Protection & Nationwide Safety — Russian shelling ongoing in Ukraine as winter units in

As Russia continues to pound Ukraine with a barrage of shelling, Kyiv claims Moscow can also be planning a false flag assault on a serious nuclear energy plant in Belarus to realize the previous Soviet state’s muscle within the struggle. 

We’ll share what we find out about that, plus a potential new Congressional committee on China and what to anticipate in Russia’s assault on Ukraine as winter closes in. 

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Ukraine: Russia planning false flag assault in Belarus

Ukraine’s Protection Ministry on Sunday claimed that Russia is planning a false flag assault on a serious nuclear energy plant in Belarus as a part of an alleged effort to rope the nation into its struggle in opposition to Ukraine. 

The ministry’s intelligence arm mentioned in a launch that Russian particular forces had been planning “a number of terrorist assaults” throughout Belarus and are concentrating on important infrastructure positioned close to European Union and Ukrainian borders, together with the Ostrovets nuclear energy plant close to the Lithuanian border. 

Becoming a member of the combat?: “All this could speed up the involvement of the Belarusian military within the struggle in Ukraine,” the Ukrainian Protection Ministry mentioned, “in addition to to create the mandatory public opinion for the Kremlin in Belarusian society.” 

Ukrainian intelligence additionally claimed that Ukrainian individuals or members of NATO international locations could be wearing Belarusian navy uniforms after which blamed for the assault. 

The US response: The Pentagon mentioned in an announcement that it was carefully monitoring the battle however would “not speculate on hypothetical conditions.” 

Timing: The allegation got here as Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, which has been managed by Russian forces since March, was rocked by shelling over the weekend, with Kyiv and Moscow buying and selling blame, Reuters reported. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday instructed NATO leaders throughout a video tackle, “All of us want assured safety from Russian sabotage at nuclear amenities.” 

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EASTERN UKRAINE HIT WITH 400 SHELLING INCIDENTS IN SINGLE DAY 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned japanese Ukraine was hit with almost
400 shelling incidents on Sunday alone as Russia continues to pound the nation. 

“Though there are fewer assaults as we speak as a result of deterioration of the climate, the variety of Russian shelling events stays, sadly, very excessive,” Zelensky mentioned in his nightly tackle to Ukrainians. 

“As of now, there have been virtually 400 shelling events within the east because the starting of the day,” the president mentioned.  

The place the combating is: Zelensky mentioned “the fiercest battles” are concentrated within the Donetsk area, and that Ukrainian forces are “little by little … transferring ahead with battles” within the Luhansk area.  

The areas are the easternmost in Ukraine, touching the Russian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin in September moved to annex Donetsk and Luhansk, together with the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia areas. 

The Zelensky additionally mentioned Ukraine is “holding the road” in southern Ukraine, “persistently and really calculatedly destroying the potential of the occupiers.” 

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McCarthy planning committee on China if Speaker

Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) mentioned Sunday that he’ll spearhead a Home choose committee on China if he’s elected Speaker when the brand new Congress convenes subsequent 12 months.  

“They by no means as soon as on this majority had a listening to [on] the place COVID originated from … They’ve by no means stood as much as China,” McCarthy mentioned of Democrats in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Information’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” 

“After I turn into Speaker, I’m going to have a choose committee on China,” McCarthy mentioned, confirming long-expected plans. 

Setting the groundwork: Republicans are readying for majority energy after successful the Home by a slim margin on this month’s midterms, with plans to research the U.S.-Mexico border, allegations in opposition to President Biden’s son Hunter Biden and the origins of COVID-19. 

“China is the No. 1 nation in the case of mental property theft. All the opposite nations mixed, China steals greater than them. We are going to put a cease to this and not permit the administration to take a seat again and let China do what they’re doing to America,” McCarthy mentioned Sunday. 

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FROM THE WEEKEND

Ukraine readies for chilly, harmful chapter in struggle  

Snowfall throughout Ukraine is signaling the official arrival of winter, organising a harmful chapter within the struggle with Russia as Moscow targets Ukraine’s energy and vitality provides to deprive the nation of warmth and electrical energy. 

Anna Grigolaya, the operations supervisor within the metropolis of Dnipro for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), mentioned the scenario will probably be important for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians struggling via extra common and sustained blackouts. 

“Our mission now could be to arrange individuals for in all probability the worst winter of their lives,” she mentioned.  

The Kremlin’s technique: Greater than 9 months since Russia’s invasion, Moscow has turned towards a method that targets Ukraine’s vitality infrastructure and electrical energy provides in an effort to destroy the nation and break the desire of the individuals.  

“This can be a deliberate tactic by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield mentioned throughout a gathering of the Safety Council this week.  

“He appears to have determined that if he can’t seize Ukraine by power, he’ll attempt to freeze the nation into submission. It’s onerous to overstate how horrific these assaults are,” she added. 

Earlier assaults: Russia launched its largest barrage of missile assaults throughout Ukraine earlier this week, deploying no less than 96 missiles in in the future. The barrage included explosive drones offered by Iran that focused civilian infrastructure and briefly disconnected 10 million individuals from energy sources as temperatures started to drop.  

British Ambassador to the United Nations Barbara Woodward mentioned at a Safety Council assembly that “Russia is knowingly attempting to realize navy benefit by creating desperation.” 

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ON TAP FOR TOMORROW

The Hudson Institute will host a dialog with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), on “Exploiting Industrial Innovation to Regain Navy Benefit,” at 12 p.m. 

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