Live: Russia dismantling nuclear missiles to shell Ukraine, says UK

Issued on: 26/11/2022 – 10:36

A Ukrainian soldier walks in front of a destroyed building of the International Airport of Kherson in the village of Chornobaivka, outskirts of Kherson, on November 20, 2022. © Bulent Kilic, AFP

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Russia is likely removing nuclear warheads from ageing nuclear cruise missiles and firing unarmed munitions at Ukraine, Britain’s military intelligence said on Saturday. This comes amid widespread power outages through Ukraine as Russia attacks the country’s infrastructure and bombards Kherson in what appears to be retaliation for Ukrainian military success in the region. Follow our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfold. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).


1:29pm: Russia says 9 prisoners of war freed in exchange with Ukraine

as part of a prisoner exchange with Ukraine on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing Moscow’s defence ministry.

“On Nov. 26, as a result of the negotiation process, nine Russian servicemen who were in mortal danger in captivity were returned from the territory controlled by the Kyiv regime,” the ministry said in a statement.

1:28pm: Ukraine holds food security summit in Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hosted an international summit in Kyiv on Saturday to discuss food security and agricultural exports with the prime ministers of Belgium, Poland and Lithuania and the president of Hungary.

Zelensky opened the summit speaking at a panel flanked by his chief of staff and prime minister. French President and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen delivered speeches that were shown by video.

11:23am: Power restored in Ukrainian city of Kherson, senior presidential aide says

Electricity has been restored in the southern Ukrainian city of after its liberation earlier this month from Russian occupation, a senior presidential aide said on Saturday.

“First we are supplying power to the city’s critical infrastructure and then immediately to household consumers,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

9:36am: Ukraine president’s chief of staff: Russia ‘will pay’ for Soviet-era famine

The head of Ukraine’s presidential administration said on Saturday Russia would answer for a that left millions of Ukrainians dead during the winter of 1932-33.

“The Russians will pay for all of the victims of the Holodomor and answer for today’s crimes,” Andriy Yermak wrote on Telegram, using the Ukrainian name for the tragedy.

8:10am: Russian air strikes kill several in attack on Ukrainian city of Kherson

At least 1 by Russian missile attacks on Kherson in what appears to be a retaliation against the Ukrainian civilian population due to Ukraine’s military victories in the region. FRANCE 24’s Carys Garland reports.


8:05am: ‘People in many regions of Ukraine are going to have to expect rolling blackouts’

FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg reports from Noviy Buh, in Ukraine, on on Ukrainian power grids namely in Kyiv.


8:00am: Putin meets with moblised soldiers’ mothers amid rising anti-war sentiment

Following the “partial mobilisation” announced by the governement, Putin met with Russian mothers and expressed that he “shares their pain”. However, not all mothers are invited to talk with the president. FRANCE 24’s Antonia Karrigan reports.



7:31am: Britain says Russia likely removing nuclear warheads from missiles and firing at Ukraine

Russia is likely removing nuclear warheads from ageing nuclear cruise missiles and firing unarmed munitions at Ukraine, said on Saturday.

“Whatever Russia’s intent, this improvisation highlights the level of depletion in Russia’s stock of long range missiles”, the defence ministry said in its daily intelligence update on Twitter.

Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 26 November 2022

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(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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