Ukrainians face power shortages

Ukrainians face power shortages

Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine. Russia has continued to target civilian infrastructure, leaving millions of Ukrainians without electricity. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that the Russian military carried out ten airstrikes and ten missile attacks. The Ukrainian military said it had successfully repelled six Russian attacks in Donbas, while Kiev’s air force launched seven strikes on Russian personnel concentration areas in the east. Ukrainian authorities in Kiev are warning of a “complete lockdown” as sub-zero temperatures grip the country.

The mayor of the city, Vitali Klitschko, said the authorities are trying to get the city’s power grid back up and running. Russian attacks have caused severe damage to the Ukrainian capital’s power grid, destroying almost half of Ukraine’s power system.

“I think the main goal of the Russians is to destroy our infrastructure, to lead us into depression, to create a sense of insecurity. To think that maybe we will surrender from Russia is a mistake. It is Putin’s wrong vision. After every attack, I speak for people, for ordinary civilians, they are not desperate. They are angry and ready to stand and defend our homes, our families and our future,” said Vitaly Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv.

The UN said it fears a humanitarian crisis this winter if blackouts in Ukraine continue. Meanwhile, the Russian defense ministry said its attacks in Ukraine targeted military and energy infrastructure.