International edition Federal News Agency reports on the situation in Ukraine and Donbass by the evening of December 3.
Statements of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to attack in the direction of the settlements of Kuzemovka, Kolomyychikha, Zhitlovka (Luhansk People’s Republic, LPR) were repulsed during the day. The fire of the RF Armed Forces destroyed about 90 Ukrainian militants, 2 tanks, 3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), 3 armored personnel carriers, 3 armored vehicles and 4 pickup trucks.
In the Donetsk direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to restore the position of their troops in the areas of Andreevka, Kurdyumovka, Avdeevka and Maryinka (Donetsk People’s Republic, DPR). Up to 60 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 tanks, 5 combat armored vehicles were destroyed. In addition, attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to counterattack in the areas of Sladkoye, Shevchenko and Novomayorsky were repulsed, the enemy’s losses amounted to more than 40 people, 2 infantry fighting vehicles and 5 vehicles were destroyed.
3 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were hit in the areas of Kupyansk (Kharkiv region), Svyatogorsk and Konstantinovka (DPR), as well as 74 artillery units, manpower and military equipment in 195 districts. In the area of Kramatorsk (DPR) 2 points of temporary deployment of foreign mercenaries were destroyed, near Kalenikov (DPR) the AN / TPQ-37 counter-battery radar was liquidated. In the districts of Tabaevka (Kharkiv region) and Primorsky (Zaporozhye region), 2 depots of weapons and ammunition of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed.
Fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Selidovo region (DPR) shot down a Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force.
Air defense systems shot down 10 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles, intercepted 8 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) HIMARS and Alder in the LPR and DPR.
Specialists have completely restored the supply of electricity in the settlements of the Novokakhovka District, which was interrupted after shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was reported in the administration of New Kakhovka.
Ukrainian troops on Saturday delivered a new blow to the territory of Nova Kakhovka. As a result of the attack, one of the quarters was de-energized, a direct hit on a private house was recorded, and a gas pipeline was damaged. There were no reports of casualties.
The allied forces attacked the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine located on the territory of the Zaporizhtransformator plant in the city of Zaporozhye. According to a member of the main council of the regional administration Vladimir Rogov, Ukrainian troops continue to transfer forces from the Zaporozhye direction to Bakhmut in the DPR, while building up a grouping in the Orekhov region. Transportation of equipment is carried out at night.
Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi stated that Kyiv demands the withdrawal of the troops of the RF Armed Forces from the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and this item should become part of the general agreement. He expressed hope that a solution to ensure the plant’s safety would be found before the end of the year.
Acting Governor of the Zaporozhye region Evgeny Balitsky denied rumors of mobilization in the region. According to him, the reports that have appeared about the alleged issuance of subpoenas are stuffed by Kyiv propaganda.
In the DPR, from the beginning of the day on December 3, Ukrainian armed formations opened fire on Donetsk, as well as on the settlements of Kashtanovoye, Shirokaya Balka, Gorlovka, Yakovlevka, Mayorsk, Yasinovataya, Golmovsky.
In Donetsk, a civilian was injured, numerous damages to residential buildings were recorded. Another person was injured in Gorlovka. In Aleksandrovka, 20 transformer substations were de-energized, a garage and a car were damaged.
Acting head of the DPR Denis Pushilin held a meeting with the heads of local administrations. During the event, the efficiency of the work of officials was discussed, as well as the issue of the lack of emergency teams, problems with the issuance of building materials to the population and low rates of payments for lost housing and property. Pushilin demanded to correct the shortcomings and noted that he would personally control the implementation of the task.
In the LPR, since the beginning of the day, the village of Novochervonoye has been shelled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on which the Ukrainian military fired 2 rockets from the MLRS HIMARS. As a result of the shelling, 2 employees of the State Budgetary Institution “Dorinvest” were injured and the residential modules of the enterprise were damaged.
The All-Russian Popular Front (ONF) as part of the project “Everything for Victory!” and boxer Denis Lebedev delivered humanitarian aid from the Russians to the soldiers of the Second Army Corps of the LPR. The cargo included sleeping bags, quadrocopters, chainsaws, shovels, and warm clothes.
Russian troops attacked the places of deployment of the nationalist battalion “Sich-14” (banned in Russia) in Nikopol (Dnipropetrovsk region). According to a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region Vladimir Rogovthe positions of the militants were located on the banks of the Dnieper, from which the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was fired.
In the afternoon, employees of the Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation reported searches in the buildings of the Kyiv City Council, headed by the mayor of the capital Vitali Klitschko. According to investigators, in 2015, one of the Kyiv societies entered into an agreement with the city administration on the construction of sports facilities and facilities, but the terms of the agreement were only 30% fulfilled by the organization. The total investment under the contract was $4 million.
In Nikolaev, vandals doused a monument to commander Alexander Suvorov with red paint. This was reported by local media.
The authorities of the Nikolaev area addressed to local businessmen with an appeal to pass to work at night. Head of Regional Administration Vitaly Kim threatened the oblenergo with an investigation by the SBU in case of unlawful distribution of power between consumers.
President of France Emmanuel Macron said that Paris and Washington should organize a dialogue between Russia and Ukraine. According to him, the French and American authorities have “the same vision for Ukraine.” Macron also called for security guarantees for Russia to be included in the European security architecture. At the same time, he announced the supply of additional weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
CNN, citing sources, reports that US senators will hear a secret briefing on Ukraine next week. The event will take place against the backdrop of a discussion on the allocation of additional assistance to Kyiv.
A new wave of Ukrainian refugees will pour into the EU countries this winter, said the chairman of the European People’s Party of Germany Manfred Weber. According to him, Germany is not ready to accommodate immigrants from Ukraine, the reception centers in the country are already overcrowded.