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Ukraine has restored rail service to the recently captured southern city of Kherson. Ukrainian forces are facing heavy fighting in eastern Donbass, as Russian forces have stepped up their incursion on several fronts.

On November 19, the British prime minister paid an unannounced visit to Kyiv for talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky and announced a new arms and security aid package.

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arrival of the train from Kyiv, announce In a small but highly symbolic achievement by the National Railway of Ukraine, a week after the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kherson, Ukrainian forces received a standing ovation from the local population.

The first train from Kyiv to Kherson before the Russian invasion was on 24 February. Officials said this marked the resumption of regular service.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army said that Russia continues to attack energy infrastructure across Ukraine with missiles and drones. In their daily update, officials said Zaporizhia, which is about 300 kilometers northeast of Kherson, has been hit 42 times since November 18, leaving thousands without heat.

“The missile explosions destroyed central heating pipes and cut off coolant supplies to 123 high-rise buildings housing more than 17,000 people,” said Oleksandr Starok, governor of the Zaporizhia region. Wrote in telegram.

Zaporizhia region is home to the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and has been under Russian control since the invasion in February.

Many parts of Ukraine, including Kyiv, have experienced periodic power and heating cuts, sometimes for extended periods, a problem exacerbated by the onset of wintry weather this week. Prime Minister Dennis Shmyhal said this week that nearly 50% of the country’s energy infrastructure was shut down due to the Russian strikes.

Extended repair crews are trying to restore power, officials said, but landmines, new attacks and other obstacles are slowing their progress.

The Russian escalation in missile strikes is designed to weaken Kyiv’s air defenses. Colin Kahl, senior official, US Department of Defense He said Reporters. He said Moscow hoped to reduce Ukraine’s security to allow the Russian Air Force to operate freely.

Ukrainian forces have been fighting for weeks to expel Russian forces from the city of Kherson and west of the Dnieper River. His strength seemed to stop for a moment. The Dnieper presents itself as a formidable military barrier, and Russian forces are digging trenches and fortifications on the eastern bank of the river.

However, Ukrainian forces are using long-range missiles and artillery to target Russian positions across the Dnieper. Administrators the demand His forces destroyed a military base on the Kinburn Spit, which overlooks the Black Sea southwest of Kherson.

Russia is also reported to be redeploying some of its forces elsewhere: east, strengthening defenses around Zaporizhia and Melitopol, as well as intensifying fighting in the Donbass.

The army said in its daily update that the Russians are “carrying out offensive operations in the direction of Pakmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlev.” He also said that Ukrainian forces repelled attacks near the towns of Belohorivka, Zelenopil and Klychevka.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that heavy fighting took place in several places in the Donbass.

RFE/RL cannot verify battle success reports in active combat zones.

In videos and a statement from his office, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said London would provide Ukraine with a $59.4 million arms package, including anti-aircraft guns and anti-drone technology.

“I am here today to say that the United Kingdom will continue to support you (…) so that Ukraine has the peace and security it needs and deserves,” Sunak said during a press conference held in Kyiv with Zelensky.

Sunak’s arrival comes amid a growing public and private debate in Western capitals about whether Ukraine and Russia should open peace talks to end the war, which is approaching its ninth month.

Although Zelensky made some subtle changes to the letter, Ukrainian officials ignored the pleas.

Andrei Yermak, a top aide to Zelensky, wrote in a telegram on November 19: “There will be peace when we destroy the Russian army in Ukraine and reach the 1991 borders.”

Meanwhile, the deputy defense minister predicted that Ukrainian forces would return to Russian-occupied Crimea by the end of the year, and the all-out war could end in the spring. Volodymyr Havrilov suggested that Russia might face an unexpected “black swan” event that could destabilize domestic politics.

“I think Russia can face a black swan in their country, inside Russia, which will contribute to our success with Crimea,” Havrilov said in an interview. Sky News.

In his late-night video address on November 18, Zelensky said that “heavy fighting” continued in the east, but noted that they expected “future victories” in some areas.

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RFE/RL cannot verify battle success reports in active combat zones.

“The fiercest fighting continues in the Donetsk region, and there is no stopping the fighting. There is no peace,” Zelensky said.

He did not elaborate on his reference to expected “future victories” in certain areas of the battlefield.

With reporting from Reuters, AFP, AP, Dpa and Newsweek
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