Ukraine is working to restore power after devastating strikes

Kyiv – About 70% of the Ukrainian capital was without power Thursday morning after Moscow unleashed another devastating rocket fire on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, the mayor of Kyiv said.

A punishment Barrage of Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure on Wednesday caused power outages across much of the country and further damaged Ukraine’s already struggling power grid, it added the misery of civilians as winter begins. The strikes also caused power outages in neighboring Moldova.

Russia has launched devastating attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure as its forces suffered battlefield setbacks in the all-out war it began on Thursday, February 24, exactly nine months ago.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegram statement that “power engineers are doing their best to get (electricity) back as soon as possible,” adding that the water supply in about half of Kyiv on the left bank of the river Dnieper was restored.

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

Efforts were also made elsewhere in Ukraine to restore power, heating and water supplies cut off by Wednesday’s attacks.

Poltava region governor Dmytro Lunin said “an optimistic scenario” indicated that residents of his central Ukrainian region would get electricity again on Thursday.

“In the next few hours, we will start powering critical infrastructure and then the majority of household consumers,” Lunin said on Telegram, noting that power has already been restored to 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 stations have started heating regional hospitals.

Kirovohrad and Vinnytsia regions were reconnected to the power grid Thursday morning, adding to more than a dozen other regions reconnected Wednesday evening, according to Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

In the south-eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, up to 50% of consumers have had electricity restored, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said, but noting that “the situation with energy is complicated”.

Amid Russia’s ongoing attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Ukrainian authorities began opening so-called “points of invincibility” — heated and powered spaces where people could get hot meals, power to charge their devices, and connect to the internet .

Deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said Thursday morning that a total of 3,720 such rooms have opened across the country.

According to the project’s website, various venues have been transformed into “points of invincibility,” including government buildings, schools and kindergartens, and emergency services.


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