12:45 p.m.: Addressing the Halifax International Security Forum, Estonian President Alar Karis said the negative impacts on Russia, if it were to lose its full-scale war, should not concern the West, The Kyiv Independent reports. Instead, Karis said, “NATO must implement a new defensive posture as soon as possible, one which requires a greater presence and advance deployment of weapons, equipment, and ammunition.” “Putin continues to want to dismantle the current Euro-Atlantic security arrangement and restore his hegemony in the Baltic states and over Poland,” Karis said, noting that “Russia’s strategic goals have not changed.”
12:40 p.m.: The head of Ukraine’s biggest private energy firm says people should consider leaving the country to reduce demand on the country’s power network.
“If they can find an alternative place to stay for another three or four months, it will be very helpful to the system,” DTEK chief executive Maxim Timchenko told the BBC.
Russian attacks have damaged almost half of Ukraine’s energy system.
Millions of people are without power as fresh snow fell on Kyiv Saturday, and temperatures dropped below zero degrees Celsius.
Many parts of Ukraine experience blackouts — both scheduled and unscheduled — as Russia keeps pounding the country’s energy infrastructure.
In her address at the European parliament, the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen characterized the targeting civilian infrastructure as a war crime.
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