Ukraine war in the live ticker: British secret service: Russian Black Sea Fleet is “vulnerable”

Updated on 11/22/2022 at 10:20 am

  • 10:04 am: ➤ British secret service: Russian Black Sea Fleet is “vulnerable” after port attack
  • 09:36: Kyiv calls on residents of Cherson to move to “safer regions” for the winter
  • 8:12 a.m .: Selenskyj sees further difficulties in the Ukrainian power grid

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➤ British intelligence: Russian Black Sea Fleet is “vulnerable” after port attack

According to British assessments, a suspected Ukrainian attack on oil depots near the Russian port of Novorossiysk shows the vulnerability of the Russian Black Sea fleet. The British Ministry of Defense in its daily intelligence update on Tuesday referred to Russian and Ukrainian media reports that there was an attack on November 18 at an oil terminal near the Russian naval base.

“Not all the details of this incident are known yet,” the ministry said. “Any demonstration that Ukraine has the ability to threaten Novorossiysk would pose another strategic challenge to the Black Sea Fleet. It would also further undermine Russia’s already reduced maritime influence in the Black Sea,” the statement said.

Media had reported that a Ukrainian drone probably attacked a terminal of the oil company Transneft on the night of November 18. The company denied the reports.

After Ukraine attacked the Russian base of Sevastopol on the annexed peninsula of Crimea, the Russian Navy moved several submarines to Novorossiysk. The fact that this port is now also accessible to the Ukrainians is also a threat to Russian landing ships stationed there, it was said in London. These ships have taken on a more important role in supplying Russian forces in Ukraine since the Kerch Bridge was damaged in October.

The British Ministry of Defense has published daily information on the course of the war since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine at the end of February, citing intelligence information. In doing so, the British government wants to both counter the Russian portrayal and keep allies in line. Moscow accuses London of a targeted disinformation campaign. (dpa)


The situation at a glance:

Leads since February 24 Russia from the air and on the ground a war of aggression against the Ukraine. Shortly before that, President Vladimir Putin had Ukraine’s right to exist as an independent state in doubt and the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine.

Since then, the Ukrainian army has been fighting the invaders as best they can. Thousands of dead are reported on both sides, but exact numbers of soldiers and civilians have not been independently verified. The fact is: the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is getting worse every day.

The refugee agency UNHCR has now registered more than 15.3 million border crossings from Ukraine (as of November 15). The refugees are mainly women and children, as men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country. According to UNHCR, over 7.7 million border crossings back into Ukraine were registered during this period (as of November 15).

The EU and the USA reacted with sanctions. Besides, they supply arms to Ukraine, too Germany supports the country with arms deliveries. Also tanks of the class Cheetah is to receive Ukraine from Germany. (dpa)

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The other reports on the war in Ukraine from November 22nd

Kyiv is calling on residents of Cherson to move to “safer regions” for the winter

In view of the severe destruction in Cherson, which was formerly occupied by the Russians, the Ukrainian government has called on residents to move to “safer regions”. Women, children and the elderly in particular should spend the winter in areas with better infrastructure, said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.

Kherson was under Russian occupation for around eight months before being recaptured by Ukrainian forces on November 11. The destruction in the southern Ukrainian city is enormous, electricity and water supplies have largely collapsed.

The power grid in the other regions of the country was also badly damaged as a result of the massive and targeted Russian attacks. The World Health Organization warned on Monday that the winter “will be life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine”. “Put simply, this winter will be about survival,” said WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge in Kyiv. (afp)


Selenskyj sees problems in the Ukrainian power grid

Ukraine’s power grid, damaged by Russian attacks, remains unstable, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The country had to contend not only with planned shutdowns but also with unplanned power outages on Monday, he said in his evening video address. Consumption exceeds electricity production.

“Tonight the situation in Kyiv and its environs, as well as in Vinnytsia, Sumy, Ternopil, Cherkassy, ​​Odessa and some other cities and regions is particularly difficult,” said Zelenskyy. He called on regional and municipal administrations to continue to encourage citizens to save electricity. Electricity must also be saved in public spaces.

“The systemic damage caused to our energy sector by the Russian terrorist attacks is so great that all our citizens and businesses should be very economical and spread consumption over the hours of the day,” he said. (dpa)



With material from dpa, Reuters and AFP

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