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The latest developments in Russia’s war against Ukraine. All hours EDT.
5:28 a.m.: The Associated Press, citing Ukrainian officials, reported that Russia had bombed residential areas across Ukraine. The mayor of the eastern city of Kramatorsk said a Russian rocket attack killed three people and injured 13 others on Friday night. Further west, a governor reported further Russian bombardment of a town not far from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Ukrainian military intelligence claimed that Russian troops bombed the nuclear power plant.
4:33 a.m.: The latest intelligence update from the British Ministry of Defense indicates that Russia is likely focused on strengthening its position in southern Ukraine.
In Donbass, however, according to the update, Russian-backed forces — largely militias from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic — continued to attempt assaults north of the city of Donetsk.
3h33: The latest assessment of Ukraine by the Institute for the Study of War, a US think tank, said Ukrainian forces were continuing their efforts to disrupt Russian ground lines of communication that support Russian forces on the right bank of the Dnipro.
Russian forces, according to the update, carried out limited ground attacks northwest of Sloviansk, east of Siversk and south and east of Bakhmut. They also carried out a limited ground assault north of the city of Kharkiv.
1h29: Details of the audit process are to be determined by Amnesty’s board next week, after the various national organizations have had a chance to give their opinion, according to the German press agency.
00:02: German businesses and public institutions should not heat their offices above 19 degrees Celsius this winter to help reduce the country’s natural gas consumption, Germany’s economy minister said on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
Germany, the European Union’s largest economy, is rapidly trying to wean itself off Russian natural gas in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine.
However, Germany uses more Russian gas imports than many other EU countries. Russia has cut off gas exports to several EU countries, and officials fear Moscow could use gas exports as a political weapon to reduce sanctions on Russia – or even cut off exports to the EU altogether. Europe in winter, when demand is highest.
Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that while the 27 EU countries have pledged to reduce their gas consumption by 15% from August compared to the previous five-year average, Germany must reduce its consumption by 20%.
Some information in this report comes from The Associated Press.