Russia is conducting a military operation in Ukraine together with the armed forces of the Donbass republics. The West is reacting with repeated arms deliveries to Ukraine and unprecedented sanctions against Russia. Read the latest developments here.
11/25/2022 12:44 p.m
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Video footage of execution of Russian soldiers “highly likely authentic”
Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, considers videos showing the execution of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces to be “with a high probability of being authentic”. A press release published on Friday reads:
“Our surveillance mission in Ukraine has conducted preliminary analysis which indicates that these disturbing videos have a high likelihood of being authentic in what they show.”
The commissioner calls on the parties to the conflict to “give their armed forces clear instructions that there should be no reprisals and no reprisals against those who take them as prisoners of war and to ensure that these instructions are fully observed”.
“Order your troops to treat humanely those who surrender and those who hold them”.
It is extremely important that all allegations are investigated independently, impartially, thoroughly, transparently, quickly and effectively.
He was also shocked by the human suffering in Ukraine, which can be traced back to numerous rocket and drone attacks on the country’s critical infrastructure. “Millions of people are plunged into extreme misery and appalling living conditions as a result of these attacks,” says Türk.
Civilian killed in Mariupol car explosion
The Territorial Defense Staff of the Donetsk People’s Republic announces the explosion of a vehicle. The incident happened around 7 p.m. on Thursday in front of the Mariupol City Hall building. A man’s body was found when the scene was inspected.
The identity of the dead has been established. It turned out to be a 36-year-old townsman. Law enforcement agencies are currently investigating to determine all the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Stoltenberg: NATO steps up support for Ukraine in ‘terrible winter’
According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Ukraine is facing a “terrible winter”. In this regard, at the meeting of foreign ministers of NATO member states, which will be held in Bucharest on November 29-30, he said that the Alliance would decide on expanding aid to Kyiv. It is about “non-lethal” support such as winter clothing, fuel and medicines.
In addition, Stoltenberg again emphasized that NATO’s doors are open to Ukraine.
Puschilin: Allied forces are advancing along the entire front line
On Friday the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin announced that allied forces were advancing along the entire front line in the republic.
In an interview with the Russian TV channel Rossiya-1 reported Puschilin:
“We are advancing along almost the entire front line. Our units are working under difficult conditions, including difficult weather conditions, but they are still advancing.”
According to him, attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure positively affect the situation on the battle line.
“Feverish nonsense”: Crimea chief Aksyonov denies Kiev’s claims that instructors from Iran were killed in Crimea
Crimea head Sergei Aksyonov has described the statement by representatives of the Kiev authorities about the death of Iranian instructors as a fairy tale deception. On his Telegram channel he wrote:
“The secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Danilov, said that some ‘Iranian instructors’ were allegedly killed in Crimea, the media reported. This is feverish nonsense. It is difficult to say whether it was drunkenness , drug intoxication, schizophrenia or just plain stupidity aimed at a western audience that likes to listen to all the stories of the Kiev regime.”
The “shakier the chair that the Kiev regime sits on, the more fantastic these stories become,” said Aksyonov.
Media reports: Bread sold out in Kyiv
In the Kyiv region and the capital of the same name, residents have bought up all the bread supplies from the supermarkets. According to media reports, there are no pastries at all on the shelves of the individual shops. Store workers said Thursday morning people had started bulk buying of pastries, including sweet rolls and sandwiches.
In addition, Ukrainian media note that queues are forming at gas stations in different regions of the country. People are buying fuel to run generators due to power outages across the country.
Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko once again called on citizens to go to the country. According to him, one must be prepared for “a bad scenario” and stock up on water, food and warm clothing.
The Ukrainian opposition journalist Anatoly Shari has published pictures of empty bread shelves in Kyiv on his Telegram channel.
Media: US persuades Poland not to supply Ukraine with MiG-29 fighter jets at China’s urging
The government under US President Joe Biden persuaded Poland in March, at the request of China, to refuse Soviet MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, the British magazine quotes as saying The Spectator its sources in Beijing.
According to the newspaper, Washington initially backed the idea of supplying Kyiv with MiG-29 fighter jets stocked by the former Soviet Union, but revised its position after an urgent request from Beijing.
It should be noted that a number of former leaders of several European countries took a similar position, which also influenced the US decision.
The Spectator reports that Beijing has pledged to persuade Russia not to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine in return for guarantees from the White House.
Authorities: Ukrainian troops shell DPR 39 times in 24 hours – two people injured
Authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic inform that in the past 24 hours Ukrainian forces shelled the territory of the People’s Republic 39 times. Ukrainian soldiers fired 155 and 152 mm artillery shells, 120 mm mortars and Grad multiple rocket launcher shells in the direction of Donetsk and Yasinovataya, and 155, 152 and 122 mm artillery shells in the direction of Gorlovka. A total of 198 pieces of different ammunition were fired.
Nine settlements came under the shelling of Ukrainian artillerymen: the capital Donetsk (Kievsky, Kuibyshebsky, Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts), Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Ozeryanovka, Panteleimonovka, Shirokaya Balka, Troitskoye, Mineralnoye and Makeyevka (Chervonogvardeysky and Kirovsky districts).
Local authorities also said that two civilians had been wounded in the previously liberated town of Oktyabr in the past 24 hours. In addition, five buildings in the Donetsk district of Kirovsky and two civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged.
Russian soldiers arrive in Moscow after being released from POWs (video)
Russian soldiers, who were released from Ukrainian captivity on Thursday, arrived at Moscow’s Chkalovsky air base.
Now they are waiting for medical treatment and rehabilitation. In captivity, they suffered from hunger and slept in the cold. Some were injured, but they were denied medical attention.
One of the freed soldiers reports:
“Let exchanges happen more often. The lads all just want to go home. Some have been there for two months, some for three months and some even longer. They’re morally broken but they’re not giving up.”
50 Russian soldiers were released Thursday as part of a prisoner swap.
Here is the full video of the soldiers returning to Moscow.
Flight restrictions for airports in southern and central Russia extended
The Federal Aviation Administration of Russia (Rozaviatsia) has announced the extension of flight restrictions at eleven Russian airports until December 3rd. The authority announces this on its website. The statement states:
“The regulation of temporary flight restrictions at eleven Russian airports has been extended until December 03, 2022, 03:45 Moscow time.”
The aviation authority also states that flights to the airports in Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol and Elista are restricted. Airlines have been instructed to carry passengers via alternative routes – via Sochi, Volgograd, Mineralnye Vody, Stavropol and Moscow airports.
This regulation has been in force in the southern part of Russia since February 24. Civilian flights to the above airports have been suspended since February 24 as Russia closed part of its airspace as part of the special military operation in Ukraine. The restrictions were initially imposed until March 2, but were later extended several times.