Today, Friday, the Russian special military operation in Ukraine enters a new day of escalation Units of the Russian army are striking the locations of the Ukrainian forces and the stores of weapons and ammunitionwhile Kyiv is trying to regain its lands, which were controlled by Moscow, with Western support.
In the latest field developments, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the launch of concentrated strikes with precise, long-range air and sea weapons, as part of its military operation in Ukraine. The strikes targeted military command and control facilities, the military-industrial complex and related fuel and energy infrastructure in Ukraine.
The ministry stated that the goals of the strike were achieved, and all the missiles hit their specific targets exactly, hitting missile production facilities, and destroying an arsenal of artillery among the supplies of Western countries.
The Russian Ministry of Defense also said that the transfer of Ukrainian reserves and the delivery of imported foreign weapons to combat zones had been disrupted, adding that as a result of the attack by the Russian armed forces, the village of “Optnoye” in the Donetsk People’s Republic was liberated.
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Russian bombing led to the cutting off of electricity in many areas of Ukraine.
“Currently, more than ten million Ukrainians are without electricity, especially in the capital, Kyiv,” Zelensky said.
Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has been repeatedly bombed since October, regularly depriving millions of residents of electricity and water.
And on the ground, the Ukrainian army reported A number of Russian missiles fell on several regions of UkraineHeavy fighting continues in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian army added in a statement that the Russian army has been making wide and active movements in the recent period in eastern Ukraine.
This comes as Leonid Pasnik, the head of separatist Luhansk, announced that the number of foreign mercenaries fighting alongside Ukrainian forces is increasing, helping the Ukrainian army to replenish its reserves. Pasnik added that the confrontation with the Ukrainian army could have ended a long time ago had it not been for the presence of these precautions in the numbers of mercenaries.
Earlier, Andrei Marochko, an officer in the defense forces of the separatist Lugansk Republic, said that foreign mercenaries make up 100% of some Ukrainian units and that this number is constantly changing. He pointed out that the mercenaries fighting alongside Kyiv are citizens of the former Soviet Union and NATO countries, and what he called “soldiers of fortune” who have been monitored in terrorist organizations such as “ISIS”.
Several Ukrainian cities, including the capital, Kyiv, were subjected to Russian bombing on Thursday, coinciding with the first snowfall in a country that witnesses frequent power outages and where temperatures can drop to minus ten degrees.
These strikes have been repeated since October, especially targeting power generation infrastructure, which deprived millions of Ukrainians of electricity and water.
And the Ukrainian national operator, “Okrinergo”, announced the extension of the power cuts due to “the deterioration of the situation.”
The company said on Facebook that “due to the severe cold, electricity consumption has increased in the regions of Ukraine,” which “further complicated the situation in the electrical system, after it was already difficult,” adding that the matter led to “wider restrictions” on electricity consumption in all regions. across the country.
Zelensky said, “Civilian sites are the main target. Russia is fighting the war against electricity and heating directed at people by bombing power stations and other energy facilities.”
The Kremlin responded Thursday, saying that the suffering of civilians in Ukraine was caused by Kyiv’s refusal to negotiate.
“This is a consequence of the unwillingness of the Ukrainian side to settle the problem and start negotiations and its refusal to seek understanding grounds,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.