We look at the key developments in the Russia-Ukraine war as it enters its 279th birthday.
Here’s the current situation on Tuesday 29th November:
- Russian forces shelled 30 settlements in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region 258 times in the past week, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
- Ukraine’s military said Russia kept up heavy shelling of key targets Bakhmut and Avdiivka in the eastern Donetsk region and bombarded Kupiansk and Lyman to the north. Both were recently recaptured by Kyiv.
- The Pentagon is currently considering a Boeing proposal that would supply Ukraine with small, inexpensive precision bombs mounted on readily available rockets. This would allow Kyiv, which has been struggling to keep up with Russia’s demands for more arms, to provide cheap weapons to the country.
- The onset of winter brings a new phase to the conflict on the eastern front lines of Ukraine. It follows several months of Russian retreats and intense trench warfare in heavily fortified positions.
- Russian forces heavily shelled towns on the west bank of the Dnieper River, including Kherson, abandoned by Moscow earlier this month, Ukraine’s military said.
- Ukrainian forces destroyed a rail bridge that runs north of Melitopol, the Russian-occupied south city. This was crucial for supplying Russian troops who were buried there.
- The United States will announce new assistance to Ukraine in order to restore electricity, as the country faces yet another week of bitter cold and darkness due to Russian raids on its grid.
- Zelenskyy warned Ukrainians to expect the same during the next week, predicting Russia’s attacks on infrastructure would not stop until it runs out of missiles.
- NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg will ask allies to provide more winter aid for Ukraine during a meeting held in Romania
- Kyiv plans to put up Christmas trees, without lights, throughout the battered city in a defiant display of holiday spirit as the area’s millions of residents suffer through blackouts.
- Naftogaz, Ukraine’s energy company has asked for assistance from the US Agency for International Development in obtaining additional natural gas volumes for heating season.
- Russia has been shelling Ukraine’s power plants, transmission and distribution facilities and water pumping stations since early October, with each barrage dealing a bigger blow than the last as the fallout mounts and winter sets in.
- Kyiv and its allies say Russia’s attacks on civilian infrastructure are war crimes. Moscow denies its intent is to hurt civilians but said last week their suffering would not end unless Ukraine yielded to Russia’s demands, without spelling them out.
- A communications line created between the American and Russian militaries at the beginning of Russia’s war against Ukraine has been used only once, a United States official told the Reuters news agency. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States initiated a call through the “deconfliction” line to communicate its concerns about Russian military operations near critical infrastructure in Ukraine.
- The US and Russia have canceled their planned nuclear disarmament talks this week.