The cannon shots of the forces russian hit several areas in the east and south of Ukraine during the early hours of Sunday, as utility crews continued to struggle to restore power, water and heating after widespread attacks in recent weeks, authorities said.
With persistent snowfall over the capital, kyivWinter weather could have an increasing impact on the conflict that has raged since Russian forces invaded Ukraine more than nine months ago, analysts predicted on Sunday.
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For now, both sides were bogged down by heavy rains and muddy battlefield conditions in some areas, the experts added.
After a barrage of Russian artillery attacks on at least two occasions in the past two weeks, crews of workers have been deployed to restore basic services. Many Ukrainians deal with only a few hours of electricity per day, when it is available.
The state company Ukrenergo, which operates the electricity grid, reported on Sunday that electricity generators are now supplying around 80% of demand. That’s up from 75% on Saturday, the company added.
The Institute for the Study of War, a think tank that has been closely monitoring events in Ukraineconfirmed that both sides have reported that heavy rain and mud have affected them, but heavier frosts are expected along the front lines in the coming days.
“It is not clear if either side is actively planning or preparing to resume major offensive or counter-offensive operations at that time, but the weather factors that have been hampering such operations will begin to subside.”reported in a note published on Saturday.
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The institute said Russian forces were moving further east from the city of Kherson, from where they were driven out by Ukrainian forces more than two weeks ago, and were continuing “routine artillery fire” across the Dnipro river.
In the eastern Donetsk region, five people were killed in shelling over the past day, according to Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko. Regional leaders reported shelling overnight in the regions of Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk to the west.
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