Vladimir Putin calls for evacuation of civilians from Kherson

President Vladimir Putin has called for the evacuation of civilians from Russian-occupied Kherson, the first to acknowledge that Ukraine’s attempts to retake Kherson are gaining momentum. “People living in Kherson need to stay away from the most dangerous areas. [combat] Because civilians should not suffer.” President Putin spoke to volunteers in Red Square on Friday. Ukraine launched a fierce counterattack to retake Kherson, the only regional capital the Russians could occupy within nine months of its invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Putin of relying on “energy terrorism” and said 4.5 million people across the country are without electricity. Power outages have fallen sharply as a result of large-scale missile bombing by Russia and drone attacks on Ukrainian power facilities in recent weeks. Kyiv and the rest of the country into the darkness of night. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 450,000 Kyiv residents had power outages on Friday. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu admitted this week that the Russian military is targeting critical infrastructure to “disarm the military infrastructure and those affecting the decline of Ukraine’s military power”. A $400 million Ukrainian military support package, delivery of the Hawk anti-aircraft defense system and tactical Phoenix Ghost drone, and advanced tank repairs to be sent from the Czech Republic. The delivery of the Hawk system, which the United States replaced with the Patriot system in the mid-1990s, is an upgrade from the Stinger surface-to-air missile it has provided so far because the Hawk system has a longer range. A meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers in Münster, Germany It said on Friday that it had established a “G7 coordination mechanism” to help Ukraine “repair, restore and defend its critical energy and water infrastructure.” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who hosted the meeting, said. She was preparing a “winter package” for Ukraine. “[We’re] We are supplying generators, mobile homes, water pumps and sanitation facilities,” he said. The United States is funding the repair of 45 tanks owned by the Czech Republic and the Netherlands is funding the renovation of an additional 45 tanks. province in September and three other southeastern Ukraine regions. Putin declared martial law in four regions last month, giving government officials the power to forcibly evacuate citizens. Russian-based officials have repeatedly urged local residents in recent weeks to leave the Kherson province west of the Dnipro River to “defend the city”. This will “give the military the opportunity to carry out missions without civilians.” However, after some time he deleted the video and posted another video confirming that Kherson was under full Russian control. The impact of repeated Russian attacks is that the craters of the Kyiv missiles are quickly filled, and the broken windows are covered with planks. But after the sun goes down, the city plunges into eerie darkness. Street lights and business signs remain off, candles flicker in the windows, and people roam the streets with torches illuminating their faces only with their smartphone screens. Power outages are also damaging to businesses. , some of them were forcibly closed during power outages. Supermarkets had to cancel orders after power outages and were unable to process payments. However, sporting goods and electronic stores were overflowing with customers. Oleh Mrichko, manager of the Gorgany sporting goods store in Kyiv, said “every time there was a drone and missile attack,” more people came. “They come to buy this,” he said, pointing to the lamp and the portable cooking stove. Customers also bought down jackets, gloves, hats, torches, tarps, fast-burning fire starters, wool socks and hand warmers. Further reports by Guy Chazan of Berlin and James Politi of Washington
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