Russians bomb Kherson and fire on crowds queuing for food – The Russian army is shelling Kherson, from which it withdrew eight days ago. The videos posted by the inhabitants after the explosions show a thick column of smoke rising above the city, there are fires. At the moment the authorities are not commenting on the Russian attack, as reported by UNIAN. In the village of Belozerka in the Kherson region, Russian soldiers fired on a humanitarian aid distribution point while bread was being delivered to citizens, five people were injured. This was reported by the deputy head of the presidential office Kirill Timoshenko, quoted by Ukrainska Pravda. “Russian terrorists fired on a humanitarian point during the bread distribution. It happened in Belozerka in the Kherson region. Five people were injured,” he said.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has announced the start of the evacuation of civilians who have suffered damage to their homes or are too old and sick to face the cold winter in Kherson, which has just been liberated, but without electricity, water and heating. UNIAN reports it. Vereshchuk underlined that this is not a mandatory evacuation but a temporary shelter: “The evacuation to the western districts consists in the fact that the state takes responsibility for the transport, people must be taken to the place where they will spend the “Winter. Homes, care, everything you need will be provided,” he said.
British Prime Minister Sunak in Kiev – And today the new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in Kiev for his first visit since he took office. “Since the first days of the war, Ukraine and the United Kingdom have been the strongest allies,” Zelensky wrote, posting a video of him receiving Sunak in the snow. Rishi Sunak meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev confirmed that the UK will provide a major new air defense package to help protect Ukrainian civilians and critical national infrastructure from the intense barrage of Russian attacks. £50m defense aid package includes 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter deadly Iranian-supplied drones, including dozens of radar and anti-drone electronic warfare capabilities. This follows more than 1,000 new anti-aircraft missiles announced by the Secretary of Defense earlier this month. Acknowledging that Ukrainians face a very difficult winter, with widespread blackouts and the destruction of homes, schools and hospitals, the British prime minister also confirmed £12m for the World Food Program response and £4m for the Organization international migration. Funding will help provide generators, shelter, water repairs and mobile health clinics. The UK is also sending tens of thousands of extreme cold winter kits to Ukrainian troops.
Zelensky’s truce speech – “Russia is now trying to reach a short truce to recover its strength. Some would call it the end of the war”, but “the mere end of the war does not guarantee peace”: “such a pause will only make the situation worse” . This was stated by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in a video speech at the International Security Forum in Halifax posted on Telegram according to which “Russia is now trying to reach a short truce to regain its strength. Some would call it the end of the war “, but “the end of the war alone does not guarantee peace”: “such a pause will only make the situation worse”.
“Moscow has not officially contacted Kiev for the peace talks, but in any case Russia would have to fully withdraw its forces for the talks to take place,” Ukrainian presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak said in video link with the International Forum on Peace. Halifax security. “We have not received any official requests from the Russian side for negotiations,” he said. Any negotiation not based on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within the limits of its internationally recognized borders “is not acceptable,” Yermak said.
Kiev power company urges residents to leave – According to the head of Ukraine’s largest private energy company, Dtek, citizens should consider leaving the country to reduce demand on the country’s electricity grid: “If they can find an alternative place to stay for another 3 or 4 months, it will be very useful for the system,” DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko told the BBC. “If less is consumed, then hospitals with injured soldiers will have guaranteed power,” he explained. Timchenko, whose company supplies more than a quarter of Ukraine’s electricity, says the system becomes less reliable with every Russian attack