Prepared by Anna Dovha, Sofia Oliynyk, Maryana Zaviyska
For the first time, Iran acknowledged sending drones to Russia, insisting the transfer came before Moscow’s war on Ukraine that has seen the Iranian-made drones divebombing Kyiv. However, The US has rejected Iran’s justification for supplying Russia with drones only before the start of a full-scale war. ‘They transferred dozens just this summer and have military personnel in occupied Ukraine helping Russia use them against Ukrainian civilians,’ stated US Envoy for Iran, Robert Malley.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania refuted the statements of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin about the alleged desire of Bucharest to take over part of the Ukrainian territories that were once part of Romania.
During the vote at the UN on November 4, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya voted for a resolution condemning Russia’s actions.
G7 issued Foreign Ministers’ Statement where it stated that use of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons by Russia would be met with severe consequences and also rejected Russia’s false claims that Ukraine is preparing a radiological ‘dirty bomb’.
On November 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on his official visit to China where among other topics, leaders also discussed the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Chinese president advocated that nuclear weapons cannot be used and that nuclear wars must not be fought, and prevent a nuclear crisis in Eurasia.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan made an unannounced visit to Kyiv on November 4 as Iran’s involvement in the Russian invasion has deepened. During a visit to Kyiv Jake Sullivan said that the United States’ support for Ukraine would remain ‘unwavering and unflinching’ following the midterm congressional elections on November 8.
Cities under attack.
Mykolaiv region. On November 4, the Russian military attacked a settlement in Shyrokivska community. As a result, 3 private houses and an administrative building of an agricultural enterprise were damaged. On November 6, the Russian military struck the industrial infrastructure facility in a settlement of the Halytsynivska community. No casualties were reported. Dnipropetrovsk region. On November 4, the Russian invaders shelled the Chervonohryhorivska community. As a result, private houses, cars, gas pipelines and power lines were damaged. On November 5, the Russian military attacked Nikopol. As a result, 2 fires broke out, around 15 high-rise and private buildings, household facilities and gas pipelines were damaged. The Russian military shelled the local lyceum, industrial and transport enterprises. Damaged production facilities and property. On November 6, the Russian invaders shelled the Myrhorodska community where around 15 private houses, household facilities, cars and gas pipelines were damaged. In Nikopol, as a result of the shelling, houses, furniture and transport enterprises, gas pipelines and power lines were damaged. Zaporizhzhia region. On November 4, the Russian military damaged a gas pipeline in Zaporizhzhia district as a result of the shelling. At night on November 5, the Vilniansk district was attacked by the Russian military. As a result, the building of the 3 enterprises and cars were damaged. At night on November 6, the Russian invaders attacked Zaporizhzhia. As a result, a two-story building of a commercial enterprise was destroyed and one person was killed. Sumy region. On November 6, the Russian invaders shelled the Vorozhbianska community from the territory of the Russian Federation. As a result, 3 private houses were seriously damaged. Also, power lines and gas pipelines were damaged. One person was killed due to the shelling.
Cities under occupation.
Kherson region. On November 6, the Russian occupiers began the forced ‘evacuation’ of residents of 6 communities in the occupied region.
On November 4, the Russian occupiers forcibly deported more than 100 patients of the Dnipro Psychoneurological Boarding House. This facility cares for persons with disabilities and mental disorders. Also, children from an orphanage in the Kherson region were deported to a psychiatric hospital near Simferopol. In addition, 34 children from the village of Preobrazhenka were deported to the city of Anapa, Russia.
Zaporizhzhia region. In the temporarily occupied Melitopol, the Russian occupiers are conducting the militarization of children. On the basis of the university, units of the ‘Unarmy’ (‘youth army’ – editor) are being formed. This is an organization operating under the supervision of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
Crimea. Zarema Bariieva, Manager of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, informed the UN about the violation of the rights of indigenous Crimean Tatar women. She reported that in occupied Crimea within 8 years 12 women were murdered, 7 criminal cases and hundreds of administrative cases against indigenous women were fabricated, 19 searches were conducted in the dwellings of Crimean Tatar activists.
On November 3, a new team of four experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant to replace the four experts who had been on the site for the past four weeks.
On November 5, external power connection was restored to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant two days after it lost all access to off-site electricity in the latest incident.
On November 4, the group of G7 countries established a coordination mechanism to help Ukraine repair, restore, and defend its critical energy and water supply infrastructure.
According to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, during the 8 months of the full-scale invasion, the Russian invaders damaged 1100 medical facilities. Of them, 144 were completely destroyed.
20% of nature conservation areas of Ukraine were affected by the military invasion of Ukraine, according to WWF-Ukraine. Also, 8 nature reserves and 10 national natural parks remain occupied and 3 million hectares of forests were affected by the war. Russian military actions have caused over UAH 1.35 trillion worth of environmental damage to Ukraine since the full-scale war started. Currently, Ukraine prosecutes 10 cases against Russia’s ‘ecocide’ in Ukraine.
On November 5, 19 Ukrainian border guards were returned to Ukraine from captivity, as a result of the exchange of prisoners.
The international McFaul-Yermak Expert Group on Russian Sanctions has developed and published detailed recommendations, which indicate all the IT technologies that should be taken away from Russia. The document contains recommendations on blocking access to IT that supports the Russian military machine and its use against Ukraine and blocking access to IT that enables the Russian Federation to conduct information and cyber warfare against Ukraine and others.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi presented United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan with the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, II degree, which was awarded to him for significant personal merits in strengthening interstate cooperation, support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
- Russia Reactivates Its Trolls and Bots Ahead of Tuesday’s Midterms | The New York Times (nytimes.com) – Researchers have identified a series of Russian information operations to influence American elections and, perhaps, erode support for Ukraine.
- How Russian Soldiers Ran a ‘Cleansing’ Operation in Bucha | Associated Press – This story is part of an AP/FRONTLINE investigation that includes the War Crimes Watch Ukraine interactive experience and the documentary ‘Putin’s Attack on Ukraine: Documenting War Crimes,’ on PBS. The AP and ‘Frontline’ reviewed hundreds of hours of video from surveillance cameras in Bucha and vetted audio recordings of phone calls by Russian soldiers. Together with SITU Research, a New York-based visual investigations firm, AP reconstructed events using a 3D model of Bucha, drawn from data from drones flown over Bucha this spring. AP reporters verified the locations of the security cameras, and The Dossier Center, a London-based investigative group funded by Russian opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky, verified the identity of soldiers whose phone calls were intercepted by the Ukrainian government by cross-referencing Russian phone numbers, social media accounts, public reporting and information in leaked Russian databases.
- General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced the total estimated losses of the Russian military as of 10 a.m., November 07, 2022: personnel – around 76 460, tanks ‒ 2 771, APV ‒ 5 630, artillery systems – 1 782, MLRS – 391, anti-aircraft warfare systems – 202, fixed-wing aircraft – 277, helicopters – 260, operational-tactical level UAV – 1472, cruise missiles – 399, boats and light speed boats – 16, soft-skinned vehicles and fuel tankers – 4199, special equipment – 157.
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