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Macron-Putin interview, withdrawal of Russian troops… 281st day dot

withdrawal of Russian troops, Letter bombs to the Embassy of Ukraine in SpainInterview between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin… Here’s what to remember from day 281 War in Ukraine1 this ThursdayThere is December 2022.

kyiv reports that Russian troops have been withdrawn in front of Kherson

The Ukrainian military said on Thursday that Russia had withdrawn part of its troops from towns on the east bank of the Dnieper opposite the city of Kherson. This is the first official information indicating that Russian troops from Ukraine are now withdrawing from the main front line in the south of the country.

Ukrainian officials did not provide further details and did not report Ukrainian troops crossing the river. They said Russia had stepped up its bombardment targeting the west bank of the Dnieper, causing further blackouts in Kherson and restoring power nearly three weeks after Russian forces withdrew.

Russia has already ordered civilians to evacuate towns within 15km of the river, and the civil administration has left the town of Nova Kakovska on the left bank of the Dnieper.

Ukrainian officials had previously said that Russia had moved artillery to safer areas, but they had never said that Russian forces had withdrawn.

“A decrease in the number of Russian soldiers and military equipment is observed in the Oleshki sector, Army said. Enemy forces withdrew from parts of the region [région] from Kherson and scattered in forests on the Oleshky – Hola Prystan highway section”.

This further indicates that most of the troops present in the area are recently mobilized security forces, suggesting that highly trained soldiers have already left the area. Reuters This information could not be independently confirmed.

The situation in Ukraine on the 281st day of the conflict. | West-France infographic

40% of Ukraine’s electricity is still irregular

Almost half of Ukraine’s electricity network was down on Thursday, private operator DTEK said, a week after the latest Russian strikes on energy infrastructure. “Day and Night” Electricity workers to fix them.

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“Russia destroyed 40% of Ukraine’s energy system with terrorist missile attacks. Dozens of energy workers were killed and injured.DTEK said in a statement published on Telegram.

After humiliating military defeats on the ground, Russia began targeting Ukrainian energy facilities in October, causing severe damage and leading to severe power shortages affecting millions of Ukrainians every day.

1,300 Ukrainian prisoners were released

President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Thursday that more than 1,300 Ukrainian prisoners have been freed in exchanges with Russia since the war began in February. “We won’t stop until we get them all back. After today’s exchange, 1,319 heroes have already gone home.Welcomed the President of Ukraine in Telegram.

According to his CEO, Andrey Yarmak, “50 Defenders of Ukraine Released” Thursday, incl “Defenders of Mariupol and Azovstal”The steel works of this port city in southern Ukraine were attacked by the Russian army in the spring before the fall.

On October 20, Russia said “Over 6,000 Ukrainian Prisoners”A figure that cannot be verified byAFP kyiv did not comment on that.

Ukraine accuses Zaporizhia plant director of ‘traitor’

Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom on Thursday charged the new Ukrainian director of the Zaporizhia power plant (South), named earlier in the day by Russia, which had taken over the site “traitor” For agreeing to cooperate with Moscow. On Wednesday, Yuri Ternichuk, a Ukrainian engineer who already worked at the plant, announced in a press release. “accept” Russian plan to lead this nuclear base.

“Yuri Chernichuk, [jusque-là] The deputy chief engineer of the power plant, who performed his duties during the war, betrayed Ukraine and went to the side of the enemy. Energoatom president Petro Kotin lamented in a statement Thursday, his first reaction to the matter. “Instead of doing everything possible to free the plant as quickly as possible, he decided to help the Russian occupiers legitimize their criminal quotas. [du site] Now inspire other employees to do the same.” He was still sorry.

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Energoatom promised to have “returned” Yuri Ternichuk from his duties, although this decision has no practical effect, the base remains under the control of Russian forces. For Pedro Godin, “He will answer everyone sooner or later [ses actes] before the law and before the people” .

Letter bombs at Ukrainian embassy in Spain

Separately, Ukraine’s foreign minister has called for enhanced security measures for its embassies abroad. After a letter bomb exploded at his embassy in Madrid on Wednesday. An employee was slightly injured in an explosion while handling mail.

“Dmytro Kouleba has been instructed to strengthen the security of all Ukrainian embassies. He called on Spanish authorities to urgently investigate the attack. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko tweeted.

When asked about possible suspicions, Serhii Pohoreltsev implicitly blamed Russia in an interview with Spanish public television. “We are well aware of the terrorist methods of the occupying country”, replied the ambassador of Ukraine “Methods, Russia’s attacks must be prepared for any kind of incident, provocation or attack”.

Macron confirmed he would speak with Putin in the coming days

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Thursday that he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming days in an interview with US television as part of a state visit to Washington.

“I wanted to make the state trip first. [aux États-Unis] Have an in-depth discussion with President Biden and our teams.”Emmanuel Macron explained on the channel ABCMentions that he will speak with the Russian President “in the next few days”.

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For his part, US President Joe Biden told himself “ready” Only if you talk to Vladimir Putin “Looking for a Way to End War” In Ukraine.