Here is the situation as it looks on Tuesday, November 22:
Life in Ukraine
Ukrainians were preparing for winter with little or no electricity in several areas, including Kiev, where temperatures have already dropped below freezing.
Russian air strikes have crippled half of the country’s energy capacity.
“Get some warm clothes and blankets and think of options that will help you wait for a long outage,” said Sergei Kovalenko, head of YASNO, which supplies Kiev with energy.
Ukrainians will most likely live with power outages at least until the end of March, Kovalenko said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said half of the country’s energy capacity had been destroyed by Russian missiles.
Heading into a cold winter, residents of a bombed-out Ukrainian village say they appreciate the mural of a warm bath by graffiti artist Banksy. The mural shows a man scrubbing his back in a bathtub.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Russia was bombing the city of Kherson from across the Dnepr after its troops fled. “There is no military logic: they just want revenge on the locals.”
Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, despite the shelling over the weekend, which caused extensive damage, there are no immediate concerns about nuclear safety, the UN nuclear supervisory authority said after its experts had visited the site.
Zelensky called on NATO members to guarantee the protection of Ukrainian nuclear facilities from Russian sabotage.
Russia’s leading war hawks were behind the decision that Moscow forces should withdraw from the Ukrainian city of Kherson this month, but the commander, who favored the move, is now under increasing pressure to prove it was worth it.
The Kremlin said it wasn’t talking about draining more Russian soldiers to fight in Ukraine during the second round of mobilization.
Allegations of war crimes
Ukrainian police and prosecutors have identified four places in Kherson where they suspect Russian armed forces tortured people before they left the city, the attorney general’s office said.
The United States is monitoring allegations that Ukrainian armed forces have summarily executed Russian troops. The Russian Ministry of Defense cited videos that circulated on social media allegedly showing Ukrainian soldiers executing Russian prisoners of war. The Kremlin said it would bring those responsible to justice.