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Much of Ukraine still without power, heat and water after missile attacks | Ukraine

Large parts of Ukraine remain without electricity, heat and water two days after a devastating series of Russian missile attacks on the country’s civilian infrastructure.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 60% of households in the city of 3 million had no electricity, and there were blackouts across the country as engineers struggled to repair transformers and transmission lines damaged or destroyed by cruise missiles on Monday. Wednesday.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said basic facilities were being gradually restored, but there were problems with water supply in 15 regions.

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, has said that Russian strikes on critical infrastructure have killed at least 77 people since October.

“Millions are drowning in severe suffering and appalling living conditions as a result of these strikes,” Türk said in a statement. “Overall, this raises serious problems under international humanitarian law, which requires a tangible, direct military advantage for each target attacked.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not deny that Russia was attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, but blamed Kyiv on the grounds that it had not acquiesced to Russian demands, which he did not specify. Zelensky’s government pledged not to accept peace terms that left Russia with control of any Ukrainian territory.

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NASA satellite images over Ukraine comparing February and November
NASA satellite images over Ukraine comparing February and November

In his Thursday night address, Zelensky said the attacks would not break the will of the Ukrainian people. He said, “We have endured nine months of total war together and Russia has not found a way to break us and will not find a way.”

The three nuclear power plants still under Ukrainian control are back in operation after an unprecedented complete shutdown on Wednesday. However, Petro Kotin, head of the state nuclear power company, Energoatom, told the Guardian that defects in the turbine generators mean two reactors have not yet been joined to the power grid. Cotten did not mention the location of the damaged reactors.

Evacuation of civilians in the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions
Evacuation of civilians in the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions

Kotin said that at the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, which is still under Russian control, two of the six reactors were on standby, but had not been brought back into the grid.

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Russian forces continued to bomb the southern city of Kherson two weeks after withdrawing their forces to the other side of the Dnipro River. Ukrainian citizens who were evacuated from the city due to the complete destruction of the electricity, heat and water systems were subjected to artillery fire as they tried to leave.

According to the Ukrainian presidency, 11 people died and nearly 50 others were injured in the Kherson region on Thursday.

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