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Ukraine steps up diplomacy amid fighting, power outages

  • Zelenskiy talks to leaders of U.S., France, Turkey
  • Ukraine battling to restore power to Odesa, other areas
  • U.S. support to continue ‘for as long as it takes’ – Yellen

KYIV, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The United States is prioritising efforts to boost Ukraine’s air defences, President Joe Biden told his Ukrainian counterpart on Sunday, as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stepped up efforts to secure international assistance over the Russian invasion that is dragging into a 10th month.

Heavy fighting in the country’s east and south continued unabated, while drone and missile strikes on key power infrastructure, notably in the Black Sea port city of Odesa, kept many Ukrainians in the cold and dark.

There are no peace talks and no end in sight to the deadliest conflict in Europe since World War Two, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation” and Ukraine and its allies call an unprovoked act of aggression.

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