President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Ukrainian citizens on Sunday to prepare for a Russian winter offensive. He said he mainly expected attacks on the eastern front lines.
A military spokesman for Zelensky said Russian attacks on the devastated eastern city of Avdiivka had eased in the past day but were likely to intensify again in the coming days.
“We must be prepared for an increase in the number of drone and missile attacks on our infrastructure,” Zelensky warned during his nightly video address, one day after the Russians launched their first attack on the capital Kyiv in seven weeks. “We must focus on everything Ukraine can do to get through the winter well and improve the capabilities of our soldiers.”
Last winter, Russia regularly attacked power stations in the country, leading to rolling power outages in several regions. Energy Minister German Galushchenko said on Saturday that Ukraine would have sufficient energy sources to get through the winter, but added: “The question is to what extent future attacks will affect supplies.”