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Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech to the US Congress on Thursday was well attended by Ukrainians. In kyiv, in particular, the inhabitants, who suffer the Russian bombardments against their energy infrastructures in the middle of winter, hope that the “Patriot” anti-aircraft defense missiles delivered by the United States will help the Ukrainian army to better defend the sky. Report.
In her house in the suburbs of kyiv, Ukraine, Karina is again without electricity Thursday, December 22. Today, this Ukrainian, who voluntarily investigates the war crimes perpetrated by Russia since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, decides to launch her generator. With a liter of gasoline at around 1,000 Hryvnia (25 euros), she can enjoy an hour of power: just enough time to see President Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech before the American Congress.
“It’s a historic moment,” she exclaims. “Americans saw an unbeatable president, who has never left his country since the beginning of the war. They saw a confident man, who fights for us – for Ukraine and for Ukrainians.”
“The cuts are totally unpredictable”
As soon as the hour has passed, Karina and her mother are again plunged into darkness, lit only with a few candles. The two women are among the inhabitants of the capital hit hard by Russian strikes on Ukrainian energy infrastructure.
“The cuts are completely unpredictable. You can never know what Putin and the Russian soldiers have in store for us,” they lament. “When there is no electricity, there is nothing. The spring pump runs on electricity. The gas boiler also runs on electricity. We can’t do anything, we’re here like plants.”
But after the speech of their president, and especially the announcement of the sending of anti-aircraft defense missiles “Patriot” by the United States, the two women remain optimistic, with the hope that this will allow the army Ukrainian to better defend the sky.
France 24 Europe Fr Trans