LVIV/Kyiv – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday warned that Russia was planning “new attacks” on his country and urged defense forces and citizens to prepare to withstand a new week of strains on the power grid in freezing temperatures.
Moscow has targeted vital infrastructure in recent weeks, triggering power outages and killing civilians. Strikes last Wednesday caused the worst damage yet in the nine-month conflict, leaving millions without light, water or heat as temperatures dropped below 32 Fahrenheit.
“We understand that the terrorists are planning new attacks. We know that very well,” said Zelenskyj in his nightly video speech on Sunday. “And as long as they have missiles, unfortunately they will not calm down.”
The coming week could be just as difficult as the previous one, he added.
No response to Zelensky’s claims came from Moscow.
Snow fell and temperatures hovered around freezing in Kyiv on Sunday, as millions in and around the Ukrainian capital struggled with power and central heating disruptions caused by waves of Russian airstrikes.
City authorities said workers were close to completing restorations of power, water and heat, but high consumption meant some blackouts had been imposed.
The Kremlin last week denied that its attacks on Ukraine’s power grid were targeting civilians, but said Kyiv can “end the suffering of the population” by complying with Russia’s demands for a solution to the conflict.
Russia annexed parts of eastern and southern Ukraine in September, and President Vladimir Putin said Moscow’s territorial demands are non-negotiable. After the annexation, Zelenskyy said he would not negotiate with Moscow and that Ukraine’s territorial integrity could not be negotiated.
Sunday was relatively calm, with no devastating attacks on Kyiv or other major cities. Ukraine’s Army Central Command said Russian forces launched four rocket attacks and fired multiple times at civilian objects in the Dnepropetrovsk region.
However, the situation remained tense on the front lines in different parts of Ukraine, especially in the eastern Donetsk region, Zelenskyy said.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in its daily update on Monday that Ukrainian forces have repelled Russian attacks in several areas, including Bakhmut and Avdiivka, in the Donetsk region over the past 24 hours.
Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov said heavy fighting was also ongoing in the northeastern Kharkiv region, near areas recaptured by the Ukrainian army in September and October.
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