Ukraine is struggling to regain power in the first winter of a nine-month war

KYIV: Much of Ukraine was left without heat and power after Russia’s most devastating airstrikes on the power grid on Thursday (Nov 24) and Kyiv residents were warned to prepare for further attacks and stockpile water, food and heating. clothing.

Thursday marked nine months since Moscow launched a “special military operation” to protect Russian-speakers. Ukraine and the West say that this occupation is a war of unprovoked aggression.

Since the beginning of October, Russia has launched missiles about once a week in an attempt to destroy Ukraine’s power grid.

Moscow has admitted that it attacked key infrastructure, saying it was aimed at reducing Ukraine’s combat capabilities and pushing it into negotiations. Kyiv says that such attacks are a war crime.

“Together, we have endured nine months of full-scale war, and Russia has not and will not find a way to break us,” President Vladimir Zelenskyy said in a late night video address.

Zelensky also accused Russia of continuously shelling the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, which he left earlier this month. Seven people were killed and 21 injured in a Russian attack on Thursday, local authorities said.

NASA satellite images showed Ukraine turning into a dark spot on the world at night when viewed from space.

Zelensky said that although electricity, heat, communication and water have been gradually restored, there are still problems with water supply in 15 districts.

Ukrenergo, which oversees Ukraine’s national electricity grid, said 50 percent of demand was not being met as of 7:00 p.m. Kyiv time (1:00 a.m. Singapore time).

In the capital Kyiv, a city of 3 million people, 60 percent of residents were left without electricity in sub-freezing temperatures, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said.

“We understand that such rocket strikes may happen again. We must be ready for any development,” he added, according to the Kyiv City Council.

Authorities have set up “invincibility centers” where people can charge phones, stay warm and buy hot drinks.

“We are without electricity and food for the second day. More than 60 children are waiting for food, and if there is no electricity, we cannot prepare anything,” said a woman working in one of such centers in Kyiv.