As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 278th day, we take a look at the main events.
This is the situation as it stands on Monday, November 28:
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia was “planning new attacks” on his country and urged defense forces and citizens to be prepared to endure another week of strain on the power grid amid freezing temperatures.
- “We understand that the terrorists are planning new attacks. We know for sure,” Zelenskyy said in his late-night video address. “And as long as they have missiles, unfortunately, they won’t calm down.”
- The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said Russian troops shelled a dozen villages in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, including the main targets of Bakhmut and Avdiivka.
- Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov said Russian forces launched several unsuccessful attacks on the town of Soledar, near Bakhmut, and suffered heavy losses in a separate attack towards Avdiivka.
- Heavy fighting was also taking place in the northeastern Kharkiv region, near the areas recaptured by the Ukrainian army in September and October, Zhdanov said.
- In Kyiv, snow fell and temperatures hovered near zero as millions in and around the Ukrainian capital struggled with disruptions to electricity and central heating caused by waves of Russian airstrikes.
- City authorities said workers were close to completing restoration of electricity, water and heating, but high consumption levels meant some blackouts had been imposed.
- After Zelenskyy criticized Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, saying he had not done enough to help beleaguered residents, Klitschko responded by saying the comments were out of place during Russia’s military campaign.
nuclear plant and grain
- The head of Ukraine’s state nuclear power company said there were indications that Russian forces may be preparing to abandon the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which they seized in March.
- A Russian official denied that the military planned to abandon the plant, calling it “fake” news.
- Ukraine accused the Kremlin of reviving Josef Stalin’s “genocidal” tactics as Kyiv commemorated a Soviet-era famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the winter of 1932-33.
- Ukraine’s grain exports will not reach 3 million tons in November as Russia tries to limit ship inspections in ports, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said. In October, some 4.2 million tons of grain left Ukrainian ports, Kubrakov said on his Facebook page.