a UN official calls for “not losing sight” of certain crises, such as that in Ukraine, as winter approaches

Cover image: After a Russian bombing in the Kherson region, October 31, 2023. STRINGER / REUTERS

  • Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia is ready “to the post-conflict settlement of the Ukrainian crisis”. “Should the necessary conditions be met, we remain ready to engage in political discussions on a realistic basis – both on the post-conflict resolution of the Ukrainian crisis and on the parameters of future coexistence with the West in his outfit “affirmed the Russian defense minister, during the 10e Xiangshan Forum in Beijing.
  • Russia says it shot down eight Ukrainian missiles heading for Crimea. For its part, Ukraine had earlier declared that it had “hit successfully” a Russian anti-aircraft defense system based on the peninsula, during the night from Sunday to Monday.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ukraine and Western special services of being behind the Dagestan airport assault. Ukraine, for its part, rejected Russia’s accusations of having played a “key role” in riots against Israel on Sunday at an airport in the predominantly Muslim Russian republic of Dagestan.
  • Russian bombing of taxi shuttle leaves seven injured in Khersonin southern Ukraine. “It’s two men and five women”and one of the women is “in serious condition”, Kherson Oblast Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said on Telegram.
  • F-16 fighter jets destined for Ukraine will arrive in Romania “within two weeks”according to the Dutch Prime Minister. “I expect Patriot missiles to be delivered shortly to assist Ukraine over the coming winter. The same goes for the F-16s”did he declare during a video conference with the Ukrainian presidentVolodymyr Zelensky, which was broadcast on X (formerly Twitter).
  • Russian oligarch Alexei Kuzmitchev was taken into custody by French justice in a money laundering case. Mr. Kuzmitchev, co-shareholder of the Alfa Group consortium, which owns Alfa Bank, is considered by the European authorities as “one of the most influential people in Russia”whose “Ties with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, are well established.”

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