There is no more electricity or water in many parts of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv following the latest round of Russian airstrikes against the target.
We are told that the Russian military launched numerous “successful” strikes on multiple key areas of Kyiv’s vital infrastructure. Here is what Russia’s defense ministry had to say about the hits:
“The Russian Armed Forces continued to launch strikes with high-precision long-range air and sea-based weapons against Ukrainian military and energy facilities.”
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal later confirmed direct hits on 18 sites across Kyiv, most of which are tied to the nation’s energy supplies. Many Ukrainians are now in a panic as the cold winter season approaches.
“The goals of the strikes were successful,” Shmyhal said. “All assigned objects were hit.” (Related: Three months prior to the appearance of “covid,” the U.S. Department of Defense [DoD] awarded a “COVID-19 Research” contract to Ukraine.)
“Missiles and drones hit 10 regions where 18 sites were damaged, most of them energy-related. Hundreds of settlements in seven regions of Ukraine were cut off.”
Ukraine calls targeted Russian attacks “war crimes”
The Ukrainian military says it was able to intercept some projectiles launched over the Lviv region of the country, sparing this western part of Ukraine from similar damage.
Reports do indicate, however, that the areas of Cherkasy and Kirovohrad were attacked just like Kyiv was. There are now power outages not just in Kyiv but also in the Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions.
Below is a closer look at what transpired:
- Kyiv region: Russian attacks left about 80 percent of the Ukrainian capital without water. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said much of the city is also without power.
- Kharkiv: Two airstrikes in this area hit critical infrastructure facility, causing similar problems to not just the water supply but also the public transit network.
- Zaporizhzhia region: Rockets struck an infrastructure facility, according to the local governor. Energy supplies there are also at risk.
- Cherkasy region: Some of the region lost power after air attacks struck infrastructure facilities, according to a military administrator.
In a statement, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba condemned Russia, accusing the former Soviet Union of committing “war crimes” against Ukraine.
“Another batch of Russian missiles hits Ukraine’s critical infrastructure. Instead of fighting on the battlefield, Russia fights civilians,” Kuleba tweeted.
Mayor Klitschko also tweeted about the attacks, calling on Ukrainian citizens to “stock up on water from the nearest pumps and points of sale” to keep themselves sustained amid the ongoing crisis.
Emergency crews were reportedly deployed to the various sites to try to get water and power restored as quickly as possible. In some areas, the goal was to accomplish this in just a few hours, while in others there is sustained damage that will require more time to repair.
Rescue teams are also roving the affected areas to look for possible casualties underneath the rubble of damaged and destroyed buildings. Little has been said about the actual number of potential victims.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget A. Brink complained on Twitter that Russia’s attacks on Ukraine are “callous and barbaric.” She added that Russia’s apparent goal is to leave Ukraine “cold and dark as we approach winter.”
Prior to the latest round of attacks, Ukraine as a whole was already about 40 percent without power, reports suggest. Households continue to be encouraged to limit their electricity usage, especially when it comes to using “non-essential” large appliances.
Now, following the latest round of attacks, calls are being renewed for Ukrainians to prepare for long-term power outages, and to prepare accordingly.
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