War in Ukraine. Daily update. Day 281-282 [1-2.12.2022, 10.00 am]

Prepared by Anna Dovha, Sofia Oliynyk, Maryana Zaviyska

Photo: The village

Foreign policy.

On November 30, the German Parliament voted for a resolution recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people. The resolution underlines that Joseph Stalin’s policies led to mass death of people of hunger, but also aimed to suppress the Ukrainian way of life, language and culture. The resolution bridges the tradition of crimes Russia committed in the past and currently in Ukraine against the Ukrainian identity.

On November 30, an explosion occurred at Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid, Spain, injuring one Ukrainian employee who was handling a parcel addressed to the country’s ambassador to Spain. In addition to the embassy of Ukraine, envelopes with explosive devices were also received by the local company Instalaza, which manufactures weapons that are supplied, in particular, to Ukraine, the Spanish Air Force base, and the Prime Minister office. It was reported that Spain’s anti-terrorist court will investigate the case of sending letters containing explosives to government organizations as an act of terrorism. Also, two Ukrainian embassies abroad, in addition to the Spanish embassy, received letters with ‘very specific threats’, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said.

The First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska addressed the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland during her visit to Great Britain. In her speech, the President’s wife compared the bombing of Ukraine by the Russian Federation with the bombing of Great Britain by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Norway handed over five military ambulance buses to Ukraine as part of an agreement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s disaster response coordination center.

Cities under attack.

Kherson region. On November 30, The Russian occupiers shelled the territory of the Kherson region 34 times. In the morning, the Russian invaders attacked the city of Kherson. As a result, several residential buildings and medical facilities were damaged, and a gas pipeline was hit; 1 person was killed and 1 person was injured. Dnipropetrovsk region. At night on December 1, the Russian military shelled the territory of the region 8 times. In Chervonohryhorivska community, several private houses and household buildings, a gas pipeline, and a power line were damaged. During the day, the city of Nikopol was under attack. Several high-rise buildings and power lines were damaged in the city and 1 person was injured. Donetsk region. On November 30, the Russian invaders fired at Vuhlkedar where 6 private houses were damaged. In the morning, the Russian military launched a missile attack on the infrastructure facility in Kurakhovo. As a result of the attack, 2 people were injured. In Bakhmut, as a result of the Russian shelling, 2 people were injured, a private house, a warehouse, and an administration building were damaged.

Cities under occupation.

Crimea. In the temporarily occupied Crimea, Russian court sentenced Crimean activist Marlen Mustafayev to 17 years in prison for terrorism he did not commit. The Russian occupiers demand school administrations to collect money from teachers for the war with Ukraine under the guise of voluntary donations. Mykolaiv region. In the Mykolaiv region, the Russian invaders forcibly deported approximately 40 residents of settlements located on the Kinburska spit. Kinburska spit is the only territory in Mykolaiv region controlled by Russian forces.

War crimes prosecution.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the EU proposes to create a specialized court with the support of the UN to investigate and prosecute the crime of Russian aggression.

France began working with international partners, including Ukraine, on a proposal to create a special tribunal to investigate Russia’s war crimes. On December 1, the French President Emmanuel Macron maid a state visit to the United States where he and the president of the US Joe Biden claimed their determination to hold Russia and President Vladimir Putin accountable for his ‘war on the rest of the world.’

Human rights.

The spokesman of the International Committee of the Red Cross Oleksandr Vlasenko reported that Ukrainian prisoners of war will have the opportunity to correspond with their relatives, and the International Committee of the Red Cross will ensure the delivery of letters in both directions.

POW exchange.

On December 1, Ukraine and Russia held an exchange of prisoners of war. 50 Ukrainian defenders returned to Ukraine. In total, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, more than 1300 Ukrainians have been returned from Russian captivity.

Energy security.

As of the evening of November 30, about 6 million residents of Ukraine are still without electricity, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi said. According to him, the most difficult situation remains in the capital, as well as in Kyiv region, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Odesa, Khmelnytskyi, and Cherkasy regions. Over the past two months, Ukrainian energy enterprises were attacked by the Russian forces 16 times, according to the company. To help Ukraine, the EU is sending 40 power generators in addition to the 550 already provided via EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid.

Economic security.

On November 29, the Government of Canada successfully completed the issuance of a five-year $500 million Ukraine Sovereignty Bond. The funds will assist the Government of Ukraine so it can continue to provide essential services to Ukrainians this winter, such as pensions, the purchasing of fuel, and restoring energy infrastructure.

On November 30, Lithuania government approved €13 million support for Ukraine which will be spent on the restoration of energy infrastructure, ‘Grains from Ukraine’ initiative, Ukrainian refugees in Moldova.

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, reported that the damage caused by the Russian aggression against Ukraine is estimated at €600 billion.

Digital security.

Amazon provides Ukraine with $75 million in support. The Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine announced that Amazon and Ukraine signed a memorandum of cooperation for 2023 on December 1.

Russian hackers attacked Vatican websites after the Pope said he believed Russia and President Vladimir Putin were responsible for the war against Ukraine.


The European Union will make an additional contribution of more than one million euros for demining operations in Ukraine. Funding will be provided through the OSCE.


  • General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced the total estimated losses of the Russian military as of 10 a.m., December 02, 2022: personnel – around 90 090, tanks ‒ 2916, APV ‒  5883, artillery systems – 1905, MLRS – 395, anti-aircraft warfare systems – 210, fixed-wing aircraft – 280, helicopters – 262, operational-tactical level UAV – 1564, cruise missiles – 531, boats and light speed boats – 16, soft-skinned vehicles and fuel tankers –  4464, special equipment – 163.

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