Russia launches record number of drones against Ukraine on Holodomor Memorial Day

Russia launched a devastating onslaught, deploying an unprecedented number of drones into Ukraine on Holodomor Memorial Day, marking November 25 as a dark chapter in the ongoing conflict. The Kyiv City Military Administration grimly noted that this assault stood as the largest drone attack witnessed since the initiation of the full-scale invasion.

The Ukrainian Air Force revealed that Russia unleashed a "record number of Shahed-131/136 type drones over Ukraine," with Kyiv bearing the brunt of the assault. The aftermath was grim, resulting in five casualties, including an 11-year-old child, and causing extensive damage to numerous buildings throughout the city.

The gravity of the situation was underscored by Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko, who, on Telegram, highlighted the stark contrast between the worldwide remembrance of Holodomor and the contemporary aggression. Holodomor, a man-made famine orchestrated by the Soviet Union in the 1930s, claimed the lives of millions of Ukrainians. The Memorial Day for Holodomor is commemorated every fourth Saturday of November.

In a poignant message, Mayor Klitschko lamented the tragic parallel between historical suffering and the current assault: "Today is a somber date for Ukrainians. More than 10 million Ukrainians perished due to the brutal starvation enforced by totalitarian Russia... Today, Russia attempts to obliterate Ukrainians with missiles and drones, plunging them into darkness and cold during winter, relentlessly attacking our cities and villages. It is, once again, perpetrating genocide against the Ukrainian people."

This relentless onslaught endured for six agonizing hours, marking it as the most intense attack on the capital since the commencement of the full-scale invasion. The repercussions of this assault cast a long shadow, leaving Kyiv and its residents grappling with the aftermath of this unprecedented act of aggression.

Zelenskyy: Ukraine will get warships to escort grain corridor partakers in Black Sea

Ukraine is taking decisive steps to fortify the safety of its maritime activities in the Black Sea, particularly within the newly established grain corridor. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, speaking at the Grain from Ukraine conference in Kyiv, revealed that the country has reached agreements with its partners to receive warships dedicated to ensuring the security of vessels navigating this crucial corridor.

Zelenskyy underscored the significance of creating a grain corridor that operates independently of Russian influence, hailing it as one of Ukraine's most substantial achievements of the year. The commitment to the safety of ships utilizing this corridor is paramount, as evidenced by Zelenskyy's statement: "We have agreed with our partners and will accompany the ships in the sea to ensure their safety. We already have specific agreements for receiving ships. This is a matter of the near future."

Going further, the President disclosed additional measures to enhance security in the Odesa Oblast. He shared that the region would benefit from strengthened air defense systems, a development already agreed upon with international partners. Zelenskyy affirmed, "Very specific systems and a very specific request have already been sent by partners, and I can say that it has already been agreed. Soon, this oblast will be protected by very powerful air defenses. Not only the ships are important to us, but also the people who live there."

This comprehensive approach highlights Ukraine's commitment to securing maritime trade. It emphasizes the broader importance of safeguarding the well-being of its citizens in regions directly impacted by these strategic measures.

Power supply resumed in Kyiv after the Russian attack overnight

DTEK, Ukraine's largest private energy company, has swiftly responded to the aftermath of Russian strikes overnight, restoring power supply to Kyiv. In an official statement, the company announced, "We have managed to recover the power supply to Kyiv following the attack overnight. DTEK's repair crews rushed to the emergency site and promptly fixed the power supply."

Providing further reassurance, DTEK confirmed that all residents in Kyiv now have their power restored, and there have been no reports of emergency outages. This rapid and effective response by DTEK's repair crews underscores the company's dedication to ensuring the stability and resilience of the energy infrastructure in the face of external challenges.


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