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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 640: Ukrainian forces down 74/75 Russian drones in nighttime attack

Ukrainian forces have successfully disrupted a Russian offensive near Avdiivka by strategically cutting off supply routes. Russia deployed carbon-coated Shahed drones during a nighttime attack on Ukraine, but Ukrainian defenses managed to down 74 out of 75 drones.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 640: Ukrainian forces down 74/75 Russian drones in nighttime attack


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Frontline report: Ukrainians disrupt Russia’s offensive north of Avdiivka, exploiting logistical weaknesses. Ukrainian troops disrupt the supply route from Horlivka to Avdiivka, halting the Russian offensive north of Avdiivka and forcing Russian troops to divert reserves to stabilize the situation instead of launching a new wave of attacks.

Russia deploys carbon-coated Shahed drones in nighttime attack on Ukraine. In a tactical twist to hinder visual and radar detection, Russia’s latest drone attack on Ukraine featured black carbon-coated Shahed drones — a move that proved largely ineffective as Ukraine’s forces downed 74 of the 75 aerial targets.

Ukraine downs 74 of 75 Shaheds in largest-yet Russian drone attack. In the early hours of 25 November, on Holodomor Memorial Day, the Russian army launched a record number of drones, with Kyiv as the primary target.

Intelligence and Technology

Estonian intel: Russia unlikely to achieve operational breakthrough in Ukraine in coming weeks. Fighting on the ground in Ukraine is expected to subside due to weather conditions, said Col. Ants Kiviselg, head of the Estonian Defense Forces Intelligence Center, according to ERR .

UK intel: Russia’s Black Sea Fleet missile ops face logistics hurdles. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet will likely shift missile resupply from its exposed Sevastopol base in occupied Crimea to Novorossiysk, where a lack of infrastructure may complicate its bombardment campaign against Ukraine.

SBU unveils new details of marine drone attack on Crimean Bridge. Ukraine’s marine drone attack on the Crimean Bridge on 17 July 2023 was a display of remote operational excellence, with drones being piloted from Kyiv through a specially designed communication system, which did not depend on Starlink.


European Commission to allocate €50 million to restore Ukrainian ports. The European Commission will allocate 50 million euros ($54,7 million) to restore Ukrainian ports affected by Russian attacks, according to the Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen.

Humanitarian and Social Impact

Ukraine to receive over USD 2 million from Lithuania to protect grain exports from Russian attacks. The prime minister also noted that Russia was trying to use the situation in the Black Sea to hinder the export of Ukrainian grain and achieve the cancellation of sanctions.

Zelenskyy: Ukraine to receive ships for Black Sea grain corridor security. Zelenskyy emphasized that one of Ukraine’s major accomplishments this year is securing a grain corridor independent of Russia, and he noted that Ukraine is actively working to guarantee safe transit for vessels along the corridor.

EU, Canada say Russia must bear legal consequences, including compensation for the damage caused to Ukraine during war. In a joint statement after the EU-Canada summit, Brussels and Ottawa said Russia must cease its aggression against Ukraine and pay for damage inflicted on the country during the war.

NATO official calls for “Military Schengen” to boost European defense mobility. “We are running out of time.,” states NATO’s Lieutenant General Sollfrank, advocating for a “military Schengen” in Europe to ensure swift troop deployments in the face of potential Russian threats.

New Developments

Politico: Biden compares Russia’s actions in Ukraine to Stalin’s Holodomor famine. On 25 November, the White House reaffirmed its unwavering support for Ukraine, using the occasion of the Holodomor anniversary to draw parallels between Russia’s current offensive and the 1930s Soviet-imposed famine that tragically claimed the lives of millions of Ukrainians, Politico reports .

Westminster Abbey commemorates 90th anniversary of Holodomor genocide. The post Westminster Abbey commemorates 90th anniversary of Holodomor genocide appeared first on Euromaidan Press .

Poll: 92% of Ukrainians see Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainian people. Ukrainian views on the Holodomor man-made famine of 1932-1933 have evolved, with 92% now acknowledging it as genocide, according to a new Rating Group survey, up from 60% in 2010.

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Russian losses

As of 25 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: 323760 (+860)
  • Tanks: 5502 (+6)
  • APV: 10263 (+7)
  • Artillery systems: 7851 (+18)
  • MLRS: 905 (+1)
  • Anti-aircraft systems: 596 (+1)
  • Aircraft: 323
  • Helicopters: 324
  • UAV: 5808 (+8)
  • Cruise missiles : 1565 (+1)
  • Warships/boats: 22
  • Submarines: 1
  • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 10259 (+929)

Read the daily review for Sat Nov 25 2023 here

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