As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 271st day, we take a look at the main developments.
This is the state of affairs on Monday, November 21:
- Russian forces pounded Ukrainian positions with artillery fire and launched nearly 400 attacks in the eastern region alone, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address.
- Zelensky added that Ukrainian forces in the south “consistently and very calculatedly destroyed the potential of the occupiers”.
- Oleh Zhdanov, a military analyst in Kiev, said offensive fighting was taking place on the Bakhmut and Avdiivka front lines in the Donetsk region.
- Ukrainian troops are being moved to Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv, among others. Russian troops are regrouping towards Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk and Luhansk, Zhdanov said.
- Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Zelensky government, said Russian troops fired on a residential building in the Kherson region. “Perhaps there are people under the rubble. Emergency services are working on the scene,” Tymoshenko said.
- The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has warned that whoever fired artillery at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was “playing with fire” as his team prepared to inspect it for damage.
- The International Atomic Energy Agency said more than a dozen explosions rocked the nuclear plant on Saturday and late Sunday.
- Hundreds of Kherson residents flocked to buy groceries at the first Ukrainian supermarket to open since the city was recaptured by pro-Kiev forces earlier this month.
- The city of Kherson remains without electricity, running water or heating.