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Russia's war on Ukraine latest news: Fears ease of conflict widening © Reuters. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a joint news conference with Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala (not seen), as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 31, 2022. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi

(Reuters) – Ukraine said it faced fierce attacks in the east from Russian forces reinforced with troops withdrawn from Kherson in the south, while NATO and Poland concluded a missile that crashed in Poland was probably a stray fired by Ukraine’s air defences.

EXPLOSION IN POLAND

* Villagers in Przewodow in southeastern Poland, where the missile killed two people, struggled with the realisation that the war on their doorstep could reach them at any time.

* NATO’s secretary-general said Tuesday’s blast in Poland was probably caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile but Russia was ultimately responsible because it started the war.

* Ukraine wants access to the explosion site, a senior Ukrainian defence official said. Oleg Danilov said Ukraine had evidence of a “Russian trace” in the incident, without giving any details.

FIGHTING

* Investigators in Ukraine’s recently liberated southern region of Kherson have uncovered 63 bodies with signs of torture after Russian forces left, Ukraine’s interior minister was quoted as saying.

* The top U.S. general said Ukraine’s chances of any near-term, outright military victory were not high, cautioning that Russia still had significant combat power inside Ukraine.

* About 50 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in a long-range Ukrainian artillery attack, the military said, in a rare instance of Ukraine claiming to have inflicted major casualties in a single incident.

* Power was fully restored in seven Ukrainian regions, including Kyvi, the capital, less than 24 hours after a Russian missile barrage on energy infrastructure across the country.

* Following the withdrawal of Russian security forces from Kherson, residents have given Reuters accounts of abuses, but Reuters could not independently verify all the events described.

GRAIN

* A United Nations source said the organisation has reasons to be “cautiously optimistic” about the renewal of a Black Sea grains export agreement, which is set to roll over on Saturday unless there are objections.

DIPLOMACY

* Ukrainian President Zelenskiy said he met U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Burns. Burns also met Russian President Putin’s spy chief in Turkey this week.

* French President Macron said G20 leaders agreed to push Russia towards defusing the conflict and expressed hope China could play a bigger mediation role in coming months.

* Russia hailed the G20 leaders’ declaration, which mentions the “immense human suffering” caused by the war, as a “balanced text” that Russian diplomats worked hard to influence.

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