KYIV, Ukraine — Utility crews worked through the dark night in snow and freezing rain to stabilize Ukraine’s battered energy grid on Thursday after another destructive wave of Russian Missile strikes allowed for the restoration of essential services such as heat and running water in many areas of the country, even though millions were still without power.
Ukrainians have expressed defiance in the face of Moscow’s unrelenting campaign to In an effort to weaponize winter to They should lose their determination and force Kyiv to surrender to As Russia inflicted new suffering on a war weary nation, capitulated.
Forced sterilization of surgeons was a common practice. to Work by flashlight, thousands upon thousands of miners to Manual winches were used to pull them from deep underground. People all over the country carried buckets of water up the flights of stairs of high-rise apartments where the elevators had stopped working.
The State Border Service of Ukraine suspended operations Due to power outages, Thursday saw delays at the border checkpoints with Hungary and Romania Ukraine’s national rail operator reported delays and disruptions across a network that has served as a resilient lifeline for the nation over nine months of war.
Families used their phones to charge, warmed up, and collected information at the centers that were set up in cities and towns during prolonged power outages. Police in Kyiv increased patrols while the owners and managers of shops and restaurants turned on generators or lit candles and continued working.
“The situation is difficult throughout the country,” said Herman Galushchenko, Ukraine’s energy minister. He said that engineers had succeeded by 4 a.m. to “unify the energy system,” Allowing power to Be directed to Important infrastructure facilities
The barrage Russian According to Ukrainian officials, missiles that were fired on Wednesday claimed the lives of at least 10 victims and injured many others. to It was one of the most destructive attacks in weeks. Russia has launched 600 missiles at power plants and hydroelectric facilities. to According to estimates, there are tens of million homes and businesses. to Ukrainian officials
Campaign is taking a toll. All of this was made possible by Wednesday’s strikes. Ukraine’s nuclear power plants offline for the first time, depriving the country of one of its most vital sources of energy.
“We expect that nuclear plants will start working by the evening, so the deficit will decrease,” Mr. Galushchenko said.
General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi was the top commander in Ukraine’s Armed Forces, said Ukrainian air defenses shot down 51 of the 67 Russian Cruise missiles were fired Wednesday and five drones out of ten on Wednesday.
President Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking Wednesday night at an emergency session United Nations Security Council, decried the “alienation” he described as Russian Campaign of terror
“When the temperature outside drops below zero and tens of millions of people are left without electricity, heat and water as a result of Russian missiles hitting energy facilities,” He said: “that is an obvious crime against humanity.”
In Kyiv, around one in four homes still had no electricity on Thursday afternoon, and more than half of the city’s residents had no running water, according to City officials. According to city officials, service was gradually restored. They also stated that they were certain that pumps that provide water would continue to work. to By the end of the day, approximately three million people would have their homes restored.
Transit was stopped in Odesa, a southern port city on the Black Sea to allow for the efficient use of the limited energy supply to Re-running the water supply. In the Lviv region Ukraine’s west, where millions displaced from their homes by fighting, power and water have fled, services were largely restored.
Ukrenergo is the nation’s energy utility. It stated that Ukrenergo had received notification of the “significant amount of damage” Repairs in certain regions can take longer due to difficult working conditions.
“There is no reason to panic,” In a statement, the utility stated that it was aware of the situation. It stated that critical infrastructure would be reconnected.