Ukraine Russia, war news today | British Prime Minister Sunak visits Zelensky; Kharkiv, Donetsk, Kherson: 700 bodies found

from Lorenzo Cremonesi, Andrea Nicastro and Online Editorial

The news of Sunday 20 November, live. The Ukrainian president: «Russia is proposing a brief truce to regroup, but it would be worse. I refused”

• The war in Ukraine has come to 268th day.

• Surprise first visit by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who announced a new 50 million pounds aid package for the Ukrainian armed forces.
• Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles also announced the shipment of new weapons to Kiev over the next week
No electricity in Khersoncivilians are evacuated for the winter.
• In the city, shoot at the crowds in line for bread
• The war in Ukraine will end by the end of spring. This was predicted by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Volodymyr Gavrilov, in an interview with Sky News.
• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Russia is seeking a brief truce with Ukraine, but it is a proposal he has rejected because it would allow Moscow’s forces to regroup.

10:43 am – Attorney General of Ukraine: more than 8,300 civilians killed since February

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has recorded the deaths of 8,311 civilians, including 437 children, since the start of the Russian invasion on 24 February. More than 11,000 civilians were injured. This was announced by the prosecutor Andriy Kostin last night in a TV broadcast, filmed by Ukrainska Pravda. “But the real number is much higher,” as “we still don’t have access to some occupied territories,” he added.

10:03 am – Head of office Zelensky: “It is unlikely that the war will end in the spring”

The hypothesis that the end of the war in Ukraine could come in the spring “sounds like a dream, but we need to be more realistic”. This was stated by the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Andriy Yermak, commenting on the words of the Ukrainian deputy defense minister, Volodymyr Gavrylov, at the International Security Forum in Halifax. «This sentence from the Deputy Minister of Defense seems like a dream. Of course, millions of Ukrainians dream of this war ending as soon as possible. However, I will be more realistic,” Yermak said, quoted by Ukrinform. “I’m not ready to say what the exact day and time will be when we win. But it will definitely happen. Every minute of every day, we do everything possible so that our victory, together with our partners, comes as soon as possible », he added.

10:00 – The Kiev authorities: at least 427 minors killed since February 24th

At least 427 minors have died so far from the war in Ukraine: the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office announced this. According to data from the Kiev authorities, at least 837 were injured.

09:29 – Russian cannon fire on Nikopol, at least 1 injured

During the night, the Russians shelled a residential area of ​​Nikopol, in Ukraine, causing the wounding of a 59-year-old man, according to a statement by the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk oblast – where Nikopol stands -, Reznichenko, quoted by the Kyiv Independent. The Russian shells, the governor said, hit 20 residential buildings, gas pipelines and power lines, causing three fires.

08:22 am – The Pentagon: the rain of Russian missiles to exhaust the defenses of Kiev

Deplete the stocks of Kiev’s air defense to finally gain dominance over the Ukrainian skies. That’s Moscow’s goal according to a Pentagon official who spoke to Reuters.

06:16 – In Poland the funeral of the two victims of the missile

The funeral of Bogdan Ciupek, the victim of a missile that hit a village in southern Poland, will be held today. Two workers at a local grain drying plant were killed last Tuesday in Przewodow, a village about six kilometers from the border with Ukraine. The other victim Boguslaw Wos, 62, was buried yesterday in the local cemetery. The funeral was attended by family and friends, but also by villagers along with Polish and Ukrainian officials. “This man would not have become a victim if he weren’t for this cruel war,” said provincial governor Lech Sprawka. “This victim is a call for peace for the whole world,” he added.

04:04 am – Sunak assures Kiev of British support “until the victory of Ukraine”

The new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Saturday 19 November new military aid to Kiev, in particular anti-aircraft, assuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of his support “until the victory of Ukraine” while a first train connected the capital to Kherson. “We will stand by your side until Ukraine obtains the peace and security it needs and deserves,” Sunak told the Ukrainian president during a surprise visit to Kiev, the first since he entered the in office at the end of October.

The Ukrainian leader welcomed this “significant and useful visit for both countries”. “With friends like you on our side, we are confident in our victory,” Zelensky later tweeted. The war in Ukraine has been going on for almost nine months since the Russian invasion on February 24th. Sunak announced new military aid of £50m (€57.4m) and humanitarian aid of £16m (€18.3m). The military aid includes “125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter deadly drones supplied by Iran (to Moscow, ed), including dozens of radars and electronic anti-drone equipment,” according to a Downing Street statement.

10.18 pm – Average, over 700 bodies found in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Kherson

More than 700 bodies have been found in Ukraine’s liberated areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Kherson, reports the Kyiv Independent, without providing further details or specifying whether it is an overall balance. Instead, the newspaper quotes the Attorney General Andriy Kostin according to whom almost 90% of the bodies found are civilians.

Attorney General Andrey Kostin then specified that the number of bodies refers to the overall findings of the last two months. «In the liberated territories of the Kharkiv, Kherson and Donetsk regions, and this alone in the last two months, more than 700 bodies have been found. And almost 90% of them are civilians,” Kostin said.

21:26 – Media: Moscow-Tehran agreement to produce drones in Russia

Moscow has reached an agreement with Tehran to begin the production of unmanned drones in Russian territory, in order to avoid sanctions. The rival Washington Post, citing intelligence information seen by security agencies of the US and other Western countries. The agreement was finalized during a meeting in Iran at the beginning of November and now the two countries are moving quickly to transfer the production line to Russia and start operations within months.

The agreement, if fully implemented, represents a further strengthening of the Russia-Iran alliance which has provided crucial support to the lame military campaign in Ukraine, according to the newspaper. Moscow has used more than 400 Iranian-made drones against Ukrainian civilian infrastructure since August, according to the WP. The WP obtained a comment from the spokeswoman for the National Security Council. «Iran and Russia can lie to the world but they cannot hide the facts: Tehran is helping to kill Ukrainian civilians by supplying weapons and assisting Russia in its operations. It’s another sign of how isolated Iran and Russia are,” she said. “The US and its allies and partners are pursuing all means to disclose, prevent and address the Iranian supply of these munitions and their use by Russia against the Ukrainian people,” he added.

November 20, 2022 (change November 20, 2022 | 10:47 am)

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