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Ukraine scrambles to restore power after deadly Russian attack

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — About 70 percent of Ukraine’s capital has been left without power, Kyiv’s mayor said Thursday, a day after Moscow unleashed a devastating new barrage of missiles and drones on energy infrastructure from Ukraine.

Wednesday’s renewed Russian attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure has caused power outages across large parts of the country, further shutting down Ukraine’s already battered power grid and adding to the misery of civilians as temperatures plummet. The strikes have also caused power outages in neighboring Moldova.

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

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegram statement that “electrical engineers are doing their best to recover (electricity) as soon as possible” and added that water supply has been restored in about the half of Kyiv on the left bank of the Dnieper. .

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

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

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the scene of a Russian shelling in the city of Vyshgorod outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, November 23, 2022.

Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko said three of the four fully functioning nuclear power plants that were taken out of service by Wednesday’s strikes were later reconnected to the grid.

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

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

Lunin added that water supply has resumed in several parts of the city of Poltava and four boiler houses have started heating 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 late Wednesday, according to deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

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

Ukraine scrambles to restore power after deadly Russian attack
A view of the Podil district during a power outage after a Russian rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, November 23, 2022. Russia launched another missile attack on Ukraine’s ailing energy grid on Wednesday , depriving the cities of electricity and part of the water and public transport, too, aggravating the hardships of winter for millions of people. The aerial destruction of power supplies also took nuclear power plants and internet links offline and caused power outages in neighboring Moldova.

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

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, 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 locations have been converted to such points, including government buildings, schools and kindergartens, and emergency services offices.

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