Russian Forces Enter a New Stage in War with Ukraine

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Russian forces escalated their assault on Ukraine by targeting Kyiv’s energy infrastructure, causing significant damage to a thermal power plant along the conflict’s front lines. 

Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy disclosed the assault on its Facebook page, revealing the detrimental impact of Russian shelling on the power plant. 

This attack resulted in the shutdown of two power units, exacerbating the country’s energy crisis amid plummeting temperatures as winter sets in. 

Ukrainian energy officials highlighted the temporary electricity shortage, urging consumers to use power judiciously, especially during peak load hours. 

Earlier reports from the ministry indicated that 408 settlements experienced power cutoffs due to hostilities and technical issues. 

Although the number of affected customers remained uncertain, officials assured that the power system situation was stable and under control, ensuring no planned shutdowns for household consumers.

Russian Deployment of Advanced Weapons

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Russian forces escalated their assault on Ukraine by targeting Kyiv’s energy infrastructure, causing significant damage to a thermal power plant along the conflict’s front lines.

The recent assault on energy infrastructure aligns with prior warnings from Ukrainian officials regarding Russia’s aggressive preparation for winter warfare. 

Vadym Skibitskyi, a representative from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, had forewarned of potential attacks on energy infrastructure during peak electricity consumption in cold weather, suggesting a calculated strategy by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Last year, Russia employed a similar tactic, conducting numerous drone and missile attacks that led to energy blackouts across Ukraine. Kyiv resorted to scheduled blackouts to conserve limited energy supplies during the harsh winter.

Reports from the UK’s Ministry of Defense in September highlighted Russia’s use of air-launched cruise missiles (ALCMs) like the AS-23a KODIAK in attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. 

They noted a surge in Moscow’s cruise missile production, emphasizing the proliferation of sophisticated weaponry like Kh-101s, Kalibrs, and Iskander-Ks.

Skibitskyi emphasized Russia’s anticipation of subzero temperatures as a catalyst for future attacks. He stressed the need for heightened vigilance and countermeasures to safeguard Ukraine’s energy system against sophisticated assaults anticipated by the Russian military.

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