kyiv discovers ‘torture sites’ in Kherson, Moscow prepares for winter

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The Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office announced on Monday that it had found four “torture sites” used by the Russians in Kherson (south) before their forced retreat from the region ten days ago, kyiv accusing Moscow of war crimes in the region . According to the prosecutor’s office, the Ukrainian investigators went to “four” buildings, including pre-war “pre-war detention centres”, “where, during the capture of the city, the occupants illegally detained people and brutally tortured”.

“Pieces of rubber truncheons, a wooden bat, a device used by the occupiers to electrocute civilians, an incandescent lamp and bullets (…) were seized”, added the same source, ten days after the resumption of Kherson by the Ukrainian army following a counter-offensive which lasted two months. “The work to establish the places of the chambers of torture and illegal detention continues,” said the Ukrainian general prosecutor’s office, adding that it wanted to “identify all the victims”.

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Whoever it is, this must stop immediately”

Rafael Grossi was alarmed by the bombings that hit the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine on Sunday. “Explosions took place on the site of this major nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable”, denounced this Monday the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on BFMTV.

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1.1 billion euros. This is the estimated cost of additional energy costs for Moldova this winter, according to Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu. A small country of 2.6 million inhabitants and a candidate since the end of June to join the EU, Moldova is close to Ukraine. And it suffered the full brunt of the consequences of the war, particularly in terms of energy, when the Russian company Gazprom halved its gas exports to Chisinau.

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To prepare for winter, Moscow is strengthening its defensive positions. “Russian forces continue to prioritize the construction of defensive positions, manned by poorly trained mobilized reservists,” the UK MoD said in its daily update.

On November 9, Russian troops announced their withdrawal from the city of Kherson, capital of one of the annexed regions, marking a stinging military and political defeat for Moscow. Since then, the Russian forces have entrenched themselves on the other side of the river, on the left bank of the Dnieper, and have reinforced their positions inside the lands invaded a few months earlier.

However, “serious shortages of ammunition and trained personnel are hampering Russia’s offensive and defensive capabilities,” London said. On the frozen terrain of Ukraine, Russian and Ukrainian troops will have to acclimatize to the lower temperatures. But the Russian forces could be at a disadvantage, exhausted by months of war, made up partly of new recruits trained on the job and demoralized after the crushing setback in Kherson.

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