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Friday, November 25, 2022

Ukraine is fighting to re-connect millions of people who have been cut off by the cold and darkness

 

Ukraine battles to reconnect millions in the cold and dark


KYIV:After Russia launched dozens of cruise missiles that pounded Ukraine's already crippled electricity grid, Ukraine struggled on Thursday to reconnect water and electricity services to millions of people who had been cut off.


As a result of deliberate Russian bombardments of the grid, millions of Ukrainians have been forced into emergency blackouts in recent weeks, putting the country's energy system at risk.


Millions of people could leave their homes as a result, according to the World Health Organization's warning of "life-threatening" consequences.


24 hours after the Russian strikes crushed Kyiv, city authorities said 70% of homes were all the while enduring crisis blackouts however that water administrations had been completely reestablished.


Earlier, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated, "Energy companies are making every effort to return (services) as soon as possible."


With winter approaching and temperatures in the capital hovering just above freezing, the strikes that shut down electricity come at an unstable time.


In the attacks that resulted in 10 fatalities and approximately 50 injuries, Ukraine claimed that Russian forces launched approximately 70 cruise missiles and drones.


However, the Russian defense ministry claimed that Ukrainian and foreign air defense systems were to blame for the damage in the capital and denied hitting any targets within Kyiv.


It stated that "not a single strike was made on targets within the city of Kyiv."


After nine months of war in which Russian forces have failed to achieve most of their stated territorial objectives, Moscow appears to be targeting power facilities in an apparent effort to coerce capitulation.


Oleksiy Yakovlenko, the chief administrator of a hospital in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, stated, "The way they fight and target civil infrastructure, it can cause nothing but fury."


However, Yakovlenko stated that his resolve was unwavering despite the increasing frequency of blackouts there.


According to Yakovlenko, "if they expect us to fall on our knees and crawl to them, it won't happen."


The influx of assaults on Ukraine's framework come as Russian soldiers experience a rush of front line routs.They destroyed important infrastructure as they retreated from Kherson, the only regional capital they had captured, this month.


According to Ukraine's prosecutors, authorities had discovered "the bodies of 432 killed civilians" and nine Russian torture facilities in Kherson on Thursday.


Three nuclear plants in Ukraine were automatically cut off from the national grid by Wednesday's attacks, which also caused power outages in Moldova, a neighbor, where the energy network is linked to Ukraine.


By Thursday morning, according to the energy ministry, all three nuclear facilities had been reconnected.


Additionally, Moldova's pro-European president Maia Sandu called a meeting of her security council to discuss energy once power was nearly back on.


The mayor of Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine and close to the Russian border, stated that public transportation was being reconnected and that water was being restored to homes.


"The power supplies have been restored."Trust me, it was extremely challenging," Mayor Igor Terekhov stated.


However, there were still problems all over the nation, and even the central bank warned that the outages could affect banks.


It stated, "There is risk of complete incapacity of banks to operate due to prolonged absence of electricity."


According to the Kremlin, Ukraine was ultimately to blame for the consequences of the strikes, and Kyiv could put an end to them by complying with Russian demands.


Dmitry Peskov, Ukraine's spokesperson, stated that the country "has every opportunity to settle the situation, to fulfill Russia's demands, and as a result, end all possible suffering of the civilian population."


Separately, Moscow made the announcement that tens of thousands of Russian passports had been given to residents of four Ukrainian territories that President Vladimir Putin claimed in September to have annexed.


In remarks reported by Russian news outlets, interior ministry migration official Valentina Kazakova stated, "More than 80,000 people received passports as citizens of the Russian Federation."


In September, Russia staged so-called referendums in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Lugansk, claiming that residents had voted to become Russian subjects.


Even though his forces have never had complete control over the territories, Putin formally annexed them during a ceremony later that month in the Kremlin.

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