Half of Kyiv’s population is still without electricity
According to the authorities, parts of Kyiv and other regions are still without electricity, two days after renewed Russian attacks on infrastructure in Ukraine. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Friday in the Telegram online service that half of the capital’s residents do not have electricity. However, a third of apartments in Kyiv can be heated again.
Specialists continued to work to restore operations. Energy companies planned to provide all homes with electricity at least alternately during the day in Kyiv.
Volodymyr Kudrytskyj, the head of state electricity company Okenergo, said on Facebook that he assumed Ukraine’s energy system was facing “the hardest stage behind” after the Russian attacks. Power has been partially restored. 70 percent of the country’s needs will be covered. Kudrizkij explained that the power system has also been reconnected to the European Union’s power system.
After Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, millions of people were left without electricity on Thursday. The capital, Kyiv, was particularly affected, and people there sometimes did not have access to running water. According to the city administration, the water supply was restored on Thursday.
On Friday, motorists formed long lines in front of gas stations in Kyiv to replenish their supplies. Cellular networks are still down in some areas. Temperatures in Kyiv are currently around freezing. “Yes, this is a difficult situation and yes it can happen again,” said advisor to the Ukrainian President Mykhailo Podolyak. But Ukraine can handle it ».
Russia denied responsibility for the destruction in the capital. The Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Thursday that “not a single blow was struck” inside Kyiv. and any destruction resulting from the firing of missiles from “foreign and Ukrainian air defense systems” from populated areas of the Ukrainian capital.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced new aid to Ukraine during a visit to Kyiv on Friday. Among other things, London will provide 24 ambulances and six armored vehicles. It has also astutely pledged £3m (€3.5m) to help rebuild schools and temporary shelters, as well as additional money to support victims of sexual violence perpetrated by Russian soldiers.
“As winter sets in, Russia continues to try to break Ukraine’s resolve with its brutal attacks on civilians, hospitals and energy infrastructure,” Cleverly said. “Russia will fail,” he stressed.
Attacks on Ukrainian energy supplies are the latest strategy of the Russian forces, which have recently been more and more repulsed by the Ukrainian army. Two weeks ago, Russian soldiers had to withdraw from Chersonesos, in southern Ukraine. Eleven people were killed and about 50 others were wounded in Russian air strikes in the Kherson region, Thursday, according to the Ukrainian presidency.