Russian forces targeted Ukraine’s energy facilities again on Tuesday, leaving part of Kyiv and other cities with no power and water.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Twitter on Tuesday that in the past eight days, 30% of Ukraine’s power stations had been destroyed, “causing massive blackouts across the country”
“No space left for negotiations with Putin’s regime,” tweeted Zelenskyy.
A Ukrainian presidential aide said the situation across Ukraine was now critical.
“Everyone should be ready, first, to save electricity, and second, rolling power blackouts are also possible if strikes continue,” said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the president’s office. “The entire population needs to prepare for a tough winter.”
Ukrainian energy firm DTEK said two of its thermal power plants had been significantly damaged by Russian shelling, leaving one worker dead and six others wounded.
Russia has stepped up attacks in recent weeks on electricity infrastructure in cities away from the front lines. Officials have rushed to repair the damage, but the strikes, ahead of winter, have raised concerns about how the system will respond.
The latest attacks came 24 hours after “kamikaze” drones, believed to have been supplied by Iran, killed at least nine people in Kyiv and Sumy, as strikes on infrastructure caused power cuts in hundreds of towns and villages.
Ukraine said Russian bombers had fired missiles and one S-300 anti-aircraft missile had hit a residential building in the southern city of Mykolaiv overnight, killing one person.
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