There are signs that Russian forces may be preparing to leave the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, said the head of the Ukrainian state company responsible for nuclear energy. “In recent weeks, we are indeed receiving information that signs have emerged that they may be preparing to leave (the factory),” Petro Kotin, director of Energoatom, told national television on Sunday. “It looks like they are packing up and stealing everything they can,” he added. Russia seized the plant in March and repeated shelling around the site raised fears of a nuclear disaster.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Russia plans to launch new missile attacks on his country, warning defense forces and citizens to prepare for strikes. “We understand that the terrorists are preparing new strikes. We know that for sure. And as long as they have missiles, they won’t stop, unfortunately,” he said in his Sunday evening speech. address.
Kyiv mayor traded verbal jabs with Zelenskiy and his allies over how to help residents weather power cuts. Former professional boxer Vitali Klitschko said 430 “warming centres” were helping residents cope with the effects of Russian attacks on power plants, and more than 100 additional centers were planned in case of extreme conditions. Klitschko said Zelenskiy’s allies engaged in “manipulation” of city efforts, including “incomprehensible photos” posted online. “I don’t want to get involved in political battles, especially in the current situation,” he said in a video posted on Telegram on Sunday. “It’s insane. I have things to do in town. Zelenskiy had previously said that Kyiv had not done enough to help the residents.
Hundreds of Ukrainians fled the city of Kherson Sunday as Russian shelling intensified. The liberation of Kherson earlier this month marked a major battlefield win for Kyiv, but residents have struggled with lack of water, heat and electricity. The evacuations began last week amid fears that the infrastructure damage caused by the war was too severe for people to bear during Ukraine’s harsh winter. The exodus has been exacerbated by Russian shelling, which has killed 32 civilians since Russian forces left the city on November 9.
Britain will promise to maintain or increase military aid to Ukraine next year, according to an excerpt from a speech released by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office, which he plans to deliver on Monday. “We will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will maintain or increase our military aid next year. And we will provide new air defense support,” Sunak reportedly said.
The UK will provide Brimstone 2 missiles, a precision-guided missile, to Ukraine as part of its latest aid package. “This aid played a crucial role in blocking Russian advances,” the UK Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
Ukrainian authorities are gradually restoring power, helped by the reconnection of the country’s four nuclear power plants, but millions of people are still without heat or electricity after the most devastating Russian airstrikes of the war. “We have restored power generation and supply day by day,” Zelenskiy said in his Sunday evening speech. “As of today, in most parts of the country, only the stabilization schedules for closures are in effect.”
Russia fires aging cruise missiles stripped of nuclear warheads at Ukrainian targets because Vladimir Putin’s stocks are so depleted, the UK Ministry of Defense has suggested. A ministry intelligence update said the desperate improvisation of struggling Russian forces was “unlikely to have reliable effects”. Russian forces also suffered heavy losses in the fighting in Donetsk province in south-central Ukraine, and they are unlikely to succeed, the ministry added.
Russian opposition leader The survival of Alexei Navalny may depend on its value to Vladimir Putin as a future bargaining chipsaid his senior assistant. Leonid Volkov, speaking during a visit to London, added that Navalny had lost access to his family and was being permanently held in an ‘8ft by 12ft’ cell after being forced into solitary confinement undefined by Russian authorities last week. Only Navalny’s lawyers were allowed to visit his penal colony on weekdays, and even then, Volkov said, “they’re not allowed to see him; they can only speak to him through opaque glass,” meaning they cannot determine his physical condition.