Ukraine restores electricity after Russian missile strikes
Ukraine restored electricity and basic services in the capital Kyiv on Saturday after the latest wave of Russian air strikes on critical infrastructure.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the country has managed to restore power to almost 6 million people in the last 24 hours.
“Repair work continues without a break after yesterday’s terrorist attack. … Of course, there is still a lot of work to do to stabilize the system,” he said.
“There are problems with the heat supplies. There are big problems with water supplies,” Zelenskiy added, saying Kyiv as well as Vinnytsia and Lviv further to the west were experiencing the most difficulty.
Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, said only around one-third of the city remained without electricity but emergency outages would still be implemented to save power.
“Because the deficit of electricity is significant,” he wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
Klitschko said a quarter of Kyiv remained without heating but that the metro system was back in service and all residents had been reconnected to water supply by early morning.
Ukrainian officials said Russia fired more than 70 missiles on Friday in one of its heaviest barrages since the Kremlin’s Feb. 24 invasion, forcing emergency blackouts nationwide.
Reuters /Zainab Sa’id