Ukraine assured that it “survived the hardest winter in its history”, despite the Russian bombings that left millions of people without electricity, a year after Moscow began its illegal invasion.
But on the ground, Ukrainian forces are under pressure in the east of the country, especially in Bakhmut, while Russia claims it repelled a “massive” drone attack in the crimean peninsulaannexed by Moscow in 2014.
“We have made it through this winter. It was very difficult and every Ukrainian has experienced this difficulty, but we were able to supply Ukraine with energy and heating”, said the Ukrainian president Volodimir Zelensky.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kulebaassured that his country “has overcome the winter terror.
“We have survived the most difficult winter in our history. It was cold and dark, but we were unwavering,” she said.
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Ukraine suffered a winter under a long series of Russian missile attacks and explosive drones against civil and energy installations, periodically causing massive cuts of electricity and drinking water.
These bombings forced the national operator ukrenergo to supply power alternately.
Millions of people, including residents of kyiv and from other large cities, they had to endure some frigid temperatures no heating.
“Our partners have helped us. The European Union has also won, and contrary to Moscow’s taunts, it has not frozen without Russian gas.”, Kuleba insisted, referring to Moscow’s catastrophic forecasts before winter.
The western allies from Ukraine supplied air defense systems and Russia has decreased the frequency and magnitude of its attacks.
ukrenergo confirmed on Wednesday that the Ukrainian electricity system had not registered an energy deficit for 18 days and that no cut was foreseen.
During the winter, the fighting has concentrated in the east of the country, especially around the city of Bakhmutwhere the situation is “extremely tense”, according to the Ukrainian army, after the incessant attacks from Moscow.
In recent weeks, Russian troops have tightened the siege around this city, whose conquest has become a symbol of control of the industrial basin of the Donbasin the east of the country.
The Russians have cut three of the four Ukrainian supply roads to the town. But the spokesman for the eastern command of the Ukrainian army, Sergiy Cherevatydenied that his troops were withdrawing from Bakhmut, speaking to the news agency AFP.
A possible withdrawal “will depend on the operational situation. Until now, this decision has not been made, ”he said.
The Ukrainian presidency reported on Wednesday that the Russian bombardments in the region of Donetsk They left three civilians killed and wounded four others.
He Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it shot down or put out of service 10 Ukrainian drones in an attempted “massive” attack against facilities in the annexed peninsula of Crimea.
“A massive drone attack attempt by the kyiv regime on facilities in the Crimean peninsula has been thwarted,” it said in a statement.
On the eastern front, Ukrainian medics were treating soldiers badly wounded in the fighting.
“Here, every day we save someone”, Igor, a 28-year-old anesthetist, explained to AFP after examining a patient.
“You remember the exceptional cases, of people with fatal injuries. Heads partially mutilated, the main arteries torn, where you can’t help the sick. That’s what you remember”, he counted.
At the diplomatic level, one of Moscow’s main allies, the Belarusian president Alexander LukashenkoHe said in Beijing that he “fully” supports China’s plan for Ukraine.
The Xi Jinping regime presented a 12-point proposal last week urging the dialogue between russians and ukrainiansbut it also insists on respect for territorial integrity and opposes the use of nuclear weapons.
Despite the skeptical reception from Western allies, President Zelensky said he was willing to “work” with China and announced his intention to meet with his counterpart Xi Jinping.
(With information from AFP)
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