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Kiev braces for blackouts amid reported missile barrage

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Air attacks have been observed throughout the country, some striking energy sites, Ukrainian officials have said.

Ukrainian officials and media reported a Russian missile barrage on Thursday, with explosions said to be heard throughout the country. The capital, Kiev, faces new blackouts, its mayor has warned, while other cities reported experiencing power disruptions.

An air alert was issued early in the morning across all of Ukraine. Blast sounds, which some officials attributed to Ukrainian air defenses engaging Russian missiles, were reported in several large cities, including Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk.

The mayor of the city of Kharkov, Igor Terekhov, reported that some of the missiles had hit targets in his city, without identifying them. The head of Kharkov Region, Oleg Sinegubov, said there were four rocket hits and that critical infrastructure was targeted.

Odessa Region Governor Maxim Marchenko reported that a strike on energy infrastructure caused a partial blackout in the province. Debris of an intercepted Russian missile fell on a residential building, he claimed.

Vitaly Klitschko, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, warned residents about possible power cuts and urged them to stockpile water and charge their devices. Lviv Mayor Andrey Sadovoy, reported that 90% of his city was without power, forcing the suspension of trams and trolleys.

The Russian military did not immediately confirm firing a barrage of missiles on Thursday. Mikhail Podoliak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, claimed in a tweet that Moscow had fired over 120 missiles.

Ukraine has been experiencing power shortages since October, when Russia began targeting Ukrainian energy infrastructure. The shift in military tactics came after a truck bomb exploded on Russia’s iconic Crimean Bridge, killing three civilians, including the rigged vehicle’s driver. Russian investigators said that Ukrainian military intelligence had masterminded the attack.

President Vladimir Putin subsequently stated that this was one of several Ukrainian “terrorist attacks” against critical Russian infrastructure that cannot be left without a response. The Russian military claims to select targets based on their value to Ukraine’s military capabilities, and that the damage inflicted has significantly decreased Kiev’s ability to deliver weapons and troops to the front.

Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko assessed last week that it would take six months to “stabilize” the country’s energy system, provided that Russia stops causing damage to it.

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  1. Approximately 124 missiles hit multiple targets in the Ukraine yesterday. This does not include the continued barrage overnight and today.

    Targets are infrastructure and military logistics like railways, bridges and the like. This is to disrupt movement of heavy machinery. A significant % of Ukraines electricity infrastructure is now permanently out of action.

    Experts say critical strikes to blind Ukrainian defences will signal offensives in the Donbas and possibly one other region.

    Bakhmut has served its purpose with between 25 – 30,000 Ukrainian casualties in December alone. Western sources estimate two Ukrainian battalions a day are now being put to death in the “meat grinder” (Between 1,600 – 2,000 men a day depending on their battalion size) Some of these are foreign mercenaries.

    That’s in one battle zone. The same western analysts place Russian casualties at between 2 to 5% of that tally given Russian military look to minimise losses.

    Having served its purpose the Russians will now look to take Bakhmut and push thru to dismantling Ukraine placements in the Donbas over the winter months.

    The Russians have formally confirmed peace terms will be negotiated after victory given the wests word means nothing. Its assurances are empty.

    Tomorrow Xi and Putin meet to further strengthen ties across all sectors. Formal letters were exchanged between these leaders about two weeks ago. Obviously their word is held true.

    It seems the west is about to have a troublesome 2023

  2. BlackRock Logo To Be Added To Ukrainian Flag
    https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2022/12/29/blackrock-logo-to-be-added-to-ukrainian-flag/

    Kyiv has announced the addition of a fifth corporate logo to the Ukrainian flag following news that BlackRock will be playing a crucial role in the reconstruction of the nation. The world’s largest investment management firm will join Raytheon Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and McDonald’s upon the now-omnipresent blue and yellow flag.

    “I understand some Ukrainians may be frustrated at the continual additions to our nation’s glorious flag,” Ukraine’s President Zelensky said during a speech announcing the change. “Just last month we added the Raytheon logo, and now we’re adding BlackRock. I am sure it was a bit awkward for our American friends as they were continually adding stars to their flag back when they were adding lots of new states to their republic, too.”

    “The only difference is instead of adding states, we’re adding multinational megacorporations,” the leader said.

    Zelensky then took a large bite of a McDonald’s Big Mac™️, saying, “Mmm mmm, I’m lovin it!” in English, eliciting awkward applause throughout the Walt Disney Company Presidential Press Hall.

    RUSSIA IS FIGHTING GLOBALISTS. period.

  3. The “Old world order” has been under attack for quite some time, there’ll be no “Great reset.” The “Great Awakening” has begun.

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