Russia unleashed a new wave of rocket, drone and missile fire across Ukraine on Thursday morning. The latest strikes mark the sixth mass attack since early October, which Ukrainian authorities say are aimed at destroying the country’s energy system.
The first snow of winter has fallen in Kyiv as authorities say they are working to restore power across the country after Russia unleashed earlier this week what Ukraine called the most violent bombardment of civilian infrastructure of the war.
The Donetsk region has seen the heaviest fighting of the war so far. Russian forces have been bolstered by troops withdrawn from the southern city of Kherson, which Ukraine recaptured last week. Russian forces fired artillery at the nearby towns of Bakhmut and Soledar, among other places, the Ukrainian military said.
Around 10 million people were without power, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video address on Thursday evening. Authorities in some places have ordered forced emergency power outages, he said.
A deal brokered by the UN and Turkey in July aimed at easing global food shortages was extended for four months on Thursday, although Russia has said its own demands have yet to be fully met.
Strikes against critical infrastructure in Odessa and Dnipro have been confirmed by the presidential administration and regional leaders. Three people were reportedly injured in the Odessa region, while another 14 people were injured in the strike on the city of Dnipro, according to its mayor, Borys Filatov.
Two people were killed in an overnight missile attack on the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia, according to local authorities. Three were injured in an attack on the northeastern city of Kharkiv, they added.
Investigators in recaptured territory found 63 bodies bearing signs of torture after Russian forces left, Ukrainesaid the Minister of the Interior. Russia denies that its troops are targeting civilians or have committed atrocities. Mass burial sites were found in other parts previously occupied by Russian troops, some with civilian bodies showing signs of torture.
The United Kingdom The Department of Defense said the missile barrage that hit Ukraine on Tuesday was probably the most strikes Russia has carried out in one day since the first week of its invasion.
US Secretary of State Antoine Blinken said the US had ‘seen nothing so far that contradicts’ Poland’s preliminary assessment that Ukrainian air defenses were to blame for Tuesday’s missile incident. US President Joe Biden disputed Ukrainian president by Volodymyr Zelensky comment that the missiles that landed in Poland Tuesday were not of Ukrainian descent, saying that was not what the evidence suggested.
The Kremlin said it could not imagine engaging in “public” negotiations with Ukraine. In a call with reporters, spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused Kyiv of changing its stance on possible peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, adding that the war would continue besides the fact that drop in temperatures.
Ukrainian forces control about 1% of the territory in the eastern region of Luhansk, according the head of the region installed by the Russians. Moscow-backed administrator Leonid Pasechnik was quoted as saying that Ukraine controlled the village of Belogorovka and two other settlements in the region.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he believed neither Russia nor the United States were considering using nuclear weapons. of Erdoğan comments came after Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) William Burns and Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service SVR, met this week in Ankara in what was the first US-Russian contact of high level known since the war started in February.
A Dutch court has found three men guilty of murdering 298 people aboard flight MH17, what was shot down by a Russian surface-to-air missile when it flew over eastern Ukraine in 2014.