December 8, 2022
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Power cuts announced across Ukraine amid Russian shelling

By on November 5, 2022 0

KYIV, Ukraine – The Ukrainian public electricity operator announced on Saturday regular power cuts in Kyiv and seven other regions of the country following Russia’s devastating strikes on energy infrastructure.

The move comes as Russian forces continue to shell Ukrainian towns and villages with missiles and dronesinflicting damage on power plants, water supplies and other civilian targets, in a bitter war that is nearing its nine-month mark.

Russia has denied that the drones it used in Ukraine came from Iran, but the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister on Saturday admitted for the first time supplying Moscow with “a limited number” of drones before the invasion. Hossein Amirabdollahian, however, claimed that Tehran did not know if its drones were being used against Ukraine and declared Iran’s commitment to ending the conflict.

Ukrenergo, the sole operator of Ukraine’s high-voltage transmission lines, said in an online statement on Saturday that scheduled power cuts will take place in the capital and greater Kyiv region, as well as in several surrounding regions – Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Poltava and Kharkiv.

The cuts for “certain consumer groups” will occur daily “according to a precise schedule established by the operators of the distribution networks for each region”, specifies the press release. Outages are expected to last six hours and more each day.

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A woman walks her dog during a power outage in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, November 4, 2022.

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Ukraine has been struggling with power outages and water supply disruptions for Russia began unleashing massive barrages of missile and drone strikes on the country’s energy infrastructure last month.

Moscow said the attacks came in response to what it claimed were Ukrainian attacks on Crimea, the region Russia illegally annexed in 2014. Ukraine has denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, Russian shelling of Ukrainian areas continued into the early hours of Saturday.

About 40 shells were fired overnight at the town of Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said on Telegram. Russian forces targeted the town and its surroundings with heavy artillery. Two fires broke out and more than a dozen residential and utility buildings, as well as a gas pipeline, were damaged, the official said.

Elsewhere in the area, Ukrainian forces shot down a drone and another projectile, according to Reznichenko.

In the southern region of Mykolaiv, the nighttime shelling of rural areas damaged several houses, but caused no casualties, Mykolaiv Governor Vitali Kim said on Telegram.

Russian forces also fired missiles at the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia, which was illegally annexed by Moscow and large parts of which remain occupied. According to regional governor Oleksandr Starukh, the attack took place shortly after midnight and damaged the buildings of three companies, as well as a number of cars.

In the eastern region of Donetsk, also annexed and partially occupied by Russia, eight towns and villages were bombed, including Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Porkovsk.

According to the Ukrainian presidential office, at least three civilians have been killed and eight others injured in the past 24 hours by the Russian bombardment of nine Ukrainian regions, where drones, missiles and heavy artillery have been used.

In the Russian-occupied Kherson region, where a Ukrainian counter-offensive is underway, the Russian army continues to kidnap local residentsthe presidential office said, with the most recent cases occurring in the past 24 hours.