Ukraine: Massive water and electricity cuts after Russian strikes | War in Ukraine
The mayor of Kyiv confirmed that multiple explosions occurred across the capital and also reported power and water outages.< /p>
Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure on Wednesday led to massive power and water cuts, including in the capital Kyiv, killing at least six, causing the disconnection of three nuclear power plants and affecting up to x27;to neighboring Moldova.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia fired about 70 cruise missiles at the country, 51 of which were shot down, along with five kamikaze drones. They targeted strategic infrastructure, as winter temperatures set in in Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelensky lamented a tragic outcome while promising that Ukrainians would overcome it all.
“Unable to winning in a fair fight with the Ukrainian army, Russia is waging a cowardly war of terror against civilians […] Russian terror will fail. Ukraine will win.
— Dmytro Kouleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
According to the head of the national police, Igor Klymenko, the Russian shelling left at least six people dead and 36 injured.
In Kyiv, three people were killed. Among them is a 17-year-old girl, said the mayor of the capital, Vitaly Klitschko, who said that 11 residents were injured in these strikes.
He had announced a earlier that an infrastructure site had been hit, and reported that the water supply had been suspended throughout Kyiv due to the strikes.
An AFP reporter saw several ambulances and fire engines milling around what looked like a smoking crater.
The regional governor, Oleksiï Kouleba, announced to him that the whole region is without light.
Rescuers clear debris from the two-story building of a destroyed maternity hospital in Vilnyansk, southern Zaporizhia region, on Wednesday.
Russian strikes hit three nuclear power plants have been disconnected from the electrical network, without having any consequences on the level of radiation at this stage. The supply of that of Zaporijjia (south), occupied by the Russians, has been stopped.
In Kramatorsk, in the east, Denys Vinnyk, 23, told AFP he was worried about the cuts, as did Ksenia Tcherkachina, whom she met outside the restaurant where she works and who is in the dark: So far, we can cope… But the electricity and heating supply is unstable, she is alarmed.
In Lviv, western Ukraine, two Russian missile strikes hit an electrical substation, causing power outages in two neighborhoods, according to Governor Maxim Kozytsky.
Another direct consequence of these Russian strikes, Moldova, already plagued by major energy problems caused by the war in Ukraine, was suffering from massive power outages, according to its vice-president. Prime Minister, Andrei Spinu.
On the diplomatic front, the European Parliament on Wednesday labeled Russia a state promoter of terrorism, in a vote taken almost nine months to the day after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. /p>
This vote was quickly welcomed by President Zelensky, for whom Russia must be isolated at all levels and held accountable in order to end its long-standing terrorist policy in Ukraine and all over the world.
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Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba said Wednesday's strikes proved that Russia should be recognized as a terrorist state around the world.
Spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova, for her part castigated the decision of the European Parliament, calling it idiocy.
Elsewhere in Ukraine, a baby born two days ago was killed during the night in a Russian Russian strike on a maternity hospital in Vilniansk, in the Zaporizhia region (south), relief workers told AFP.
“The enemy has once again decided to try to accomplish by terror and murder what x27;he could not accomplish in nine months. »
— Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine
Despite continuing heavy fighting, particularly in the east, Moscow and kyiv continue to exchange prisoners of war .
Another exchange took place today with kyiv under the 35 for 35 formula, a senior leader of the Russian occupation authority, Denis Pushilin, claimed on Wednesday.
Among the freed Ukrainian prisoners are 22 national guards, 8 border guards, 4 navy soldiers, a guy from the armed forces and also a civilian with a leg amputee, said the chief of staff of the Ukrainian presidency, Andriï Iermak.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday that he would have direct contact with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the coming days, particularly on nuclear Ukrainian civilian, cause for concern.
The United States announced on its side a new military aid of 400 million dollars for Ukraine for weapons, additional ammunition and air defense equipment. The UK has sent a first Sea King helicopter to Ukraine and plans to provide two more.