A barrage of Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure has deprived not only large parts of the war-torn country of power, but also parts of neighboring Moldova.
At least four civilians were killed and nine injured when rockets hit a two-story building on Wednesday, authorities said, as water supplies were also cut off in the capital, Kyiv.
Multiple regions reported attacks in quick succession as Moscow pursues a campaign to undermine critical Ukrainian services ahead of the looming winter.
Before the latest wave of attacks, Zelensky said Russian attacks had already destroyed about half of Ukraine’s infrastructure.
Ukrainian officials say they believe Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes the plight of homes without heating and lighting in the cold, dark winters will turn public opinion against continuing the war, but that is not the case. They say it has the opposite effect and strengthens Ukraine. Solved.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Wednesday that “one of the infrastructure facilities in the capital was attacked” and there were “several more explosions in different districts” in the city.
The blackout also affected the city of Kharkov in the north, the city of Lviv in the west, the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine and the Odessa region in the south.
Ukraine’s ministerial adviser, Anton Gerashchenko, said the attack took place shortly after the European Parliament declared Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism”.
Rockets hit Kyiv shortly after the European Parliament labeled Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
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— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) November 23, 2022
“Russia left Moldova in the dark”
In Moldova, Infrastructure Minister Andrei Spinu said, “The whole country is experiencing massive blackouts.” Its Soviet-era energy system remains interconnected with Ukraine’s.
A similar blackout occurred in the country of 2.6 million people on November 15th.
“Russia has left Moldova in the dark,” said pro-Western President Maia Sandu, adding that the country “must keep moving towards a free world.”
Most of the Khmelnytsky region in western Ukraine is also experiencing power outages, Governor Serhiy Hamali told Telegram. He added that nuclear power plants in the region have been disconnected from the Ukrainian power grid.
“This was the latest in several rounds of a series of similar missile strikes designed to essentially neutralize Ukraine’s power infrastructure and plunge the country into darkness,” Al Jazeera’s Loricha said. Lands reported from Kyiv. “There may be more to come.”
According to many people he interviewed in recent weeks, he added that there was “no evidence” that Russia had violated the will of the Ukrainian people.
The latest onslaught comes hours after Ukrainian authorities said a rocket attack had destroyed the maternity ward of a hospital in southern Ukraine, killing a two-day-old baby boy.
A baby’s mother and a doctor were dragged from the rubble after an overnight strike in Vilnyansk, near the city of Zaporizhia.
The region’s governor said the rocket was made in Russia. The strike adds to the horrific toll suffered by hospitals and other medical facilities, and their patients and staff, in the Russian invasion, which this week enters his 10th month.
First Lady Olena Zelenska tweeted: “Very painful. We will never forget and we will never forgive.”
“Chaos of War”
The situation is also concerning in the southern city of Kherson, which Russia evacuated almost two weeks ago after months of occupation.
Many doctors work in the dark, cannot use elevators to transport patients to operations, and use headlamps, mobile phones, and flashlights to perform operations. In some hospitals, key equipment has stopped working.
“Neither the respirator nor the X-ray machine works,” said Volodymyr Malishchuk, head of surgery at Kherson’s Children’s Hospital. “He has only one portable ultrasound machine and he always has it with him.”
Save the Children, meanwhile, issued an alert on Wednesday when freezing weather begins.
“On average, about 900 children are born every day into precarious lives,” said Sonia Kush, the charity’s Ukraine director. “The chaos of war poses a grave threat to these mothers and their newborns.
“When the war started, many pregnant women were forced to give birth in basements or bunkers,” she said. “Now we are seeing women giving birth in hospitals away from their families and in countries hosting refugees from Ukraine. More women giving birth in bunkers than earlier this year. is decreasing, but pregnancy is still stressful.”