
Poland is a NATO member, therefore, this signifies a potential escalation to the ongoing war. It also marks the first time weapons have impacted a NATO country.
Currently, the Polish government are holding urgent talks. A Polish spokesman Piotr Mueller has confirmed that top leaders are holding an emergency meeting regarding the “crisis situation.”
Under Article 5 of NATO, an attack on one country is considered an attack on all.
The White House has not confirmed the reports but the Pentagon is assessing the situation.
While NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, including in response to the situation in Syria and the Russian invasion of Ukraine—it has only invoked Article 5 once.
For the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, NATO evoked Article 5 and came to the defence of the United States.
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