Power, water restored in Kyiv after Russian strikes

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A view of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, as the city is plunged into darkness following a military strike that partially brought down the power infrastructure on October 31, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

KYIV — Water and power supplies were fully restored in Kyiv on Tuesday a day after Russian missile strikes, as grain exports from Ukraine continued despite Moscow pulling out of a deal to let ships through.اضافة اعلان

Russian authorities meanwhile announced that tens of thousands more civilians would be “evacuated” from the Russian-occupied southern Ukrainian region of Kherson amid a counter-offensive by Kyiv.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich said Monday’s bombardment was “one of the most massive shellings of our territory” by Russia.

Following the strikes, aerial views showed Kyiv plunged in darkness overnight, with the only lights coming from cars on the road.

In a town near Kyiv on Monday, the powerful explosions had woken up

Monday’s shelling had left 80 percent of the capital’s consumers without water and 350,000 homes without electricity.

On Tuesday, Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said water and electricity supplies had been “fully restored” in the capital.

Klitschko warned that there would still be planned power cuts in the city “because of the considerable deficit in the power system after the barbaric attacks of the aggressor”.

Ukrainian energy operator Ukrenergo said it would limit supplies to all consumers in central and northern regions of the country to “reduce the pressure on the network”.

‘Help energy sector’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron Tuesday.

He thanked Macron for “specific decisions on strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities. Specific initiatives to restore the destroyed energy infrastructure.”

The Ukrainian army said Russia launched 55 cruise missiles on Monday, mainly at energy infrastructure.

In a statement Tuesday, the Russian defense ministry claimed the “massive strikes ... significantly disrupted the management and logistics of the Ukrainian armed forces”.

Russia has pivoted to systematically attacking Ukrainian energy infrastructure after setbacks on the battlefield, where the Russian army is facing pushbacks on the eastern and the southern fronts.

In the south, Kyiv’s forces are preparing for fierce battles to recapture the city of Kherson and its surrounding region.

Kherson is one of the four regions — along with Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Lugansk — that Moscow claims to have annexed but does not fully control.

New ‘evacuations’ from Kherson

Russian occupation authorities in Kherson said Tuesday that tens of thousands more people would be “evacuated” from the region amid Kyiv’s counteroffensive.

This comes after 70,000 people already left their homes in Kherson, Moscow-appointed local authorities said last week.

The Russian-backed leader of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, said Tuesday new resettlements were being carried out because of the risk of a “massive missile attack” by Ukrainian forces on a local dam.

But Ukraine said that Russian “occupiers are carrying out forced displacement of the civilian population”.

Grain corridor

Also on Tuesday, three more grain-loaded cargo ships left Ukrainian ports despite Russia’s decision to suspend its participation in a deal to allow grain exports to cross the Black Sea.

Russia announced the move after accusing Kyiv of a “massive” drone attack on its fleet on Saturday, which Ukraine labelled a “false pretext”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country brokered the July grain export agreement along with the UN, is to speak with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts in the coming days with the aim of restoring the deal.

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