Ukraine Daily Summary - Saturday, November 5

Collaborators publicly hang woman for speaking out against Russia -- Russian occupying forces loot Kherson art museum -- Russian troops regroup in Zaporizhzhia Oblast -- Russian tactic of shooting deserters shows low quality, morale of their forces -- 1,300 Starlinks in Ukraine go offline due to funding issues -- and more

Ukraine Daily

Saturday, November 5

Russia’s war against Ukraine


Workers repair infrastructure in a power plant that was damaged by a Russian air attack in October, on Nov. 04, 2022 in Kyiv Oblast. (Photo: Ed Ram/Getty Images)

Reznikov: Russia may withdraw forces from parts of Kherson. Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Nov. 4. that he believes Russia may withdraw its forces from parts of Kherson Oblast. However, he warned that Russia’s so-called “gestures of goodwill” must be taken with a grain of salt, referring back to Russian forces’ withdrawals from Kyiv Oblast and Snake Island.

Financial Times: Collaborators publicly hang woman for speaking out against Russia. Pro-Russian collaborators allegedly hanged local nurse Tetiana Mudrenko, 56, in what was a public execution on the streets of occupied Skadovsk in Kherson Oblast, Financial Times wrote, citing the sister of the deceased and several witnesses. Mudrenko was executed after she denounced police officers for collaborating with Russia and cried out, “Skadovsk is Ukraine!”

Russian occupying forces loot Kherson art museum. Under the guise of “evacuation,” armed men dressed in civilian clothing looted the Oleksiy Shovkunenko Kherson Art Museum over the course of four days, the museum’s administration said in a Facebook post. According to the post, between Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Russian occupying forces and Russian collaborators carried out “everything they saw, everything they could reach,” without properly packaging the works for transport.

General Staff: Russian troops regroup in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that Russian forces moved its personnel and closed checkpoints and the commandant’s office in Kamianka, Zaporizhzhia Oblast. The General Staff noted that Russian troops in the region have low morale. Russian forces have launched three missiles, five airstrikes, and two artillery attacks on Ukraine in the past 24 hours.

UK intelligence: Russian tactic of shooting deserters shows low quality, morale of their forces. As Russian troops are reluctant to fight in Ukraine, its military leadership has probably started using “barrier troops” or “blocking units” which threaten to shoot their own retreating soldiers to force offensives, the U.K. Defense Ministry reported on Nov. 4. The Russian leadership also wants to keep defensive positions to the death, according to the intelligence.

Russian mercenary Wagner Group opens first official headquarters. The until-recently secretive Wagner Group controlled by close Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin opened a multistory military technology center in St. Petersburg on Nov. 4. The Wagner Group has been accused of human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings, in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, the Central African Republic, Sudan, and Mozambique.

CNN: 1,300 Starlinks in Ukraine go offline due to funding issues. Ukraine’s fears that its military will lose access to the Starlink internet service deepened after 1,300 satellite units went offline, CNN reported, citing two anonymous sources familiar with the issue. On Oct. 24, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Starlink will continue to operate regardless of Pentagon funding. Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov confirmed his statement, adding that the technology is “critically important for Ukraine.”

Zelensky: ‘We are ready for peace, for a fair and just peace.’ President Volodymyr Zelensky in his nightly address reiterated Ukraine’s formula for peace: “Respect for the UN charter, respect for our territorial integrity, respect for our people, and due responsibility for terror–that is, punishment for all those who are guilty and full compensation by Russia for the damage caused to us.”

Mayor: Almost 500,000 households in Kyiv left without electricity. As of Friday morning, Nov. 4, 450,000 homes in the Ukrainian capital are cut off from power, according to the city mayor, Vitali Klitschko. He said the local authorities are implementing rolling blackouts due to the overload in Ukraine’s power system. Klitschko urged Kyiv residents to reduce electricity consumption as much as possible as “the situation remains difficult.”

Pentagon: US has no evidence of American aid embezzlement in Ukraine. The U.S. personnel in Ukraine have conducted multiple inspections of American security assistance supplies over the last couple of months, Voice of America reports. Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder said the U.S. doesn’t have “any evidence of widespread diversion of its security assistance in Ukraine.”

Putin: 318,000 men drafted in Russia for its war against Ukraine. Vladimir Putin said on Nov. 4 that Russia had conscripted 318,000 citizens, 49,000 of which are already fighting in Ukraine, according to Russian state-controlled news agency TASS. Putin has also signed a law allowing citizens with convictions for serious crimes to be called up for military service, TASS reported. Even before this law, Russia was continuously conscripting convicts to fight against Ukraine.

Reuters: Russia seeks sanctions exemption in grain deal with Ukraine. Russia is asking the West to ease sanctions on state agriculture lender Rosselkhozbank in order to facilitate Russian grain exports, four sources familiar with the recent Ukraine grain deal talks told Reuters. The sources did not tell the news agency what response Russia received to its proposals.

Economy Ministry: Number of unemployed in Ukraine to reach 2.6 million by 2023. About 2.6 million people in Ukraine will be unemployed by the end of 2022, almost twice as many as in 2021, Deputy Economy Minister Tetiana Berezhna told Ukrainske Radio. “Eight candidates are now competing for one job,” said Berezhna.

Polish minister: 650,000 Ukrainians employed in Poland. As of Nov. 3, about 650,000 citizens of Ukraine have found a job through the simplified procedure, Gazeta Prawna reports, citing Polish Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy Marlena Malag Marlena Malag. “This is very good news,” said Malag, adding that the Polish labor market needs a workforce.

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The human cost of Russia’s war

Russia’s attacks kill 8, injure 14 in Donetsk Oblast. In the past 24 hours, Russian forces have killed eight civilians and wounded 14 in Donetsk Oblast, not including Mariupol and Volnovakha, according to the oblast governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko.

General Staff: Russia has lost 74,840 troops in Ukraine since Feb. 24. Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Nov. 4 that Russia had also lost 2,750 tanks, 5,580 armored fighting vehicles, 4,174 vehicles and fuel tanks, 1,772 artillery systems, 391 multiple launch rocket systems, 201 air defense systems, 277 airplanes, 258 helicopters, 1,450 drones, and 16 boats.

International response

US National Security Advisor arrives in Kyiv on unannounced visit. U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan arrived in Kyiv on Nov. 4 to meet with President’s Office Head Andriy Yermak, National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement. Yermak and Sullivan discussed continued U.S. support to Ukraine in the “fight for its freedom and independence against the Russian invaders,” according to a statement released by President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office following the meeting.

G7 establishes ‘coordination mechanism’ to help Ukraine restore energy, water infrastructure. The G7 foreign ministers issued a statement on Nov. 4, establishing a “coordination mechanism to help Ukraine repair, restore, and defend its critical energy and water infrastructure.” The statement said “Russia’s irresponsible nuclear rhetoric is unacceptable,” noting that the use of chemical or nuclear weapons would be “met with severe consequences.” The statement also rejected Russia’s “false claims that Ukraine is preparing a radiological ‘dirty bomb,’” following an IAEA assessment of three nuclear sites in Ukraine.

Kuleba thanks Western allies for providing assistance to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba thanked the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and the U.S. for their joint decision to provide 90 T-72 tanks to Ukraine. The “first 26 repaired and modernized tanks will arrive within the next month, Kuleba said. Kuleba also welcomed the Bulgarian parliament’s decision to provide defense assistance to Ukraine.

Zelensky: Ukraine receives first batch of armored vehicles from Greece. After their meeting in Kyiv on Nov. 3, President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou for the first batch of BMP-1 fighting vehicles that arrived in Ukraine from Greece. According to Sakellaropoulou, Greece has been on Ukraine’s side from day one. “We support your determination to protect your territorial integrity and will support you as long as necessary,” she said.

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