Ukraine Daily Summary - Tuesday, November 29

97% of Russian targets are civilian -- Russia transfers 15 air defense systems to Belarus -- How volunteers helped Kherson residents survive through the occupation -- Russian forces shot car with civilians in Kherson Oblast; then ran over it with a tank -- and more

Ukraine Daily

Tuesday, November 29

Russia’s war against Ukraine


Citizens cook their meals outside over the fire due to lack of gas after Ukrainian army retaken control from the Russian forces in Lyman, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on Nov. 27, 2022. Although the local government and security units continue to work hard to return life to normal, a harsh winter awaits the civilians staying in the port due to the heavy destruction in the city. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Defense Minister: 97% of Russian targets are civilian. Russia has launched over 16,000 missile attacks at Ukraine over the past nine months, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Nov. 28. He added that civilian targets account for 97%.

Emergency blackouts resumed in all of Ukraine on Nov. 28. The measures were resumed due to the rapid growth of the power deficit, which currently constitutes 27%, according to Ukraine’s state grid operator Ukrenergo.

Kyiv mayor calls on residents to move to suburbs ‘in worst case scenario.’ In an interview with RBK-Ukraine media outlet, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that the city’s residents should be ready for “the worst case scenario,” as Russia continues to attack Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Zelensky: Russia attacked Kherson Oblast 258 times over past week. President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his evening address that Russian forces fired 258 times at 30 settlements in Kherson Oblast over the past week.

Foreign Minister: NATO to consider providing new military, energy aid to Ukraine. “For the first time, the meeting will be equally dedicated to Ukraine’s defense issues, namely new weapons, ammunition, military equipment, and to the country’s energy system,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said, promising there would be “more solutions” from the allies.

Russia transfers 15 air defense systems to Belarus. Russia has transferred a large convoy of military equipment to Belarus, including at least 15 Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile systems and 10 engineering vehicles, the Belarusian Hajun, a group that monitors the movement of Russian weapons, reported.

General Staff: Ukraine downs 1 Russian Su-25 fighter jet, 1 Su-24 aircraft over past day. According to the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Ukraine’s military also struck three Russian concentrations of military equipment and personnel. Over the past day, Ukrainian forces also repelled Russian attacks near Novoselivske and Bilohorivka in Luhansk Oblast and Serebrianka, Verkhnokamianske, Bilohorivka, Yakovlivka, Pervomaiske, Opytne, Nevelske, and Krasnohorivka in Donetsk Oblast, the General Staff said.

General Staff: Russian troops trying to advance in 3 directions in Donbas. Russian forces are trying to advance in the Lyman, Bakhmut, and Avdiivka directions in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine’s General Staff said.

Peskov denies Russian withdrawal from Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Nov. 28 that Russian forces are not leaving the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Petro Kotin, the head of Ukraine’s state nuclear energy operator Energoatom, reported that the company saw signs Russia was preparing to leave the plant.

Bloomberg: Price of Russian oil falls below proposed EU cap. Russia’s Urals crude oil fell to $51.96 a barrel at the Baltic Sea port of Primorsk, Bloomberg reported, citing data provided by Argus Media Ltd., a publisher of commodity prices.

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How volunteers helped Kherson residents survive through the occupation.

When Russia captured Kherson in March, disrupting supply chains to the city, local Ukrainian volunteers kept it running.

Photo: The Kyiv Independent

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Ukraine war latest: Kremlin denies preparing withdrawal from Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said on Nov. 28 that Russian forces were not leaving the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

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After surviving Russian occupation, civilians flee Kherson amid intensified shelling.

Kherson residents sat in an eerily quiet overnight train to Kyiv. It was Nov. 25, and they were leaving their hometown for the first time since February.

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The human cost of Russia’s war

Russian forces attack 9 Ukrainian regions over past day, killing 2 people. They include Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Chernihiv, Sumy, Mykolaiv, and Dnipropetrovsk.

Governor: Russian forces injure 1 civilian in Donetsk Oblast on Nov. 28. Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said that one person was wounded in Torske. It is still impossible to determine the exact number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha, he added.

Media: Writer Volodymyr Vakulenko killed during Russian occupation. Ukrainian children’s writer Volodymyr Vakulenko was allegedly killed during the Russian occupation of Izium, Kharkiv Oblast, which was liberated in September, Suspilne media outlet reported citing the results of a DNA examination that the journalists have seen. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office reported in April that the writer was abducted by Russian forces in the village of Kapytolivka near Izium.

Prosecutor General’s Office: Russian forces shot car with civilians in Kherson Oblast. Russian servicemen shot a car with two civilians inside and ran it over with a tank in Kherson Oblast in March, Prosecutor General’s Office reported on Nov. 28. More than 50 bullet holes were found on the vehicle, according to law enforcement officers.

UN: At least 17,023 civilian casualties in Ukraine due to Russia’s war. According to the UN count, Russia’s war against Ukraine has killed at least 6,655 civilians and injured at least 10,368. UN’s human rights agency notes the actual figures are likely considerably higher as the information from some places is delayed, and many reports of civilian casualties still need to be confirmed.

General Staff: Russia has lost 87,900 troops in Ukraine since Feb. 24. Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Nov. 28 that Russia had also lost 2,908 tanks, 5,861 armored fighting vehicles, 4,416 vehicles and fuel tanks,1,899 artillery systems, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 209 air defense systems, 278 airplanes, 261 helicopters, 1,555 drones, and 16 boats.

International response

European Council criminalizes evasion of sanctions. The European Council added the violation of restrictive measures to the list of “EU crimes” on Nov. 28. The criminalization will help ensure the same level of sanctions across the EU and prevent attempts to evade the union’s restrictions, according to the Council.

EU ministers pledge to help Ukraine prepare for winter, restore energy infrastructure. The foreign ministers of Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden on Nov. 28 made a joint statement summarizing their visit to Ukraine.

Polish ruling party chief: Germany should send Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine. Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, said that Germany should hand over Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine as “these missiles will be useful in this war, but only in the place where they will be actually used,” Rzeczpospolita, a Polish newspaper, reported.

Reuters: US considers giving Ukraine 100-mile strike weapon. The Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) system could be delivered to Ukraine in spring, according to a document acquired by Reuters.

US says Russia delays nuclear arms reduction talks. The U.S. Department of State said that Russia had “unilaterally” postponed negotiations on the implementation of the New START treaty on the reduction of nuclear arms.

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