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While Moscow has embarked on a campaign of massive missile strikes targeting energy infrastructure across Ukraine, electricity supplies remain disrupted in Kyiv, where the temperature is approaching zero degrees. Follow the hour-by-hour feed of the day on Tuesday, November 29.
11:28 a.m .: NATO meets in kyiv to help Ukraine face winter
“NATO will continue to stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will not back down,” Jens Stoltenberg said ahead of a meeting in Bucharest of the organization’s foreign ministers devoted to supplying kyiv of military equipment and non-lethal equipment such as fuel, medical supplies, winter equipment or drone jammers.
Jens Stoltenberg also believed that the only way for Ukraine to negotiate in a good position with Moscow was to make progress on the battlefield.
Remarks echoed by several Alliance ministers, joined by their counterparts from Sweden and Finland, two candidate countries.
“The next few months will be a big test for all of us. For Ukraine this is an existential question, for us a moral question. We must continue to help Ukraine for as long as necessary,” said the head of Slovak diplomacy, Rastislav Kacer.
10:16 a.m .: Electricity supply is still disrupted in the Kyiv region as the temperature drops
Following the Russian strikes, the electricity supply is irregular and unfair in the kyiv region, where the temperature is dropping, reports Gulliver Cragg, France 24 correspondent in kyiv. Some households thus have electricity permanently and others not at all, a sign that the country is struggling to restore the network. Authorities deployed heated “invincibility” tents for residents without electricity.
04:00: Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz asks for help from US development agency
Naftogaz has asked USAID, the US government’s agency for international development, to supply it with natural gas for heating, company director Oleksiy Chernyshov said.
Since early October, Russia has been carrying out massive bombardments of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, each one having a greater impact than the last as damage accumulates and a freezing winter sets in.
12:57 a.m .: Washington to release emergency aid on energy infrastructure in Ukraine
The United States is expected to announce “substantial” financial assistance to Ukraine on Tuesday to help it deal with damage caused by Russia to its energy infrastructure, on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Romania, senior US officials said Monday.
A senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, recalled that the Biden administration had budgeted $1.1 billion for energy in Ukraine and Moldova.
With Reuters and AFP