More than 10 million Ukrainians are without electricity
More than 10 million Ukrainians were cut off from electricity yesterday as a result of fresh Russian strikes in several cities, including Kyiv, which took place during the country’s first snowfall, while temperatures could fall below 10 degrees in the coming days.
Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has been bombed repeatedly since October, regularly depriving millions of residents of electricity and water.
“Currently, more than 10 million Ukrainians are without electricity,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday evening during his daily televised address, particularly in the Kyiv region.
The Ukrainian president, whose country enters the tenth month of war on November 24, denounced “another Russian terrorist attack”. “Civilian sites are the main target,” he said. Russia is waging war on electricity and heating aimed at people by blowing up power plants and other energy facilities.”
The Kremlin responded Thursday, saying the suffering of Ukraine’s civilian population was caused by Kiev’s refusal to negotiate. “This is a consequence of the unwillingness of the Ukrainian side to solve the problem, to start negotiations and their refusal to look for reasons for an understanding,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The first snow showers fell in Ukraine on Thursday. And regional governor Oleskii Kuleba warned on Wednesday that next week will be “difficult”, with temperatures that could fall below 10 degrees Celsius.
And national electricity company Ukrenergo on Thursday announced the extension of the blackout due to the “deteriorating situation”.
“Due to severe cold, electricity consumption has increased in regions of Ukraine, which has further complicated the situation in the electrical system after it was already difficult,” the company said on Facebook, adding that the matter led to “further restrictions.” have. on electricity consumption across the country.
The company pointed out that “this is a necessary measure to maintain the stability of the power system after the sixth Russian missile attack on power facilities,” referring to the recent bombing.
For its part, the Ukrainian private company DTEK spoke of “unprecedented damage” to the energy system.
“We are now living in a survival mode, it’s the energy front,” said Oleksandr Kharchenko, head of the Center for Energy Research.
On the other hand, after the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kherson, an unprecedented number of cases of torture were uncovered in the city during the eight months of Russian occupation, a senior Ukrainian official said.
“I have never seen torture on this scale,” Dmytro Lubinets, who is in charge of Ukraine’s human rights, said on national television.
He explained that “dozens of people” were “electrocuted and hit with metal pipes and had their bones broken,” noting that “the Russians filmed all of this.” “I am sure that we will discover a torture chamber in every major city because it is a method introduced by Russia,” he added.
Ukrainian authorities announced the discovery of several torture chambers in cities in the Kherson region, which were finally recovered by the Russians after months of occupation.
There was more joy than anger on the streets of Kherson as the raw produce was distributed on Thursday. “This is the first time we’ve gotten help,” said Tatyana Bozko, 62, while Maxim, a 27-year-old railroad worker, confirmed, “First come, first served.”
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