- The governor of the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, Oleksandr Prokudin, reported that a Russian drone attack on the town of Beryslav resulted in the deaths of two French volunteer aid workers. Three of the four injured individuals were foreign nationals.
- Russian shelling and rocket attacks on villages in the eastern Donetsk region resulted in one fatality and two injuries, according to the Ukrainian presidential office.
- Four people were hurt when Russian missiles attacked a hospital in the eastern Kharkiv region, close to the front-line town of Kupiansk.
- Undersea drones were used by military intelligence agency, GUR, to attack and sink the Russian corvette Ivanovets in the Black Sea. Ukraine may have used up to six sea drones in the attack, according to private security company Ambrey. Regarding the reported sinking, Russia remained silent.
- General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the head of the Ukrainian army, referred to the advancement of unmanned weaponry systems as “a central driver” of the conflict in an opinion piece that was published on CNN. Zaluzhnyi also outlined the production of weapons and mobilization as major concerns for Ukraine.
- The Russian Il-76 military transport plane that crashed last month close to the Ukrainian border may have been brought down by two Patriot missiles, according to evidence found on missile fragments, according to the Investigative Committee, the nation’s primary state criminal investigation body. Kyiv has not acknowledged or refuted its involvement in the accident.
- According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, eleven Ukrainian drones were shot down by air defenses over the Russian regions of Kursk, Belgorod, and Voronezh.
Politics and diplomacy
- To approve a 50 billion euro ($54 billion) aid package to support Ukraine over the next four years, European Union leaders overcame opposition from Hungary.
- The approval was welcomed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who said it was “critically important” for Ukraine’s stability and a “clear signal” to both Russia and the US, where Congress is still debating a large aid package.
- According to the Reuters news agency, China demanded that Ukraine immediately take 14 Chinese businesses off of Kyiv’s list of businesses classified as “international sponsors of war.”
- Journalist Alsu Kurmasheva’s pretrial detention was prolonged by a Russian court. The dual US-Russian citizen, who works for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), was arrested in October on charges of disseminating “false information” about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and neglecting to register as a “foreign agent”.
- After being detained for performing without a permit, members of the rebel Russian-Belarusian rock band Bi-2 were sent to Israel by Thailand. The band was critical of Moscow’s war in Ukraine. Human rights organizations warned that if the group was transferred to Russia, they would be persecuted for their criticism of the war.
- In a show of support for Ukraine, the Latvian parliament decided to forbid its national teams from competing against any national teams from Belarus or Russia, regardless of the banners they may fly.
- The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, urged the US to give Ukraine A-10 attack jets, claiming that doing so would greatly improve Ukraine’s front-line capabilities.
- Russian drone attack on Beryslav, southern Ukraine, killed two French volunteers and injured three foreign nationals.
- Russian shelling and rocket attacks on villages in the eastern Donetsk region resulted in one fatality and two injuries.
- Russian missiles attacked a hospital in the eastern Kharkiv region, causing four injuries.
- Ukraine’s military intelligence agency, GUR, used underwater drones to attack and sink the Russian corvette Ivanovets in the Black Sea.
- Ukrainian army head, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, cited unmanned weaponry systems as a central driver of the conflict.
- The Russian Il-76 military transport plane crash may have been caused by Patriot missiles, but Kiev has not refuted its involvement.
- 11 Ukrainian drones were shot down by air defenses over the Russian regions of Kursk, Belgorod, and Voronezh.
- European Union leaders approved a 50 billion euro ($54 billion) aid package to support Ukraine over the next four years.
- China demanded that Ukraine remove 14 Chinese businesses from its list of “international sponsors of war.”
- Journalist Alsu Kurmasheva’s pretrial detention was prolonged by a Russian court.
- The Latvian parliament forbids national teams from competing against national teams from Belarus or Russia.
- Ukraine’s military intelligence head, Kyrylo Budanov, urged the US to give Ukraine A-10 attack jets to improve its front-line capabilities.