Russia amps up missile strikes in Ukraine, killing 15 in Kherson

Russian strikes on Ukraine this week have left half of Kyiv without electricity, amid cold winter temperatures. In the recently recaptured city of Kherson, 15 civilians died following Russian shelling, according to a city official. Read our blog to see how the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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10:20pm: Zelensky criticises Kyiv mayor over emergency centres following Russian missile strikes

In a rare public spat involving Ukrainian leaders, President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday criticised the mayor of Kyiv for doing what he said was a poor job setting up emergency shelters to help those without power and heat after Russian attacks. In the wake of crushing Russian missile strikes against the power-generating system, Ukraine has established thousands of so-called "invincibility centres" where people can access heat, water, internet and mobile phone links.

In an evening address, Zelenskiy indicated that Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko and his officials had not done enough to help.

"Unfortunately, local authorities have not performed well in all cities. In particular, there are a lot of complaints in Kyiv... To put it mildly, more work is needed," he said, saying the level of services available in many Kyiv centres was not good enough.

9:09pm: Germany, France pledge mutual support to avert energy crunch

“Friends help each other in need,” Scholz said after the signing ceremony in Berlin.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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