Russia's military aggression against Ukraine continues.

Fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces continues across Ukraine, forcing thousands of civilians to flee the country.

We will keep you updated on developments in Ukraine on December 1st (Japan time), including the battle situation and the diplomacy of the countries concerned.

(There is a 7-hour time difference between Japan and Ukraine, and a 6-hour time difference with Moscow, Russia.)

Russian military repeats missile attacks

The Russian military has repeated large-scale missile attacks since October, and Ukraine is facing serious power shortages in various places, including the capital Kyiv.

The Ukrainian government has increased its vigilance against further attacks by the Russian military targeting infrastructure facilities, but Deputy Prime Minister Bereschuk wrote on SNS on the 29th, ``We cannot give in to the cold and darkness now. Only 100 days. After that, spring will come,” he wrote, calling on the people to continue to fight with all their might despite the severe cold and lack of electricity and heating.

US CIA Director and Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Director Meet Last Month

Amid the deepening conflict between the United States and Russia over the situation in Ukraine, there was a meeting in Turkey last month between CIA Director Burns and Foreign Intelligence Service Director Naryshkin, who was an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin. are gathering.

Regarding this, Russian Secretary Naryshkin said in an interview with the state-run Russian news agency on the 30th, "The most frequently used words at this meeting were 'strategic stability,' 'nuclear security,' 'Ukraine,' and 'Kyiv regime. ’” and claimed that the situation in Ukraine was also discussed.

On the other hand, the US government has indicated that it will not negotiate a ceasefire with Russia without Ukraine.

A spokesman for the US State Department told NHK, "Secretary Burns conveyed a message about the consequences of Russia using nuclear weapons and the dangers to strategic stability," and declined to use nuclear forces over the situation in Ukraine. He emphasized that he strongly warned Russia, which shows a stance not to do so.

US Secretary of State Brinken: Putin will not succeed

U.S. Secretary of State Brinken said at a press conference on the 30th that Russia's attack on Ukrainian infrastructure facilities "President Putin's strategy did not succeed and will not succeed. We will continue to prove it," he said, emphasizing the idea of ​​​​hurrying to support the restoration of power supply in Ukraine.

This is the 53 million dollars announced the day before, which is equivalent to 7 billion yen in Japanese yen. Specifically, we will provide transformers, circuit breakers, and vehicles.

Furthermore, in order to protect these infrastructure facilities from Russian attacks, he indicated that he would consider further strengthening the air defense system.

"Over the past few weeks, Russia has destroyed more than a third of Ukraine's energy system with airstrikes, plunged millions into bitter cold and darkness, children, the elderly and the sick," said Brinken. Heating, water, and electricity are new targets for President Putin," he said.