Russian strikes cut power across much of Ukraine, others flee Kherson

By Reuters IST (Released)


Russian missiles pounded Ukrainian energy and other facilities on Saturday, causing power cuts in various areas, Kyiv said, while Russian occupation authorities in the southern city of Kherson urged civilians to evacuate.

Russian missiles pounded Ukrainian energy and other facilities on Saturday, causing power outages in various regions, Kyiv said. In contrast, Russian occupation authorities in the southern city of Kherson urged civilians to evacuate.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian attacks had struck on a “very large” scale. He promised that his army would improve its already good record of missile destruction with the help of its partners.

With the war about to enter its ninth month and winter approaching, the potential for freezing misery looms as Russia continues to attack Ukraine’s power grid.

In Kherson, the target of Ukraine’s aggressive counterattack against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s February 24 invasion, occupation authorities have ordered civilians out.

“Due to the tense situation at the front, the increased danger of massive shelling of the city and the threat of terrorist attacks, all civilians must immediately leave the city and cross to the (eastern) bank of the Dnipro!” occupation authorities posted on Telegram.

Thousands of civilians left Kherson after warnings of a Ukrainian offensive to retake the city.

In Oleshky, on the opposite bank of the Dnipro, Reuters saw people arriving by river boat from Kherson, laden with boxes, bags and pets. A woman carried a toddler under one arm and a dog under the other.

“I really didn’t want to (leave), I’m still at work,” said one resident. “We wanted to stay here in the area, but now we don’t know.

The Ukrainian army said it was advancing as its forces moved south through the region, taking control of at least two villages it said Russian troops had abandoned. Kherson connects Ukraine to the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Telegram: “Kherson region! Just a little more. Hang on. The Ukrainian armed forces are at work.

Reuters could not independently verify the accounts.


Since October 10, Russia has launched devastating salvos on Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure, affecting at least half of its thermal power generation and up to 40% of the entire system.

On Saturday, officials in several regions reported strikes against energy facilities and power outages as engineers rushed to restore the network. Governors advised residents to stock up on water.

More than a million people were without power, presidential adviser Kyrylo Tymoshenko said. Parts of Kyiv suffered power cuts in the evening, and a city official warned that strikes could leave the Ukrainian capital without electricity or heating for “several days or weeks”.

Presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said Moscow wanted to create a new wave of refugees in Europe with the strikes. In contrast, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter that the attacks constituted genocide.

Moscow has admitted targeting energy infrastructure but denies targeting civilians.

Zelensky, in his nightly video address, said the “latest mass strike” affected parts of western, central and southern Ukraine.

“Of course, we don’t have the technical capability to shoot down 100% of Russian missiles and hit drones. I am sure that, little by little, we will get there, with the help of our partners. We are now shooting down the majority of cruise missiles and drones. »

Ukrainian forces shot down 20 missiles and more than 10 Iranian-made Shahed drones on Saturday, he said. Earlier, the air force command said 33 missiles were fired at Ukraine, 18 of which were shot down.

No new developments have been reported regarding the Nova Kakhovka dam. Zelensky on Friday urged the West to warn Moscow not to blow up the Russian-controlled dam on the Dnipro.

Russia accused Kyiv of blowing up the dam and planning to destroy it, which Ukrainian officials said was a sign that Moscow might blow it up and blame Kyiv. Neither side has produced any evidence to back up their claims.

The Soviet-era structure holds back 18 cubic km (4.3 cubic miles) of water, roughly the equivalent of the Great Salt Lake in the US state of Utah. Its destruction could devastate a large part of the Kherson region. It supplies water to the Crimea and the Russian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia.

On the Zaporizhzhia factory, considered a potential disaster hotspot, the industrial powers of the Group of Seven on Saturday condemned the kidnapping by Russia of the leaders of the factory operated by Ukraine and called for the immediate return of control factory total to Ukraine.


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