“Europe from space yesterday, November 23. Look at the territory of Ukraine: The whole country experienced a blackout. And Russia keeps saying it never attacks civilians,” he said on Twitter. Anton Gerashchenkoadviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and founder of the Institute of the Future.
The Russian Army yesterday launched a massive missile attack against kyiv and other Ukrainian cities that left at least four dead and thirty injured and occurred shortly after the European Parliament declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
Supply cuts occurred in all regions of the countryreported Ukrenergo, the national electricity company, which explained in a statement that this is a “necessary measure to protect electrical networks from additional technological accidents.”
“Russia proved to the whole world that this is true by using 67 missiles against our infrastructure, our energy grid and our people. The result is tragic: a large number of wounded, there are dead,” Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said in a video posted on Telegram.
In his message, the president expressed his condolences to those who lost family and friends in the attack, as well as his belief that Ukraine will prevail.
“We are going to restore all this and we are going to overcome everything, because we are an indomitable people. Thank you all! Take care!” concluded the president.
three people diedincluding a 17-year-old girl, and 11 others were injured in kyiv, reported the mayor of the Ukrainian capital kyiv, Vitaly Klitschko. another fatality and about twenty wounded were registered in the kyiv region, according to the regional Military Administration.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force (UAF), Russia launched about 70 KH-101/KH-555 and Kalibr cruise missiles yesterday, of which 51 were shot down by the country’s anti-aircraft defenses.
“The launches were carried out by ten Tu-95ms missile aircraft from the Volgodonsk area, Rostov (Russian) region, as well as by two missile launchers from the Black Sea,” the FAU said in a statement posted on Telegram.
Klitschkó stated that the attack affected several districts of the city and It damaged infrastructure, causing electricity and drinking water supply cuts.
“Attacks against energy infrastructure will not help Russia to strengthen its positions in this war,” said Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyarin statements to television.
He stressed that in Moscow they are wrong if they believe that if they destroy the energy infrastructure they will force the Ukrainians to concentrate their efforts on defense in the rear and divert forces from the southern and eastern fronts of the country.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, 50 percent of the country’s energy infrastructure has been damaged by Russian airstrikeswhich forces them to adopt emergency measures to face the arrival of winter, which according to the mayor of kyiv may be the worst since the days of World War II.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, “wants to intimidate people, force them to be cold, without electricity, to put pressure on Zelensky to surrender. But this will not happen”, declared Klitschkó.
“This winter poses a mortal threat to millions of people in Ukraine,” warned the regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, Hans Kluge.
According to the senior WHO official, Ukraine’s health system is facing the “darkest days of the war so far.”
One of the measures taken by the President of Ukraine to face this winter has been the creation of a network of 4,000 citizen assistance postswhich he called “invincibility points.”
“If massive Russian attacks occur again and the electricity supply cannot be restored in a few hours, the work of the ‘invincibility points’ will be activated: all the basic services will be there,” Zelensky explained last night in his usual late-night speech.
These points, absolutely free and open 24 hours a day, according to the president, will provide affected citizens with access to “electricity, mobile communications and internet, heating, water and a first aid kit.”
(With information from EFE)
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