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Ukrainians urged to get out of hard-hit areas, stock up on winter supplies

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Ukraine could face rolling blackouts across the country until March, according to one energy expert. This is due to what another official described as “huge” damage inflicted on Ukraine’s power grid by relentless Russian airstrikes on Tuesday. Ukrainians have been told to stock up on supplies and evacuate hard-hit areas.

Sergei Kovalenko, CEO of the private energy company DTEK Yasno, said: “There are fewer blackouts now, but I want everyone to understand that Ukrainians will have to endure blackouts at least until the end of March. It’s very likely,” he said.

“I think we need to be prepared for different options, including the worst. spoke to the residents.

Russia has been bombarding Ukraine’s power grid and other infrastructure from the air for weeks as the war nears its nine-month milestone. Thousands of Ukrainians were deprived of electricity, heat and water.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday in a video speech to a group of French local authorities that Russian missile strikes had destroyed nearly half of the country’s energy installations, “turning the cold of winter into a weapon of mass destruction”.

He then announced in his nightly video address the establishment of a “point of invincibility” where people would come together for electricity, mobile communications, internet access, heat, water and first aid.

it’s already snowing

Winter temperatures in Ukraine generally stay below freezing, It’s below 20 degrees in some areas and it’s already snowing in many areas, including Kyiv. Ukrainian authorities are evacuating civilians from the recently liberated southern Kherson and Mykolaiv regions.

Kyiv is pictured during a partial blackout on Tuesday. (Sergey Spinski/AFP/Getty Images)

“This winter will be life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine,” said Dr. Hans-Henri P. Spoken for damage to medical facilities.

Ukrainian authorities have begun evacuating civilians from the recently liberated southern Kherson and Mykolaiv regions, fearing the winter will be difficult to survive.

In a telegram message to residents of Kherson, especially the elderly, women with children, and those who are sick or disabled, Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereschuk posted a number of ways in which residents can show interest in leaving. .

“For the winter they can be evacuated to safer areas of the country,” she wrote.

Watch | Long Road to Liberated Kherson:

Kherson faces long road to recovery after liberation

Canada’s Dennis Brown, Ukrainian United Nations Resident Coordinator, tells Rosemary Burton Live the first humanitarian convoy to Kherson, where she was on board, and helping the recently liberated city recover from the war. I will talk about the efforts of the United Nations to

Heeding the call, women and children — including a red-haired boy in a shirt that says “Made with Love” in English — are re-opening their limited possessions along with their dogs and cats. It was carried on a train departing from the city of Kherson.

“I’m afraid to go to bed at night, so I’m leaving now. ‘Cannonballs are flying over us and exploding. Too many. I’ll wait until things get better. Then I’m going home.'”

Another resident said leaving to help the country was the right thing to do.

“No one wants to leave the house, but they even give advice. [to leave]When we need others, we have to keep them warm. If we have a chance to leave, at least we can help Ukraine,” said Alexandra Barzenkova, sitting on the bunk bed of the train.

Battle for Terrain Grind

Despite worsening weather conditions, the battle for terrain continues unabated, with Ukrainian forces pressuring Russian positions as part of a weeks-long counteroffensive and Moscow forces continuing artillery and missile attacks. .

In a key battlefield development, Ukrainian officials said Kyiv’s forces were attacking Russian positions on the Kinburn Spit, the gateway to parts of the Black Sea Basin and South Kherson region still under Russian control. I admitted that I was

A Washington-based think tank said capturing the Kinburn spit would be “significantly less Russian artillery fire” than crossing the Dnipro directly, allowing Ukrainian forces to advance into territory still held by Russia in the Kherson region. said it could be useful for

The War Research Institute added that controlling the region would allow Kyiv to defuse Russian attacks on ports in southern Ukraine and allow Ukraine to step up its naval activities in the Black Sea.

In the eastern Donetsk region, heavy fighting continues around the city of Bakhmut, with Kremlin forces eager to emerge victorious after weeks of military defeats.

monastery raid

Meanwhile, Ukrainian counterintelligence, police and the National Guard raided one of the most prominent Orthodox sites in the capital, Kyiv, on Tuesday. After the priest spoke favorably about Russia (the Ukrainian invaders) during the service.

The sprawling Kyiv Pechersk Lavra – or Monastery of the Caves – is a cultural heritage site of Ukraine and the headquarters of the Russian-backed Ukrainian Orthodox Church, under the umbrella of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Overlooking the right bank of the Dnipro River, this place has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries.

Members of the Ukrainian security forces stand in front of the entrance to the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Kiev on Tuesday. The service said it conducted a raid on a historic Orthodox monastery. (Sergei Chuzakov/AFP/Getty Images)

The raid, motivated by allegations of security forces revealing possible covert Russian operations at the complex, highlights deep divisions in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church exacerbated by the nine-month Russian invasion. I made it

Hundreds of Ukrainian Orthodox communities have cut ties with the Moscow-controlled branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which has long been one of the main sources of Russian influence and power in Ukraine. converted to the Orthodox Church.

However, some remain loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate. The Pechersk Lavra monastic complex is part of that church. Associated Press journalists saw dozens of police conducting checks inside and outside the site on Tuesday.

The Russian Orthodox Church condemned the attack as an “act of intimidation”.

Russia cuts spending on health care, schools and roads

At home, Russia plans to spend almost a third of next year’s budget on national defense and internal security, but it has also been forced to invest in schools, hospitals, and roads to divert cash to support military operations in Ukraine. reduce funding to

Moscow will spend 207 billion Cdn in line with defense and security, narrowing other priorities in a crucial year leading up to Vladimir Putin’s possible re-election in 2024, according to a Reuters budget analysis. increase.

Combined military and security spending is a record for the Kremlin, but only about 18% of what the US plans to spend next fiscal year on defense and national security needs.

The 2023 budget shows a 23% reduction in spending on the “national economy,” which includes roads, agriculture and research and development. Health care costs will be reduced by 9% and education costs will be reduced by 2%.

Russian President Vladimir Putin applauds at his mansion on the outskirts of Moscow on Tuesday. (Alexei Babushkin/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images)

While his country is cutting funding for its citizens, Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in the coming days with the mother of a reservist called up to fight in Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. said to

Russia celebrates Mother’s Day on November 27th.

A Kremlin spokeswoman said Putin would receive “first-hand information about the actual situation.”

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