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Kyiv has promised its citizens Christmas trees – but there may be problems with lighting. According to Mayor Klitschko, there may still be power outages.

The Kyiv city government has promised to plant Christmas trees for its citizens, despite continued Russian missile attacks and ongoing power outages. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in an interview published Monday by Ukraine’s RBC news agency:

(Kremlin chief Vladimir) We must not let Putin steal our Christmas.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko

While there will be no Christmas markets and the like in times of war, the people of Kyiv should at least get festively decorated Christmas trees. These will be paid for by entrepreneurs, Klitschko said.

Klitschko: Power outages expected in spring

But there can be problems with festive lighting. The former world boxing champion admitted that there may still be power outages in Kiev until spring due to numerous damage to the energy sector.

Dispute between Klitschko and Selenskyj

Repair work, allegedly too slow to restore electricity and water supplies in the Ukrainian capital, recently sparked a dispute between President Volodymyr Zelenskyj and Klitschko.

  • Selenskyj voiced his criticism on Friday: The president complained that the restoration of electricity supplies in the capital was slow, especially after the Russian attacks. He was particularly angry that the capital of three million had fewer heating rooms than needed. He was not called Klitschko.

    Klitschko, who has been mayor since 2014, assured that a solution is now being worked on at “record speed”. “There’s water and 95 percent heating in the city again, now we’re basically working to get electricity back everywhere,” Klitschko said.

    Population suffers from attacks on infrastructure

    According to the city’s military administration, tens of thousands of residents are still without electricity after heavy Russian attacks. On Saturday, there were still 130,000 people in the metropolis of three million people. In other parts of the country, too, the population is suffering from the consequences of increased Russian attacks on infrastructure.

    Due to the freezing temperatures, many Ukrainian households are temporarily or even completely without heating, electricity and water – the mood for the onset of winter becomes increasingly irritable.

    Red Cross begins winter aid

    The German Red Cross (DRK) meanwhile began its winter aid in Ukraine. DRK announced Monday that the population is supported by 7,000 stoves, 100 generators and more than 20 mobile tank systems for heating and cooking.

    The sister company of the Ukrainian Red Cross also provides supplies and funds for the repair and assistance of shelters for IDPs and private households.

    When deploying equipment, DRK focuses on areas heavily affected by Russian attacks and in far-flung areas. DRK’s winter aid is supported, among other things, by the Federal Foreign Office.

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