Situation is ‘difficult’ along the entire front line, Kyiv says; Crimean bridge damage poses problems for Russia

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Situation ‘difficult’ on whole front, says Zelensky

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said news updates on Ukraine’s progress on the front lines of the battle with Russia may be short of late, but fighting remains intense.

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“In the information sector, there is still a definite decrease in the number of news coming from the frontline. There are fewer reports than in the example at the beginning of the fall. But this does not mean that the intensity of the fighting has decreased,” Zelensky said. said in his nightly address on Tuesday.

Over the past few months, Ukraine has launched successful counterattacks in the east of the country, around Kharkiv and south towards Donetsk, as well as in the southern Kherson region, and especially in the east made considerable gains.

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However, in recent weeks, the fighting appears to have entered a stalemate and neither side has made any dramatic progress. Nonetheless, fighting around Donetsk’s Bakhmut and Avdivika regions remains intense, a factor that Zelensky touched on last night.

“The situation is difficult on the whole front. In some areas fierce situational fighting continues as before. And it is especially difficult in the Donetsk region as before. The occupiers are suffering huge losses, but their command is transferred. The administrative boundary of the Donetsk region has not changed. We are not surrendering even a centimeter of our land there.”

In the partially occupied Kherson region in southern Ukraine, Zelensky said, “We strengthen our position, sabotage Russian logistics, and continually destroy the enemy’s ability to hold the south of our country under occupation.” While in the east of the country “step by step we are moving towards the return of the Ukrainian flag in all our cities and communities. We are also actively strengthening the border.”

— Holly Eliot

Damaged Crimea bridge unlikely to be fully operational by September 2023, says UK

Russian efforts to repair the Crimean Bridge – which illegally connects mainland Russia to the Ukrainian peninsula Moscow in 2014 – continue, “but it is expected to be fully operational by at least September 2023, according to the UK Defense Ministry”. is unlikely.”

The bridge, a source of pride for Moscow, was partially damaged after an explosion in early October, which Russia blamed on Ukraine, although Kyiv did not claim responsibility for the attack. Two road spans of the bridge were severely damaged, partially falling into the Strait of Kerch below. The railway span was damaged by the fire.

The UK Ministry of Defense noted that, on 8 November, the road bridge was to be closed to allow the movement and installation of a replacement 64 m span, and that three more spans would be needed to replace the damaged road sections. . Bridge. However, repairs are likely to take longer than expected.

The ministry said on Twitter, “While the Crimean authorities have claimed that this additional period will come into effect by 20 December, a briefing given to President Putin stated that other carriageway works would cause road traffic disruption by March 2023.” Will happen.”

“Replacement of the damaged rail bridge is contracted to be completed by September 2023, although the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia said that the repair timeline will be expedited,” it noted. With only the track open, rail transport remains restricted and repair activity will be heavily dependent on weather conditions during winter.

“The Crimea Bridge attack has disrupted Russian logistics supplies to Crimea and southern Ukraine, reducing Russia’s ability to move military equipment and troops into the region by rail or road,” the ministry said.

The damage to the bridge, along with the recent attack on the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol and a possible withdrawal from Kherson in southern Ukraine, “all complicate the Russian government’s ability to paint a picture of military success,” the ministry said.

— Holly Eliot

Backlog of 80 ships waiting to transport agricultural goods from Ukraine

The organization that oversees the export of Ukrainian agricultural products said there is a backlog of 80 ships waiting to be loaded with cargo.

The UN-led Joint Coordination Center also said that about 13 loaded ships are awaiting inspection in Turkish waters.

The Black Sea Grains Initiative, a deal struck in July between Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations, eased Russia’s naval blockade and reopened three major Ukrainian ports. Since the signing of the agreement, more than 430 ships carrying a total of 10.1 million metric tons of grain and food items have sailed to destinations around the world.

Kyiv has previously blamed Moscow for halting inspections and delaying the vessel’s movement.

— Amanda Maciasi

NATO chief calls on Russia to honor and renew Black Sea grain deal

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to “respect the grain agreement and continue with it”.

“Russia’s weaponization of food and energy as part of its illegal war in Ukraine will enhance resilience, diversify energy supplies and sources, and accelerate the transition to clean, green economies,” Stoltenberg said in remarks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. underscores the need for Known as COP27.

Before Moscow’s full-scale invasion of its former Soviet neighbours, Ukraine and Russia accounted for about a quarter of global grain exports, until those shipments came to a severe halt for nearly six months.

The Black Sea Grains Initiative, a deal struck in July between Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations, eased Russia’s naval blockade and reopened three major Ukrainian ports. Since the signing of the agreement, more than 10 million metric tons of grains and food items have been shipped to destinations around the world.

Read more about the Black Sea Cereals Initiative here.

— Amanda Maciasi

Ukraine imposes emergency power shutdown as it struggles to cope with demand

Ukraine’s national energy company has imposed further restrictions on electricity access in the country as the country’s damaged power network struggles to meet demand as a cold begins.

National Energy Company Ukrenergo said on telegram On Tuesday that the city of Kyiv as well as the surrounding region and Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv and Poltava regions have been in force for an “emergency shutdown”.

“Additional restrictions on consumption are necessary because, due to falling temperatures, power consumption increases, leading to increased load on equipment and power loss in the power system,” it said.

Ukraine’s energy network is under immense pressure following daily Russian attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure, particularly with the use of drones to attack facilities such as substations. This means the energy company’s repair teams are working round the clock to restore power to many areas.

Volodymyr Kudryavsky, CEO of Ukrainergo, said yesterday that the regions of Kyiv and Kharkiv are facing the most difficulties as emergency shutdowns as well as scheduled shutdowns are being imposed.

“Today the main task of Ukrainergo is to repair trunk networks in the central and northern regions in order to transfer the required amount of power from power plants to other regions,” he said yesterday.

— Holly Eliot

Ukraine’s prime minister says Ukraine has saved enough energy resources to prepare for the upcoming winter season

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denis Schmayhl said Ukraine has enough energy resources to overcome the cold weather.

“The relatively light degradation and energy resource savings allow more gas to be pumped in than can be withdrawn from gas storage,” he said, According to NBC News translation,

He said that Ukraine has about 14.6 billion cubic meters of gas in its reserves.

— Amanda Maciasi

Ukrainian official calls for more weapons amid retaliation against Russians

The secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council called for more “modern air defence, aircraft, tanks and long-range missiles”.

“Russian missiles must be destroyed before being launched in the air, on land and at sea,” Oleksey Danilov wrote on Twitter.

— Amanda Maciasi

Freeze or Freeze? Kyiv prepares for worst case of winter without electricity

Millions of people are already without electricity in Ukraine’s capital, and further along with the Russians. Anticipating an attack on energy infrastructure, Kyiv prepares for the prospect of a winter without electricity, gas and water.

This has left officials and residents to face a scenario in which citizens may be forced to consider leaving their homes to escape the cold.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko appealed to the city’s 3 million residents to prepare for a worst-case scenario, including making arrangements that would allow them to relocate and live with friends or relatives elsewhere.

“We are doing everything to avoid it. But let’s be clear, our enemies are doing everything for the city without heat, without electricity, without water supply, so we all die,” he told state media during a telethon.

“The future of the country and the future of each of us depends on how prepared we are for different situations,” he said.

During the winter, temperatures in Kyiv drop below the freezing point, making the prospect of power cuts in the coming months especially alarming.

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