Ukraine warns of more Russian attacks as fighting rages in Donetsk

LVIV/KYIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Sunday that Russia was planning “new attacks” on his country.

Moscow has attacked vital infrastructure in recent weeks, causing power outages and civilian deaths. Strikes last Wednesday caused the worst damage so far in the nine-month conflict, leaving millions without light, water or heat as temperatures dipped below 32 Fahrenheit.

“We understand that the terrorists are planning new attacks. We know this for sure,” Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on Sunday. “And as long as they have missiles, unfortunately they will not calm down.”

The week ahead could be as tough as the last, he added.

There was no response from Moscow to Zelensky’s claims.

Ukrainian servicemen rush to change the position of their BM-21 Grad after firing on Russian frontline positions near Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, on Nov. 27, 2022.
Ukrainian servicemen rush to change the position of their BM-21 Grad after firing on Russian frontline positions near Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, on Nov. 27, 2022.
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Snow fell in Kiev on Sunday and temperatures hovered near freezing as millions in and around the Ukrainian capital struggled with power and central heating disruptions due to waves of Russian airstrikes.

The city government said workers were almost done restoring power, water and heating, but high consumption had imposed some blackouts.

The Kremlin denied last week that its attacks on Ukraine’s power grid targeted civilians, but said Kiev could “end the suffering” of its people by meeting Russia’s demands to resolve the conflict .

A BM-21 'Grad' multiple rocket launcher fires at Russian frontline positions near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on Nov. 27, 2022.
A BM-21 ‘Grad’ multiple rocket launcher fires at Russian positions on the frontline near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on Nov. 27, 2022.
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Russia annexed parts of eastern and southern Ukraine in September and President Vladimir Putin said Moscow’s territorial demands are non-negotiable. After the annexation, Zelenskiy said he would not negotiate with Moscow and Ukraine’s territorial integrity is non-negotiable.

Sunday was relatively quiet with no devastating attacks on Kiev or other major cities. Ukraine’s central army command said Russian forces launched four rocket attacks and fired multiple times at civilian objects in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

However, the situation remained intense along the front lines in several parts of Ukraine, particularly in the eastern Donetsk region, Zelenskiy said.

A Ukrainian Army armored vehicle is seen in Bakhmut, Donetsk, Ukraine on November 26, 2022.
A Ukrainian Army armored vehicle is seen in Bakhmut, Donetsk, Ukraine on November 26, 2022.
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The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in its daily update on Monday that Ukrainian forces have repelled Russian attacks in several areas, including Bakhmut and Avdiivka, in the Donetsk region in the past 24 hours.

Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov said heavy fighting was also underway in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, near areas recaptured by the Ukrainian army in September and October.

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