On Monday, Russia started a new round of missile attacks across Ukraine, disrupting vital systems for the country’s cities and regions’ water and power supplies.
The assaults follow Russia’s erroneous assertion that drone strikes on Russian ships in Crimea were being carried out by the UK and Ukraine.
According to Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, Monday’s Russian attacks on the city left 350,000 houses without electricity and 80% of users in the capital without access to water.
We ask you to stock up on water from the closest pumps and points of sale “just in case,” he continued. In a subsequent post, Klitschko stated that the water supply to some areas of the city would be restored in three to four hours.
Denys Shmyhal, the prime minister of Ukraine, posted on Telegram that “missiles and drones attacked 10 districts, where 18 objects were damaged, most of them energy-related.” Critical infrastructure facilities in the Cherkasy and Kirovohrad districts were also impacted by the strikes, which also targeted the cities of Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia. On Monday, missiles over the Lviv area were effectively shot down. The governor of Lviv, Maksym Kozytskyy, praised the news in a Telegram post, saying that “devastation and casualties were avoided.”
Gov. Serhii Borzov of the Vinnytsia region stated in a Telegram message that Russian missiles had targeted the area on Monday, one of which had hit a building.
“Russian missiles once again target Ukraine’s vital infrastructure. Russia engages in combat with civilians rather than on the battlefield “Dmytro Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, tweeted on Monday. “Don’t use the word “reaction” to excuse these attacks. Russia continues to have the capability and desire to kill Ukrainians, which is why it does this ” He added.
The latest in a series of increasing Russian attacks that have led to widespread blackouts and energy shortages across is Monday’s strikes.
Ukraine’s electric utility, Ukrenergo, warned earlier this month that the country’s energy system has suffered more attacks since the Russian escalation began on Oct. 10 than in the previous eight months of the war. The attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure threaten to leave many Ukrainians without electricity, water and heat as winter rapidly approaches.