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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 638: Russian civilian aviation collapsing due to sanctions

Russia’s civilian aviation industry is rapidly deteriorating under the crushing weight of Western sanctions, Ukraine’s intelligence agency revealed.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 638: Russian civilian aviation collapsing due to sanctions


The Russian trace in the Polish trucker border blockade. The organizers of the Polish trucker strike at the Ukrainian border have close ties to Russia. They supported Russia’s occupation of Crimea, and some voted against condemning Russian war crimes.

Russia’s “unprecedented” Ukrainian grain theft premeditated war crime, legal report suggests. The grand pillaging was planned ahead of the invasion and is purposefully designed to starve populations in Global South, Global Rights Compliance says

Russian attack was inevitable for Ukraine, acclaimed writer says. In one of his works, Yuri Andrukhovych wrote that there is hope for Moscow, but – he exaggerated – it may take 500 years. Now, the writer doesn’t think he exaggerated that much.


Frontline report: Single remote-controlled machine gun halts Russians for weeks near Avdiivka. A single remotely controlled Ukrainian machine gun position near Donetsk’s Avdiivka has held firm against Russian assaults for weeks.

Ukrainian volunteer jailed to 18 years in Russia. The Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don has sentenced Ukrainian citizen Dmytro Holubiev to 18 years in a strict regime colony, finding him guilty of “committing an act of international terrorism,” RFE/RL has informed.

Ukraine commander Zaluzhnyi takes part in Ramstein-format meeting for first time. Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhnyi takes part in a Ramstein-format meeting as Germany, the Netherlands, and others pledge significant military aid, forming a new coalition to enhance Ukraine’s defenses.

SBU Cybersecurity destroys Russian surveillance systems, a tank, artillery guns (video). The Ukrainian SBU Cybersecurity’s drone footage reveals destruction of Russian surveillance systems and military equipment, including a tank and anti-aircraft gun.

Intelligence and technology

UK intel: Russia officially recognizes Wagner Group veterans. Russia acknowledges Wagner mercenaries as veterans through ID issuance, signaling a potential rehabilitation after the group’s earlier mutiny, as per British intelligence.

Russian civil aviation nearing collapse due to sanctions, Ukraine intelligence says. Newly obtained documents by Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence reveal that over 35% of Russia’s civilian aircraft have been scavenged for parts due to shortages caused by Western sanctions.

Kirby: Iran supplying Russia with glide bombs. US National Security Council’s Kirby reports Iran’s delivery of glide bombs to Russia, with potential plans to transfer ballistic missiles.

DeepState: Russians have built over 6,000 km of fortifications in occupied territories. Considering that the active frontline extends over a distance of approximately 1,500 kilometers, there is an average of four kilometers of fortifications for each kilometer of the frontline.


Geert Wilders’ victory in Netherlands puts aid to Ukraine in doubt. The Netherlands faces a political shift with the PVV Freedom Party’s victory, which could signal reduced military support for Ukraine and a retreat from backing its EU membership aspirations

Media: Canada to allocate over USD 940 million in aid to Ukraine. In addition, Report has informed that Canada plans to spend $1.9 billion to increase its military presence in Europe in 2023-2029, according to the draft budget of the country.

Reuters: EU has approved over USD 980 million in funds for Hungary amid Ukraine’s membership tensions. The European Union executive has approved over $980 million in payments to Hungary as the bloc seeks to overcome Budapest’s veto of aid to Ukraine, Reuters has informed.

Humanitarian and social impact

The Canadian Press: Edmonton paramedic killed while serving in Ukraine. Recently, the Knyha Pamiyati (Memory Book of the Fallen for Ukraine) civic group said at least 30,000 Ukrainian defenders have been killed as of November 2023.

Russian propaganda journalist killed in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Russian journalist Boris Maksudov who worked for state propaganda channel Rossiya 24 was killed in Ukraine, said Petro Andriushchenko, the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, on Telegram.

Second Ukrainian trucker dies in Poland amid border blockade. The second Ukrainian trucker death was reported in Poland amid the ongoing blockade of border checkpoints by the Polish carriers.

Ukrainian investigators uncover widespread human rights violations by Russian troops in Kyiv Oblast. Ukrainian prosecutors have revealed that 1,139 Ukrainians have become victims of Russian soldiers and have been subjected to torture by invaders during the invasion of Kyiv Oblast in 2022.

Read our earlier daily review here

As of 23 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: 321800 (+1130)
    • Tanks: 5466 (+20)
    • APV: 10224 (+36)
    • Artillery systems: 7802 (+33)
    • MLRS: 902 (+3)
    • Anti-aircraft systems: 591 (+2)
    • Aircraft: 323
    • Helicopters: 324
    • UAV: 5799 (+15)
    • Cruise missiles : 1564
    • Warships/boats: 22
    • Submarines: 1
    • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 10198 (+839)
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