Here is the situation on Thursday November 30, 2023. (645 Day)
Ukraine reported the elimination of five high-ranking Russian officials in a targeted strike on an occupied building in Kherson. The armed forces specified that the attack aimed at a meeting in the village of Yuvileyne based on information from the underground and concerned local residents.
In another development, Ukraine successfully intercepted all 21 Iranian-made Shahed drones end route to the western Khmelnytskyi region, housing a Ukrainian airbase, during the overnight hours on Tuesday.
Military spokesperson Oleksandr Shtupun, in a statement released 645 days into the conflict, highlighted a significant escalation of Russian attacks in the eastern Donetsk region. Russia has intensified its military campaign, doubling its efforts in artillery fire, airstrikes, and ground infantry assaults. The increased offensive marks a concerning development in the ongoing conflict.
British intelligence from the UK’s Ministry of Defense suggests Russia may have initiated the use of 500kg cluster bombs in Donetsk. These bombs release 100-350 smaller bombs, covering a wide area.
Russian forces declared control over the village of Khromove in the same region, located on the western periphery of Bakhmut. Bakhmut fell to Russia during the summer after an extended battle and remains a site of ongoing heavy combat.
As of the latest update from the Ukrainian military, Russian casualties in the ongoing conflict stand at 327,580, with an increase of 1,140 reported in the most recent daily update.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg cautioned against underestimating Russia, highlighting its resilient economy, President Putin’s tolerance for casualties, and unchanged objectives in Ukraine. Stoltenberg emphasized the need for vigilance within the bloc.
The European Union has delivered approximately 300,000 of the 1 million shells promised to Ukraine, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. He stressed the necessity for closer alignment between Ukrainian and Nato arms production and the creation of a Euro-Atlantic common defense area.
Despite the ongoing conflict, Kuleba reassured that Ukraine has not observed any signs of fatigue among its Nato allies, affirming continued support and a commitment to Ukraine’s victory in the war.
In a significant diplomatic development, Russia’s bid for re-election to the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons failed. Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland were elected to fill the three seats designated for the eastern Europe bloc for the 2024-2026 term in a member states’ vote.
Source: The Guardian