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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the challenges of winter, the counteroffensive and war in the Middle East in a new interview.

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“We have a new phase of war, and that is a fact,” Zelenskiy told The Associated Press in an interview in Kharkiv yesterday, published this morning. “Winter as a whole is a new phase of war,” he said.

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Asked about the counteroffensive, he said:

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“Look, we are not backing down, I am satisfied. We are fighting with the second (best) army in the world, I am satisfied,” he said, referring to the Russian military.

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But he also said: “We are losing people, I’m not satisfied. We didn’t get all the weapons we wanted, I can’t be satisfied, but I also can’t complain too much.”

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Speaking about last summer’s counteroffensive, the Ukrainian leader said:

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We wanted faster results. From that perspective, unfortunately, we did not achieve the desired results. And this is a fact.

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He also underscored the importance of boosting domestic arms production, and Kyiv’s push for cheap loans and licenses to manufacture weapons.

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And he addressed the impact of the war between Israel and Hamas.

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“We already can see the consequences of the international community shifting (attention) because of the tragedy in the Middle East,” he said. “Only the blind don’t recognise this.”

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“We must not allow people to forget about the war here,” he said.

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In Ukraine, severe snowstorms left 10 people dead across the Odesa, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv and Kyiv regions.

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Fifteen hundred towns and villages were left without power, with one snowstorm in Odesa leaving 2,500 people in need of rescue and about 850 vehicles requiring towing.

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Southern Ukraine was the worst affected, as cars and buses slid off frozen roads, with local authorities battling strong winds to rescue vehicles.

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Russian investigators said on Friday a dual Russian-Italian national had been detained for planting bombs on railway tracks as part of a sabotage campaign orchestrated by Ukrainian military intelligence.

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After his arrest, the man, born in 1988 and a resident of Ryazan, confessed to planting homemade bombs that derailed a freight train in central Russia on 11 November, according to investigators. He was not named, Reuters reported.

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“During questioning, the detainee confessed and said that in February 2023 he was recruited by an employee of the main intelligence directorate of the ministry of defence of Ukraine,” the investigative committee said.

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The committee said the detained man admitted undergoing “sabotage training in Latvia with the direct participation of the Latvian special services.”

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Reuters was unable to immediately verify any of the details other than that a freight train was derailed on 11 November near the town of Rybnoe, about 177km (110 miles) south-east of Moscow. Ukrainian military intelligence could not be reached for immediate comment.

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