Kherson under massive Russian shelling: authorities report 2 dead and 5 injured.

Russian troops continue shelling the liberated city of Kherson in Ukraine’s south. According to early reports, 2 civilians were killed and 5 were injured.

Yaroslav Yanushevych, Head of the Kherson Oblast Military Administration reported that Kherson is under massive fire from the Russian occupiers. The enemy attacked Kherson Cotton Plant microdistrict. Currently, there is information about 7 victims; 2 of them died.

Furthermore, emergency medical aid teams, together with the Red Cross, are heading to the Ostriv microdistrict. The number of casualties is currently unknown.

Putin loves life and fears death, so he is unlikely to use nuclear weapons – Zelenskyy.

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will not use nuclear weapons because he fears death.

Zelenskyy in David Letterman’s "My next guest needs no introduction" special on Netflix : "I saw him . I saw his will to live.

He loves this life, he even sits… at his long table [a reference to Vladimir Putin’s meeting table, where he sat 6 metres across from the world leaders ] … scared of Covid or something else.

This shows that he fears death, and loves life.

So I am doubtful that he is ready to use nuclear weapons because he understands that if he does, the retaliation of any other state can be made in regards to him. And him personally."

Ukraine needs US$1 billion for rapid restoration of electricity and heating supply.

Ukraine needs US$1 billion for a quick restoration of critical infrastructure to go through the winter period.

It was reported by Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, during a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECP).

Smyhal said that the plan of Ukraine’s post-war restoration includes three stages.

"But right now, the main priority is survival and rapid restoration of critical infrastructure and the energy sector to get through the winter period," emphasised the prime minister.

Shmyhal said that the latest Russian attacks against Ukraine’s energy system resulted in half of the energy infrastructure being damaged, as well as to the destabilisation of the power grid. The implementation of scheduled and emergency power outages in the country affected all sectors of Ukrainian economy and social life.

"The approximate cost of emergency support for the electric power industry is estimated at US$500 million. The approximate cost of the district heating sector support is estimated at another US$500 million," Shmyhal pointed out.

In addition, according to the report of the World Bank, the European Commission and the Cabinet of Ministers [the highest body of state executive power in Ukraine], total reconstruction and recovery needs of Ukraine are estimated at US$349 billion as of June 1, 2022. Previous updated estimates of the World Bank and the Government of Ukraine stated that the needs for reconstruction will increase to US$500-600 billion.