World: Ukraine Situation Report: Possible Drone Boat Attack On Russian Port

Kherson Diary: No power, no water but the joy just flows

  Kherson Diary: No power, no water but the joy just flows KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — During the long, long months when Russian forces were in charge, the national flag was contraband. Only rarely and in the privacy of his own home did Yevhen Teliezhenko dare bring out his prized possession, the banned yellow-and-blue of Ukraine. Now the Russians are gone, forced out of his southern city of Kherson, and the 73-year-old is making up for all that lost time. He and his wife are driving around the city, flying their flag and — with the enthusiasm of teenagers — asking Ukrainian soldiers who liberated them to autograph it.

Unconfirmed footage of what is claimed to be a Ukrainian 'kamikaze' drone attack on Sheskharis Harbor in Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiysk has been published online by Russian media outlets.

Ukraine Situation Report: Possible Drone Boat Attack On Russian Port © Provided by The Drive Ukraine Situation Report: Possible Drone Boat Attack On Russian Port

The video appears to be from a closed-circuit television camera system that is trained on the harbor over a road. Cars can be seen driving across the frame before an explosion occurs pierside on the far side of the harbor.

It is impossible to see what sort of craft was used in the attack. A second clip — which comes after the first in the video embedded below — shows another angle of the blast.

The Ukraine war in maps | Russia launches largest missile attack of the conflict against key infrastructure

  The Ukraine war in maps | Russia launches largest missile attack of the conflict against key infrastructure A Ukrainian Air Force spokesman said that around 100 cruise missiles targeted 13 provinces. NATO says it is ‘very likely’ that the projectile that hit Poland was fired by Kyiv’s defense systemsA spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force said that around 100 cruise missiles had been launched at mainly civilian infrastructure targets in the provinces of Kyiv, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Lviv, Khmelnytskyi, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, Volyn and Kharkiv.

Ukraine Situation Report: Possible Drone Boat Attack On Russian Port © Provided by The Drive Ukraine Situation Report: Possible Drone Boat Attack On Russian Port

Ukraine already has deployed the low-slung drone boats, which resemble kayaks and have a claimed range of about 500 miles, in an unprecedented attack on the Russian Navy's base in Sevastopol on the occupied Crimean Peninsula last month. Through a crowdfunding campaign, Ukrainian authorities hope to raise money enough to buy 100 of the black uncrewed surface vessels.

Ukraine is putting the deadly drone boats into full production. (United24)

The boats are propelled by jet drives similar to those that power personal watercraft. They sport multiple camera systems, long-range communications, and bow-mounted impact detonation sensors. The War Zone examined the drone boats’ capabilities in depth in this previous piece.

Where's Putin? Leader leaves bad news on Ukraine to others

  Where's Putin? Leader leaves bad news on Ukraine to others TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When Russia's top military brass announced in a televised appearance that they were pulling troops out of the key city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, one man missing from the room was President Vladimir Putin. As Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Gen. Sergei Surovikin, Russia’s chief commander in Ukraine, stiffly recited the reasons for the retreat in front of the cameras on Nov. 9, Putin was touring a neurological hospital in Moscow, watching a doctor perform brain surgery. © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Wednesday, Nov.

It is not clear what the drone boat, if that was what was depicted in the video, struck if anything. With a maximum speed of up to 50 miles per hour – very fast for a surface vessel – and a combat payload of 400 pounds, the boats are lethal adversaries for Russian surface ships and port infrastructure. One of the boats was first seen when it washed ashore in Crimea in September.

Ukraine Situation Report: Possible Drone Boat Attack On Russian Port © Provided by The Drive Ukraine Situation Report: Possible Drone Boat Attack On Russian Port

The first image of one of these boats, at the time mysterious, emerged in September after one washed up on a rocky spit in Crimea.

Coders In Fighter Squadrons Likely Coming As Drone Revolution Looms

  Coders In Fighter Squadrons Likely Coming As Drone Revolution Looms Advanced autonomy is key to the Air Force's future drone plans, but humans will still make key decisions like about when to fire weapons.However, humans are expected to remain heavily 'in the loop' for the foreseeable future when it comes to certain sensitive tasks, especially decisions about whether or not to employ lethal force. To program all this, fighter squadrons could end up with coders and data scientists rapidly reprogramming autonomous drone brains between missions.

Ukraine claims previous attacks made with the drone boats damaged at least three Russian warships, but those claims are still unproven. Regardless, they have sent a chilling effect through Russia's Black Sea Fleet operations and additional defenses have been installed in Sevastopol, Crimea, where the fleet is headquartered. But Sheskharis is far from Sevastopol and even farther from Ukrainian-held territory, for that matter. Unless launched via sea, the boat would have had to travel nearly 400 miles to reach its target. If this was the case, it means ports that were safe havens for Russian marine traffic are now under direct threat of maritime attack. This would mean the drone boats are now joining Ukraine's 'Alibaba drones' as long-range weapons capable of striking well into Russian territory.

Google Earth

Before we get into the many other details of how the war progressed over the past 24 hours, be sure to visit our previous rolling coverage of the conflict here.

The Latest

William A. LaPlante, the Pentagon’s chief weapon buyer, on Nov. 18 chaired the second meeting of the National Armaments Directors (NADs) from member nations of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) in Brussels. He was joined by NADs and representatives from 45 nations, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Participants discussed accelerated sourcing, production, procurement, and sustainment of capabilities critical to Ukraine's defense against Russia's unlawful invasion, according to a statement from Department of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman.Discussions among the military-industrial leaders focused on providing Ukraine with four capabilities:

'I thought I was going to die': Abuses widespread in Ukraine

  'I thought I was going to die': Abuses widespread in Ukraine KYSELIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — For 10 days, Alesha Babenko was locked in a basement and regularly beaten by Russian soldiers. Bound, blindfolded and threatened with electric shocks, the 27-year-old pleaded for them to stop. “I thought I was going to die,” he told The Associated Press. In September, Babenko and his 14-year-old nephew, Vitaliy Mysharskiy, were arrested by Russian soldiers who occupied his village of Kyselivka in Ukraine's southern“I thought I was going to die,” he told The Associated Press.

ground-based, long-range firesair defense systemsair-to-ground capabilitiessustainment support.

“In each area, the U.S. delegation and international partners shared progress toward mapping current global production capacity of key capabilities and component parts, and identifying associated supply chain and production constraints,” Gorman said in a statement. “The discussion set the stage for member countries to collaborate on increasing production and identifying opportunities to create interoperability between systems. In addition, the NADs discussed building sustainment capacity in Ukraine, including forward repair activity, access to spares, and other sustainment enablers.”  Given the relatively large amount of ammunition either delivered or on offer to Ukraine through the past nine months of conflict, LaPlante noted “significant national-level investment and support to countries' respective industrial bases, as well as multi-national coordination to strengthen defense production and sustainment capacity.”

Ukraine Situation Report: Possible Drone Boat Attack On Russian Port © Provided by The Drive Ukraine Situation Report: Possible Drone Boat Attack On Russian Port

NADs discussed innovative solutions to collaborate at the multi-national level, including mechanisms to aggregate demand for certain capabilities, establish international funds to invest in production and procurement, identify co-production opportunities with the Ukrainian defense industrial base, and provide additional sustainment and maintenance support to international coordination centers. NADs agreed to reconvene in early 2023 to share progress on these and other initiatives, Gorman said.

More than 3,500 Russian soldiers have called Ukraine's surrender helpline, official says

  More than 3,500 Russian soldiers have called Ukraine's surrender helpline, official says The "I Want to Live" hotline was launched just before Putin announced a mass mobilization of reservists. Ukraine says it's had thousands of queries.Government officials on Tuesday said water had been fully restored, but some 20,000 apartments in the Kyiv region remained in the dark — an increasingly common reality for many Ukrainians as Russia targets the country's energy and power sources in an effort to freeze the country out as autumn turns to winter.

Back to the conflict, Russian forces conducted yet another massive wave of missile strikes throughout Ukraine on Nov. 17, according to the Institute for the Study of War's most recent assessment of the conflict. "Russian forces in eastern Kherson Oblast are likely partially vulnerable to a Ukrainian interdiction campaign," the ISW assessed. The think tank's latest maps of the frontlines show both sides holding relatively stable positions as winter set in on the country.

Winter threatens a new wrinkle for both armies in the field. Snow fell for the first time this year on Nov. 18, as seen in the video below.

The cold weather presents an especially tough challenge for poorly equipped Russian conscript troops, some of which appear to be sheltering in makeshift tents made from plastic sheeting strung between trees.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continue to receive copious amounts of weapons and ammunition from its NATO supporters. Most recently, Slovakian Defense Minister Jaro Nad confirmed a seventh Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzer arrived in Ukraine on a flatbed truck.

Ukraine Situation Report: Germany Deploying Patriots To Poland's Border

  Ukraine Situation Report: Germany Deploying Patriots To Poland's Border Ukraine hopes that the Patriot battery Germany will send to Poland can protect its skies from Russia as well.“I accepted with satisfaction the proposal of the German Minister of Defense regarding the deployment of additional Patriot missile launchers in our country,” Blaszczak said in a tweet. “During today's telephone conversation with the German side, I will propose that the system be stationed at the border with Ukraine.

As they explore territory liberated from occupying Russian forces, Ukrainian troops continue to find physical reminders of combat from months past, like the twisted and almost unrecognizable remains of a Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter that was shot down when Russian forces still occupied the right back of the Dnipro River, in Kherson Oblast. The attack helicopters have born the brunt of Russian rotorcraft casualties during the war.

Ukrainian Soldiers of the 121st Territorial Defense Brigade found this huge, apparently out-of-service Russian 2S19M2 Msta-SM2 152mm self-propelled artillery cannon in Kherson Oblast.

Ukrainian forces also found a Russian 2S23 Nona-SVK self-propelled mortar in better physical shape and were able to press it into service.

Elsewhere, Russian troops publicized the destruction wrought by a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M30E1 Alternate Warhead, which is basically a precision-guided 200-pound shotgun shell packed with 160,000 tungsten balls. Those fragments scatter when they explode above a target, firing them through everything in their path from engine blocks to tires to windshields to human flesh, as can be seen in the video below.

After Russian retreat, Ukrainian military plans next move

  After Russian retreat, Ukrainian military plans next move KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian sniper adjusted his scope and fired a.50-caliber bullet at a Russian soldier across the Dnieper River. Earlier, another Ukrainian used a drone to scan for Russian troops. Two weeks after retreating from the southern city of Kherson, Russia is pounding the town with artillery as it digs in across the Dnieper River. Ukraine is striking back at Russian troops with its own long-distance weapons, and Ukrainian officers say they want to capitalize on their momentum.The Russian withdrawal from the only provincial capital it gained in nine months of war was one of Moscow's most significant battlefield losses.

Here we see what the M31's unitary warhead can do in terms of extreme accuracy.

We also got a good look at a T-64 in action.

The Polish government decided to disallow Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov to enter Poland for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ministerial meeting in Lodz scheduled for Dec. 1-2.

That's it for now. We will update this post in any major news that happens before our next update.

Contact the author: [email protected]

After Russian retreat, Ukrainian military plans next move .
KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian sniper adjusted his scope and fired a.50-caliber bullet at a Russian soldier across the Dnieper River. Earlier, another Ukrainian used a drone to scan for Russian troops. Two weeks after retreating from the southern city of Kherson, Russia is pounding the town with artillery as it digs in across the Dnieper River. Ukraine is striking back at Russian troops with its own long-distance weapons, and Ukrainian officers say they want to capitalize on their momentum.The Russian withdrawal from the only provincial capital it gained in nine months of war was one of Moscow's most significant battlefield losses.

See also