Nine months after the start of the Russian invasion, millions of Ukrainians will spend the day without electricity or heating and in Kiev, already hit by typical winter weather conditions (rain and snow), about 70% of the capital’s population was without electricity supply. energy this morning, according to the city council.
The water supply was restored in the early afternoon, according to the same source, at a time when temperatures barely exceeded zero degrees Celsius.
The Russian Ministry of Defense assured that its bombing did not reach Kiev, accusing the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense of being responsible for the damage in the capital.
In Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, close to the Russian border, “electricity supply problems” persisted, said the region’s governor, Oleg Synegoubov.
The rest of Ukraine was also heavily affected by the electricity cuts, which have been gradually restored.
Health authorities are particularly concerned about the effect of power cuts on the population, when temperatures in Ukraine reach very low values.
“Blackouts in Ukraine caused by attacks on power infrastructure are putting millions of civilians in danger. (…) As winter approaches and temperatures drop, this will affect people in areas close to and further away from the front line, who have experienced very difficult conditions over the last eight months”, said today the general coordinator of the Doctors Without Borders, Christopher Stokes.
In a video conference intervention before the UN Security Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced, on Wednesday, Russian attacks against energy infrastructures, classifying them as a “crime against humanity”.
In the last few hours, the three nuclear power plants under Kiev’s control have been reconnected to the power distribution grid, expected to be able to supply homes without electricity later tonight.
“If there are no new attacks, we can significantly reduce the lack (of electricity) in the power system by the end of the day,” said Ukrainian Energy Minister Guerman Galushchenko.
Russia fired about 70 cruise missiles at Ukraine on Wednesday, of which 51 were shot down, according to Kiev.
The attacks essentially targeted the energy infrastructure, which was already damaged by other waves of bombing.
In total, “eight power facilities” were affected, Ukrainian Attorney General Andri Kostine said, adding that 10 people had died and another 50 were injured.
The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused the flight of more than 13 million people – more than six million internally displaced and more than 7.8 million to European countries -, according to the most recent data. of the UN, which classifies this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).
The Russian invasion — justified by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security — was condemned by the international community in general, which has responded by sending arms to Ukraine and imposing it on Russia. of political and economic sanctions.
The UN presented as confirmed since the beginning of the war 6,595 dead civilians and 10,189 wounded, underlining that these numbers are far below the real ones.