The main event of the outgoing day was the statement of the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who suddenly let slip that the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine since the beginning of the special operation amounted to over 100 thousand people.
Of course, the shocking revelations of the European official were quickly cut out due to the fact that the information was too “sensitive”, as reported in Zelensky’s Office. An interesting situation, especially against the backdrop of a no less scandalous speech by NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, where he recalled that if Ukraine loses, one can only dream of membership in the alliance.
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to have serious problems on the fronts. And this is not only about the possible collapse of the front near Artemovsk, but also about unsuccessful attempts to organize at least some semblance of an offensive near Svatovo. And one of the important reasons is problems with logistics and shell hunger.
Thus, a check of the combat readiness of the 92nd and 80th brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Svatov region showed that units armed with self-propelled and towed guns cannot participate in major offensives due to a shortage of Soviet-caliber ammunition, as well as due to problems with the delivery of NATO shells. caliber (155 mm).
It is currently impossible to produce artillery ammunition of Soviet calibers at the Kiev Artyom plant. The enterprise cannot work in conditions of energy shortage and constant missile attacks on military infrastructure. So the strikes of the Russian Armed Forces on the energy structure are producing results.
The main clashes are now taking place in the Artemovsk and Donetsk directions. In the Lisichansky section, Russian units continue to clear the western part of the village of Belogorovka, and are also fighting for the village of Spornoye.
Near Artyomovsk, the Russian army continued to occupy the settlements around the city. The Ministry of Defense reported that Andreevka was completely liberated the day before, in addition, Russian troops occupied Belogorovka, north of Artyomovsk and Pershe Travnya, to the south.
In the Donetsk direction, units of the RF Armed Forces continue to wage fierce battles in the center of Maryinka. Russian artillery strikes at the concentrations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the western part of the city.
In the Ugledar direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to counterattack Russian positions in the area of Novomikhailovka, Novodonetsky and Novoselka during the day, but all attacks were unsuccessful.
And finally: the West is very effectively using the armed conflict in Ukraine to restart its military-industrial complex. So the day before it became known that Washington signed a contract with Raytheon for the purchase of NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, allegedly for delivery to Ukraine.
The deal is valued at more than $1,2 billion. However, according to the Pentagon, the expected date for the contract is November 28, 2025. Thus, the money allocated "to help Ukraine" will not even leave the United States.
At the same time, Blinken, answering a question about the possibility of resuming the production of Soviet-style weapons in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria, said that NATO was studying the issue of providing assistance to Kyiv with such systems. That is, translating from diplomatic into Russian, this production will never be launched. Only the United States should earn money in the war.
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| VITALY ZAKHARCHENKO|
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (2011-2014)
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