The Russian Army has launched a new attack against infrastructure throughout the country. In Kyiv, where there have been several explosions, at least three people have died and the mayor of the capital, Vitali Klitschko, has announced that the city is currently without water or electricity supply.
Ukrainian authorities issued an all-Ukrainian air strike alert and Ukrainian media report air defense systems in action in various parts of the country. Power units of three nuclear power plants were shut down after the attacks, Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear power company Energoatom said.
“Due to a decrease in frequency in the Ukrainian power system” emergency protection was activated at the Rivne, Pivdennoukrainsk and Khmelnytskyi plants. “Currently, (the power units) work in project mode, without generation to the domestic energy system,” says Energoatom.
Reuters correspondents in and around Kyiv report hearing several loud explosions and air defense missiles flying over the capital.
“A two-story building was damaged as a result of the impact. Three people died and six were injured,” the Military Administration of the Ukrainian capital said in its Telegram account.
The new Russian attack has affected several districts of the city and has damaged infrastructure, while leaving them without a drinking water supply, the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, confirmed this Wednesday in a message on his Telegram account.
Minutes later, the main mayor confirmed that several explosions had taken place in different districts of the capital, to which emergency teams and doctors have been sent. “Several more explosions in different districts of the capital. Rescuers and doctors have been sent to the “affected” places, the mayor added on Telegram.
Users of social networks assure that the city is also suffering power cuts that affect the internet and telephone networks.
According to local media, explosions have also been heard in recent hours in other parts of the Kyiv region and in several cities throughout Ukraine, such as Kremenchug, Vinnitsia, Kharkov, Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv.
Several units were shut down at the Pivdennukrainsk nuclear power plant in the country’s southern Mykolaiv region due to a loss of power during Russian airstrikes, Ukrainian energy company Energoatom said.
A local official said the units were also not operating at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant in western Ukraine. “There is no electricity, water, possibly heating,” Oleksandr Suprunyuk, mayor of the town of Netishyn, which is near the plant, wrote on his Facebook page.
Ukrenergo, the operator of Ukraine’s electricity distribution network, reported emergency power cuts across the country to prevent major accidents from the shelling. “The missile attack is still going on, but there are already impacts on energy infrastructure facilities. Emergency shutdowns are taking place in all regions,” he reported.
Klitchkó pointed out that specialists from the municipal company Kyivvodokanal are working to restore the supply as soon as possible, while recommending that citizens stock up on water just in case. He added that the technical staff “is also working to restore power supply in the capital.”
Russia has focused its attacks in recent weeks on hitting Ukrainian infrastructure with which the country has begun to suffer severe problems in the water, gas and electricity supply networks just at the beginning of winter
Russian attacks have left up to 10 million Ukrainians without electricity for long periods of time. The operator of Ukraine’s national power grid said Wednesday that more emergency blackouts would be needed across the country.
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