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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 633: Russia attacks Ukraine with drones amid clashes in three hotspots

Ukraine has also deployed 2,000 domestically manufactured drones to reinforce defenses on the most critical fronts of the war with Russia.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 633: Russia attacks Ukraine with drones amid clashes in three hotspots

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Ukraine kicks toward Euro 2024 amid bombs and blackouts . From joining the front lines to evacuating families to fundraising, footballers juggle competitive matches with the grim realities of Russia’s invasion.

Changing minds key to beating corruption, sociology professor says. Corruption exists in the EU as well. However, anti-corruption tools implemented across the EU have varying effectiveness between member states, the lecturer of European studies at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Angelos Giannakopoulos, said.

Military

Frontline report: Ukrainian forces storm Russian barracks in night raid. Ukrainian soldiers used night vision, silencers, and grenades to kill dozens of sleeping Russian troops in a daring operation on the southern front.

ISW: Ukraine prepares for ground operations on east bank of Dnipro River. Ukrainian forces have created several bridgeheads on the east bank of the river in the Kherson Oblast, which could serve as a base for continuing the attack against Russian defenses.

Russia unleashes kamikaze drones on Ukraine, 29 shot down. Ukraine’s Air Force said it repelled a massive attack by Russian Shahed drones that targeted several regions of the country, causing damage and injury in Odesa.

Zelenskyy: artillery shell supplies decline as Israel-Hamas war impacts Ukraine’s war effort. The shift in focus and increased demand for 155-millimeter shells has slowed deliveries

As of 18 Nov 2023, the approximate losses of weapons and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces from the beginning of the invasion to the present day:

      • Personnel: 317380 (+620)
      • Tanks: 5422 (+7)
      • APV: 10141 (+9)
      • Artillery systems: 7726 (+14)
      • MLRS: 896 (+1)
      • Anti-aircraft systems: 586 (+1)
      • Aircraft: 323
      • Helicopters: 324
      • UAV: 5726 (+17)
      • Cruise missiles : 1563
      • Warships/boats: 22
      • Submarines: 1
      • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 10091 (+114)

Intelligence and technology

Ukraine’s innovative naval tactics shifted balance of power despite lack of warships . Through innovative tactics and strategic use of maritime drones, Ukraine, despite lacking warships, has disrupted Russia’s naval superiority

Ukraine deploys 2,000 domestically manufactured drones to most critical fronts of war. The diverse range of drones, including reconnaissance copters, kamikaze drones, and multi-role bombers, aims to reinforce Ukraine’s defense efforts on crucial warfronts

British intel: Ukraine and Russia clash in three hotspots, but frontline remains stable. Ukrainian and Russian forces are locked in a fierce battle, but no major changes in the frontline are expected as winter sets in.

International

Poll: Most Finns believe Russians bear collective guilt for not resisting the war, back Ukraine’s NATO aspirations. Finns overwhelmingly back Ukraine’s NATO aspirations. 55% said Ukraine would make a good future NATO member

Finland shuts down four border crossings with Russia amid migrant surge. Finland has closed half of its border crossings with Russia for three months to prevent illegal migration, as hundreds of asylum seekers have arrived from Russia in the past week.

Protests by Polish carriers cause truck congestion at Ukrainian-Polish border crossings. Approximately 2,800 trucks have accumulated at three Ukrainian-Polish border crossings, including Krakovets, Yagodyn, and Rava-Ruska-Khrebenne, due to protests by Polish carriers, leading to disruptions in freight traffic

Humanitarian and social impact

Russian drone attack cuts off power and heating for thousands of Ukrainian families. A night raid by Russian kamikaze drones targeted an energy facility in the Odesa Oblast, causing power outages for about 2,000 Ukrainian households.

Ukraine’s grim toll: Over 30,000 defenders killed in war with Russia, civic group says . The Memory Book, a Ukrainian project that tracks and verifies Ukrainian casualties, has used open-source data to compile a database of confirmed dead, missing, and prisoners of war from February 2022 to November 2023.

Reuters: Grain ship damaged by sea mine off Ukraine coast. A Liberian-flagged bulk carrier loaded with wheat was hit by a floating sea mine in the Black Sea amid Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports.

Russia increasingly frees convicted killers to fight against Ukraine – WP. Russia is recruiting as many as 100,000 convicts, including violent criminals, to fight in Ukraine, with some pardoned individuals, such as Vladislav Kanyus, participating in the war after serving minimal sentences for heinous crimes.

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