Kyiv strengthens its air defenses as the Ukrainian capital faces power outages

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yiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has announced the arrival of new air defense equipment in the Ukrainian capital as the city faces weeks of power cuts following Russian airstrikes on key infrastructure.

“The military assured me (at a recent meeting) that new air defense equipment has arrived in the capital and that our skies will be safer,” Klitschko told Ukrainian television on Friday.

“We hope there will be no more attacks and provocations with drones and suicide missiles,” Klitschko added, referring to the Iranian-made Shahed explosive drones repeatedly spotted over cities. Ukrainians.

Earlier on Friday, Kyiv’s mayor said the Ukrainian capital’s power grid was operating in “emergency mode”, with electricity supplies down 50% from pre-war levels.

Authorities said Kyiv and the surrounding region would experience power outages in the coming days.

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy called on Tehran to “immediately” stop arms deliveries to Russia during a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart.

Writing on Twitter, Dmytro Kuleba said: “Today I received a call from Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, in which I asked Iran to immediately stop supplying Russia with weapons that are used to kill civilians and destroy critical infrastructure in Ukraine.

Iran has denied supplying Russia with explosive drones and other weapons used in the invasion of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russia’s defense minister said Moscow had completed a partial mobilization which had seen 300,000 reservists called up.

Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that the order had been fulfilled. He said 82,000 reservists have already been deployed to Ukraine, while another 218,000 are still being trained.

Mr Putin issued the mobilization order in September in a bid to reinforce Russian troops along a 1,000 kilometer front line in Ukraine. The decision fueled protests and prompted tens of thousands to flee the country.

Activists and Russian media said many of those called in were ordered to self-procure basic items such as medical kits and body armor and some were given rusting weapons. Many were killed within days of being called up without even receiving basic refresher training.

Christi C. Elwood