Russian attacks leave Kyiv, other regions in the dark

While the heavy fighting in Ukraine is concentrated in the east and south, the capital of Kyiv, in the central-north region and its surroundings, is subject to a different type of assault – one that relies on suffering and disturbances as weapons.

Under duress due to Russian attacks that destroyed 40% of the country’s energy infrastructure, the Ukrainian electricity operator announced power cuts for Kyiv and six other neighboring regions, including Kharkiv. Unscheduled emergency shutdowns are also expected.

“We are doing everything to avoid this,” Mayor Vitali Klitschko told state media. “But let’s be frank, our enemies are doing everything so that the city is without heat, without electricity, without water, in general, so we all die. And the future of the country and the future of each of us depends on how we are prepared for different situations.

Power outages caused by Russian drone and missile attacks have hit 16 provinces and forced Kyiv officials to consider mass evacuations. They plan to establish around 1,000 heated shelters, but noted that this may not be enough for the city’s 3 million residents. Kyiv’s average winter temperatures range from low 20s to low 30s.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address on Sunday that around 4.5 million people had lost power, telling the nation: “We have to get through this winter and be even stronger in the spring than now.”

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Latest developments:

►The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was reconnected to the Ukrainian power grid on Sunday, three days after fighting in the region knocked it out of service, forcing the use of emergency diesel generators to keep vital cooling systems running .

►Russian officials continue to evacuate the occupied southern city of Kherson, sending warning phone messages on Sunday asking residents to leave for the eastern bank ahead of a major battle with the Ukrainian army. The Russian troops, although less visible, “digged in quite powerfully”, said Nataliya Humenyuk, spokesman for Ukraine’s Southern Forces.

►The remaining 15,000 residents of the eastern town of Bakhmut have lived for months under persistent shelling that has intensified in recent weeks, leaving them without water or electricity, local media reported.

Iran admits sending drones to Russia, says it was before the war

Iran has backtracked on its denials that it supplied drones to Russia, questioning other statements qualifying the admission.

“We gave a limited number of drones to Russia months before the war in Ukraine,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters in Tehran on Saturday.

Amirabdollahian added that Iran had no knowledge of Russia attacking Ukraine with the drones, adding: “If it is proven to us that Russia used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine, we will not we will not be indifferent to this question”.

This goes against Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards who vaguely brag about supplying drones to the world’s biggest powers.

Since last month, Russia has been engaged in a campaign of destruction of Ukrainian power plants and other civilian targets, relying on explosive drones that can cost as little as $20,000 per or 50 times less than a cruise missile. Russia has renamed the drones, but there is evidence they are Iranian-made Shaheds.

Russia and Iran, which insists on remaining neutral on the war, had denied any delivery of unmanned aerial vehicles. The United States and its Western allies at the UN Security Council have called on Secretary General Antonio Guterres to investigate whether Russia used Iranian drones to attack civilians in Ukraine.

“The whole world will know that the Iranian regime is helping Russia to prolong this war,” Zelenskyy said on Sunday.

Security chief Sullivan remains in contact with key Russian aides, report says

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who warned the Kremlin that the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine would have “catastrophic consequences” for Russia, held confidential talks with top aides to President Vladimir Putin in the purpose of preventing the war from worsening or expanding, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The purpose of the conversations over the past few months was not to broker a peace deal but to keep lines of communication open and reduce the risk of unconventional weapons being used in war, the newspaper said, citing US and allied officials.

Sullivan visited Kyiv on Friday and expressed the United States’ “unwavering and unwavering” support for Ukraine, even after Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Another top Russian commander ousted – the fourth since the start of the war

Russia can oust the commanders of all its military districts before the end of the year.

The latest to be dismissed is Colonel General Alexander Lapin, who appears to have been replaced as head of the Central Military District by Major General Alexander Linkov, according to the British Ministry of Defense.

The ministry pointed out that the commanders of Russia’s eastern, southern and western military districts had already been supplanted since the start of the invasion of Ukraine in February.

“These dismissals represent a pattern of blaming senior Russian military commanders for their failure to achieve Russian battlefield objectives,” the ministry said. ‘

Contribute: The Associated Press

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