Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, November 20, 2023.
● Polish truckers cause 10-day waits at Ukraine-Poland border, crisis HQ established
A crippling strike by Polish truckers has led to a massive traffic jam at the Ukraine-Poland border, leaving approximately 2,900 cargo vehicles stranded in queues as long as 30 kilometers, Ukrainian State Border Guard Service spokesperson, Andriy Demchenko, said on national television on Nov. 19.
● Russian forces escalate shelling on Kherson’s left bank, fearing Ukrainian counteroffensive
Russia has escalated shelling on the left bank of Kherson Oblast, fearing an expansion of Ukraine’s bridgehead across the Dnipro River, Oleksandr Tolokonnikov, spokesperson for Kherson’s Oblast Military Administration (OVA), said on Nov. 19.
● Russian occupiers unable to provide winter heating in Kherson Oblast, says NRC
Russian forces in occupied Kherson Oblast are unable to provide heating to locals as the winter approaches, Ukraine’s National Resistance Center (NRC) reported on Nov. 18.
● Zelenskyy sanctions Yanukovych-era PM Azarov along with other pro-Russian figures
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree to implement NSDC (National Security and Defense Council) sanctions against pro-Russian figures, including former PM Mykola Azarov, former Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk, and convicted state traitor, ex-MP Oleh Tsaryov.
● Major natural gas deposit discovered in western Ukraine
A large natural gas deposit has been uncovered in the Carpathians at a site previously believed to have been depleted, Ukrainian state gas extraction company UkrGasVydobuvannya announced on Nov. 17.
● Oligarch Kolomoisky is blackmailing the government from jail, journalist alleges
Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky is allegedly blackmailing the government, even while in custody, Serhii Holovnov, LIGA.net business department head and co-author of the Telegram channel Monopolist, told Radio NV on Nov. 16.
● Russia’s missile stockpile remains below pre-war levels despite increased production — HUR
Russia has not been able to fully replenish its missile stockpiles ahead of the winter despite increasing production, said Andriy Yusov, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR), on Nov. 17.
● How Ukraine can succeed in southern Kherson Oblast — interview
Ukrainian forces have been active on the left bank of the Dnipro River for over a month and have even gained a foothold around the village of Krynky.
● More than 4,300 Ukrainians remain in Russian captivity, including more than 750 civilians
About 4,337 Ukrainians remain in Russian captivity as of Nov. 17, the Reintegration Ministry of the Temporarily Occupied Ukrainian Territories reported, including 3,574 military personnel and 763 civilians.
● Opera singer who survived 5 bullet wounds to sing national anthem at pivotal UKR-ITA EURO 2024 game
Opera singer Serhiy Ivanchuk will perform the Ukrainian national anthem of Ukraine ahead of the critical EURO 2024 qualifying match between Ukraine and Italy on Nov. 20, the Ukrainian Association of Football announced.
● Ukraine will struggle to categorize air raid alerts by threat level, experts say
Air raid alerts associated with takeoffs of Russian MiGs can last up to 3-4 hours, several times a day, adversely affecting the Ukrainian economy, businesses, and schools. The idea of categorizing the alerts and dividing them by threat level (orange, yellow, red) is gaining popularity.
● Russia plans to encircle Avdiivka, avoid entering the city — Estonian intelligence
According to Estonian intelligence, Russian forces are planning to encircle the city of Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast, while avoiding entering the city itself.
● Russian fueling tension in Balkans says Ukraine’s military intelligence — exclusive
Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) believes Russia is fueling tensions in the Balkans, according to spokesman Andriy Yusov on Nov. 18.
● EC proposes ban on oil tanker sales to Russia to thwart sanctions busting
The European Commission (EC) has proposed banning the sale of oil tankers to Russia to prevent Moscow from circumventing Western sanctions by creating a shadow fleet of merchant vessels, Reuters reported on Nov. 17.
● Russia stealing civilian cars in occupied territories to replace equipment lost in frontline battles
Russian occupying forces in eastern and southern Ukraine are stealing cars from locals to replenish their losses in equipment on the frontlines, Ukraine’s National Resistance Center (NRC) reported on Nov. 18.
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