West News Wire: According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russian forces have attacked Ukraine’s energy infrastructure repeatedly over the course of a little more than a week, destroying a third of the country’s power plants.
Zelenskyy stated on Tuesday that “30% of Ukraine’s power stations have been damaged since October 10, resulting in significant outages throughout the nation.”
“No room left for dialogue with (President Vladimir) Putin’s dictatorship,” he continued.
After a new wave of strikes on energy installations on Tuesday, officials in a number of Ukrainian districts, including Kyiv, reported power outages.
Energy provider DTEK in the capital reported “interruptions” in the city’s left bank inhabitants’ access to electricity and water.
“Engineers are investigating and making all the necessary efforts to restore the power to the city’s residents,” the company said on Facebook.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko called on Ukrainians to save electricity “as much as possible” and avoid using appliances with high energy consumption.
An air attack left the northern city of Zhytomyr, west of Kyiv, without water and electricity supplies, Mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn said on Facebook.
Hospitals there were working “on backup power supplies”, he said, adding there were no reported casualties.
Meanwhile, Russia has claimed to have hit military targets and energy infrastructure.
Power cuts were also reported in parts of the Dnipropetrovsk region, in central Ukraine, following a strike on energy infrastructure that caused “fire and serious damage”, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said.
There were “interruptions” in the water supply on the left bank of Dnipro city, he added, while the neighbouring city of Pavlohrad was without water after a strike on a “critical infrastructure facility”, according to its city council.
In the southern city of Mykolaiv, overnight raids hit a residential building in the central district killing at least one person as well as a flower market in the same area.
The power supply was restored there on Tuesday morning.