Nov 25 (Reuters) – Millions of Ukrainians were still without heating or power on Friday after the most devastating Russian airstrikes on the energy grid to date, warning residents to brace themselves for further attacks and to stock up on water, food and warm clothing .
* NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said there would be no lasting peace in Ukraine if Russia won the war, adding that the Western military alliance would not reverse its support for Kiev.
* NATO forces participated in exercises in the Suwalki Gap in northern Poland, a strip of land between Belarus and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, and critical to the security of the alliance’s eastern flank.
* Germany said it was in talks with allies over Poland’s request to send German Patriot air defense units to Ukraine after the NATO chief suggested the military alliance would not oppose such a move.
* 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 place on the globe at night, NASA satellite images showed.
* The first winter of the war will now test whether Ukraine can continue its campaign to retake territory, or whether the Russian commanders can stop Kiev’s momentum.
* More than 15,000 people have gone missing during the war in Ukraine, an International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) official said.
* British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly pledged millions of pounds during a visit to Ukraine for further support to Kiev 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 aid is needed to help the country cope with rising reconstruction costs following the escalation of Russian missile attacks.
* Ukraine’s grain exports have slowed after a UN-brokered agreement was extended last week to help alleviate world hunger, and a Ukrainian envoy blamed part of the blame on Russia’s unwillingness to speed up ship inspections.
* Representatives of the European government will resume talks on Friday night about the level of a price cap for Russian oil, a diplomat told Reuters.
* 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 split, there is no schism among Europeans and we must keep this. This is our number one mission this year,” said Zelenskiy.
Composed by Kim Coghill; Edited by Stephen Coates
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