Friday, January 27, 2023

Ukraine faces a disappointing start to 2023

Kyiv, Ukraine ( Associated Press) – Ukrainians faced a disappointing start to 2023 as more Russian missile and drone strikes followed Sunday’s New Year’s Eve assault that killed at least three civilians in the country. died.

Just after midnight, air raid sirens rang out in the capital, followed by a barrage of missiles, disrupting small celebrations Ukrainians were hosting in their homes because of war-imposed curfews. Ukrainian officials claimed that Moscow was deliberately targeting civilians and critical infrastructure to create a climate of fear and affect morale during the long winter months.

In a video address broadcast on Sunday night, President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the citizens’ “unity, authenticity and sense of life itself”. He said, “The Russians will not take a year from Ukraine. They will not take away our independence. We will give them nothing.”

Zelensky said Ukrainian air and ground forces shot down 45 Iranian-made explosive drones that were launched by the Russians between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Another attack on Sunday afternoon in the southern region of Zaporizhia killed one person, according to Alexander Starukh, head of the regional military administration. However, Kyiv was largely quiet, and on New Year’s Day, people there enjoyed peaceful moments.

“Of course, it was difficult to celebrate sincerely because we understand that our soldiers cannot be with their families,” said Evgenia Shulzhenko, sitting with her husband on a park bench facing the city.

But a “really powerful” New Year’s Eve speech by Zelensky lifted her spirits and made her proud to be Ukrainian, said Shulzhenko, who recently moved to Kyiv after living in two cities, Bakhmut and Kharkiv. , Who has experienced some fighting. war.

Several explosions rocked Kyiv and other areas of Ukraine on Saturday and throughout the night, injuring dozens. An Associated Press photographer at the site of the explosion saw the body of a woman as her husband and son stood nearby.

Ukraine’s largest university, the Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv campus, reported significant damage to its facilities. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said two schools were damaged, including a kindergarten.

The blasts came just 36 hours after Moscow launched a barrage of missiles to damage energy infrastructure facilities on Thursday. The unusually high speed on Saturday alarmed Ukrainian officials. Since October, Russia has carried out airstrikes against Ukrainian electricity and water supplies almost every week, adding to the agony of Ukrainians as their ground forces fight to defend their positions and advance.

One person was killed and hundreds of windows were broken at a children’s hospital in overnight artillery attacks on parts of the southern city of Kherson, according to the president’s deputy chief of staff, Kirillo Timoshenko. Ukrainian forces retook control of the city in November, after Russian forces crossed the Dnieper River, which bisects the Kherson region.

Kherson Governor Yaroslav Yanushevich said surgeons were operating on a 13-year-old boy who had been seriously wounded in a nearby village that afternoon when artillery shelled the children’s hospital late Saturday. The boy was transferred in serious condition to a hospital in Mykolaiv, some 99 kilometers (62 mi) away.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old woman who was wounded in a rocket attack in the eastern city of Khmelnitsky later died during treatment, Mayor Oleksandr Simchishin said.

Although Russian shelling has left many Ukrainians without heat or electricity due to damage or rolling blackouts aimed at preserving remaining power supplies, Ukraine’s state-owned power grid operator said on Sunday that power would be restored during a day There will be no restriction on the use of

“The electricity industry is doing everything possible to ensure that the New Year holidays are celebrated light and without restrictions,” said the UkrainianErgo electricity company.

Ukrainergo said companies and industries had cut their consumption to allow additional power supply to households.

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