As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 276th day, we take a look at the main developments.
This is the state of affairs on Saturday, November 26:
- Russian shelling of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson killed 15 civilians, officials said.
- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Western military alliance will not give up its support for Kiev.
- NATO forces took part in exercises in the Suwalki Gap in northern Poland, a strip of land between Belarus and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad that is critical to the security of the alliance’s eastern flank.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin met the mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine and assured those whose children had been killed that he and the Russian elite “share this pain”.
- Germany said it was in talks with allies over Poland’s request to send German Patriot air defense units to Ukraine after the NATO chief suggested the military alliance would not oppose such a move.
- The first winter of the war will now test whether Ukraine can continue its campaign to retake territory, or whether the Russian commanders can stop Kiev’s momentum.
- The head of the Russian mercenary company Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said a former US Navy general and several British and Finnish fighters were operating for the armed group in Ukraine.
- Russian airstrikes in recent weeks have brought Ukraine’s energy infrastructure to its knees as winter approaches and temperatures near freezing, fueling fears of a health crisis and further exodus.
- Zelensky said more than six million households in the country are still experiencing power outages.
- Moscow insists it is only targeting infrastructure related to the military.
- In a rare public spat involving Ukrainian leaders, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy criticized Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko for setting up emergency shelters to help people without power and heat after Russian attacks.
- Ukraine’s Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said more Western aid is needed to help the country cope with rising reconstruction costs following the escalation of Russian attacks.
- The British Foreign Secretary announced new aid to Ukraine, including ambulances and support for victims of sexual assault by Russian soldiers.
- A meeting of European Union government representatives scheduled for Friday evening to discuss a proposal from the Group of Seven to limit Russian oil prices by sea was cancelled.
- EU governments were divided over the level at which Russian oil prices should be capped to curb Moscow’s ability to pay for its war in Ukraine without causing a global oil supply shock.