Weekly roundup. Ukraine resists Russia’s invasion. Days 635-639

This week, fighting has continued all along the front lines. Russia launched missile and drone strikes at targets across Ukraine. Russian forces are on the offensive in the Avdiyivka and Kupyansk directions. Ukrainian troops continue operations on the left (east) bank of the Dnipro river in Kherson region, where they maintain a bridgehead. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited Kyiv on Monday. Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi attended this month’s meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in person.

Finland prepares to totally shut the border with Russia. Meanwhile Polish truckers continue to block roads to several border crossing points with Ukraine over what they see as unfair competition from their Ukrainian counterparts.

On November 21, Ukraine marked 10 years since the start of Euromaidan, or the Revolution of Dignity.

Fifty-five UN member states sign declaration marking 90th anniversary of Holodomor. Fifty-five UN member states and the EU delegation to the UN signed a Ukraine-led declaration at the United Nations commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, genocide against the Ukrainians in 1932–1933. “I am grateful to every member state that took this principled stance,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on X, formerly Twitter.

“The horrors of the Holodomor should serve as a clear reminder to current and future generations of the need to prevent such atrocities and attempts to weaponize food, which are one of the key components of Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine,” Kuleba said.

“It is important that the Holodomor is gaining increased attention at the UN, and the number of signatures has increased dramatically since the previous such document in 2018,” he added.