Published: 12:31, November 2, 2022 | Updated: 12:31, November 2, 2022
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Putin ends call-up of reservists for conflict
By Ren Qi in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced late on Monday that Russia's "partial mobilization" drive is over, easing concerns that Moscow would attempt to call up more reservists than promised for its "special military operation" in Ukraine.

Although Putin has not signed any decrees yet, he spoke hours after the Russian Defense Ministry said it ordered enlistment officers to stop serving call-up papers and return to routine operations.

Last Friday, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said in a televised meeting with Putin that Russia had hit its target of calling up 300,000 reservists in just over a month.

Shoigu told Putin that 82,000 recruits were already in Ukraine, 41,000 of whom have been deployed to military units.

According to Russian military, it successfully hit several Ukrainian energy infrastructure facilities in the latest round of missile strikes.

"The Russian Armed Forces continued to launch strikes with high-precision long-range air and sea-based weapons against Ukrainian military and energy facilities," the Russian Defense Ministry said in an update on Telegram.

One day after Ukrainian Presidential Office deputy chief Kirill Timoshenko announced emergency power cuts across Ukraine due to damage to critical infrastructure facilities, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram on Tuesday morning that water and power have been fully restored in the Ukrainian capital.

But Ukraine's largest private power utility DTEK said it had run out of equipment needed to repair damage inflicted by Russian attacks.

The strikes on Kyiv left 350,000 apartments across the capital without electricity and 80 percent of the city's residents without water, Klitschko said.

While electricity has been restored, Klitschko warned that power cuts would still be necessary given the "significant" impact of Russia's recent attacks on critical infrastructure.

Meanwhile, officials in the Kherson region said on Monday they were extending an evacuation zone from the Dnipro river, repeating claims rejected by Kyiv that Ukraine could be preparing to attack the Kakhovka dam and flood the region.

In a post on Telegram, Vladimir Saldo, head of the region, said he was extending the area covered by an order for civilians to evacuate by an additional 15 kilometers to include another seven settlements.

"Due to the possibility of the use of prohibited methods of war by the Ukrainian regime, as well as information that Kyiv is preparing a massive missile strike on the Kakhovka hydroelectric station, there is an immediate danger of the Kherson region being flooded, (resulting in) the mass destruction of civilian infrastructure and humanitarian catastrophe," Saldo said in a video message posted on Monday evening.

Kyiv denied it plans to attack the Kakhovka dam and unleash a reservoir the size of the Great Salt Lake across southern Ukraine, flooding towns and villages.