Ukrainian officials said on Monday they expected a new wave of Russian bombings this week, following previous attacks on critical infrastructure that caused massive cuts to water and electricity, for example in the capital Kiev.
“It is very likely that the beginning of the week will be marked by attacks,” said spokeswoman for the Ukrainian army’s southern command, Natalia Gumeniuk, noting that a Russian ship with missiles had appeared in the Black Sea.
Ukrainian President Volodmir Zelensky warned in a speech broadcast by video on Sunday night that “the week ahead could be as difficult as the previous one”, marked by Russian bombings that caused power and water cuts at a time when the country begins to experience winter temperatures.
“Our forces are preparing. The whole state is preparing. We are preparing all scenarios, even with partners” from the West, added Zelensky, urging his citizens to heed anti-aircraft warnings.
On the other hand, Zelensky pointed to a “very difficult” situation at the front, mainly in the Donetsk region, in the east, where the fighting has been concentrated since the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Kherson region, in the south.