Volodomir Zelensky pointed out that this week “could be as hard as the last one”, and assured that “the whole State is preparing”.
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Ukraine today warned of another difficult week as Russia prepares new attacks after seven waves of bombardments against the country’s energy infrastructure, while the mayor of kyiv does not rule out a partial evacuation of the capital if the shelling continues.
“We know that the terrorists are preparing new attacks. We know for sure. And as long as they have missiles, unfortunately they will not stop,” stressed the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
UKRAINE ON ALERT AGAINST POSSIBLE NEW ATTACK
Zelenski pointed out that this week “can be as hard as the last one”, and assured that “the whole state is preparing”.
The president was referring to a possible eighth large-scale attack on energy infrastructure after the last, which on Wednesday caused massive power and water cuts across much of the country as temperatures soared. already below zero degrees.
kyiv’s argument is reinforced by the detection of a Russian missile carrier in the Black Sea.
The spokesperson of the Southern Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Natalia Humenyuk, said today that “for the first time in several days a missile carrier appeared in the Black Sea on combat duty with eight Kalibr missiles on board.” “This suggests that preparations are underway” for an attack, he said.
The foreign ministers of Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden traveled to kyiv today to study how to continue supporting Ukraine and show their confidence that this country, “despite the rain of bombs”, will win, according to a tweet by the head of Latvian diplomacy, Edgars Rinkevics.
The scale and complexity of the damage caused by the successive Russian bombings to the energy system – affected by 50% before the last bombing and with damages of almost 2,000 million dollars, according to the prime minister, Denys Shmyhal-, it is very big.
The national energy company, Ukrenergo, estimated on Monday the capacity deficit in the Ukrainian network still at 27%, and announced unforeseen blackouts throughout Ukraine.
THE MAYOR OF kyiv DOES NOT RULE OUT A RELOCATION OF CITIZENS
The mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschkowarned today in an interview with the RBC-Ukraine media that there may be power cuts “until spring.”
The councilor assured that he plans measures with all scenarios in mind, so he did not rule out “the worst” possible, an evacuation.
“There will not be a total evacuation, but perhaps a partial one,” in what he called “a relocation of people of certain categories to the suburbs where services are available.”
The Ukrainian Presidency is speeding up preparations for winter as much as possible, and so far more than 4,300 basic or “invincibility” service points have been installed in the country, with stoves, generators, plugs to charge mobile phones and computers, water, hot drinks, internet and small play areas for children.
Precisely the creation of these points has generated tensions between Zelenski and the mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschk, after the head of state said on Friday that in kyiv there are “many complaints” about its operation.
He called on the councilor to be “more serious” in his work when many Kievites were still without electricity for more than 20 or 30 hours, and even went so far as to accuse Klitschk of “lying” about the state of the installed centers.
TENSIONS BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND THE MAYOR
The controversy was served, especially due to the unusualness of the criticism after nine months in which politicians had shown unity against Russia regardless of their ideologies.
The mayor, who founded the Democratic Alliance for the Reforms of Ukraine in 2010, remained silent until Sunday afternoon, when he assured that more than 430 heating points have been created in the capital -with more than 3 million inhabitants- and rapid deployment of more than 100 in an emergency is being prepared.
“I don’t want, especially in the current situation, to get into political battles,” he emphasized.
The head of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Servant of the People party, David Arakhamia, Zelensky’s most trusted party, gave Klitschk a week on Sunday to correct “the mistakes.”
It is not the first time that Zelensky has faced Klitschk. In September 2019, he wanted to dismiss the mayor from his second position, that of head of the kyiv City State Administration.
Unlike the post of mayor, which is elected by the citizens, the post of head of the City State Administration is decided by the president of Ukraine, in the case of Klitschk by Zelensky’s predecessor, Petr Poroshenko.
The former professional boxer, who entered politics in 2012, described the president’s gesture as illegal and undemocratic, who finally gave up on ousting Klitschk from the State Administration.
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