Here is the situation on Monday, November 12, 2023. (627 Day)
A former NATO leader has proposed the idea that Ukraine could potentially join the alliance without including the currently occupied Russian territories. According to a media report, a senior official in Kyiv played a significant role in sabotaging the Nord Stream pipeline.
Today, Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s former leader and current deputy chair of Russia’s security council, responded on Telegram to a proposal from Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former NATO secretary-general. Rasmussen suggested Ukraine could join NATO without including its currently Russian-occupied territories. Medvedev, echoing Russia’s often-disputed claim that Ukraine is not a country, asserted that Ukraine cannot join NATO.
In another development, Ukraine’s defense intelligence reported that three Russian guard officers were killed in an explosion orchestrated by local resistance in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol.
In Kyiv, veterans and family members of Ukrainian servicemen gathered for a rally, advocating for legislation to regulate the duration of active military duty in Ukraine.
According to the UK Defense Ministry’s daily intelligence briefing, significant portions of the Wagner mercenary group have probably integrated into the command structure of the Russian National Guard (Rosgvardiya). Pavel Prigozhin, son of the late Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, likely leads the Wagner faction within Rosgvardiya. Yevgeny Prigozhin met his demise in a plane crash shortly after Wagner forces captured the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and advanced towards Moscow, actions deemed “treason” by Vladimir Putin.
A recent joint investigation by the Washington Post and Der Spiegel, published on Saturday, reveals that a senior Ukrainian military official played a pivotal role in sabotaging the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea last year. Identified as Roman Chervinsky, a colonel in Ukraine’s Special Operations Forces, he served as the “coordinator” of the Nord Stream operation, as disclosed by sources familiar with his role to both US and German newspapers.
In a separate incident, Russian investigators have determined that a freight train derailment in Russia’s Ryazan oblast, which occurred yesterday, was caused by a homemade bomb on the railway line. Authorities have initiated a terrorism investigation into the derailment. While Kyiv has not yet commented on the incident, Russian officials have previously attributed several attacks on the country’s railway system to pro-Ukrainian saboteurs.
Tragically, three people lost their lives in overnight Russian attacks on the Donetsk oblast, as reported by acting regional governor Ihor Moroz on Telegram. In Toretsk, two individuals were killed, and Russian attacks caused damage to 30 houses, an infrastructure facility, and an administrative building. Additionally, one person lost their life in Minkivka.
This morning, in the Dnipro district of Kherson, a 64-year-old man lost his life, and his wife was hospitalized following Russian shelling, as reported by regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin.
In Donetsk, parts of the city experienced a power outage after two projectile strikes in the north-western area. The source of these strikes, whether from Ukrainian or Russian forces, remains unclear.
Accusing Kyiv of attacks on border regions, Russia stated that there were incidents in the Bryansk and Belgorod border areas on Sunday. These attacks reportedly damaged five train carriages and caused one injury.
Russian forces have intensified their assaults in eastern Ukraine, aiming to advance near two critical frontline cities. The head of Ukraine’s ground forces noted that Russian troops initiated a push to reclaim territory near Bakhmut.
On Sunday, a spokesperson from the Russian Defense Ministry reported that Russian forces successfully repelled five Ukrainian attacks in the vicinity of Klischiivka and Kurdyumivka, two small settlements located south of Bakhmut.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES