Kyiv may face total blackout, Russian forces destroying environment, AP investigates Bucha

7 November 2022, 02:56 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, November 7th, 2022.

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The nation’s capital has been under regular attack by Russia missile and drones, and has suffered significant damage to its critical infrastructure facilities. Accordingly, further damage may knock power, heat, and water supplies out entirely, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated.  “So I’m also appealing to people – in the worst case scenario without power and water supply in the city, think about going to your relatives and friends in Kyiv's outskirts or further, (those with) with independent utilities. It would be better to agree to spend some time there in the worst case scenario.”

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Every day, dangerous substances enter the air due to forest fires, from the burning of oil products and the burning of industrial facilities, Ukraine’s top auditing body, the Accounting Chamber, reported. According to estimates, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the quantity of these emissions has exceeded 67 million tons. In 2020 and 2021, only 2.2 million tons per year were recorded.

The Associated Press, the PBS series “Frontline,” and SITU Research reviewed hundreds of hours of CCTV footage, intercepts of Russian phone calls and built a 3D model to show what happened in Bucha. They also attempted to identify individuals responsible for the atrocities

According to the Hermit Kingdom watcher website 38 North, the train was seen on satellite images, crossing into Russia – not long after the U.S. Department of State warned that Russia had been buying ammunition from the Kim regime. 38 North believes it is impossible to determine the purpose of the train from the provided satellite imagery. Although this is the first observed train on the line connecting Russia and North Korea since the pandemic, it does not mean it is the only train to have used the route in recent months.

Nikulin was the “judge” responsible for issuing death sentences against international volunteers Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner, and Saadun Bragimov. According to reports, he was shot several times, but it currently in hospital in a ‘serious but stable’ condition. 

According to the Financial Times, based on reports of eyewitnesses and the nurse’s close relatives, the victim was hung to death. “They poured something into her mouth and then hung her in front of the courthouse building,’the nurse’s sister explained. The death certificate of the deceased notes that the cause of death was "mechanical asphyxia”.

This new package will include refurbished T-72 tanks, as well as air defense systems and drones, Department of Defense spokesperson Sabrina Singh said. According to Singh, Ukraine is set to receive a total of 90 Czech-sourced T-72 tanks: the United States will cover repairs and modernization of 45 of them, with the Netherlands taking care of the other half.

The Zelenskyy administration is barreling ahead with their pick of former Regional Development Minister Oleksiy Chernyshov for the top slot, despite warnings that his appointment would violate anti-corruption statutes. As a result, the government has had to amend anti-corruption laws as they apply to the top Naftogaz position – while choosing the top managers for nearly all state owned economic entities is meant to be a competitive process, Naftogaz’s chairman of the board has now received a carve-out from this provision. 

Microsoft VP Brad Smith, speaking during a meeting with Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov, revealed that this assistance will help bolster the country’s critical infrastructure, as government institutions and other sectors continue to use Microsoft’s cloud computing services, free of charge.

The New Voice of Ukraine, together with investment company Dragon Capital, investigated which Ukrainian billionaires, despite enormous economic losses sustained, donated the most to Ukraine’s Armed Forces and humanitarian relief efforts.

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