Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Russian strikes cut off new power supply in Gerson

KHERSON, Ukraine ( Associated Press) – Russian strikes knocked out power to most of the recently liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson on Thursday, marking the start of the snowy season amid a campaign by Moscow to destroy civilian infrastructure as it restores a few days after doing it.

In Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko urged millions of residents of the Ukrainian capital to stock up on water and canned food for the winter, which could prove miserable if more energy infrastructure is damaged.

He also urged the population to consider leaving the city to seek refuge elsewhere with friends or family, if possible.

“Difficult months lie ahead. The enemy still has sufficient resources,” said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov. He added, however, that “signs are growing that (Russia) needs a pause at all costs.”

Ukraine has been under Russian artillery fire and drone attacks since early October. The assault in Kherson was particularly intense as Russian forces had retreated and the southern city had been captured by Ukrainian forces nearly three weeks earlier.

Ukraine’s presidential office said on Thursday that at least two civilians were killed and six others wounded in different parts of the country in the latest Russian attack. In Kherson, a 70-year-old woman was murdered in her apartment and a 64-year-old man was injured on the street. A 15-year-old boy died after collapsing at a hospital in the town of Bilopilia, in the northeastern region of Sumy, according to the president’s office.

Local officials said about two-thirds of Kherson had power as of Thursday night. Some residents gathered at the train station or in government-supported tents that provide heat, food, drink and electricity to charge cell phones.

Walking cautiously toward an evacuation train, 79-year-old Lyudmila Biloshista said she decided to leave and join her children in Kyiv because she feared the situation in Kherson would worsen.

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