Target of Russian strikes, Kherson counts its dead and measures the damage | War in Ukraine
Residents of Kherson in southern Ukraine view the damage to a business. Friday, for the second day in a row, Russian strikes fell on this city from which Moscow had withdrawn its troops two weeks ago.
Fifteen civilians were killed on Friday by a Russian bombardment of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, two weeks after the forced withdrawal of Russian troops from this strategic city, while more than six million homes are affected throughout the country by blackouts ;electricity due to Moscow strikes.
Moscow's strategy of targeting critical infrastructure as Ukraine plunges into winter temperatures constitutes war crimes for Ukraine's Western allies, and labeled a crime against Ukraine. humanity by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The deadliest shelling in recent days hit Kherson: 15 residents of the city were killed and 35 injured, including a child, Galyna Lugova, an official with the city's military administration, told the networks. social. She said several private homes and high-rise buildings were damaged.
Russian invaders opened fire on a residential area using multiple rocket launchers. A large building caught fire, Yaroslav Yanushevich, governor of the Kherson region, said earlier in the day. Due to constant Russian shelling, we are evacuating patients from hospitals in Kherson.
The Russian withdrawal from Kherson, which Moscow hoped to make its base in occupied southern Ukraine, has reshuffled the cards in this nine-month-long war. The city is strategically located to connect the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia since 2014, and the Ukrainian port of Odessa to the west.
Meanwhile, more than six million homes in Ukraine were affected by power cuts in Ukraine on Friday, two days after massive Russian strikes against that country, according to Volodymyr Zelensky. Tonight, blackouts continue in most regions and in Kyiv, the head of state added in his daily address.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
kyiv – with some 600,000 homes without electricity in the evening – and its region, as well as the provinces of Odessa (south), Lviv, Vinnytsia (west) and Dnipro (center-east) , are the most affected by the cuts, he added, calling on Ukrainians to save electricity in areas where power has been restored.
“We must endure this winter – a winter that everyone will remember. »
— Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, in a Facebook post
He had earlier in the day visited Vyshgorod, a city north of kyiv where the strikes were six dead and dozens injured on Wednesday.
Engineers continued to repair the damage across the country. In the capital, a third of kyiv's housing already has heating, specialists continue to restore it. Half of the users are still without electricity, said its mayor, Vitali Klitschko.
During the day, the energy companies plan to connect electricity for all users on an alternating basis, he assured, at one point where the temperatures were around zero degrees and where the rain was in the game.
In her apartment where the gas for the kitchen and the heating were disconnected, Albina Bilogoub explained that her children now all slept in one room to keep warm. This is our life. A sweater, then a second, a third. We live like this now, she said.
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Faced with this massive Russian bombardment, Ukraine received air defense systems from the West, but it would need more to neutralize the missiles and Moscow drones.
Paris and Berlin will support Ukraine until the end of this conflict, assured French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne in Berlin, alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. From day one of this brutal war, our two countries have provided unwavering support to Ukraine, said Ms. Borne.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
The German Chancellor has ruled that Russia's policy of terror by bombs against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine must end. He recalled that Germany and France were working to help Ukraine rebuild its partially destroyed energy infrastructure.
Visiting Ukraine on Friday, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also announced new aid for Ukrainians, in particular the dispatch of ambulances and support for survivors of sexual violence perpetrated by the ;Russian army.
On Friday, AFP journalists saw queues of cars waiting to be refueled in front of several gas stations in kyiv, and the operation of networks of mobile telephony was still disrupted in some areas.
Russia, for its part, claims to only target military infrastructure and has blamed the power cuts on the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was meeting the mothers of members of special military operations on Friday ahead of Mother's Day, which is celebrated on the last Sunday of November in Russia.
The Kremlin assured that Ukraine could end the suffering of its people by accepting Russian demands.
Russian President Vladimir Putin met soldiers' mothers for the first time on Friday, saying he shared their pain and called on them not to believe the lies about the offensive launched on February 24 by the Kremlin in Ukraine.
Mr. Putin has taken on enemies in the information field who he says seek to devalue, discredit the Russian offensive in Ukraine. We must achieve our goals, and we will achieve them, Putin said.
Russian diplomacy has also denounced the resolution of the European Parliament, which this week qualified Russia as a state promoter of terrorism. Moscow claims that this decision has nothing to do with the fight against terrorism.