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Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 284

This is the state of affairs on Sunday 4 December:

Diplomacy

  • The West should consider how to meet Russia’s need for security guarantees if President Vladimir Putin agrees to negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
  • Macron said Europe needed to address Putin’s fears that “NATO is coming right to his door” and the deployment of weapons that could threaten Russia, as Europe prepares its future security architecture.
  • US intelligence expects the “slowed pace” in fighting in Ukraine to continue in the coming months and sees no evidence of a diminished Ukrainian will to resist, despite attacks on power grids and other critical winter infrastructure.
  • Putin is being disingenuous about peace talks with Ukraine as he takes the war to a new level of “barbarism” by trying to turn off civilians’ lights, a top US diplomat said.
  • Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova replied: “Only the United States and NATO destroyed more energy networks than the United States itself destroyed.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the US for billions of dollars contributed to its war effort. “Ukraine’s victory, which we are sure of, will be our joint victory,” he said.
  • Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks with his Belarusian counterpart. Belarus has said it will not join the war in Ukraine, but President Alexander Lukashenko has in the past ordered troops to deploy alongside Russian troops near the Ukrainian border, citing threats to Belarus from Kiev and the West.
  • A ship with Ukrainian wheat destined for Ethiopia arrived at the port [the port name is needed probably]the first ship to sail as part of an effort to send food to countries most vulnerable to famine and drought, Zelenskyy said.

Oil price ceiling

  • Russia is analyzing how to respond to a price cap on its oil following a deal reached by Western powers that aims to limit a key source of funding for its war in Ukraine.
  • The $60 price cap for Russian oil by sea, agreed by the Group of Seven Nations and Australia, is not serious and will do little to deter Russia from waging its war, Zelenskyy said.
  • Moscow “will not accept this cap,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
  • Russia said it would continue to find buyers for its oil despite what it said was a “dangerous” attempt by Western governments to impose a price cap on its oil exports.
  • A group carved a Banksy mural of a battle-ravaged wall in Ukraine, but people were spotted and the image of a woman in a gas mask and dressing gown holding a fire extinguisher was under police protection.

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