November 20, 2023 – 11:06 a.m
A German Bergepanzer 2 armored vehicle is assembled by a mechanic from a repair unit of the 4th Tank Brigade at an undisclosed location in the Kharkiv region on November 18, 2023 – Photo: Alina Smutko / Reuters
Our Monday summary of the most important events of the Russian-Ukrainian war.
- American Defense Minister Lloyd Austin visited Kiev. Austin https://twitter.com/SecDef/status/1726501575018119589: “I’m here today to convey an important message – the United States continues to stand with Ukraine in its fight for freedom against Russian aggression, now and in the future.” The visit comes amid growing divisions in the US legislature over aid to Ukraine. (Reuters)
- Around 3,000 – mostly Ukrainian – trucks are lost on the Polish side of the Polish-Ukrainian border due to the more than 10-day blockade of Polish truckers. At the beginning of the month, Polish truckers closed three Ukrainian border crossings to protest against the fact that they lost a lot of revenue to foreign competitors due to the war in Ukraine, which they say the Polish government is not doing anything about. Several of the trucks would transport fuel and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. “Thousands of people are forced to live in difficult conditions, with limited food, water and fuel,” wrote Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov https://twitter.com/OlKubrakov/status/1726179804955774999. According to him, there was a 30 km long traffic jam at the Yahodyn crossing, a 10 km long one at the Rava-Ruska crossing, and a 16 km long one at the Krakivets crossing. (Reuters)
- Two people were killed early Monday morning in a Russian artillery strike on a parking lot in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. According to local authorities, the two victims were drivers of a private transport company. The city was also hit by an artillery attack on Sunday, when five people were injured, including a three-year-old girl. (Guardians)
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