Monday, November 20
Russia’s war against Ukraine
The aftermath of the Russian Nov. 19 attack on Kherson. (Kherson Regional Oblast Office)
Zelensky fires Medical Forces commander, announces replacement. President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Medical Forces commander Tetyana Ostashchenko on Nov. 19 amid repeated calls from medics and volunteers to fire the official, replacing her with Anatoly Kazmirchuk, the president announced in his evening address.
Kyiv sends humanitarian team to help truckers stuck at Polish-Ukrainian border.
The Infrastructure Ministry has launched a humanitarian effort to help truck drivers blocked at three Polish-Ukrainian checkpoints, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov wrote on Facebook on Nov. 19.
Ukrainian teenager illegally taken from Mariupol manages to leave Russia, heads to Ukraine. Bohdan Yermokhin, a Ukrainian teenager who was illegally deported by Russia from occupied Mariupol, has successfully left Russia and returned to Ukraine after trying to do so for months. He arrived back to Ukraine on his 18th birthday.
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Explosion reported in Russian-occupied Melitopol. An explosion was heard in occupied Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the city’s exiled mayor Ivan Fedorov announced on Telegram on Nov. 19. There is currently no information as to what caused the explosion or if there are any casualties.
Media: 2 Ukrainian women, 6-year-old girl die in bus crash in Poland. According to the Polish news outlet, the crash occurred near the village of Wereszyn, near the Polish-Ukrainian border.
Ukraine sanctions 100 individuals involved in illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia. The list includes an alleged collaborator whom the Kyiv Independent identified in its documentary film “Uprooted.”
General Staff: Air defense downs 15 out of 20 drones in overnight Russian attack. Ukraine’s air defense downed 15 out of 20 Shahed drones launched by Russia in its overnight attack, the General Staff reported on Nov. 19.
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Ukraine war latest: Zelensky replaces Medical Forces Commander
President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Medical Forces commander Tetiana Ostashchenko on Nov. 19 amid repeated calls from medics and volunteers to fire the official. Bohdan Yermokhin, a Ukrainian teenager who was illegally deported by Russia from occupied Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, has returned to Ukraine after months of trying.
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Human cost of war
Russian attack on Sumy Oblast kills 1. A Russian mortar attack in the village of Seredyna-Buda in Sumy Oblast resulted in the death of a 51-year-old man, the Sumy Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported on Nov. 19.
Governor: Russian attack on Kherson injures 5, including 3-year-old child. A Russian attack on the city of Kherson injured five people, including a three-year-old girl, Kherson Oblast Governor Oleksandr Prokudin reported on Nov. 19.
Governor: 6-year-old girl injured by Russian shelling in Kherson. The governor didn’t specify how grave the injuries were, saying only that the child was receiving medical help.
General Staff: Russia has lost 318,570 troops in Ukraine. Russia has lost 318,570 troops in Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported in its morning update on Nov. 19. This number includes 1,190 casualties Russian forces suffered just over the past day.
Congressional leaders want to pass military aid for Ukraine, Israel before Christmas. U.S Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will prioritize passing further military aid packages for Ukraine and Israel so that they are approved before Christmas, NBC News reported on Nov. 19.
Bratislava to reject EU’s latest sanctions package if it includes ban on Russia nuclear fuel. Slovakia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Juraj Blanar said Bratislava will not back the EU’s 12th package of sanctions against Russia if it bans the import of Russian nuclear fuel, Slovak news agency Tasr reported on Nov. 18.
Finland sends military to build fences near crossing with Russia. The Finnish Defense Forces will assist the country’s border guards in erecting fences near Kuhmo, a town near Finland’s border with Russia, the Finnish Broadcasting Company reported on Nov. 19.
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In other news
Ukrainians aboard vessel allegedly seized by Yemen’s Houthis. There are Ukrainian nationals among those aboard the shipping vessel hijacked in the Red Sea by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis on Nov. 19, Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said.
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