Reports indicate President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has advised Ukrainians to brace for further waves of Russian strikes on infrastructures as winter nears, stating that forces were preparing to strike in the eastern theater of the battle.
A day after Russian troops launched their first missile strike on Kyiv in seven weeks, Zelenskiy gave his warning over his nightly video broadcast.
On Sunday, he made these remarks as a military spokesman warned that Russian assaults on the devastated town of Avdiivka had ceased but were expected to ramp up again.
In the area of Avdiivka, Ukrainian troops reportedly repulsed 11 assaults. In the Maryinka sector, they repelled 15. In the northeastern town of Bakhmut, which Russian forces had taken in May, they repelled 22. Six assaults were thwarted farther north in Kupiansk, where Russian soldiers have been engaged.
According to Ukrainian military intelligence, a bomb blast in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol was an act of retaliation by opposition organizations, killing at least three Russian personnel.
Russia launched rounds of strikes on power plants and other installations connected to the energy network last winter, resulting in continual power outages in widely dispersed districts.
Ukraine will have adequate energy resources to make it through the winter, according to Energy Minister German Galushchenko, who indicated as much on Saturday.
As Russia launched a winter offensive last year, millions of people were left in the cold without access to water or power. Ukrainian authorities claim that in recent weeks, Moscow has launched 60 attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.
Zelenskiy praised the “heroic” defense of Avdiivka, under Russian siege since mid-October. Town structures have been photographed as hollow shells.
Airplane strikes increased, but infantry assaults dropped in the last 24 hours, according to military spokeswoman Oleksandr Shtupun.
Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi, chief of Ukraine’s ground forces, said on his Telegram channel that Moscow’s soldiers were increasingly engaged in Bakhmut and seeking to retake locations.
After months of fighting, Russian soldiers took Bakhmut north of Donetsk in May, but Ukrainian troops retook surrounding settlements.