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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 634: Ukraine retakes territory on Dnipro’s eastern bank but war grinds on

Ukrainian forces pushed Russian troops back 3-8 km from the Dnipro River on Saturday, securing positions on the eastern bank. However, Russian shelling continues to claim civilian lives, including a 3-year-old girl now in ICU.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 634: Ukraine retakes territory on Dnipro’s eastern bank but war grinds on
Article by: Alya Shandra

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Military

Ukrainian forces push Russians back 3-8 km from the Dnipro River on the eastern bank — spokesperson. Russian mortar fire can’t reach Dnipro’s western bank anymore, but significant number of Russian troops remain in the Russian-controlled part of Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast, spokesperson for Ukraine’s Defense Forces Command “South” said on the TV air.

Gen Staff: Ukrainian forces secure positions on Eastern Bank of Dnipro. Ukrainian forces are advancing on the Melitopol and Bakhmut fronts, exerting pressure on Russian troops. There were a total of 45 battles on the frontline during the day.

ISW: Ukrainian forces advance in Dnipro’s eastern bank and in the south while Russians advance near Avdiivka. According to the latest ISW war assessment, both Ukrainian and Russian armies conducted their offensive campaigns on 17-18 November 2023 with minor advances on both sides.

Ukrainian military says 7,000 Russians killed, 86 tanks destroyed last week. In the past 24 hours alone, Ukrainian forces have reportedly eliminated nearly 1,200 Russian soldiers, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ukraine shoots down 15 out of 20 Shahed drones on 19 November night. Ukrainian officials didn’t disclose information about targets that presumably were hit by the remaining drones.

Ukrainian sniper reportedly eliminated a Russian serviceman from a distance of 3.8 km. The video of a Ukrainian Security Service sniper, which widely circulated on the internet, was confirmed by a Ukrainian volunteer who supplies sniper rifles to the frontline Yuriy Chornomorets.

3-year-old girl from Kherson in ICU after Russian shelling. Over the past 24 hours, five people in Kherson sustained injuries as a result of Russian shelling.

Frontline report: Russians leverage rains and fog to assault Avdiivka when Ukrainian drones are less efficient. Ukrainians rely heavily on the massive use of octocopter heavy bombers and other drones to stabilize the frontline near Avdiivka. The pace of the Russian offensive slowed down, but Russians don’t give up their attempts to encircle the east Ukrainian city of Avdiivka despite numerous losses.

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:

Intelligence and technology

EW revolution: the US, China, and Europe closely observe Ukraine’s electronic warfare against Russian systems – NYT. Russia-Ukraine war acts as a performance enhancer for NATO’s electromagnetic thinking. Russia’s nimble response to electronic warfare challenges raises concerns.

British intel: Russia will likely bring the Soviet-era M-55 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft back into service. The aircraft will help Russia establish timely and accurate prosecution of targets by air, sea, and ground forces.

International

US Congress aims to approve additional military aid for Ukraine by Christmas. However, Republicans aim to combine military aid to Ukraine with fortifying the American-Mexican border into a unified voting package.

Biden: we are keeping American troops out of war by supporting the brave Ukrainians. In his article for the Washington Post, US President Joe Biden outlined why and how the US will not let Putin and Hamas succeed.

New York proclaimed November 2023 as Ukrainian Holodomor Remembrance Month. The state of New York issued a proclamation on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor in November 2023.

New York ceremony honored the memory of the Holodomor victims. In St. Patrick’s Cathedral, priests of various denominations sent prayers for the victims of the Holodomor, with Ukraine’s Ambassador to the US and hundreds of people participating.

Humanitarian and social impact

Ship with Ukrainian grain from Odesa splits in half near Turkish coast. It most likely happened due to a severe Black Sea storm.

Finland fortifies border with Russia as tensions rise. The Finnish military arrives at the border checkpoint ‘Vartius’ between Finland and Russia, one of the four remaining operational points. The Finnish authorities closed the other four checkpoints earlier this week due to an influx of migrants.

“20 Days In Mariupol”: a leading contender at the Cinema Eye Awards. The film directed by the award-winning Mstyslav Chernov features accounts of Ukrainian journalists trapped in Mariupol in 2022.

Teen deported to Russia from Mariupol returns to Ukraine. Bogdan Ermokhin, who was forcibly deported to Russia and adopted in 2022, found himself at risk of conscription into the Russian army just after his 18th birthday. Today, he has successfully returned to Ukraine.

From Stalin’s era to today: snitching returns to shape Russia’s political landscape. In Russia, snitching is on the rise again, with individuals like Anna Korobkova proud of filing over 1,300 denunciations since Russia’s full-scale invasion began.

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