Here is the situation as it looks on Wednesday, November 23:
- Battles are raging in eastern Ukraine, where Russia has deployed some of the forces it deployed after withdrawing from the city of Kherson in the south. Russia is pushing ahead with its own offensive along a front line west of the city of Donetsk, which has been held by its deputies since 2014.
- Russian rockets hit a maternity hospital in the Zaporizhia region, killing a baby, Governor Oleksandr Starukh said on news service Telegram.
- Two drones were shot down in the city of Sevastopol in Crimea when Russian air defense was activated, according to the governor.
- The Russian shelling hit a humanitarian aid distribution center in Orihiv, a city in southeastern Ukraine, killing one volunteer and injuring two women, the governor said.
- Ukrainian security services and police raided a 1,000-year-old Orthodox Christian monastery in Kiev to counter alleged “subversive activities of Russian special services.”
- A bipartisan group of 16 United States senators has asked the Biden administration to reconsider Ukraine’s request for deadly Gray Eagle drones to combat Russia. It was based on concerns that the drones could be shot down and the conflict could escalate. The Biden administration has so far denied requests for the Gray Eagle drone.
- The Ukrainian government promised to set up shelters to provide heat and water following relentless Russian airstrikes, which have left their power structure in ruins as temperatures drop and snowfall fall.
- The head of Ukraine’s national electricity grid operator, Volodymyr Kudrytsky, said the damage caused by Russian rocket attacks to power generation facilities was “colossal,” but dismissed the need to evacuate civilians.
- The Kremlin said no significant progress had been made in creating a safety zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
- Ukraine denied the claim by state-owned Russian gas company Gazprom that it had withheld gas for Moldova and accused Russia of using gas as a political tool to limit supplies to Europe.
- The G7 could announce a price cap for Russian oil exports, and the coalition is likely to adjust the level several times a year, a senior US Treasury official said.
- Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany must be prepared for an escalation of the situation in Ukraine, but his recent trip to China was worthwhile, if only to set out the joint position of Germany and China against the use of nuclear weapons.
- Disbursement of $4.5 billion in US economic aid to Ukraine will begin in the coming weeks, said US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.