Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky once again warned in his speech to the nation last night of the possibility of Russia increasing its attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure coinciding with the drop in temperatures.
”We are almost halfway through November and we must be prepared for the possibility that the enemy will increase the number of attacks with drones or missiles against our infrastructure”Zelensky said in possible reference to the infrastructure of the electrical system.
The Ukrainian head of state added without giving further details that “Russia is preparing for winter,” and reaffirmed that “Ukraine’s “full attention” “must be focused on defense, on how to respond to terrorists, on everything Ukraine can do to make it easier for people to get through this winter.”
The president also asked to focus on “increasing the capabilities” of the Army, and thanked partners who have sent air defense systems such as Patriot, NASAMS, IRIS-T, RAVEN or Hawk to help Ukraine protect its infrastructure. and its civilian population from Russian airstrikes.
Zelensky said that “the Ukrainian air shield is already stronger than last year” but “it still does not fully protect the entire territory,” and declared that he is working with his partners toward that goal.
Russia has already attacked dozens of infrastructures of the Ukrainian energy system this fall, but so far it has not launched any massive bombing like those carried out in the previous fall and winter, when it left millions of Ukrainians without water and electricity for part of of the coldest period of the year with this type of attacks.
Dead in the middle of battle
At least Two people have died and another nine, including a barely two-month-old baby, have been injured. after a new attack by the Russian Armed Forces against the exterior of the city of Kherson, located in southern Ukraine.
The Kherson Police have reported that around 2:00 p.m. local time, the Russian forces launched with “multiple artillery” an attack against the city center, hitting “peaceful neighborhoods.”
“In the impact zone there were hospitals, shops, cafes, courts, private homes, an educational institution. The fire broke out after explosions destroyed and damaged ten vehicles, including two police cars and a medical vehicle.“, the authorities detail in a statement.
Previously, the Minister of the Interior, Igor Klimenko, said on his Telegram account that one of the fatalities was surprised by the impact of a projectile while traveling in his vehicle, dying instantly.
The Prosecutor General’s Office has initiated an investigation into the events of a possible violation of the laws and customs of war, as well as a possible crime of murder, reports the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.
(with information from EFE and EP)