Zelensky says that Ukraine is preparing for all defense scenarios

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday that the defense of Ukraine’s borders is a “constant priority” and that the country is ready for all scenarios against Russia and its allies. Underfloor heating has been restored in Kyiv, city mayor Vitaly Klitschko said. Watch live the latest events in the war in Ukraine.

  • 22:23: Ukraine is preparing for all defense scenarios, Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday that the defense of Ukraine’s borders is a “constant priority” and that the country is ready for all scenarios against Russia and its allies.

“Protection of our borders with both Russia and Belarus is our constant priority,” said Vladimir Zelensky. “We are preparing for all possible defense scenarios.”

Vladimir Zelensky spoke on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belarus, while talks were being held about Moscow’s possible attack on Ukraine from Belarus.

  • 19:37: Iran says it does not need “permission” to develop ties with Russia

After the United States expressed concern about a “large-scale military partnership” between Tehran and Moscow, Iran said it did not need anyone’s “permission” to develop relations with Russia.

Kyiv and its Western backers accuse Russia of using Iranian-made drones to carry out attacks in Ukraine. Iran has admitted to supplying Russia with drones, but insists that those deliveries took place before the attack in Ukraine, but did not evade Western sanctions.

  • 19:33: Ukrainian Jews celebrate the “Feast of Lights” during the blackout

War-weary Ukrainian Jews gathered in prayers and candlelight to begin Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” vowing to resist blackouts caused by Russia’s continued bombing.

In Kiev’s famous Independence Square, known as the Maidan, worshipers huddled together for Hanukkah warmth next to what authorities say is the world’s largest menorah (nine-branched candlestick) in Europe.

  • 15:23: The number of strikes by Ukraine on Russia’s Belgorod region has been increased

As a result of Ukraine’s strikes on Russia’s Belgorod region, 1 person was killed and 8 were injured, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram. In the previous report, the number of injured was five.

  • 15:17: Heat has been restored in Kyiv, according to the capital’s mayor

The heating system has been restored in Kyiv, the mayor of the city, Vitaly Klitschko, said.

“The heating supply system of the capital has been fully restored,” the mayor of Kyiv said on Telegram. Russia fired more than 70 missiles on Friday, one of the heaviest bombardments since Russia’s invasion of the country began on February 24, causing power outages across the country, Ukrainian officials said. Access to heat and water has decreased in the country. .

  • 12:31: Ukraine has struck the Belgorod region of Russia

On Sunday, Ukraine’s strikes on Russia’s Belgorod region injured five people, according to regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov. According to him, the shots targeted Belgorod, the capital of the region, and injured four people, as well as “unfortunately, one dead and one wounded” nearby. The governor of Russia said in Telegram that the windows of several buildings were broken and 14 houses were damaged.

  • 11:18: Germany opens first LNG terminal to turn the page on Russian gas

Germany inaugurated its first liquefied natural gas terminal on Saturday. It was intended to prevent shortages and replace Russian supplies interrupted by the war in Ukraine. But short-term supply remains uncertain.

  • 6:02 am: Electricity has been restored to “about 6 million Ukrainians”.

“Electricity was restored to about six million Ukrainians during the day on Saturday. Repair work is ongoing and has been going on continuously since yesterday’s terrorist attack,” Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said in the evening.

  • 3:59: Russian Defense Minister inspects troops

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected military units participating in Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, the ministry said on Sunday.

“(the minister) approached the areas where the soldiers are stationed to check the positions of the Russian units,” the Russian Ministry of Defense explained on Telegram.

According to the press release of the Ministry, Sergei Shoigu spoke with the soldiers “at the front” and at the “command post”. However, it was not specified when this visit took place and whether Sergei Shoigu went to Ukraine.

  • 23:30: Basic services have been restored in Kyiv

Basic services were restored in Kiev on Saturday evening after intensive Russian bombing of infrastructure.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of the capital, said that a quarter of the capital is still not provided with heat, but the subway has started to operate again. A third of the city is still without power, and emergency shutdowns will be implemented to save energy, according to the mayor.

with AFP

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