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Ukraine war latest: Ukrainians 'losing trust' in Volodymyr Zelenskyy; Vladimir Putin to make rare trip abroad
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is "paying for mistakes he has made", the mayor of Kyiv has said. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin will visit the United Arab Emirates this week. Ask our military analysts a question using the form below.
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A nuclear waste site in the UK was hacked into by cyber groups linked to Russia and China, The Guardian reports.
An investigation by the paper found the IT systems at Sellafield in Cumbria were compromised by the cyber groups, with sources suggesting it was likely they accessed high level confidential material at the site.
It is unclear when the systems were hacked but sources said breaches were first detected in 2015.
"Sources suggest it is likely foreign hackers have accessed the highest echelons of confidential material at the site," the newspaper said.
What do we know about the site?
The Magnox Swarf Storage Silo at Sellafield has been described as the most hazardous building in western Europe.
It was built in the late 1950s to receive waste from the UK's growing fleet of nuclear reactors.
For decades the waste has been dissolving into an intensely radioactive sludge releasing hydrogen gas into the air above it - a potentially explosive mix that has to be constantly ventilated.
The Hungarian prime minister has demanded that Ukraine's membership in the EU and billions of euros in funding meant for the country be taken off the agenda at a summit of the bloc's leaders next week.
In a letter to European Council president Charles Michel, who will chair the 14-15 December summit in Brussels, Viktor Orban insists a "strategic discussion" is needed first about Ukraine's European future and warns that forcing a decision could destroy EU unity.
Decisions on the EU's enlargement and a review of its long-term budget, which includes £42.8bn in aid for Kyiv, can only be taken unanimously by all 27 member countries.
"I respectfully urge you not to invite the European Council to decide on these matters in December as the obvious lack of consensus would inevitably lead to failure," Mr Orban wrote in the letter, dated 4 December and seen by the Associated Press.
EU leaders, he writes, "must avoid this counterproductive scenario for the sake of unity, our most important asset".
He does not explicitly say that Hungary would veto any moves to open membership talks with Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin has today been touring an exhibition of Russian achievements.
The Russian leader was given an explanation of a Soviet nuclear bomb design and shown a mock control panel for launching a nuclear test, before observing images of a blast and mushroom cloud through a viewing window.
Since the start of the Ukraine war, Mr Putin has frequently reminded the West of the size and capabilities of Russia's nuclear arsenal.
He has deployed tactical nuclear missiles in Belarus and shifted Russia's stance on two major arms treaties, while insisting that Moscow is not recklessly "brandishing" atomic weapons or changing its doctrine on their use.
Mr Putin is expected this month to confirm that he will run for another six-year term in March.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is "paying for mistakes he has made" and the Ukrainian people are wondering why the country was not better prepared, the mayor of Kyiv has said in interviews with various news outlets.
Vitali Klitschko said Ukrainians were losing trust in the wartime leader's handling of the crisis.
"People wonder why we weren't better prepared for this war, why Zelenskyy denied until the end that it would come to this," Mr Klitschko told the Swiss media outlet 20 Minuten .
"People see who's effective and who’s not. And there were and still are a lot of expectations. Zelenskyy is paying for mistakes he has made."
Asked what mistakes Mr Zelenskyy had made, the mayor said: "People wonder why we weren't better prepared for this war.
"Or why it was possible that the Russians were able to reach Kyiv so quickly.
"There was too much information that didn't match reality. But still, the president has an important function today and we must support him until the end of the war.
"But at the end of this war, every politician will pay for his successes or failures."
The former boxing champion also claimed the Ukrainian leader had authoritarian tendencies.
He told the German news magazine Der Spiegel , in a separate interview: "At some point we will no longer be any different from Russia, where everything depends on the whim of one man."
The comments come as Ukraine presses on with its counteroffensive, which has made small gains but is not moving at the speed they had hoped.
Vladimir Putin will visit the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia this week, according to the Russian news outlet Shot reports, which cited the president's aide Yury Ushakov.
The visit comes after the OPEC+ group of oil producers, which includes all three countries, agreed last Thursday to voluntary output cuts totalling about 2.2 million barrels a day.
Mr Putin has rarely travelled abroad in recent years, and mostly to states of the former Soviet Union.
His last trip beyond those countries was to China in October.
Diplomatic envoys of the EU's 27 member countries will meet tomorrow to start debating a sensitive proposal to launch membership talks with Ukraine, officials and diplomats have said.
The meeting marks the start of preparations among the 27 for a December summit of the bloc's leaders that is due to assess and decide on EU integration prospects for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Bosnia and others.
Specifically, the Tuesday meeting will start debating a draft agreement of the leaders' summit.
EU diplomats and officials said the first draft prepared for discussion was bound to change.
The initial draft reads: "The European Council decides to open accession negotiations with Ukraine and with Moldova."
For Georgia, it said the country would get EU candidate status "on the understanding" that Tbilisi implements outstanding conditions.
For Bosnia, the initial draft stated the bloc was "ready to open EU accession negotiations... once the necessary degree of compliance with the membership criteria is achieved".
Ukrainian operatives used two drones to destroy Russian ammunition and equipment depots near the occupied city of Svatove in the eastern Luhansk region, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said.
In a statement on Facebook the SBU said it gathered intelligence about the depots' locations and carried out overnight strikes.
"We continue to work until complete victory," they added.
What do we know about Svatove?
The Russians are trying to dig in at Svatove, east of the Oskil River.
The region is important to them because Svatove controls the last good supply route from Belgorod in Russia to their forces further south.
The first 30 empty lorries have driven through a newly opened Uhryniv-Dolhobychuv crossing on the Ukrainian-Polish border, which Kyiv hopes will offer relief as Polish driver protests have blocked other land corridors.
Ukraine's border service said today four border crossings were now under blockade by Polish hauliers, whose protests have paralysed traffic for weeks.
Polish hauliers' main demand is to stop Ukrainian truckers having permit-free access to the EU, something that Kyiv and Brussels say is impossible.
For context : Polish drivers have been blocking several border crossings to Ukraine for nearly a month in protest.
Drivers from Poland and Slovakia both complain that their Ukrainian peers offer cheaper prices for their services and also transport goods within the EU, rather than just between the bloc and Ukraine.
They demand the EU reinstate a system of granting a limited number of permits to Ukrainian companies to operate in the bloc and for European truckers to enter Ukraine.
We reported earlier that Kyiv officials had accused Russia of a war crime after footage emerged on social media appearing to show two uniformed Ukrainian soldiers being shot while surrendering (see post at 8.07am).
Now, Oleksandr Shtupun, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian military grouping that is fighting near the eastern town of Avdiivka, has said the "group of Russian occupiers who committed this crime ceased to exist".
The Ukrainska Pravda reports that he made the comments on air during a news broadcast.
He added that criminal proceedings have been initiated and the investigation is ongoing.
"Then these materials will be handed over to international institutions dealing with war crimes," he added.
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