Stocking and preparing warming rooms Millions of people in Kyiv are bracing for supplies to collapse. A glimpse into the war news.
Kyiv – Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has warned of a collapse in supplies in the Ukrainian capital. Klitschko told Ukrainian TV on Saturday evening that in the event of a complete disruption of electricity, heating and water supplies, citizens should stock up and also think about finding temporary housing outside the city.
The city also wants to build 1,000 warm rooms. However, the city administration responded to a report by the New York Times that considerations went so far as to evacuate the city in the event of a power outage. “The civil defense system should be ready for different scenarios, but this does not mean that we are preparing for evacuation,” Roman Tkachuk, who is in charge of the city’s security, said on Sunday.
According to Klitschko, about three million people currently live in Kyiv, including 350,000 internally displaced people from other parts of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly bombed Ukraine’s infrastructure. Plants in Kyiv were also damaged. The city is trying to stabilize the grid by cutting off the power. Entire areas have no light for hours at a time.
According to international humanitarian law, “every measure possible” must be taken to protect civilian lives and essential infrastructure such as power plants or water supplies.
Klitschko said that the show’s collapse is the worst-case scenario and everything will be done to prevent it from happening. “But we want to be frank: our enemies are doing everything they can to make this city without heating, without electricity, without water supply – in general: that we all perish.” He also accused Putin of wanting to destroy Ukrainians as a people. “Putin does not need us Ukrainians. He needs the region, and he needs Ukraine without us,” Klitschko said.
Ukraine announces artillery shelling of southern cities
According to local authorities, Russian forces fired on several cities in southern Ukraine on Sunday night. A city council employee said one person was killed in Zaporizhia and a civilian infrastructure building was destroyed, without elaborating. The Russian Defense Ministry said that an ammunition depot belonging to the Ukrainian army was hit in Zaporizhia.
Barrel artillery shells and rocket launchers hit several places in the Dnipropetrovsk region. The speaker of the regional parliament, Mykola Lukasuk, wrote on Telegram that a nine-year-old girl was injured in the town of Myrowe. The affected places are located on the northern bank of the Dnipro River. Russian forces occupied the southern bank and could fire from there, though they could protect the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
Russia is talking about bombing the dam
The Russian occupiers, in turn, accuse the Ukrainian forces of firing several rocket launchers at the wall of the Dnipro dam in Nowa Kakhovka. However, Ruslan Agayev of the Russian city administration said that only one out of six shells hit the wall, causing minor damage. “The dam is intact,” he said on Sunday. The information was not independently verifiable.
The dam spans one of two crossings over the Dnipro River in the Kherson region. Ukrainian artillery had previously fired on this road to prevent the movement of Russian forces. For its part, Ukraine fears the possibility of Russian forces blowing up the dam to flood the banks of the lower Dnipro River.
There is heavy fighting in the area. The Russian army expects that the Ukrainians will want to take back the occupied regional capital of Chersonesos from them. According to the occupation administration, approximately 1,000 civilians were transferred from Nowa Kakhovka to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia, and from there to Russian territory.
Zelenskyj and von der Leyen talk about financial aid
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has informed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of plans to offer Ukraine a new aid package worth up to 18 billion euros. The EU Commission has indicated that it wants to present the package, which will be divided into monthly tranches of 1.5 billion euros each, in Brussels next week. The premium loans should make a “significant contribution” to Kyiv’s financial needs for 2023. She added that the money would also support Ukraine in implementing further reforms on the path towards EU membership.
Selenskyj only clarified on Twitter that he has spoken to von der Leyen about financial support for this year and next. Another topic was the importance of delivering grain from Ukraine across the Black Sea to support global food security.
Iran agrees to provide Russia with drones for the first time
After Tehran admitted providing combat drones to Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Iran of lying. “Even with this confession, they are lying,” the Ukrainian head of state said in his daily video message on Saturday. Zelensky justified his accusations that the number of Iranian drones shot down by the Ukrainian air defense system exceeds the number of “few” drones mentioned by Iran. Iran had previously admitted to delivering drones to Russia for the first time – but had only spoken of a limited number of deliveries before the war began.
Schultz advocates a clear rejection of nuclear strikes from Russia
Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants Russia to clearly rule out the use of nuclear weapons in a war of aggression against Ukraine. “It is not permissible, it is unacceptable to use nuclear weapons in this conflict,” Schultz said Saturday at the Social Democratic Party’s congress in Berlin. “We call on Russia to clearly state that it will not do that. That would be a line not to be crossed.”