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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 641: Ukrainian Air Forces down Russian drones; Moscow reports intercepting 21 UAVs

Russia’s efforts to encircle Avdiivka continue. Power outages in Russia-occupied Donbas due to an attack on a thermal power plant. Ukrainian Air Forces successfully intercept Russian drones. A mass drone attack reported in Russia’s Moscow region.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 641: Ukrainian Air Forces down Russian drones; Moscow reports intercepting 21 UAVs

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Military

Frontline report: Russian forces face setbacks in Avdiivka offensive. In Avdiivka, Russian forces struggled to breach the chemical plant, facing obstacles from Ukrainian fortifications and surveillance.

Battle for Avdiivka grinds on as Russia renews drive to encircle the city. Russia continues intense efforts to encircle Avdiivka and cut off supply lines, making minor gains amid fluid fighting and heavy losses.

Power outages across Russia-occupied areas follow nighttime attack on thermal power plant. Acting head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) reports an overnight attempt to damage the energy system, resulting in a partial blackout and affecting “half of Mariupol, Donetsk, Yenakiyeve, and Horlivka.”

Ukrainian Air Forces neutralize Russian drone assault: 8 “Shahed” UAVs downed. Ukrainian Air Forces successfully intercepted eight out of nine Russian drones, with anti-aircraft defenses activated in the suburbs of Kyiv.

Russia reports a mass drone attack in Moscow region (being updated). Russian authorities, including Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin and the Ministry of Defense, assert the successful interception of 21 UAVs en route to Moscow, neutralizing them in various regions with no reported casualties or damage.

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.

Intelligence and technology

UK intel: Russia moves air defense systems from “NATO-encircled” Kaliningrad to Ukraine to backfill losses. Russia’s relocation of air defense systems from Kaliningrad to Ukraine amid S-400 system losses underscores regional security challenges and operational strain, as per UK intelligence.

International

Lithuania, Latvia leaders: Sanctions should affect grain from Russian-occupied territories. Latvian President and Lithuanian Prime Minister urge sanctions on goods from Russian-occupied Ukrainian areas, stressing EU cooperation and origin verification.

Latvia offers to help resolve Poland-Ukraine border crisis as 2,000 trucks lined up on Polish border. Tensions rise as the blockade, ongoing since November 6th, impacts freight transport, leading to delays and appeals for assistance from Ukraine.

Speaker of Finnish parliament delivers entire speech in Ukrainian before Verkhovna Rada. Yussi Halla-aho equated Russia’s aggression against Finland and Ukraine, expressed disappointment post-Soviet Russia didn’t change, showed Finland’s solidarity with Ukraine including most Finnish MPs calling the Holodomor a Soviet genocide of Ukrainians.

Borrell on Russia’s air attack on Kyiv: EU firmly stands in solidarity with Ukraine. EU High Representative Josep Borrell responded to Russia’s air attack on Kyiv on 25 November, the largest drone attack on the Ukrainian capital since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Humanitarian and social impact

Authorities: 1,336 residents remain in besieged Avdiivka. Despite Russia’s ongoing offensive, Avdiivka’s evacuation has seen a decrease in willingness, with 1,336 residents remaining, local authorities say.

Grain from Ukraine summit’s statement: Starvation of civilians as warfare tactic prohibited. The Grain from Ukraine Summit underscores food security amid Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, advocating consequences for threats to global food supplies.

Ex NATO chief: Continued Ukraine focus key to deter Russian aggression’s expansion. Lord George Robertson, ex-NATO chief, calls for sustained international attention on Ukraine to prevent Russian aggression from spreading beyond its borders.

New developments

Minister Kamyshyn sees Ukraine as a global arms powerhouse post-war. Ukraine’s Strategic Industries Minister aims to turn Ukraine into a major arms producer and exporter, making defense the core industry post-war.

Russian losses

As of 26 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: 324830 (+1070)
  • Tanks: 5513 (+11)
  • APV: 10279 (+16)
  • Artillery systems: 7874 (+23)
  • MLRS: 907 (+2)
  • Anti-aircraft systems: 597 (+1)
  • Aircraft: 323
  • Helicopters: 324
  • UAV: 5901 (+93)
  • Cruise missiles : 1565
  • Warships/boats: 22
  • Submarines: 1
  • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 10288 (+829)

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