Near the Ukrainian border, the Russian population is preparing for defense.
– I do not have a husband, I live with my mother and son. If something happens, I will be ready to defend my family, says Russian Anna.
In the Russian Rostov region, civilians are now preparing for battle.
On Friday, a video appeared in which Russian civilians participated in an intensive course in military combat training Reuters. Khaki helmets and quilted jackets were paired with jeans and freshly trimmed nails.
Participants must be adult citizens who have not yet been asked to fight on the front lines. Now, however, they are being trained to ensure they are ready to fight if necessary.
If you have the opportunity, you have to learn it. To prepare for whatever comes, says a Russian civilian.
Images from the scene show civilians posing with automatic weapons and receiving instruction on basic fighting techniques.
In addition, they had the opportunity to hone their shooting skills with Kalashnikovs.
The Rostov region shares several hundred kilometers of border with Ukraine’s Eastern Front.
And Agence France-Presse wrote, on Saturday, that the Ukrainian side carried out an attack on Russia on Saturday afternoon. At least two people must have been killed near the border.
Many told Reuters they would be ready to protect their country and their families. One trainer stated that many civilians feel “better protected” after combat training.
Massive attacks in Ukraine
In Ukraine, attacks and fighting escalated sharply across the country.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday evening that Russia had launched a “new massive attack” targeting the Ukrainian energy grid. According to the president, 36 missiles were launched from the Russian side on the same day.
On Friday, Zelensky accused Russia of planting mines in a dam to generate hydroelectric power in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, which is under the control of Russian forces.
At the same time, in recent days Ukrainian forces have advanced towards the Russian-controlled Kherson region to retake the annexed city. The Russian authorities asked the prisoners All civilians in Kherson must leave the city immediately.
life in the dark
Many Ukrainian cities are without electricity. As the winter cold approaches, it can become unlivable.
Since Monday Third of power plants in Ukraine have been destroyed. More than 1.5 million people are now powerless, according to Ukraine’s presidential office.
Zelensky said on Saturday evening that the authorities had already managed to restore authority in several regions.
Serhi Kiral, deputy mayor of Western Lviv, said on Saturday BBC Russia’s strategy was to destroy critical infrastructure before winter, and move the war to areas outside the front lines.
Asking for help from Germany
On Sunday, the Ukrainian Prime Minister asked Germany for more military aid before it was too late. He says it’s about days.
Ukraine is eagerly waiting for new ammunition, it is needed here and now, Prime Minister Denis Schmihal said in the Sunday issue of the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
– It is literally a matter of days, says the Prime Minister.
He also called for jamming devices that can disable what he calls “20-30 Iranian kamikaze drones” that he says Russia uses against Ukraine every day.
Sjmyhal praised Germany’s recent delivery of the Iris-T air defense system. This system is now in use and has “already saved many, many lives,” he said.
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