Ukrenergo, operator of Ukraine’s electricity distribution network, reported emergency power cuts across the country to avoid serious accidents due to bombings carried out by Russia this Wednesday (23 ) in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.
“The missile attack continues, but there are already impacts on energy infrastructure facilities. Emergency outages are taking place in all regions,” Ukrenergo said in a Facebook message.
The operator added that “this is a necessary measure to protect the electricity grid from further technological accidents and to maintain operation of the electrical system.”
According to the statement, repair teams, together with State Emergency Service units, would begin repairing the damage immediately after the end of the air alert.
However, due to snow and freezing rain falling in some regions, restoration work on damaged facilities may take longer.
In addition, the mayor of the capital , Vitali Klitschko, reported that due to the bombings, the entire city had its water supply cut off.
In a Telegram message, he said that experts from Kyivvodokanal municipal company were working to restore the supplies as quickly as possible, and advised residents to store water as a precaution.
At least three people died and six others were injured in the bombings carried out by Russia in Kyiv this Wednesday, informed the Military Administration of the capital of Ukraine in its account on the platform of Telegram messages.
After the bombing, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that “Russia welcomes its recognition as a terrorist state with a new wave of missile terror against the capital Ukraine and other cities”.
“It should be clear to those who still had doubts: Russia must be recognized as a terrorist state all over the world, and Ukraine must obtain all defense systems needed as soon as possible”, he added.
Kuleba referred to the European Parliament’s declaration that Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism in view of its “deliberate and atrocities committed against the Ukrainian population”.
Andriy Yerm ak, advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, also linked the Russian attack to the European Parliament’s position against Moscow.
“The European Parliament has recognized Russia as a State sponsor of terrorism and a State that uses the means of terrorism. Terrorists immediately confirm that they are terrorists,” he wrote on social media.
According to local media, explosions were also heard in other parts of the Kyiv region and in several cities in Ukraine, including Kremenchug , Vinnitsia, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv.