KYIV, Ukraine — Power was gradually restored to Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, on Thursday, a day after Russian missile strikes caused Kyiv’s biggest blackouts in nine months of war.
Regional authorities said 25% of homes in Kyiv were still without power, but water supplies had been restored in some areas and would start working in others later on Thursday.
In a big improvement from Wednesday, when authorities said power was cut across the Kyiv region, public transport was operating in the capital, with buses replacing trams to save energy.
“Let us persevere, despite everything,” the Kyiv regional military administration said in a statement.
Energy Minister German Galushchenko said three nuclear power plants that had been shut down due to Wednesday’s attacks were expected to be back online on Thursday, helping to ease supply problems.
“The situation is difficult throughout the country,” he said in televised comments, but added that the national energy system had been “reunited” following the damage caused by the missile strikes and that the production of electricity would increase throughout Thursday.
Kyiv was one of the main targets of Wednesday’s attacks on energy facilities that knocked out electricity in many areas and necessitated emergency power cuts in others to save energy and allow repairs to the approach of winter.
The temperature plunged below zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) overnight in a city of 2.8 million before the war and where it has already snowed and the streets are icy.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy chief of staff of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said power supply has been restored in Kirovohrad and Vinnytsia regions.
Electricity had also largely returned to the northern region of Sumy, and 3,000 miners who had been trapped underground during a power outage had been brought to the surface in central Ukraine, regional officials said. .