70% of kyiv is without electricity after Russian bombing

kyiv (HPD) — 70% of the Ukrainian capital lost power, kyiv’s mayor said Thursday, a day after Russia launched another devastating missile and drone strike on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Wednesday’s new Russian attack on Ukrainian infrastructure caused power outages across much of the country, further damaging the power grid and adding to the misery of civilians as temperatures drop. The shelling also caused power outages in neighboring Moldova.

Russia has been attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure following a series of battlefield setbacks. This Thursday marked nine months since the start of the war.

kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a statement on Telegram that “electrical engineers are doing everything possible to recover (electricity) as soon as possible,” adding that the water supply has been restored in about half of the capital on the left bank of the Dnieper River.

The Ukrainian General Staff reported Thursday morning that Russian forces fired 67 cruise missiles and 10 drones during Wednesday’s “massive attack on residential buildings and energy infrastructure” in kyiv and several other regions of Ukraine.

Efforts to restore power, heating and water disrupted by Wednesday’s attacks were also underway in other parts of the country.

Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko said three of the four fully operational nuclear power plants forced to go offline by Wednesday’s attacks were later reconnected to the grid.

Poltava Region Governor Dmytro Lunin said “an optimistic scenario” suggests electricity will return to local residents on Thursday.

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

Lunin added that the water supply was resumed in various parts of the city of Poltava, and four boiler stations began to heat regional hospitals.

In addition, the Ukrainian authorities began to open what they call “invincibility points”: heated and powered spaces where people can go to have hot meals, electricity to recharge their devices and connect to the internet.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said on Thursday morning that a total of 3,720 such spaces have been opened across the country.

According to the initiative’s website, several places have become such hotspots, including government buildings, schools and emergency services offices.

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