kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, could face a winter without heat

Ukraine’s capital could face a long winter without heat, electricity or water that could force Kyiv residents to flee if Russia continues its attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid, officials have warned.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko issued the grim assessment as the United States pushes Ukrainian leaders to express their willingness to negotiate with Russia, and allies face possible “Ukraine fatigue”, according to a report.

Klitschko told state media that officials were doing everything they could to avoid a shortage of basic necessities as freezing temperatures approached.

“But let’s be frank, our enemies are doing everything to make the city without heat, without electricity, without water supply, in general, so we all die,” Klitschko said. “And the future of the country and the future of each of us depends on how prepared we are for different situations.”

Russia has hammered Ukraine’s energy infrastructure over the past month, causing power shortages and blackouts across the war-torn country. Kyiv and other parts of the region had forecast rotating blackouts every hour on Sunday.

Residential blocks during a power outage after a Russian missile attack on Ukrainian electricity infrastructure in Kyiv, Ukraine, November 03, 2022.
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Klitschko even said Kyiv’s 3 million people should prepare to leave the city and stay with family or friends in its suburbs that still have electricity and water in case of a “worst-case” scenario. cases,” the BBC reported.

He reportedly called Russia’s infrastructure targeting “terrorism” and “genocide.”

The former heavyweight boxing champion noted that at least 1,000 heated shelters were being installed and authorities were stockpiling fuel, food and water.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv.
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv.
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Kyiv’s director of security, Roman Tkachuk, backed Klitschko’s statements in messages on the Telegram messaging app, but insisted that “there is no reason to talk about the evacuation at the moment,” the BBC reported.

As the colder months approach and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s eight-month invasion drags on, US officials are privately suggesting Ukraine signal an openness to talks with Russia, according to the Washington Post.

Women sit by candlelight in a restaurant on a dark street on November 02, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Kyiv residents may need to evacuate the city this winter, the mayor reportedly said.
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Unnamed sources told the newspaper that the United States was not forcing Ukraine to consider a deal, but rather it would be a calculated move to ensure Ukraine’s leadership retains the support of other nations.

“Ukraine fatigue is a reality for some of our partners,” an official said.

Last month Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an executive order saying talking with Putin was “impossible” but that he was still open to talks with Russia. The ban on dealing with Putin has made countries in Europe, Africa and Latin America wary due to war-induced hikes in food and fuel prices, US and Ukrainian officials have acknowledged, according to the Washington Post.

Workers repair the infrastructure of a power plant damaged by a Russian airstrike in October.
Russia has targeted the country’s energy infrastructure.
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A State Department spokesman said if Russia wanted to negotiate, it should stop “its bombs and missiles and withdraw its forces from Ukraine.”

“The Kremlin continues to escalate this war,” the spokesman said. “The Kremlin has demonstrated its reluctance to seriously engage in negotiations even before it launches its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.”

Zelensky said on Friday that his country was ready for a “just and just peace”, the spokesperson stressed.

Meanwhile, Russian forces have moved tens of thousands of civilians out of the southern city of Kherson as Moscow prepares for a Ukrainian counteroffensive; the territory was seized in the early days of the war.

Residents of Kherson received messages on their phones warning them to evacuate as soon as possible, the Ukrainian army announced on Sunday.

Russia illegally annexed Kherson and three other regions.

With post wires

Christi C. Elwood