Ukrainian national police chief Ihor Klymenko said 32 civilians had been killed in Kherson since November 9, when Russian forces were forced to withdraw from the town they had occupied for eight months.
The city of kyiv was among the hardest hit by the cuts with some 600,000 homes without power on Friday evening.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assured on Saturday that his people would stand firm in the face of Russian attacks, which regularly cause massive power and water cuts as winter temperatures set in.
On the front, prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine continued on Saturday.
Dozens of countries (including France) allocate financial aid to support the “Grain from Ukraine” program.
Five hours of shelling on the Dnipropetrovsk region
Sirens sounded for almost nine hours and enemy shelling continued for five hours in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
“The Russian occupation troops terrorized the Nikopol district all night.
They fired Grad systems and heavy artillery from temporarily occupied Enerhodar.
They targeted two communities: Chervonohryhorivka and Marhanets,” Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said on Telegram.
According to an initial report, no one was injured.
On the other hand, the material damage is significant: six private houses, six farms, cars belonging to a private company and a gas pipeline were damaged.
The weather slows down military operations
Mud, snow, cold, rain… For the past few days, according to the latest report from the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), bad weather conditions on the front have slowed down the pace of military operations.
According to Ukrainian and Russian reports, the ISW argues that the armed forces are mostly hampered by heavy rain and mud.
However, with the temperatures dropping, the pace of operations could increase in the coming weeks “as temperatures drop and the ground freezes over the front”.
New aid for the export of cereals to Africa and power cuts
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo paid a visit to kyiv on Saturday, his first since the start of the Russian invasion.
According to the Belga agency, it provides additional financial support of 37.4 million euros for Ukraine, in particular to help the population to cope with winter in a context of power cuts.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced in a video additional aid of 15 million euros to support Ukrainian grain exports, disrupted by the war.
French President Emmanuel Macron has also promised an additional 6 million euros for these exports, which are vital for the supply of many countries in Africa and Asia.
“We have chosen to act in solidarity with the most vulnerable countries.
Russia, meanwhile, continues to use hunger as a means of pressure and food as a weapon of war,” he said in a message.
Ukrainians 'cannot be broken' says Zelensky
“Ukrainians have been through really terrible things.
And despite everything, they retained the ability not to submit and their love of freedom.
In the past they wanted to destroy us with hunger, now with darkness and cold,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video posted to Telegram on Saturday, marking the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, the famine deliberately caused by the Stalinist regime. in the 1930s.
"We cannot be broken," he said.
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