Russia-Ukraine war live: Russia launches further strikes on Zaporizhzhia, damaging hospital, as water restored in Kyiv | Ukraine

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This is the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine. I’m Helen Sullivan and I’ll bring you the latest news as it happens for the next time.

Russian attacks damaged a hospital in Zaporizhzhia overnight, the region’s governor, Oleksandr Starukh, said on Telegram.

On Thursday evening, more than 24 hours after Russian attacks devastated Kiev’s infrastructure, the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said 60 per cent of homes were still suffering from emergency shutdowns. However, water services have been fully restored, city officials said.

Here are the other major recent developments:

  • Russia risked causing a ‘nuclear and radioactive catastrophe’ by launching attacks in which all of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants were disconnected from the power grid for the first time in 40 years, said the head of nuclear energy of Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said on Wednesday that three nuclear power plants on territory held by Ukrainian forces had been shut down after the latest wave of Russian rocket attacks on Ukrainian power plants.

  • Ukraine expected the three nuclear power plants to be operational again by Thursday evening, This was stated by Energy Minister German Galushchenko.

  • More than 15,000 people disappeared during the war in Ukraine, an official from the Kiev office of the International Commission on Missing Persons based in The Hague said. ICMP’s program director for Europe, Matthew Holliday, said it was unclear how many people were forcibly displaced, were detained in Russia, were alive and separated from family members, or were dead and buried in makeshift graves.

  • European Union governments remained divided on how much to limit Russian oil prices to curb Moscow’s ability to pay for its war in Ukraine without causing a global oil supply shock, with further talks expected on Friday. Six of the 27 EU countries are said to be against the level of the price cap proposed by the G7, which will take effect on December 5.

  • G7 foreign ministers will discuss ways to further support Ukraine in securing its energy supply at a meeting in Bucharest next week, This was stated by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

  • The European Union moves forward with a ninth package of sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during a visit to Finland. You said the EU would do ithitting Russia where it hurts to further blunt its ability to wage war on Ukraine”.

  • President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia’s new strategy to destroy Ukraine’s infrastructure will not weaken the country’s resolve to liberate all occupied landdescribing the conflict, in an interview with the Financial Times, as a “war of strength and resilience” and dismissing Western fears of escalation.

  • In his Thursday speech, Zelensky said: “Together we have endured nine months of full-scale war and Russia has not found a way to break us and will not find it.” Zelenskiy also accused Russia of relentlessly bombing Kherson, the southern Ukrainian city it abandoned earlier this month. Seven people were killed and 21 injured in a Russian attack on Thursday, local authorities said.

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán says his country’s parliament will ratify Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership early next year. Hungary and Turkey are the only members of the alliance that have not yet authorized membership.

  • Hungary will provide 187 million euros ($195 million) in financial aid to Ukraine as a contribution to a planned EU support package worth up to €18 billion in 2023, according to a government decree.

  • British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said the UK would pledge millions of pounds for further support for Kiev to guarantee the country the practical help it needed during the winter. He expertly is visiting Ukraine and will meet Zelenskiy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba along the way.

  • Russia and Ukraine carried out the latest in a series of prisoner of war exchanges, with both sides handing over 50 peopleconfirmed officials in Kiev and Moscow.

  • Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has provoked ire in Ukraine by suggesting that ending the war is Ukraine’s responsibility, and that if it does not “stop”, it will end with the “complete destruction” of the country. He said that, similar to relations with Germany after World War II, once the war in Ukraine is over, “we’ll make up for it.”

  • Ground battles continue to rage in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is pushing an offensive along a stretch of front line west of the city of Donetsk, held by its proxies since 2014.

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