Saturday is the 668th day of the Russian war against Ukraine. Russian frustration is growing in the Kherson region. They cannot expel Ukrainian forces from the bridgehead surrounding the village of Krynki, on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River. “The enemy attacked our positions from the west and south for a week using armored vehicles. They sent them to our positions and then landed infantry. However, due to the effective use of artillery and drones by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the enemy was able to… We suffered great losses.” To confirm his words, there are many recordings circulating on the Internet, showing the devastating effectiveness of the armed forces in clashes with the Russians in this region. Follow the live coverage of Wirtualna Polska.
- – Ukrainians should look for army reserves among immigrants residing in the West. Kiev could conclude agreements with Poland and Germany for cooperation in the field of mobilization – says General Waldemar Skrzybczak. He comments on the political storm in Neighbours, as civil servants and politicians wonder where to get the half a million people wanted for the war with Russia.
- More than half of those surveyed believe that Finland should prepare for war in the next few years. Both older and younger citizens hold this view, regardless of political views – This is according to the Helsingin Sanomat poll..
The Estonian government is ready to sign an unexpected agreement with Ukraine. You can read more in WP Text.
Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Ukrainian forces for shooting down three Russian Su-8 fighter planes over the Kherson region in southern Ukraine.
The President of Ukraine wrote: “Thank you, warriors! Every Russian pilot should know that every Russian killer will receive our response and none of them will escape justice.”
Ukrainian officials continue to warn that Russia is maintaining its ultimate territorial invasion goals in Ukraine, despite recent comments from Western officials suggesting Russia has already been defeated, the Institute for the Study of War reports.
The Foreign Ministers of Poland and Ukraine: Radosław Sikorski and Dmytro Koiba announced on Friday in Kiev that they had “started taking a decision” on the opening of the common border, as the Polish airlines’ protest has been ongoing since the beginning of November. You can read more in WP Text.
The US Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has released new maps of the military operations currently underway in Ukraine,
ERR TV reported on Friday that the Estonian government is ready to sign an agreement with Ukraine under which men of military service age will be returned to the country.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense called for the return of men of military service age who fled the country after the start of Russian aggression in 2022. Estonia has repeatedly expressed its desire to sign an agreement with Kiev on the repatriation of men subject to mobilization.
“If Ukraine needs to, Estonia will be able to find these people and return them to the country,” Estonian Interior Minister Lauri Lanemets stressed. “Basically, we know where they are and what they do. Most of them work and live in Estonia,” he added.
The Turkish Parliament's website reported on Friday that the Turkish Grand National Assembly – a unicameral parliament – will resume work on Sweden's application to join NATO on Tuesday next week.
The Turkish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee will resume discussions on Sweden's accession to NATO on Tuesday. The committee itself began discussing the approval of the Swedish proposal in mid-November, but quickly postponed the discussion, without setting a date for its resumption.
The draft law must be approved by the relevant parliamentary committee before being voted on by the full Grand Assembly. It will then be signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Explosions were reported to have been heard in the city of Armyansk in Crimea.
An air alert has been activated in many regions of Ukraine.
Germany's Christian Democratic Union party suggests that men from Ukraine who fled the war in their country for Germany should be denied social benefits – especially the so-called Buergergeld, i.e. unemployment benefit, which amounts to about 450 euros per adult.
“They should be deprived of these benefits so that they can respond to the Ukrainian Defense Minister's call to return to their homeland to replace exhausted front-line soldiers after two years of war,” Merkur's website described on Friday.
Full footage shows the “massacre” of Russian tanks and infantry fighting vehicles near Sinkivka northeast of Kubyansk in the Kharkiv region.
– Ukrainians should look for army reserves among immigrants residing in the West. Kiev could conclude agreements with Poland and Germany for cooperation in the field of mobilization – says General Waldemar Skrzybczak. He comments on the political storm in Neighbours, as civil servants and politicians wonder where to get the half a million people wanted for the war with Russia.
Krinky mentioned below. Russian infantry fighting vehicles are being destroyed en masse by Ukrainian drones and artillery.
Ukrainian military expert Serhiy Zgorets described on the Espresso website the situation at the Ukrainian bridgehead around the village of Krynki on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River in the Kherson region.
“In the Kryniki area, the enemy attacked our positions from the west and south for a week using armored vehicles. They sent them to our positions and then landed infantry. But due to the effective use of artillery and kamikaze drones by the Ukrainian armed forces, the enemy suffered significant losses.” – stated.
The expert said: “The Ukrainian armed forces will continue to control these areas. The enemy will try to take measures to displace our units, but everything will depend on the flexibility and ability of both sides to implement specific plans.”
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