Most of Kyiv without water after Russian strikes in Ukraine – Chicago Tribune
A massive barrage of Russian strikes on Monday morning hit critical infrastructure in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities, cutting off water and electricity in apparent retaliation for what Moscow said was a Ukrainian attack on its Sea Fleet Black over the weekend.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces conducted “strikes with long-range high-precision air and sea weapons against Ukraine’s military command and energy systems.”
“The objectives of the strikes have been achieved. All designated targets have been achieved,” the ministry said in a statement.
Ukraine’s air force said it shot down 44 of more than 50 Russian-launched cruise missiles.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Russian missiles and drones hit 10 Ukrainian regions and damaged 18 objects, most of which are energy facilities.
Hundreds of settlements in seven Ukrainian regions were left without electricity, he said in a Facebook post, adding that “the consequences could have been much worse” if Ukrainian forces had not shot down most of the people. Russian missiles.
Loud explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital early in the morning as residents prepared to go to work. Many received text messages from the emergency services about the threat of a missile attack, and air raid sirens blared for three hours straight.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 80% of consumers in the city of 3 million were left without a water supply due to damage to a power station.
Local authorities were working to restore the supply as soon as possible, Klitschko said, telling Kyiv residents in the meantime to “get water from the nearest pump rooms and outlets.”
Andriy Yermak, the head of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office, vowed that attacks on civilian facilities would not weaken Ukrainian resistance.
“We will persevere and generations of Russians will pay a heavy price for their disgrace,” Yermak said.
The attacks took place just before Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and many high-ranking members of his government, including foreign, defense and interior ministers, arrived in Kyiv in the latest protest support from European leaders for Ukraine.
Smoke was seen rising from the left bank of the Dnieper in Kyiv, either from a missile strike or where it was shot down by Ukrainian forces.
A resident of the area said he heard four loud explosions that rocked the area.
“At first I thought I heard a plane go by, but realized it was a missile,” said Serhii, who declined to give his full name. “The explosions were so loud! I consider myself experienced and prepared for attacks like this. But it was far too close and noisy. I was scared, really scared. »
Prime Minister Shmyhal said that in Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions, emergency power cuts were underway. “Today, as in previous weeks, it is important for Ukrainians to consume energy consciously and reduce the load on the grid,” the official said.
Kyiv Region Governor Oleksii Kuleba said one person was injured and a number of houses were damaged in the morning attacks.
“The Kremlin takes revenge for military failures on peaceful people who find themselves without electricity or heating before winter,” Kuleba said.
In the eastern city of Kharkiv, two strikes hit critical infrastructure, authorities said, and the metro stopped working. Officials also warned of possible power outages in the city of Zaporizhzhia resulting from the strikes.
The Lviv region in western Ukraine was also targeted, but the missiles were shot down, Lviv Governor Maksym Kozytskyy said.
Critical infrastructure objects were also hit in the Cherkasy region, southeast of Kyiv. In the Kirovohrad region in central Ukraine, the power plant was hit, according to local authorities. In Vinnytsia, a missile that was shot down landed on civilian buildings, causing damage but no casualties, according to regional governor Serhii Borzov.
Parts of Ukrainian Railways were also cut off from power, Ukrainian Railways reported.
The attack comes two days after Russia accused Ukraine of a drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet off the annexed Crimean peninsula. Ukraine has denied the attack, saying Russia mismanaged its own weapons, but Moscow still announced it was halting its participation in a UN-brokered deal with Turkey to allow safe passage safety of ships carrying grain from Ukraine.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that his country was determined to advance the grain deal, which saw more than 9 million tonnes of grain exported from Ukraine.
“Even if Russia hesitates…we will continue to strive to serve humanity,” Erdogan said.
This is the second time this month that Russia has unleashed a massive barrage of strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure. On October 10, a similar attack rocked the war-torn country following an explosion at the Kerch Bridge linking annexed Crimea with mainland Russia – an incident Moscow blamed on Kyiv.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said there was no justification for Russia launching missiles intended to inflict so much suffering on civilians.
“Don’t justify these attacks by calling them a ‘response’. Russia is doing this because they still have the missiles and the will to kill the Ukrainians,” he tweeted.
One of the Russian missiles shot down by Ukraine landed on a Moldovan border town, causing material damage but no casualties.
Photos released by the Moldovan Interior Ministry showed a thick plume of smoke rising above the northern town of Naslavcea on the border with Ukraine, as well as shattered windows on several houses in the area.