Western weapons in Ukraine legitimate targets

The Russian military operation in Ukraine continues today, Thursday, as units of the Russian army are trying to establish control over Ukrainian regions, while The forces of Kiev are resisting with material and military support from the West.

In the latest field developments, electricity was cut off “completely” from the Ukrainian city of Kherson, which Kyiv had recently recovered from Russian forces, due to “strong shelling” that targeted its “basic infrastructure”, killing two people, according to what the region’s governor announced. He added, via “Telegram”, Thursday noon, that “the electricity is completely cut off from Kherson,” adding that “strong shelling of a basic infrastructure site continues” on a neighborhood in this major city located in the south of the country, which was liberated by Ukrainian forces from the Russian occupation last month. .

Today, Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that all weapons provided by the West to Ukraine are legitimate targets of Russia, and that they will be destroyed or seized.

For his part, a senior Ukrainian official said that Russian bombing killed two people today in the center of Kherson, southern Ukraine, which was recently liberated.

Kyrilo Tymoshenko, deputy director of the President’s Office, said via Telegram that the two were killed about 100 meters from the district administration building that was bombed yesterday.

For its part, the representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic said that the city of Donetsk was subjected this morning to the heaviest Ukrainian bombing since 2014, according to what was reported by the Russian media.

Natalia Shutkina, deputy head of the Center for Monitoring and Recording War Crimes from Ukraine, added: “This morning, Donetsk was subjected to the heaviest shelling in the history of the conflict since 2014. 40 Grad rockets landed on it. The Ukrainian missile strike included 3 squares in the central part of the city. The damage is currently being determined, and it seems that it is really a lot because the bombing targeted densely populated residential areas.

According to her, the shells fell on the Voroshilovskiy and Kievsky districts, and multi-storey residential buildings and infrastructure facilities were damaged.

For his part, the Mayor of Donetsk, Alexei Kolmazin, said that the Ukrainian forces bombed civilians with 40 Grad rocket launchers early this morning. On the other hand, Ukrainian sources spoke of activating the air warning in six Ukrainian provinces.

Dropping a swarm of drones targeting Kyiv

Yesterday, Wednesday, Ukraine announced that it had destroyed all the drones launched by Russia in the early morning on Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the effectiveness of the Ukrainian air defenses, confirming that all 13 Iranian-made Shahed drones were shot down.

“I’m proud,” he said in a video clip, reminding residents to be alert when the sirens sound. He added, “There is no calm on the front line,” describing Russia’s destruction of cities in the east with artillery. “There is nothing left but rubble and craters.”

from his side, The Kremlin rejected any truce for Christmas and New Yearvowing once again to continue the battles.

When asked about the possibility of stopping the fighting in Ukraine with the approach of the end of the year holidays, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the press, “No proposal has been submitted by any party, this issue is not on the agenda.”

Since October, a series of embarrassing military setbacks have been incurred by Moscow, while Russian forces have regularly launched heavy strikes with drones and missiles.

Low temperatures and snowfall

While low temperatures are recorded and snow is falling, the national energy company, Okrinergo, said that “the situation of the Ukrainian energy system is still difficult due to the extent of damage to the infrastructure” as a result of the Russian bombing.

According to the company, the east is the most affected area because the strikes there are launched “almost on a daily basis.” The company confirmed in a statement that “the repair work is slow, due to the risk to the lives of employees.”

Wednesday’s attack on Kyiv comes the day after an international conference in support of Ukraine hosted in Paris, while Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to continue his military campaign.

In a speech marking the presentation of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian president again called for the establishment “as soon as possible” of a tribunal to look into possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

On the eastern front, in the Donetsk region, artillery battles are raging, especially on the outskirts of the city of Bakhmut, which today has become largely destroyed and which Russia has been trying to control since the summer, and the city of Avdiivka, according to the Ukrainian presidency.

It also confirmed that Russian attacks had been repelled in the Kharkiv region (northeast), which the Ukrainian army regained full control of in September, inflicting a resounding defeat on the Russian forces.

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