Local resident Kateryna and her daughter Nastya stand next to damaged residential buildings, after a Russian attack in the city of Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of kyiv, on November 23, 2022. (GENYA SAVILOV / AFP).
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Much of Ukraine, including its capital, kyiv, remained this Thursday without electricity or water after new Russian attacks against energy infrastructure, at a time when winter settles. Nine months after the start of the Russian invasion and as winter approaches, millions of Ukrainians will be cold and without electricity on Thursday, although authorities hope the situation will improve before nightfall.

The three nuclear power plants under kyiv control have been reconnected to the grid and should soon return to supplying households deprived of electricity, as well as water distribution systems.

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These are the central Khmelnitsky Y rivne (west) and central Pivdennoukrainsk (south), which were disconnected by the automatic protection system after the Russian attacks that affected many Ukrainian electrical installations.

“If there are no new attacks, we will be able to significantly reduce the lack of electricity in the energy system at the end of the day”said Energy Minister German Galushchenko.

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In the country as a whole, “the situation is generally difficult,” but in some regions “electricity supply has already increased”he said, noting that “critical infrastructure across the country” had been reconnected.

Local resident Kateryna and her daughter Nastya stand next to damaged residential buildings, after a Russian attack in the city of Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of kyiv, on November 23, 2022. (GENYA SAVILOV / AFP).

For its part, the Russian military denied on Thursday having carried out attacks on kyiv the day before, stating that the damage in the Ukrainian capital had been caused by “Ukrainian and foreign” anti-aircraft missiles.

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Ukraine “He has every opportunity to resolve the situation, meet Russia’s demands and, as a result, end all possible suffering of the civilian population,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said.

crime against humanity

According to the Energy Ministry, the attacks knocked out power to “the vast majority of users” in the country, which had a population of about 40 million before the Russian invasion began on February 24.

According to the Ukrainian air force, Russia fired about 70 cruise missiles at Ukraine on Wednesday, of which 51 were shot down.

Ten people were killed and around 50 injured, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin told local media.

The prosecutor said that the authorities had discovered a total of nine torture sites used by the russians in Khersonas well as “the bodies of 432 dead civilians”, although he did not specify how they died.

Following military setbacks that forced Russia to withdraw in the north-east and south of UkraineMoscow opted in mid-October for regular and massive attacks against energy facilities when winter comes.

This photo taken on November 23, 2022 shows the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa during power outages, following Russian attacks.  (Oleksandr GIMANOV / AFP).

This photo taken on November 23, 2022 shows the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa during power outages, following Russian attacks. (Oleksandr GIMANOV / AFP).

the ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky He denounced a “crime against humanity” on Wednesday in a videoconference intervention before the UN Security Council.

“With sub-zero temperatures, several million people without power supply, without heat and without water, this is obviously a crime against humanity,” said Zelensky during an emergency meeting that he himself had called.

Zero degrees

Russia claims to target facilities directly or indirectly linked to the Ukrainian military and considers that only the Ukrainian authorities kyiv they are responsible for the suffering of the population for resisting the Russian forces.

In kyiv, the capital, which is currently registering temperatures close to 0°C, about 70% of the population was still without power as of Thursday morning.

Mayor Vitali Klichko said that “energy companies are doing everything possible to restore electricity as soon as possible.”

The rest of the country was also hit hard by the cuts.

In Kharkiv, the country’s second city on the border with Russia, “electricity supply problems” continue to affect the civilian populationaccording to Governor Oleg Synegubov.

The same thing is happening in the central Poltava region. But “in the next few hours we will supply power to critical infrastructure and then to most homes,” promised regional leader Dmytro Lunin.

Further south, in the region of dniprothe “situation continues to be complicated,” according to its leader.

Network repairs are also underway in the Rivne, Cherkasy (central), Kirovograd (central) and Zhitomir (central-western) regions.

Another direct consequence of the Russian attacks is that Moldova, already suffering from major energy problems from the war in Ukraine, was also the victim of massive power cuts on Wednesday.

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