Here is the situation on Saturday, November 18, 2023. (633 Day)
Ukraine and the United States are set to host a military industry conference in Washington on December 6-7, as both nations explore opportunities to enhance their defense capabilities. Ukraine is actively increasing its weapons production and seeking collaborative ventures with global armament producers. Notably, Ukraine has established a joint venture with Germany’s Rheinmetall for the servicing and repair of western weapons, showcasing its commitment to international partnerships in the defense sector.
Ukraine has reported “successful actions” on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, a significant development acknowledged by both Ukraine and Russia earlier in the week. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy shared images of Ukrainian soldiers on the eastern bank, expressing gratitude for their efforts in restoring freedom and justice to Ukraine.
The new Black Sea shipping corridor established by Ukraine in August has facilitated the shipment of 4.4 million tonnes of cargo, including 3.2 million tonnes of grain. This initiative became crucial after a UN-brokered deal allowing Ukrainian exports through the Black Sea collapsed in July when Russia withdrew, leading Ukraine to announce a “humanitarian corridor” along the sea’s western coast.
In southern and eastern Ukraine, Russian strikes on energy facilities left thousands without power. President Zelenskiy credited Western support for enabling Ukraine to enhance its air defenses in preparation for the approaching winter.
Tragically, at least nine people lost their lives in Russian shelling in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, targeting residential areas, shopping districts, and administrative buildings. Additional casualties were reported in the eastern region of Donetsk.
The Ukrainian military reported that Russian casualties since the start of the war now stand at 316,760. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov expressed confidence that Vladimir Putin would remain the Russian president after the upcoming March election.
During his visit to Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron also met with Moldovan President Maia Sandu to discuss Black Sea security, bilateral cooperation, and their joint commitment against corruption. Meanwhile, the Dutch government announced a substantial military aid package of €2 billion for Ukraine in 2024, emphasizing their ongoing support for reconstruction and humanitarian efforts.
Source: The guardian