kyiv, Ukraine (HPD) — Russian-appointed authorities in the occupied city of Kherson, Ukraine, were working to restore some power after what they described as a Ukrainian terrorist attack on power lines.
The southern city, in a region that Moscow illegally annexed in September, was left without electricity or running water on Sunday due to damage to three power lines.
“Connection and power are being partially restored” in the city of Kherson, Kirill Stremousov, number two in the Kremlin-installed government in the region, said on Monday. The alleged attack occurred on the Berislav-Kakhova road. The Kakhova hydroelectric power plant was also damaged by Ukrainian attacks, Russian media reported on Sunday.
Ukrainian authorities have not responded to the accusations.
Stremousov has insisted that civilians march from Jerson, on the western bank of the Dnieper River, to Russian-controlled territory on the river’s eastern bank in anticipation of a Ukrainian counteroffensive to retake the strategic port city.
Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command said last month that Russian occupation forces in Kherson had deliberately cut off water and electricity supplies, as well as internet connection, to force the population to evacuate.
Tens of thousands of civilians have already fled the regional capital following October evacuation orders from the Ukrainian counter-offensive, which has retaken many towns in the region.
However, the region’s pro-Russian government announced on Monday that it would stop “the movement of civilian vehicles across the Dnieper by water and ferry” due to “increased military danger” and threats to civilians.
Meanwhile, in another annexed region, Donetsk, pro-Russian authorities accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the regional capital, also called Donetsk, with HIMARS rocket launchers early Monday morning.
The city’s Kremlin-backed mayor, Alexei Kulemzin, said a fire had broken out in an administrative building of Donetsk Railways, but the flames had been contained and there were no casualties. Ukrainian authorities did not comment on the incident. The city of Donetsk has been under Russian-backed separatist control since 2014.
Russia has repeatedly attacked energy infrastructure in territory controlled by Ukraine. State power grid operator Ukrenergo announced blackouts Monday in and around the capital kyiv, as well as in Chernigov, Cherkasy, Sumy, Kharkiv, Poltava and Zhytomyr.
The number two of the Ukrainian presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said that Russian attacks in the Zaporizhia region had hit civilian targets such as a cultural center, farmers’ warehouses and private residences. He added that the region, which was also illegally annexed by Russia in September but is not under full Russian control, had suffered 52 rocket attacks in 24 hours and one person had been killed.