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Strategic Digest Vo. 4 No. 22, 16 November 2022

16 November 2022

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On 09 Nov 2022, General Surovikin, Commander of Russian Forces in Ukraine informed Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defence minister in a televised briefing that Russia’s position in Kherson had become untenable and the “most sensible option” in the circumstances would be to establish a new defensive line on the eastern side of the Dnieper river. [...] In early October Ukrainian troops made breakthroughs in the northern part of the front, eventually bringing the front line to within 30km of the city and Russia’s grip on the city of Kherson appears increasingly fragile Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson, a narrow finger of sand at the mouth of the Dnipro River south of Kherson known as Kinburn Spit has become an area of focus. [...] The White House said the leaders "agreed to empower key senior officials to maintain communication and deepen constructive efforts." Netanyahu’s New Government in Israel Recently concluded 20th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Israeli President Isaac Herzog invited Benjamin Netanyahu to form the government on 13 November, after he secured the support of 64 out of the 1. [...] In his earlier terms in the government, he helped entrench the occupation of the West Bank, empowered the far right and oversaw the collapse of peace negotiations with the Palestinians. [...] Analysts, though, note that the new Israeli prime minister may not undo the agreement, widely seen as beneficial to Israel, especially in the context of energy security implications in the aftermath of the ongoing Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

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