Zelenskyy urges Ukrainians to brace for Russian attacks on infrastructure

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that Russia may ramp up attacks on Ukraine's critical infrastructure ahead of its harsh winter months.

Zelenskyy said in a video address released on Sunday that Russia may increase the number of drone or missile strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure.

Ukraine's power grid and other infrastructure were targeted by Russian attacks for roughly six months starting last October, severing the supply of electricity and heat during the winter.

Zelenskyy also called on other countries to keep helping Ukraine boost its air defense capabilities.

The governor of the southern Kherson region on Monday said a car was hit by Russian artillery shelling on the outskirts of the city of Kherson, leaving one person dead and a mother and her baby injured. The governor also said that two people died as a result of Russian shelling in the central part of the city.

Ukraine is attempting to regain lost ground in the Kherson region. Ukrainian troops are believed to have crossed to the eastern bank of the Dnipro River and have been conducting an operation since last month. Russian troops, meanwhile, have launched a wave of attacks on Kherson, the city located on the river's western side from which they withdrew one year ago.

On Monday, two Russian state news agencies issued alerts saying that the command of a Russian unit has decided to reposition troops on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, citing Russian defense ministry sources.

But 10 to 15 minutes later, the agencies, Tass and RIA-Novosti, withdrew the reports, which had suggested that the Russian troops were ready to retreat.

It is quite rare for multiple Russian state news agencies to publish and retract similar reports almost simultaneously.

Russia's defense ministry was quoted by Russia media outlet RBK as saying the reports were a "provocation" and that someone was trying to spread fake information.

An independent media outlet in Russia reported that the alerts may have been based on information from a fake account created by Ukrainians, citing state news agency sources.