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628 Day of the Russia-Ukraine War: The Ongoing Crisis

Here is the situation on Monday, November 13, 2023. (628 Day)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has cautioned citizens to ready themselves for potential Russian attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure as winter approaches. This warning echoes last year’s relentless assaults on the power grid, which left hundreds of thousands without heating or electricity during the coldest months. In his daily address, Zelenskyy stressed the need for preparedness, stating, “We must be ready for the possibility that the enemy may escalate drone or missile strikes on our infrastructure. All our attention should be focused on defense… The Ukrainian air shield is already stronger than last year.”

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschk
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschk

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced on Saturday that the capital had experienced an air attack for the first time in almost two months. Fortunately, no significant damage or casualties were reported within Kyiv itself, although some buildings in the Kyiv region sustained damage.

Reports from both Ukraine and Russia indicate heightened fighting in the vicinity of the eastern city of Bakhmut, which fell under Russian control in May following extensive battles. General Oleksandr Syrskyi, head of Ukraine’s ground forces, noted increased activity from Moscow’s forces, stating they were “more active” and attempting to regain lost ground. Russian accounts of the conflict asserted that their forces successfully repelled five Ukrainian attacks near the battered city. Meanwhile, Ukrainian military intelligence reported an explosion in the Russian-occupied southern town of Melitopol, resulting in the death of at least three Russian servicemen. Describing it as an “act of revenge” by resistance groups, this incident highlights the ongoing tensions in the region.

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In a separate development, Russian law enforcement initiated a “terrorism” investigation following the derailment of a goods train by an improvised explosive device in the Ryazan region, southwest of Moscow. The explosion caused 19 carriages traveling from Rybnoye to be thrown off the tracks, with 15 sustaining damage, as reported by investigators on social media.

Moscow has leveled accusations against Ukraine, alleging a series of attacks in Russia’s border regions of Bryansk and Belgorod. The reported incidents resulted in damage to five railway carriages and caused one injury in the town of Valuyki, situated approximately 30km (19 miles) from the border.

A Ukrainian special forces commander played a crucial role in sabotaging the Nord Stream gas pipelines in September of the previous year, as revealed by a joint investigation by Der Spiegel and The Washington Post. Despite these claims, Ukraine has firmly denied any involvement in the attack. In the realm of politics and diplomacy, Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak has stated that he, along with a delegation led by Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko, has arrived in the United States for talks on cooperation and support.

Yermak highlighted the agenda of meetings, including discussions in the White House, Congress, think tanks, and with representatives of civil society organizations. The focus of these discussions will encompass various issues, including “the President’s formula for peace” and the reinforcement of Ukraine’s defense.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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