Russia launches new strikes in several cities in Ukraine
Fresh Russian attacks yesterday targeted cities across Ukraine, officials said, as the series of attacks crippled Ukraine’s energy infrastructure as the first snow fell on those areas, while the “Kremlin” saw it as the suffering of civilians in Ukraine a “result” of Kiev’s refusal to negotiate with Moscow and its “unwillingness to resolve the issue.”
And in Dnipro (central east), eight people were injured, including a 15-year-old teenager, according to Mayor Boris Filatov on Facebook. According to the Presidency of the Republic, two “infrastructure” facilities in that city were affected.
A cruise missile landed near Kyiv and the Ukrainian defense shot down suicide drones, according to the city’s military administration. An AFP correspondent saw one of the missiles fly over a residential area east of the capital.
In the Odessa region (south), the Russians bombed an infrastructure site, injuring three people, according to the regional administration.
The bombing comes as the first snow of the morning falls on Ukraine, which is suffering from widespread power outages. According to Kyiv, Russian attacks specifically target energy infrastructure.
And the national electricity company Ukrenergo on Thursday announced the extension of the power outage due to the “deteriorating situation”.
The company said on Facebook that “due to the severe cold, electricity consumption in the regions of Ukraine has increased,” which “further complicated the situation in the electrical system, after it was already difficult,” adding that the matter has become ” further restrictions” on electricity consumption in Ukraine across the country.
The company added, “This is a necessary measure to maintain the stability of the power system after the sixth Russian missile attack on power facilities,” referring to the recent bombing.
Yesterday morning snow covered the city of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, where electricity was cut off in many parts of the city. And the region’s governor, Oleksiy Kuleba, warned on Wednesday that the coming week will be “difficult” as temperatures could drop “to less than 10 degrees Celsius”.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the return of Russian-controlled areas was the only way to end the war between the two countries.
Yesterday, Bloomberg News reported that Zelensky’s comments came in an interview at the end of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore.
In a video call with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait, Zelensky stressed that a mere ceasefire would not be enough as Ukraine awaits the return of Crimea and Donbass and the removal of threats.
Zelenskyi added: “Crimea is part of Ukraine. This is not just a state within a state, it is part of our country, part of our sovereignty.
“Therefore, ending the occupation of Crimea and Donbass will end the war,” he said.
Zelensky also hinted that Ukrainian officials will travel to the site of the blast in Poland on Tuesday to take part in the investigation into the killing of two people, adding that “the most important thing is to conduct an investigation.”
On the other hand, the “Kremlin” yesterday accused Ukraine of changing its position on holding peace talks between the two countries and said that it does not plan to open public negotiations with it, urging Washington to invite Kyiv to diplomacy to urge.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call that the United States is in a position to take Russia’s concerns into account and encourage Kyiv to return to the negotiating table if it so wishes.
He added that Ukraine has changed its position on willingness to negotiate with Moscow several times during the nearly nine-month conflict, and that cannot be counted on.
“First they negotiate, then they refuse negotiations, then they pass a law banning any kind of negotiations, and then they say they want negotiations, but open negotiations,” Peskov told reporters.
Public negotiations are therefore difficult to imagine. One thing is certain: the Ukrainians do not want any negotiations.
And he believed that the plight of Ukraine’s civilians, who are facing power outages after Russia’s mid-winter bombardment of energy infrastructure, was a “result” of Kiev’s refusal to negotiate with Moscow, its “unwillingness to address the issue.” to solve, start negotiations and his refusal to seek common ground.” ».
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