kyiv prepares for a winter without heating, water, or electricity due to Russian attacks on energy infrastructure

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Rotating blackouts occurred in some regions of the Ukrainian capital and its surroundings this Sunday. The Mayor's Office plans to deploy some 1,000 heating points but warned its inhabitants to prepare for the worst

kyiv prepares for a winter without heating, water, or electricity due to Russian attacks on energy infrastructure

A tower of the National Bank of Ukraine during a blackout in kyiv on Sunday. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)

The mayor of kyiv has warned his people to prepare for the worst this winter if Russia continues to attack the energy infrastructure of the country, and that means that it cannot be ruled out that there is no electricity, wateror heatingin the most intense cold.

“We are doing everything we can to prevent it. But let's be frank, our enemies are doing everything possible so that the city is left without heat, without electricity, without a water supply, in general, so that we all die. And the future of the country and that of each one of us depends on how prepared we are for different situations”, declared the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitali Klitschko, to the state media.< /p>

kyiv prepares for a winter without heating, water, or electricity due to Russian attacks on energy infrastructure

People knock a piano on a street during a blackout in kyiv this Sunday. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)

Russia has focused on attacking the energy infrastructure of Ukraineover the past month, causing power shortages and rotating outages across the country. In kyiv this Sunday rotating blackoutsevery hour were scheduled in some parts of the city and the surrounding region.

They were also planned rotating blackouts in the nearby regions of Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv and Poltava, reported the Ukrainian state power operator, Ukrenergo.

kyiv prepares for a winter without heating, water, or electricity due to Russian attacks on the energy infrastructure

A street of kyiv without light. Hourly rotating blackouts were expected in the capital on Sunday in parts of the city and surrounding region. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)

kyiv plans to deploy some 1,000 heating points, but noted that this may not be enough for a city with 3 million inhabitants.

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A Ferris wheel is reflected in a puddle during a blackout in kyiv on Sunday (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)

As Russia intensifies its attacks on the capital, Ukrainian forces advance in the south. Residents of the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson received messages on their phones warning them to evacuate as soon as possible, the Ukrainian military reported on Sunday.

Russian soldiers warned civilians that the Ukrainian army was preparing for a massive attack and told people to move to the right bank of the city immediately.

kyiv is preparing for a winter without heating, water, or electricity due to Russian attacks on energy infrastructure

Kyiv plans to deploy some 1,000 heating points, but noted that this may not be enough for a city of 3 million people. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)

Russian forces prepare for aUkrainian counteroffensiveto recapture the southern city of Kherson, captured during the first days of the invasion. In September, Russia illegally annexed Kherson, as well as three other regions of Ukraine, and subsequently declared martial law in all four provinces.

The Kremlin-installed government in Kherson has already moved tens of thousands of civilians out of the city.

kyiv prepares for a winter without heating, water, or electricity due to Russian attacks on energy infrastructure

A tram illuminates an unlit street in kyiv. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)

Russia has been “occupying and evacuating” Kherson simultaneously, trying to convince Ukrainians they are leaving when they are actually digging in Nataliya Humenyuk, a spokeswoman for the Southern Ukrainian Forces, told state television.

kyiv prepares for a winter without heating, water, or electricity due to Russian attacks on the energy infrastructure

A doctor holds a newborn baby at a hospital in the city of Mukolaiv, where there is heavy fighting against Russian forces, in Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)

“There are units defense forces that have dug in there quite strongly, a certain amount of equipment has been left, firing positions have been established,” he said.

Russian forces are also digging in a hotly contested region in the east, worsening already difficult conditions for residents and the Ukrainian military following Moscow's illegal annexation and declaration of martial law in the province d and Donetsk.

(With information from AP)

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