Ukraine Daily Summary - Sunday, November 27

Empty Kherson art museum in despair after entire collection stolen by Russia -- Ukraine launches ‘Grain from Ukraine’ program to support Africa's struggling countries -- UK trains 10 Ukrainian military crews to use Sea King helicopters -- Russian forces reposition in Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia oblasts - and more

Ukraine Daily

Sunday, November 27

Russia’s war against Ukraine


A local resident lays flowers during a ceremony at a monument of the victims of the Holodomor, Ukrainian for “death by starvation,” in Kyiv on November 26, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Sergei CHUZAVKOV / AFP via Getty Images)

Ukraine launches ‘Grain from Ukraine’ program to support Africa’s struggling countries. The program was symbolically launched on the anniversary of the Holodomor, the articifical famine organized by the Soviet authorities, which killed millions of Ukrainians in 1932-1933. Ukraine considers Holodomor an act of genocide of Ukrainians, and has been fighting for it to be recognized as such globally.

President’s Office: Electricity restored in liberated Kherson. President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Deputy Chief of Staff Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Nov. 26 that the power will be supplied to the city’s critical infrastructure first and then to the residents’ houses.

Kyiv authorities: 130,000 Kyiv residents remain without electricity. Kyiv administration said that as of 9:30 a.m., water supply had been fully restored in all areas of the capital while works to resume electricity and heat supply are ongoing following Russia’s Nov. 23 large-scale strike that caused massive blackouts in all Ukrainian regions.

Power cuts in Kyiv to be limited to 5 hours at a time. Ukraine’s biggest private energy company DTEK announced that, starting Nov. 26, power outages in Kyiv will not last longer than 5 hours for any consumer.

Ukraine brings home 12 POWs, including civilians. Among the 12 released prisoners of war were four marines, two National Guard servicemen, two Border Guard servicemen, one member of the Territorial Defense Forces, and three civilians – among them, a husband and wife, and a man who was considered missing.

UK Defense Ministry: UK trains 10 Ukrainian military crews to use Sea King helicopters. The U.K. Defense Ministry said on Nov. 26 that the U.K. Royal Navy will provide Ukraine’s military with Sea King helicopters and train 10 Ukrainian crews to use them, “enhancing their search and rescue capabilities.”

General Staff: Russian forces reposition in Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia oblasts. The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported on Nov. 26 that Russia is repositioning its forces to strengthen units near Lyman and Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast and Novopavlivka in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Moscow is reportedly bolstering its defense lines, bringing in engineering equipment, and “continuing the offensive in some directions,” according to the General Staff. Russia’s military struck civilian infrastructure in Dnipro twice over the past day and carried out four MLRS attacks on Ukrainian military positions.

ISW: Pace of operations along front line to increase in coming weeks. The Institute for the Study of War said in its latest assessment that the pace of operations has reduced due to rain and mud but will intensify in the coming weeks as the ground freezes. “It will likely take the ground some days of consistent freezing temperatures to solidify, which means that ground conditions are likely to be set to allow the pace of operations to increase throughout Ukraine over the course of the weekend of Dec. 3-4 and into the following week,” the ISW writes.

Amid war, Ukraine commemorates victims of another tragedy: Holodomor (PHOTOS)

On Nov. 26, amid Russia’s war, Ukraine commemorated the victims of another tragedy: Holodomor, a man-made famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in 1932-1933. Holodomor was imposed on Ukrainians, primarily Ukrainian villagers, by the Moscow-based Soviet authorities led by dictator Joseph Stalin. Ukraine has been fighting to get Holodomor recognized globally as an act of genocide against Ukrainians.

People seek relief at ‘invincibility centers’ amid long power outages (PHOTOS)

Set up in tents or inside public institutions like schools, the centers offer an opportunity to warm up, charge their phones, and connect to the internet. The Kyiv Independent checked out “invincibility centers” in Kyiv, where the majority of the city is suffering from long power outages.

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Empty Kherson art museum in despair after entire collection stolen by Russia.

Housed in a grand imperial building with a view out onto the Dnipro River, the Kherson Fine Arts Museum once hosted one of the richest collections in all of Ukraine.

_Photo: Francis Farrell/_The Kyiv Independent

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The human cost of Russia’s war

Governor: Russian forces injure 4 civilians in Donetsk Oblast on Nov. 25. Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko reported that three people were wounded in Bakhmut and one in Kramatorsk.

Russia’s shelling wounds 3 civilians in front-line town in Donetsk Oblast. Ukraine has been calling upon people to evacuate from Donetsk Oblast, where currently the heaviest fighting is taking place near the city of Bakhmut.

Update: Casualties due to Russia’s attack on Dnipro rise to 13. The State Emergency Service reported that the number of people injured due to Russia’s attack on Dnipro on Nov. 26 has risen from 10 to 13 people. Among those injured is a child. Seven residential buildings were reportedly destroyed in the attack.

Russia has killed 32 civilians in Kherson since the city’s liberation. National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko said on Nov. 26 that 32 civilians have been killed in Kherson since Nov. 9, when the city was liberated after an eight-month Russian occupation.

General Staff: Russia has lost 86,710 troops in Ukraine since Feb. 24. Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Nov. 26 that Russia had also lost 2,901 tanks, 5,848 armored fighting vehicles, 4,406 vehicles and fuel tanks,1,896 artillery systems, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 209 air defense systems, 278 airplanes, 261 helicopters, 1,554 drones, and 16 boats.

International response

Dozens of countries allocate financial aid to support ‘Grain from Ukraine’ program. According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine has raised around $150 million for the program designed to deliver Ukrainian grain to the poorest countries in Africa.

Luxembourg donates 6 Czech-made drones to Ukraine. Luxembourg has donated six Primoco UAV One 150 drones to Ukraine’s military, according to the Ukrainian Military Center think tank, citing Luxembourg’s Defense Ministry.

Energy Ministry: Lithuania donates over 100 generators to Ukraine. Lithuania sent six trucks with 114 generators to Ukraine, according to the Energy Ministry on Nov. 26. This batch is part of the 252 total generators Lithuania intends to send Ukraine. Lithuania is reportedly preparing its next package of humanitarian aid totaling 2 million euros ($2.1 million) to support Ukraine’s energy system.

Belgium signs declaration supporting Ukraine’s move towards EU, NATO membership. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a joint declaration on Nov. 26 in support of Ukraine’s move toward EU and NATO membership. “This document certifies Belgium’s support for our movement towards full membership in the European Union and NATO,” Zelensky said.

Morawiecki in Kyiv: ‘This war will end when we reclaim every home and school, every hospital and every road.’ Denys Shmyhal, Mateusz Morawiecki, and Ingrida Simonyte met in Kyiv on Nov. 26 as part of the “Lublin Triangle” meeting, the regional partnership established by Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania in July 2020. “Europe has noticed the threat from Russia too late, which is why today we cannot procrastinate with providing help to Ukraine,” Morawiecki said.

Polish Prime Minister arrives in Kyiv, commemorates victims of Holodomor. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Kyiv on Nov. 26, the day Ukraine commemorates the victims of the Holodomor — the man-made famine of Ukrainians ordered by the Soviet authorities, which killed millions in 1932-1933.

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