Kherson without electricity and water after the bombing of the supply lines
Russian authorities in Kherson in southern Ukraine announced yesterday that the city was “without electricity and water” after a Ukrainian raid hit high-voltage power lines and that the strategic Kakhovka dam in the Kherson region was hit by a Ukrainian strike, noting that the Ukrainian army deploys a large number of tanks and armored vehicles on the outskirts of the region. Meanwhile, according to The Washington Post, the United States is privately encouraging Ukraine to indicate its willingness to negotiate with Russia.
In detail, the responsible Moscow authorities in Kherson wrote in a statement on Telegram: “As a result of an attack organized by the Ukrainian side, three concrete towers with high-voltage power lines on the Pereslav-Kakhovka axis were damaged.”
“Currently, there is no electricity or water in the city and in some neighborhoods in the region,” she added.
This is the first reported power and water outage in Kherson, which has been controlled by the Russian military since it began its offensive in Ukraine.
A representative of the emergency services in Kherson said that “more than 10 cities in the region are currently without electricity,” according to Russian news agencies.
According to the regional administration installed in Moscow, electricians were sent to the site of the bombing to “fix” the infrastructure.
She stressed that “electricity and water will be restored throughout the Kherson region in the near future.”
Russia has repeatedly targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in recent weeks, leading to the destruction of about 40% of it and widespread power and water blackouts in many regions, including the capital Kyiv.
Rescue services in Moscow-controlled areas in Ukraine also announced that the strategic Kakhovka Dam in the Russian-controlled Kherson region had been “damaged” by a Ukrainian strike, Russian news agencies reported yesterday.
And news outlets quoted the emergency services as saying: “Six HIMARS rockets were launched. Air defense units shot down five missiles and one of the locks of the Kakhovka dam was damaged.”
Ukraine has warned in recent weeks that Moscow’s forces plan to blow up the strategic facility to cause a flood.
RIA Novosti quoted a local Moscow official as saying that the damage was not “serious”.
“Everything is under control,” official at the Moscow-appointed administration in the neighboring city of Novaya, Ruslan Agayev, told the agency. The main air raids were repelled, the missile hit the dam but did no serious damage.” Early in the offensive, Russian forces seized control of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station in southern Ukraine. The dam secures water for Moscow-annexed Crimea.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russian forces of blowing him up and causing a devastating flood.
For his part, Kirill Strimosov, deputy head of the pro-Russian administration in Ukraine’s Kherson region, said yesterday that the Ukrainian army is amassing a large number of tanks and armored vehicles on the outskirts of the region.
“Many equipment units are being mobilized, with more and more armored vehicles and tanks,” Strimosov said in a video broadcast on his Telegram channel, the TASS news agency reported.
“The evacuation of residents to the left bank of the Dnipro River and other Russian regions continues, and the city’s citizens can still freely leave the right bank,” he added.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that the United States privately encouraged Ukraine to indicate its willingness to negotiate with Russia after the State Department said Moscow was escalating the war and was not seriously ready to engage in peace talks.
The newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying that the US officials’ request was not aimed at pressuring Ukraine to come to the negotiating table, but rather a calculated attempt to ensure that Kyiv maintained the support of other countries.
The newspaper added officials from the United States and Ukraine acknowledged that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s refusal to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has raised concerns in parts of Europe, Africa and Latin America, where those regions are the most affected The war over food and fuel costs would have felt the greatest consequences.
The newspaper quoted an unnamed US official as saying: “Fatigue with the fallout from the Ukrainian files is a reality for some of our partners.”
The newspaper reported that officials have begun planning a possible full-scale evacuation of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in the event of a power outage.
And Bloomberg news agency said the electric company said it is currently cutting power to the capital and seven regions in the north and center of the country due to damage from the Russian bombing of electricity infrastructure.
Zelenskyy said in Kyiv that he spoke yesterday with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen about general financial assistance to Ukraine and the imposition of further sanctions on Iran.
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