Live briefing Ukraine: Nord Stream explosions were ‘sabotage’, says Sweden; 10M without power in Ukraine
Swedish prosecutors said on Friday that explosions at the Nord Stream gas pipelines in September were the result of “gross sabotage”. Their ongoing investigation also found “traces of explosives on several of the foreign objects found” at the scene of the blast. The findings confirm the suspicions of many European policymakers that the explosions, which hit the major underwater natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea that connect Russia to Germany, were deliberate. Prosecutors gave no further details, but said the “complex” investigation was ongoing.
In Ukraine, as the first snow fell in Kiev and winter sets in, “more than 10 million Ukrainians are left without electricity,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a late-night speech Thursday night, with many in the capital, Odessa and Vinnytsia. The blackouts follow damage to the country’s power lines after they were pummeled by a barrage of Russian strikes on Thursday, following misadventures on the Moscow battlefield – which left dozens of civilians injured and damaged key infrastructure in the south and east of Russia. the country was damaged.
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Russians fleeing war in Ukraine seek success in Dubai: This cosmopolitan city-state in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates has long positioned itself as a haven for global wealth and finance. Now the UAE’s decision not to join Western sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine has made Dubai a new hub for fortune-seeking Russians, who see much of the rest of the world ahead of them closed, Brian Rohan writes for The Washington Post.
Many choose Dubai for its high standard of living, low taxes and easy visa requirements, telling The Post they don’t have to deal with “Russophobia” compared to elsewhere.
“I see no reason to defend my homeland if no one attacked it,” said one expatriate, Sergei Tulinov, 35, a Kaliningrad tattoo artist who sold his business and moved to Dubai shortly after Russia announced a partial military mobilization in September. From July to September this year, Russians were the largest group of nonresident buyers, according to real estate firm Betterhomes.
Helier Cheung contributed to this report.