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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 635: HIMARS launcher, more ammunition in US $ 100 mn aid package for Ukraine

The US announced a new aid package for Ukraine following US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy in Kyiv. Ukrainian forces successfully hit Russian radar installations in Kursk Oblast, a move possibly aimed at weakening Russian air defenses as Ukraine anticipates Western fighter jets.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 635: HIMARS launcher, more ammunition in US $ 100 mn aid package for Ukraine

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Military

Military: No signs of Russia’s offensive preparations in southern Ukraine. Ukraine maintains positions on the Dnipro’s left bank, engaging in successful counter-battery efforts, with Command noting a lack of Russian offensive formations in the south.

ISW: Ukrainians advance near Avdiivka, Russians claim gains as weather hampers fighting. ISW says Ukrainian forces have counterattacked northeast of Donetsk’s Avdiivka and advanced in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, while the Russians claimed some gains near Avdiivka.

US aid package includes HIMARS launcher, possibly for GLSDB use. The Pentagon unveils a $100 million security assistance package for Ukraine, featuring Stinger missiles, various munitions, and a HIMARS launcher, potentially prepping for Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb utilization.

Ukraine hits two radars in Russia’s Kursk Oblast. Ukrainian forces successfully hit Russian radar installations in Kursk Oblast, a move possibly aimed at weakening Russian air defenses as Ukraine anticipates Western fighter jets.

As of 19 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: 318570 (+1190)
      • Tanks: 5435 (+13)
      • APV: 10166 (+25)
      • Artillery systems: 7744 (+18)
      • MLRS: 898 (+2)
      • Anti-aircraft systems: 588 (+2)
      • Aircraft: 323
      • Helicopters: 324
      • UAV: 5755 (+29)
      • Cruise missiles : 1563
      • Warships/boats: 22
      • Submarines: 1
      • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 10120 (+029)

Intelligence and Technology

UK intel: Russian soldiers’ wives stage first public protest in Moscow for frontline rotation. For the first time, Russian soldiers’ wives publicly rallied in Moscow, demanding a policy change for the rotation of troops from Ukraine’s prolonged frontline deployment, as per British intelligence.

Ukraine to launch mass production of jam-resistant drone. The Brave1 military technology cluster engineers have developed a Backfire drone resistant to Russian electronic warfare. It will soon enter mass production for the Ukrainian Army, Mykhailo Fedorov said.

Minister: Ukraine makes tens of thousands of drones per month. Ukrainian Deputy PM Mykhailo Fedorov reports thousands of drones produced monthly in Ukraine, intending to outdo Russian UAV advances.

International

Russian military footwear companies import $ 4.1 mn worth of goods from Europe – investigation. According to the Ukrainian sanctions monitoring Trap Aggressor project, major European suppliers include the Italian company Conceria Cervinia SpA ($1.7 million), the Belarusian-German company Belintertrans Germany GmbH ($900,000), and the German company Neuhaus GmbH ($700,000).

Zelenskyy: Ukraine to receive new defense package from US. “There is a new defense package for our country from the United States. I am grateful for it. In particular, there will be more artillery – shells that are needed right now,” Zelenskyy said in his address following the meeting.

US Defense Secretary Austin makes his second unannounced visit to Kyiv. On an unexpected trip to Kyiv, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasizes America’s sustained support for Ukraine’s fight against Russia amid military aid funding challenges.

Zelenskyy meets with Fox Corporation CEO, awards wounded journalist. Ukrainian President thanked the media representatives for their coverage of Ukraine’s fight against Russian aggression despite the risks to journalists.

Japan pledges $175 million for Ukraine’s economic recovery. On 20 November, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal held a meeting with Japanese officials and business representatives in Kyiv to discuss priorities for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

Humanitarian and Social Impact

Russian morning shelling kills two at Kherson parking lot, six more injured over past day. Kherson experiences deadly shelling by Russian forces, resulting in two deaths, one injury, and property damage, amid ongoing attacks detailed by local authorities. Yesterday, Russians injured six in the region.

Russia puts Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala on wanted list. The Russian Interior Ministry’s database indicates that Jamala is sought under an article of the criminal code, although it does not specify which one.

Danilov warns of possible total mobilization in Russia after 2024 presidential election. Ukraine’s NSDC Secretary Oleksii Danilov stated that Ukraine and the international community have only 3-4 months to prepare for increased Russian aggression following the Russian presidential election on 17 March 2024.

New Developments

Lithuania to redirect sanction violation fines for Ukraine’s reconstruction. The Lithuanian parliament has unanimously agreed to redirect fines collected from international and national sanctions violations into a fund dedicated to Ukraine’s reconstruction and recovery.

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