Eastern European countries support more refugees from Ukraine

Eastern European countries such as Slovakia and Hungary are bracing for an increase in the number of refugees fleeing the war in in the coming months as winter approaches.

has targeted power and heating plants in Ukraine in recent months. Temperatures drop below zero Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), with minus 20 degrees Celsius in the region. Ukrainian President has said that about four million people are without power.

Roman Dohovic, an assistant co-ordinator for the eastern Slovak city of Kosice, said the increase in the number of refugees is “currently up by 15%”, with around 6.9 million people believed to be internally displaced in various parts of Ukraine.

However, Russia continues to deploy its troops and call for reservists in the continuation of its invasion. Ukrainian forces have repelled attacks, according to reports, and are also on the offensive.

As part of its wider war effort, Russia has been working to repair the Bridge that was damaged in October, but the British Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday that the bridge is “unlikely to be fully operational until at least September 2023”.

In this handout photo released by Russia's Federal Road Transport Agency (Rosavtodor) on Nov. 8, 2022, workers repair the side of damaged sections of the road section of the Crimea Bridge connecting the Russian mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. In this handout photo released by Russia’s Federal Road Transport Agency (Rosavtodor) on Nov. 8, 2022, workers repair the side of damaged sections of the road section of the Crimea Bridge connecting the Russian mainland and the Crimean Peninsula.

The road bridge was scheduled to be closed on Tuesday to install a 64-meter span, the ministry said in a Twitter post. Three additional spans are needed to rebuild the damaged bridge.

“Although Crimean officials have maintained that these additional spans will be in place by December 20, a briefing to the President [Vladmir] Putin added that work on the second carriageway would cause disruption to road traffic until March 2023,” the post said.

The bridge is used to transfer Russian logistics supplies to Crimea and southern Ukraine. Russia used the route to move equipment and troops in the area by rail or road since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, the Defense Ministry update added.

Fierce battles

Elsewhere in Russian-occupied territories, the -appointed mayor of the town of Snihurivka, east of the southern city of Mykolaiv, was quoted by Russia’s RIA news agency as saying residents had seen tanks and that heavy fighting was underway.

“They got in touch during the day and said there were tanks moving and, according to their information, fierce fighting on the outskirts of the city,” Reuters quoted Mayor Yuri Barabashov as saying about the residents.

“People saw this equipment moving through the streets downtown,” Barabashov said.

The Ukrainian governor of the Mykolaiv region, Vitaly Kim, said Ukraine’s crimes have driven Russian troops out of the region. “Russian troops are complaining that they have already been thrown out,” Kim said in a statement on his Telegram channel.

Reuters news agency reported that it was unable to independently verify the accounts from the warring sides. No official confirmation from Ukraine and Russia was issued on the battlefield reports, the report added.

Ukrainian soldiers from an artillery unit rest outside Bakhmut on November 8, 2022. Ukrainian soldiers from an artillery unit rest outside Bakhmut on November 8, 2022.

summit

NATO leaders announced Wednesday that they plan to meet for another summit in Vilnius, , from July 11 to 12, 2023. They met in Madrid, Spain, in June.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the military alliance plans to take “further steps to strengthen our deterrence and defense and review significant increases in defense spending, as well as to continue our support to Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said on Wednesday that the country’s parliament is scheduled to debate the ratification of and ’s accession to NATO during its fall session after a series of EU-related bills were passed.

“Finland and Sweden are our allies and they can trust us,” Gergely Gulyas said at a briefing. Hungary and Turkey are the only members of the alliance that have not approved the accession process.

Some information in this report came from Reuters.

    Source: sn.dk

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