Russia’s war on Ukraine breaking news: Millions without heat or power

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Nov 25 (Reuters) – Millions of Ukrainians were still without heat or power on Friday after the most devastating Russian airstrikes on its power grid so far, with residents warned to prepare for further attacks and stock up on water, food and hot clothing.

CONFLICT

* NATO’s Stoltenberg said there would be no lasting peace in Ukraine if Russia won the war, adding that the Western military alliance would not withdraw its support for Kiev.

* NATO forces participated in exercises in northern Poland Suwalki Gap a strip of land between Belarus and the Russian enclave of Kalingrad, and of crucial importance to the security of the alliance’s eastern flank.

* Germany said it was discussing Poland’s request with allies German Patriot air defense units are sent to Ukraineafter NATO’s chief suggested the military alliance might not oppose such a move.

* Russia’s latest barrage killed 11 people and shut down all of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants for the first time in 40 years.

* Seen from space, Ukraine has become a dark spot on the globe at night, NASA satellite images showed.

* The first winter of the war will now test whether Ukraine can continue its campaign to reclaim territory or whether Russia’s commanders can halt Kyiv’s momentum.

* More than 15,000 people have disappeared during the war in Ukraine, an official at the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) said.

ECONOMY/ASSISTANCE

* British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly pledged millions of pounds in additional support for Kiev during a visit to Ukraine to ensure the country has the practical help it needs through the winter, his office said.

* Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko has said more Western support is needed to help the country meet increasing reconstruction costs following the escalation of Russian missile attacks.

* Ukraine’s grain exports has started more slowly after a UN-brokered deal was extended last week to help alleviate global hunger, a Ukrainian envoy laid part of the blame on Russia’s reluctance to speed up ship inspections.

OIL

* Representatives of European governments will resume the conversations above the level of a price cap on Russian oil on Friday night, a diplomat told Reuters.

* Russia does not plan to supply oil and gas to countries that support a price cap on Russian oil, the Kremlin said, but will make a final decision once it analyzes all the figures.

QUOTE:

“There is no division, there is no schism among Europeans and we have to preserve this. This is our number one mission this year,” Zelenskiy said.

Prepared by Kim Coghill; Editing by Stephen Coates

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