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Blowing up strategic railroad in Russia and Lavrov's boycott in the OSCE - Thursday brief

Blowing up strategic railroad in Russia and Lavrov's boycott in the OSCE - Thursday brief Photo: Collage by RBC-Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) staged an explosion on the Baikal-Amur Mainline in Russian Buryatia. On the first day of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Skopje, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov boycotted, and there was support for Ukraine.

RBC-Ukraine has compiled the main news for November 30.

Russia's war against Ukraine: Latest news

Security Service blows up Russia strategic railroad, it leads to China - Sources

Tonight, an explosion occurred on the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) in Buryatia. This was a successful operation by the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), which paralyzed the only significant railway connection between Russia and China, according to RBC-Ukraine's sources.

According to our information, four explosive devices were detonated during the movement of a freight train. Currently, the Federal Security Service (FSB) is on-site, and railway workers are unsuccessfully trying to minimize the consequences of the special operation.

Lavrov's boycott and support for Ukraine at the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting

On November 30, the first day of the meeting of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Ministerial Council took place in the capital of North Macedonia, Skopje. It was marked by the boycott of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his ask to "leave him alone", and assurances of European partners in support of Ukraine.

On the first day of the European ministers' summit, the EU delegation to the OSCE published a statement condemning Russian aggression. The statement was supported by over 30 countries, including North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, San Marino, and Ukraine.

Netherlands to provide Ukraine with €2.7B in additional aid by 2024

The Netherlands announced plans to provide an additional €2.5 billion in aid to support Ukraine in its war with Russia next year, states the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Hanke Bruins Slot.

Earlier, the Dutch Ministry of Defense noted that these funds would help meet Ukraine's needs for ammunition and support already delivered platforms and systems.

Explosions rock in north of Crimea near key airbase

During the day on November 30, explosions were heard in Dzhankoy, located in the northern part of the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula, where the occupiers have an airfield.

Residents mentioned on social media that the explosions were heard in Dzhankoy and the Dzhankoy district. However, there was no accurate information about the causes and circumstances of the blows. The occupying authorities of the Russian-occupied Crimea did not comment on the situation either.

Proposal of €50 billion for Ukraine faces no objections - EU Commissioner

European Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn stated that the European Commission's proposal to provide Ukraine with €50 billion (USD 54.6 billion) in loans and grants over the next four years is unopposed by any EU country.

U.S. delays transfer of long-range GLSDB missiles to Ukraine

According to Reuters, the United States is postponing until next year the transfer of the first large batch of Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB) to Ukraine. These bombs can hit targets up to about 160 km.

According to the agency, delivery to the United States by Boeing, the main contractor for GLSDB, will occur at the end of December, followed by several months of testing before shipment to Ukraine.

Zelenskyy's trips to the Kupiansk direction, to Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhia

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived at the Kupiansk direction in the Kharkiv region. The head of state visited the forward command post and held a meeting with the military.

Later, Zelenskyy held a series of important meetings in Zaporizhzhia. Among other things, he discussed strengthening border territories. The president also listened to reports from regional authorities and all relevant military leaders.

Norway allocates over €21 million to ensure food security in Ukraine

The Norwegian government announced the allocation of 200 million Norwegian kroner (EUR 17 million) to the World Food Programme, including the humanitarian food program "Grain from Ukraine." Another 50 million Norwegian kroner (4.2 million euros) will be transferred to the World Bank's Ukraine Fund.

Democrats have no backup plan if Biden refuses a second term, Reuters reports

The Democratic Party of the United States has not prepared a "Plan B" in case the incumbent President, Joe Biden, decides not to participate in future presidential elections.

Supporters of the president are confident that the party does not need a contingency plan to defeat the likely Republican candidate, Donald Trump, whom Biden surpassed in the 2020 elections.