Russia and Ukraine: Russian bombing raids cause power outages in large areas
Large parts of Ukraine are suffering from power outages after a wave of Russian raids.
Almost half of Moldova was without power, although the Russian bombardment did not reach it.
The attacks in Ukraine were aimed at critical infrastructure facilities in the capital, Kyiv. Officials said six civilians were killed in the bombing.
Moscow recently stepped up attacks on Ukrainian power plants and shut down half of the country’s power grid.
The company, which operates Ukraine’s national electricity grid, said damage to power generation assets in recent weeks has been “enormous” and warned Ukraine could face prolonged power outages in the winter months.
Sirens sounded early Wednesday in Ukraine warning of an airstrike, followed by reports of explosions in several locations.
The Ukrainian Air Force said more than 70 cruise missiles were fired from Moscow and the Ukrainian defenses were able to intercept 51 of those missiles.
Ukrainian officials said Russia also launched five drones.
Ukraine’s Energoatom nuclear power plant said three of its nuclear reactors lost internet connectivity due to a power outage.
In the capital Kyiv, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko, parts of the city suffered from complete water and power failures.
Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy said school children were taken into the bunkers with their teachers – and parents were told not to take their children out before the sirens stopped.
Before the reports from Kyiv and Lviv, officials reported that western Ukraine had been attacked again.
The governor of the Mykolaiv region said many missiles were arriving from the south and east.
Not far away, in the Zaporizhia region, a newborn was killed when a rocket hit a maternity ward, according to emergency services.
Blame for the attack is placed on Russia, which has not yet commented on any of Wednesday’s alleged attacks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Moscow of “acts of terrorism”.
Zelenskyy said he had instructed his UN envoy to request an emergency Security Council meeting.
Meanwhile, more than half of the Republic of Moldova is suffering from power cuts, announced Deputy Prime Minister Andre Spino.
Via Twitter, Spino said the attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure caused “widespread power outages” across Moldova.
Within hours, power was restored to most areas of the capital, Chisinau, where a third of Moldova’s population lives.
In response to the power outages in Moldova, the country’s President Maia Sandu said Russia had “left Moldova in the dark”.
Moldova has suffered widespread power outages as a result of attacks on Ukraine on November 15, Deputy Prime Minister Spino said. Cellular networks were also hit hard.
On the other hand, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a resolution designating Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism,” which is not binding.
The resolution condemned what it describes as deliberate attacks “launched by Russia against Ukrainian civilians and the destruction of Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure in flagrant violations of human rights and international law.”
Parliament called on member states to take additional steps to isolate Russia internationally and tighten sanctions against Russia, and called for work to develop a legal framework that would allow member states to designate state sponsors of terrorism.
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