Russia bombed the Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih with cruise missiles again on Thursday after that A devastating blow the day before It destroyed a reservoir dam and caused widespread flooding.
The recent attack on the birthplace of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, caused serious damage. Oleksandr Vilkul, a military official in Kryvyi Rih, said two missiles hit the same tank they hit on Wednesday, which was under repair. He urged residents to stay in shelters.
This came at a time when Zelensky met with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der LeyenWhich was in Kyiv on her third visit since the massive Russian invasion.
Zelensky, in his late-night speech on Wednesday, described Russian tactics as the work of “weak and bastards” who fled the battlefield and were inflicting mischief from “far.”
On Thursday, he said the Kremlin was cynically targeting thousands of civilians in retaliation for its military defeats. We are not talking about the military infrastructure here. “This is not a surprise to us,” he said, standing next to von der Leyen at his home in the Mariinsky Palace.
Russia escalates attacks on electricity and utilities providers after Ukraine shock Counterattack in the Northeast from the country. Within a few days, Ukrainian forces regained control of almost all of the Kharkiv region, including nearly 400 settlements.
Recent Moscow strikes have cut off basic water and electricity. Earlier this week, Russian warplanes fired long-range missiles at a major power station in Kharkiv, plunging the city and much of the surrounding area into darkness.
Zelensky said he and the European Commission chief discussed how to keep their citizens warm during the winter, at a time when Moscow has shut off gas to most of Europe. Ukraine It exports electricity to the European Union after connecting it in March to its grid.
He also called on Germany, Italy, France, the United States and Israel to provide Kyiv with modern air defense systems. Berlin has promised to send Iris-T air defense units, but they have not yet arrived. Zelensky said the technology is badly needed to provide security for Ukrainians.
On the senior European official’s visit, the Ukrainian president revealed a corridor of a fame-style tablet showing von der Leyen’s name outside his palace residence. She joins frequent visitors Boris Johnson and Polish President Andrzej Duda at “Alley of the Braves”. Air-strike alerts sounded minutes before the joint press conference on Thursday.
Von der Leyen said the successful Ukrainian counterattack around Kharkiv “lifted the spirits” of Zelensky’s European friends. She said that talks are underway on Kyiv’s accession to the European Union and the single market, adding: “We are friends forever. We will be with you as long as things go.”
At Kryvyi Rih, engineers began repairing some of the damage to the hydraulic system that caused the Inhulets to burst. Eight cruise missiles hit the pumping station there on Wednesday in what Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called a cowardly “terrorist act”.
According to the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Senehubov, the Russian soldiers withdrawing from the city of Balaklia blew up the local gas company. They stole almost all of the company’s specialized vehicles, Sinihopov said, adding that Ukrainian utility services were working to restore supplies.
Russian units are reported to be digging around the city of Sfatov, Luhansk Province, after withdrawing from the neighboring Kharkiv region last week. They fortified their positions on the east bank of the River Uskil, about 10 miles from the newly liberated city of Izium.
Leonid Pashnik, president of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, admitted that the “Ukrainian enemy” was now “virtually at the border.” Insisting there was absolutely no reason to panic, he repeated the phrase twice.
The Institute for the Study of War reported that the Kremlin was trying to blame Vladimir Putin’s uncomfortable military setbacks for Russia. Instead, the think tank said in its latest report that they are assigning blame to “uninformed military advisers”.
“Kremlin officials and state media propaganda extensively discuss the causes of Russia’s defeat in the Kharkiv region, a marked change from their previous pattern of reporting exaggerated or fabricated Russian successes in limited detail,” she added.