Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

About 70 percent of the Ukrainian capital was left without power, Kiev’s mayor said Thursday, a day after Moscow targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure with another devastating missile and drone attack.

A renewed Russian attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure on Wednesday knocked out power in large parts of the country, further weakening Ukraine’s already damaged power grid and adding to the misery for civilians as temperatures plummet. The strikes also caused blackouts in neighboring Moldova.

Russia has targeted Ukraine’s power infrastructure following a series of battlefield setbacks suffered by its forces during the full-scale war it launched on February 24, exactly nine months ago Thursday.

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Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said in a statement to Telegram that “energy workers are doing their best to restore (power) as soon as possible” and added that water supply has been restored in about half of Kyiv on the left bank of the Dnieper River. .

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Ukraine’s General Staff reported Thursday morning that Russian forces fired 67 cruise missiles and 10 drones during a “massive attack on residential buildings and energy infrastructure” on Wednesday in Kiev and several other regions of Ukraine.

Efforts to restore electricity, heat and water supplies disrupted by Wednesday’s attacks were also underway elsewhere in Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko said three of the four fully operational nuclear power plants that had been shut down due to strikes on Wednesday had subsequently been reconnected to the grid.

Poltava Region Governor Dmytro Lunin said an “optimistic scenario” suggested electricity would be restored to residents of his central Ukrainian region on Thursday.

“In the next few hours, we will start supplying energy to critical infrastructure and then to the majority of household consumers,” Lunin said on Telegram, noting that electricity has already been restored to 15,500 people and 1,500 legal entities in the region.

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A woman walks next to a house damaged during Russian shelling in the town of Vyshgorod near the capital Kiev, Ukraine, November 24.

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Lunin added that the water supply continued in several parts of the city of Poltava, and four boiler rooms began to heat regional hospitals.

Kirovohrad and Vinnytsia regions were reconnected to the power grid early Thursday, adding to more than a dozen other regions that were reconnected Wednesday evening, according to Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Presidential Office Kyryl Tymoshenko.

In the southeastern Dnipropetrovsk region, power has been restored to up to 50 percent of consumers, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said, but noted that “the energy situation is complicated.”

As Russia continues to attack Ukraine’s power grid, Ukrainian authorities have begun opening what they call “points of invincibility” — heated and powered spaces where people can go for hot meals, electricity to charge their devices and connect to the Internet.

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Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said Thursday morning that a total of 3,720 such spaces had been opened across the country.

According to the initiative’s website, various places have been turned into such points, including government buildings, schools and kindergartens, and emergency services offices.

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