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Power shortages in Kiev ‘critical’ amid Ukraine blackout

Ukraine’s capital Kyiv is in a “critical situation” with power shortages as the country faces hours of blackouts, officials say, amid Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Heavy artillery and rocket fire cut electricity supplies to as much as 40% of the country’s population at the start of winter, the Associated Press reported.

The head of the Ukrainian power grid said freezing temperatures put additional strain on energy networks.

Volodymyr KudrytskyiUkrenergo’s CEO told Ukrainian state television:

We understand that the enemy wants to destroy our electricity system in general to cause long-term power outages. We need to prepare for possible extended outages, but at this point we are introducing scheduled schedules and will do everything we can to make sure the outages don’t last very long.

The capital of Kiev is already facing a “massive electricity shortage,” Mayor Vitali Klitschko told AP. About 1.5 to 2 million people — about half the city’s population — were periodically plunged into darkness as authorities switched electricity from one district to another, he said.

It’s a critical situation.

But he added that Russia’s attempts to get Ukraine to think about giving up “will not work”.

Local residents light their way as they walk outside a Kiev apartment building amid power outages following Russian strikes
Local residents light their way as they walk outside a Kiev apartment building amid power outages following Russian strikes. Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Key events

At least six killed in Russian attacks on southeastern Ukraine

Russian forces unleashed the breadth of their arsenal to attack southeastern Ukraine, using drones, missiles, heavy artillery and warplanes that killed at least six civilians and wounded six others, the Ukrainian president’s office said.

The Associated Press reported that in the Zaporizhzhia region, part of which remains under Russian control, artillery bombarded 10 towns and villages.

The death toll from a Russian missile attack on a residential building in the city of Vilniansk on Thursday has risen to 10 people, including three children.

In Nikopol, located across the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, 40 Russian missiles damaged several tall buildings, houses and a power line.

In the wake of its humiliating withdrawal from the southern city of Kherson, Moscow stepped up its assault on the eastern Donetsk region, where Russia’s defense ministry said on Friday its forces seized control of the village of Opytne and repelled a Ukrainian counter-offensive to destroy the settlements. to recover. of Solodke, Volodymyrivka and Pavlivka.

The city of Bakhmut — a key target of Moscow’s attempt to seize the entire Donetsk region — remains the scene of heavy fighting, the regional governor said.

Ukrainian soldiers fire a mortar at a frontline in the Zaporizhzhia region
Ukrainian soldiers fire a mortar at a frontline in the Zaporizhzhia region. Photo: Reuters

Asia-Pacific leaders on Saturday added their voices to international pressure on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, issuing a summit statement saying “most” of them condemned the war.

Aside from replacing the name of the organization, the word-for-word statement was the same as a statement from the G20 last week after a summit in Indonesia

After a day and a half of talks in Bangkok, the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum issued a joint statement criticizing the conflict and the global economic turmoil it has caused.

The summit communiqué was approved by all APEC members, including Russia and China — which has refrained from public criticism of Moscow over the invasion — but contains some diplomatic nonsense.

It said:

Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine, stressing that it causes immense human suffering and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in the global economy.

There were different views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions.

Power shortages in Kiev ‘critical’ amid Ukraine blackout

Ukraine’s capital Kyiv is in a “critical situation” with power shortages as the country faces hours of blackouts, officials say, amid Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Heavy artillery and rocket fire cut electricity supplies to as much as 40% of the country’s population at the start of winter, the Associated Press reported.

The head of the Ukrainian power grid said freezing temperatures put additional strain on energy networks.

Volodymyr KudrytskyiUkrenergo’s CEO told Ukrainian state television:

We understand that the enemy wants to destroy our electricity system in general to cause long-term power outages. We need to prepare for possible extended outages, but at this point we are introducing scheduled schedules and will do everything we can to make sure the outages don’t last very long.

The capital of Kiev is already facing a “massive electricity shortage,” Mayor Vitali Klitschko told AP. About 1.5 to 2 million people — about half the city’s population — were periodically plunged into darkness as authorities switched electricity from one district to another, he said.

It’s a critical situation.

But he added that Russia’s attempts to get Ukraine to think about giving up “will not work”.

Local residents light their way as they walk outside a Kiev apartment building amid power outages following Russian strikes
Local residents light their way as they walk outside a Kiev apartment building amid power outages following Russian strikes. Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Welcome back to our ongoing live coverage of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Here’s a quick look at the latest developments as it approaches 9:15 in Kiev.

  • Russian missile strikes have paralyzed nearly half of Ukraine’s energy systemthe Kiev government has said, while authorities warned the city could face a “complete shutdown” of the power grid as winter sets in.

  • As temperatures dropped and Kiev saw its first snow, officials worked to restore power across the country after some of the nationwide elections heaviest bombardment of Ukrainian civilian infrastructure in the war. The UN says Ukraine’s electricity and water shortages threaten a humanitarian disaster.

  • Volodymyr Zelenskiy has rejected the idea of ​​a “brief truce” with Russia. saying it would only make things worse. “Russia is now looking for a short ceasefire, a respite to regain strength,” the Ukrainian president said in a speech at the Halifax International Security Forum. “Someone can call this the end of the war, but such a delay will only make the situation worse.”

  • Hundreds of Ukrainians were detained and kidnapped in Kherson after Russia took the province, as evidence of a planned campaign, a Yale University group that investigates war crimes said. The Conflict Observatory said it had documented 226 extrajudicial detentions and enforced disappearances in Kherson. About a quarter of that number were said to have been subjected to torture and four died in custody.

  • The Kremlin has accused Ukrainian soldiers of executing more than 10 Russian prisoners of war following the spread of a video on social media purporting to be from the front lines. The footage appears to show Russian soldiers emerging from an outbuilding in the grounds of a house with their hands above their heads before being told to lie down face down. One of the men, as he emerges from the building, appears to point his gun at Ukrainian soldiers. The footage suggests that all Russians were killed in the violence that followed.

  • Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, spoke to Volodymyr Zelenskiy and they congratulated each other on the extension of a UN-brokered grain deal, said Erdoğan’s office. Erdoğan told Zelenskiy that “extending this understanding to the negotiating table” would benefit all parties.

  • The Dutch government will summon the Russian ambassador to the Netherlands over Russia’s response to the verdict in the trial of the 2014 downing of passenger flight MH17reports news agency ANP, citing Minister of Foreign Affairs Wopke Hoekstra. Russia has criticized the Dutch court’s decision to convict two former Russian intelligence agents and a Ukrainian separatist leader.

  • Ukrainian experts were working at the spot in southeastern Poland’s border region where a rocket killed two peoplesaid Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. He wrote on Twitter that Ukraine would continue “open and constructive” cooperation with Poland over the incident.

  • Poland will not grant a Russian delegation a visa to attend an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meeting in Lodz on December 1 and 2. “We don’t give them visas,” said Lukasz Jasina of the Polish Foreign Ministry.

  • Vladimir Putin discussed creating a Turkish “gas hub” with Erdoğanthe Kremlin said Friday. “Particular attention is paid to the prospects for the implementation of the initiative launched by the Russian president in October and supported by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.”

  • Ministers of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group said some members condemned the war in Ukraine and also pledged to keep supply chains and markets open. “There were different views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions,” their joint statement read, adding that Apec was not the forum to resolve security concerns.

  • Kyrylo Tymoshenkodeputy head of the office of the president of Ukraine, said two more bodies have been recovered Vilniask in the Zaporizhia region. “For example, nine people have already been found dead by the rockets of Russian terrorists who fired on residential buildings yesterday,” he said on Telegram. The claims have not been independently verified.

  • This is reported by the British Ministry of Defence Russia appeared to be preparing defenses for further major Ukrainian breakthroughs in Donetsk province.

  • Construction of a planned barbed wire fence along Finland’s long border with Russia will begin early next yearsaid Finnish border guards, amid concerns about the changing security environment in Europe.

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