The Majority Of Kyiv Is Still Without Power After Russian Missile Strikes
The majority of Kyiv is still without power after Russian missile strikesas around 70% of the Ukrainian capital woke up without power, and as work continued to fix the city's water supply.
Part of the power has been turned back on in the western city of Lviv and in Kharkiv, which is the second largest city in Ukraine. The power outages are the worst that the capital has seen since February 24, when Russia began its invasion.
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said that he would not rule out a "worst case scenario" in which the city would be without power, heat, and water.
He also said that electricians and repair workers were doing everything they could to get the power back on "as fast as possible," but that the speed of the recovery would depend a lot on the "balance" of energy on the national grid.
Officials say that Wednesday's missile attacks, which cut off power and water in several areas, killed ten people. After that, the office of President Volodymyr Zelensky said that "electricity is supplied to all regions" of Ukraine.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the presidential office, said that the most important pieces of infrastructure were fixed first.
As of now, the connection to the network of household consumers is gradually proceeding.- Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the presidential office
Winter is coming to Ukraine, with snow and temperatures below zero. This morning, there was a thick, damp fog over Kyiv. You could just barely make out the shapes of buildings nearby.
Only the headlights of cars seemed to be on. Many people now go to work to get out of the cold because, unlike at home, the heat is always on at work.
But many people in Kyiv seem to take the hard times they are going through in stride and find ways to get by. As a back-up power source, more and more people are putting in generators. Even before yesterday's missile attack, there was no longer a guarantee that water would run.
On social media, President Volodymyr Zelensky was defiant. He wrote, "Light always prevails over darkness." He said that the Russians who were occupying the country would never understand this because they had "existing for a long time in an impenetrable darkness themselves."
The mayor of the western city of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, says that power, water, and heat have all been turned back on after the city lost all power. But he said that parts of the city would still be without power.
Since Russia has been aiming missiles at Ukraine's power grid for weeks, millions of people have had to deal with rolling power outages every day. Mobile phone service has been very bad in the capital, and many people can't even make voice calls.
People who live in high-rise blocks can't cook food without electricity, and ordering online is hard because internet access isn't always stable. Even though the water supply to the city is being fixed, thousands of people still don't have water to drink. And it's hard for supermarkets to take credit cards.
Mr. Zelensky says that 70 missiles were fired at Ukraine on Wednesday, which led to the problems. Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said that ten people died and that three nuclear power plants had to be shut down.
Officials say that they will be back up and running by Thursday night, which should help with supply problems. More than half of the nearby country of Moldova also lost power, but most of the city of Chisinau got it back within a few hours.
The country's foreign ministry is said to have called the Russian ambassador and said in a statement that Russia's "brutal bombing of Ukraine" has "dramatic consequences" for Moldova.
Volodymyr Zelensky said that Moscow had committed an obvious crime against humanity," in a speech to the UN Security Council. He said that Moscow's "formula of terror" had left millions out in the cold without heat, water, or electricity.
The World HealthOrganization has said that the country is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster because hospitals have no power.
After the strikes on Wednesday, doctors at a hospital in the center of Ukraine had to use generators to do two kidney transplants. Russia said in a statement that it had used "high-precision" weapons in a mass attack to hit energy sites connected to Ukraine's military as well as other military infrastructure.
It said that it had reached its goal, which was to stop Ukrainian reservists, foreign weapons, and ammunition from being sent to conflict zones.
The Russian defense ministry says that "not a single strike" was made on Kyiv, which suggests that all damage in residential areas was caused by anti-aircraft missiles from Ukraine and other countries.