War in Ukraine: half of the inhabitants of Kyiv still without electricity

War in Ukraine: half of Kyïv's residents still without electricity


Despite efforts by Ukrainian engineers, nearly half of kyiv residents were still without power in freezing temperatures on Friday, two days after Russian strikes once again targeted critical infrastructure .

This strategy of Moscow's bombing of energy installations, followed since October against a backdrop of military setbacks, is constitutive of “war crimes” for Ukraine's Western allies and described as a “crime against humanity” by the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

“We have to endure this winter — a winter everyone will remember,” he posted on Facebook on Friday.

For his part, the governor of the southern region of Kherson, Yaroslav Yanushevich, announced the evacuation of all patients from hospitals in the city of the same name, from which Moscow troops withdrew two weeks ago, due to “constant Russian bombing”.

“We live like this now”

After Wednesday's massive strikes in Ukraine, engineers continued to repair the damage, while millions of people spent Thursday without power, especially in the capital.

“A third of Kyiv's homes already have heating, specialists are continuing to restore it. Half of the users are still without electricity”, said its mayor, Vitali Klitschko.

“During the day, the energy companies plan to connect electricity for all users in alternation”, he assured, at a time when the temperatures were around zero degrees and the rain was in the game.

In her apartment, where the gas for cooking and heating have been disconnected, Albina Bilogoub explained that her children now all sleep in one room to keep warm.

“It’s our life. A sweater, then a second, a third. We live like this now,” she said.

The chairman of the board of directors of the national electricity company Ukrenergo, Volodymyr Kudrytsky, estimated that the Ukrainian energy system now has “passed the most difficult phase” after the attack.

Electricity is partially restored in Ukrainian regions and “the energy system is again connected to the energy system of the European Union”, said he said.

“After the Russian bombings, the energy system was torn to pieces, but it was restored in 24 hours”, welcomed an adviser to the presidency, Mykhaïlo Podoliak.

“Yes, it is a difficult situation and yes, it can happen again. But Ukraine can deal with it,” he added on television.

Faced with these massive Russian bombardments, Ukraine received anti-aircraft defense systems from the West, but it would take more to neutralize Moscow's missiles and drones.

Lines of cars

Visiting Ukraine on Friday, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced new aid to Ukrainians, in particular the dispatch of ambulances and a ” support” to “survivors of sexual violence perpetrated by the Russian army”.

War in Ukraine: Half of Kyïv residents still without electricity ;

War in Ukraine: half Ky&iuml people ;v still without power

“The UK stands with Ukraine,” said Cleverly, whose visit comes less than a week after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's visit, during which he had already pledged military aid nearly 60 million euros.

On Friday, AFP journalists saw queues of cars waiting to get supplies in front of several gas stations in kyiv and the operation of telephone networks Mobile was still disrupted in some neighborhoods.

Russia, for its part, claims to only target military infrastructure and blames the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense for the power cuts. The Kremlin has assured that Ukraine can end the suffering of its people by accepting Russian demands.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met soldiers' mothers for the first time on Friday, saying he shared their ” pain” and calling on them not to believe the “lies” about the offensive launched by the Kremlin in Ukraine.

On the front, fighting continued in several areas. A Russian bombardment Thursday evening on Kherson left 11 dead and nearly 50 injured, according to the Ukrainian presidency.