World Cup 2022, day 10: The schedule, what’s at stake for teams | Qatar World Cup 2022

4 video games are scheduled for day 10 — Tuesday, November 29 — of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The schedule:

Netherlands vs Qatar (Group A): 6pm (15:00 GMT), Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Ecuador vs Senegal (Group A): 6pm (15:00 GMT), Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Al Rayyan

Wales vs England (Group B): 10pm (17:00 GMT), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

Iran vs USA (Group B): 10pm (17:00 GMT), Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama

There have been numerous firsts for host nation Qatar competing at their first World Cup on house turf: they grew to become the primary host staff in historical past to lose their opening event match — they had been additionally the primary staff to be eradicated, following losses to Ecuador and Senegal.

Qatar v Senegal, Group A
Qatar’s Mohammed Muntari (proper) celebrates with Pedro Miguel after scoring their staff’s first objective within the Qatar vs Senegal, Group A, FIFA World Cup match on November 25, 2022, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Qatar is going through a closely favoured Dutch squad, sitting fairly with 4 factors. The Netherlands want solely a draw or win to progress to the knockout phases for the eleventh time after a 2-0 win over Senegal and a 1-1 draw with Ecuador. They might nonetheless end on the prime of Group A.

Not a lot is on the road for Qatar — however they may probably spoil issues for the Dutch, provided that the staff can overcome their stage fright.

Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk in action with Ecuador's Michael Estrada
Netherlands’ Virgil van Dijk in motion with Ecuador’s Michael Estrada on the FIFA World Cup Group A recreation at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

One other loss on Tuesday would see the primary host staff in historical past go winless by means of the World Cup’s group phases.

Talking of firsts, it’s value noting, the Dutch have but to win a World Cup after ending runner-up in 1974, 1978 and 2010.

Gamers to look at:

Lead Netherlands attacker Memphis Depay will possible be beginning for the primary time within the 2022 World Cup following a hamstring harm that left him sidelined for 2 months. He made second-half appearances towards Senegal and Ecuador.

Netherlands participant Cody Gakpo, who discovered the again of the objective within the first two World Cup matches, can also be hoping for an improved efficiency towards Qatar.

“I do know what I’m able to, but it surely’s at all times a problem to achieve your highest stage that’s potential. And I feel I’m not there but. I feel I can enhance in numerous issues,” Gakpo stated.

Cody Gakpo
Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring his facet’s first objective in the course of the World Cup group A soccer match between Netherlands and Ecuador, on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Martin Meissner/AP Photo]

Ghana-born Mohammed Muntari made historical past final week when he netted Qatar’s first World Cup objective. Sadly, Muntari’s conversion has been his staff’s solely objective of the event.

Search for how Gulf legends, together with Qatari captain Hassan al-Haydos, management the ball.

Qatar's Hassan Al-Haydos controls the ball. | Qatar v Senegal, Group A, FIFA World Cup 2022, November 25, Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
Qatar’s Hassan al-Haydos (centre) controls the ball in the course of the Qatar vs Senegal, Group A match on November 25, 2022, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Ecuador, enjoying of their fourth World Cup, are getting ready to sealing their place within the ultimate 16 for the second time in historical past if they’ll take down Senegal on Tuesday at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium.

A draw may even get them there. A loss, however, will nearly certainly spell a untimely departure from Qatar for the younger and hungry South American staff, until Qatar phases an unlikely lopsided win towards the Netherlands.

“Now we have a much bigger battle coming,” coach Gustavo Alvaro stated after drawing 1-1 towards the Dutch, during which Ecuador had been the higher staff.

Senegal, too, want to punch a ticket to the World Cup’s knockout phases — a win over Ecuador would assure their spot. A draw could possibly be sufficient to propel them to the ultimate 16, however provided that Qatar are capable of beat the Netherlands by two targets or extra.

“Our focus should be higher,” stated Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. “We have to win to have an opportunity to qualify for the final 16.”

Boulaye Dia (21)
Boulaye Dia (left) of Senegal in motion towards the Netherlands of their Group A recreation on November 22, 2022, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Gamers to look at:

Enner Valencia’s simmering sizzling streak continues. The star ahead, Ecuador’s all-time main scorer, has scored the final six targets for his staff — in Qatar and stretching again to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Valencia precipitated panic after he was taken off the sphere late within the match towards the Netherlands on account of a knee pressure he sustained within the inaugural match with Qatar.

“He’s the one one with World Cup expertise,” Ecuador’s supervisor Alfaro stated. “The remainder are youngsters.”

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group A - Netherlands v Ecuador
Ecuador’s Enner Valencia celebrates after the primary objective in a Group A match towards the Netherlands at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Pedro Nunes/Reuters]

 

Wales face slim odds at making it to the knockout stage after a surprising 2-0 loss to Iran and a 1-1 stalemate with the USA, as they head into their ultimate Group B match with rivals England, who’re contemporary off a 0-0 draw with the USA and a 6-2 thumping of Iran.

Late to the occasion, first to depart? Wales, enjoying of their first World Cup in 64 years, have struggled to make a dent of their group at Qatar. A loss to England will ship the staff packing.

Historical past isn’t on the Welsh facet both; England has bested Wales of their final six contests. Most not too long ago, Wales fell 3-0 to England in a pleasant exhibition match in 2020.

Wales' Brennan Johnson reacts after missing a chance to score
Wales’s Brennan Johnson reacts after lacking an opportunity to attain of their Group B recreation towards the USA at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar, on November 21, 2022 [Hannah Mckay/Reuters]

The 2 groups have performed a complete of 103 matches since first squaring off in 1879. England has been victorious in 68 of these video games, dropping simply 14 matches to the Welsh. Of these matches, 21 resulted in attracts.

If Wales can pull out a win on Tuesday, it will likely be their first over England since 1984; even then, Wales’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout spherical would relaxation on the end result between the USA and Iran in a separate fixture.

“It’s a tricky job, it’s at all times uncomfortable when it’s clearly not in your arms and also you’re counting on sure issues to unfold,” Wales midfielder Joe Allen stated. “However while there’s nonetheless an opportunity, it’s actually easy for us. We’re totally motivated, we’ll sacrifice completely every part into getting a win.

England can advance to the spherical of 16 with a draw. A win, although, would cement their prime place in Group B. They’ll advance so long as they’ll maintain off a four-goal loss from Wales. They’d face a Group A challenger in both the Netherlands, Ecuador or Senegal within the knockout stage.

“Whenever you win a recreation, you’re the finest staff on the planet. Whenever you lose, you’re the worst. That’s soccer. As gamers you must hold a stability,” England ahead Marcus Rashford stated, swatting again criticism of his groups’ 1-1 draw with the USA.

England's Marcus Rashford comes on as a substitute
England’s Marcus Rashford comes on as an alternative to interchange Bukayo Saka of their Group B towards the USA at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters]

 

Gamers to look at:

Star Welsh gamers Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have didn’t ship so far in Qatar. They are going to be desperate to redeem themselves — and discover the scoresheet — on Tuesday. Bale mustered only one shot on the web towards Iran.

But Bale stays the lone Welsh participant to have ever tallied a objective versus England within the twenty first century when he transformed a 2-1 dropping effort on the 2016 Euros.

Phil Foden was known as “one of the best footballer England have” by ex-Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney, who voiced dismay that the 22-year-old had been handed over for beginning roles within the first two matches.

“I feel when you’ve got a expertise like Foden, you merely should play him,” Rooney wrote in his column for The Instances. “He’s now a distinct participant from the one we noticed at Euro 2020, when he struggled to make an influence.”

Soccer Football - Champions League Final - Manchester City v Chelsea - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - May 29, 2021 Manchester City's Phil Foden in action with Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger Pool via REUTERS/Pierre-Philippe Marcou
Manchester Metropolis’s Phil Foden (proper) in motion towards Chelsea within the Champions League ultimate in Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal in Might, 2021 [File: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/pool/Reuters]

The USA is confronted with an ultimatum on Tuesday: topple Iran, or go bust.

“It units up our first knockout recreation of the World Cup,” USA coach Gregg Berhalter stated. “We win or we’re out of the World Cup.”

The match favorite USA, who sit third of their group with two factors and a 0-0-2 document, are nonetheless seeking their first win in Qatar following two consecutive attracts — 1-1 and 0-0 finishes over Wales and England, respectively.

Iran, in the meantime, have by no means rocketed out of the group stage at a World Cup. The Iranians rebounded with a 2-0 win over Wales following their huge 6-2 loss to England.

Wales vs Iran Group B, FIFA World Cup 2022 at Ahmad bin Ali stadium, in Al Rayyan, Qatar November 25 [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]
Two Iranian gamers deal with for the ball with a Wales footballer throughout their Group B, FIFA World Cup match at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Tuesday’s match marks solely the second time the 2 nations have confronted off at a World Cup. Iran trumped the USA by a slim 2-1 margin in 1998; the match, a seismic blow to the USA males’s soccer programme, was outlined by constructing political friction between the 2 nations.

Previous to Tuesday’s match, the US Soccer Federation reignited geopolitical tensions when it momentarily displayed the Iranian nationwide flag on social media. The symbol of the Islamic Republic had been scrubbed from the flag, with the US stating it supported demonstrators in Iran, the place protests have been raging following the dying of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September whereas in police custody.

“We wished to indicate our assist for the ladies in Iran with our graphic for twenty-four hours,” the federation said.

In response, Iran’s authorities blasted the US, accusing American soccer officers of eradicating the identify of God from its nationwide flag.

Interactive - World Cup - head to head - Iran v US
(Al Jazeera)

 

Gamers to look at:

All eyes can be on “Captain America” Christian Pulisic — the costliest American footballer in historical past — to hold the staff into the knockout phases.

Wales and England held the Chelsea all-star at bay however can Iran include him?

Pulisic
USA’s Christian Pulisic (proper) and Jordan Morris have fun a objective towards El Salvador throughout their Concacaf Nations League soccer match on the Cuscatlan stadium, in San Salvador, on June 14, 2022 [File: Marvin Recinos/AFP]

World Cup key events, Day 6: Qatar eliminated, Iran stuns Wales | Qatar World Cup 2022

World Cup host nation Qatar has been eradicated from the match, lower than per week after it launched the primary model of soccer’s largest occasion within the Center East.

On day six of the World Cup, Qatar lost 3-1 to Senegal in its second straight defeat on the match. Its exit was confirmed a couple of hours later when Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 within the different Group A recreation.

That left Qatar on the backside of Group A with no likelihood of progressing.

South Africa had been the one different house crew to fail to make it out of the group stage in 2010.

“In case you anticipated us to go very far on this match, then it is going to be a disappointment,” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez mentioned earlier than his crew was formally out. “Our objective was to be aggressive.”

In different day-six fixtures, Iran scored a spectacular 2-0 win over Wales in stoppage time and america crew annoyed England in a 0-0 draw for its second consecutive draw within the World Cup.

Here’s a fast information recapping all it’s worthwhile to know from Day 6 – Friday, November 25, 2022 – of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Senegal 3, Qatar 1

With World Cup futures on the road, the footballing stakes might hardly have been larger for hosts Qatar and African champions Senegal.

Qatar’s opening-night nerves had been nowhere to be seen as they shortly obtained to grips with Senegal and may have had a penalty when Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr bundled over Akram Afif, however Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz waved away their pleas and the VAR (video-assisted referee) didn’t intervene.

With Qatar defending nicely, it was going to take both a second of magic or a catastrophic mistake for Senegal to interrupt the impasse. Sadly for Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi, it turned out to be the latter.

His try to clear a routine low go into the field by Senegal’s Krepin Diatta went disastrously mistaken as he fluffed his clearance, permitting Boulaye Dia to pounce and rattle house the opening objective simply earlier than the break.

Qatar's Ismail Mohamad in mid-air with the ball as Pedro Miguel rans alongside and Senegal's Ismail Jakobs coming up behind him
Qatar’s Ismail Mohamad and Pedro Miguel in motion with Senegal’s Ismail Jakobs [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/ Reuters]

It obtained worse for Qatar early within the second half, with Famara Diedhiou doubling Senegal’s benefit with an excellent glancing header from an Ismail Jakobs nook within the forty eighth minute.

It was a cue for the house crew to play their finest soccer of the match to this point.

Mohammed Muntari lowered the deficit within the 78th minute with a first-ever objective for Qatar at a World Cup however Senegal had been unruffled as they continued to out-muscle their opponents in midfield.

Six minutes after Muntari’s strike, Bamba Dieng swept house a go from fellow substitute Iliman Ndiaye for the African aspect’s third objective of the match.

That consigned Qatar to the underside of Group A with no factors, whereas Netherlands and Ecuador have 4 factors and the Senegalese three.

Qatar’s hopes of progressing at the moment are over.

Even a win of their ultimate recreation in opposition to three-time World Cup finalists Netherlands won’t be sufficient to see them progress.

Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1

It was Enner Valencia’s third goal of the tournament that helped Ecuador earn a draw with the Dutch in Group A, thereby sealing Qatar’s destiny.

Netherlands took the lead early on within the recreation with Cody Gakpo placing them forward with a fast strike within the sixth minute.

However after that, Ecuador dominated.

After having the obvious equaliser overturned by VAR simply earlier than the half, Valencia leveled the match within the forty ninth minute.

Iran 2, Wales 0

Iran recovered from their thrashing by England with an excellent 2-0 win over Wales, leaving their World Cup future in their very own palms.

Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi broke the goalless deadlock within the 98th minute and Ramin Rezaeian scored within the one hundred and first in opposition to a 10-man Welsh squad, which misplaced goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to a pink card within the 86th minute.

Hennessey initially drew a yellow card after his excessive problem in opposition to Iran’s Mehdi Taremi however the referee confirmed him the pink card after a VAR test.

Iran's Roozbeh Cheshmi in action just post the kick, with the Wales defender looking behind him at the ball that has flown past him on its way to the goal
Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi scores their first objective of the match [Marko Djurica/ Reuters]

With three factors going into Tuesday’s recreation in opposition to america, Iran has a shot at advancing to the World Cup knockout phases for the primary time.

Cheshmi mentioned it was “the solidarity between the crew members” that helped them win the sport.

The result leaves Wales’s possibilities of reaching the final 16 hanging by a thread. It can face a tricky problem in England on Tuesday.

“We need to end the competitors on a excessive, it’s out of our palms with regard to going via, however we need to end with a very good efficiency and a win,” Wales coach Rob Web page mentioned.

USA 0, England 0

England suffered a sobering reality check as they had been outplayed for lengthy durations by a youthful US aspect in a tense 0-0 draw of their second World Cup Group B recreation.

A 6-2 thrashing of Iran on Monday had despatched England followers’ hopes hovering however Gareth Southgate’s aspect had been lucky to not undergo a repeat of their 1950 World Cup calamity in opposition to the Individuals.

They may nonetheless qualify for the final 16 in the event that they keep away from a heavy defeat by Wales of their ultimate group recreation however they had been greeted with boos on the ultimate whistle and can want an enormous enchancment if they’re to have a deep run.

Fans looking up, most holding their heads with faces showing shock and disappointment
Followers in London watch England vs United States on the Wembley Boxpark in London, UK [Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters]

The US produced a high-tempo show however could stay to rue not placing away an England aspect caught in second gear, though they are going to attain the final 16 in the event that they beat Iran.

“A draw’s not the worst factor however I felt for stretches of the sport we confirmed dominance,” mentioned Christian Pulisic, considered one of 5 England-based gamers within the US beginning line-up.

Whereas the outcome, and efficiency, was desperately disappointing for England, it tops the group on 4 factors and stay within the field seat to succeed in the final 16.

Iran, who snatched a late win over Wales, have three factors with USA on two factors and Wales on one.

All prospects are nonetheless open within the group subsequent Tuesday.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 266 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Right here is the scenario because it stands on Wednesday, November 16.

Explosion in Poland

  • A missile that hit Poland killing two folks was most likely a Ukrainian air defence missile and there was no proof to recommend the incident was an intentional assault by Russia, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda stated.
  • The Russian defence ministry denied the stories, describing them as “a deliberate provocation aimed toward escalating the scenario”.
  • NATO referred to as an emergency assembly to debate the explosion and doable subsequent steps.
  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated Russia fired at the least 85 missiles on Tuesday, principally directed at power infrastructure, together with within the western metropolis of Lviv, near the border with Poland.

Missile assaults

  • Missiles hit cities together with the capital, Kyiv, Lviv and Rivne within the west, Kharkiv within the northeast, Kryvyi Rih and Poltava within the centre, Odesa and Mykolaiv within the south, and Zhytomyr within the north, in what Ukraine stated was the heaviest wave of missile assaults in almost 9 months of struggle.
  • Greater than a dozen Ukrainian areas reported power outages after missiles hit, affecting cities collectively populated by hundreds of thousands. About half of the Kyiv area misplaced energy.
  • Moldova stated it’s experiencing electrical energy outages because of Russian assaults on power infrastructure in neighbouring Ukraine and referred to as on Moscow to cease its assaults, saying, “Each bomb falling on Ukraine can also be affecting Moldova and our folks.”

INTERACTIVE - Russian missile strikes across Ukraine - NOV 15

Combating

  • Civil servants working for the Russian-installed administration in Nova Kakhovka, the second-largest metropolis in Ukraine’s southern Kherson area, left together with 1000’s of residents due to preventing.
  • Russia is now engaged in a defensive operation in Ukraine following its withdrawal from Kherson metropolis, a Western official stated, after Zelenskyy promised to reclaim all of Ukraine’s occupied territory.
  • Russia and Ukraine have tortured prisoners of war in the course of the battle in Ukraine, the Workplace of the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights stated, citing examples of mistreatment together with beatings, using electrical shocks and compelled nudity.
  • The governor of the Belgorod area of southern Russia, Vyacheslav Gladkov, stated two folks had been killed and three wounded by shelling in a city close to the border with Ukraine.
  • The EU ramped up its help to Ukraine by launching a military assistance mission, the place as much as 15,000 Ukrainian troopers will probably be skilled in several European member states.

Diplomacy

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned the wave of Russian assaults on a number of cities throughout Ukraine with Ukrainian overseas minister Dmytro Kuleba.
  • UN Secretary Basic Antonio Guterres is “very involved” on the stories of the missile explosion in Poland.
  • Russia and Ukraine accused each other of extending the struggle on the G20 talks in Bali, with the 2 nations setting out their necessities for peace.
  • European Union nations ought to work collectively in replenishing their army inventories and keep away from competing with one another amid persevering with arms deliveries to Ukraine, the EU’s high diplomat stated.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 246 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Right here is the state of affairs because it stands on Thursday, October 27.

Battle

  • Ukrainian troops are holding out towards repeated assaults close to the 2 japanese cities of Avdiivka and Bakhmut within the Donbas area, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned, describing the Russian ways as “loopy” because the conflict in Ukraine dragged into a ninth month of fighting.
  • Zelenskyy promised to retake Kherson as his adviser mentioned Russia is digging in for “the heaviest of battles” there.
  • Ukraine’s counteroffensive towards Russian forces within the southern Kherson area is proving more difficult than a earlier offensive in Kharkiv due to moist climate and the terrain, Ukraine’s defence minister Oleksii Reznikov has mentioned.
  • Russia continues to make the case that Ukraine intends to detonate a “dirty bomb” with radioactive contaminants. Kyiv has denied that. Slovenia mentioned one of many photographs Russia has used to assert Ukraine is planning to detonate a unclean bomb was an outdated picture of smoke detectors taken in Slovenia.

Diplomacy

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has monitored drills of the country’s strategic nuclear forces involving a number of follow launches of ballistic and cruise missiles, in a present of power amid heightened tensions with the West over the battle in Ukraine, suggesting the eight-month battle might flip nuclear.
  • UN assist chief Martin Griffiths mentioned he was “comparatively optimistic” {that a} UN-brokered deal that allowed a resumption of Ukraine Black Sea grain exports could be prolonged past mid-November.
  • US State Division spokesperson Ned Value mentioned the stays of a US citizen killed in combating in Ukraine have been recognized and launched to Ukrainian authorities and can quickly be returned to the individual’s household.
  • Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni mentioned the one technique to facilitate a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine is by helping Kyiv defend itself militarily.

Financial system

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 245 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Right here is the state of affairs because it stands on Wednesday, October 26.

Battle

  • A senior Ukrainian official predicted “the heaviest of battles” to come back for the partially Russian-occupied strategic southern province of Kherson and mentioned Moscow’s army is digging in to face advancing Ukrainian forces.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated a pledge to retake town of Kherson, the lack of which might be a giant setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who needs to velocity up decision-making within the army marketing campaign in Ukraine.
  • Putin has additionally urged his government to chop by way of forms to crank out sufficient weapons and provides to feed his troops in Ukraine.

Diplomacy

  • Russia took its accusation that Ukraine was getting ready to make use of a grimy bomb – an explosive gadget laced with radioactive materials – to the United Nations Safety Council, voicing its issues throughout a closed-door assembly of the 15-member physique.
  • Kyiv says it fears Moscow’s dirty bomb allegation is a pretext for a “false-flag” operation.
  • Pope Francis on Tuesday led leaders of world religions in a peace attraction to politicians to avert the specter of nuclear conflict over Ukraine.
  • Russia has notified america about deliberate annual workout routines of its nuclear forces, which Washington mentioned lowers the chance of miscalculation at a time of “reckless” Russian nuclear rhetoric.
  • New British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed in a telephone name with US President Joe Biden on the significance of supporting Ukraine. Sunak additionally spoke with Zelenskyy.
  • A gaggle of liberal US Democrats withdrew a letter to the White Home urging a negotiated settlement to the Ukraine conflict after blowback from inside their very own occasion.
  • A Russian courtroom dismissed US WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner’s appeal in opposition to a nine-year sentence for possessing and smuggling vape cartridges containing hashish oil.

Financial system

  • The European Fee urged European Union nations and firms to donate more cash and gear to help the power sector in Ukraine, greater than a 3rd of which has been destroyed by Russian missile and drone strikes.
  • Ukraine’s exterior financing wants might be about $3bn a month by way of 2023 in a best-case state of affairs, however may rise as excessive as $5bn, Worldwide Financial Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva mentioned.
  •  The White Home has welcomed strikes by Saudi Arabia to assist Ukraine in its conflict with Russia as Biden ponders how robust to react to the Saudis for becoming a member of an oil output minimize.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 240 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Because the Russia-Ukraine battle enters its 240th day, we check out the primary developments.

Right here is the state of affairs because it stands on Friday, October 21.

Preventing

  • The US said Iranian army trainers have been in Crimea serving to Russian forces function Iranian-made drones to assault targets in Ukraine.
  • A sequence of blasts rocked Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis of Kharkiv early on Friday morning, in line with native officers.
  • 4 folks have been killed when a Ukrainian rocket artillery struck a ferry crossing within the Russian-controlled Ukrainian metropolis of Kherson late on Thursday, the Moscow-appointed deputy regional governor stated.
  • It was not doable to independently confirm all sides’s declare.

Diplomacy

  • Dmytro Kuleba, the Ukrainian international minister, stated he had mentioned intimately Kyiv’s request for air and missile defence programs and expertise with Yair Lapid, Israel’s prime minister.
  • United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has “spoken up very clearly” about Russia’s battle in Ukraine and has not stopped communication with Moscow, a UN spokesman stated after Russia signalled cooperation with UN officers may very well be in danger.
  • A Russian fighter jet launched a missile close to an unarmed British spy airplane patrolling in worldwide airspace over the Black Sea on September 29, UK defence minister Ben Wallace stated, in an obvious accident and never a deliberate escalation of tensions.
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated Russian President Vladimir Putin was utilizing power and starvation as weapons however has failed to interrupt the West’s unity and won’t obtain his battle goals.

Energy crops

  • Russia is attacking Ukrainian energy crops as a result of it desires to power folks to depart their houses and transfer westwards to European Union nations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated.
  • Ukrainians on Thursday turned off home home equipment, wrapped themselves in blankets to maintain heat and remained defiant as they confronted the primary nationwide electrical energy outages of the battle.
  • “From 7am to 11pm, it’s essential to minimise the usage of electrical energy … if this isn’t achieved, you need to put together for short-term blackouts,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Zelenskyy’s workplace, stated in a Telegram submit.

Economic system

  • The UK is implementing new sanctions on three Iranian army figures and a defence producer for supplying Russia with drones to attack civilian and infrastructure targets in Ukraine.
  • A number of international locations expressed frustration with Germany’s refusal to cap gasoline costs as European Union leaders appeared set to finish yet one more debate on the bloc’s response to the power crunch aggravated by Russia reducing gasoline flows following its invasion of Ukraine.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 200 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Because the Russia-Ukraine struggle enters its two hundredth day, we check out the primary developments.

Moscow abandoned its main bastion in northeastern Ukraine, an obvious collapse of one of many struggle’s principal entrance strains, after Ukrainian forces moved to encircle the world in a shock advance.

Preventing

  • Ukraine’s counteroffensive has liberated about 2,000sq km (700sq miles) of territory, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated.
  • Ukrainian forces continued to make important positive factors within the Kharkiv area during the last 24 hours, the UK’s defence ministry stated.
  • The Russian-installed chief administrator of Russian-controlled elements of Kharkiv advisable all its inhabitants evacuate to Russia “to avoid wasting lives”.
  • Ukrainian forces established full management over the town of Balakliia, stated deputy defence minister Hanna Malyar.
  • Russia’s defence ministry ordered troops to depart the world across the metropolis of Izyum in Kharkiv province, saying they might be despatched to strengthen operations elsewhere in neighbouring Donetsk.
  • Ukrainian troops captured the town of Kupyansk, the only real railway hub supplying Russia’s entrance line throughout northeastern Ukraine, slicing 1000’s of Russian troops off from provides.
  • Ukrainian police patrolling deserted cities are discovering containers of ammunition in heaps left behind by Russian troopers.
  • Russia’s defence ministry stated its air power destroyed a Ukrainian radar monitoring station within the southern Mykolaiv area and 6 weapon and missile depots within the japanese and southeastern areas.
  • “To attain the said objectives of the special military operation for the liberation of Donbas, it was determined to regroup the Russian troops situated within the districts of Balakliia and Izyum for the aim of accelerating efforts within the Donetsk path,” Russia’s defence ministry stated.

Vitality

  • Ukraine’s atomic energy operator stated the final reactor at Europe’s largest nuclear energy plant has been shut down after it was reconnected to the electrical energy grid.
  • Ukraine will look into whether or not it might urgently provide neighbouring Poland with 100,000 tonnes of thermal coal to assist it via the winter, Zelenskyy stated.
  • Zelenskyy stated he instructed French President Emmanuel Macron in regards to the state of affairs on the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, calling for it to be “demilitarised”.
  • Russia’s Gazprom stated it’ll ship 42.4 million cubic metres of pure gasoline to Europe by way of Ukraine.

Grain

  • Britain dismissed as unfaithful Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that solely a fraction of grain exported from Ukraine underneath a global deal was going to poor nations.
  • Quoting UN figures, the British defence ministry stated about 30 p.c of grain exported underneath the deal has been provided to low and middle-income nations in Africa, the Center East and Asia.
  • Putin stated final week that out of 87 ships, solely two, carrying 60,000 tonnes of merchandise, had gone to poor nations.

Weapons

  • Ukrainian overseas minister Dmytro Kuleba known as for extra weapons. “We’ve demonstrated we’re able to defeating the Russian military. We’re doing that with weapons given to us. And so I reiterate: the extra weapons we obtain, the quicker we are going to win, and the quicker this struggle will finish.”

INTERACTIVE - WHO CONTROLS WHAT IN UKRAINE 198

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 199 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Because the Russia-Ukraine warfare enters its 199th day, we check out the primary developments.

Ukrainian forces have seized an increasing space of beforehand Russian-held territory within the japanese Kharkiv area after a shock counteroffensive was launched this week.

Ukraine’s rapid territorial gains have caught Russia off guard at a susceptible part of its entrance line in an assault that threatens an necessary provide hub utilized by Russian forces within the east, army analysts mentioned.

Combating

  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned Ukrainian forces liberated greater than 30 settlements within the Kharkiv area and battles continued within the japanese Donbas in addition to the southern Kherson area.
  • Zelenskyy met the top of Turkish defence agency Baykar and mentioned it will set up a manufacturing unit in Ukraine to construct drones. Baykar’s Bayraktar TB2 drone has been deployed towards Russian artillery programs and armoured automobiles.
  • British army intelligence mentioned Ukrainians are closing in in town of Kupiansk, which might be a blow to Russia because the city sits on provide routes to the Donbas entrance line.

Power

  • European Union vitality ministers gave the European Fee the duty of urgent forward with a cap on the revenues of non-gas energy producers benefitting from hovering vitality costs, whereas backing away from capping Russian gas prices.

Grain

  • Russia’s international ministry mentioned a deal to unblock Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea is being fulfilled “badly” and its extension, due in late November, will rely on how it’s additional carried out, RIA information company reported.
  • America is working with the United Nations to deal with Russian complaints that sanctions are hindering its meals and fertiliser shipments, though there was no disruption to Moscow’s exports, a senior US official mentioned.

Nuclear

  • Shelling has destroyed power infrastructure within the metropolis of Enerhodar the place workers working the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant stay, posing a rising risk to the plant, the UN nuclear watchdog mentioned.
  • A draft decision that diplomats say Poland and Canada have ready forward of subsequent week’s assembly of the Worldwide Atomic Power Company’s board calls on Russia to stop all actions at Ukraine’s nuclear services.

Diplomacy

  • German international minister Annalena Baerbock has arrived in Kyiv on a shock go to, which she mentioned was to show Berlin’s unwavering help for Ukraine in its battle towards Russia.
  • US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pressured the necessity for a broad coalition of companions to assist Ukraine get well and rebuild after Russia’s warfare, with a give attention to near-term, high-impact tasks.

Financial losses

  • Russia’s invasion triggered greater than $97bn in direct harm to Ukraine by June 1, in addition to $252bn in losses by disruptions to its financial flows and manufacturing, and further bills linked to the warfare, in accordance with a report launched by the World Financial institution, Ukrainian authorities and European Fee.INTERACTIVE - WHO CONTROLS WHAT IN UKRAINE 198

The day I met the Queen | Features News

I received right into a taxi one afternoon in November 2007 — a kind of black cabs London is known for. I used to be all dressed up, a flower in my hair, and was carrying two yellow roses tinged with pink that I had taken from a flower association.

“You look pretty,” the driving force mentioned to me, glancing in his rear-view mirror. “You going someplace particular?”

“Really, I simply got here from someplace — I met the queen,” I mentioned. He checked out me, longer this time, and instructed me how fortunate I used to be.

“Some individuals dwell to be 100 and by no means meet the Queen.”

That’s when the magnitude of the day actually hit me; Queen Elizabeth II, then aged 81, had already been on the throne for 55 years. She had steered the UK from post-WWII poverty and devastation, by the transformation from an Empire to a Commonwealth, by the tip of the twentieth century and into the twenty first.

The Queen was the patron of the London school I had attended the earlier 12 months and was coming to go to, and I used to be one of many fortunate alumni invited.

Queen Elizabeth at the Royal College of Defence Studies
Commandant of the school, Admiral Sir Ian Garnett, takes the queen on a tour of the grand institution in central London in 2007 [File: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images]

We had been instructed to reach early for a protocol briefing.

We had been positioned in small, pre-determined teams organized by the school with the structure communicated to Buckingham Palace workers, as was the norm for such occasions.

The faculty secretary went by the checklist of dos and don’ts:

  • Don’t contact Her Majesty until she presents her hand
  • Don’t communicate until spoken to
  • Name her ‘Your Majesty’ the primary time, then ma’am as in rhymes with jam
  • Don’t flip your again on the Queen
  • Don’t ask private questions
  • Don’t discuss politics or information (there was an inquiry into the loss of life of Princess Diana underway)

After every level, the secretary would look sharply at me, as if I’d be the one to embarrass the school within the presence of the Queen.

“One factor Her Majesty doesn’t take pleasure in,” he instructed the 100 or so of us gathered, “is to have a room go silent when she enters.” He instructed us to please maintain speaking to one another in well mannered tones when she arrived.

I wasn’t involved we’d go silent. This room was skilled — diplomats, navy officers, senior authorities officers, all well-practiced within the artwork of small speak.

Prince Philip had accompanied the Queen and got here to speak with our group first whereas she was in one other room. I don’t keep in mind a lot of what was mentioned, besides that it was well mannered, perfunctory, and he was very tall.

Quickly after, the imposing wood doorways main into the room swung open and there she was — Queen Elizabeth II.

The gentleman I had been talking with a second earlier than went silent, so did the remainder of our group.

“No, no,” I mentioned in a soothing tone. “Preserve speaking — it doesn’t matter about what — speak to one another about what you had for breakfast, however maintain speaking.”

The faculty commandant, a knighted former admiral, accompanied Her Majesty and started to introduce our group. When he got here to a Romanian diplomat, the Queen mentioned, “Ah sure, didn’t we meet earlier than?” and talked about a earlier operate whose particulars I now overlook. The Romanian diplomat was delighted, breaking right into a smile as she mentioned “Sure Ma’am” (as in jam).

Queen Elizabeth in 2007
Queen Elizabeth ll meets members and workers as she visits the UK’s Defence Academy on November 9, 2007, in London, England [File: Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/WireImage]

I don’t know whether or not the Queen had been well-briefed or truly remembered the assembly, however I recall marvelling at how shortly she had put everybody comfortable. Tens of hundreds of instances she had been on the centre of occasions like this and he or she appeared curious and joyful, targeted simply on us.

She was carrying a tan and cream skirt swimsuit, and somebody got here and positioned a glass of cranberry juice into her gloved arms — cream-coloured gloves. The glass was VERY full, and as she chatted with others in our group, I feared it might spill — nobody had instructed me the etiquette for that.

Might I point out it? Dare I? That might be talking earlier than spoken to AND interrupting. What if she spilled and I hadn’t mentioned something? The commandant saved the day, gently eradicating the juice and changing it with a less-full glass.

As I contemplated the protocol points, the Queen turned to me.

“And I perceive you’re the solely journalist to ever have attended right here,” she mentioned, earlier than asking me why. “Who wouldn’t need to come right here Your Majesty?” I mentioned, gesturing to these standing in our semi-circle. “You could have an Indonesian navy officer subsequent to a Turkish diplomat, subsequent to a Romanian one,” I mentioned, going by our complete group, saying there wasn’t one other course on the earth that might have provided me this.

She requested me who paid my tuition, as others had been sponsored by their nations or organisations. “I did,” I mentioned.

Queen Elizabeth II with Admiral Sir Ian Garnett at the Royal College Of Defence Studies in 2007
Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are taken on a tour of the UK’s Defence Academy by the Commandant of the Faculty, Admiral Sir Ian Garnett, on November 9, 2007, in London, England [File: Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/WireImage]

After which she moved on.

I felt as if I had hit a diplomatic residence run — in entrance of the Queen no much less. I had remembered everybody’s particulars, received to incorporate the entire group in our chat — no gaffes, no embarrassment.

Later, we watched as she and Prince Philip descended the grand onyx staircase and took their go away.

Nonetheless feeling fairly happy with myself, I went to the eating room for lunch. As I used to be nearly to choose up a sandwich, the commandant got here in and mentioned, “What did you say to Her Majesty?” within the booming authoritative tone of a former navy commander.

“Me? I didn’t say something about something,” I stammered, wracking my mind about how I might have tousled. “As I used to be escorting her out, Her Majesty requested about why you paid your strategy to come right here,” the commandant mentioned.

I instructed him she had requested me the preliminary query and I had answered.

“Does that imply I’ll get a refund?”

“No,” he answered emphatically.

The Queen had spoken to no less than 100 individuals after our temporary encounter — I used to be astonished that she remembered that element.

There are images of that day, however none of me talking with the Queen. Possibly it’s higher that approach.

For just a few moments, I used to be within the presence of a lady who had seen greater than most of us would see in 100 lifetimes. I appeared into her curious and smiling eyes, watched as she laughed together with a few of my colleagues, and I felt her real sense of responsibility and obligation.

She left an indelible mark.

Ukraine is reliving a promise it made on this day in 1991 | Russia-Ukraine war

August 24 is a historic day for Ukraine, celebrated as Independence Day in recognition of the 1991 vote by the nation’s still-Soviet legislature declaring independence from Moscow.

Right this moment, nevertheless, it marks not simply that anniversary, however the world battle for nationwide sovereignty: The date additionally coincides with the completion of six months of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s all-out-attack on Ukraine. It’s a day that ought to matter to the entire world.

Again in 1991, competing visions for a post-Communist period in Moscow held up Ukraine’s drive for separation from Russia. Ukrainians would re-assert their need for independence that December, with 92.3 p.c of voters backing the legislature’s declaration, together with a majority of residents of Crimea and the Donbas – areas that Putin immediately falsely insists are extra Russian than Ukrainian.

Ukraine would obtain independence on December 26, when Mikhail Gorbachev formally dissolved the Soviet Union. If August 24, 1991, represented a key step in Kyiv’s lengthy and drawn-out combat to safe its sovereignty from Moscow, August 24, 2022, marks an equally pivotal second. The West’s function – like in 1991 – is important as Ukraine tries to form its future.

Though Russia’s then-president Boris Yeltsin pushed Gorbachev to interrupt up the USSR, Yeltsin had not given up hopes of retaining Ukraine in some type of successor union, as detailed in Collapse, Vladislav Zubok’s recently-published important historical past of the top of the Soviet Union. Within the aftermath of the collapse of communism, Russian nationalist politicians pursued comparable aspirations. Russian territorial claims have been formally settled in 1994, through the Budapest Memorandum on Safety Assurances that noticed Kyiv formally resign its nuclear weapons. In change, Russia promised to chorus from threatening to make use of army pressure or financial coercion in opposition to Ukraine.

The final eight years have made a mockery of the doc, to which america and the UK have been guarantors. They didn’t uphold the pledges to Ukraine after Russia’s 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea, whereas Putin justified it by arguing that the Euromaidan Revolution originally of that 12 months had created “a brand new state” with which Russia had not signed any treaties.

This 12 months, Putin has prolonged his battle, ordering assaults north of Crimea, across the Donbas, and in Kharkiv, Sumy, Zhytomyr, and Chernihiv as nicely. Many of those assaults have been launched from Belarus, which has seen its sovereignty deeply compromised, with President Alexander Lukashenko extra beholden than ever to Putin after the regime in Minsk cracked down on pro-democracy protests in 2020.

Though Putin’s invasion military has been compelled right into a humiliating retreat from Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy, Russian troops stay in Belarus immediately. Ukrainian officers proceed to warn that Russian forces may launch a brand new floor assault through Belarus, and Putin nonetheless makes use of Belarusian land to launch missiles and air raids throughout Ukraine.

Many Ukrainians have been unable to have a good time Independence Day for the previous eight years, with Russia not solely annexing Crimea however successfully administering half of Luhansk and Donetsk after sending its forces into these territories in 2014 as nicely. Fewer will have a good time this 12 months. Celebrations have been suspended within the nation’s two largest cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv, amongst others, for concern of Russian assaults.

But extra can not commemorate the event as a result of Russia has expanded its occupation considerably since February, taking all however a sliver of Luhansk, practically the entire area of Kherson, half of Zaporizhzhia and parts of northern and japanese Kharkiv. Russia additionally maintains a foothold in Mykolaiv and by mid-Might had seized the entire coastal area of Donetsk, following the siege of Mariupol’s Azovstal.

During the last month, the strains of management have hardly modified. Russian forces are threatening to take the important thing Donetsk suburb of Avdiivka and have pressed assaults on a line of Ukrainian cities – Siversk, Soledar and Bakhmut – in northern Donetsk. Ukrainian forces have for weeks been planning an offensive of their very own in Mykolaiv and Kherson searching for to retake territory on the northern financial institution of the Dnieper River earlier than winter, although it stays to be seen whether or not they are often profitable. Russia has itself counterattacked in current days close to the village of Blahodatne simply 35km (21.7 miles) away from Mykolaiv.

However, six months after Putin vastly escalated the battle, his forces seem caught in a quagmire. He may need expanded Russia’s occupation and all however erased Belarus’ sovereignty within the course of, however Ukraine has held on and continues to combat to repel the Kremlin’s army.

That could be a cause to have a good time – however with warning. On August 24 this 12 months, the opening stanza of Ukraine’s nationwide anthem has by no means rung extra true:
Ukraine’s freedom has not but perished, nor has her glory,
Upon us, fellow Ukrainians, destiny shall smile as soon as extra.
Our enemies will vanish like dew within the solar,
And we too shall rule, brothers, in a free land of our personal.

But whereas the battle won’t have gone the best way Putin had hoped, that gained’t derail his long-term ambitions. Whereas Ukrainians stay steadfast of their resolve to proceed the combat, questions are rising in regards to the West’s continued dedication to the financial battle in opposition to Moscow: International locations which have imposed sanctions are as soon as once more rising exports to Russia. Some sanctions have been relaxed barely and Russia is utilizing its personal financial weapons – notably pure fuel – to try to interrupt Western resolve.

The Kremlin remembers the West’s abandonment of its Budapest Memorandum ensures and is relying on historical past repeating itself. That’s why, this August 24, Ukrainian sovereignty must be celebrated not simply by Ukrainians, however all those that worth freedom and independence. If the worldwide neighborhood lowers its dedication to Ukraine and fails to uphold the common values that Ukrainians are preventing for, the subsequent anniversary could show far bleaker.

The views expressed on this article are the creator’s personal and don’t essentially replicate Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.