Russia is looking for an opportunity to reach a “short respite” to regain strength: so the war will not end this way. This was stated by the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky during a speech at the International Security Forum in Halifax.
“The cessation of the war in itself does not guarantee peace – Zelensky said, rejecting any hypothesis of concession on Ukrainian territory or sovereignty in exchange for peace – Russia is now looking for a short respite to regain its strength. Some could call it the end of the war, but such a truce will only worsen the situation”.
“Ukraine will not kneel before the Russians,” the Ukrainian presidential adviser wrote on Twitter Mykhailo Podolyakadding that “it’s not a matter of politics. It’s a matter of our existence” and thus rejecting what he called “conspiracy theories” about his country’s surrender.
“NEARLY HALF OF THE ENERGY SYSTEM OUT” – “Unfortunately, Russia continues to carry out missile attacks on Ukraine’s civilian and critical infrastructure. Almost half of our energy system is disabled,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal told a news conference. Mykola Povoroznyk, deputy head of Kyiv’s administration, explained that the city is “preparing for different scenarios, including a complete closure”.
ZAPORIZHZHIA – More than 17,000 people were left without heating due to the Russian army’s rocket attack on Zaporizhzhia. The head of the Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Starukh wrote this in Telegram.
“The consequence of the night enemy attack on Zaporizhzhia was a disruption of the supply of heating in one of the city’s districts. Rocket explosions damaged central heating pipes and cut off the supply to 123 high-rise buildings, in which more than 17,000 people,” Starukh wrote, adding that emergency services are currently carrying out repair work at the facilities.
KHERSON – The first passenger train from the beginning of the war from Kiev arrived in Kherson. This was announced by the local newspaper ‘Most’, adding that the 200 passengers who bought ‘Victory Tickets’ have arrived in the liberated city. There is also a mail car in the train that brought letters and parcels to Kherson.
Rail connections from Kherson stopped on February 24, when the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine began. During the occupation of the city, there were no scheduled flights or evacuation trains from other regions where hostilities continued.
CRIMEA – Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be able to return the temporarily occupied Crimea already at the beginning of winter. This was stated by Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Gavrylov in an interview with Sky News, in which he noted that the Ukrainian Armed Forces will regain control of Crimea probably by the end of December this year.
Commenting on the prospects of the peace talks with the Kremlin, the deputy head of the defense ministry said that they would take place only after Russia completely leaves the territory of Ukraine, including the territory of Crimea and parts of the east of the country.
“There is a decision in this regard within the Ukrainian society – he said – It doesn’t matter what script is on the table. People have paid a lot of blood, a lot of effort for what we have already achieved, and everyone knows that any delay or frozen conflict is just a continuation of this war against the existence of Ukraine as a nation”.
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