Amid Russian attacks, kyiv switches to survival mode under Putin’s bombs

This photo shows a city center during a blackout after a Russian rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Russia unleashed a new onslaught of missiles at Ukraine’s battered power grid on Wednesday, stealing to the cities energy and part of the water and public services. transportation as well, compounding the hardships of winter for millions. The airstrike on power supplies also knocked out nuclear plants and internet links and caused blackouts in neighboring Moldova. (AP Photo/Andres Kravchenko)

Residents of Ukraine’s bombed-out but undaunted capital grabbed empty bottles in search of water and crowded into cafes for energy and warmth on Thursday, defiantly switching to survival mode after fresh Russian missile strikes the day before sank the city and much of the city. the country in the dark.

In scenes hard to believe in a sophisticated city of 3 million, some Kyiv residents turned to collect rainwater from drainswhile repair crews worked to reconnect supplies.

Friends and family exchanged messages to find out who had power and water back on. Some had one but not the other. The previous day’s airstrike on Ukraine’s power grid left many without any.

Cafes in Kyiv that by some small miracle quickly became oases of comfort on Thursday.

Bombed, not defeated: Ukraine's capital switches to survival mode
Kateryna Luchkina, a 31-year-old worker at the Kyiv Health Department, collects rainwater from a drain in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Thursday. November 24, 2022. (AP Photo/John Leicester)

Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old investment banker, woke up to find that the water had been reconnected to his third-floor apartment, but not the electricity. His freezer thawed in the blackout, leaving a puddle on the floor.

So he got into a taxi and crossed the Dnieper River from left to right, to a cafe that he had noticed had remained open after previous Russian attacks. Sure enough, it was open, serving hot drinks, hot food, and music and WiFi on.

“I am here because there is heating, coffee and electricity,” he said. “Here is life.”

kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said around 70% of the Ukrainian capital was still without power as of Thursday morning.

Bombed, not defeated: Ukraine's capital switches to survival mode
A woman cries in front of a house damaged during Russian shelling in the city of Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

With the cold rain pouring down and the remnants of a previous snowfall still on the streets, the atmosphere was grim but steely. Winter promises to be long. But the Ukrainians say that if Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intention is to break them up, then he should think again.

“No one will compromise their will and their principles just for electricity”said Alina Dubeiko, 34. She also sought the comfort of another equally crowded, warm and illuminated cafe. With no electricity, heat or water at home, she was determined to maintain her work routine. Adjusting to the private life of her usual comforts, she Dubeiko said she uses two glasses of water to wash herself, then ties her hair into a ponytail and is ready for her workday.

He said he would rather live without electricity than live with the Russian invasion, which passed nine months on Thursday.

“No light or you? Without you,” he said, echoing comments President Volodymyr Zelenskky made when Russia on Oct. 10 unleashed the first of what has now become a series of airstrikes against Ukraine’s key infrastructure.

Bombed, not defeated: Ukraine's capital switches to survival mode
A woman walks past a house damaged during Russian shelling in the city of Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. About 70% of the Ukrainian capital was left without power on Thursday in the morning after Moscow launched another devastating missile. shelling of the energy infrastructure of Ukraine, said the mayor of Kyiv. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Klitschko said in a Telegram statement that electrical engineers “they are doing everything possible” to restore electricity. The water repair crews were also making progress. In the early afternoon, Klitschko announced that water supplies had been restored throughout the capital, with the warning that “some consumers may still experience low water pressure.”

People lined up at public water points to fill plastic bottles. In a strange new wartime first for her, 31-year-old Health Department employee Kateryna Luchkina resorted to collecting rainwater from a drainage pipe, so she could at least wash her hands at work, which I had no water. She filled two plastic bottles and waited patiently in the rain until the water ran to the brim. A colleague followed behind her, doing the same.

“Ukrainians are so resourceful that we will think of something. We don’t lose our spirit.”said Luchkina. “We work, we live at the rhythm of survival or something like that, as much as possible. We do not lose hope that everything will work out.”

Power, heat and water were also gradually returning to other places. Regional authorities posted messages on social media updating people on the progress of the repairs, but also saying they needed time.

Bombed, not defeated: Ukraine's capital switches to survival mode
People collect their belongings from a house damaged after Russian shelling in the city of Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Mindful of the difficulties, both now and in the future, as winter progresses, authorities are opening thousands of so-called “invincibility points,” heated and powered spaces that offer hot meals, electricity, and internet connections. More than 3,700 were open across the country on Thursday morning, a senior official in the presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said.

(with information from AP)

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