Ukraine and Russia: what you need to know now


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Ukraine’s Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia has again lost external power, fueling fears of disaster as Moscow shut down its main gas pipeline to Germany to hurt the economies of Kyiv’s Western friends .

ZAPORIZHZHIA PLANT

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* The plant continues to supply electricity to the grid despite losing connection to the last remaining main external power line, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

* Russia said it foiled a Ukrainian attempt to take over the factory with strikes from military helicopters and fighter jets, destroying 20 Ukrainian ships.

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* Reuters could not verify the report. Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations of attacks on the factory for months.

* Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call that his country could play a facilitating role regarding the plant, his office said.

ENERGY

* Gas ​​storage facilities in Germany met the October target of 85% despite the prolonged shutdown of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline delivering gas from Russia, according to data from European operator group GIE.

* Sweden will offer tens of billions of dollars in liquidity guarantees to energy companies to help avoid a financial crisis after Nord Stream 1 shuts down, the prime minister has said.

* The European Union expects Russia to honor existing energy contracts but is ready to rise to the challenge if it does not, said Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni.

ASSISTANCE

* Germany will provide Ukraine with an additional 200 million euros ($200 million) to fund aid programs for people displaced inside the country following the Russian invasion, the minister said of Development.

(Compiled by Frances Kerry and William Mallard)

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