Ukrainian forces are intensifying their counteroffensive against Russia on the Dnipro River front. The news ticker about the Ukraine war.
- Visit of Defense Minister: Boris Pistorius back in Ukraine
- front in Kherson: Ukraine reports successes on the left bank of the Dnipro
- No representation through Lavrov: Vladimir Putin attends G-20 summit
- This news ticker about the Ukraine war is constantly updated.
- The information processed here comes from international media and news agencies, but also from the warring parties Russia, Ukraine and their allies. In particular, the information on losses suffered by the armies involved in the Ukrainian war cannot be independently verified.
Update from November 21st, 7:57 a.m: The Ukrainian air defense said it shot down one missile and nine out of ten drones last night. Accordingly, the Russian army shot down Iranian-made drones in several directions from Russian territory.
Defense Minister Boris Pistorius back in Ukraine
Update from November 21st, 6:29 a.m: Boris Pistorius (SPD) arrived in Ukraine today for an unannounced visit. “I’m happy to be back,” Pistorius said upon his arrival in the morning at the train station in Kiev, where he was greeted by German ambassador Martin Jäger. It is the German Defense Minister’s second trip to Ukraine since taking office in January.
Despite the blockade: USA provides further military aid to Ukraine
Update from November 20th, 10:44 p.m.: The US has pledged an additional $100 million in military aid to Ukraine despite a blockage of new funding in Congress. The arms deliveries will include additional artillery ammunition, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank weapons, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Monday during a visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev. “So you know our support continues.”
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Washington that the new arms deliveries, worth the equivalent of 92 million euros, would help Ukraine meet its “immediate battlefield needs”. However, Congress must quickly approve the additional funding requested by President Joe Biden for new aid to Ukraine.
Ukrainian Air Force attacks Kherson air base
Update from November 20th, 5 p.m.: According to a report by the Unian news agency, the Ukrainian Air Force attacked an air base occupied by Russian troops in the settlement of Tarasovka in Kherson Oblast in the south of the country. A hangar was destroyed. Two An-12 transport aircraft were damaged. The news agency released aerial footage of the explosion. In it you can see how the hangar explodes and later something burns down. Presumably Russian soldiers can also be seen arriving at the airfield after the explosion.
Current situation in the Ukraine war: Russia is probably preparing a new wave of attacks on Avdiivka
Update from November 20th, 1:58 p.m: The situation remains complex and volatile. Russia desperately wants to conquer the city of Avdiivka; the Ukrainian defenders are holding firm. Now there is a threat of a third wave of attacks despite heavy losses.
Update from November 20th, 1:09 p.m: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he expects increased Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure: Russia’s bitter winter offensive could threaten.
Ukraine reports current figures on Russia’s losses in the Ukrainian war
Update from November 20th, 12:28 p.m: The Ukrainian General Staff has released new figures on Russia’s losses in the Ukraine war. Accordingly, a good 640 Russian soldiers were either killed or injured in the fighting within one day. The information cannot be independently verified.
- soldiers: 319,210 (+640 on the previous day)
- tank: 5439 (+4)
- Armored vehicles: 10,168 (+2)
- Artillery systems: 7748 (+4)
- Multiple rocket launchers: 899 (+1)
- Air defense systems: 588
- Airplanes: 323
- helicopter: 324
- Drones: 5764 (+9)
- Rockets/cruise missiles: 1563
- Ships: 22
- Submarines: 1
- Tank trucks and other vehicles: 10,127 (+7)
- Special vehicles and other equipment: 1097 (+1)
- Source: Ukrainian General Staff as of November 20, 2023. The information about Russia’s losses comes from the Ukrainian army. They cannot be independently verified. Russia itself does not provide any information about its own losses in the Ukraine war.
Update from November 20th, 12:12 p.m: Russia’s air force is apparently dissatisfied with its surveillance capabilities. According to British intelligence, a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft is now supposed to help – it is a model from the Soviet era. Is “Mystic-B” now about to make a comeback in the Ukraine war?
Criticism of long deployments at the front – apparently a demonstration in Moscow
Update from November 20th, 11:19 a.m: Public criticism in Russia – from the wives of Russian soldiers: Dissatisfaction among Russian combat forces and their families over long front-line deployments is growing. This is what experts estimate in the British Ministry of Defense’s latest intelligence report on the war in Ukraine. Now, for the first time since the beginning of the war, their women were protesting on Moscow’s streets. They called for the men to be rotated from deployment to the front.
Although the demonstration on November 7th was ended by the police within a few minutes, the demand was remarkable, said the statement from London. “The apparently unlimited combat deployment of personnel without rotation is increasingly viewed by the soldiers themselves and their families as unsustainable,” it said.
Ukraine reports numerous battles on the front
Update from November 20th, 9:47 a.m: The front in the east and south of Ukraine is about 1000 kilometers long. Military information cannot immediately be independently verified – however, the numbers of individual battles mentioned give an indication of the intensity of the fighting. International observers such as the US Institute for War Studies (ISW), for example, confirmed the fierce fighting around Avdiivka. Russia is probably making progress there with “significant losses”.
Now the General Staff in Kiev reports that it has once again repelled dozens of Russian attacks on the 1,000-kilometer front. In addition to Avdiivka (12 attacks), the focus is on the city of Marjinka (16 attacks). Both are close to the Russian-controlled Donbass capital Donetsk.
US Secretary of Defense Austin visits Kiev during Ukraine war
Update from November 20th, 9:01 a.m: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrived in the Ukrainian capital Kiev today. For security reasons, the visit was not announced. Austin wants to meet government officials and emphasize that the US will continue to provide Ukraine with the assistance it needs “to defend itself against Russian aggression,” the Pentagon said. However, there is resistance among some Republicans to new military aid for Ukraine.
Heavy fighting on the front in the east and south of Ukraine
First report from November 20th: Kiev – Heavy fighting continues in the east and south of Ukraine. The further actions of the Ukrainian army on the left bank of the Dnipro in Kherson should be followed with particular attention.
Ukraine reports successes on the left bank of the Dnipro
According to its own statements, the Ukrainian military is establishing itself in the contested Kherson region, southeast of the Dnipro River. “The defense forces continue to hold positions on the left bank of the Dnipro in the Kherson region,” the General Staff said on Facebook on Sunday evening (November 19).
The spokeswoman for the southern command post, Natalia Humenyuk, had previously said that the Ukrainian army had now pushed the Russians three to eight kilometers away from the river on the left bank of the Dnipro, which was until recently completely occupied. International observers have also recently reported Ukrainian advances on the Dnipro reported.
Kherson in southern Ukraine was largely occupied shortly after the Russian invasion. In November last year, the Ukrainian army managed to liberate the parts of the region on the right bank of the river – including the regional capital of the same name, Kherson. The Russians continued to occupy the places on the left bank of the river.
Putin in the Ukraine war at the virtual G20 summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in a virtual G20 summit this Wednesday (November 22), according to Moscow state television. Russian state television reported that Putin may be able to see Western leaders there live in an online format for the first time in a long time.
At the G20 summit of the group of leading economic powers in New Delhi at the beginning of September, Putin was represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (with news agency material)