17-year-old deported to Russia from Mariupol will return to Ukraine
Bohdan Yermokhin, a 17-year-old Ukrainian boy forcibly deported from occupied Mariupol by Russian authorities, is set to return to Ukraine. The announcement was made by Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets on Nov. 10. Yermokhin, who was conscripted into the Russian military after being deported, recorded a video appeal to President Zelensky for help when he received a summons to a military recruitment center. He had been living with a foster family in Moscow Oblast. The arrangements for his return and reunion with his sister have been confirmed by Lubinets. The case highlights the broader issue of forcibly deported Ukrainian children by Russia, with arrest warrants issued for Russian authorities by the International Criminal Court.
Russian missile launched at Kyiv downed by Patriot
On the morning of Nov. 11, a Russian ballistic missile targeted Kyiv, but it was successfully intercepted and shot down by a Patriot air defense system, according to the Ukrainian Air Force. It's not yet confirmed whether the missile used was of the Iskander or S-400 type. This incident marked the first missile strike on Kyiv by Russian forces in 52 days. The activation of air defenses and an air raid siren were heard in the city around 8 a.m., but there were no reported damages or casualties. The Patriot systems, received from the U.S. and Germany, have proven effective against advanced Russian missiles. Germany has pledged to deliver another Patriot system to Ukraine in preparation for increased missile attacks during the winter.
Russian attacks on energy infrastructure impact 6 oblasts, thousands without power
Russian attacks have hit energy infrastructure in various locations across Ukraine, resulting in power outages for thousands of people in six different oblasts, according to Ukraine's Energy Ministry on Nov. 11. In Sumy Oblast, Russian shelling caused a substation to catch fire, affecting over 2,500 people. In Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, a power transmission line was disconnected, leaving over 1,000 without electricity. Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Chernihiv oblasts also experienced power outages due to Russian strikes. Repair efforts were ongoing, with power restored to over 3,600 people. Despite the attacks, the ministry stated that the electricity supply was sufficient to meet consumer and industrial needs. Ukraine has been fortifying its energy infrastructure in anticipation of increased Russian strikes during the winter.
One killed, five injured in 62 Russian attacks on Kherson Oblast
Russian forces launched 62 attacks on Kherson Oblast in Ukraine over the past day, resulting in one civilian killed and five injured, according to Governor Oleksandr Prokudin on Nov. 12. The attacks involved artillery barrages, mortar fire, tanks, grenades, drones, and missiles. The city of Kherson, which was liberated a year ago, was targeted 22 times on the anniversary of its liberation. One civilian was reported killed, and another was injured in Kherson due to Russian mortar fire. The regional library in Kherson was also damaged in one of the attacks, with a missile likely launched from a Russian Su-35 fighter jet, according to the regional prosecutor's office.