As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 272nd day, we take a look at the main events.
Here is the situation as it is on Tuesday, November 22:
life in ukraine
Ukrainians prepared for the winter with little to no power in several areas, including Kyiv, where temperatures have already dipped below freezing.
Russian airstrikes have paralyzed half of the country’s energy capacity.
“Stock up warm clothes, blankets, think about options that will help you wait out a long blackout,” said Sergey Kovalenko, head of YASNO, which provides power to Kyiv.
Ukrainians are more likely to live with blackouts at least until the end of March, Kovalenko said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said half of the country’s energy capacity had been destroyed by Russian rockets.
As they head out into a cold winter, residents of a bombed-out Ukrainian village say they appreciate graffiti artist Banksy’s mural of a warm bathroom. The mural shows a man rubbing his back in a bathtub.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Russia was shelling the city of Kherson from across the Dnieper river now that its troops had fled. “There is no military logic: they just want revenge on the locals.”
There are no immediate nuclear safety or security concerns at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine despite weekend bombings that caused widespread damage, the UN atomic watchdog said after it their experts visited the site.
Zelenskyy urged NATO members to ensure the protection of Ukraine’s nuclear plants from Russian sabotage.
Russia’s top war hawks backed the decision for Moscow’s forces to withdraw from the Ukrainian city of Kherson this month, but the commander who argued in favor of the move is now under mounting pressure to prove it was worth it.
The Kremlin said it was not discussing calling more Russian soldiers to fight in Ukraine during the second round of mobilization.
War crimes charges
Ukrainian police and prosecutors have identified four locations in Kherson where they suspect Russian forces tortured people before leaving the city, the prosecutor general’s office said.
The United States is monitoring allegations that Ukrainian forces summarily executed Russian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry cited videos circulating on social media that allegedly showed Ukrainian soldiers executing Russian prisoners of war. The Kremlin said it would bring those responsible to justice.