Ukraine Daily Summary - Monday, November 1

Missiles likely being transported from Belarus to Russia for war efforts in Donbas -- Russians committed same atrocities in Kherson Oblast as in other occupied regions -- Russians mined 'nearly everything' in Kherson -- Russia may use more 'cannon fodder' in war against Ukraine -- and more

Ukraine Daily

Monday, November 14

Russia’s war against Ukraine


Ukrainian servicemen belonging to the de-mining battalion carry out rounds of ammunition left by Russian troops nearby to Snihurivka City in Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine, November 12th, 2022. (Photo by Narciso Contreras/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Watchdog: Missiles likely being transported from Belarus to Russia for war efforts in Donbas. According to Belarusian monitoring group Belarusian Hajun, if its assessment proves to be true, missiles transported to Russia’s Rostov Oblast will likely be used to launch attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk directions.

Kherson Oblast governor urges civilians to evacuate due to potential Russian strikes. On Nov. 13, Kherson Oblast Governor Yaroslav Yanushevych asked civilians to evacuate to safer regions as Russia could retaliate against people living in the part of Kherson Oblast that was liberated by the Ukrainian army on Nov. 11. “The Russian army, when it flees, begins to fight with peaceful people out of hopelessness. We have repeatedly seen this in many liberated settlements,” Yanushevych said.

Governor: Russians mined ‘nearly everything’ in Kherson. On Nov. 14, Kherson Oblast Governor Yaroslav Yanushevych asked people to avoid gathering in the central part of liberated Kherson as sappers need to demine it first. “The enemy has mined nearly everything (in Kherson). Please, avoid crowded places,” Yanushevych said.

Zelensky: Russians committed same atrocities in Kherson Oblast as in other occupied regions. In a video message, President Volodymyr Zelensky said more than 400 Russian war crimes cases have already been documented as police continue finding bodies of civilians and soldiers.

Southern Command: Ukrainian army liberates almost 180 settlements in the south within a week. Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command reported that from Nov. 7 to Nov. 13, Ukrainian troops liberated 179 towns and villages in southern Mykolaiv and Kherson oblasts and 4,500 square kilometers of formerly Russian-occupied territories.

Ukrainian flag reportedly raised over Antonivskyi Bridge near Kherson. A video shot by Ukrainian soldiers and shared on social media on Nov. 13 shows the yellow and blue flag being hanged upon the Antonivskyi Bridge, a strategic passage between the Kherson Oblast’s liberated west bank and the east bank to where Russians retreated.

Mykolaiv Oblast Governor calls on businesses to return as Russian attacks decrease. Mykolaiv Oblast Governor Vitaliy Kim called on businesses and construction workers to return home to rebuild the region now that Russian troops have withdrawn from nearby southern territories.

Ukraine liberates Makiivka village in Luhansk Oblast. The regional military administration reported that the settlement, located not far from Lyman, Donetsk Oblast, is now under Ukrainian control. Makiivka is 160 kilometers west of Russian-occupied Luhansk.

Wallace: Russia may use more ‘cannon fodder’ in war against Ukraine. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace applauded the “remarkable capability” of Ukraine’s Armed Forces but said it is important not to “underestimate” Moscow. “History will remind you that Russia can be brutal to their own. And if they need more cannon fodder, that is what they’ll be doing,” Wallace said.

General Staff: Russia amasses troops near Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Russian forces are bringing more troops and building fortifications around Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the General Staff reported on Nov. 13. Russia decreased the number of its troops in occupied Kakhovka, Tavriysk and Nova Kakhovka in Kherson Oblast, according to Ukraine’s Armed Forces.

ISW: Russia likely to intensify its offensive in Donetsk Oblast. The Institute for the Study of War said in its latest assessment that Russian forces will resume the offensive in Donetsk Oblast in the next few weeks once additional mobilized Russian troops and forces withdrawn from Kherson arrive. According to the ISW, Ukrainian forces in Donetsk Oblast “will find themselves hard-pressed,” and Ukraine will likely have to redeploy some troops to defend against the offensive operations. “The Russians are not likely to make operationally significant gains despite their renewed efforts, although they could conceivably take Bakhmut over time at enormous cost,” the ISW writes. The U.S. think tank notes that Russian mobilized troops “have shown themselves inadequately trained, poorly equipped, and very reluctant to fight.”

Putin threatens to strip passports from people who acquired Russian citizenship. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 13 proposed amendments to a bill that would enable Moscow to strip passports from non-birth citizens who acquired Russian citizenship if they criticized the war in Ukraine.

Kherson celebrates liberation after 8 months of Russian occupation (PHOTOS).

Ukrainian troops entered Kherson on Nov. 11, two days after Russia declared its retreat. Kherson, a city with a pre-war population of nearly 300,000 people, was the only regional capital sacked by Russia.

Photo: Yevhenii Zavhorodnii

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Ukraine war latest: Russians mined ‘nearly everything’ in now-liberated Kherson, says governor.

Following the liberation of the southern city of Kherson on Nov. 11, Yaroslav Yanushevych, the oblast governor, asked people to avoid gathering in the central part of the liberated city as sappers need to demine it first.

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The human cost of Russia’s war

Russian strike wounds 1 in Kurakhove in Donetsk Oblast. A Russian rocket hit a residential buildings and an administrative building in Kurakhove in Donetsk Oblast, injuring one civilian, according to the governor of this oblast, Pavlo Kyrylenko. He also said Russians had damaged a hospital, a maternity hospital, and a clinic in Toretsk.

Governor: Russian forces injure 4 civilians in Donetsk Oblast on Nov. 13. According to Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, one person was wounded in Kurakhove, one in Bakhmut, one in Andiivka, and one in Ivanivske. It is still impossible to determine the exact number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha, he added.

Official: Car blown up by mine in Kherson Oblast, 4 people injured. Deputy Head of the President’s Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko reported that a car with four civilians hit a landmine in the village of Novoraisk on Nov. 13, resulting in an explosion. According to Tymoshenko, an 11-year-old child was among the injured.

General Staff: Russia has lost 80,860 troops in Ukraine since Feb. 24. Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Nov. 13 that Russia had also lost 2,840 tanks, 5,742 armored fighting vehicles, 1,837 artillery systems, 393 multiple launch rocket systems, 206 air defense systems, 261 helicopters, 278 airplanes, 1,507 drones, and 16 boats.

International response

WSJ: Western officials divided on need to push Kyiv into peace talks with Russia. According to the Wall Street Journal, senior U.S. and EU officials believe that an opportunity for peace talks may appear in the coming weeks or months after Ukraine successfully recaptured the southern city of Kherson. However, the need for such talks remains in question.

UK defense official: It’s for Ukraine to decide when, how to negotiate. The U.K. has always supported President Volodymyr Zelensky and Britain’s job was to support Ukraine politically, diplomatically and militarily, according to Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, British chief of the defense staff. “We’ve got to be respectful – and acknowledge that it’s Zelensky who’s going to determine for his nation when is the right negotiating point,” Radakin said.

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