Here is the situation on Sunday, November 19, 2023. (634 Day)
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has imposed sanctions on 37 Russian groups and 108 individuals, including a former prime minister and a former education minister. Zelenskiy stated that the sanctions are aimed at combating wartime abductions of children from Ukraine and addressing what he referred to as “Russian terror.”
Ukrainian officials reported that the armed forces successfully shot down 29 out of 38 drones in an overnight raid. The drone attacks affected over 400 towns and villages in the south, southeast, and north of the country, including an oil refinery in Odesa.
Ukrainian troops are actively engaged in efforts to repel Russian forces positioned on the east bank of the Dnipro River. This follows Ukraine’s claim of securing multiple bridgeheads on that side of the river, which separates the country’s partially occupied Kherson region.
Tragically, two Ukrainian emergency workers lost their lives in the Zaporizhzhia region due to Russian rocket attacks on Saturday. Additionally, seven people were injured when Russia launched a series of rocket strikes at the village of Komyshuvakha, close to the frontline in the Zaporizhzhia region—a region Russia claimed to have annexed last year.
Ukraine’s armed forces asserted that they had eliminated 620 Russian soldiers on Friday during military operations. In response, Russia claimed to have conducted heavy bombing on Ukrainian forces near the river, resulting in the death of approximately 75 soldiers.
An intelligence briefing from the UK’s Ministry of Defence highlighted “particularly heavy casualties” among Russian forces in the fighting around Avdiivka, one of the three areas experiencing intense ground battles. Despite the significant conflict, the Ministry of Defence reported that neither side was making substantial progress.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán urged his country to reject the current European model established in Brussels, emphasizing Hungary’s objection to Ukraine’s potential EU membership.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to initiate steps toward a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine.
Over 100 Russian doctors signed a joint letter urging Putin to release Alexandra Skochilenko, a woman sentenced to seven years in prison for protesting against the war in Ukraine. The doctors’ appeal focused on the need to free Skochilenko, who was jailed for swapping supermarket price tags with slogans critical of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials overseeing cyber defenses reported that Ukraine has been the target of nearly 4,000 cyber-attacks since the invasion began, a threefold increase compared to the pre-invasion period.
Source The Guardian