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    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has again refused to negotiate with US on ending the war in Ukraine.

    Mr Putin is open to talks on a possible settlement in Ukraine but the West must accept Moscow’s demands, the Kremlin said on Friday.

    The Kremlin’s response comes a day after US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to speak with Mr Putin if the Russian president is interested in ending the war in Ukraine, as he sought to alleviate European anger over US subsidies.

    Mr Biden said that the “one way” for the war to end in a “rational way” is for Mr Putin to “pull out of Ukraine”.

    The French leader said he would continue to talk to Mr Putin to “try to prevent escalation and to get some very concrete results” like assurances on the safety of nuclear plants.

    In other news, Ukraine’s armed forces have lost around 10,000 to 13,000 soldiers in Vladimir Putin’s war against the country, Volodymyr Zelensky’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak has said.

    The top Ukrainian officials said that the war-hit country is “open in talking about the number of dead” and added that more soldiers have been injured than had died.

    Archbishop of Canterbury: We must not force peace on Ukraine

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has said there must be “no way we force peace” in Ukraine as he warned the West has not “taken on board” that the conflict could drag on for years.

    Justin Welby said Russia’s “evil” invasion must not succeed.

    During a three-day visit to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, the Archbishop had to take cover in a bomb shelter when air raid warnings were sounded after Russian bombers were reported to have taken off.

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    Justin Welby urged the West to be resilient even as the costs of the conflict drag on.

    Eleanor Sly2 December 2022 13:08

    Ukraine says it has lost up to 13,000 soldiers in war against Russia

    Ukraine has lost up to 13,000 soldiers since the beginning of Russia‘s nearly 10-month-long unprovoked war, presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said.

    Mr Podolyak, a senior adviser to president Volodymyr Zelensky, on Thursday said the number is between 10,000-13,000.

    “We are open in talking about the number of dead,” he told Kanal 24 channel, adding that more soldiers had been wounded than had died.

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    Official casulties of war not made public by either of the countries

    Eleanor Sly2 December 2022 12:35

    Scholz urges Putin to find diplomatic solution to Ukraine conflict

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called on Vladimir Putin to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict as soon as possible, “including a withdrawal of Russian troops”, Ms Scholz’s spokesperson disclosed in a written statement.

    “The chancellor condemned in particular the Russian airstrikes against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and stressed Germany’s determination to support Ukraine in ensuring its defence capability against Russian aggression,” the spokesperson added.

    The two leaders spoke for an hour.

    Eleanor Sly2 December 2022 11:57

    Archbishop of Canterbury says support for Ukraine to be ‘very long term’

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the need for support in Ukraine will be “very long term”, the Press Association reported.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, following his visit to Kyiv, the Archbishop said: “First of all, the need for solidarity and support for Ukraine.

    “And secondly, that there must be no way in which we force peace on Ukraine or they’re put under pressure. Third, that the need for support is going to be very long term.

    He went on: “Peace is always better than war. But there are times when justice demands that there is the defeat of what we call, the archbishop of York and I called when it started, an evil invasion. And I don’t regret saying that.”

    “Ukraine is the victim here, we can’t slip back to a 1938 Czechoslovakia, sort of people far away of whom we know little situation. There has to be real resilience.”

    Eleanor Sly2 December 2022 11:11

    Kremlin says Putin open to talks but US stance on Ukraine makes it difficult

    The Kremlin said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin is open to negotiations to secure Russia’s interests, but that finding a mutual basis for talks is challenging due to the fact that the United States does not recognise the “new territories” in Ukraine that Russia claims as its own.

    President Joe Biden said on Thursday he had no immediate plans to contact Mr Putin.

    He did however say that he was prepared to speak with the Russian president if he showed an interest in ending the war in Ukraine. Mr Biden said he would only do so in consultation with NATO allies.

    Eleanor Sly2 December 2022 10:29

    Three killed in Russian artillery attacks on Kherson region

    Three people were killed and seven wounded in Russian shelling of the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson over the past 24 hours, the regional governor said on Friday.

    Writing on the Telegram messaging app, governor Yaroslav Yanushevych said that Russian troops had bombarded the city of Kherson and other parts of the region 42 times in the same period.

    The city of Kherson was liberated by Ukrainian forces in mid-November following months of Russian occupation, but has been under fire since then from Russian troops who retreated to the opposite side of the River Dnipro.

    The city has also suffered problems with its power supply. Mr Yanushevych announced on Thursday that power had been lost again after it had recently been restored.

    Eleanor Sly2 December 2022 09:54

    Hungarian filling stations running out of price-capped fuel

    Drivers in Hungary are increasingly running into gas and diesel shortages at filling stations as a government-imposed price cap squeezes the operators of independent stations and leaves the state energy company struggling to keep up with demand.

    At hundreds of fuel stations across Hungary, a confusing mosaic of paper signs hang from the pumps to let customers know what is available — or not — and at what price and quantity.

    A sign at one station in Martonvasar, a town 20 miles southwest of Budapest, Hungary’s capital, informs motorists they may only purchase two liters (a 1/2 gallon) of fuel at a reduced price set by the government more than a year ago. The quantity limit, the station’s owner said, is the result of state energy company MOL failing to make any fuel deliveries to his business and many others like it for the past three weeks.

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    Eleanor Sly2 December 2022 09:30

    Germany to send seven additional Gepard tanks to Ukraine

    Germany is aiming to deliver seven Gepard tanks that had been destined for the scrap pile to Ukraine this spring, adding to 30 of the air-defence tanks that are already being used to fight against the Russian army, Spiegel magazine reported on Friday.

    The seven tanks, which are currently being repaired by Munich-based arms manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), are meant to help Ukraine in protecting its cities and infrastructure against Russian shelling, reported Spiegel.

    The government in German also hopes to send more ammunition for the Gepards along with the additional tanks, it reported.

    Supply of ammunition for the Gepard has proven problematic as Switzerland, which has stocks of ammunition, refuses to supply it, citing its neutral status.

    Eleanor Sly2 December 2022 08:18

    ‘If you want to understand what Russia has done, come to Ukraine,’ Zelensky claps back at Musk

    Volodymyr Zelensky rebuked Elon Musk‘s proposed peace plan and invited the billionaire to visit Ukraine to see the damage done to the war-torn country by Russian forces.

    The Ukrainian president mocked Mr Musk’s peace deal at an event organised by The New York Times and asked him to visit the European country instead.

    “I think that either someone has influence over him, or he somehow draws conclusions on his own,” Mr Zelensky said by video link at the summit.

    Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports:

    ‘I think that either someone has influence over him, or he somehow draws conclusions on his own’

    Eleanor Sly2 December 2022 07:55

    Russia unable to restart attack on Ukraine due to shortage of munitions – MoD

    Russia’s military salvo has been interrupted due to its shortage of munitions, the British defence ministry said today, as Vladimir Putin’s soldiers have not launched an effective attack on Ukraine after abandoning Kherson.

    “Russia’s shortage of munitions (exacerbated by these logistics challenges) is likely one of the main factors currently limiting Russia’s potential to restart effective, large scale offensive ground operations,” the ministry said in its latest war update.

    It added that after Russia’s withdrawal from the west bank of the Dnipro River last month, the Ukrainian Armed Forces gained the opportunities to strike additional Russian logistics nodes and lines of communication.

    “This threat has highly likely prompted Russian logisticians to relocate supply nodes, including rail transfer points, further south and east,” the ministry said.

    “Russian logistics units will need to conduct extra labour-intensive loading and unloading from rail to road transport. Road moves will subsequently still be vulnerable to Ukrainian artillery as they move on to supply Russian forward defensive positions,” according to the British defence ministry.

    Arpan Rai2 December 2022 06:57

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