Millions of Ukrainians still without power after Russian strikes | War in Ukraine

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Millions of Ukrainians still without power after Russian strikes | War in Ukraine

Residents of the village of Vodohin collect water after the destruction of several infrastructures by Russian strikes the day before.

Ukraine, including its capital Kyiv, was largely without electricity and water on Thursday, a day after massive new Russian strikes that specifically targeted energy infrastructure, a strategy labeled a “war crime”. by Western allies as winter sets in.

Nine months to the day after the start of the Russian invasion, millions of #x27;Ukrainians spent the day without power and in the cold.

After nine months of war in Ukraine, Russian missiles only target civilian infrastructure. Millions of Ukrainians are still without electricity and running water, including in the capital following massive bombardments. The story of Lise Villeneuve.

In kyiv, hit by freezing rain falling on snow and near freezing temperatures, around 70% of the population remained without electricity, while water supplies were restored, according to the town hall .

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense asserted that the Russian bombardments had not targeted the capital, accusing the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense of having been liable for damages in kyiv.

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The rest of Ukraine was also largely affected by the outages, but the reconnection of critical infrastructure to the grid continued gradually.

In Kharkiv, the country's second largest city, no far from the border with Russia, supplies have been restored after very difficult work, said its mayor Igor Terekhov.

Russian shelling also continued, killing 4 and 10 wounded in Kherson (south), from where Moscow troops withdrew two weeks ago, and 6 dead and 30 wounded in Vyshgorod, near kyiv.

This systematic targeting of the population at the approach of winter reflects a clear desire on the part of Russia to make the Ukrainian people suffer, to deprive them of water, heating and electricity for undermine its resilience, said French diplomacy. These acts clearly constitute war crimes.

Speaking by videoconference before the UN Security Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced a war crime on Wednesday.

“[This is] a crime against humanity, because with temperatures below zero, many millions of people [find themselves] without a supply of electricity. energy, without heating and without water.

—Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine

Three nuclear power plants under kyiv control were able to be reconnected and were due to supply homes without power again that evening.

These power plants had been disconnected by their automatic protection system at the following the Russian strikes.

According to the Ministry of Energy, these bombings left the vast majority of consumers in Ukraine, which numbered around 40 million, without electricity on Wednesday. ;inhabitants before the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

kyiv and several other cities have been hit by a new wave of Russian missile strikes, further damaging energy infrastructure and other public services in the country.

Russia fired about 70 cruise missiles at the country on Wednesday, of which 51 were shot down, according to kyiv. These strikes targeted key energy infrastructure, already damaged by several waves of such bombings.

A total of eight energy facilities were hit, said Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin , adding that 10 people had been killed and 50 others injured.

Infrastructure is in ruins after being destroyed during Russian bombardments.

Ukrainian military intelligence estimated on Thursday that the Russia needed about a week to prepare for further massive strikes.

At the front, power cuts were also felt, forcing hospitals to work with generators relief, as fighting continues in the east.

“The way they fight and target civilian infrastructure can only provoke fury.

— Kramatorsk hospital administrator Oleksiy Yakovlenko

If they expect us to drop to our knees and crawl towards them, it will not happen, he nevertheless assured.

Recent Russian strikes on Ukraine's energy facilities knocked out power to millions.

In this context, the Polish Minister of Defense proposed that Germany transfer to Ukraine the Patriot air defense system that it offered to Poland after a missile hit Ukraine. two dead on its territory last week during a wave of Russian strikes.

This will protect Ukraine from further losses and power cuts and strengthen security on our eastern border, explained Mariusz Blaszczak on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

Russia for its part has urged Ukraine to give in to its demands.

“The leadership of Ukraine […] has the opportunity to resolve the situation by satisfying all requirements of the Russian side and put an end to the possible suffering of the civilian population.

— Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin Spokesman

Russia justifies its war by the need to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, which it accuses of repressing Russian-speaking populations. At the end of September, it also demanded the annexation of four Ukrainian regions which are under partial Russian control.

Moscow announced on Thursday that it had distributed Russian passports to more than 80,000 inhabitants of these four Ukrainian territories, making them citizens of the Russian Federation.

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine has for his part made it known that since the reconquest, on November 11, from the north of the southern region of Kherson, nine torture sites had been discovered as well as the bodies of 432 civilians killed, without saying how they had died.

Other consequence Direct from Russian bombing, Moldova, already plagued by major energy problems caused by the conflict in Ukraine, was also the victim of widespread power outages on Wednesday, but the situation had largely returned to normal Thursday.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu summoned the same a meeting of its Security Council on this subject.

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