Despite skepticism in the West: Zelenskyj is sticking to the recapture of Crimea
Kyiv still largely without electricity +++ Lukashenko rules out military intervention +++ Putin meets soldiers’ mothers +++ The reports on the war in Ukraine in star-Live blog
Faced with cold and darkness in Ukrainian cities as a result of massive blackouts, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy invoked his people’s spirit of resistance against the Russian invasion. “We survived a full-scale war for nine months, and Russia didn’t find a way to break us. And it won’t find one,” Zelenskyy said in his evening video address on Thursday. “We must carry on as we are right now, in unity and mutual aid.” Russia invaded the neighboring country on February 24. Russian shelling in the city of Cherson in southern Ukraine killed 7 and wounded around 20, regional authorities said.
On Friday, Putin wants to meet the mothers of soldiers deployed or preparing to serve in Ukraine. The Kremlin announced that mothers of professional and temporary soldiers, volunteers and conscripted reservists were invited. After the partial mobilization, mothers in some regions complained that their sons were being sent into battle ill-equipped.
News of the 275th day of Russia’s war against Ukraine in star-Live blog:
Day 275 of Russia’s war against Ukraine