620 Day of the Russia-Ukraine War
Here is the situation on Sunday 620 day , November 5 , 2023.
- Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, restated his position that it’s not the right time to engage in negotiations with Russia. He also refuted claims that Western leaders were pressuring him to do so. Additionally, Zelenskiy dismissed statements from his own commander-in-chief, who suggested that the war had reached a stalemate.
- Conversations are underway to outline the potential concessions Ukraine might need to make for a peace deal with Russia. This information comes from a report by US news channel NBC, which cited a senior US official and a former senior official who briefed the network on the preliminary plans.
- Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, visited Kyiv ahead of an upcoming EU report on Ukraine’s progress in its bid for EU membership. She pledged the EU’s unwavering support for Ukraine and commended the country for its significant advancements towards EU accession.
- On Saturday, Ukraine launched an attack on Russia’s shipyard in the Crimean port city of Kerch, resulting in damage to one ship, as reported by the Russian defense ministry. Out of the 15 missiles fired, 13 were intercepted in the air, while one struck a ship. However, the ship’s name was not disclosed. A Ukrainian official mentioned that the Russian Navy had stationed one of its most modern ships there, equipped with the Kalibr cruise missile system.
- Russian forces have shifted their focus towards capturing the coking plant in Avdiivka, according to the town’s mayor, Vitaliy Barabash. Intercepted audio transmissions suggest that Moscow is currently working to secure this facility. Nonetheless, UK intelligence indicates that Russia has suffered substantial losses in its assault on the Donbas town.
- Ukraine has filed criminal charges against Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, in absentia. These charges are related to his alleged “justification” of Russia’s invasion. Patriarch Kirill, a staunch supporter of President Vladimir Putin, has described the war as a historic battle against the “forces of evil.”
- President Zelenskiy has appointed a new commander for the country’s special forces, a unit known for conducting military operations in territories held by Moscow. However, the outgoing officer in this reshuffle has stated that he was not provided with a reason for his replacement.
- The newly appointed head of Ukraine’s defense industry is actively working to boost local arms production. His goal is to transform the country into a hub for weapons production for Western nations.