November 25 (Reuters) – Much of Ukraine was left without heat or electricity after Russia’s most devastating airstrikes on its energy grid yet, and in Kyiv residents have been warned to prepare for further attacks and to stock up on water, food and warm clothing.
* NATO’s Stoltenberg said there will be no lasting peace in Ukraine if Russia wins the war, adding that the western military alliance will not abandon its support for Kyiv.
* Russia’s latest barrage killed 11 people and shut down all of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants for the first time in 40 years.
* Seen from space, Ukraine has become a dark spot on the globe at night, NASA satellite imagery showed.
* The first winter of the war will now test whether Ukraine can continue its campaign to retake territory or whether Russian commanders can stem Kiev’s momentum.
* More than 15,000 people have disappeared during the war in Ukraine, an International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) official said.
* A disabled mother in recently liberated Kherson searches for her son, who was kidnapped by Russian soldiers three months ago and never seen again.
“Where is he now? I don’t know. I would go to the ends of the world to find out. He’s my only son. He was always around. Now…” said one-legged Anna Voskoboinik in her wheelchair, tear up.
* Putin will meet the mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine on Friday, the Kremlin said, as the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of soldiers enters its 10th month.
* British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will pledge millions of dollars in further aid to Kyiv during a visit to Ukraine to ensure the country gets the practical help it needs over the winter, his office said.
* Ukraine’s Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko has said more Western support is needed to cover rising reconstruction costs following the escalation of Russian missile attacks this week.
* Ukraine’s grain exports got off to a slower start after a United Nations-brokered deal to alleviate global hunger was extended last week, and a Ukrainian envoy blamed part of the blame on Russia’s reluctance to speed up ship inspections.
* Russia does not plan to supply oil and gas to countries that support a price cap on Russian oil, the Kremlin said, but will make a final decision once it analyzes all the numbers.
“There is no division, there is no schism among Europeans and we must preserve that. This is our number one mission this year,” said Zelenskyy.
Compiled by Kim Coghill; Adaptation by Stephen Coates
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