The Ukrainian government asked its population to prepare for a harsh winter due to Russian bombing: “Stack up blankets”

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For weeks Russia has been hitting the country's energy grid and other infrastructure from the air. That crackdown has caused widespread power outages and left millions without power, water or heat

The Ukrainian government asked its population to prepare for a harsh winter due to Russian bombing: “Stock up blankets&rdquo ;

Olga Kobzar stands in her kitchen as she shows how she heats her house with a gas stove, as she continues Russia's attack on Ukraine, in her apartment in the Saltivka neighborhood from Kharkiv. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Widespread blackouts in Ukraine could last until March, one of the country's energy officials warned, as the population braced for a harsh winter after weeks of constant Russian attacks on its power grid.

The private power company DTEK Yasno has been instructed by the state grid operator to resume emergency shutdownsin its areas of activity, including the capital kyiv and the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, the firm's CEO Sergey Kovalenko said in a Facebook post Monday night.

“Although there are fewer blackouts now, I want everyone to understand: Ukrainians will most likely have to live with blackouts at least until the end of March,” Kovalenko warned.< /p>

“I think we have to be prepared for different options, even the worst ones. Accumulate warm clothes, blankets, think about what would help you endure a long blackout,” he said in a message to the Ukrainian population.

For weeks Russia has hit the < b>power grid and other infrastructure of Ukraine. That crackdown has caused widespread power outages and left millions of people without electricity, water or heat.

The Ukrainian government asked its population to prepare for a harsh winter due to Russian bombing: “Stock up blankets&rdquo ;

Young people load wood onto a truck, to be cooked and stored for the winter in the small village of Malaya Rohan, in the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in the Kharkiv region. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Subzero temperatures are common during the winter in the country. Authorities have begun evacuating civilians from newly liberated areas in the southern regions of Kherson and Mykolaiv fearing it will be difficult to survive the winter.

Kovalenko added that even if the In the event of further Russian attacks, scheduled nationwide power outages would be required to ensure that power is evenly distributed across the battered grid.

Russian missiles have damaged more than 50% of the country's energy facilities, said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the World Health Organization has warned that millions of people face a winter that could put their lives in danger.

Fighting for territory has continued despite deteriorating weather, with Ukrainian forces pressing Russian positions within the counteroffensive launched several weeks ago, while Moscow forces maintain their missile and artillery attacks.

In a crucial battlefield milestone, a Ukrainian official acknowledged that kyiv forces are attacking Russian positions at Cape Kinburn, which gives access to the Black Sea and parts of the Kherson region that remain under control Russian.

The Ukrainian government asked its population to prepare for a harsh winter due to Russian bombing: “Stock up blankets&rdquo ;

Local resident Tetiana Reznychenko, 43, (R) cries in the Ukrainian town of Horenka, severely damaged from fighting in the early days of the Russian invasion, November 19, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Despite the blackout on the campaign, Natalya Humenyuk, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian military's Operational Command South, said in televised remarks that Ukrainian forces “continue a military operation” in the area.

The tip of the Kinburn Peninsula is Russia's last remaining outpost in the southern Ukrainian region of Mykolaiv, just west of Kherson. Ukrainian forces recently liberated other areas in the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions.

Moscow has used the site as a base for missile and artillery strikes against Ukrainian positions in Mykolaiv province and other kyiv-controlled locations on the Black Sea coast.

In a major development , Ukraine recently retook the city of Kherson, on the west bank of the Dnieper River, and its environs.

Capturing Cape Kinburn could help Ukrainian forces push into territory that Russia still controls in the Kherson region “under significantly less Russian artillery fire” than an attempted direct crossing of the Dnieper River would entail, it said on Monday. the night a think tank based in Washington.

The Ukrainian government asked its population to Get ready for a harsh winter from Russian bombing: “Stack up blankets”

Local resident Tetiana Reznychenko, 43, prepares food on a wood-burning stove installed in her apartment, which has no electricity, heating or water, on the fifth floor of an apartment building destroyed by a Russian military attack in the Ukrainian village of Horenka, which was badly damaged by fighting in the first days of the Russian invasion. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The Institute for the Study of War added that controlling the area would helpkyiv to reduce Russian attacks on southern Ukrainian ports and allow it to increase its naval activity in the Black Sea.

Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday reported Russian attacks in several regions of the country: in eastern Donetsk, where the fighting is centered; in northern Sumy, which borders Russia, and in southeastern Dnipropetrovsk.

In the partially occupied Donetsk region, the city of Avdiivka bore the brunt of the attacks, the region's governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said on Telegram.

The city received several hits during the night and an intense artillery round at dawn. No casualties were reported, according to the governor.

Sumy region governor Dmytro Zhyvytskiy said a total of 86 ​​shells had been fired overnight b>to the region. Russian forces attacked several towns with mortar fire, he added. No victims were reported there either.

The Ukrainian government asked its population to prepare for a harsh winter from Russian bombing: “Stack up blankets”

The Institute for the Study of War added that control of the area would help kyiv reduce Russian attacks on southern Ukrainian ports and allow it to increase its naval activity in the Black Sea. REUTERS/Yves Herman

In Dnipropetrovsk, the cities of Nikopol and Marhanets were hit overnight with about 60 shells, the governor, Valentyn Reznichenko, said.

No casualties were reported and the governor did not provide details on the extent of the damage.

(With information from AP)

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