News And Information From Ukraine


Dispatches from Ukraine. Day 649.

Local news. Kherson region. The southern city of Kherson was attacked by on Dec. 3, its military administration said. Moscow forces shelled a residential area, killing at least two and injuring seven others. Over the last 24 hours, 25 Russian strikes hit across Kherson province, with the villages of Antonivka, Prydniprovs’ke, Sadove and Zelenivka bearing the brunt of the attack.

Donetsk region. In the early hours of Nov. 30, the Russian army launched multiple long-range, S-300 missiles at the towns of Pokrovsk, Novohrodivka and Myrnohrad in the eastern province of Donetsk. The regional posecutor’s office said that in Novohradivka, enemy rockets hit a three-story apartment building, killing at least three people. Rescuers discovered the bodies of two victims immediately on their arrival, with the search for survivors continuing over the next few days. On Dec. 4 they pulled the body of an eight-year-old girl from the rubble. Her parents are still missing. At least 10 civilians, including four children, were injured in the attack.

Two children, along with their parents, safely returned to Ukraine from the Russian-occupied territories, human rights activist Mykola Kuleba announced via the Telegram social media channel on Dec. 1. Their transfer was facilitated by Kuleba’s foundation, Save Ukraine, in collaboration with key Ukrainian government agencies. Russian-installed local administrators compelled the family to change their children’s Ukrainian birth certificates to Russian forms and were attempting to conscript the father into military service. “Fortunately, the family managed to escape and return to Ukraine,” Kuleba’s brief statement reads. “Now the family is safe.” Since the start of Moscow’s full-scale invasion, the Save Ukraine team has helped repatriate more than 213 Ukrainian children displaced by the hostilities.

Video footage capturing yet another execution of Ukrainian troops by Russian soldiers surfaced online on Dec. 2. In it, two unarmed soldiers seek to surrender to the Russian side after being ambushed. After leaving their dugout with their bare hands in the air, they are shot dead. Ukraine’s ombudsman for human rights, Dmytro Lubinets, said on Dec. 3 that he has already filed appeals to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations to duly consider the case and classify it as a war crime. “The Russian Federation must be punished for every such case of execution of surrendering Ukrainian soldiers!” Lubinets said in a statement. “I should note that these episodes are not rare – the same happened to Oleksandr Matsievskyi and Olenivka camp prisoners.”

World. Germany updated the list of military equipment it has provided to Ukraine so far in its war effort on Dec. 1. Additional deliveries to the Ukrainian armed forces included five drone detection systems, a mobile antenna mast system, thousands of 155mm ammunition rounds, transport vehicles of varying types, and more than 20 laser range finders. This support was made possible through federal funding: as of 2023, Germany’s allocations for such assistance has surpassed 5.4 billion euros ($5.85 billion). Apart from substantial aid to Ukraine, this funding is used to replenish depleted domestic military stocks and contribute to the European Peace Facility, a joint European defense fund, according to the German government’s statement.

Culture. Over 90 internationally acclaimed academics join efforts in a major new scholar effort in order to de-Russify history and get Ukraine out of Russia’s shadow from cultural and historic perspective.

A cohort of prominent international and Ukrainian scholars, including Yale University professor Timothy Snyder, Harvard University’s Serhii Plokhii, and Yaroslav Hrytsak, joined the recently launched Ukrainian History Global Initiative, which seeks to research and highlight the history of what is now Ukraine. Founded by Ukrainian philanthropist and businessman Victor Pinchuk, the London-based Initiative seeks to answer rather philosophical questions, such as “who are we? how was a nation possible?” This effort will involve “scholars from around the world in several disciplines, using traditional methods as well as new technology that helps us to handle the deep past,” noted Yale history professor Timothy Snyder. “‘Ukraine’ here is to be understood very broadly, as the lands and peoples, from the very beginning.”

By Daria Dzysiuk, Karina L. Tahiliani

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