According to information released by Ukraine on Friday, five people have died as a result of a Russian airstrike on a house in Mykolaiv, which is close to the battle lines. The walkout, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, was “a cynical reaction to our gains at the front.” In the meanwhile, Seoul refuted claims that a weapons agreement it is discussing with the United States is intended to provide ammunition to Ukrainian soldiers. Check out the live blog on FRANCE 24 to stay up to date. All timings are in GMT+1 Paris time.
10:23 a.m.: Despite departure, the Kremlin claims that Kherson, Ukraine, is still a Russian “subject”
The province of Kherson, which Moscow has declared to be a part of Russia after pushing to annex it from Ukraine, will remain as is, the Kremlin said on Friday.
Kherson and three other Ukrainian areas were annexed by Russia after those nations had so-called referendums in September that Kyiv and the Western countries deemed to be unlawful and coercive.
The status of the area was “specified and set,” said to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, and no adjustments were allowed.
10:15 a.m.: According to the Kremlin, Putin will not be making a video speech to the G20.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, will not be making a video speech to the Group of 20 summit, the Kremlin said on Friday.
Putin’s schedule and the desire to remain in Russia, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, are the reasons he will not be attending the G20 conference in Bali.
9:50 a.m.: New START nuclear armaments treaty talks between the US and Russia in Cairo
According to RIA Novosti, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday that a meeting of the US-Russia bilateral advisory panel on the New START nuclear armaments deal will take place in Cairo in late November or early December.
9:48 a.m.: A crucial bridge close to Kherson, Ukraine, has fallen
According to locals, the Antonivskiy bridge, the only adjacent road crossing from Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine, to the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, which is under Russian control, has fallen.
The Suspilne broadcaster shared a picture of the bridge with whole parts gone. The distance from Kherson City to the next road crossing over the Dnipro is more than 70 kilometers (43 miles).
What caused the bridge to fall was not immediately obvious. On Wednesday, Russia said that it was moving to the opposite bank of the Dnipro River from the west bank.
At least five people are killed in a Russian attack on a home in south Ukraine at 9:33 a.m.
According to information released by Ukraine on Friday, at least five people were murdered when Russia attacked a home in the southern city of Mykolaiv, which is close to the battle line.
The assault occurred as Russia said it was withdrawing soldiers from the adjacent city of Kherson, the only regional center Moscow’s forces had managed to seize in Ukraine since beginning their invasion in February.
The governor of the Mykolaiv area, Vitaliy Kim, said on social media that five people had died during the most recent Russian army onslaught on the city, which has been under siege for months.
The strike, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, was a “cynical reaction to our triumphs in the front.”
4:42 a.m.: Seoul refutes reports that it has agreed to provide US soldiers with weapons.
According to South Korea, if the current contract discussion is successful, the munitions will only be for US troops. South Korea on Friday refuted a report that it would supply artillery shells for use by Ukrainian forces.
The Wall Street Journal claimed on Thursday that “US officials familiar with the arrangement” were close to reaching an agreement with Seoul to buy 100,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery from them for delivery to Ukraine.
As the South’s main security ally against the nuclear-armed North, Washington maintains some 27,000 US soldiers there.
While the weapons agreement with the US is still in effect, South Korea declared on Friday that the shells are not intended for delivery to Ukraine.
3:59 a.m.: A Japanese soldier died while battling with Ukrainian troops
The first reported death in the conflict came from Japan on Wednesday, according to officials in Tokyo, who was fighting with Ukrainian military opposed to Russia.
The individual is thought to be the first Japanese citizen to have passed away in Ukraine “since the invasion started in February,” a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP.
Japan has been pleading with its nationals to leave the war-torn country and has issued its strongest possible warning against visiting.
Officials had no more information, but Jiji Press said that the guy belonged to a team engaged in combat in eastern Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine at the time of the invasion, publicly urged foreigners to his nation to enlist in a “international legion” that would fight with Ukrainians against the Russians.
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