President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Ukraine needs to gear itself up for potential Russian winter attacks on critical infrastructure.

Last year, consistent attacks on Ukraine's energy grid resulted in severe consequences, leaving many without heating and electricity during the harsh winter season.

"We must be prepared for the possibility that the enemy may increase the number of drone or missile strikes on our infrastructure," the President said in his daily address on Sunday, calling for a concerted focus on defense efforts.

"All our attention should be focused on defense... on everything that Ukraine can do to make it easier for our people to get through this winter and to increase the capabilities of our troops," he said.

Zelensky has already repeatedly stressed that Kyiv had taken steps to safeguard vital infrastructure.


"The Ukrainian air shield is already stronger than last year," he said, attributing the improvement to the acquisition of advanced air defense systems, including the US-made Patriot.

Despite progress, he admitted that current defenses do not provide comprehensive protection for the entire territory.

Zelensky called on the international community to rally behind Ukraine's appeal for support.

His statement coincided with the arrival of presidential aide Andriy Yermak in the United States as part of a delegation that will discuss support including "strengthening Ukraine's defense".

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