Russian soldiers have once more targeted Ukraine’s energy facilities, cutting off water and electricity to parts of Kyiv and other cities. According to the prosecution, two people died in an attack on the capital. In addition, smoke plumes could be seen rising from a power plant close to the Dnipro river. Additionally, west of Kyiv, in Zhytomyr, there was power and water outages. And in Dnipro, two institutions suffered serious damage.
Russian attacks caused power outages in Ukraine
The most recent assaults happened 24 hours after “kamikaze” drones attacked Kyiv. In addition, the unmanned drones, likely Iranian-made, killed at least five people in the capital and four in Sumy, a city in the north. They also damaged vital infrastructure, causing power outages in hundreds of towns and villages.
On Tuesday, President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted, “30% of Ukraine’s power stations have been destroyed, causing massive blackouts across the country” over the past eight days.
Furthermore, in recent weeks, Russia intensified its attacks on electricity infrastructure in cities away from the front lines. Authorities moved quickly to fix the damage, but the attacks, before winter, have raised questions about how the system would react.
Although Ukraine claimed that Russian bombers fired missiles and that one S-300 anti-aircraft missile had struck a residential structure in the southern city of Mykolaiv overnight, killing one person, it was initially unclear to what extent the attacks involved drones on Tuesday.
Other assaults early on Tuesday
The mayor of Zhytomyr claimed there was no water or electricity in the city, and hospitals were attempting to find backup power sources. Additionally, the Troyeschyna neighborhood on the banks of the Dnipro river lost electricity and water as a result of the strikes on a power plant in Kyiv.
Also, in the central city of Dnipro, where the attacks destroyed a sizable energy station, there was power and water supplies interruption with officials announcing that they would turn off street lighting.
Moreover, in the eastern city of Kharkiv, there were reports of shelling. And Zaporizhzhia in the south also sustained damage to its infrastructure, although the local official did report anyone injured.
Ukrainians are purchasing gas burners and power generators in some urban areas, while the officials are urging people to cut back on energy use during peak hours nationwide. In addition, rolling blackouts are already happening in several towns.
Lesia Vasylenko, a Ukrainian MP, told the BBC, “We were expecting that Russia will intensify attacks on energy infrastructure and civilian infrastructure and increase the urban warfare towards autumn, and here we are exactly with that scenario taking place.”
On another note, Russian missile and drone attacks prompted the Ukrainian government to request air defense weaponry once more.
Earlier, the US declared that it concurred with its partners in France and the United Kingdom that Iran’s acquisition of drones breached a UN Security Council resolution connected to a nuclear accord that forbade the transfer of certain military equipment.
On the other hand, Ukraine identified the drones used in the deadly strikes on Kyiv and Sumy as Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to US State Department official Vedant Patel, they will not hesitate to use sanctions.
Meanwhile, Russia and Iran denied using Iranian drones. In addition, the EU stated that it is gathering proof and is ready to take action.