Whatever hopes for a negotiated solution may be for now, Ukraine needs to be prepared to “escalate.” The alarm was raised by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on a day when the conflict is also affecting the religious terrain, at one of Kyiv’s holiest sites: the historic Caves monastery that intelligence and security agents searched for allegations. Spies or subversive elements. The Kremlin is complaining of a real “act of war” against the Russian Orthodox Church. According to Schultz, the frightening escalation may be the result of Moscow’s reaction in the face of “clear and growing failures” on the ground. While in the eastern regions of the Donbass the front appears almost static, Ukrainians report heavy clashes south of Mykolaiv, west of Crimea, as Kyiv forces try to reoccupy three towns to completely drive Russian forces out of the area. While the Russians announced in the evening that two drones had been shot down in Crimea in an attempt to attack Sevastopol, where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is based. Further east, in Zaporizhia Province, local Ukrainian authorities say one person has died and two others have been injured following a Russian attack on people queuing for bread at a school in Orekyev. “A direct hit to a humanitarian aid distribution point killed a social worker and injured two more women,” wrote the head of the regional military department, Oleksandr Starukh, in Telegram. While in Kherson, where the Russians had recently withdrawn, the Civil Defense reported that three people had died in a new bombing by forces from Moscow. For their part, the Russians denounced the killing of a woman in the Ukrainian bombing of the Russian city of Shepkino. But the fear of the Ukrainians, which can be linked to the alarm sounded by Schultz, is a second attempt to invade Kyiv, after the attempt that was thwarted at the beginning of the Russian military operation. Tempers are also running high due to the searches conducted by the Ukrainian secret service, the SBU, in the Monastery of the Caves. The operation was organized “in the framework of counteracting the subversive activities of the Russian special services in Ukraine,” explains the Ukrinform agency. An act of “intimidation”, defined instead by the Russian Orthodox Church, to which the traditional Ukrainian remains faithful. This – and in Moscow – is opposed by the schismatic church in the country, which claims control over part of the monastery. And the Russian media indicated that the research was inspired by a hymn in honor of Russia that was sung by the believers inside the monastery. Remaining in the religious field, Pope Francis reiterated his condemnation of what he called “a sacrilegious war,” affirming that “only in fraternal dialogue can the ground be prepared for peace.” Meanwhile, the President of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that another 2.5 billion euros had been disbursed to Ukraine, with 18 billion euros scheduled to take place in 2023 for “successful reconstruction”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked her, calling her “a strong contribution to stabilizing Ukraine on the eve of a difficult winter”. Indeed, exciting. Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy representative, warned that “another attack like the one that took place in recent days on Ukraine’s electricity system by Russia will completely destroy it.” “It will not be child’s play,” Zelensky admitted, “but we will certainly persevere and the victory will be ours.” Meanwhile, Russia formally added to its withdrawal from the Council of Europe, already decided in March, with President Vladimir Putin signing a decree removing Ivan Soltanovsky from the post of Moscow’s permanent representative to the Strasbourg-based organization. While Russia was excluded from the 2023 Munich Security Conference, President Christoph Heusgen announced in a tweet.
A reporter for the Associated Press of America who wrote that the missile that fell in Poland last week was a Russian was launched. The Washington Post report. A few hours after a missile exploded in the Polish village of Przyodo near the border with Ukraine, James Laporta, 35, quoted a “senior US intelligence official” as saying that “Russian missiles landed in Poland, killing two people.” A story later denied by the Warsaw investigations and the US administration.
Gazprom is threatening to cut off gas flows through Ukraine, the last corridor for Russian gas to Europe, from Monday in response to the fact that Ukraine will block some methane destined for Moldova. “From November 10 to 28, Gazprom will begin to reduce gas supplies to Sudzha gis (compressor station, ed.) for transit across Ukraine by an amount equal to the amount not delivered per day,” says Gazprom on its Telegram channel, accusing Kyiv. Seizing 52.52 million cubic meters of gas. About 42 million cubic meters of Russian gas passes through Ukraine every day.
“All quantities of natural gas accepted by the Russian Federation at the point of entry ‘Sudja’ for transportation ‘in Moldova’ were fully transferred to the points of exit ‘Ulksevka’ and ‘Grebniki’.” This came in a statement issued by the Ukrainian network operator (JUTSO), in response to accusations by Gazprom, that Kyiv seized part of the gas destined for Moldova. “This is not the first time that Russia has used gas as a tool of political pressure. It is manipulating facts to justify the decision to further limit supplies to European countries,” said Olga Belkova, Jutsu’s head of international affairs. .
Gazprom, which accuses Ukraine of seizing 24,945 million cubic meters of gas, is accused of accumulating a total of 52.52 million cubic meters. Gazprom’s move, which coincides with the start of the hot season in Europe, is contributing to the gas price hike in Amsterdam, with TTF futures rising 2.6% to €119.1 per MWh.
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