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War in Ukraine. Daily update. Day 253-254 [3-4.11.2022, 10.00 am] 🇯🇵🇷🇸рус

Prepared by Sofia Oliynyk, Maryana Zaviyska, Anna Dovha

Photo: Serhiy Hudak

Cities under attack.

Donetsk region. At night and in the morning on November 2, the Russian military shelled the front line from Kurakhovo to Lyman. As a result, power lines were damaged in the city of Kurakhovo, 2 private houses were damaged in Zoriane village. In addition, the Russian military fired at Rozdolivka village where 6 private houses were damaged. During the day, 3 people were killed in Bakhmut and 1 person was killed in Avdiivka. Also, 5 people were injured in the region.

Mykolaiv region. On November 2, the Russian military attacked the Shevchenkivska community. As a result, the building of the agrarian enterprise, a transformer substation, a water tower, and electrical poles were damaged.

Kharkiv region. On 2 November, the Russian military shelled the civilian population of the territories adjacent to the contact line and the border with the Russian Federation. As a result, private houses and public buildings were damaged there. At night, the Russian military launched a missile attack on Kharkiv. Due to the attack, an outbuilding and a trolleybus were damaged. Other missiles hit the ground. No casualties were reported. During the day, one person was killed in Kupiansk and 1 person was injured in the Kupiansk district. Also, 5 people were injured in the Chuhuivskyi district. 

Dnipropetrovsk region. On 3 November, the Russian military attacked and seriously damaged the energy facility in Kryvyi Rih. Also, the Russian invaders damaged an industrial enterprise in Pavlohrad. The city of Nikopol was shelled again. As a result of the shelling, a fire broke out at the gas station, and the private houses, a college, furniture production and industrial enterprise were damaged. 

Cities under occupation.

Kherson region. In the occupied Nova Kakhovka, after the announcement of the ‘evacuation of the population’, the Russians looted the Albin Gavdzinsky art gallery. The Russian military stole paintings, graphics and sculptures from the gallery.

Crimea. In the temporarily occupied Crimea, during the nine months of 2022, Russian security forces conducted 25 searches, 108 arrests or detentions, and 124 interrogations. The total number of arrests for the reporting period is 138.

Human rights.

The Russian Red Cross stole the property of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea. The Ukrainian Red Cross Society owns 10 premises in the territory of Crimea, with a total area of 641 square meters, as well as 6 cars and office equipment that is currently ‘occupied’ by the Russian Red Cross.

Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk reported that 22,000 people were evacuated from the liberated territories.

On November 3, another round of the exchange of prisoners of war took place. As a result, 107 Ukrainian soldiers were released from captivity.

As of November 2, 23 torture chambers were found in the de-occupied territory of Kharkiv region, 3 in Kherson region and 1 in Donetsk region. Currently, large-scale work is underway to document Russian crimes and identify persons involved in the abuse of Ukrainians in torture chambers.

Foreign policy.

On November 3, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi announced that Ukraine will not participate in the G20 summit if Russian President Volodymyr Putin does.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyi held a meeting with President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou, who is on a visit to Ukraine. The leader of Greece stressed Greece’s unwavering position on non-recognition of the illegal annexation of areas in Ukraine. She also strongly condemned the ‘unacceptable Russian attacks aimed at destroying critical urban infrastructure in Ukraine ahead of the coming winter,’ which constitute war crimes, as they target civilians.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected Russia’s attempt to establish a commission to investigate its unfounded claims that Ukraine and the United States are carrying out ‘military biological’ activities that violate the convention prohibiting the use of biological weapons,  the Washington Post reported.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleh Nikolenko called on the Chinese side to demand from Moscow an immediate end to attacks on Ukrainian critical infrastructure after the Russian Federation launched a missile attack on a terminal leased by a Chinese corporation in Mykolaiv seaport, as a result of which 17 thousand tons of sunflower oil worth 26 million were destroyed US dollars.

On November 3, The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Czech Parliament recognized the current Russian regime as terrorist. It particularly condemned large-scale attacks on the Ukrainian civilian population and infrastructure. The Committee also does not recognize the results of the so-called referendums on the annexation of four occupied regions.

Cypriot authorities have announced that Cyprus will no longer apply facilitated rules for Russian citizens applying for tourist visas, the Financial Mirror reported.

The US allocated $47.6 million to provide urgent humanitarian demining assistance to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s brutal war of aggression.

Food security.

On November 2, the Russian Federation announced the renewal of participation in the ‘grain agreement’. The Ministry of Defense of Russia stated that thanks to the UN and Turkey, they ‘managed to obtain guarantees from Ukraine regarding the non-use of the humanitarian corridor to conduct hostilities against the Russian Federation.’ At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine denied the Russian Federation’s statement on obtaining any guarantees. However, on the same day, the Russian Federation launched missiles through the ‘grain corridor’ routes, directly threatening food exports.

Energy security.

Energoatom stated that the Russian occupiers deliberately damaged the last two high-voltage communication lines of the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzia Nuclear Power Plant with the energy system of Ukraine in order to reconnect the nuclear plant to the Russian energy system in the direction of the temporarily occupied Crimea and Donbas.

The International Atomic Energy Agency completed in-field verification activities at three locations in Ukraine at the request of the Ukrainian government. The IAEA reported that it didn’t find indications of undeclared nuclear activities and materials. 

Switzerland will provide CHF 100 million in aid to Ukraine, in particular for projects financing the urgent rehabilitation of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure that was damaged by Russian attacks. 

Sanctions.

On November 2, Switzerland adopted the EU sanctions concerning the delivery of Iranian drones to Russia. On the same day, Britain sanctioned four Russian steel and petrochemical business owners.

Digital security.

Microsoft announced the extension of the technology support free of charge for Ukraine throughout the calendar year 2023. The company will provide additional technology aid valued at roughly $100 million, which will ensure that government agencies, critical infrastructure and other sectors in Ukraine can continue to run their digital infrastructure and serve citizens through the Microsoft Cloud.

Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov announced that the Ukrainian IT Army has gained access to the networks of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. The minister also provided public access to 27000 bank files.

Media.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian occupiers have killed at least 43 media workers.

Awards.

Ukrainian writer Andriy Kurkov won the Trustees Award nomination of the Freedom of Expression Awards 2022.

Maksym Butkevich, a Ukrainian human rights activist and co-founder of the Hromadske Radio, who is currently in Russian captivity, was awarded the Czech ‘History of Injustice’ prize.

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