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kyiv deprived of electricity after a Russian attack as well as 10 regions of the country

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The Ukrainian capital, kyiv, suffered this Monday, December 19, an attack by Russian drones which damaged several infrastructures “essential” in the middle of winter, a few hours before a meeting in Belarus between Vladimir Putin and his ally Alexander Lukashenko.

In Ukraine, the cold war is raging

During the night, the Ukrainian capital suffered a new assault from drones sent by Russia. According to local authorities, 23 of these devices were seen in the sky of kyiv, 18 of which were shot down by anti-aircraft defense. “Unfortunately, a critical infrastructure facility has been impacted”said on Telegram Serguiï Popko, at the head of the military administration.

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The governor of the Kyiv region, Oleksiy Kuleba, meanwhile, pointed out that “several infrastructures and private houses” had been “damaged” and at least two people injured. According to the national operator Ukrenergo, power cuts were introduced in Kyiv and 10 regions in the face of a situation ” difficult “ on the network after these keystrokes.

Igor, a 35-year-old photo editor who lives in the northwest of the capital, was awakened by the blasts. “We heard a loud explosion and we saw a fire through the window”he says. “Now we have almost no mobile network, no electricity and no water”he adds.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia has brought Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 drones from the Sea of ​​Azov under its control off southeastern Ukraine. Faced with a series of military setbacks this fall, Russia opted as early as October for a tactic of massive bombing to destroy electricity and water supply networks, plunging millions of Ukrainians into cold and darkness.

In Russia, in the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine, one person was killed and several others were injured on Sunday following Ukrainian bombardments, according to local authorities.

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A billion euros of additional aid

To help it cope with very low temperatures, Ukraine’s Western allies promised last week to give it an additional one billion euros in emergency aid.

However, kyiv is calling for more weapons, in particular artillery pieces, while the front has been largely frozen since the onset of winter. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is to announce on Monday the delivery to Ukraine of a large quantity of ammunition for the guns.

“All their targets are now civilians”: Ukraine tries to restore electricity after Russian strikes

On the Russian side, President Vladimir Putin is due to make a rare foreign visit to Belarus, where he will be received by his only ally in this war, his counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.

This meeting comes at a time when the Ukrainian army is monitoring the Belarusian border in particular, for fear of a possible attack on the capital in early 2023. If the troops from Minsk do not take a direct part in the Moscow war, the army Russia is using Belarusian territory to bomb neighboring Ukraine, according to kyiv.

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