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Ukrainian officials and lawmakers have in recent months urged the Biden administration and members of Congress to provide the Ukrainian military with cluster bomb warheads.

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8 mins ago

Ukraine shelled the Russian city of Belgorod, according to the governor

By Olga Voitovych, Josh Pennington, Seb Shukla

This photo taken on November 6, 2022 shows a destroyed administrative building in the Russian city of Murom, near the border with Ukraine and about 35 kilometers from Belgorod, after shelling from the Ukrainian side, according to local witnesses.

(Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

Ukrainian forces shelled the western Russian city of Belgorod, according to the region's governor, Viacheslav Gladkov.

Gladkov said on Telegram on Thursday that the town, located about 35 kilometers (21 miles) from the Ukrainian border, had suffered damage to a power line caused by "shell fragment."

Preliminary indications show that there are no civilian casualties, he said.

Some context

: It's not the first time Belgorod has come under attack, according to the governor.

On November 15, he claimed that two people had been killed in the city by Ukrainian shelling.

The alleged bombing of Belgorod comes after Russia accused Kyiv of using drones to attack military airfields deep inside its territory on Monday and Tuesday, an extraordinary violation of Moscow's assumptions that it can protect its deep interior.

10 mins ago

Ukraine war 'will take a while', Putin says as he warns that nuclear risk is increasing

By Jessie Yeung, Katharina Krebs

Vladimir Putin.


Nearly 10 months after his invasion of Ukraine began, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged on Wednesday that the conflict "will take a while," also warning of the "growing" threat of nuclear war.

Speaking at a meeting of Russia's Human Rights Council in the Kremlin, Putin said Moscow will fight by "all available means at our disposal" in what he insists on calling a "special military operation" but also said he did not see need to mobilize more troops.

"Regarding the protracted nature of the special military operation and its results, of course, it will take a while, perhaps," he said.

  • Attacks on Russian airbases highlight new Ukrainian drone program

And without categorically ruling out the first use of nuclear weapons, Putin said he viewed Russia's nuclear arsenal as a deterrent rather than a provocation.

“As for the idea that Russia would not use such weapons first under any circumstances, it means that we could not be the second to use them either, because the possibility of doing so in the event of an attack on our territory would be very limited,” he said.

Read more here.

13 mins ago

CNN Exclusive: US Considers Ukraine's Requests for Access to Controversial Cluster Bomb Stocks

By Natasha Bertrand, Alex Marquardt, Zachary Cohen

Ukrainian officials and lawmakers have in recent months urged the Biden administration and members of Congress to provide the Ukrainian military with cluster bomblet warheads, weapons banned by more than 100 countries but continued to be used by Russia to devastating effect inside Ukraine.

The Ukrainian request for cluster munitions, described to CNN by several US and Ukrainian officials, is one of the most controversial Ukrainians have made to the United States since the war began in February.

Senior Biden administration officials have been studying this request for months and have not rejected it outright, CNN has learned, a detail that had not been previously reported.

Cluster bombs are imprecise by design, spreading "bomblets" over wide areas that may not explode on impact and pose a long-term risk to anyone who encounters them, similar to landmines.

They also cause "nasty, bloody fragmentation" to anyone hit by them, due to dozens of submunitions detonating at once over a wide area, Mark Hiznay, a weapons expert and associate director of weapons at Human Rights Watch.

Senior US officials have publicly stated that they intend to give the Ukrainians all the support they need to give them the upper hand at the negotiating table with Russia, should the case come to pass.

But Western military equipment is not infinite, and as stocks of nuclear warheads dwindle, the Ukrainians have made it clear to the United States that they could use the cluster bombs currently gathering dust in warehouses.

14 mins ago

Germany to send 18 more self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine

By Fred Pleitgen, Chris Stern

Germany plans to supply Ukraine with 18 RCH 155 wheeled howitzers, according to the government's updated list of arms deliveries to Ukraine.

The delivery is in the "readiness/implementation" phase, according to the listing.

Germany will also provide another 100 drone defense sensors and inhibitors, two hangar stores and seven cargo trucks, according to the list.

Germany and the Netherlands have already shipped 14 PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition.

The RCH 155 is a modernized version of the PzH 2000 on wheels instead of tracks and with a higher degree of automation and safety for the crew, according to the company that makes the howitzer, Krauss Maffei Wegmann.

The German government legally authorized the shipment of RCH 155 to Ukraine at the end of September.

17 mins ago

Zelensky says 10 civilians were killed in a Russian attack on a Donetsk town

By Julia Kesaeva

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said 10 civilians were killed in a Russian rocket attack on the Donetsk town of Kurakhove on Wednesday.

In addition, he said that four police officers were killed by Russian mines in Kherson in the south.

In what he said had been a long and difficult day, Zelensky accused the Russian army of "a very brutal and absolutely deliberate attack against Kurakhove, precisely against civilians. Ordinary people. In the market, the elevator, the gas station, the station buses, residential buildings," he said in his daily video message.

He said fighting continues around Bakhmut in Donetsk.

Zelensky said the dead in Kherson included the police chief of the Cherkasy region in northern Ukraine, Mykhailo Kuratchenko, who had gone south to help with "stabilization" measures after the liberation of Kherson last month. past.

On energy

: the president further stated that for now the energy situation is improving, but it will not reach its maximum capacity.

"We are constantly increasing the generation and supply of electricity: almost every day we add more volume. But we must not forget, and everyone must not forget, that it is now impossible to restore 100% of the energy system to the way it was before the start of Russian energy terror. We need time. That's why blackout schedules are kept in most cities and districts," he said.

According to Zelensky, the Kyiv and Lviv regions are the most affected by the cuts.

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Source: cnnespanol

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