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news of the day
After the liberation, the bombardments. Again on Thursday, after a deadly night, the city of Kherson was the target of heavy Russian strikes which left 15 civilians dead. “Today, 15 residents of the city were killed and 35 injured, including a child,” Galyna Lugova, head of the city’s military administration, said on social media. She said several “private homes and high-rise buildings” were damaged in the strikes.
Faced with this shelling, patients from hospitals in the capital of the region of the same name are being evacuated due to “constant” Russian strikes on this city located in southern Ukraine. The children of the regional hospital will be transported to Mykolaiv, and 100 patients of the psychiatric hospital of Kherson will be treated in Odessa, indicated on Telegram Yaroslav Yanouchevich, at the head of the military administration of Kherson. Faced with advancing Ukrainian troops, forces from Moscow withdrew from the city two weeks ago.
sentence of the day
From day one of this brutal war, our two countries have provided unwavering support to Ukraine. (…) We worked for a strong and common European reaction. We are, Mr Chancellor, fully aligned: we will continue to do so. We will support Ukraine until the end of this conflict. »
These are the words of Elisabeth Borne. Traveling to Berlin, the French Prime Minister reaffirmed the support of France and Germany in kyiv. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz judged for his part that “Russia’s policy of terror by bombs against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine” should “end”. “Russia must end this war and withdraw its troops, immediately,” he added, indicating that Germany and France were working to help Ukraine “rebuild its energy infrastructure,” in part destroyed.
The number of the day
15,000. This is the number of people missing since the beginning of the conflict, according to an international organization. “What is essential now is to put in place all the appropriate measures to ensure that as many people as possible can be identified,” Matthew Holliday, the Commission’s Europe director, told Reuters. international law on missing persons, the source of this estimate. The official said it was not known exactly how many people were forcibly taken to Russia, whether they were still alive or not. He thus prefers to be “cautious” when advancing this figure. “In the city of Mariupol alone, the authorities estimate that 25,000 people are dead or missing,” he said. “The numbers are huge and the challenges facing Ukraine are vast. »
The trend of the day
With winter descending on the front line in eastern Ukraine, turning the roads to mud drenched in snow and rain, soldiers now have two more enemies: disease and power outages. . Despite the cold and the weather conditions not conducive to offensives, the Russian troops continued their incessant attacks. The first snows have recently dusted the area before melting, accompanied by freezing rains which water this industrial region almost daily. Many troops began to suffer from the famous “trench foot”, a disease which caused swelling and numbness of the limbs and which affected a large number of soldiers during the First World War, hence its name.
And on the front, the fighting continues. Since the withdrawal of Russian troops from Kherson in the south in early November, the Donbass has become the hottest point on the front. The lines of contact are shorter and the density of the forces in presence stronger. Faced with its setbacks on the battlefield, the Russian military has stepped up missile and drone attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, causing massive power cuts.