According to the World Health Organization, the lives of countless individuals in Ukraine are at risk of terrible harm this coming winter.
Almost half of Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure is damaged, and 10 million households are experiencing power outages. Dr. Hans Henri P Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, stated that the level had been close to catastrophic.
The WHO anticipates temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius in certain areas. International News Today has documented 703 attacks on health-related structures since Russia’s invasion in 2014.
Last week, Russia hit energy installations and civilians in one of its heaviest airstrikes of the war.
After this setback on the battlefield, the strategy of Russia is beginning to be felt more noticeably. As winter approaches, it will gradually escalate.
Simply put, this winter will be about survival.
War in Ukraine has been “facing its darkest days in recent memory.” The standoff should reach a definitive resolution, and the best solution is for both parties to agree.
Hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country have been affected by attacks, and the subsequent electric power, fuel, water, and running water shortages have rendered these institutions “no longer fully functional.”
Maternity wards require incubators, blood banks need refrigerators, and intensive care beds require ventilators, he said, adding that “all consume energy.”
About three million folks will flee their homes in search of heat and safety, the World Health Organization says.
After Dr. Kluge learned that 17,000 HIV patients in Donetsk would soon run out of drugs that help them stay alive, he was concerned about this development.
Most of Donetsk is under Russian rule, and an official declared that he was “urgently calling for the creation of a humanitarian health corridor into newly regained and occupied areas.”
One health risk is rapid coronavirus exposure.
Ukrainians continue to lack immunity to the virus, and hundreds of thousands live in regions with very low vaccination rates.
Snow and below-freezing temperatures have fallen in Ukraine, causing the sorts of icebergs to arise in the proximate region.
Due to the snow covering Kyiv’s streets, usually empty streets, playgrounds, and park benches, few people are walking around.
Winter has not yet begun despite the snow, and temperatures will likely continue to fall.
Zaporizhzhia’s nuclear power plant, which powered over one-quarter of Ukraine, is no longer in operation.
Shelling occurred at the plant over the weekend.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, blamed the attacks by comparing it to “another close call” at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant.
Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of carrying out attacks.
Ukrainian law enforcement officers have shared details they have found concerning four alleged torture rooms in Kharson following the departure of Russian troops from the south of the city.
People were “brutally tortured,” and batons, bullets, and an electrocution device were discovered.
Lived near Kherson last week, Ukraine said it had unearthed the remains of 63 people showing signs of mistreatment. In addition, our representative spoke with 2 individuals who said they were held captive in “torture chambers” for over a month.
Russia has refused to commit any torture assaults upon its invasion of Ukraine.