Zelensky says Russia waging warfare so Putin can keep in energy ’till the top of his life’


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of “following the devil” and waging a warfare to make sure that its President Vladimir Putin stays in energy “until the end of his life.”

Zelensky switched to talking Russian in his nightly handle on Saturday to ship a message to the Kremlin and Russian residents, as Moscow launched a sequence of lethal strikes that swept a number of areas of Ukraine forward of New Yr.

“All this war that you are waging, you – Russia, it is not the war with NATO, as your propagandists lie,” Zelensky stated. “It isn’t for one thing historic. It’s for one individual to stay in energy till the top of his life.

“And what will be with all of you, citizens of Russia, does not concern him,” he added.

Zelensky stated “Russian leader is hiding behind the troops, behind missiles, behind the walls of his residences and palaces” and behind his individuals. “He hides behind you and burns your country and your future. No one will ever forgive you for terror,” Zelensky emphasised.

Zelensky stated “most of the Russian missiles intercepted by air defense forces.”

“If it were not for air defense, the number of casualties would have been different. Much bigger,” he confused. “And this is yet another proof for the world that support for Ukraine must be increased.”

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal earlier stated Moscow needs to trigger darkness and go away the nation “in the dark for the New Year.”

Moscow intends to “intimidate, leave us in the dark for the new year, cause as much damage to civilian infrastructure as possible,” Shmyhal stated on Telegram.

“There are attacks on civilian infrastructure in different regions of our country. Residential buildings, hotel, (a) shop, place for festivals were damaged. There are dead and injured,” he wrote.

“Russians want to intimidate, leave us in the dark for the New Year, cause as much damage to civilian infrastructure as possible.”

Russian shelling in latest weeks concentrating on crucial infrastructure throughout Ukraine has left a lot of the nation with out entry to warmth and energy, amid a harsh winter season.

Russian shelling in Kyiv killed at least one person on Saturday.

Out of the 20 injured, 14 had been hospitalized, whereas six others got medical care on the spot, Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated on Telegram.

A number of faculty buildings within the capital suffered extreme injury from the explosions, the mayor added.

Air raid sirens, which had been activated earlier following the assaults, at the moment are off in Kyiv.

Additional east within the Donetsk, Kharkiv and Chernihiv areas, Russian strikes killed at the very least six individuals.

Three individuals died and three extra had been wounded within the Donetsk area, Deputy Head of the Workplace of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko stated on Telegram.

One individual was wounded within the Zaporizhzhia area. Two had been killed and one wounded within the Kharkiv area. Two individuals had been wounded within the Kherson area, whereas one died within the Chernihiv area.

Rescuers worked at the site of explosions in Kyiv.

It got here after Russia launched 5 missiles and 29 air strikes on Friday, the Normal Employees of the Ukrainian Armed Forces stated Saturday.

“26 of the enemy’s air strikes were on civilian infrastructure. In particular, the occupants used 10 Shahed-136 UAVs, but all of them were shot down. In addition, the enemy made 80 attacks from multiple rocket launchers, civilian settlements were also hit,” the Normal Employees stated in its newest operational replace.

It stated that Russia “continues to conduct offensive actions at the Lyman and Bakhmut directions and is trying to improve the tactical situation at the Kupiansk and Avdiivka directions.”

Russian forces fired on a number of cities and villages, together with in Lyman, within the path of Bakhmut, within the areas of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.

Thirty % of the capital was left with out energy attributable to emergency shutdowns, Klitschko stated.

“The municipal ‘life support system’ of the capital is operating normally. Currently, 30% of consumers are without electricity. Due to emergency shutdowns,” he stated on Telegram.

“Kyiv residents have water and heat,” he added.

Klitschko additionally reported that the restrictions had been utilized to examine the open part of the pink metro line within the metropolis “for the presence of remnants of missile debris.”

“Specialists are on the way to that area,” he stated. “We will inform you further about the resumption of traffic on the red line.”

Locals in Kyiv informed CNN how they deliberate to spend the New Yr within the capital.

“From 2023 I really want to win, and also to have more bright impressions and new emotions. I miss it very much. I also want to travel and open borders. And I also think about personal and professional growth, because one should not stand still. I have to develop and work for the benefit of the country,” stated Alyona Bogulska, a 29-year-old financier.

“This year, it’s a symbol, not that it’s a small victory, but a symbol that we survived the year,” stated Tatiana Tkachuk, a 43-year-old pharmacy worker.

“And I want to thank everyone who helps Ukraine. We’ve made a lot of friends. And in order to understand that we have a lot of good things, unfortunately, we had to go through terrible things. But so many people are doing real miracles for Ukraine.”

Ukrainian first girl Olena Zelenska stated the nation “will persevere,” following the strikes.

“On New Year’s Eve, cities should be covered by wave of celebration, joy and hope. Ukrainian cities are again covered by missile wave from Russia,” Zelenska tweeted.

“Ruining lives of others is a disgusting habit of our neighbors. But we will persevere and be even stronger – in spite of everything.”

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