While much of the fighting in Ukraine is concentrated in the east and south, the capital of Kiev and its environs in the north-central region is under attack of a different kind – one that relies on suffering and disruption as weapons.
Under pressure from Russian attacks that have destroyed 40% of the country’s energy infrastructure, Ukraine’s electricity operator has declared a rolling blackout for six other surrounding regions, including Kyiv and Kharkiv. Unplanned emergency outages are also expected.
“We are doing everything to prevent this,” Mayor Vitaly Klitschko told state media. “But let’s be frank, our enemies are leaving the city without heat, without electricity, without water supply, in general, everything, so we all die. And the future of the country and the future of each of us depends on it. We are prepared for different situations.”
Power outages caused by Russia’s drone and missile strikes have affected 16 provinces and forced Kyiv officials to consider mass evacuations. He plans to set up about 1,000 heating shelters but notes that is not enough for the city’s 3 million people. The average temperature of Kiev in winter ranges from 20 to 30.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address on Sunday night that some 4.5 million people had lost power and told the nation: “We must get through this winter and come out stronger in the spring than now.”
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► The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was reconnected to Ukraine’s power grid on Sunday, three days after fighting in the region knocked it offline, forcing the use of emergency diesel generators to keep vital cooling systems running.
►Russian authorities continue to evacuate the southern city of Kherson, sending a warning phone message Sunday to residents to head to the east coast in anticipation of a major battle with Ukrainian forces. Russian forces, though less visible, “are heavily dug in there,” said Natalya Humenyuk, a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s southern military.
►The 15,000 remaining residents of the eastern city of Bakhmut have been living under constant shelling for months that has intensified in recent weeks, with no water or electricity, local media reported.
Iran has backtracked on its denials of supplying drones to Russia, and has questioned other statements that qualified access.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabadollahian told reporters in Tehran on Saturday that we had given Russia a limited number of drones a few months before the Ukraine war.
Amirbadollahian added that Iran had no knowledge of Russia’s drone attack on Ukraine, adding: “We will not be indifferent to this issue if we prove that Russia used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine.”
This flies in the face of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards who vaguely boast of supplying drones to the world’s top powers.
Since last month, Russia has engaged in a campaign to destroy Ukrainian power plants and other civilian targets, relying on explosive drones that cost $20,000 each, or 50 times less than a cruise missile. Russia has rebranded the drone but there is evidence that it is an Iranian-made Shahed.
Both Russia and Iran, which insist on remaining neutral in the war, rejected the shipment of unmanned aerial vehicles. The United States and its Western allies at the United Nations Security Council have called on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to investigate whether Russia used Iranian drones to attack civilians in Ukraine.
“The whole world will know that Iran’s power is helping Russia prolong this war,” Zelensky said on Sunday.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who has warned the Kremlin that using nuclear weapons in Ukraine would have “terrible consequences” for Russia, has held confidential talks with President Vladimir Putin’s top aides to avoid escalating the war. Expanding, The The Wall Street Journal reported sunday
The purpose of the talks in recent months was not to negotiate a peace deal but to maintain open lines of communication and reduce the risk of using unconventional weapons in war, the newspaper said, citing US and allied officials.
Sullivan Visited Kiev It expressed “unwavering and unwavering” US support for Ukraine even after Friday and Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Russia may oust the commanders of all its military districts before the end of the year.
The latest to be cast aside was Colonel General Alexander Lapin, who appears to have been replaced as head of the Central Military District by Major General Alexander Linkov. According to the British Ministry of Defence.
The ministry pointed out that the commanders of Russia’s Eastern, Southern and Western military districts have already been replaced since the invasion of Ukraine began in February.
“These dismissals reflect a pattern of blaming senior Russian military commanders for failing to achieve Russian objectives on the battlefield,” the ministry said. “This is in part an attempt to deflect and deflect blame from the Russian senior leadership at home.’ ‘
Contributed by: Associated Press