Ukraine at risk of further attacks, Western countries turn to humanitarian aid – Daily Local

JAMEY KEATEN (Associated Press)

Kyiv (AP) — Ukraine warns of possible fresh evacuations of the capital while it is relatively calm from airstrikes on energy facilities and other critical infrastructure in recent weeks as it prepares for further Russian attacks on Monday. warned.

Meanwhile, Western countries stepped up their readiness to step up humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. This allows the people to enjoy the warmth they need in the coldest months and to keep the nation’s resolve as high as possible.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that the Russian military is “preparing a new attack, and as long as they have missiles, they will not stop.”

“The next week can be as hard as the week that passed,” he said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Russian President Vladimir Putin is keen to use the coming frost, snow and ice to his advantage, not only on the battlefield, but also against the civilian population of Ukraine. claimed.

“Putin is now trying to use the winter as a weapon of war against Ukraine. This is why we strengthened the

Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt visited the capital Kyiv on Monday and said: “This is the desperate situation we are witnessing. Many people here face a tough choice: flee or freeze. The Russian war is an incomparable irony.”

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said some of the city’s 3 million people may have to evacuate to places where a missile attack is unlikely to disrupt essential services.

Russia has hit energy facilities around Kyiv with missile strikes, resulting in power outages and water supply to the city.

And with temperatures hovering around freezing and expected to drop to minus 11 degrees (12 degrees Fahrenheit) in just over a week, international assistance will increasingly focus on items such as generators and autotransformers. , ensured power outages affecting everything from kitchens to operations. The rooms are as limited and short as possible.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “continues to try to turn Ukraine into a black hole. No light, no electricity, no heat, leaving Ukrainians in darkness and cold,” said European foreign policy chief. Josep Borrell said. “So we must continue to help Ukrainians provide more supplies to face the winter without electricity.”

Borrell headed the EU Ministerial Conference, which specifically “looks at the war in Ukraine from the perspective of the humanitarian crisis”.

Over the next three days, senior NATO officials and foreign ministers will meet in Bucharest, Romania to appreciate such humanitarian aspects as well.

Ukrainian energy supplier Ukrenergo said on Monday it was still short of 27% of its production after Russia’s attack on its energy infrastructure. “The scale and complexity of the damage is high and repair work is ongoing around the clock for him,” the company said in a statement.

Power supply has been restored to 17% of residents in the southern city of Kherson, which Ukraine reclaimed earlier this month. The Russians continue to hit the city with an artillery barrage.

Ukraine’s presidential office said on Monday that at least four civilians were killed and 11 wounded in recent Russian attacks. Heavy fighting continues along the eastern front line, with Russian forces shelling Bakhmut and Tretsk, the epicenter of the fighting.

“People have taken refuge in basements, many of which are filled with water,” said Donetsk Governor Pablo Kirilenko.

Also on Monday, Russia denied plans to withdraw from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which it has occupied since the beginning of the war.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters that it was pointless to look for signs of a withdrawal from the factory.

Peskov’s comments were in response to Ukraine’s claim that Russian forces are obliged to withdraw from the factory as they face continued Ukrainian counterattacks.

The plant was shut down after repeated shelling in which Russia and Ukraine exchanged responsibilities. The United Nations nuclear watchdog and international leaders urged Russia to demilitarize the factory to avoid a nuclear disaster, but Moscow rejected the request, saying it needed to keep troops there to ensure security. claimed that there was


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