About 1.5 million residents of Odessa were left without electricity for “weeks”.

About 1.5 million residents of Odessa and its province in southern Ukraine have been without electricity since Saturday night following Russian strikes. According to local authorities, it will take “weeks” to repair the power grids. Find the progress of December 11 hour by hour.

  • 11:00 p.m.: Emergency crews are working to restore power to several districts

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said emergency teams were working to deal with power outages in many parts of Ukraine, including the Black Sea port of Odessa, following Russian attacks.

“Currently, it has been possible to partially restore the supply in Odessa and other cities and regions of the region,” he said during a video address at night.

Russian forces used Iranian-made drones to strike two power plants in Odessa on Saturday, knocking out power to nearly 1.5 million customers and nearly all non-critical infrastructure in and around the port.

Vladimir Zelensky said that Odessa was “one of the regions with the most power cuts”. Other areas facing “very difficult” electricity supply conditions include the capital Kyiv and its region, four regions in western Ukraine and Dnepropetrovsk in the center of the country.

According to the President of Ukraine, work on restoring electricity for the general population is ongoing.

  • 18:06: Experts help Ukraine investigate sexual violence

A team of international legal advisers has been working with local prosecutors in recent days to gather evidence of sexual crimes committed by Russian forces in the city of Kherson, which was recently liberated by the Ukrainian military.

The team consists of experts from Global Rights Compliance, an international law firm headquartered in The Hague.

Their mission is part of a wider international effort to support Ukrainian authorities to prove that the Russians have committed crimes since the start of the conflict almost ten months ago.

  • 17:09: Odessa port out of service after Russian attack

Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky told Reuters that Ukraine’s port of Odessa was shut down after Russia attacked the region’s power grid, but grain traders should be able to continue exporting.

He said in a telephone interview that two more ports – Chornomorsk and Pivdenniy – which are allowed to export grain from Ukraine according to the agreement between Moscow and Kyiv, are partially functioning.

According to Mykola Solsky, the port of Odessa is currently unusable as the power generators have not yet been activated. Grain merchants continue to transport their products through the other two ports.

  • 15:31: Macron speaks with Zelensky ahead of the Ukraine conference in Paris on Tuesday

“With President Zelenskiy, we prepared the conferences hosted by France on Tuesday: first, with international companies to meet Ukraine’s winter recovery needs, and second, with French companies involved in the reconstruction of the country,” he said. French President on Twitter.

“We synchronized our positions on the eve of the G7 virtual summit and support conference in Paris. We discussed the implementation of our ten-point plan for peace, defense cooperation and energy stability,” the Ukrainian president wrote in his tweet.

At this conference on Tuesday, Volodymyr Zelenskiy will intervene in the video “For stability and reconstruction of Ukraine”, and his prime minister will also participate.

  • 14:20: Putin and Erdogan discuss the gas project between Russia and Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan discussed joint energy projects, including the gas sector, on Sunday.

According to the information of Ria and Ifax agencies, the establishment of a regional gas hub in Turkey was discussed in a telephone conversation between the two leaders.

  • 13:00: Hunt for Russian “collaborators” in Kherson

After eight months of occupation by Russian forces, an atmosphere of suspicion prevails in Kherson, where Ukrainian authorities are still wary of the presence of people who have cooperated with the Russians, and are still trying to identify them.

Kherson now lives under strict police surveillance, which is very present and visible. There are checkpoints at the exits of the city, patrolling the streets: men dressed in blue check identity documents, ask questions, search the trunks of cars, to expel “collaborators”.

“These people have been here for more than eight months. They worked for the Russian regime and now we have information and documents about each of them. Our police know everything about them and each of them will be punished,” said Yaroslav Yanushevich, the governor of Kherson region. AFP.

  • 12:28: According to the governor, two people were killed as a result of Russian fire in Kherson region

Two people were killed and five others were injured in Russian airstrikes targeting the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, governor Yaroslav Yanushevich said on Sunday.

“The enemy has again attacked the residential areas of Kherson,” he said on his Telegram account, saying that the Russian army had struck a maternity hospital, a cafe and a residential building.

  • 10:02: Former Russian President Medvedev assures that Moscow is accelerating the production of the “most powerful” weapons

Russia’s former president and now No. 2 member of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Sunday that Moscow was developing “the most powerful weapons of destruction” based on “new principles” and threatening to use them against the West.

“Our enemy is not only entrenched in the government of Kyiv (administrative territorial body of Imperial Russia, editor’s note). […] It is also in Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and other places that have sworn allegiance to the Nazis of our time,” he wrote. “That is why we are intensifying the production of the most powerful means of destruction. , including those based on new principles,” he continued in a message on his Telegram account early Sunday morning.

He did not elaborate on these new principles, but appeared to refer specifically to new generations of hypersonic weapons, which Moscow has been proud to actively develop in recent years.

  • 8:20 a.m.: Residents still without electricity in Odessa after Russian strikes

“The situation in Odessa region is very difficult. Odessa and other cities and towns of the region were plunged into darkness after night strikes by Iranian drones,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video he shared on social media daily.

“At present, more than one and a half million people are without electricity in Odessa region. Only the necessary infrastructures are connected – when it is possible to get electricity,” he added.

The services of the regional administration have called on the residents of this large port city to leave the region, stating that it will take “weeks” to repair the energy networks after the strikes that took place last night.

A police officer walks near the site of an explosion in the Russian-held city of Melitopol in Ukraine's Zaporozhye region, October 25, 2022.
A police officer walks near the site of an explosion in the Russian-held city of Melitopol in Ukraine’s Zaporozhye region, October 25, 2022. © AFP

  • 4:36: Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking Melitopol

Ukraine attacked the city of Melitopol in the south-east of Ukraine on Saturday evening.

Local authorities established by the Russian occupation said that two people were killed and ten people were injured after the rocket attack. “Air defense systems destroyed two missiles, four more hit their targets,” Yevgeny Balitsky, head of pro-Russian authorities in Zaporozhye, told Telegram.

  • 4:13: Bakhmut city “turned into ruins”

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russian forces had “destroyed the city of Bakhmut,” while Ukraine’s military said Saturday it had fired missiles, rockets and aircraft at several parts of the country. “The situation remains very difficult” in several cities on the front line, the Ukrainian president added in an overnight video.

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