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

Here is the situation on Monday, November 27, 2023. (642 Day)

According to an intelligence update from the UK Ministry of Defence, Russia is facing the necessity to withdraw air defense systems from Kaliningrad, its Baltic Sea enclave, to compensate for losses in the ongoing Ukraine war. This move, prompted by an increase in losses of SA-21 air defense systems in Russian-occupied Ukraine in late October 2023, highlights the strain on Russia’s resources, forcing it to accept additional risks in strategically vital Kaliningrad, surrounded by NATO member states on three sides.

Estimates from the Ukrainian military indicate that the Russian military death toll in Ukraine has reached 324,830. Additionally, Russia conducted a substantial drone attack on Ukraine, described by Kyiv as the most intense since the beginning of the war. This attack, which included waves of kamikaze drones, resulted in injuries, damaged buildings, and left around 17,000 people in the Kyiv region without electricity. Ukraine’s air force claimed to have successfully downed 74 of the 75 drones deployed in the attack.

In Russia, 24 drones reportedly launched an attack on the Moscow region and three other provinces to the south and west. Simultaneously, two Ukrainian missiles were launched over the Azov Sea. The drone attack resulted in one person being injured in Tula, south of Moscow, when an intercepted drone hit an apartment building.

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Meanwhile, Russian troops persist in attempting to advance near Avdiivka, with Ukrainian forces successfully repelling attacks from the north-east, west, and south-west. Reports from the Ukrainian general staff indicate that Russia has conducted airstrikes in support of ground operations aimed at encircling the city on the outskirts of Donetsk.

In the Kharkiv region, Russian soldiers are reportedly seeking to “reoccupy” the town of Kupiansk, according to Ukraine’s ground forces spokesman, Volodymyr Fitio. He added that the enemy intends to advance to the settlement of Sinkivka in order to further their success in the offensive on Kupiansk.

Ukraine’s arms industry minister, Oleksandr Kamyshin, has advocated for the nation to transform itself into the “arsenal of the free world,” emphasizing the need to revive the state sector and collaborate with private enterprises to boost the export of weapons.

A new report suggests that many countries that have sanctioned Russia due to the war in Ukraine must urgently disrupt the supply of technology for its electronic warfare campaign. The report identifies specific companies whose parts have been found in Russian equipment.

Addressing the Grain from Ukraine summit on food security in Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stressed the necessity for increased air defenses to protect grain export routes. The summit was attended by leaders from European countries, including Switzerland and Lithuania.

A Polish blockade has left approximately 2,100 vehicles unable to enter Ukraine, significantly reducing traffic at the Dorohusk-Yahodyn crossing. The flow of traffic, typically at 680 lorries a day, has now dwindled to a few dozen every 24 hours, according to an update from Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry reported by the Kyiv Independent.

Source: The Guardian

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