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Zelenskyy calls Russia a ‘terrorist state’ – DW – 11/16/2022

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told G20 leaders on Wednesday there was a “terrorist state” among them, blaming Russia for a missile strike on Poland that killed two people.

Speaking via video link, Zelenskyy called the strike “a real statement made by Russia for the G20 summit”.

He addressed the G20 summit for the second time, but several leaders had already left the Indonesian island of Bali, which was hosting the gathering. Among them was Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who flew out on Tuesday evening.

Those who remained heard Zelensky say at the top: “There is a terrorist state among you, and we are defending ourselves against it. It is reality.

He also called for a “swift reaction” to the strike in Poland.

Poland said there was no clear evidence of who launched the missile, and US President Joe Biden said it was ‘unlikely’ it was fired from Russia, which has denied any involvement.

Russian missiles hit cities across Ukraine

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Following the deaths in Poland, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has called for a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

“We were asking to close the sky, because the sky has no borders. Not for the uncontrolled missiles. Not for the threat they pose to our neighbors in the EU and NATO. The gloves are off. It’s time to win,” he wrote on Twitter.

Here are the other headlines from the war in Ukraine from Wednesday, November 16:

Russia says its strikes in Ukraine were no closer than 35 km from Poland

The Russian Defense Ministry said its strikes against Ukraine on Tuesday were no closer than 35 kilometers (22 miles) to the Polish border.

“High-precision strikes were carried out on targets only on the territory of Ukraine and at a distance of at least 35 kilometers from the Ukrainian-Polish border,” the spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Security said on Wednesday. Defense, Igor Konashenkov.

According to Konashenkov, the cause of the explosion in Poland was the Ukrainian S-300 air defense missile.

The NATO-member Polish president said earlier that Poland had no concrete evidence showing who fired a missile that hit a Polish grain facility about 6 kilometers (4 miles) inside the border with Ukraine and killed two people.

Biden and Sunak condemn ‘barbaric’ attacks on civilians in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s targeting of Ukrainian civilians “barbaric” at a G20 summit in Bali.

“At a time when world leaders here in Bali seek to advance world peace, Putin is hitting civilian targets – children, women. I mean, it’s almost – my words, not yours – barbaric,” Biden said during a meeting with Sunak.

Britain’s prime minister, meeting Biden for the first time since taking office, said: “I agree with your words – barbaric.”

Russia fired waves of missiles, often at civilians, across Ukraine after it was expelled from the city of Kherson, which Moscow had occupied and illegally declared part of Russia following a so- saying “referendum”.

“It’s way above that,” Biden said. “Russia can and must stop the war.”

Biden told Sunak they were “on the same page when it comes to supporting the right of the Ukrainian people to be free from all Russian forces in their country.”

Sweden to send military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Sweden said it would provide Ukraine with military and humanitarian aid worth 343 million euros ($356 million) to help it cope with the coming winter.

Stockholm will provide military aid worth around three billion crowns, or 276 million euros ($287 million) plus an additional humanitarian aid of 720 million crowns (66 million euros, or $69 million). ), the government announced.

The military aid will include an air defense system and ammunition, but the government will not disclose which system or value due to “operational secrecy”.

Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said the aid package, Sweden’s ninth to Ukraine since the start of the war, was the largest yet.

Humanitarian aid will be channeled through the World Food Programme, World Bank funds and Ukraine’s Green Recovery Program, while military aid also includes winter supplies such as tents and clothes.

Part of the humanitarian aid will also go to Ukraine’s impoverished neighbour, Moldova, which has hosted large numbers of Ukrainian refugees and suffered the direct consequences of the war, including the interruption of electricity supplies in from Ukraine.

CIA chief visits Kyiv after warning Moscow

CIA Director William Burns met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and senior intelligence officials to brief them on his warning to Moscow against the use of nuclear weapons, a US official said.

Burns traveled to Kyiv on Tuesday, a day after holding talks in Ankara with Russian spy chief Sergei Naryshkin about the war and Moscow’s threat to use tactical nuclear weapons to defend its interests.

It was the highest face-to-face meeting between US and Russian officials since the start of the war, and Burns issued a strong warning to Naryshkin “about the consequences of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons and the risks of escalation towards strategic stability,” according to a statement from the White House.

Afterwards, Burns traveled to Ukraine to brief Zelensky and his Ukrainian counterparts on the talks with Naryshkin and to reiterate American support for the Kyiv war effort.

Burns was in Kyiv on a day when Russian forces launched a barrage of missiles hitting targets across Ukraine, including the capital. However, he was safe inside the US Embassy at the time and is now gone.

Reactors of two Ukrainian nuclear power plants closed after Russian strikes

Several reactors at two Ukrainian nuclear power plants automatically shut down following Russian missile strikes on Tuesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, adding that millions of people were left without power.

“As a result of the strikes, automation today disabled several nuclear units at two power plants – these are calculated consequences, and the enemy knew exactly what they were doing,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address.

Zelenskyy did not specify which power stations were affected, but said strikes hit the capital Kyiv as well as Lviv, Rivne and Volyn in the west, Kharkiv in the northeast, Kryvyi Rih and Poltava in the center, Odessa and Mikolaiv to the south and Zhytomyr. in the north.

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World leaders used the G20 statement to denounce Russia’s war in Ukraine, which dominated the Bali summit. They also expressed economic concerns, particularly for middle-income countries.

dh/sms (Reuters, AFP, AP, dpa)