Top US general Mark Milley said over 100,000 Russian soldiers have been "killed and wounded" in Ukraine since February. US President Joe Biden responded to Russia's order to withdraw from Kherson saying it shows “real problems” with the Russian military.
Russian-installed governor of Kherson says heavy fighting underway as the Ukrainian military is trying to advance north of the region. A Russian journalist has admitted that Moscow’s forces are “advancing 3 centimetres a day” in Donetsk.
Ukraine’s Presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, has said that Kyiv is ready to negotiate with the next Russian president. Italian newspaper La Repubblica claims the US and NATO believe that peace talks on Ukraine would be possible if Kyiv takes back Kherson.
Russia says Ukrainian forces are concentrating a large number of tanks and armoured motor vehicles in the Kherson area. Meanwhile, a report by the Wall Street Journal, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had discussions with top aides of Putin.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on November 4, amid growing criticism back home. Is Berlin blinded by prospect of business deals with China? After Russia, Germany at risk of over-reliance on China?
US Defense Secretary has said he believes that Ukraine could retake the territory lost on the west side of the Dnipro river in Kherson. IAEA Chief Rafael Grossi said he found no evidence to prove Russia's “dirty bomb” accusations against Kyiv.
Israel’s longest serving PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, is set to return to power with a resounding victory in the elections. Experts say that though Netanyahu is a “close friend” of Putin, he is “a pragmatic politician” who can change his position. Will Israeli regime change prove to be lucrative for Ukraine?
Ukraine claims its military struck Russian air defence systems near the "Spartak" stadium in the occupied city of Kherson. The Melitopol Mayor says several explosions were heard in the city during the early hours of November 3.
Putin ally Dmitry Medvedev has said that only Russia’s victory in Ukraine will guarantee protection from a global conflict. Putin’s ally and founder of the Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has praised Zelensky in a rare admission.
The Russian Orthodox Church has been buying one property after another in Norway amid Russia and NATO intensifies. Experts say there is a possibility that such buildings may be used for activities other than religious purposes.
Putin said the strikes on Ukraine were "to an extent" a response to attacks on Sevastopol, warning "we can do more". The UK foreign secretary has warned Russia of "severe consequences" if it uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Russia has suspended participation in the UN-brokered Ukraine grain deal following drone attacks on its ships in Crimea. Moscow warned that the deployment of US nuclear bombs in Europe would lower the “nuclear threshold”.
Russia claims to have thwarted a massive drone attack on the Sevastopol port on October 28. The Russian Defence Ministry has accused the British navy of helping Ukraine plan the drone attack on Sevastopol.