Russia continues to reckon with the economic ramifications of labor shortages partially resulting from the war in Ukraine.
Ukraine's Western partners continue efforts to provide Ukraine with military and economic support.
President Alexander Lukashenko discussed deepening Belarusian-Chinese
relations with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China on
United Russia State Duma deputies and Federation Council senators
proposed a bill to introduce criminal punishments for leaking personal
data, likely as part of ongoing efforts to control the Russian
information space ahead of the March 2024 Russian presidential
Kremlin likely continues efforts to insert itself into power vacuums in
several African countries as Wagner Group elements continue to operate
in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Oblast Governor Alexander Gusev confirmed on December 4 the death of
Russian 14th Army Corps Deputy Commander Major General Vladimir Zavadsky
forces conducted offensive operations along the
Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line, near Bakhmut, near Avdiivka, west and
southwest of Donetsk City, in the Donetsk-Zaporizhia Oblast border area,
and in western Zaporizhia Oblast and advanced in some areas on December
Select Russian Duma deputies appear to be at odds over the issue of extending Russian conscript service.
Presidental Administration Head for Domestic Policy Andrei Yarin
reportedly visited occupied Ukraine as part of ongoing efforts to
legitimize Russian authority over occupied Ukraine ahead of the March
2024 Russian presidential election.