Russian attack on residential, medical buildings in Kherson kills 2, injures 4

Russian troops launched a devastating artillery assault on Kherson, causing extensive damage to a residential building and targeting two critical medical institutions, as reported by local authorities on December 3.

Tragically, the attack claimed the life of one woman and left four individuals injured, according to the Kherson Oblast Prosecutor’s Office. The incident unfolded at approximately 3:30 p.m., sending shockwaves through the community.

Initially, Roman Mrochko, the head of the city’s military administration, reported the grim news around 4 p.m., indicating that two persons had lost their lifes, and three more were wounded. The gravity of the situation was further underscored by Kherson Oblast Governor Oleksandr Prokudin on Telegram, revealing that the assault had targeted two vital medical facilities within the city.

Regrettably, no additional details have emerged thus far, leaving the community grappling with the aftermath of this tragic event.

It's important to note that the assault occurred despite Ukraine's Armed Forces successfully liberating Kherson and other regional settlements west of the Dnipro River during the fall 2022 counteroffensive. The Russian forces, pushed east of the river, have continued to unleash attacks on the reclaimed territories, leading to a distressing pattern of civilian casualties and injuries. The situation underscores the ongoing challenges faced by the affected regions and the urgent need for a resolution to bring about peace and stability.

Ministry reports power outages in over 900 settlements due to weather, war

Severe weather conditions and targeted attacks have plunged more than 500 settlements across a dozen Ukrainian regions into darkness, with an additional 400 affected by power disruptions caused by Russian assaults and equipment malfunctions, according to the Energy Ministry's report on December 3.

The situation is particularly dire in Lviv, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts, where strong and gusty winds have exacerbated the challenges. Lviv Oblast alone has seen 41,000 households in 388 settlements left without power.

Despite the adversity, the Energy Ministry reassured the public that repairs are actively underway to restore power to the affected areas.

The ministry highlighted that 422 settlements are grappling with power outages directly attributed to hostilities and technological disruptions. This underscores the dual challenges faced by Ukrainian communities, where both natural elements and deliberate attacks are contributing to the widespread power disruptions.

In response to the crisis, the State Emergency Service reported on December 2 that over 500 first responders, supported by 330 equipment units, have been tirelessly working over the past week to repair and reinstate the power supply. This collaborative effort reflects the resilience and dedication of emergency services in addressing the immediate needs of the affected regions, emphasizing the importance of swift and coordinated responses in times of crisis.

Russian forces hit over 100 settlements in Ukraine, injuring 3 over the past day

Russian forces intensified their aggression over the past day, launching attacks on over 100 settlements across 10 Ukrainian regions, resulting in three civilian injuries, as reported by regional officials and the Ukrainian military on December 3.

The affected regions—Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Mykolaiv, and Kherson oblasts—witnessed a barrage of attacks involving various weaponry, including artillery, multiple rocket launchers, tanks, and guided bombs.

In the southern region of Kherson Oblast, one civilian was injured as Russian forces conducted 76 attacks within the past day, according to Governor Oleksandr Prokudin's morning report on December 3. Simultaneously, in northern Chernihiv Oblast, two civilians were injured, and a house was destroyed in Oleksandrivka, as reported by Ukraine's Northern Command.

Kherson, the regional capital, bore the brunt of 27 attacks, resulting in damage to a plant and a power line, as disclosed by the local governor.

Zaporizhzhia Oblast faced a relentless assault, with Russian forces targeting 19 settlements and launching a staggering 86 attacks within the past day, according to Governor Yurii Malashko's report on December 3.

Further aggression was witnessed in the front-line town of Nikopol and the Chervonohryhorivka community in neighboring Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, where heavy artillery attacks were reported by Governor Serhii Lysak.

In northeastern Kharkiv Oblast, Russian forces struck at least 16 settlements, including a five-story residential building in Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi, a front-line town, as reported by Governor Oleh Syniehubov.

Fortunately, no casualties were reported in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. However, comprehensive casualty and damage data for other Ukrainian regions are pending publication, underscoring the urgent need for continued monitoring and support in the face of escalating hostilities.