(Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine pounded each other’s forces in fierce fighting in the eastern region of Donetsk on Tuesday as Kiev allies met in Paris to offer urgent aid to help Ukrainians survive freezing winter temperatures.
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* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Ukraine’s allies meeting in Paris on Tuesday that he needs at least 800 million euros ($840 million) in urgent winter energy aid as Russian forces target civilian infrastructure across the country.
* Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will hold talks to discuss the events of 2022 in late December, Russian business newspaper Vedomosti reported on Tuesday.
* The Group of Seven (G7) economic powers said they will continue to work together to enhance Ukraine’s military capabilities, with an immediate focus on air defense systems, according to a statement released by Britain.
* Italy’s defense minister told parliament on Tuesday that arms supplies from Italy to Ukraine will stop once peace talks begin on ending the Russian invasion, as lawmakers endorsed a government decision to extend military aid throughout 2023.
Russia on Tuesday rejected a three-step peace proposal from Zelensky, saying Kiev needed to accept new “realities”.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure said eight ships loaded with grain left ports in Ukraine’s Odessa region on Tuesday after a temporary stoppage due to power outages following Russian missile strikes.
* Britain said on Tuesday it had imposed sanctions on 12 Russian military commanders involved in missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, as well as Iranian businessmen involved in the production and supply of military drones used in the attacks.
– Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian artillery had bombed about 20 settlements on the front lines around the eastern city of Bakhmut, which Moscow seeks to capture but is now largely in ruins due to incessant shelling.
At least two people were killed and five wounded in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, after what the region’s governor described as “intensive bombing” by Russian forces.
* Reuters could not independently verify reports of attacks or deaths.
* The head of the Norwegian Refugee Council said he expects another wave of refugees from Ukraine in Europe over the winter, due to “unlivable” conditions.
Belarus, a close ally of Russia, has begun an early combat readiness inspection of its forces following an order from President Alexander Lukashenko, the defense ministry said on Tuesday.
Written by Nick McPhee
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