These are the key events as the war approaches its 621st day.
Now, let’s look at Monday, November 6, 2023.
Rustem Umerov, the minister of defense for Ukraine, launched an investigation after several troops were killed by a Russian missile strike on Friday during what the media claimed was a “award ceremony” close to the front line in the southern Zaporizhia area. According to media sources, the attack claimed the lives of over twenty soldiers. Although they did not disclose the number of casualties, the military acknowledged that 128th Mountain Assault Brigade men had died. During his evening speech on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated, “This is a tragedy that could have been avoided.”
The Zaporizhia region’s governor, Yurii Malashko, reported that nine people had been hurt in Zarichne, the village where the troops at the award ceremony lost their lives. According to him, it was one of 26 towns and communities in the area that saw Russian attacks over the course of a day on Friday and Saturday.
The Ukrainian military claimed to have used cruise missiles to destroy a shipyard near Kerch, on the eastern coast of Russian-occupied Crimea. According to Russian news outlets that cited the nation’s Ministry of Defense, air defense systems in Ukraine destroyed 13 of the 15 cruise missiles that were used in the shipyard’s attack. There was damage to a ship, but no one was killed.
Diplomacy and politics
NBC reported that Kyiv was being pressured to begin negotiations with Russia. Zelenskyy refuted this claim during a joint press conference in Kyiv with President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission. “We are not under any pressure from our partners to meet with Russia, have a conversation with it, and provide it with something,” he stated. Additionally, he stated that this was “Russia’s goal” and that the conflict in Gaza had diverted attention from Ukraine.
While praising Kyiv’s judicial changes, Von der Leyen stated that Ukraine has made “excellent progress” toward joining the European Union. On Wednesday, the bloc will make public an evaluation of Ukraine’s achievements in meeting a number of legal, economic, and other requirements in order to open accession negotiations in December.
Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, Zelenskyy urged the US to give his forces additional resources to assist them fight Russia, threatening to draw US military into a larger battle with Russia in Europe if they don’t. Zelenskyy also extended an invitation to former US President Donald Trump, who has opposed US assistance to Ukraine and is running for reelection in 2024, to take a plane into the nation and personally assess the scope of the crisis.