With the approach of winter, Ukraine works to restore its electrical system damaged by the Russian attacks

Ukraine is working to restore power service damaged by Russian attacks. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Serhii Smolientsev) (STRINGER/)

Ukraine was trying on Tuesday to restore its electrical service after the latest wave of Russian attacks that caused blackouts across the countryat times when the winter cold hits its territory.

Of 70 missiles launched by Moscowthe “most” were shot down, assured the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskybut the rest hit the battered energy infrastructure of the country.

New blackouts were recorded in all regions “as a result of the attacks,” the electricity company reported on Telegram ukrenergo.

Ukrenergo chief Volodimir Kudrytskyi said “there is no doubt that the Russian military consulted with Russian power engineers during the attack,” judging by where the missiles landed.

The bombardments of electrical installations caused blackouts in almost the entire country.  (PHOTO: AP/Bernat Armangue)
The bombardments of electrical installations caused blackouts in almost the entire country. (PHOTO: AP/Bernat Armangue) (Bernat Armangue/)

“The moment the Russians chose for this attack has to do with their desire to cause as much damage as possible,” Kudrytskyi told a Ukrainian news outlet, explaining that the attacks came at the start of the coldest period.

“Our teams are going to work on restoring the energy system,” he said.

Nearly half of Ukraine’s power systems have been damaged after months of attacks on power infrastructure, leaving residents in the dark for hours as temperatures dip below freezing.

Meanwhile, the human rights commissioner of the UNVolker Turk, who began a four-day visit at the weekend, had to move his meetings with activists to an underground shelter.

Zelensky announced in his late-night message that four people were killed in the Russian attacks.

But “our people never give up,” he said in the video message.

For his part, the governor of the Russian region of kurskbordering Ukraine, said Tuesday that a drone attacked an airfield in the area, where an oil storage tank caught fire.

on the eve, Russia had blamed Ukraine for two drone attacks against such facilities in the regions of Saratov Y ryazanwhich would have killed three soldiers.

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Of 70 missiles launched by Moscow, the “majority” were shot down, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said.

At the same time, it confirmed that it carried out a “massive attack against Ukrainian military command systems and defense, communications and energy facilities.”

Moscow rejects cap

The attacks came after Russia rejected a Western cap on its oil exports, warning that the measure would not affect its campaign in Ukraine.

The ceiling of 60 dollars per barrel agreed by the European Union (EU), the G7 Y Australia seeks to restrict Russian revenue while ensuring that Moscow maintains supplies to the world market.

“The Russian economy has all the necessary potential to meet the needs and requirements of the special military operation,” he told reporters. Dmitry Peskovspokesperson for Kremlinusing the term used by Moscow to refer to its attack on Ukraine.

“Those measures will not affect us,” he said.

Peskov added that Russia “will not recognize” the cap, which he called “a step towards destabilizing the world energy market.”

The current market price for a barrel of Russian crude is $65, slightly above the $60 ceiling, suggesting the move will have little impact in the short term.

The cap is the latest in a series of moves by Western countries against Russia, the world’s second-biggest oil exporter, since Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24.

The EU also imposed an embargo on maritime deliveries of Russian crudewhich went into effect on Monday.

The embargo will prevent maritime shipments of Russian crude to the EU, which account for two-thirds of the bloc’s oil imports from Russia, leaving Moscow without billions of dollars.

kyiv initially welcomed the price cap, but later claimed it would do little damage to the Russian economy.

kyiv claims that Kremlin troops consulted with energy engineers during the bombings to make sure they caused as much damage as possible.
kyiv claims that Kremlin troops consulted with energy engineers during the bombings to make sure they caused as much damage as possible.

Meanwhile, the Russian state press released images of the president Vladimir Putin driving a Mercedes across the Crimean bridge, the closest the 70-year-old ruler has come to the front line in Ukraine.

Uncertainty before winter

The G7 countries – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – along with Australia said they were prepared to adjust the price cap if necessary.

Gas prices have soared in recent months since Moscow halted shipments to the EU in apparent retaliation for Western sanctions, and the bloc has struggled to find other suppliers.

In the Ukrainian town of Borodianka, outside kyiv, where snow already covers the ground, villagers congregated around wood stoves in tents to stay warm during power outages.

“We are totally dependent on electricity (…) One day we did not have electricity for 16 hours,” he told the AFP Irina, who came to the tent with her son.

Volunteer Oleg commented that it is difficult to know how Ukraine will do in the winter months.

“It is impossible to prepare for this winter because no one has lived in these conditions before,” he said.

(With information from AFP)

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