The energy shortages facing Ukrainians have renewed tensions between Ukraine’s president and Kyiv’s mayor amid the looming power crisis and winter season.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko on Sunday defended himself against accusations by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that too many people in Kyiv still do not have electricity and that not enough centers have been set up for them to store food, water, electricity and other utilities.
Klitschko wrote on Telegram that hundreds of such centers are operating, as well as hundreds of emergency generators, adding: “I don’t want, especially in the current situation, to go to war political. That’s funny.”
Klitschko, who has been involved in several disputes with Zelenskyy before the invasion, said the president’s allies had made “distortions” about the city’s efforts, including “a picture that cannot be understood by flags” posted online.
“To put it mildly, it’s not good. “Not for Ukrainians or for our foreign partners,” Klitschko said.
In his nightly address on Friday, Zelenskyy said Kyiv’s mayor was not doing enough to help poor residents.
“To put it mildly, it needs more work,” he added.
After a series of Russian attacks on infrastructure that began last month, workers were deployed around the clock to restore basic services as many Ukrainians were forced to face only a few hours a day. days – if any. .
Ukrenergo, the state grid operator, said on Sunday that generators were supplying about 80 percent of demand today, compared to 75 percent the previous day.
Impact of winter
With steady rain lashing the capital on Sunday, analysts predicted that the winter weather – bringing cold weather and grueling fighting – could have an increasing impact on the conflict that has been raging since the Russian army invaded Ukraine more than nine months ago.
Experts say both sides have been swamped by heavy rains and muddy fighting conditions.
The Institute for the Study of War, a think tank that has been closely monitoring developments in Ukraine, said reports from both sides indicated that heavy rain and mud – along with the cold – had had an impact. more widely expected on the front lines in the coming days.
“It is not known whether both sides are planning or preparing to continue major offensive or counter-offensive operations at this time, but the meteorological factors that prevented such operations will begin to rise,” he said in in a note issued on Saturday.
‘Time is of the essence’
Russian forces launched an offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine on Sunday morning as civilians continued to flee the southern city of Kherson due to the devastation caused by recent attacks and fears for the future.
The city of Kherson, which was liberated more than two weeks ago – a development that Zelenskyy called a turning point in the war – has come under heavy shelling in recent days by nearby Russian forces.
Ukraine’s top UN official said civilians, many of whom complained of unlivable conditions and feared more strikes, continued to pour into Kherson on on Sunday.
“The scale of the destruction, the scope of the destruction, the demands in the city and in the region – it’s enormous,” said Denise Brown, the UN population coordinator, referring to the region. The UN team brought supplies such as food, water, shelter materials, medicine, and blankets and mattresses, he said.
“Time is of the essence, of course, before it becomes a total disaster,” Brown told The Associated Press in Kherson.
In the eastern part of Donetsk, five people were killed by shelling in the past day, said Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.
Bombings were reported overnight by regional authorities in Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions in the west. In addition, he said that two people were killed by gunfire in the village of Kurakhove.
The city of Kryvyi Rih in the as suchUth of Ukraine has also been hit by Russian airstrikes, according to local authorities.
Two rockets destroyed a transport infrastructure in the morning, military governor Valentyn Reznichenko wrote on the Telegram news channel, without giving further details.