Ukraine tries to restore power after Russia’s crushing strikes – National

About 70 percent of the Ukrainian capital is without electricity, the mayor of Kyiv said Thursday, a day after Moscow launched another devastating missile and drone strike on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Russia’s renewed attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure on Wednesday caused power outages in large parts of the country, further disrupting Ukraine’s already dilapidated power grid and adding to civilian misery as temperatures plunged. The holidays also caused power outages in neighboring Moldova.

Russia targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure on February 24, following a series of battlefield setbacks suffered by its forces during the full-scale war it launched exactly nine months ago Thursday.

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“Energy workers are doing their best to restore (electricity) as soon as possible,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegram statement, adding that water supply has been restored to about half of Kyiv on the left bank of the Dnieper River. .

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Ukraine’s General Staff said early Thursday that Russian forces fired 67 cruise missiles and 10 drones in a “massive attack on residential buildings and energy infrastructure” in Kiev and several other parts of Ukraine on Wednesday.

Efforts to restore electricity, heat and water supplies cut by Wednesday’s attacks continue elsewhere in Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko said that three of the four fully operational nuclear power plants that were taken offline by Wednesday’s strikes have since been brought back online.

The governor of Poltava region, Dmitry Lunin, said an “optimistic scenario” suggested electricity would return to residents of his central Ukrainian region on Thursday.

“In the next few hours, we will start providing energy to the critical infrastructure, and then to the majority of household consumers,” Lunin said on Telegram, noting that the energy of 15,500 people and 1,500 legal entities in the region has already been restored.

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A woman walks past a house under fire from Russia in Vyshgorod, near Kyiv, Ukraine, on November 24.

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Lunin added that water supply has been restored in several parts of the city of Poltava, and four boilers have started heating regional hospitals.

The Kirovohrad and Vinnytsia regions were reconnected to the electricity grid early Thursday, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s deputy chief of staff.

In southeastern Dnepropetrovsk region, electricity has been restored to up to 50 percent of consumers, Governor Valentin Reznichenko said, but noted that “the energy situation is complex.”

As Russia continues to attack Ukraine’s power grid, Ukrainian authorities have begun opening what they call “points of invincibility” — heated and powered spaces where people can go for a hot meal, charge their devices, and get electricity to connect to the Internet.

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Deputy Chief of Staff of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Thursday morning that a total of 3,720 such places have been opened across the country.

The initiative’s website states that various locations have been turned into such stations, including government buildings, schools, kindergartens and emergency departments.

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