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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 647. Melitopol underground strikes again

Meanwhile, Russia is accused of war crimes after video surfaces of two Ukrainian soldiers allegedly being executed after surrendering

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Super strike: why Ukraine blew up tunnel connecting Russia to China, and what could be next. Slashing Putin’s 6,000 km umbilical cord to Beijing in a dramatic flare of sabotage, Ukraine lit the fuse on a series of “small cuts” set to slowly bleed Russia’s war machine dry
Expert: Ukraine must radically boost infantry to counter Russia’s “meat grinder” tactics. Ukraine must boost infantry quality to force personnel loss ratios requiring Russia to expend 15-20 soldiers to kill one Ukrainian, argues military expert.
Ukraine outmaneuvers Russia at OSCE, in chemical weapons, maritime agencies. A trilogy of diplomatic debacles left Russian officials sputtering blindly at global forums from Skopje to London as Ukraine directed a masterclass in multilateral marginalization.

Military

Gruesome video allegedly shows Ukrainian soldiers executed by Russians after surrendering. Ukraine’s ombudsman said he would formally appeal to both the UN and Red Cross regarding video that apparently shows a Russian war crime

Frontline report: Ukraine strikes Russian rail lines to China. Over the past week, through railway sabotage, drone strikes, and spy actions, Ukraine dealt blows to Russian military power centers.

Russian authorities seek to suppress small-scale dissent among soldiers’ wives – UK intel. The UK Ministry of Defence reports that Russian authorities are employing financial incentives, online discrediting, and warning labels to suppress dissent among wives of deployed soldiers.

Insurgent Ukrainian resistance successfully executes operation in Russia-occupied Melitopol – UA intel. Ukrainian insurgents successfully attacked the entrance to Melitopol, neutralizing Russian occupiers and damaging an enemy fuel tanker

Ukraine’s air defense destroyed 10 out of 11 Russian Shaheds UAVs launched overnight and X-59 missile. Air raid alert sounded in several Ukrainian oblasts on the night of 1 December

As of 01 Dec 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: 330040 (+1280)
      • Tanks: 5564 (+13)
      • APV: 10372 (+32)
      • Artillery systems: 7931 (+22)
      • MLRS: 912 (+2)
      • Anti-aircraft systems: 602 (+2)
      • Aircraft: 323
      • Helicopters: 324
      • UAV: 5976 (+22)
      • Cruise missiles : 1567
      • Warships/boats: 22
      • Submarines: 1
      • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 10399 (+938)

Intelligence and technology

Ukrainian army may receive Coral domestic anti-air missiles in 2024. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry named strengthening air defense, including the development of Coral anti-aircraft missiles, among its priorities for 2024.

Rheinmetall to commence armored vehicle production in Ukraine in 2024. The initiative aims to rejuvenate Ukraine’s arms industry and lessen reliance on Western aid.

International

US imposes sanctions on companies and vessels ignoring price limits on Russian oil. The US sanctioned three companies and their vessels, including HS Atlantica Limited and Sterling Shipping Incorporated, for surpassing G7 limits on Russian oil prices.

Humanitarian and social impact

Gruesome video allegedly shows Ukrainian soldiers executed by Russians after surrendering. Ukraine’s ombudsman said he would formally appeal to both the UN and Red Cross regarding video that apparently shows a Russian war crime

Two more Ukrainian children returned home from Russia-occupied territories. Save Ukraine brought two Ukrainian children and their parents home, countering pressure from Russian authorities who sought to change the children’s Ukrainian birth certificates to Russian ones

Olena Zelenska does not want her husband to run for president again. When asked about her post-war plans, First Lady shared that she envisions reuniting with her family.

Ukraine and Poland prepare measures to unblock trucker blockade. The Polish protesters’ main demand, canceling the EU-Ukraine transport visa-free regime, was not discussed at the bilateral meeting

Opposition MPs also barred from foreign visit following ex-President’s travel ban. Three female MPs from Poroshenko’s European Solidarity party have not received permits for a high-profile visit to the USA

Controversy as SBU claims ex-president’s banned foreign visit had “Russian psy-op risk”. Security Service claims Poroshenko was denied overseas travel because of a purported meeting with Orban; ex-president decries “insane attack on unity”

New developments

Glasgow twins with Mykolayiv, uniting through shipbuilding, after departing Rostov-on-Don. Scottish city is twinning with Ukrainian southern city as a sign of friendship and solidarity

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