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Ukraine calms its population, but provides assistance in evacuation

Ukraine calms its population, but provides assistance in evacuation

Kherson residents line up for food aid.AFP photo

With missiles and drones, Russia is deliberately torpedoing Ukraine’s power grid: half of the country’s energy supply has already been effectively cut off, and the Kremlin seems to want to continue until all of Ukraine is a crippled country devoid of electricity, water, and heat, and at most still matches the impoverished Russian countryside outside. Siberia.

Washington Post Reports indicate that Iran will help Russia build its own drones so it can keep bombing for a long time to come. The West, in turn, is trying to provide Ukraine with modern anti-aircraft guns as quickly as possible to shoot down Russian projectiles. Rishi Sunak, the British Prime Minister, personally came to Kyiv this weekend and promised that the UK would donate €60 million. This pack contains 150 anti-aircraft weapons, radar and anti-drone technology. A month ago, the UK also donated 1,000 surface-to-air missiles.

Ukraine itself can do nothing but shoot down as many Russian missiles as possible, repair destroyed infrastructure as quickly as possible, and distribute faltering power as much as possible in the affected areas, including the capital, Kyiv, by rotating it on and off. Even a complete power outage cannot be ruled out, authorities in the capital, Kyiv, say.

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New York times It describes how difficult the recovery work was in the newly liberated city of Kherson. Before they left, the Russian forces blew up the entire infrastructure, so that there is no electricity, water or heat in this liberated city. In addition, the Russians have laid mines everywhere, which must be removed before repair crews can work. According to the energy company Ukrenergo, this is a painstaking and time-consuming job: 1 square meter of it takes 1 hour, while all over Ukraine it is necessary to clean up 160 thousand square kilometers.

Maxim Timchenko, CEO of DTEK, Ukraine’s largest energy company, praises his people for their bombing defiance and the possibility that what they’re fixing today may be broken again next week: to preserve it. Similar miracles are also performed by the Ukrainian Railways. Trains always continued to run despite the war. The first train from Kyiv arrived in Kherson on Saturday. For many, the “Train to Victory” was a sign that normal life was returning to a city that had been occupied for nearly nine months.

However, life in Kherson is far from normal. The inhabitants lack everything, and even the strongest among them find it difficult to survive in the cold, damp, and dark houses. That is why the government wants to help stragglers move to a place where they can spend the winter, but “on a voluntary basis,” emphasizes Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk.

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After the rapid advance to the east and the stunning liberation of Kherson, hopes grew that Ukraine would soon be able to win this war. This hope is fading every day. Russia managed to withdraw its troops from Kherson unscathed, and now they are building up their forces elsewhere on the front line. These soldiers are much better trained than the conscripts the Kremlin throws into battle. Moreover, the Russian military has dug itself deep and won’t be caught off guard again anytime soon. Ukraine’s military now writes “against a wall” Washington Post.

This weekend, the site of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant was also hit by missiles. Russia claimed that Ukraine had fired, Ukraine pointed to Russia, and IAEA Director General Rafael Manuel Grossi fumed: “Whoever is behind this, this must stop immediately. As I have said many times, you are playing with fire. You have not threatened.” Russia has been with its nuclear weapons for some time, but a premeditated nuclear disaster in Zaporizhia remains a fear scenario.

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