The Ukrainian military announced on November 3 that Ukrainian forces are facing Russian attacks in multiple locations, where heavy shelling and airstrikes have damaged infrastructure as Moscow intensified its offensive.
After shelling damaged the remaining high-voltage lines, the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine was again disconnected from the power grid, leaving it with only diesel generators, according to Ukraine's nuclear firm Enerhoatom.
Russian troops are conducting offensive operations in the Bakhmut, Avdiyivka, and Novopavlivka areas of the Donetsk region, according to a briefing given by the General Staff of the Ukrainian armed forces on November 3.
Twelve settlements in Donetsk and the neighboring Luhansk region were attacked by Russia. The Ukrainian forces repelled the attacks, according to the military.
In Luhansk, the Ukrainian military has alleged that Russian forces are employing civilians as human shields. It was not possible to independently confirm the claim.
There were also reports of Russian strikes in the central region of Kryviy Rih and the northeastern cities of Sumy and Kharkiv.
"The enemy is concentrating its efforts on restraining the actions of the defense forces in certain areas," according to the Ukrainian military.
In recent weeks, Russia has targeted Ukrainian civilian and energy infrastructure, causing power and water outages and civilian casualties.
Russia continues to deny targeting civilians, even though the conflict has killed thousands, displaced millions, and leveled several Ukrainian cities.
In the south, the Ukrainian counteroffensive has forced Russian forces to fight for their positions around Kherson, on the right bank of the Dnieper.
The Ukrainian military reported that authorities installed by Moscow have urged residents to evacuate.
It was stated that residents of Nova Zburiyvka were given three days to evacuate and that mandatory evacuation would begin on November 5.
The Russian government has repeatedly asserted that Ukraine may be planning to attack the massive Kakhovka dam on the Dnieper and flood the region. Kyiv refutes this.
Two U.S. officials told CBS News on November 2 that senior Russian military leaders discussed how and when they might employ nuclear weapons on the battlefield in Ukraine last month.
They told CBS News that President Vladimir Putin was not involved in the discussions.
In recent months, the White House has expressed "increasing concern" regarding the potential use of nuclear weapons. However, it was emphasized that Washington saw no indications that Russia was preparing such a weapon.
Putin escalated his anti-Western and anti-nuclear rhetoric in September, stating that Russia could use all available means to defend itself and the occupied Ukrainian territories.