Half of Kyiv residents still without electricity after strike

Nearly half of Kyiv’s residents were still without electricity on Friday as engineers fought to restore service, two days after a Russian strike devastated the country’s energy grid.

Weeks of coordinated and targeted attacks by Russia have crumbling Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, as the country braces for a freezing winter and further escapes after nine months of health crisis and war. spurred the fear of

City officials struggled to reconnect essential services such as heat and water on Friday as temperatures approached freezing in Kyiv and a visit by British Foreign Minister James Cleverley announced a new aid package.

“Half of our consumers still have no electricity,” said Mayor Vitali Klitschko. “His one-third of his house in Kyiv already has heating, and specialists continue to restore it.”

“During the day, the energy company plans to alternately reconnect power for all consumers,” he wrote to Telegram.

Cars lined up outside a petrol station in Kyiv on Friday to stock up, according to an AFP journalist. Mobile he networks in some regions are still in turmoil.

Volodymyr Kudritsky, president of state power company Uklenergo, said repair work was underway nationwide, but insisted that the “most difficult stage” had passed.

Ukrenergo said producers are supplying more than 70% of the country’s needs.

“We live like this now”

Since then, millions of Ukrainians have endured the cold without electricity Russia It launched dozens of missiles on Wednesday and launched drone strikes on water and electricity facilities.

“Certainly this is a difficult situation and it can happen again, but Ukraine can handle it,” presidential adviser Mikhaylo Podoljak said on television.

Albina Bilogub told AFP that she and her children were sleeping in the same room to stay warm after the gas for cooking and heating was cut off in her Kyiv apartment.

“In our building, very few people use gas, so I go to the woman I work with, change her clothes because she is disabled, and cook there,” she said. Told.

“This is our life. One sweater, two, three. We live like this now.”

In northern Kyiv, a veterinarian in blue scrubs and a face mask beamed light on an operating table in a dark clinic while a colleague operated on a sick dog late Thursday.

“We were in the midst of an operation, and a rocket fell nearby, causing the lights to go out and a power outage,” said Oleksiy Yankovenko.

“I had to finish the operation under a flashlight,” he added.

‘Brutal attack’

Ukraine’s Western allies have condemned Russia’s attack on energy as a “war crime”. Russia at the forefront.

Russia said it was only targeting military-related infrastructure, said Ukraine could end suffering by agreeing to Russia’s demands, and blamed Kyiv for the blackout.

The UK Foreign Secretary announced new aid to Ukraine during his visit to Kyiv, including ambulances and assistance to victims of sexual violence by Russian soldiers.

“When winter begins, Russia It continues to attempt to break Ukraine’s resolve through brutal attacks on civilians, hospitals and energy infrastructure,” Cleverley said.

“Russia It will fail,” he said, vowing to continue British support “as long as necessary.”

An attack on the Ukrainian grid Russia’s latest strategy aims to force Ukraine’s surrender after it failed to overthrow the government and capture Kyiv nine months after Russian forces launched an invasion.

They occupied southern and eastern territories and the Kremlin claimed to annex four regions, but Ukrainian forces have retaken the territories.

Russian forces shelled the southern city of Kherson and withdrew earlier this month. The Ukrainian president’s office said he killed 11 people and wounded nearly 50 others in the Kherson region on Thursday. Half of Kyiv residents still without electricity after strike

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