Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed that Russian forces shelled 30 settlements in Kherson 258 times in the past week. Meanwhile, the United States will announce new help for the war-hit nation to help the country to restore power as the energy crisis looms.
A woman walks past debris of the destroyed house after recent Russian air strike in Chasiv Yar, Ukraine (Photo: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: As Russian forces continue to shell residential infrastructure and housing in the recently liberated city of Kherson, there has been no breakthrough between both countries after months of fighting. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has claimed that Russian forces shelled various settlements in Kherson 258 times in the past week, news agency Reuters reported.
As the attacks on Ukrainian cities continue, the United States will announce new assistance for the war-torn nation to help Ukraine to restore electricity, Reuters said in a report.
Here are the top developments of the story
In a video address on late Monday, President Zelenskyy accused Russia of attacking 30 settlements in southern Kherson 258 times in the past week.”Today, as every single day, the occupiers again shelled Kherson and the region’s communities. In just one week, the enemy struck 30 settlements, settlements of our Kherson region, 258 times. The Russian army damaged the pumping station, which supplies water to Mykolaiv,” he said.
-As Ukrainians stare at a week of brutal cold and darkness after Russian strikes on its power grid caused blackouts, the United States will announce new aid on Tuesday to help Ukraine restore electricity. Since early October, Russian missiles have targeted Ukraine’s power generation sites, transmission and distribution facilities and water pumping stations. The US is also mulling a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs as the US and allied military inventories are shrinking, Ukraine’s armed general staff said.
A communications line created between the militaries of the US and Russia at the beginning of Russia’s war against Ukraine has been used only once, Reuters reported quoting a source. The United States initiated a call through the “deconfliction” line to communicate its concerns about Russian military operations near critical infrastructure in Ukraine, an official said, who did not wish to be named.
Talks between Russia and the United States regarding nuclear disarmament which were set to take place this week have been postponed, Russia’s foreign ministry and the U.S. Embassy said. The talks were scheduled to begin tomorrow but have been postponed as of now.
Ukraine has been bracing for another cold week amid energy crisis as Zelensky expects that Russia would continue the strike. Amid this, Kyiv has planned to erect Chritmas tree, in a strong display of holiday spirit, officials told Reuters. “No one is going to cancel the New Year and Christmas, and the atmosphere of the New Year should be there,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko told the RBC-Ukraine news agency in an interview. “We cannot allow Putin to steal our Christmas.
The fighting around the key eastern Ukraine town of Bakhmut continued as images of soldiers in flooded, muddy trenches emerged. Ukraine’s presidential office said on Monday that at least four civilians had been killed and 11 others wounded in the latest Russian attacks, the Guardian reported.