The Ukrainian army’s air defense was at work last night, above the Ukrainian capital. Yesterday, Russian forces attacked seven towns in Sumy Oblast causing 165 explosions during the day, the military administration of Sumy Oblast reported, and relayed by the Kyiv independent. The Russian army has fired 25 times at the border in the last 24 hours.
Nearly 4,000 cyberattacks were recorded by Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team in the period from January 2022 to September 2023, a US Treasury Department official said on November 17, reported by independent Kyiv.
Apec members condemn aggression against Ukraine
As they closed their forum this Friday in the United States, the leaders of the member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) “ most strongly condemned the aggression against Ukraine.
Russia was represented at the meeting by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk, the highest-ranking Russian dignitary to visit the United States since the start of the war.
This separate statement was issued at the request of “certain members”, Who “do not believe that Apec is an appropriate forum to discuss geopolitical issues. »
Kyiv says it has established several bridgeheads on the east bank of the Dnieper
The Ukrainian army said Friday it had carried out a “series of successful operations” on the Russian-occupied east bank of the Dnieper in southern Ukraine, and established several bridgeheads there.
In a statement, the Ukrainian Marines said they were continuing their operations in this area. Moscow acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday, via the pro-Russian governor of the occupied region, Vladimir Saldo, that Ukrainian troops had succeeded in crossing the river.
“Units of the Ukrainian armed forces managed to dislodge the Russians from their positions on the left bank of the Dnieper and consolidate them”General Staff spokesman Andri Kovaliov said on YouTube.
“One of the main objectives of this fight is to push the enemy as far as possible from the right bank in order to protect the Ukrainian civilian population, in particular Kherson, from the constant shelling of the Russians,” he added.
The Ukrainian army recaptured the city of Kherson, on the west bank of the Dnieper, a year ago and is seeking to open a breach towards the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014.
Both Russia and Ukraine claim to be inflicting heavy losses on the enemy in the region, information that cannot be independently verified.
Russia wants to ban “the international LGBT movement” for “extremism”
The Russian Justice Ministry said on Friday that it had requested a ban on “extremism” of “international LGBT movement”a new illustration of the ultra-conservative shift in Russia which has accelerated since the offensive against Ukraine.
In a press release, the ministry does not specify whether it is generally targeting the LGBT+ movement across the world, or whether it is designating one or more existing organizations. And he did not immediately respond to a request for details from AFP.
The Russian Supreme Court must study this request for a ban on November 30.
The ministry said it had “filed an administrative application to the Supreme Court (…) in order to classify the international LGBT social movement as extremist and to ban its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has for years pursued a policy described as homophobic and transphobic by many representatives of the LGBT+ community and NGOs.
Since the offensive against Ukraine launched in February 2022, the Russian authorities have further increased conservative measures, particularly against LGBT+ people, saying they want to eliminate behavior deemed deviant and positioning themselves as a moral bulwark against the West deemed decadent.
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