The Russian invasion of Ukraine is on its 291st day. As a result of Russian drone attacks on the energy system at night, more than 1.5 million residents of Odessa are without power, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday evening. Power outages, resulting from the need to stabilize the system, also occur in other areas. Here is a summary of the most important events from Ukraine.
> According to the Ukrainian energy regulator DTEK, quoted by the Ukrainian Pravda portal, due to the extensive damage, the repair of the energy system in the Odessa region may take up to 2-3 months.
> In the morning in the Crimea, in the urban-type settlement Sovetske, barracks for recently mobilized Russian soldiers were set on fire, the Ukrinform portal reported. Several hundred to a thousand Russian soldiers were staying in the barracks, which probably burned down, the portal reported, citing reports from its correspondents in the region.
> Russian troops shelled the Kherson region 51 times in the last 24 hours. They used mortars, rocket launchers and barrel artillery for the attacks, said the deputy head of the president’s office Ukraine Kyrilo Tomaszenko.
> German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to continue talks with Russian President Putin. “We have completely different opinions,” Scholz admitted during a meeting in his constituency in Potsdam. “Even so, I will continue to talk to him because I want to experience the moment when there is a way out of the situation.” “And that’s not possible if you don’t talk,” noted Scholz, quoted by the dpa agency.
> The Ukrainian army shot down ten of the fifteen Iranian Shahed-131 and 136 drones on the night of Friday to Saturday. Russia attacked Ukrainian districts in the south of the country, the South Operational Command of the Ukrainian Air Force reported.
> Specialists are starting work on the reconstruction of the bridge on the road from Mykolaiv to Kherson on the M14 international route, which was completely destroyed as a result of hostilities.
Main photo source: PAP/Alena Solomonova