Ukraine warns of more attacks on infrastructure, as mayor urges Kyiv to prepare for the worst

KYIV: UkrainePresident Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday warned of more potential Russian attacks on energy infrastructure, while the mayor of Kyiv advised residents to consider preparing to leave temporarily if the capital loses water and electricity supplies.
In his regular nightly remarks, Zelenskyy said Russia is “concentrating forces and means to be able to repeat mass attacks on our infrastructure. Energy first.”
More than 4.5 million consumers were without electricity, he added, amid fears that support for Ukraine could waver as the war’s impact on energy and food prices continues. extended into winter.
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who arrived in Kyiv on Friday and pledged Washington’s “steadfast and uncompromising” support for Ukraine, held undisclosed talks with officials Russia aims to avoid further escalation, the Wall Street Journal said on Sunday.
News of those contacts followed a report that Washington was urging Kyiv to signal an openness to negotiations with Russia.
Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak earlier said on Twitter that Ukraine will “stand firm” despite Russia’s attacks on its energy infrastructure, by deploying air defenses, protecting it. infrastructure and optimize consumption to do so.
Sergei Kovalenko, chief executive officer of YASNO, a major energy supplier to the capital, said the country expected a 32 percent shortfall in supply on Monday.
The warnings following a speech by Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko urged residents to “consider everything”, including the worst-case scenario in which the capital loses electricity and water.
Residents should consider “spending time” with friends or family outside the city, he said in a television interview on Saturday in which he accused the Russian president. Vladimir Putin deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure.
“His mission is for us to die, freeze or make us flee our land for him to get it. That’s what the invader wants to achieve,” Klitschko added.
To the south, Russia and Ukraine continued their trade accusations as Ukraine entered the city of Kherson. Reuters was unable to immediately verify the battlefield accounts from both sides.
Regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevych said Russian forces had destroyed about 1.5km of power lines, cutting off supplies to the city of Beryslav.
“Most likely there will be no electricity in Beryslav until it is completely liberated from occupation,” Yanushevych wrote on the Telegram messaging app, adding that power lines to Kherson had also been destroyed.
On Sunday, Russian news agencies said shelling by Ukrainian forces damaged the vast Russian-administered Nova Kakhovka dam, upstream of Kherson on the Dnipro River. They did not provide supporting evidence and Reuters could not immediately verify the reports.
Russian state news agency TASS quoted an emergency services representative as saying that a missile made by the US-made HIMARS missile system hit the lock of the dam, damaging it.
The official called the incident an “attempt to facilitate a humanitarian disaster” by breaking the dam.
The warnings come as the Wall Street Journal reports that Sullivan has held secret conversations in recent months with a Kremlin aide. Yuri Ushakov and Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev without public disclosure.
Few high-level contacts between US and Russian officials have been made public in recent months, as Washington insists that any talks on ending the war in Ukraine will be held between Moscow and Moscow. and Kyiv.
The White House declined to comment on the report, responding only with a statement attributed to National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson: “People ask for a lot of things.”
On Saturday, the Washington Post said the United States was encouraging Ukraine in particular to signal an openness to negotiations with Russia, as the state department said Moscow was escalating the war and did not seriously want to participate in the talks. peace.
The newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said the request of US officials was not intended to push Ukraine to the negotiating table but was a calculated effort to ensure Kyiv maintains the support of other countries.
Zelenskyy signed a decree on October 4 formally declaring the prospects of any Ukraine negotiations with Putin “impossible” but leaves the door open for negotiations with Russia.
The White House National Security Council did not immediately comment on the accuracy of the report.
A State Department spokesman replied: “We’ve said before and will say it again: Actions speak louder than words. If Russia is willing to negotiate, it should stop bombing and missile and withdraw its forces. out of Ukraine.”


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