Latest news on Russia’s war in Ukraine: Millions without heat and electricity

Nov 25 (Reuters) – Millions of Ukrainians were still without heat and electricity on Friday after Russia’s most devastating airstrikes on their power grid to date, with residents warned to prepare for further attacks and stock up on water, food and warm clothes.

CONFLICT

* NATO member Stoltenberg said there would be no lasting peace in Ukraine if Russia wins the war, adding that the Western military alliance will not back down from its support for Kiev.

* NATO forces took part in exercises in northern Poland in the Suwalki Gap, a strip of land between Belarus and the Russian enclave of Kalingrad that is critical to the security of the alliance’s eastern flank.

* Germany said it was discussing with allies Poland’s request that German Patriot air defense units be sent to Ukraine after the head of NATO suggested the military alliance should not oppose such a move.

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

* Seen from space, Ukraine became 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 regain territory, or whether Russian commanders can halt Kiev’s momentum.

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

ECONOMY/AID

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has pledged millions of pounds more to support Kiev on a visit to Ukraine to provide the country with the practical help it needs over the winter, his office said.

* Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said more support from the West was needed to help it cover rising reconstruction costs after an escalation of Russian missile attacks.

* Ukraine’s grain exports got off to a slower start after a U.N.-brokered deal to help ease global hunger was extended last week, with one Ukrainian envoy blaming part of the blame on Russia’s reluctance to speed up ship inspections.

OIL

* European government officials will resume talks on the price ceiling for Russian oil on Friday evening, a diplomat told Reuters.

* Russia has no plans to supply oil and gas to countries supporting the Russian oil price cap, the Kremlin said, but will make a final decision once it analyzes all the numbers.

QUOTE:

“There is no split, there is no split among Europeans, and we must preserve this. This is our number one mission this year,” Zelenskiy said.

Compiled by Kim Coghill; Edited by Stephen Coates

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