h Ukraine Today it was struggling to repair the damage to energy infrastructure from massive Russian bombing and restore power to millions of Ukrainians, with NASA satellite images showing the scale of the problem.
Ukraine’s power system is on the brink of collapse, and millions of people have experienced emergency power outages in recent weeks, while there are also serious problems with heating as winter approaches.
Zelensky: “It’s a war of strength and endurance”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that Moscow’s new strategy to plunge his country into darkness will not diminish its resolve.
“It is a war of strength and endurance, and the goal is to see who is stronger,” Zelensky said in an interview with the Financial Times published today.
Ukraine: “a country in Europe where there is no light at all”
According to him, this week’s raids created a situation in Ukraine not seen in the past 80 or 90 years: “a country on the European continent where there is no light at all.”
In his speech last night, Zelensky noted to his compatriots: “We have endured nine months of war together, and Russia has not found a way to bow to us and will not.”
About 15 governorates suffer from electricity and water problems.
“The situation with electricity remains difficult in almost all provinces,” the Ukrainian president admitted, but added: “However, we are gradually moving away from interruptions and every hour we are returning electricity to new consumers.”
Ukraine: NASA images about the power outage are revealing
As can be seen from NASA satellite images, Ukraine at night can be seen from space as a black spot on Earth, with a clear difference compared to the pre-war period.
Kyiv: 60% of the population without electricity after the Russian attacks – the “invincible centers”
in the capital KyivHome to three million people, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 60% of the population is without electricity as the temperature has dropped below freezing.
“We know that such missile attacks may happen again. We must be prepared for any development,” he added.
Kyiv authorities created “Undefeated Centers”Where residents can charge their mobile phones, keep warm and have a hot drink.
“It is the second day that we live without electricity and without food. More than 60 children are waiting for food and we cannot prepare anything for them if the electricity is not restored,” said a woman who was in one of these centers.
Three nuclear plants, controlled by Ukraine, were reconnected to the electricity grid on Thursday.
Nmditro Sakharuk, director of the DTEK network, pledged, “We will provide power gradually for two to three hours until the amount of electricity going to Kyiv increases” and the electricity supply is stable.
The The capital’s water supply was restored last nightAccording to the municipal authorities.
“Stay United” – the restoration of damaged infrastructure continues
Blackouts are also occurring across the rest of Ukraine, with critical infrastructure continuing to be steadily restored.
In Kharkiv province, the country’s second largest city, close to the Russian border, electricity has largely been restored after “very difficult” work, according to the city’s mayor Igor Terekov.
The governor of the region, Oleh Senkhopov, explained that today 70% of the houses have electricity, while yesterday “the whole region was in darkness due to the terror of the invaders.”
Almost 300 thousand residents of the province, half of whom are in the city of Kharkiv, remain without electricity today.
The World Health Organization has warned of “fatal” consequences for millions of Ukrainians who may be forced to flee their homes “in search of warmth and safety”.
“Let’s stay united. Maybe without electricity for now, but certainly without Russia,” Khmelnytsky Governor Serhiy Hamali stressed.
This province in western Ukraine is the most affected by the power outage, which affected more than 430,000 families yesterday evening, Thursday, “despite the tremendous efforts of the workers.”
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