Zelensky denounces Moscow’s energy ‘terrorism’ as Russian attack knocks down power of millions | CNN

CNN — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of “energy terrorism” after repeated Moscow attacks on critical infrastructure cut power to hundreds of thousands of people. According to Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko, about 450,000 households lost electricity on Friday as power outages continued across the country. “One and a half times more than in the last few days,” Klitschko told Telegram. After weeks of Russian airstrikes and rocket attacks on Ukraine’s power grid, people staying in Ukraine are warned of a cold and difficult winter. This week alone, attacks on key infrastructure in Kyiv, Cherkasy, Kirovohrad, Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia regions have caused millions to intermittently lose electricity and water supply. As of Thursday evening, according to Zelensky, about 4.5 million consumers were temporarily disconnected from their power supplies due to an emergency and stabilization schedule. “The very fact that Russia relied on terrorism on its energy sector is itself an indication of the enemy’s weakness. They are trying to bring down our people in this way because they cannot defeat Ukraine on the battlefield,” Zelensky said in a night speech. Repeated aerial attacks from Russia have brought cities in central western Ukraine to the forefront of the war, and residents of the capital are struggling to keep their businesses running, along with water and other resources. Ukraine’s state-owned electricity supplier Ukrenergo said earlier this week that several regions will face extended blackouts as they attempt to repair damage from recent strikes. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Thursday ahead of the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Münster, western Germany, a G7 group of wealthy countries will coordinate aid to Ukraine as winter approaches. “The brutality of war will not allow many elderly, children, teenagers and families to die of hunger or cold during the coming winter due to the brutal tactics of the Russian President,” said Prime Minister Beerbok. reporter. In the meantime, the Ukrainian military says Russian forces have been using multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to intensify airstrikes near the Eastern Front, particularly in the Donetsk region. The army’s general staff said on Wednesday that 80 attacks were recorded, while on Thursday “the enemy conducted four missiles and 28 airstrikes and fired more than 45 from the MLRS.” Ukrainian military commander-in-chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi said Thursday in a conversation with NATO’s supreme commander of the European Union, General Christopher Cavoli, “The enemy can increase the intensity of hostilities in certain areas of the front by up to 80 times. increased. They attack every day.” According to Ukrainian officials, Russian troops and allies have also started a census in the city of Enerhodar, which is next to the Zaporizia nuclear power plant. Dmytro Orlov, mayor of Enerhodar, a displaced person, said: “We cannot refuse to participate in the census. “Now, on the second day, Russians are traveling door to door with people working with the so-called police and hijacking people in the courtyard. ,” asserts Orlov, “in many cases, a census ends with scouring and navigating cell phone apps. Be careful!” The pre-war city had a population of about 50,000. It has been under Russian occupation since early March. Energoatom, the state-owned company that operates the nuclear power plant, said on Thursday that Russia fired an additional bomb about 50 kilometers from the plant, 2 They shut down two high-voltage transmission lines and reported that the plant went into “full blackout mode.” All 20 diesel generators started running.” The plant is run by Ukrainian technicians but is under the control of Russian state operator Rusatom.
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