Live: Ukraine-Russia war. Ukraine launches ‘silent’ amphibious assault on strategic Black Sea peninsula. Updated

By Berny Torre. Nov 22

The Kherson counteroffensive entered a new chapter as Ukraine’s forces launched a “silent” assault on the strategic Kinburn Spit. Kyiv forces have engaged amphibious guerrilla tactics against a weak point in Russia’s defensive positions on the Dnipro River in south Ukraine.

The sandy peninsula once popular with ecotourism lovers on the coast of the Black Sea allows for the control of entrance to the Dnipro and the ports of Kherson and Mykolaiv. 

A spokeswoman for Ukraine’s military confirmed mounting speculation over operations on the left bank of the Dnipro after Russia fled Kherson city earlier this month.

“The enemy there pulls up forces from the temporarily occupied territory, so they can afford to restore their reserves even after we inflict damage,” Captain Natalia Humeniuk said.

“Nevertheless, we continue our combat work. As soon as the results are available, we will report on it. For now, this military operation is in silent mode.”

‘Colossal’ damage to Ukrainian power supplies

“Colossal” damage has been dealt to Ukrainian power generating facilities by Russian missile attacks, the head of Ukraine’s national power grid operator has said.

Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, chief executive officer of Ukrenergo, told a briefing that his company wanted to help provide the conditions for Ukrainians stay in the country through winter and described calls to evacuate as “inappropriate”.

Anger over Hungarian prime minister’s football scarf

Ukraine has demanded an apology after the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban went to a football match wearing a scarf showing some Ukrainian territory as part of Hungary. 

Kyiv said it will summon the Hungarian ambassador to protest against the matter after Mr Orban’s scarf was said to have depicted a map of “Greater Hungary” including territory that is now part of Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia and Ukraine. 

Ukraine’s foreign ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko said: “The promotion of revisionism ideas in Hungary does not contribute to the development of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations and does not comply with the principles of European policy.”

He said he wanted an apology and a rebuttal of any Hungarian claims on Ukrainian territory.

Humanitarian aid distribution centre shelled ‘by Russia’

A volunteer has died and two women were wounded after Russian shelling hit a humanitarian aid distribution centre in the southeastern Ukraine, the regional governor said.

Oleksandr Starukh, governor of the Zaporizhzhia region, gave no further details of the attack on Orihiv town, about 70 miles east of the site of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station which has been shelled in the past few days.

Russia and Ukraine accused each other of firing the shells that fell near reactors and damaged a radioactive waste storage building at the plant.

“Russian terrorists are shelling humanitarian delivery points, continuing nuclear blackmail – a pitiful tactic of military losers,” Andriy Yermak, chief of the presidential staff, wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

“Well, for every such action there is a Ukrainian counteraction,” he added.

‘No progress’ in creating secure zone at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

The Kremlin has said no substantive progress had been made towards creating a security zone around the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine.

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which Russia seized shortly after its invasion, was rocked by shelling on Sunday.

The UN nuclear watchdog said such attacks risked a major disaster.

Russian Orthodox church condemns raid for Kremlin spies in Kyiv monastery

The Russian Orthodox Church has condemned searches conducted by Ukrainian security services at an Orthodox monastery in the capital Kyiv were an “act of intimidation”.

“Like many other cases of persecution of believers in Ukraine since 2014, this act of intimidation of believers is almost certain to go unnoticed by those who call themselves the international human rights community,” Vladimir Legoida, a spokesperson for the church said.

Ukraine said it carried out the searches at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra complex as part of counter-intelligence measures, and that they were conducted within the law. Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia’s church, has given his support for what Moscow calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Ukraine will negotiate after Russia leaves and pays for damages, ambassador to the UK says

Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, said his country will only negotiate with Russia after it leaves its territories and pays for the damage its invasion has caused.

“You’ve got to leave our lands and you’ve to pay for everything you destroyed and then we can negotiate,” he told Sky News

3 comments

  1. There was also some stuff about putler meeting orc mothers and mobik mothers, but I did not care to read it.
    Orban has gone full putler. His country is run by a criminal fascist regime.
    As for Kinburn Spit, it is a true obscenity that a clean ecological nature zone is occupied by the most foul scum that ever existed on this earth.
    God bless the ZSU and extirpate the orcs.

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  2. A couple of nice comments from DT readers:

    Rob Hunt 
Kill every murderous scumbag Russian invader that does not immediately surrender or retreat back to Russia. Go Ukraine. 

Carl Martin 
We really need to defend Ukrainian infrastructure. Firstly because it’s vital to ensure it is functioning and secondly because we will end up bearing the cost of rebuilding it. Much of our assistance seems to be a holding operation. We need more emphasis on resolution rather than perpetuation. 



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  3. I think that the Ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko’s request is exactly what should be discussed for, if russia can save ANY shred of its reputation in this. At least someone in the russian orthodoxy recognizes the intimidation for what it is. Thankfully, putin’s been rather ill lately, so when he finally dies, I’m sure it will give everyone some time to breathe before another monster comes along.

    Maybe it’ll even be a chance for russia to try emerging as a free republic again, but I’m not counting on that.

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