Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is in survival mode after a brutal series of Russian airstrikes left most citizens without electricity, drinking water, or both.
About 70 percent of the city was without power Thursday morning after Russia’s latest missile barrage, officials said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said on Thursday that recovery was ongoing in the capital and other affected areas and authorities were “focusing on gradually restoring electricity, heat, water supply and communications.”
“The most difficult situation is in Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Poltava and Kharkiv regions. But along with the supply of electricity to the main infrastructure, we also provide water and heat,” Zelenskiy said during his nightly address. provide,” Zielinski said during his nightly address.
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He also said that areas that suffered total blackouts when Russian forces targeted Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure are regaining power.
He said that we restore electricity to new customers every hour. “Energy workers, utility workers, businesses – everyone is doing their part to get the lights back on. This is truly a nationwide task – Ukraine is working as unitedly as possible on this.”
Residents have been forced to seek shelter and warmth wherever they can, including restaurants and facilities that are not safe from the attack.
Oleksii Rashchapkin, a 39-year-old resident of Kyiv, said he lost power in the attack but was able to find a cafe that was open with electricity.
“I’m here because there’s heat, coffee and light,” he told The Associated Press. “Here is life.”
In Kyiv, where some residents were forced to use gutters to collect potable rainwater, the coming winter months bring a whole new challenge — but their determination remains unquestioned.
Ukrainians say Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attacks will not break them.
“No one will compromise their will and principles just for electricity,” said 34-year-old Alina Dubiko, who was also without electricity, heating and water at home.
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As the Russian invasion passed the nine-month mark on Thursday, Dubiko said she would rather be without power than be ruled by Russia.
“Without light or you? [Putin]? Without you,” he said, echoing Zelensky’s comments on October 10, when the missile barrage began.
While Kyiv is falling back, other cities, especially Kherson, have suffered the heaviest shelling since Ukrainian forces recaptured it two weeks ago.
At least five people were killed in a Russian missile attack on the city.
Overnight attacks outside the city of Zaporizhzhia destroyed a Ukrainian maternity hospital, killing a 2-day-old baby, officials said.
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“During the night, Russian monsters fired huge rockets at the small maternity ward of the hospital in Volynyansk. Grief gripped our hearts – a baby was killed who had just seen the light of day. Rescue workers are working at the scene. “Governor Oleksandr Starkh said in a telegram on Thursday.
Russia’s attacks continue to cause blackouts across the country, although it claims it is targeting key infrastructure that powers Ukraine’s military. However, Ukrainian officials say that Russian attacks have caused extensive damage to civilian areas, including homes, roads, hospitals and schools.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.