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Latest Developments in Ukraine: Nov. 14

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awards a serviceman as he visits Kherson, Nov. 14, 2022.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awards a serviceman as he visits Kherson, Nov. 14, 2022.

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The latest developments in Russia's war on Ukraine. All times EDT.

11:40 p.m.: The airport is in ruins, littered with twisted hulks of destroyed tanks and aircraft. On the edge of town, there is a mass burial site with unidentified human remains. On the main square, people are asking soldiers for autographs and posing with them for photos. Maryan Kushnir of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service found that a day in newly liberated Kherson is filled with contrasts. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has this report.

11:00 p.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made a triumphant visit to the newly liberated city of Kherson, The Associated Press reported.

He hailed the Russian withdrawal from the southern city as the "beginning of the end of the war" but also acknowledged the heavy price Ukrainian soldiers are paying in their grinding effort to push back the invaders.

Russian forces "destroyed everything in their path, wrecked the entire electricity network," Zelenskyy said. Communications operators said cellphone service was being restored and the regional governor said a public wireless internet access point would begin working Tuesday.

Large parts of eastern and southern Ukraine are still under Russian control, and the city of Kherson itself remains within reach of Moscow's shells and missiles, AP reported.

Heavy fighting continued elsewhere in Ukraine. Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti reported the town of Oleshky, in Russian-held territory across the Dnieper River from Kherson, came under heavy artillery fire.

10:29 p.m.: Ukrainian tank crews on the front line are fighting against recently mobilized Russian troops. They say Russia's reinforcements are thrown into battle often without proper experience or equipment, and that dead Russian troops are immediately replaced by new draftees. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has this report.

10:03 p.m.:

8:27 p.m.: Prosecutors in New York do not plan to criminally charge Rudy Giuliani in connection with a probe into his interactions with Ukrainian figures, they revealed in a letter to a judge Monday in what a lawyer for Giuliani declared a “total victory," The Associated Press reported.

They said they made the decision after a review of evidence resulting from raids on his residence and law office in April 2021. Federal prosecutors were investigating whether Giuliani’s dealings with figures in Ukraine in the run-up to the 2020 election required him to register as a foreign agent.

Prosecutors said a grand jury probe that led to the issuance of warrants that resulted in the seizure of Giuliani’s electronic devices had concluded.

They said that based on information currently available, criminal charges would not be forthcoming.

7:35 p.m.: The United States believes that Russian troops carried out a relatively orderly withdrawal from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, a senior U.S. military official said on Monday, in contrast to some of the more chaotic retreats in the country.

"We assess that it was a relatively orderly withdrawal," the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, Reuters reported.

6:48 p.m.:

5:54 p.m.: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will send nuclear safety missions to three power plants in Ukraine. IAEA director general Rafael Grossi said the organization will send security missions to inspect South Ukraine, Khmelnytskyi, and Rivne Nuclear Power Plants as well as Chernobyl, following a request from Ukraine.

5:07 p.m.: While visiting the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting on stabilization measures in the liberated territory of the Kherson region.

Yaroslav Yanushevych, head of the Kherson regional military administration, discussed extensive damages to the city's critical infrastructure and life support systems.

"Everything will return. Yes, unfortunately, the occupiers, who destroy everything on their path, destroyed the entire power supply network. But our services are working, and everything will return," Zelenskyy emphasized.

For his part, Yaroslav Yanushevych noted that measures are being taken to restore the destroyed power transmission lines going to the Kherson region.

"We are working on this issue round the clock together with Ukrenergo. Our electricians are moving right behind the explosives technicians. And we hope that the electricity supply will be restored in the near future," he said.

4:27 p.m.: As part of a working trip to the deoccupied part of the Kherson region, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented state awards to servicemen who distinguished themselves during the liberation of Kherson and the region.

Zelenskyy emphasized that the liberation of territories is not easy for Ukraine and praised Ukraine's troops.

"The enemy does not give us anything just like that. We are paying a very high price in this war. Freedom costs us the lives and health of our best people," he said.

3:50 p.m.: The prime ministers of North Macedonia and Albania have agreed to boost energy and infrastructure cooperation, as their neighboring countries work to in their bid toward European Union membership.

The Associated Press reports that during a meeting Monday in North Macedonia’s capital of Skopje, Dimitar Kovachevski and visiting Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama pledged to cooperate on their EU accession bids and address the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The two countries started membership negotiations with the EU in July, in a process that is expected to take years.

3:45 p.m.: Ukrainians have accused Russian troops of looting homes, stealing museum artifacts and other Ukrainian national treasures.

Among the thefts, according to the Washington Post, are also animals from a Kherson Zoo such as wolves, raccoons, peacocks, even a llama from a Kherson zoo. A video is showing a Russian manhandling these animals, making animal cruelty jokes and showing off by dangling a racoon by its tail and throwing it in a box.

2:05 p.m.: A drab concrete building that used to house unruly youths in the city of Kherson before Russia invaded it became infamous for detentions and torture of Ukrainian captives by Russian forces.

According to a report by the Washington Post, an area resident who did not want to be identified for security reasons, said that screams would be heard coming from the building. Sometimes, he said, detainees would be dumped in the street physically and mentally broken. Some captives were never seen again. “If there is a hell on Earth, it was here,” he said.

1:10 p.m.: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is expected Monday to approve a resolution calling on Russia to pay war reparations to Ukraine. Sergiy Kyslytsya, the permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, expressed his gratitude to the countries that have been working for months on the complexities of the draft.

According to VOA Ukrainian reporter Iryna Solomko, Kyslytsya said as of now 56 countries that have co-sponsored this resolution have made their position clear “to compensate for the damage that the aggressor state has caused to Ukraine and not only to Ukraine, by the way, but also to many other foreign entities, both individuals and companies.”

According to a spokesman, businesses that were successful prior to Russia's invasion on Ukraine have suffered as a result. He urged the United Nations General Assembly “to consider how the Russian Federation should compensate (them)” for damages.

12:35 p.m.: Zambia has asked Russia for explanations on how one of its citizens who had been serving a prison sentence in Moscow ended up on the battlefield in Ukraine, where he was killed, Zambia's foreign affairs minister Stantley Kakubo said on Monday.

In a statement, Kakubo said that Russia had notified Zambia about the death in September of Lemekhani Nyirenda, but did not provide details.

The Zambian student was serving a jail sentence at a medium security prison on the outskirts of Moscow after being convicted of contravening Russian law, Kakubo said, without specifying the offense that occurred in April 2020.

"The Zambian government has requested the Russian authorities to urgently provide information on the circumstances under which a Zambian citizen, serving a prison sentence in Moscow, could have been recruited to fight in Ukraine," Kakubo said.

It was not clear how the prisoner was recruited and by whom. Reuters could not independently verify the details surrounding his death.

"He was serving the prison sentence when he was conscripted into the army to go and fight in Ukraine but we don't know who conscripted him," the student's father Edwin Nyirenda said.

Leaked footage on September 14 shows how the Russian mercenary group Wagner was recruiting prisoners to fight in Ukraine.

12 p.m.: U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed on Monday to resume cooperation on climate change and other issues, offering a boost to bogged down and behind schedule negotiations at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt.

Reuters reported, the leaders of the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases met at the G-20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali where climate change will be competing for time with issues like the global economy and Russia's war in Ukraine.

“The window to hold global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees (Celsius) — and avoid the worst damage from climate change — is closing fast. We urge the world’s two major economies to act with speed and conviction to meet the challenge of the moment.” Manish Bapna, president and CEO of the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council, said.

Teresa Ribera, president and CEO of the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council, expressed hope for the cooperation between the US and China, “the two biggest (Carbon) emitters,” calling it “essential.”

11:20 a.m.: The MTV European Music Awards were held Sunday in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, following their Eurovision win in May, gave one of the most powerful and moving performances of the night, turning the auditorium blue and yellow in support of Ukraine.

Talking on the red carpet, frontman Oleg Psyuk told The Associated Press that with their new-found fame they could support and spread awareness of the plight of the Ukrainian people.

“It’s important for us to be a voice of Ukraine, to have opportunity to be all over the world, to perform and to say about Ukraine, to say about war, to say about our culture, culture that fights against war,” Psyuk said.

Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra performs on stage during the 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards in Düsseldorf, Germany, Nov. 13, 2022.
Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra performs on stage during the 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards in Düsseldorf, Germany, Nov. 13, 2022.

11:15 a.m.: Four years after Vladimir Putin hosted the World Cup party, Russia is off the guest list as the World Cut is opening in Qatar, Sunday.

Russia was kicked out of World Cup qualifying after it invaded Ukraine and now can only play friendlies against the few nations prepared to accept its invitations.

The Russian men's national team's only game of 2022 so far was a 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan in September. Russian clubs are barred from the Champions League and the women's national team was removed from the European Championship, The Associated press reported.

11:10 a.m.: Russia’s Foreign Ministry has announced that 100 Canadians have been added to the list of people banned from entering the country in response to sanctions against Russia by Canada, The Associated Press reported. A ministry statement said author Margaret Atwood, actor Jim Carrey and Amy Knight, a noted historian of the KGB, were placed on the list. The ministry said they and the other 97, many of whom are connected to ethnic Ukrainian organizations, were banned because of involvement in “formation of (Canada’s) aggressively anti-Russian course.”

10:45 a.m.: The Kremlin said on Monday that talks with the United Nations last week on a deal securing the shipment of grain from Ukrainian ports had been "fairly constructive," raising hopes that Ukraine's grain deal will extend beyond the November 19 deadline, Reuters reported.

"There were talks with the U.N. last week, fairly constructive talks. We have our interest in this deal, which was originally part of the whole mechanism of the deal," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Russia has been demanding unhindered access to world markets for its own food and fertilizer exports in return for agreeing to a rollover of the Black Sea deal, which is due for renewal on Saturday. Moscow has indicated it could quit the deal if progress is not made on its concerns.

"We are actually still a week away from the extension date, so work is ongoing," Peskov added.

10:40 a.m.: During a working trip to the de-occupied Kherson, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy took part in the ceremony of hoisting the State Flag on the central square of the city. Ukraine's President thanked the Ukrainian military who participated in the liberation of the Kherson region and noted that it was an honor for him to be with them today in Ukrainian Kherson.

"This is a great pleasure for my heart and soul. I want to thank you for who you are and for returning Ukraine to the Kherson region. We are returning our Armed Forces, our state, our flag," he said.

10:20 a.m.: Canada will provide Ukraine with another $500 million in additional military assistance in addition to sanctions on another nearly two dozen Russians, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement on Monday amid the G-20 summit, Reuters reported.

The additional funding adds to the $3.4 billion Canadian assistance to Kyiv so far for its defense against Russia's invasion and will help fund military, surveillance and communications equipment, fuel and medical supplies, the statement read.

Monday's sanctions target 23 Russian individuals "involved in gross and systematic human rights violations against Russian opposition leaders," including police officers, prosecutors, judges and prison officials, Trudeau's office said.

10:10 a.m.: At a press conference in Kherson, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine is liberating the occupied territories “step by step.” “We are moving on. We are ready for peace, but peace for our entire country,” he added.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to people after Russia's retreat from Kherson, in central Kherson, Nov. 14, 2022.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to people after Russia's retreat from Kherson, in central Kherson, Nov. 14, 2022.

9:55 a.m.: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday at a news briefing in The Hague, Russia's withdrawal from Kherson showed the "incredible courage" of the Ukrainian armed forces and “The importance of continued support.” However, he warned, underestimating Russia would be a mistake. “Russia has demonstrated their willingness to bear significant losses," he added.

9:45 a.m.: CIA Director Bill Burns will meet with his Russian intelligence counterpart to underscore the consequences if Russia were to deploy a nuclear weapon in Ukraine. The Associated Press is citing a White House National Security Council official, who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity on Monday. The official says Burns and Russian SVR spy agency head Sergey Naryshkin will not discuss settlement of the war in Ukraine during Monday's meeting. Burns is also expected to raise the cases of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, two Americans detained in Russia. The Biden administration has been pressing for their release in a prisoner exchange.

9:15 a.m.: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that the Russian war with Ukraine was creating "food and energy crises" and that disruptions to grain shipments and energy supplies have pushed costs of living sharply higher.

The Associated Press reported, the Canadian leader was addressing the Business 20 (B20) summit, the official dialogue forum with the global business community, ahead of the two-day G-20 summit which starts in Bali on Tuesday.

"Families are worried that they're not going to be able to put food on the table. They won't be able to heat their homes during winter," he said.

"These challenges are real and only through collaboration, between business and governments, civil society, can we create real, lasting solutions," Trudeau added.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is expected to be among the issues discussed at the G-20 meeting, which brings together officials from countries representing more than 80% of the world's economic output.

9:10 a.m.: U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met Monday, in Bali within the framework of the G-20 Summit seeking to find common ground despite antagonisms over trade, technology and other issues. The two leaders agreed that "nuclear war should never be fought," and condemned Russian atomic threats on Ukraine, The Associated Press reported.

World leaders are gathering in Indonesia's tropical Bali Island for a summit of the Group of 20 biggest economies. As the world is threatened by recession with central banks fighting decades-high inflation partly brought on by the war, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that ending the conflict is the “single best thing that we can do for the global economy. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, writing in The Telegraph, called Russia a “rogue state."

8:40 a.m.: Relatives of the 298 people who died when Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 hope that judges’ verdict in a Dutch murder trial on Thursday will highlight what they see as Russia's overarching role in the incident, Reuters reported.

Prosecutors have asked for life sentences for three Russians and one Ukrainian accused of suppling the missile system that Russian-backed separatists used to fire a rocket at the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Moscow has denied any wrongdoing and repeatedly dismissed the findings of investigators that the missile launcher used in the attack came from a Russian military base in Kursk or that Russia was backing rebels in Ukraine fighting government forces.

The verdict has gained greater significance since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, which has seen the Netherlands supply weapons to Kyiv, further straining already difficult diplomatic relations.

It could be the first time a court rules on Russia's role in fighting in Ukraine since its invasion of Crimea in 2014. If it does implicate Russia, that could impact other cases, including one in the United Nation's top court, the International Court of Justice, a legal expert said.

8:30 a.m.: Ukraine has exported almost 15.1 million tons of grain so far in the 2022/23 season, down 30.6% from the 21.8 million tons exported by the same stage of the previous season, agriculture ministry data showed on Monday.

According to Reuters, grain exports have slumped since Russia invaded Ukraine in February and closed off its neighbor's Black Sea ports, driving up global food prices and prompting fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

Three Black Sea ports were unblocked at the end of July under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv that was brokered by the United Nations and Turkey.

Ministry data showed that exports so far in the July 2022 to June 2023 season included 5.7 million tons of wheat, 8.1 million tons of corn and 1.2 million tons of barley.

The government has said Ukraine could harvest between 50 million and 52 million tons of grain this year, down from a record 86 million tons in 2021 because of the loss of land to Russian forces and lower yields.

8:20 a.m.: Moscow's strength should not be underestimated despite Kyiv's recent battlefield successes. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Monday, "We should not make the mistake of underestimating Russia. The Russian armed forces retain significant capabilities, as well as a large number of troops," Stoltenberg said during a joint news conference with Dutch government officials in The Hague.

Echoing U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's comments over the weekend, Stoltenberg said it was up to Ukraine to decide when and how it wanted to negotiate with Russia to end the war, Reuters reported.

"They are paying now the highest price in terms of lost lives and damage to the country. So, it is for Ukraine to decide what kind of terms are acceptable for them," he said.

8:15 a.m.: Russian and U.S. officials were reportedly, Monday holding talks in Turkey, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Kherson, the biggest victory his troops have won so far and vowed to press on recapturing all occupied lands, Reuters reported.

The Russian newspaper Kommersant cited a source as saying delegates from Washington were meeting on Monday in the Turkish capital Ankara with Russian delegates reportedly including Sergei Naryshkin, head of the SVR foreign intelligence agency.

The Kremlin said it could neither confirm nor deny the report and a Turkish official declined comment. Flight-tracking data showed a Russian plane had landed in Ankara which Yoruk Isik, an Istanbul-based geopolitical analyst at the Bosphorus Observer consultancy, said was only used by top officials.

7 a.m.: A draft of what would be the third resolution by the U.N. atomic watchdog's board on the war in Ukraine again calls on Russia to cease all actions against Ukraine's nuclear facilities including Zaporizhzhia, the text seen by Reuters on Monday showed.

"(The board) calls upon the Russian Federation to abandon its baseless claims of ownership of the Zaporizhzyha Nuclear Power Plant, to immediately withdraw its military and other personnel from the plant, and to cease all actions against, and at, the plant and any other nuclear facility in Ukraine," said the text circulated by Canada to other countries on the 35-nation Board of Governors ahead of a meeting later this week.

6:30 a.m.: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday sang the Ukrainian national anthem as the country's flag was hoisted in the newly liberated southern city of Kherson Agence France-Presse reported.

Images distributed by the presidential chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, showed Zelenskyy singing the anthem and holding his hand over his chest as the blue and yellow flag was raised next to the main administration building in downtown Kherson.

6 a.m.: The Kremlin said on Monday that work to renew the Black Sea grain export deal is ongoing and talks with the United Nations last week were "fairly constructive," Reuters reported.

"We are actually still a week away from the extension date (November 19), so work is ongoing," the Kremlin said.

Senior U.N. officials met a Russian delegation in Geneva on Friday to discuss Moscow's grievances about the grains export initiative, which aims to ensure safe passage of grain from Ukrainian ports despite the conflict in Ukraine.

5:57 a.m.: The Kremlin on Monday insisted that Kherson was still part of Russia after Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the southern city from which Moscow's troops retreated last week, Agence France-Presse reported.

"We leave this without comment," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of Zelenskyy's visit to Kherson, adding however: "You know, this territory is part of the Russian Federation."

5:37 a.m.: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday that it would be difficult to come up with a clear statement on global issues and the war in Ukraine at the G-20 meeting in Indonesia later this week.

"We are working very hard to ensure that we not only make clear, important statements on all the issues that affect the world together ... but also on the issues of peace and the consequences of the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine," he said during a joint news conference with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong."

That's going to be a tough ride, and I think it's going to take up a lot of our time and efforts in Bali."

4:48 a.m.: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday denied an Associated Press report that he had been taken to hospital with a heart condition, scolding Western journalists for what he cast as false reporting, Reuters reported.

The Associated Press, citing Indonesian officials, said that Lavrov had taken to hospital after arriving on the island of Bali for a Group of 20 summit.

"This, of course, is the height of fakery," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Zakharova posted a video of Lavrov, President Vladimir Putin's foreign minister since 2004, sitting outdoors on a patio, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt and reading documents.

Asked about the report, Lavrov said Western journalists had been writing falsely for a decade that Putin was ill.

"This is a kind of game that is not new in politics," Lavrov, 72, said with an ironic smile. "Western journalists need to be more truthful — they need to write the truth."

The governor of Bali said that Lavrov was in good health and had been in the hospital for a check-up.

4:15 a.m.: Reuters reported Monday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Kherson following the Russian troop withdrawal after months of occupation.

He told troops, “We are moving forward...We are ready for peace, peace for all our country.” He also took the opportunity to thank NATO and other allies for their support.

3:43 a.m.: The war in Ukraine, inflation and the energy crisis have made it more important than ever to press ahead with a capital markets union to finance green and digital transitions, Reuters reported Monday, quoting the governors of the French and German central banks.

In a co-authored opinion piece published in Les Echos and Handelsblatt newspapers, François Villeroy de Galhau and Joachim Nagel sought to show unity at a time of strained relations between Paris and Berlin.

"Europe is at the heart of the crisis: Russia’s war against Ukraine, energy crunch, inflation. We are writing together today with one conviction: our unity is becoming more difficult, but the more essential," the Banque de France and Bundesbank chiefs said.

"And what holds for Europe as a whole, holds first and foremost for the Franco-German friendship: to divide us would be to condemn us.

France and Germany have been at loggerheads over the last month and have postponed a summit to try and resolve their differences.

The two said it was vital that the 2015 capital markets union (CMU) initiative launched by the European Union needed to press ahead for financial stability to foster the geographical diversification of funding sources and by strengthening private sector risk sharing through the development of equity funding.

"We must more than ever accelerate on energy transition, and therefore we need the financial resources provided by a Green CMU," the two said, adding that it was imperative to make the bloc more attractive to domestic and foreign investors alike.

"Completing the capital markets union is certainly a long-distance run. To make it a success, it is important to set the right course now," they said.

3:15 a.m.: It is up to Ukraine to decide when to enter negotiations with Russia, the European Union's top diplomat said on Monday, commenting on speculations the West might push Kyiv to start talks with Moscow.

"Ukraine will decide what to do. Our duty is to support them", EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said as he arrived for a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers in Brussels, according to Reuters.

2:51 a.m.: Chinese leader Xi Jinping will arrive on the Indonesian island of Bali on Monday for a long-awaited meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, ahead of a Group of 20 (G-20) summit set to be fraught with tension over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Reuters reported.

The two leaders are expected to discuss Taiwan, Ukraine and North Korea's nuclear ambitions, issues that will also loom over the G-20 that opens on Tuesday without Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance.

2:14 a.m.:

2:07 a.m.: Russia's Gazprom said it will ship 42.4 million cubic meters of gas to Europe via Ukraine on Monday, similar to levels over recent days, according to Reuters.

1:37 a.m.:

1:06 a.m.: The last time Russian President Vladimir Putin found himself isolated at a G-20 summit was in 2014, soon after he seized Crimea — and he was so shunned that he left early.

Eight years later, after launching a full-scale offensive in Ukraine in February and threatening the West with nuclear weapons, the 70-year-old Russian leader chose to skip this week's G-20 meeting on the tropical island of Bali altogether.

Observers tell Agence France-Presse that the Kremlin is seeking to shield the Russian leader from a storm of condemnation in Indonesia but Putin's no-show risks further isolating a country already battered by unprecedented Western sanctions.

12:32 a.m.:

12:01 a.m.: New Zealand said Monday it would send a further 66 defense force personnel to the United Kingdom to help train Ukrainian soldiers as the Russian invasion grinds on for a ninth month, Reuters reported.

New Zealand currently has a team of 120 New Zealand Defense Force, or NZDF, personnel training Ukrainians in the United Kingdom but this deployment was due to end. The new deployment will run from November 30 through until July 2023, a government statement said.

"I am pleased the NZDF infantry can offer the skills and experience for further training. This deployment also provides an opportunity for NZDF personnel to gain valuable experience," said Peeni Henare, Minister of Defense.

The New Zealand government has also said it would extend the NZDF's existing intelligence contribution, redeploy four NZDF staff to help with the logistics hub in Europe and provide eight people to support those deployed in the region.

No NZDF staff will be sent into Ukraine, where Russia has been engaged in what it calls a "special operation" since February.

The government said it will donate NZ$1.85 million ($1.13 million) to the World Food Program to help address global food security and NZ$1.85 million to the Nato Trust fund.

Some information in this report came from Reuters, The Associated Press, and Agence France-Presse.

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