War in Ukraine, Day 273 | Millions of Ukrainians are still without electricity after the Russian strikes

(Kyiv) Ukraine, including its capital Kyiv, was largely deprived of electricity and water on Thursday, a day after massive new Russian strikes specifically targeted its energy infrastructure, a strategy Western allies called “war crimes” as the season approached. winter.




According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, about 15 regions had problems with water and electricity supply. “The situation with electricity remains difficult in almost all regions. However, we are gradually moving away from interruptions and every hour we are reconnecting electricity to new consumers.

In Kyiv, which has been hit by freezing rain and near-freezing temperatures, about 70% of residents have been without electricity, while water supplies have been restored, according to the city council.

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Russian bombing did not target the capital, accusing the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense of being responsible for the damage to the city of Kyiv.

The rest of Ukraine was also greatly affected by the outage, but critical infrastructure continued to be gradually reconnected.

In Kharkiv, the country’s second city, not far from the border with Russia, supplies have been restored after “very difficult” work, said Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekov.

The Russian bombing also continued, leaving four dead and ten wounded in Kherson (south), from which Moscow withdrew two weeks ago, and six dead and 30 wounded in Vyshgorod, near Kyiv.

We have withstood nine months of total war, and Russia has found no way to break us. And she won’t. “We must continue to hold firm,” Mr. Zelensky emphasized in his evening address.

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“cause pain”

“This systematic targeting of the population as winter approaches reflects a clear Russian desire to make the Ukrainian people suffer, depriving them of water, heat and electricity to undermine their resilience,” the French diplomat said. These actions clearly constitute war crimes.”

Speaking via video link to the United Nations Security Council, Mr. Zelensky on Wednesday denounced a “crime against humanity”.

Three nuclear power plants under Kyiv’s control were reconnected and were supposed to supply homes without electricity again in the evening.

According to the Ministry of Energy, these explosions, on Wednesday, left “the vast majority of consumers” without electricity in Ukraine, which had a population of about 40 million people before the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

Russia launched about 70 cruise missiles at the country on Wednesday, of which it shot down 51, according to Kyiv. These strikes targeted the main energy infrastructure, which had already been damaged by several waves of such explosions.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said a total of “eight energy facilities” were bombed, adding that ten people were killed and 50 injured.

On the front, people have also felt the power outages, forcing hospitals to run with emergency generators, while in the east fighting continues.

“The way they are fighting and targeting civilian infrastructure cannot but infuriate,” Oleksiy Yakovlenko, director of a hospital in the city of Kramatorsk, told AFP.

“If they expect us to fall to our knees and crawl towards them, that won’t happen,” he assured, though.

Warsaw offers Patriot missiles

In this context, the Polish Minister of Defense suggested that Germany transfer to Ukraine the Patriot air defense system that it had offered to Poland.

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For its part, Russia has urged Ukraine to yield to its demands.

Ukraine’s leadership […] On Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated the possibility of resolving the situation by meeting all the demands of the Russian side and ending the possible suffering of the civilian population.

Russia, which justified its war by the need to “disarm” and “demilitarize” Ukraine, which it accuses of oppressing the Russian-speaking population, claimed at the end of September the annexation of four Ukrainian regions that are partially controlled by Russia.

On Thursday, Moscow announced that it had distributed Russian passports to more than 80,000 residents of these four Ukrainian regions, making them “citizens of the Russian Federation.”

For his part, the Ukrainian prosecutor general noted that since the November 11 recapture of the north of the southern Kherson region, “nine torture sites have been discovered” in addition to “432 civilians killed,” without saying. How did they die?

Prisoner exchanges between the two camps also continued on Thursday with the release of 50 prisoners from each side, after an exchange of 35 people from each camp the day before, according to representatives from both sides.

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

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