A senior official warned that the situation was “critical” and urged Ukrainians to “hold on” while neighborhoods lost power
At least a dozen regions reported attacks, which caused several emergency blackouts (REUTERS/Vladyslav Musiienko)
Russian airstrikes on energy and other facilities rocked Ukraine from Tuesday east to west, causingextensive blackouts.A senior official warned that the situation was “critical” and urged Ukrainians to “hold on” while neighborhoods lost power.
According to the most recent Ukrainian government data, more More than 7 million homes are without power due to the bombing.
The air strike, which caused at least one death in a residential building in the capital kyiv, comes after several days of euphoria in Ukraine following one of its biggest military victories in the nearly nine months since the invasion began: the recapture of the southern city of Kherson.
At least a dozen regions reported attacks, which caused several emergency blackouts.
Russia fired around 100 missiles, according to the Russian spokesman the Ukrainian air force. President Volodimir Zelensky stated that there were 85.
Zelensky warned that more attacks could follow, but vowed defiantly, with a shake of his fist: “We will survive anything.”
A high-ranking official, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said the missile launch was “another planned attack against energy infrastructure facilities”.
“Most of the attacks were registered in the center and north of the country . In the capital, the situation is very complicated,” Tymoshenko wrote on Telegram.
A burning building in kyiv after an attack (REUTERS /Oleksandr Gusev)
In recent months, as its battlefield defeats have accumulated, Russia has increasingly resorted to attacks on the Ukrainian power grid, apparently hoping to take advantage of the impending winter to leave the people in the cold and dark.
As city after city reported the attacks, Tymoshenko called on Ukrainians to resist and acknowledged the gravity of the situation.
Among the regions where officials reported attacks were: Lviv, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi and Rivne in the west, and Kharkiv, the country's second most populous city, in the northeast. Missile attacks were also reported in Kryvyi Rih, Zelenskyy's hometown, according to mayor Oleksandr Vilkul.
In kyiv, mayor Vitali Klitschko said authorities found a body in a of three residential buildings that were hit in the capital, where emergency blackouts were also announced by the electricity provider DTEK.
A video posted by a presidential aide showed an apparently residential five-story building in kyiv burning, with apartments razed to the ground. Klitschko said air defense units also shot down some missiles.
Ukraine had seen a period of relative calm since previous waves of missile and drone attacks several weeks ago.
The authorities of Moldovahave confirmed this Tuesday that, as a consequence of the new wave of Russian attacks on Ukraine, the country has also registered massive power outages in a large part of the territory.
The President of Moldova, Maia Sandu (REUTERS/Vladislav Culiomza)
As reported by the Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister, Andrei Spinu, also in charge of Infrastructure and Development functions, the Attacks by the Russian Armed Forces on Ukrainian energy facilities have also affected Moldova.
“As a result of Russia's bombardment of the Ukrainian energy system in the last hour, one of the power lines that provide electricity transportation for our country was automatically disconnected,” Spinu reported on his Telegram channel.
The Moldovan representative has detailed that the electricity transmission lines “have not been damaged”, but they have been automatically disconnected “as a security measure”. The state energy company Moldelectrica is already immersed in the work of restoring supply.
Moldova, a country neighboring Ukraine, has been greatly affected by the war ongoing in Eastern Europe. Since the outbreak of the conflict, the country has been in a state of emergency with the main objective of guaranteeing national security.
In recent weeks, the Moldovan authorities have recognized that the energy supply in the country could be greatly affected by the war in Ukraine.
(With information from AP and EP)