Power outages hit eastern Ukraine, Zelensky blames Moscow
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday Russia was responsible for power outages affecting large parts of eastern Ukraine and accused Moscow of deliberately hitting civilian infrastructure.
“A total blackout in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, a partial blackout in the Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy regions,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote in a statement on social media, blaming “Russian terrorists”. “No military installations” affected, he added. “The goal is to deprive people of light and heating.”
Shortly before him, local authorities reported Russian shelling of strategic infrastructure that led to power outages across much of eastern Ukraine, where Kyiv launched a counteroffensive that broke through Russian lines.
Power outages affect areas where millions of people lived before the war.
“The Russians hit the energy infrastructure”
The governor of the Kharkiv region (northeast), where Kyiv made the greatest territorial gains during its counter-offensive, said on social media that the Russian army had hit “critical infrastructure” in the region and its eponymous capital. According to Oleg Sinegoubov, “Several cities have run out of water and electricity. The emergency services are trying to bring the fires under control in the affected areas.”
The governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region (middle-east), Dmytro Reznichenko, also blamed the Russians for the power outages in his region. “Several cities in the Dnipropetrovsk region are without electricity. The Russians hit the energy infrastructure. They cannot accept their defeat on the battlefield,” he said.
His counterpart in the Sumy region (east) said the water and power outages affected at least 135 towns and villages under his jurisdiction.
AFP journalists in Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region (east) confirmed that the cuts also affected this city, one of the largest in the east still under Ukrainian control. The regional governor also reported cuts elsewhere in his area.
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