If Russia continues to target Ukraine’s energy, the mayor of Kyiv says that Kyiv residents should prepare for the worst during this winter. They could potentially go without heat and electricity, as well as water.
(Let’s be frank: Our enemies are doing everything possible so that the city is without heat, electricity, or running water in general as a way to get rid of all of us. If not all of us, then at least the majority of people,) Vitali Klitschko told state media.
Since last month, Russia has been attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in a systematic way, causing blackouts and power outages all over the country. A planned town-wide rotating blackout was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kyiv on Sunday.
Blackouts are also planned for Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, and Kharkiv in Ukraine.
Kyiv has plans to deploy 1,000 heating points across the city. However, they admit that this might not be enough for a city of 3 million people.
As Russia’s attacks on the capital increase, Ukrainian forces allow their views to spread southward. Just yesterday, residents of the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson received warnings in their phone messages urging them to evacuate as soon as possible.
Russian soldiers told civilians that the Ukrainian army was preparing for a massive attack and directed people to head to the city’s eastern side.
Russia is preparing for a Ukrainian counteroffensive to recapture the southern city of Kherson, which Russia captured during the first days of the invasion. In September, Russia annexed Kherson and three other regions in renouncing international law.
The Kremlin has already driven tens of thousands of civilians out of the city of Kherson.
Russia has been occupying and evacuating Kherson simultaneously, trying to get Ukrainians to leave when in fact they’re digging in. Nataliya Humenyuk, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian military in the South, told state TV.
(There are defense units that have dug in there quite strongly; a certain amount of equipment has been left behind, and firing positions have been set up,) the Vitali Klitschko said.
Russian forces are also entrenching themselves in a fiercely contested region to the east. This is worsening already harsh conditions for residents, who are also being attacked from the sky.
One civilian died and three were injured as a result of the shelling. The devastating strikes have almost completely destroyed power plants serving Bakhmut and nearby Soledar, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, the region’s Ukrainian governor.
Kyrylenko told state television that the destruction of Ukraine’s infrastructure is daily.
For nearly eight years, Russian-backed separatists controlled parts of Donetsk. Their ultimate goal was to create the self-proclaimed republic they called the Donetsk People’s Republic – one that isn’t recognized or supported by anyone else in the international community. Protecting this so-called republic has been one of Vladimir Putin’s justifications for invading Ukraine. His troops have been trying to capture the entire province since December 2014.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his evening video speech said, fighting continues on the Ukrainian front lines. Russia’s “greatest brutality” is focused on the Donetsk region.
A statement from the Russian president’s office said that on Saturday and Sunday, Russia had launched four missiles and 19 airstrikes against more than 35 villages in nine regions. The attacks killed two people and injured six.
In Donetsk and Bakhmut, there are only about 15,000 residents left because the city has been under constant shelling for months. Russian forces have had setbacks in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions in Ukraine. As shelling resumed after these failures, only 15,000 people remain.
The front line is now on the outskirts of Bakhmut, and mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a mysterious Russian military company, are protecting it.
The founder of a group that has, for the most part, remained under the radar, is taking on a more visible role in the war. In a statement on Sunday, Yevgeny Prigozhin announced the funding and creation of militia training centers in Russia’s southwestern Belgorod and Kursk regions. The locals are better able to “fight sabotage” on the ground according to him. This is in addition to a military technology center he said the group was opening in St. Petersburg earlier this year.
Officials were hard at work identifying the bodies found in mass graves after the Russians left. An official from the regional prosecutor’s office told local media.
Of the 450 bodies discovered thus far at the mass grave in Izium, DNA samples have been collected from 250. However, so far only 80 relatives have taken part in the comparison.
A good news story: The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been reconnected to Ukraine’s power grid, local media reported on Sunday. The largest European nuclear plant needs electricity to maintain vital cooling systems, but it was running on emergency diesel generators since the Russian bombing severed its outside connections.