Ukraine repels night attack by Russian drones | War in Ukraine

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Russia , which was planning a blitz campaign in Ukraine, faces unexpected resistance from the Ukrainian military.

Ukraine says it repelled a nighttime explosive drone attack launched by Russia on Friday, less than 24 hours after massive bombardments of energy infrastructure left millions of Ukrainians without electricity.< /p>

Since October and a series of military setbacks on the front, Russia has chosen to opt for strikes on Ukrainian power plants and transformers, thus immersing the population in cold and dark in the middle of winter.

Thursday's missile attack was the tenth of its kind. It was followed by a nocturnal salvo of Shahed explosive drones, according to the Ukrainian Air Force, which assured Friday morning to have shot down the 16 Iranian-made devices that had been launched. p>

kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned that seven of them were targeting the capital. Two were shot down on the approach to the town and five more above it.

There were no casualties, but falling debris damaged the windows of two buildings in a southwestern district of kyiv, he added.

According to the Ukrainian Presidency, other drones were shot down in the Cherkassy and Dnipro regions in the center of the country.

In a post on social media, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that the war was tough, but said he believed […] that Russian aggression would fail.

According to an updated report, 58 of the 70 cruise missiles fired by Russia were shot down on Thursday. A total of four civilians were killed and eight others injured, according to the latest report from the Ukrainian presidency.

Power outages continued to be widespread on Friday, so that power has already been heavily rationed across the country for weeks.

The millions of Ukrainians who do not have a generator are therefore preparing to celebrate the New Year without electricity, sometimes without water or heating, and with a curfew.

According to the electricity company Ukrenergo, the consequences of the damage to the operation of the network are less than what the enemy had expected […], but the situation in the south and east of the country remains difficult.

In addition, consumption restrictions have been introduced in all Ukrainian regions, Ukrenergo added, in a statement.

To cope with the situation, generators have multiplied in towns. From kyiv to Lviv, these devices purr on the sidewalks to supply businesses and restaurants in particular and allow them to operate.

Ukrainian workers repairing high voltage power lines damaged by recent Russian missile strikes.

Ten months after the launch of the Russian invasion of Ukraine , February 24, the fighting continues to rage. The battles of Bakhmout, a city in the east that Russia has been trying to conquer for months, and Kreminna, which Ukrainian forces are trying to retake, are particularly bloody today.

Russia, which was planning a lightning campaign, had to give up taking kyiv in the spring. It withdrew from the North before abandoning the Northeast in September, and part of the South in November, in the face of an over-motivated Ukrainian army strong in Western weapon systems.

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Prospects for peace talks are almost non-existent.

Ukraine demands the total withdrawal of the Russian army, while Moscow wants at least kyiv to cede to it the four regions which the Kremlin has been claiming annexation since the end of September, as well as Crimea annexed in 2014 .

Russian President Vladimir Putin in early December justified the tactic of massive strikes affecting millions of civilians, calling it a response to Ukrainian attacks on Russian infrastructure.< /p>

He also presents his invasion, at the cost of heavy losses, as a necessity, asserting that the West was using Ukraine as a beachhead to threaten Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian-Western relations are thus at the lowest. The Europeans and the Americans are stepping up sanctions against Moscow and increasing their military support for Ukraine.

On Friday, during a videoconference interview with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, Russia's ally, Putin said the two countries are successfully resisting the West.

Amid the unprecedented pressure and provocations of the West, we defend our positions, welcomed Mr. Putin, who wants to strengthen cooperation between the armed forces of Russia and China.

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