Kyiv blames Russia for power cuts in eastern Ukraine

Kyïv blames Russia for power cuts in the east of Ukraine


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed on Sunday that Russia was responsible for power cuts affecting large areas of eastern Ukraine and accused Moscow of deliberately hitting civilian infrastructure. 

“A total power outage in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, a partial one in the Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy regions,” Zelensky wrote in a statement on social media, blaming “Russian terrorists”. p>

“No military installations” affected, he added. “The goal is to deprive people of light and heating.”

Shortly before him, local authorities reported Russian shelling of strategic infrastructure that led to power cuts in large areas of eastern Ukraine, where Kyiv launched a counter-offensive that broke through Russian lines .

Power cuts affect territories where millions of people lived before the war.

The governor of the Kharkiv region (northeast), where Kyiv claimed the greatest territorial gains during its counter-offensive, said on social media that the Russian army had “hit critical infrastructure” in the region and its eponymous capital. According to Oleg Sinegoubov, “there is no more water or electricity in several towns. Emergency services are trying to control the fires at the sites that have been struck.”

The governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region (central east), Dmytro Reznichenko, also blamed the Russians for the power cuts in his area. “Several cities and towns in the Dnipropetrovsk region are without electricity. The Russians hit the energy infrastructure. They can't come to terms with defeat on the battlefield,” he said.

Kyïv blames Russia for power cuts in eastern Ukraine

Kyïv blames Russia for power cuts in eastern Ukraine

His counterpart in the Sumy region (east) said that water and electricity cuts affected at least 135 towns and villages in his jurisdiction.< /p>

AFP journalists in Kramatorsk, in the eastern Donetsk region, confirmed that the cuts also affected this city, one of the largest in the east still under Ukrainian control . The regional governor also reported cuts elsewhere in his area.