Dispatches from Ukraine. Day 263.
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes gathers information and provides updates on the situation.
By Polina Rasskazova
The United States will support Ukraine in its transition from coal plants to small modular reactors. The U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, announced the start of a project to deploy small modular reactors (SMRs) to replace coal-fired power plants. “Putin’s unprovoked and brutal invasion of Ukraine will require rebuilding even stronger,” Kerry wrote on his Twitter page.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, published a video of the wall on the border of Ukraine and Belarus currently being built to increase territorial security. In order to be prepared for any further war scenarios, Ukraine decided to install a reinforced concrete fence with a ditch and a mined area around the fence. According to Tymoshenko, such barriers are currently being built in the Volyn, Rivne, Zhytomyr regions, and “ applies to all regions bordering Belarus and Russia.”
Dnipropetrovsk region. At night, Nikopol once again suffered from Russian artillery. According to the Head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration, Valentyn Reznichenko, almost 40 shells flew into the city at night. “… more than 40 high-rise and private buildings, more than two dozen commercial buildings, several gas pipelines and power lines were damaged,” he reported. As a result of the attack on the city, two women — aged 46 and 82 years old — were injured. Both were taken to a local hospital. “Russian shells completely destroyed one house and caused two fires — in an apartment and in a private yard. Firefighters have already tamed the flames,” added Reznichenko.
In connection with the de-occupation of Kherson, Ukrainian Railways and the fundraising platform UNITED24 launch tickets for the first trains to the future de-occupied cities of Ukraine. The project is called “Tickets to Victory”. According to the description on the website UNITED24, everyone can buy a charity ticket for the first three trains from the capital of Ukraine to 5 cities: the already de-occupied Kherson, and also Mariupol, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Simferopol. “We thought about a project that would symbolize Ukrainians’ hopes for the fastest possible de-occupation of our cities, faith in the Armed Forces, and hope that all of Ukraine will be liberated,” reported Yaroslava Gres, Coordinator of the UNITED24 platform. “So a “Ticket to victory” can be bought today, kept as a symbol, and used immediately after the de-occupation of the cities. We are happy that the Ukrainian army has liberated Kherson, so it will be possible to use Kyiv-Kherson tickets shortly.”
On The Culture Front
The famous British artist Banksy has visited Ukraine, leaving behind works of art. The anonymous artist has had no new publications on his Instagram page since last year, but on November 11 he managed to surprise his entire audience. Banksy created graffiti in the village of Borodyanka in the Kyiv region. On the ruins of one of the high-rise buildings destroyed by Russian troops during the occupation, he depicted a girl standing on her hands. In the comments, many Ukrainian artists expressed their gratitude for supporting Ukraine. There are possibly other artworks by Banksy on other destroyed buildings in de-occupied areas in Ukraine but this hasn’t been confirmed.
At a concert in Stuttgart, the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra performed Gabriel Fauré’s lyrical work “Pavane” in almost complete darkness to draw attention to the situation in which Ukraine currently lives — without electricity and water. On the website of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, journalists reported that such an action provoked a stormy reaction from the audience and lively discussions after the performance. “Russia continues to destroy Ukrainian cities and villages every day with dozens of missiles and drones, killing civilians and destroying critical infrastructure and civilian objects,” conductor Luigi Gaggero said from the stage. “They are preparing for even more difficult times in winter. We dedicate the following work to the people of Ukraine.”
November 21, Day 262.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported new data on losses of the Russian army in its ongoing war against Ukraine. During the day, the Russian army lost 810 personnel, 24 tanks, 34 armored personnel vehicles and 12 artillery systems (MLRS) in Ukraine. According to the information of the General Staff, Russian troops do not stop shelling units of the Defense Forces along the entire line of contact, conducting aerial reconnaissance as well. “Russian troops continue to strike critical infrastructure and civilian homes, violating international humanitarian law, laws and customs of war,” they said. In total, since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, the Russian army has lost an estimated 80,210 army personnel.
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine published the number of crimes committed so far during the Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. A total of 46,269 crimes of aggression were registered by prosecutors. Among the list are 44,676 violations of the laws and customs of war, 73 cases of planning, preparation or launching and waging an aggressive war, 40 cases of war propaganda. The prosecutors also cited 18,861 crimes against national security. Crimes against children were also recorded. Since February 24, Russia’s war against Ukraine has killed 430 children and wounded 829.
Ukraine continues to return its soldiers from Russian captivity.
According to information from the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, Ukraine managed to return 45 soldiers of the Armed Forces during its latest exchange of war prisoners. “Children are waiting for these soldiers at home, we were in constant contact with their relatives. The days of worry and sleepless nights are over. Everything will be fine,” Yermak said. He also expressed gratitude for the work of the Coordinating Staff on the Treatment of Prisoners of War.
Donetsk Region. The National Police of Ukraine documented 15 shellings of areas in the region by the Russian Army. Seven towns in total came under attack. “Avdiivka withstood the most blows — seven. Russian soldiers hit a house, and one person died. We also have injured people in Bakhmut and Vuhledar,” reported the police. Russian troops attacked the region with artillery and BM-21 Grad ordinance. Four residential buildings were damaged. With the help of the police, another 188 people were evacuated from the area of hostilities. Since the beginning of the mandatory evacuation, the police helped save more than 29,100 people, among them 4,506 children and 1,840 people with disabilities.
Dnipropetrovsk Region. According to the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, Valentyn Reznichenko, the Russian military attacked three communities of the region –– Marhanetska, Chervonogrigorivska and Nikopolska. “More than 50 shells were fired at night, (at) towns and villages,” reported Reznichenko. The attack was carried out by BM-21 Grad rockets and heavy artillery. There were no deaths or injuries, but yesterday, as a result of Russian shelling of the region, two men––35 and 68 years old––were wounded.