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Heaviest Ukraine fighting rages in east, NATO seeks to sustain support against Russia

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Russian forces attempted to advance in eastern Ukraine, and trained tank, mortar, and artillery fire against Kherson in the South, according to the Ukrainian military. This was in response to Western allies trying to support Ukraine and its neighbors against Moscow.

According to the Pentagon, Raytheon was awarded a $1.2 million contract for six National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems for Ukraine (NASAMS).

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's foreign minister, said that his country required US-made Patriot missile defense systems to protect its civilian infrastructure. Russia has been heavily attacking Ukraine since the beginning of winter.

US Secretary-of-State Antony Blinken said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had directed "his ire & his fire" at Ukraine's civilian population. He warned Russia that Russia's strategy would fail to unite its supporters.

President Putin has set new goals for heat, water and electricity. They are being hit hard by him. "This brutalization of Ukraine's people are barbaric," Blinken said at a news conference in Bucharest after a two-day NATO meeting.

At the NATO foreign ministers meeting on Wednesday (30 November), allies pledged to support Moldova, Georgia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the face of Russian pressure, NATO Secretary-General Jens Steltenberg and ministers stated.

Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that the result showed NATO was not interested in a diplomatic and political solution to Ukraine.

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Russia invaded Ukraine nine month ago in what it called a "special military operations" to rid Ukraine from nationalists it considers danger. Russia is accused by the West and its allies of an unprovoked, imperialist land grab.

Ukraine directed all Kyiv's embassies to strengthen security following two bombs sent to the Ukrainian ambassador to Madrid and to an arms company in Spain, which makes rocket launchers for Ukraine. Spanish police stated that they are investigating a possible connection between the bombs. One of them injured an embassy security guard.

BATTLEGROUND

The Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine was the scene of the most fighting. Russian forces attempted to advance further and shelled many towns including Bakhmut, Soledar, and Opytne. This was according to the General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces, which made a Wednesday night statement.

It was reported that Russian forces occupied defensive positions on the southern front and fired mortar, artillery, and tank fire on Ukrainian positions.

According to the military, there was also battleground activity in central and northeast Ukraine.

Reuters could not verify battlefield reports.

"We are analysing and preparing countermeasures to the occupiers," President Volodymyr Zilenskiy said in a Wednesday evening address.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko was the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration. She stated that electricity had been restored for 65% of Kherson's consumers.

Zelenskiy stated Wednesday night that nearly six million Ukrainian customers, in the majority of regions, and in Kyiv, had no electricity.

DRONES

Yuriy Ignat, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force, stated that defence forces had destroyed 340 of the approximately 400 Iranian drones launched by Russia during the conflict.

He stated that the unmanned Iranian aerial vehicles have not been seen for two weeks. The first batch of them probably has already run out." he said to Ukraine's main television channel.

UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said that a deal was in place to resume Russian ammonia exports via a pipeline to a port at the Black Sea.

Griffiths said: "I think it's quite close, and we're edging toward it this week," at a conference.

The agreement was to ease global food shortages by allowing Ukraine to export its agricultural products from Black Sea ports. However, Russia stated that it still has its demands. With the assistance of Turkey, the United Nations brokered the agreement in July.

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