The explosions were reported by Odesa and Mykolaiv regions in the south of Ukraine and Zaporozhye and Dnipropetrovsk regions in the southeast. According to AFP, three people were killed and six were injured in Kyiv.
“Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson became the target of rocket attacks from 12:00 p.m. About nine Tu-95s took off,” said the governor of the Mykolaiv region, Vitaly Kim, and continued: “A lot of missiles. From the south and from the east. Air defenses are working.’
Ukrainian forces shot down 51 of 70 surface-to-air missiles and five drones that Russia sent to Ukraine on Wednesday, according to Ukrinform.
Residents of the Poltava region also noticed the explosions, but according to local governor Dmytro Lunin, the defense in Kremenchuk worked. The representatives of the Dnepropetrovsk region also informed about the functional air defense, the Unian agency wrote.
Dead in Kiev, all nuclear power plants had a blackout
According to regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba, the entire Kyiv region was without power after the shelling.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy then reported that all four of the country’s nuclear power plants and most of the hydro and thermal power plants were out due to the attack. According to the ministry, most electricity customers were cut off for a certain period of time.
“A crash into one of the infrastructure facilities in the metropolis. Stay in shelters, the air alert continues,” Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko wrote on Telegram on Wednesday afternoon. He later reported that the metropolis was without water due to the bombing.
According to Kliček, explosions were also reported in other parts of the city. “There is no light in some parts of Kyiv. Energy workers inform about emergency shutdowns,” Kličko added.
Kyiv Region Police Chief Andriy Nebitov announced earlier on Telegram that a high-rise building was hit in one of the districts.
The Ukrainian energy company Energoatom reported the shutdown of several parts of the power plant in the city of Pivdennoukrainsk in the south of Ukraine. “Everything is fine with the power plant,” assured the company’s spokesperson. “There is nowhere to generate electricity,” he added nonetheless.
The whole of Lviv was also without light, announced its mayor Andriy Sadovy. He also warned that water supplies could soon be cut off in the city in western Ukraine. But he is still waiting for more information from energy experts.
The AFP agency then issued a report, according to which at least three people were killed and six injured as a result of shelling in Kyiv.
Bridget A. Brinková, the American ambassador to Ukraine, has already reacted to Wednesday’s large-scale Russian missile attack. “Another vicious shelling across the country, Russia is trying to punish Ukraine for daring to be free,” the ambassador tweeted, saying the US stood with Ukraine.
More cruel missile strikes across the country as Russia tries to punish Ukraine for daring to be free. I have seen the strength of the people of Ukraine, and I know Russia’s attempt to dominate Ukraine by plunging it into the cold and dark will fail. We stand with Ukraine.
— Ambassador Bridget A. Brink (@USAmbKyiv) November 23, 2022
Blackout in Moldova as well. More than half of the country is without power
Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spînu said Wednesday afternoon that the country has also experienced widespread power outages due to Russian shelling of Ukrainian infrastructure. He said the blackout has affected more than half of the country and work is now underway to reconnect power to those areas.
Massive blackout in 🇲🇩 after today’s Russian attack on 🇺🇦 energy infrastructure. Moldelectrica, 🇲🇩 TSO, is working to reconnect more than 50% of the country to electricity.
— Andrei Spînu 🇲🇩🇪🇺 (@AndreiSpinu) November 23, 2022
On February 24 this year, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine. After the withdrawal of Russian troops from southern Ukraine’s Kherson region, Moscow has launched a widespread attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in recent weeks. Because of them, Ukraine is struggling with large-scale power outages.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, Moscow carried out the most extensive attack so far on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 15, when 15 energy facilities were hit.
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