Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today, Sunday, that emergency services are working to mitigate the spread of the virus Power outage In many regions of Ukraine after the Russian attacks, especially the Black Sea port of Odessa, while the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said that snow prevents the transfer of military equipment to resume an effective counterattack.
“At this time it has become possible to partially restore supplies in Odessa and other cities and parts of the region,” Zelensky said in his overnight video address.
“We are doing our best to reach as many people as possible in the circumstances that emerged after the Russian attacks,” he added.
Russian forces used Iranian-made drones to bomb two power plants in Odessa on Saturday, cutting power to about 1.5 million people.
Destruction from the Russian bombing of a residential building near Odessa
Zelensky said Odessa was “among the regions with the most frequent power outages”.
In addition, the Ukrainian president stated that he made a phone call Sunday with US President Joe Biden and thanked him for the “unprecedented” assistance that Washington has provided to Ukraine since the start of the Russian military operation in February.
“I thanked him for the unprecedented defense and financial assistance that the United States provides to Ukraine,” Zelensky said on Telegram, noting that this not only contributes to victory on the battlefield but also supports the stability of the Ukrainian economy.
“We also appreciate the assistance provided by the United States to restore the energy system in Ukraine,” he added.
For his part, Biden assured Zelensky that Washington is working to strengthen Ukraine’s air defenses, and renewed Washington’s commitment to support Ukraine, security and economically.
Ukraine’s power grid has been damaged since October by repeated Russian missile and drone attacks, sometimes cutting power to millions of civilians in the winter.
Western powers accuse Tehran of providing Moscow with drones to use in its military operation in Ukraine.
Last November, Tehran admitted sending drones to Russia, but said it had supplied them before the start of its military operation in Ukraine.
Moscow already uses hundreds of Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones. However, it denies the use of so-called “kamikaze” drones.