Almost 400 strikes hit Ukrainian positions and the “fiercest battles” are raging in the Donetsk region “sending Ukraine back to the Stone Age” amid power outages.
Vladimir Putin has resorted to blowing up power grids causing rolling blackouts leaving millions of resident with no electricity or heating as temperatures hit a bone chilling -20C.
Following a series of humiliating retreats by the Russian forces Putin is trying to freeze around ten million people into submission over the winter.
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President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly address, “The fiercest battles, as before, are in the Donetsk region.
“Although there were fewer attacks today due to worsening weather, the amount of Russian shelling unfortunately remains extremely high.
“In the Luhansk region, we are slowly moving forward while fighting.
“As of now, there have been almost 400 artillery attacks in the east since the start of the day.”
Oleh Zhdanov, a military analyst based in Kyiv said that offensive fighting are happening in Bakhmut and Avdiivka frontline in the Donetsk region and in many other places Ukraine.
Zhdanov said, “The enemy is trying to break through our defences, to no avail.
“We fight back – they suffer huge losses.”
Anastasia Pyrozhenko, 25, who lives in a 26-storey apartment block Kyiv said, “Russian strikes are plunging Ukraine into the Stone Age.”
She said that over a 24 hour period there was a power outage and in one day her building only had electricity for 30 minutes.
She added, “Our building is the highest in the area and is a great target for Russian missiles, so we left our apartment for our parents’ place and are preparing for the worst winter of our lives.”