Russian invasion: War against Ukraine: That's the situation

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Russian military is sticking to its previous tactics of targeted attacks against the Ukrainian energy grid.

Russian invasion: War against Ukraine: That's the situation

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Russian military is sticking to its previous tactics of targeted attacks against the Ukrainian energy grid. In order to alleviate the suffering of the population, winter aid worth billions is to be launched at an international conference in Paris today.

Selenskyj expects further attacks on the energy network

"After every Russian attack, we restore the system as far as possible," Zelenskyy said in his daily video address. Everything is being done to bring new equipment into the country and repair the damage. Nevertheless, it should be borne in mind that Russia has not given up its tactics. "The absence of massive rocket attacks only means that the enemy is preparing for new ones and can strike at any time," said Zelenskyy.

According to estimates by the Ukrainian military intelligence service, Russia still has an arsenal of around 360 cruise missiles. This would be enough for at least five waves of attacks, said spokesman Vadim Skibizkyj.

For weeks, the Russian armed forces have been targeting the entire energy infrastructure with missiles and so-called kamikaze drones. As a result, massive failures in the water and power supply are the order of the day. This tactic is primarily intended to wear down the civilian population in winter and stir up unrest.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke on Monday of Russian President Vladimir Putin's "cynical tactics" and "barbaric attacks on critical national infrastructure."

Kiev: Battles for Bakhmut and Avdiivka continue

According to reports from Kiev, heavy fighting for the villages of Bakhmut and Avdiivka in Donbass in eastern Ukraine continues. Several advances by Russian troops were repelled there, the Ukrainian general staff said on Monday evening. Several attacks with Russian multiple rocket launchers were reported from Cherson in southern Ukraine. There were dead and injured, it said. The information could not be independently verified.

In several attacks by the Ukrainian air force and the barrel and rocket artillery, Russian troops and armored vehicles were targeted, sources in Kiev said. However, the military did not provide any more detailed information about the location.

Scholz: Make preparations for the time after the end of the war

Chancellor Olaf Scholz held out the prospect of Russia returning to economic cooperation if the war in Ukraine were to end. At the 70th anniversary of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, Scholz said that Russia would remain the largest country on the European continent even after the end of the war. It is therefore important to make preparations for this time. "One thing is clear: the relationships we had are currently being reduced," said Scholz.

G7 countries pledge further support to Ukraine

The G7 countries pledged their continued support to Ukraine in its defensive struggle against Russia. The states are still firmly on the side of Ukraine, said Chancellor Scholz in Berlin after a switching conference with the other heads of state and government and the Ukrainian President Selenskyj. They will support Ukraine "as long as it is necessary". At the same time, the economic pressure on Russia is kept high.

On behalf of the G7, the Chancellor once again called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to "stop the senseless killing in Ukraine and withdraw his troops".

Zelenskyj proposes Russia's withdrawal for Christmas

Zelenskyi indirectly suggested to Moscow that the occupying forces should be withdrawn from Ukraine by Christmas. With this step, Russia can show its true intentions, said Zelenskyj in a video link to the G7 summit in Berlin. Should Russia withdraw its armies from Ukraine, this would ensure a reliable cessation of hostilities. "And I don't see any reason why Russia isn't doing this now, at Christmas. The answer from Moscow will show what they really want there," Zelenskyj was quoted as saying by the Unian state agency.

That will be important on Tuesday

The EU states have just agreed in Brussels on a billion-euro package for Ukraine, which has been badly hit by the war - now emergency aid for the winter is to be mobilized at an international conference in Paris. At the meeting on Tuesday with representatives from around 70 countries, international organizations and the European Union, the focus is on repairing the infrastructure destroyed by the Russian war of aggression, above all the power and heat supply. On Monday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal estimated the extent of the damage to the power grid at one billion dollars.