War will continue through winter, with more Russian attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure, White House says

30 November 2022, 09:27 PM
John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Russia is unlikely to stop or slow down its attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure during the winter, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said on Nov. 30, as reported by Reuters.

Kirby added that the United States expects the fighting to continue in the winter months, with possible lulls dictated by weather conditions.

In total, Moscow has carried out seven large-scale missile and drone attacks against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, since Oct. 10.

By Nov. 29, Ukraine is still facing a 30% deficit in generation capacity in its power grid, with rolling blackouts across the country.

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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that over the course of the war, Russia launched over 16,000 missiles at Ukraine, with 97% of them aimed at civilian targets.

Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said that Moscow has enough missiles for three or four such large-scale attacks.

On Nov. 19, Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Havrylov said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine could enter occupied Crimea by the end of December, and that the war could end in Spring 2023.

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