Russia has targeted Ukraine's critical energy infrastructure, including power plants, transmission and distribution facilities and water pumping stations since early October, leaving millions of people without power, heat or water, the Reuters news agency reported.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that Russia is planning more attacks on his country this week, appealing to defence forces and citizens to be prepared to endure a new wave of air strikes on energy infrastructure amid freezing temperatures.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Monday his country needed transformers and improved air defences, news outlets reported.
Lithuania plans to provide Ukraine with EUR 2 million worth of new assistance to help rebuild its energy infrastructure damaged by Russian missile and drone attacks, according to Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas.
Zelensky last week urged the United Nations Security Council to act against Russia over air strikes on civilian infrastructure that have led to massive power cuts and deprived residents of heat and water in cities across Ukraine, news agencies have reported.
Tuesday is day 279 of Russia's war on Ukraine.
Source: IAR, PAP, Reuters, ukrinform.net