US says ‘increasingly concerned’ about potential Russian nuclear strike

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8:13 p.m. : It’s 8 p.m. and it’s time to take stock of the main news of the day:

#BUDGET Elisabeth Borne has engaged the responsibility of her government with 49.3 on the entire budget at first reading. The LFI deputies tabled a new motion of censure. In its text, the government does not retain the 12 billion euros voted by the opposition for the thermal renovation of buildings.

The Minister of Health, François Braun, announces an envelope “around 400 million euros” aid for the hospital, instead of the 150 million planned.

The Ethiopian government and rebels in the Tigray region, who have been fighting each other since 2020 in one of the deadliest conflicts in the world, have reached an agreement for the “cessation of hostilities”.

Russia will resume applying the agreement allowing the export of Ukrainian cereals. The United States says “more and more worried” about the risk of a Russian nuclear strike in Ukraine.

7:42 p.m. : The outcome of the grain crisis has consolidated Turkey’s role as an intermediary between kyiv and Moscow. Volodymyr Zelensky says tonight he thanked Recep Tayyip Erdogan for helping to “preserve” the agreement allowing grain ships to leave Ukraine. The Turkish president notably spoke with Vladimir Putin yesterday on this subject.

7:54 p.m. : The first inspections of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline by the Nord Stream company, majority owned by the Russian giant Gazprom, show that a 250 meter section is “destroy”. Two craters are visible at both ends of the portion in question. The investigation by this company is taking place in parallel with that carried out by the Swedish, Danish and German authorities.

6:21 p.m. : Russia has rejoined the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain after receiving security guarantees from Ukraine. But Vladimir Putin is already warning that she will leave him again “in the event of a breach of these safeguards by Ukraine”. In a speech, he also said that Russia would be ready, in this case, to provide the poorest countries “the entire volume of cerealsthey receive from Ukraine.

8:11 p.m. : At 6 p.m., we offer you an update on the headlines:

Russia agrees to return to the grain export deal. At the same time, the United States is “increasingly concerned” about a potential nuclear strike from Russia, according to the White House. Follow our live.

#BUDGET Elisabeth Borne engages the responsibility of her government with 49.3 on the entire budget at first reading. In response, the LFI deputies tabled a new motion of censure against the government.

The Minister of Health, François Braun, announces an envelope “around 400 million euros” aid instead of the 150 million planned for the hospital.

The belligerents agree on “a cessation of hostilities” in the Tigray region, announces the African Union mediator.

4:54 p.m. : The “main priority” is to avoid a war between nuclear powers which would have “catastrophic consequences”, declares Russian diplomacy, in full tension between Moscow and the West around Ukraine. Russia calls on other countries with the ultimate weapon to “solve this priority task” by ending their “dangerous attempts to encroach on the vital interests of others”.

4:20 p.m. : North Korea “covertly provides aid to Russia’s war against Ukraine”, accuses John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council. He evokes a “significant number” of shells that North Korea sends to “trying to pretend they are being sent to the Middle East or Africa”.

4:07 p.m. : Antonio Guterres hailed “warmly” the return of Russia to the agreement allowing the export of Ukrainian cereals. The UN Secretary General “continues its efforts with all the actors for the renewal and full application of the Initiative”announced his spokesperson in a press release.

3:57 p.m. : Grain cargo ships will once again be able to travel in the Black Sea. Four days after its withdrawal from the agreement on Ukrainian grain exports, Russia finally announced that it would resume its participation. The Kremlin pulled out of the deal after an attack on its fleet in Crimea, which it blamed on kyiv. We answer four questions about Russia’s return to the agreement.

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3:47 p.m. : The United States has become “Over the month” of “increasingly concerned about this eventuality” of a potential nuclear strike by Russia in the context of the war in Ukraine, specifies the White House. “We are monitoring this as best we can”says the spokesman for the National Security Council.

3:41 p.m. : The United States are “increasingly concerned” about a potential nuclear strike from Russia, says the White House.

2:02 p.m. : At 2 p.m., we offer you an update on the headlines:

Cargo ships will once again be able to leave Ukrainian ports and return to sea. Russia agrees to return to the agreement on grain exports. Follow our live.

• #CARBUREANTS The strike at the TotalEnergies refinery in Gonfreville-l’Orcher (Seine-Maritime) is over, announces the CGT. The strike movement now affects only one site: the Feyzin depot, located in the metropolis of Lyon.

• The government is unveiling the main lines of its future immigration bill, which is to be examined in early 2023. It proposes in particular to “create a residence permit for occupations in tension” for undocumented workers already in the territory.

“A leader does not discard on his subordinates”. Edouard Philippe evokes for the first time on France 2 his placement under the status of witness assisted by the Court of Justice of the Republic for “endangering the lives of others and voluntary abstention from fighting a disaster” within the framework of his management of the health crisis linked to Covid-19.

1:59 p.m. : Russia will summon the British ambassador to give him “evidence”, according to her, of the involvement of London in recent attacks against the Russian fleet in Crimea, announces Moscow. The British authorities have repeatedly denied these accusations, accusing the Kremlin of seeking to “To divert attention” of his military reverses in Ukraine.

1:27 p.m. : Here are the articles not to be missed today on our site:

• Sabotage, exchange of information… We tell you about Melitopol, capital of the resistance in the territories occupied by Russia
• “Short occupations” residence permit, OQTF, asylum… Here are the government’s leads for the immigration bill
• Competition from platforms, health crisis and overpriced tickets… We explain why cinemas no longer attract crowds

1:07 p.m. : In the Kherson region, the Ukrainian army relies on US Himars rocket launchers to advance. These long-range devices caused heavy damage to the Russian army and allowed kyiv to take the advantage. “Thanks to the Himars, the front line has clearly progressed”, confided to franceinfo a Ukrainian soldier. Reportage.

12:04 : To accompany your lunch, here is a new summary of the news of this Wednesday, November 2:

Cargo ships will once again be able to leave Ukrainian ports and return to sea. Russia agrees to return to the agreement on grain exports. Follow our live.

• #CARBUREANTS The strike at the TotalEnergies refinery in Gonfreville-L’Orcher (Seine-Maritime) is over, announces the CGT. The strike movement now affects only one site: the Feyzin depot, located in the metropolis of Lyon.

• The government is unveiling the main lines of its immigration bill, which is to be examined in early 2023. It proposes in particular to “create a residence permit for occupations in tension” for undocumented workers already in the territory.

“A leader does not discard on his subordinates”. Edouard Philippe evokes for the first time on France 2 his placement under the status of witness assisted by the Court of Justice of the Republic for “endangering the lives of others and voluntary abstention from fighting a disaster” within the framework of his management of the health crisis linked to Covid-19.

11:38 : Russia also confirms for its part that it will resume its participation in the agreement on Ukrainian grain exports after receiving “written warranties” from Ukraine on the demilitarization of the corridor used for their transport, specifies the Russian Ministry of Defense on Telegram.

Moscow had suspended its participation last Saturday after an attack on its fleet in Crimea.

11:32 am : Ukrainian grain exports resume in the Black Sea, announces Turkish President Erdoğan. Follow our live.

10:50 a.m. : Each friendship reaches the inevitable moment of the “fireworks”. 🇺🇦🤝🇩🇪 Featuring Friedrich Liеchtenstein https://t.co/FnHGD6A6Ur

10:50 a.m. : You may remember the video kyiv released in October thanking France for its military aid. Well the Ministry of Defense is doing it again today, with a clip this time for Germany. German speakers may have recognized the song Supergeil (“Super awesome”) as a soundtrack.

10:21 : Since the beginning of March, the city of Melitopol has been in the hands of Russian forces. But that does not prevent some residents from defying the occupation authorities. Poster campaigns, disobedience… Everything is done for “complicate as much as possible the lives of occupants and employees”explains the exiled mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov, to franceinfo.

Police officers in Victory Square on September 7, 2022 in Melitopol (Ukraine), a city occupied by Russian forces.  (RIA NOVOSTI / SPUTNIK VIA SIPA)

(RIA NOVOSTI / SPUTNIK VIA SIPA)

09:42 : The Spanish Foreign Minister is in kyiv today to deliver thirty ambulances to the Ukrainian authorities. Jose Manuel Albares is also on hand to “to see the devastating effects of the Russian attacks”.

08:37 : Two days after the Russian strikes, electricity has not yet been fully restored in kyiv. 16,000 households are still without power this morning, the governor of kyiv oblast, Oleksiy Kuleba, explains on Telegram.

08:01 : And meanwhile, kyiv is rolling out “about 1,000 heating points for the inhabitants of the city. They will be used in the event of Russian bombardments on energy infrastructure, explains the mayor, Vitali Klitschko, on Telegram. You can warm up, drink tea, charge your phones and get the help you need.”

07:52 : Exports of grain and foodstuffs from #Ukraine️ need to continue. Although no movements of vessels are planned for 2 November under the #BlackSeaGrainInitiative, we expect loaded ships to sail on Thursday.

07:57 : The coordinator for the UN on Ukrainian grain exports to the Black Sea confirms on Twitter that no shipments will leave today. Decision taken after Russia decided to temporarily withdraw from the agreement. Amir M. Abdulla hopes for a recovery tomorrow.

07:37 : Constructive conversation with my Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. We must act together to seek to end the Russian escalation in #Ukraine and hold #NorthKorea to its obligations. Our bilateral exchanges 🇫🇷 🇨🇳 will intensify.

07:38 : The head of French diplomacy Catherine Colonna spoke last night with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the war in Ukraine. “We must act together to seek to end the Russian escalation”then tweeted the minister.

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