Friday, January 27, 2023

Ukraine tries to restore water and electricity after Russian attacks

Kyiv, Ukraine ( Associated Press) — Ukrainian officials were scrambling to restore electricity and water services on Saturday after a series of Russian military attacks heavily damaged their infrastructure. President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that millions of people had seized power after a blackout in the war-torn country a few days earlier.

Clashes continued in the country’s east with residents of the southern city of Kherson turning north and west following deadly shelling by Russian forces in recent days.

The attacks have been widely interpreted as Russian attempts to exact revenge on the embittered and defiant Ukrainian people, after Ukrainian troops liberated the city from Russian hands for several months more than two weeks ago. It was

“The key task today, as well as other days this week, is energy,” Zelensky declared in a televised address on Friday night. “From Wednesday to today we have managed to halve the number of people whose electricity has been cut off,” he said.

However, he acknowledged that blackouts continued in most areas, including the capital Kyiv.

“Overall, more than 6 million customers are affected. About 12 million customers lost power on Wednesday night,” Zelensky said.

He acknowledged some public outcry against Kyiv authorities, citing “numerous complaints” about the deployment in the capital of “invulnerability points”, known public centers where residents stock up on food, water, batteries and other essential items. Can

“Please note: Kyiv residents need more security,” he announced. “As of this afternoon, 600,000 customers have lost power in the city. Many Kyiv residents were without electricity for more than 20 hours, even up to 30 hours.

He pointed to Mayor Vitali Klitschko’s management, saying, “I expect quality work from the mayor’s office.”

On Saturday morning, Kyiv’s municipal administration said water supplies had been restored to the entire city, but about 130,000 residents were still without power.

City officials assured Saturday morning that all electricity, water, heating and communication services would be restored within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Ukrainians were celebrating the 90th anniversary of the beginning of the “Holodomor” (Great Famine), which killed more than 3 million people in two years, when Joseph Stalin’s Soviet government confiscated food and grain supplies. Took and deported many Ukrainians.

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Mednik reported from Gerson, Ukraine.

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