Ukraine has said Russian missile attacks are deliberately targeting energy infrastructure across the country, which has been hit by power outages.
The country’s electricity grid operator, Ukrenergo, said on Telegram that the extent of the damage from overnight attacks was “comparable or potentially greater” than the devastation caused by an attack that took place between October 10 and 12.
It said that while repairs were ongoing, there were restrictions in Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv, Poltava, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and Kirovohrad regions.
She called for energy conservation and, according to one translation, said: “The enemy increased our anger. Anger gives us strength. But we are also strengthened by your understanding and support.”
Ukrainian security expert Maria Avdeeva tweeted that some Russian missiles “were successfully intercepted, but others hit Lutsk, Rivne and Khmelnytskyi in western Ukraine, Western military aid to thwart the bombardment.
Images shared on social media showed the extent of Russian missile strikes on Ukraine’s electricity supply as winter approaches. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 30 percent of the power plants in his country had been destroyed.
On Saturday, Ukrainian newspaper Euromaidan Press reported how Russian missiles had flown over Mykolaiv Oblast toward the west and center of the country.
Air defenses reportedly destroyed five missiles in the Kyiv and Odessa regions, while explosions were heard in northwestern Rivne and Lutsk, western Khmelnytskyi and southern Kirovohrad Oblast.
Citing Telegram channels, it also said that air defenses in the western Lviv and Chernivtsi Oblasts were messed up.
“Ukrainian air defenses managed to shoot down several missiles, although several more hit their targets and caused power outages in Volyn, Khmelnytskyi and Kirovohrad oblasts,” she reported.
Meanwhile, images on social media reportedly show missiles flying across Ukraine’s skies, and a video tweeted by Euromaidan said: “Ukrainian Mig-29 shoots down a Russian missile in Odessa Oblast.”
The region’s local administration said in a Telegram post that three people were injured after two cruise missiles hit a critical infrastructure facility, and advised locals to stay in a shelter and take care of yourself while the alert lasts.
Meanwhile, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said a number of missiles were shot down by air defenses, but advised residents of the capital to save electricity and “stay in shelters, take care of your safety.” news week has reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.
The attacks come as Ukrainian forces advance on the southern city of Kherson as part of their counter-offensive against the Russian invasion.
https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-russia-blackouts-winter-1754042 Ukraine is hit by power outages as videos show several Russian missiles being launched