Putin holds high-level meetings on Ukraine… and services return to Kiev

The Kremlin announced today, Saturday, that Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with those responsible for the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

The Kremlin said in a statement that “on Friday, the president spent a full day at the residence Forces participating in the special military operation” in Ukraine.

The Russian president held a “meeting” there, with the participation of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov. He also held “separate meetings with the leaders” of the various branches of the Russian army involved in the operation, according to the same source.

“I would like to hear your proposals regarding our moves in the short and medium terms,” ​​Putin said during the meeting, clips of which were broadcast on Russian television on Saturday.

This announcement comes while Ukraine targeted Friday with Russian missile strikes New caused power outages across the country, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

Return services to Kiev

In this context, Vitaliy Klitschko, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, said early this morning that the metro network in the city has returned to service, and the water supply has been reconnected to all residents, a day after the latest wave of Russian airstrikes on critical infrastructure.

Ukrainian officials said Russia launched more than 70 missiles on Friday In one of its biggest attacks since the start of its military operation on February 24, it led to an emergency power outage across the country.

Klitschko also stated that heating has been restored to half of Kyiv’s population, while electricity has been restored to a third of the capital’s districts.

He wrote on the “Telegram” application: “But periodic outages are applied in cases of emergency, because the electricity deficit is large.”

Earlier this month, Klitschko warned of an “end of the world” scenario in the Ukrainian capital if Russian air strikes on infrastructure continued, but also said there was no need yet to evacuate people. “We are fighting and doing everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen,” he told Reuters on December 7.

Kyiv residents took refuge in the metro stations yesterday to protect themselves from the bombing

Kyiv residents took refuge in the metro stations yesterday to protect themselves from the bombing

Talks over Zaporizhya ‘impossible’

In another context, Russia’s representative in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said today that direct talks between Russia, Ukraine and the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding the establishment of a protection zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear plant are “impossible”, given the current state of relations between Moscow and Kiev.

“Progress on this issue could have been faster if tripartite talks had taken place, but this is impossible due to the current state of Russian-Ukrainian relations,” Ulyanov was quoted as saying by the Russian “TASS” agency.

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing the largest nuclear plant in Europe, while the IAEA stresses the need to neutralize it and establish a safe zone around it.

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