Today, Sunday, the Russian military operation in Ukraine continues Russian forces are trying to establish control over the Ukrainian regionswhile the Kyiv forces are resisting and trying to regain their lands with material and military assistance from the West.
In the latest development, the Ukrainian capital Kyiv has resumed basic services after the latest wave of Russian airstrikes targeting critical infrastructure, as residents in the fog-shrouded city moved about and prepared for the holiday season amid uncertainty. Russian forces said Its heavy strikes prevented a shipment of foreign weapons from reaching the Ukrainian forces.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, during a working visit to the Southern Military District, inspected the group of forces in the area of the military operation. Shoigu appeared on a helicopter over the troop deployment areas, according to what was published by the Russian media, and he was checking the locations of the Russian units in the area of operations, fortifications, and defensive lines. Shoigu also listened to reports from the commanders about the situation and the activities of the Russian army in the areas of operations.
This comes as President Volodymyr Zelensky said that electricity has been restored to nearly 6 million people in the country in the past 24 hours.
Ukrainian President Zelensky
Zelinsky added in a video clip: “The repair work continues without interruption.. Of course, a lot of efforts are needed to stabilize the system.”
“There are problems with the heating supply. There are big problems with the water supply,” he added, adding that Kyiv, Vinnytsia and Lviv further west were the cities in the toughest situation.
The mayor of Kyiv said a quarter of the capital was still without heat, but the city’s metro network had returned to service, and the water supply was reconnected to all residents by this morning.
Ukrainian officials said Russia fired more than 70 missiles into Ukraine on Friday, in one of the largest bombardments since the start of the military operation on February 24, triggering emergency power outages nationwide.
In a dark winter haze on Saturday, officials reopened a famous footbridge damaged during an earlier air raid and put up a smaller-than-usual Christmas tree in a central square.
The vast space in front of the centuries-old St. Sophia Cathedral is traditionally decorated with a giant evergreen tree at Christmas. But this year, officials chose a 12-meter artificial tree decorated with energy-saving lights powered by a generator.
The Kyiv mayor said donors and companies had paid for the tree and that no public celebrations would take place.
The Russian Foreign Ministry ruled out holding direct talks between Russia, Ukraine and the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding the establishment of a protection zone for the Zaporizhia nuclear plant.
Russia’s representative in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, described holding these talks as impossible at the present time.
On the other hand, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the European Union is determined to harm its interests in the energy sector, stressing that the unilateral European measures against Russia have made the energy situation in all of Europe, including the Balkans, complicated.