Ukrainian officials said the country had survived its “toughest winter” as Ukrainians welcomed the first day of spring on Wednesday. However, during this time, Russia caused serious damage to Ukraine’s water and electricity infrastructure. But Kiev was under heavy pressure in the eastern city of Bakhmu. Meanwhile, Moscow says it shot down a large barrage of Ukrainian drones in 2014 on the Kremlin-held Crimean peninsula. News from AFP. Since October, Russian missile and drone attacks on key infrastructure in Ukraine have disrupted water, fuel and electricity supplies for millions of people. President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the Ukrainians for surviving the conditions caused by the systematic attacks on energy supply infrastructure during the winter. As a result of these attacks, millions of people had to suffer from darkness and cold. Zelensky said in his daily speech, “We have survived this winter. It was a very difficult time and every Ukrainian faced difficulties. We are now able to provide fuel and electricity to our people.’ Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba hailed the first day of spring as another “major defeat” for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. “We have survived the most critical winter conditions in our history,” Kuleba said in a statement. We were unshakable in extremely cold and dark conditions.