The Ukrainian president also warned the Russian people that “terror never goes without reaction.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned his country of possible increased Russian attacks during the upcoming Christmas holiday and urged his people to “pay attention to air raids, help each other and take care of each other”.
In his regular late-night video address on Friday, Zelenskyy said he had met with his top military commanders to review the situation and that his government is “preparing for various scenarios of action by the terrorist state. And we will respond”.
“With the holiday season quickly approaching, Russian terrorists could ramp up their activities again,” Zelensky said. “They have no respect for Christian values or any values for that matter.”
The Ukrainian leader also issued an unusually sharp warning to Russia.
Switching to Russian, Zelenskyy warned that “citizens of Russia must clearly understand that terror never remains unresponsive”.
He did not elaborate further.
In recent days, the Ukrainian military leadership has repeatedly warned of possible new missile attacks on the country’s infrastructure and energy supply, which have already been devastated in recent weeks by drone and rocket attacks, leaving millions without power, heating and running water.
On Friday, the Ukrainian military said a Russian naval unit was en route in the Black Sea, including a warship equipped with cruise missiles, and Moscow is also sending troop reinforcements to front lines in eastern and southern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian intelligence.
“The enemy has increased the volume of rail transport of troops, equipment and ammunition to the battle zones,” the General Staff in Kiev announced on Friday. The main fighting areas were the vicinity of the frontline city of Bakhmut in the east, as well as the towns of Avdiivka, Kupiansk and Limansk in the Donbas region.
Reinforcements on the Russian side were also detected in the south of the country, the General Staff said.
President Vladimir Putin visited Russia’s Tula weapons production center on Friday and told defense industry leaders to increase production and ensure that Russian armed forces quickly receive all weapons, equipment and military hardware needed to fight in Ukraine.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also visited the Kalashnikov weapons factory in Izhevsk on Friday and told the director that the state would “significantly increase orders from the factory” next year, according to military news channel Zvezda.
A union leader in Russia’s Urals region told state news agency TASS last week that companies involved in defense orders there have moved to a six-day workweek with workers in shifts of up to 12 hours.
“The main core task of our military-industrial complex is to provide our units and front-line troops with everything they need: weapons, equipment, ammunition and equipment in the necessary quantities and of the right quality in the shortest possible time frames. Putin said in Tula.
Despite Kiev receiving billions of dollars in Western weapons and military intelligence, Putin has said Moscow will prevail in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance and that nothing will change the outcome of its war in Russia’s favour.