The 272nd day of the war is marked by the statements of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who said at a conference in Berlin that “in view of the development of the war and the visible and growing failures of Russia” Germany needs to be prepared for an “escalation” of the conflict.
On Tuesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the European Union would provide Ukraine with an additional 2.5 billion euros. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky thanked a new pillar that will contribute to the “stability of Ukraine” on the eve of the “hard winter”.
In the afternoon, Crimea became the target drone attack which alerted local services, pro-Russian officials said. According to the regional governor Mikhail Razvozhaev, two drones were shot down. Some residents said Suspline that explosions were heard in the cities of Sevastopol and Evpatoria. So far, Russian authorities haven’t said if the Ukrainian attack was involved, and Kyiv hasn’t claimed responsibility.
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What happened at night?
- The Ukrainian authorities have begun the evacuation of civilians from the recently liberated areas of the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions, Euronews reports. Residents are advised to move further south due to fears that power and water shortages caused by Russian bombing will make conditions too harsh during the winter.
- Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office has launched an investigation into the alleged execution of Russian prisoners by Ukrainian soldiers following a complaint from Moscow about videos appearing on social media that appear to point to this.
- Advisor to the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak reacted to a video in which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban appeared with a scarf with a map of “Greater Hungary”. According to Podolyak, lessons not learned are often repeated even in Hungary. “Bloody wars start according to the same scenario: small leaders begin to dream of big empires,” he wrote in twitter🇧🇷
Bloody wars begin according to the same scenario: small leaders begin to dream of Great Empires. Anyone who wants to have political points in the 21st century, parasitizing on historical traumas, is a threat to international security. The unlearned lessons of history are being repeated. Even in Hungarian.
— Mikhailo Podolyak (@Podolyak_M) November 22, 2022
- Ukrainian authorities have raided a Ukrainian Orthodox Christian monastery in Kyiv to prevent it from being used as a pro-Russian center for “subversive activities.”
- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in his speech at the Alliance of Civilizations Forum, warned of “dangerous rhetoric” that is fueling nuclear threats around the world.
- The United States will send Ukraine $4.5 billion (4.377 million euros) to meet the needs of the Ukrainian budget, namely spending on hospitals, salaries of civil servants and teachers, and social assistance to the most vulnerable segments of the population.
- Russia has blamed Kyiv for a new series of strikes on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant at a time when hostilities are intensifying on the Kinborn peninsula and the Russian air force has been striking Kherson.
What happened in the afternoon?
- Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that Russia had already used most of the high-precision missiles in its arsenal in the war. According to Ukraine, of the 900 Iskander missiles that Moscow had, only 119 remained.
⚡️Reznikov: Russia has used most of its precision-guided missile arsenal in Ukraine.
According to figures released by Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov, Russia has 119 Iskander missiles left, compared with 900 before the outbreak of total war.
Source: Alexey Reznikov pic.twitter.com/Z4qma3yYHJ
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) November 22, 2022
- Ukrainian authorities said three people were killed in a Russian bomb blast in the Kherson region on Tuesday, Kyiv Independent reported.
- Ukrainian and Iranian experts met to discuss allegations that Tehran is supplying drones that Russia uses in the war, a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed. During the meeting, Iran was informed about the consequences of the complicity of the Russian authorities in the aggression against Ukraine, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, accompanied by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, believed that Russia and Cuba had the same enemy, the “Yanke Empire”, alluding to the United States.
- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia “does not intend to conduct a” special operation “to change power in Ukraine.”
- The chief executive of Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s state-owned operator, on Tuesday called the damage to energy facilities inflicted by Russian attacks “colossal.”
- Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry will summon the Hungarian ambassador to demand an apology after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was seen at a football match wearing a scarf with a “Greater Hungary” map, including territories that are now part of Austria and Slovakia. , Romania, Croatia, Serbia and Ukraine.
- Several explosions have claimed the lives of three people in Russia’s Belgorod region, on the border with Ukraine, authorities in the territory where fortifications are being built said.
- At night, a rocket hit Polish territory, Russian comedians called Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, and pretended to be Emmanuel Macron. A seven and a half minute recording of the conversation was posted online by famous comedians Vovan and Lexus.
- Ukrainians are in for a harder winter, so portable boilers have been made in the Kharkiv region to combat severe frosts and heat houses marked as vulnerable.
What happened in the morning?
- Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with the mothers of some Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine in the coming days. The news, originally published by the Russian newspaper Vedomosti, was confirmed by the Russian regime.
- An explosion at a supposed central point for the distribution of humanitarian aid in the Ukrainian city of Origiv, located in the south-east of the country, killed one person (an alleged volunteer of this center) and injured two people (two women), Andriy Yermak, head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Tuesday.
- Ukraine estimates that about 85,000 Russian soldiers have died in the fighting, including 400 more in the last 24 hours.
- French President Emmanuel Macron said that “everything must be done to maintain safety and protect” the nuclear power plant after the new explosions at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
- The President of the Association of Ukrainians in Portugal on Tuesday appealed to the members of the Assembly of Portugal with a call to recognize Russia as a “state sponsor of international terrorism” and take measures to prevent further attacks.
- Sergei Kovalenko, CEO of Yasno, Kiev’s main private electricity supplier, warned that “everyone” should understand that it is likely that “Ukrainians will live with blackouts until at least the end of March” 2023.