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Ukraine Faces Dual Challenges: Ongoing Conflict and Extreme Winter Weather

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed gratitude to the country’s military for facing Russian attacks and to rescue services for managing the aftermath of severe winter weather. Zelenskiy noted that nearly 400 settlements in 10 regions had lost power due to extreme weather conditions. He highlighted the relentless battles in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Kharkiv and acknowledged the challenging weather affecting areas from Kyiv in the north to Odesa in the south.
In Russian-controlled Crimea, an official stated that almost half a million people were without power. The peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, experienced high winds, flooded homes, snowbound roads, and damaged buildings. Authorities in Crimea, the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, and the part of the Kherson region under Moscow’s control declared days off due to the adverse weather conditions.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s border service reported that Moldova temporarily suspended vehicle access from two crossing points in the Odesa region. Moldovan authorities advised local schools to consider closing due to heavy snowfall and strong winds. In Odesa, the mayor urged residents to stay home, emphasizing interruptions in water supplies due to power cuts affecting pump operations. The power grid operator, Ukrenergo, shared images of transmission towers damaged by high winds and assured efforts to restore power swiftly.
The situation in Ukraine reflects the dual challenges faced by the country—ongoing conflict in the east and extreme winter weather, further complicating the already complex situation. Authorities are working to address the impact on infrastructure, essential services, and the well-being of residents.
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