Ukrainian forces bombard river crossing; Kherson a fortress

Oct 21, 2022, 4:33 AM | Updated: Oct 22, 2022, 12:50 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconfere...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

(Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces bombarded Russian positions in the occupied and illegally annexed southern Kherson region, targeting resupply routes across a major river while inching closer Friday to a full assault on one of the first urban areas Russia captured after invading the country.

Russian-installed officials were reported desperately trying to turn the city of Kherson, a prime objective for both sides because of its key industries and major river and sea port, into a fortress while attempting to evacuate tens of thousands of residents.

The Kremlin poured as many as 2,000 draftees into the Kherson region — one of four Moscow illegally annexed and put under Russian martial law — to replenish losses and strengthen front-line units, according to the Ukrainian army’s general staff.

The Dnieper River figures prominently in the regional battle because it serves critical functions — crossings for supplies, troops and civilians; drinking water for southern Ukraine and the annexed Crimean Peninsula; and power generation from a hydroelectric station. Much of the area, including the power station and a canal feeding water to Crimea, is under Russian control.

Kremlin-installed Kherson officials said Ukrainian shelling of a Dnieper River ferry crossing killed two journalists working for a local TV station they set up under occupation. At least two other people were reported killed and 10 members of the broadcast crew and their relatives were wounded, Russia’s Tass news agency reported

Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s southern operational command, confirmed the Ukrainian military struck the Antonivskyi Bridge near the crossing but only during an overnight curfew Russian-installed officials put in place to avoid civilian casualties.

“We do not attack civilians and settlements,” Humeniuk told Ukrainian television.

Earlier Ukrainian strikes had made the Antonivskyi Bridge inoperable, prompting Russian authorities to set up ferry crossings and pontoon bridges to relocate civilians and transport supplies to Russian troops in Kherson, which sits on the Dnieper’s western bank.

Russian-installed officials are trying to evacuate up to 60,000 people from Kherson for their safety and to allow the military to build fortifications. Ukraine’s military reported Friday that bank employees, medical workers and teachers were relocating as the city’s infrastructure wound down.

“The situation is really difficult,” the deputy head of Kherson’s Kremlin-installed regional administration, Kirill Stremousov, said in a video he posted on Telegram. “Today we are preparing the city of Kherson as a fortress for defense and are ready to defend to the last. Our task is to save people, build defenses and protect the city.”

Kherson city, with a prewar population of about 284,000, was one of the first urban areas Russia captured when it invaded Ukraine, and it remains the largest city it holds.

Another flashpoint on the Dnieper River is the Kakhovka dam, which creates a large reservoir, and associated hydroelectric power station, about 70 kms (44 miles) from Kherson city. Each side accuses the other of targeting the facilities. Russian-installed officials claim Ukrainian forces have been attacking the facilities in part to cut the water supply to Crimea.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy contends the Russians plan to blow up the dam and power station to unleash 18 million cubic meters (4.8 billion gallons) of water and flood Kherson and dozens of other areas where hundreds of thousands of people live. He told the European Council on Thursday that Russia would then blame Ukraine.

None of the claims could be independently verified.

Defying international law, Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Ukraine’s Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions last month even though his forces don’t control all the territory. Putin declared martial law in the regions as of Thursday to assert Russian authority in the face of military setbacks and strong international criticism.

In the Donetsk region, two people were killed in Russian shelling of the city of Bakhmut, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, the province’s Ukrainian governor. Russian troops have been unable to advance toward the city for more than a month.

In the capital of the eastern Ukraine’s recently reclaimed Kharkiv region, nine people were wounded in two Russian attacks, according to Gov. Oleh Syniehubov. In the city of Zaporizhzhia, a Russian S-300 missile strike Friday wounded three people and damaged a residential building, a school and infrastructure, Ukrainian authorities said.

“Each strike won’t scare anyone. It will make us stronger,” said Dniprovskyi District acting administrative chief Volodymyr Hrianysty.

In an apparent effort to keep hostilities from spinning out of control, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin reached out to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday for their first phone call since May 13. Defense officials have said the Russians had not responded to U.S. efforts to set up calls.

Russia’s deployment of aircraft and troops to air bases in Belarus raised the specter of another front on Ukraine’s northern border, although Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday: “We’re not going anywhere today … If you do not want to fight with us, then we will not, there will be no war.”

The Ukrainian army’s general staff has warned that Belarus could attack to cut supply routes of Western weapons and equipment. Belarus’ intervention could also divert Ukraine’s resources and weaken its southern counteroffensive.

While prospects for peace appear slim, the Kremlin insisted Friday that Putin has been open to negotiations “from the very beginning” and “nothing has changed.” Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin “tried to initiate talks with both NATO and the United States even before the special military operation” — the Russian term for its war in Ukraine.

Peskov was responding to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said earlier Friday that the Russian leader appeared to be “much softer and more open to negotiations.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Putin’s war has backfired.

“President Putin thinks that these attacks will somehow break the will of Ukrainian people. Instead, he is only deepening their resolve to defend their country,” Blinken told reporters on Friday.

“Moscow can knock out the lights across Ukraine, but it cannot, it will not, extinguish the Ukrainian spirit. President Putin thought he could divide the trans-Atlantic alliance; instead, he’s brought us even closer together.”

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              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People stand outside a bar in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Russia has declared its intention to increase its targeting of Ukraine's power, water and other vital infrastructure in its latest phase of the nearly 8-month-old war. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Moscow's forces have destroyed nearly a third of the country's power stations since Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
            
              A Ukrainian soldier sits in shelter as he prepare fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Ukrainian soldiers fire the Russian positions with the mortar in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              A woman prepares to fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at short-term courses where everyone can be able to receive military skills during theoretical and practical training is provided at a military range in Rostov-on-Don region, southern Russia, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              A prisoner, one of 14 released by Ukraine as a prisoner swap, is greeted by people in Novoazovsk, separatist Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)
            
              People greet 14 prisoners released by Ukraine as a prisoner swap, in Novoazovsk, separatist Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)
            
              A man stands next to a truck that carries the remains of a missile after a Russian attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
            
              Firefighters stand next to a building that was damaged after a Russian attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
            
              Ukrainian emergency service member stands next to a truck that carries the remains of a missile after a Russian attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

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