Ukraine live updates: Russia recruiting US-trained commandos

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Afghan special forces soldiers trained by American soldiers are now being recruited by the Russian military to fight in Ukraine, three former Afghan generals told the AP news agency.

They said the Russians wanted to lure thousands of former commandos by offering steady payments of $1,500 a month and the promise of safe haven to avoid deportation home to what could be death at the hands of the Taliban. Many of the teams fled to Iran after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year.

General Abdul Raof Arghandiwal said he has been in contact with a dozen teams in Iran who do not want to fight Ukraine but fear deportation for themselves and their families.

“They ask me, ‘Give me a solution?’ What should we do?” said Arghandiwal. “If we go back to Afghanistan, the Taliban will kill us.”

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Other changes:

►Ukraine’s football federation has called on FIFA to exclude Iran from next month’s World Cup for reasons including arming Russia’s military. Iran take on England in their first match in Qatar three weeks later.

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►Norway says it is boosting its military preparedness, but NATO member Prime Minister Jon Gahr Støre says there is no reason to believe “Russia will want to invade Norway or any other country directly.”

►Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and many top members of his government arrived in Kiev on Monday in the latest show of support for Ukraine from European leaders.

Russia defends suspension of grain deal, accuses Ukraine of sabotage

Russia defended its decision on Monday suspend a grain deal with Ukraine, accusing the country of using the Black Sea shipping corridor to get grain to world markets for “military and sabotage purposes.”

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, accused Ukraine of carrying out “massive air and naval strikes” against Russia’s Black Sea fleet and infrastructure in Sevastopol early on October 29, with the help of the West. humanitarian grain corridor’.

Ukraine denied the attack, accusing Russia of mishandling its weapons.

The United Nations-brokered grain agreement signed in July ensures Ukraine’s grain exports via the Black Sea. The deal, which will be renewed on November 19, has reduced global food prices by around 15 percent, according to the UN.

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The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that it would suspend the agreement. Chicago wheat futures jumped 5% on Monday.

For the third time this month, Russia launched a massive attack on Ukrainian infrastructure during the Monday morning rush hour, sending people flying to and from work and disrupting basic services for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said on social media that initially 80% of the affected capital was without water and that parts of the city were without electricity. By nightfall, water had been restored to about half of those who had lost it, and a city-wide blackout left power out for four hours before being restored for five hours.

Providing air defense systems to prevent these attacks has become a top priority for the Pentagon, two senior Pentagon officials said Monday, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity. The Pentagon has supplied Ukraine with anti-aircraft weapons ranging from pickup-mounted guided missiles to more sophisticated medium-range systems. The Russians are increasingly relying on Iranian-supplied kamikaze drones to launch attacks on power plants.

Ukraine’s air force said it shot down 44 Russian missiles on Monday morning, but missile and drone infrastructure strikes were reported in Kharkiv, Cherkassy, ​​Chernivtsi, Zaporizhia and several other regions. According to the deputy head of the presidential office, Kirill Tymoshenko, the government will introduce an emergency power cut across Ukraine.

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Britain’s Ministry of Defense has said thousands of Russian recruits are reporting to the front with weapons that are “probably in barely serviceable condition” and require different ammunition than those used by Russian regular army soldiers. latest war assessment. The photos show that the rifles are AKM, dated 1959.

The integration of reservists with contract troops and combat veterans in Ukraine will mean that Russia will have to push two types of small arms ammunition to forward positions, the ministry noted.

“This is likely to further strain Russia’s already strained logistics systems,” the assessment said.

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The assets of several large Ukrainian companies will be seized by Moscow’s government based in Crimea, said Sergei Aksionov, Russia’s interim leader. Ukraine’s Zaliv shipyard and cement plant in Bakhchisaray are among the properties to be taken over, The Kyiv Independent reports. Aksyonov said other commercial and tourist facilities could be targeted, as well as apartments and houses, including property owned by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Russia’s enemies will not make money in Crimea, this is a principled position,” Aksionov told Telegram.

Contributing: Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY; Associated Press


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