The Ukrainian capital in survival mode after the last barrage of Russian missiles: the inhabitants without water or electricity


Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv is in survival mode after a brutal series of Russian airstrikes left most citizens without electricity, clean water or both.

About 70% of the city was left without power Thursday morning after Russia’s latest missile barrage, officials said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday that the restoration process in the capital and other affected areas was continuing and that officials were focusing on “the gradual restoration of electricity, heating, water supply and services”. communications”.

People walk in the city center which lost power after yesterday’s Russian rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Evgeny Maloletka)

“The most difficult situation is in the Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Poltava and Kharkiv regions. But in addition to the electricity supply of critical infrastructure, we also provide water and heating supply”, Zelenskyy said during his nightly speech.

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He also said areas that suffered complete blackouts when Russian forces targeted Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure are regaining power.

“Every hour we restore power for new consumers,” he said. “Energy workers, utility workers, businesses – everyone is doing their part to bring light back. This is truly a national task – Ukraine is working on this as united as possible.”

People fetch water, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.

People fetch water, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Evgeny Maloletka)

Residents were forced to find shelter and warmth where they could, including restaurants and facilities that emerged unscathed from the attack.

Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old Kyiv resident, said he lost power in the attack but was able to find an open cafe 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 have been forced to use buckets to collect drinking rainwater, the coming winter months bring a whole new challenge, but their resolve is unchallenged.

Ukrainians say Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attacks will not break them.

“Nobody will compromise their will and their principles just for electricity,” said Alina Dubeiko, 34, who was also without electricity, heat and water at home.

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As the Russian invasion passed the nine-month mark on Thursday, Dubeiko said she would rather stay without power than have to live under Russian rule.

“Without light or you [Putin]? Without you,” she said, echoing Zelenskky’s comments on October 10, when the missile barrages began.

A woman walks in the city center which lost power after yesterday's Russian rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.

A woman walks in the city center which lost power after yesterday’s Russian rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Evgeny Maloletka)

As Kyiv recovers, other cities, particularly Kherson, have come under the heaviest shelling since Ukrainian forces recaptured it two weeks ago.

Russia’s missile attack on the city killed at least five people.

Nightly strikes outside the city of Zaporizhzhia destroyed a Ukrainian maternity hospital, killing a 2-day-old baby, officials said.

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“At night, Russian monsters launched huge rockets at the small maternity ward of Vilnyansk hospital. Grief overwhelms our hearts – a baby was killed when he had just seen the light of day. Rescuers are working on the site,” Governor Oleksandr Starukh said. said Thursday in Telegram.

Russia’s attacks continue to cause blackouts across the country, despite claiming to target key infrastructure that enables the Ukrainian military. Ukrainian officials, however, say Russia’s attacks caused countless damage to civilian areas, including homes, roads, hospitals and schools.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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