How could winter weather give Ukraine or Russia an advantage in war?
Winter will bring problems for Russia and Ukraine as the war drags on. Here’s what the brutal weather means for the conflict.
Frequently asked questions only, USA TODAY
Afghan special forces soldiers trained by U.S. forces are now being recruited by the Russian military to fight in Ukraine, three former Afghan generals told The Associated Press.
They said the Russians wanted to lure thousands of former commandos with offers of fixed, monthly payments of $1,500 and promises of safe havens to avoid being deported home to their deaths by the Taliban. Many commandos fled to Iran after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year.
General Abdul Rauf Arghandiwal said that he has communicated with dozens of commandos in Iran who do not want to fight with Ukraine but are afraid of deportation for themselves and their families.
They ask me, give me a solution? What to do?” Arghandiwal said: “If we go back to Afghanistan, the Taliban will kill us.”
“Blackmailing the world with hunger”: Zelenskyy Russia because of the suspension of the grain contract with Ukraine: live update
The Ukrainian Football Federation asked FIFA to exclude Iran from next month’s World Cup for reasons including supplying weapons to the Russian army. Iran is going to face England in its first match in Qatar in three weeks.
► Norway says it is increasing its military readiness, but NATO Prime Minister Jonas Gare Storr says there is no reason to believe “Russia would want to attack Norway or any other country directly.”
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and many senior members of his government arrived in Kyiv on Monday in the latest show of support for Ukraine by European leaders.
Russia defends suspension of grain contract and accuses Ukraine of sabotage
Russia defended its decision on Monday It suspended a grain deal with Ukraine, accusing the country of using the Black Sea shipping corridor to deliver grain to world markets “for military and sabotage purposes.”
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, accused Ukraine of carrying out, with the help of the West, “massive air and naval attacks” on the Russian fleet and infrastructure in the Black Sea in Sevastopol in the early hours of the morning of October 29, “under the cover of… Humanitarian grain corridor.
Ukraine denied the attack and accused Russia of misusing its weapons.
A UN-brokered grain deal signed in July guarantees Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea. The deal, which will be renewed on Nov. 19, has reduced global food prices, which the United Nations says have fallen by about 15 percent from their peak in March.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that it was suspending the contract. On Monday, Chicago wheat futures rose 5 percent.
For the third time this month, Russia launched a massive attack on Ukrainian infrastructure during the morning rush hour on Monday, sending commuters scrambling for cover and crippling basic services for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said on social media that initially, 80 percent of the affected capital was without water and parts of the city were without electricity. By nightfall, running water had been restored to about half of those who had lost it, and citywide blackouts meant power was out for four hours and then for five.
Two senior Pentagon officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday that providing air defense systems to deter such attacks has become a top priority for the Pentagon. The Pentagon has provided Ukraine with anti-aircraft weapons, from pickup-mounted guided missiles to more advanced medium-range systems. The Russians are increasingly relying on Iranian-supplied kamikaze drones to attack power plants.
Ukraine’s air force said it shot down 44 Russian missiles on Monday morning, but missile and drone strikes were also reported in Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Zaporizhzhia and several other regions. According to Kyrillo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, the government will impose an emergency power cut across Ukraine.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement: “Thousands of Russian soldiers are reporting to the front with weapons that are “probably in an unusable condition” and require different ammunition to what the regular Russian army uses. The latest assessment of the war. The photos show that the rifles are AKMs dating back to 1959.
The ministry noted that the integration of reservists with contract soldiers and war veterans in Ukraine means that Russia will have to direct two types of small arms ammunition to front-line positions.
“This is likely to further complicate Russia’s already strained logistics systems,” the assessment said.
A test of our endurance: Will brutal winter weather be a game-changer for Ukraine or Russia?
Russia-based leader Sergei Aksyonov said the assets of several major Ukrainian companies would be confiscated by Moscow by the Crimea-based government. According to the Kyiv Independent newspaper, the Ukrainian Zalyo Shipyard and the cement factory in Bakhchi Sarai are among the places that are going to be seized. Other commercial and tourist facilities, as well as apartments and houses – including property owned by President Volodymyr Zelensky – could be targeted, Aksyonov said.
“Russia’s enemies will not make money in Crimea, this is a principled position,” Aksyonov said in Telegram.
Contributing: Tom Vanden Broek, USA TODAY. Associated Press