President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russian attacks destroyed about 30% of Ukraine’s power plants in just one week. He said this just hours after a new bombardment cut power to cities all over the country.
Just one day after the capital was blasted with a swarm of suicide drones, Russian attacks shook energy facilities in Kyiv and metropolitan centers across the country, triggering blackouts and affecting water supply.
When the attacks happened early on Tuesday, hospitals in Kyiv, Kharkiv in the east, Mykolaiv in the south, and Dnipro and Zhytomyr in the center were using backup generators.
On Monday, drones attacked Kyiv, damaging a residential building in the city’s center and killing five people in what the president called a “desperate strike.”
It was the second Monday in a row that Russia launched retaliatory strikes, which military experts think are a response to casualties on the battlefield.
Zelensky called the frequent attacks on energy infrastructure “another type of Russian terrorist attacks.”
The Ukrainian president wrote on Twitter, “30% of Ukraine’s power stations have been damaged since October 10, causing major blackouts across the country.”
He said the strike meant “there was no room for dialogue with (President Vladimir) Putin’s dictatorship.”
After nighttime strikes, power was turned back on in the city of Mykolaiv in the south, but it was still out in many places in the Zhytomyr region west of Kyiv and in parts of the city of Dnipro.
The city of Zhytomyr doesn’t have water or electricity at the moment, and a statement posted online by the mayor says that hospitals are running on backup power.
In the meantime, the regional government reported that eight missiles struck Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine, located around 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.
The mayor of Kharkiv, Igor Terekhov, said that an “industrial company” had been attacked.
A key piece of infrastructure in Kyiv, Ukraine, was destroyed, and the city’s energy provider, DETK, said that its team was “doing their best to get electricity back on.”
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Zelensky had said that Russia was trying to “terrorize and kill citizens” with the recent wave of widespread attacks, which he said had damaged a residential building and a flower market in Mykolaiv.
Zelensky said on social media that the terrorist state’s actions “won’t change anything for itself and will only confirm its destructive and deadly core, for which it will be held accountable.”
Moscow didn’t answer right away, but it has said in the past that they were aimed at specific military targets after similar attacks.
After the wave of kamikaze drone attacks on Kyiv on Monday, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba asked the EU to put sanctions on Iran. He said that Tehran gave Russia drones.
On Tuesday, the Kremlin said it didn’t know that its army was using drones from Iran in Ukraine.