Capital of Ukraine in survival mode after latest Russian missile attack: residents without water, power

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The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv is in survival mode after a relentless series of Russian airstrikes left most citizens without power, drinkable water or both.

About 70% of the city was without power Thursday morning after the latest barrage of Russian missiles, officials said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday that the recovery process in the capital and other affected areas continues and officials are focused on “gradual restoration of electricity, heat, water supply and communications”.

People walk through the city center where the power went out after the Russian missile strike yesterday in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.
(TUSEN Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

“The most difficult situation is in the regions of Kiev, Kirovohrad, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Poltava and Kharkiv. But in addition to supplying electricity to critical infrastructure, we also provide water and heating,” Zelenskyy said during his nightly speech.

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He also said areas that suffered complete blackouts as Russian troops targeted Ukraine’s electrical infrastructure will be returned to power.

“Every hour we restore power to new consumers,” he said. “Energy workers, utilities, companies – everyone is doing their best to bring light back. This is really a national task – Ukraine is working as united as possible on this.”

People collect water in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.

People collect water in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.
(TUSEN Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Residents have been forced to seek shelter and warmth where they can, including restaurants and facilities that emerged from the attack unscathed.

Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old resident of Kiev, said he lost power during the attack but was able to find a cafe open with electricity.

“I’m here because there’s heating, coffee and light,” he told the The US Express News. “Here is life.”

In Kiev, where some residents have been forced to use buckets to collect potable rainwater, the coming winter months bring a whole new challenge, but their determination is beyond question.

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Ukrainians say Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attacks won’t break them.

“No one will compromise their will and principles just for electricity,” said Alina Dubeiko, 34, who was also without electricity, heating and water at home.

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As the Russian invasion crossed the nine-month mark on Thursday, Dubeiko said she would rather remain without power than live under Russia’s rule.

“Without light or you [Putin]? Without you,” she said, echoing Zelenskky’s remarks on October 10, when the rocket attacks began.

A woman walks through the city center where the power went out after the Russian missile strike yesterday in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.

A woman walks through the city center where the power went out after the Russian missile strike yesterday in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022.
(TUSEN Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

While Kiev recovers, other cities, especially Kherson, were hit by the heaviest bombardment since Ukrainian forces retook the country two weeks ago.

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At least five people were killed in Russia’s rocket attack on the city.

Night strikes outside the city of Zaporizhzhia destroyed a Ukrainian maternity hospital and killed a 2-day-old baby, officials said.

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“At night, Russian monsters launched huge missiles into the small maternity ward of the hospital in Vilniansk. Grief overwhelms our hearts – a baby was killed who had just seen the light of day. Rescue workers are at work at the site,” Gov. Oleksandr Starukh said on Telegram on Thursday.

Russia’s attacks continue to cause blackouts nationwide, though it claims it is targeting key infrastructure that powers the Ukrainian military. However, Ukrainian officials say Russia’s attacks have resulted in countless damage to civilian areas, including homes, roads, hospitals and schools.

The The US Express News contributed to this report.

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