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Missile strikes leave 10 million Ukrainians without electricity

New Russian strikes hit cities across Ukraine on Thursday, crippling the country’s energy infrastructure and plunging millions into darkness as winter sets in and temperatures plummet.

Repeated blockades have disrupted electricity and water supplies across Ukraine, AFP reports, but the Kremlin has blamed civilian suffering on Kyiv’s refusal to negotiate, rather than Russian attacks.

AFP reporters in several Ukrainian cities said the latest onslaught coincided with the first snowfall of the season, after officials in Kyiv warned of “difficult” days ahead.

“Currently more than 10 million Ukrainians are without electricity,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday, adding that the regions of Odessa, Vinnytsia, Sumy and Kyiv were the most affected.

The strikes on Ukraine’s power grid follow a series of battlefield setbacks for Russia, including the withdrawal from Kherson last week.

Key events

That’s all for me, Helen Sullivan, for today. My colleague Martin Belam will explain to you the rest of the day’s news.

Pope Francis reiterated on Friday that the Vatican is ready to do everything possible to mediate and end the conflict between Russia and Ukrainesaid the pontiff in an interview with the Italian daily La Stampa.

When asked if he believed that a reconciliation between Moscow and Kyiv was possible, the pontiff called on everyone not to give up.

“But everyone must commit to demilitarizing hearts, starting with their own, then defusing and disarming violence. We must all be pacifists. Wanting peace, not just a truce that might only serve to rearm. True peace, which is the fruit of dialogue,” he told the newspaper.

Meanwhile, Donetsk-Oblast Governor Pavlov Krylenko reports on Telegram that one civilian was killed and four injured in Russian strikes in Bakhmut, Donetsk region on Thursday.

The UK Ministry of Defense has released its daily security briefing, in which it says that Russia seems to be preparing for new Ukrainian breakthroughs in Donetsk:

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In a tweet, the ministry wrote:

After the withdrawal of its forces from west of the Dnipro River, Russian forces continue to prioritize the refitting, reorganization and preparation of defenses in most areas in Ukraine. Units built new trench systems near the Crimean border, as well as near the Siversky-Donets River between Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Some of these locations are up to 60 km behind the current front line, suggesting that Russian planners are preparing in case of further major Ukrainian breakthroughs. It is likely that Russia will eventually attempt to redeploy some of the forces recovered from Kherson to reinforce and expand its offensive operations near the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast.

Lviv Mayor Andruy Sadovy posted a city update with good news, writing on Telegram that at 8 a.m. “power supply was restored to almost the entire city and the Water supply and heating have been restored.Water is hot and cold.

Kryvyi Rih military administration chief Oleksandr Vilkul posted an update on Telegram this morning saying that although there were no strikes in Kryvyi Ri district overnight, the city of Nikopol was attacked:

“Two high-rise residential buildings, a private residential building, a solar substation, six garages, two passenger cars and a power line were damaged.”

There were no fatalities, he said.

Missile strikes leave 10 million Ukrainians without electricity

New Russian strikes hit cities across Ukraine on Thursday, crippling the country’s energy infrastructure and plunging millions into darkness as winter sets in and temperatures plummet.

Repeated blockades have disrupted electricity and water supplies across Ukraine, AFP reports, but the Kremlin has blamed civilian suffering on Kyiv’s refusal to negotiate, rather than Russian attacks.

AFP reporters in several Ukrainian cities said the latest onslaught coincided with the first snowfall of the season, after officials in Kyiv warned of “difficult” days ahead.

“Currently more than 10 million Ukrainians are without electricity,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday, adding that the regions of Odessa, Vinnytsia, Sumy and Kyiv were the most affected.

The strikes on Ukraine’s power grid follow a series of battlefield setbacks for Russia, including the withdrawal from Kherson last week.

Welcome and Summary

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the war in Ukraine. My name is Helen Sullivan and I will bring you the latest developments as they occur.

As the first snow of winter fell in Kyiv, authorities said they were working to restore power across the country after Russia earlier this week unleashed what Ukraine called a bombardment of civilian infrastructure in the most violent of the war, which began in late February when Russia invaded its neighbour.

About 10 million people were without electricity, the president Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address Thursday evening. Authorities in some places have ordered forced emergency power outages, he said.

A United Nations agency has said a serious humanitarian crisis is looming, with millions of people facing “constant power cuts” as Ukraine’s typically long and cold winter begins.

More information on this shortly. In the meantime, here are the main recent news:

  • Russia unleashed a new wave of rocket, drone and missile fire across Ukraine on Thursday morning. The latest strikes mark the sixth mass attack since early October, which Ukrainian authorities say are aimed at destroying the country’s energy system.

  • The first snow of winter has fallen in Kyiv as authorities say they are working to restore power across the country after Russia unleashed earlier this week what Ukraine called the most violent bombardment of civilian infrastructure of the war.

  • The Donetsk region has seen the heaviest fighting of the war so far. Russian forces have been bolstered by troops withdrawn from the southern city of Kherson, which Ukraine recaptured last week. Russian forces fired artillery at the nearby towns of Bakhmut and Soledar, among other places, the Ukrainian military said.

  • Around 10 million people were without power, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video address on Thursday evening. Authorities in some places have ordered forced emergency power outages, he said.

  • A deal brokered by the UN and Turkey in July aimed at easing global food shortages was extended for four months on Thursday, although Russia has said its own demands have yet to be fully met.

  • Strikes against critical infrastructure in Odessa and Dnipro have been confirmed by the presidential administration and regional leaders. Three people were reportedly injured in the Odessa region, while another 14 people were injured in the strike on the city of Dnipro, according to its mayor, Borys Filatov.

  • Two people were killed in an overnight missile attack on the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia, according to local authorities. Three were injured in an attack on the northeastern city of Kharkiv, they added.

  • Investigators in recaptured territory found 63 bodies bearing signs of torture after Russian forces left, Ukrainesaid the Minister of the Interior. Russia denies that its troops are targeting civilians or have committed atrocities. Mass burial sites were found in other parts previously occupied by Russian troops, some with civilian bodies showing signs of torture.

  • The United Kingdom The Department of Defense said the missile barrage that hit Ukraine on Tuesday was probably the most strikes Russia has carried out in one day since the first week of its invasion.

  • US Secretary of State Antoine Blinken said the US had ‘seen nothing so far that contradicts’ Poland’s preliminary assessment that Ukrainian air defenses were to blame for Tuesday’s missile incident. US President Joe Biden disputed Ukrainian president by Volodymyr Zelensky comment that the missiles that landed in Poland Tuesday were not of Ukrainian descent, saying that was not what the evidence suggested.

  • The Kremlin said it could not imagine engaging in “public” negotiations with Ukraine. In a call with reporters, spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused Kyiv of changing its stance on possible peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, adding that the war would continue besides the fact that drop in temperatures.

  • Ukrainian forces control about 1% of the territory in the eastern region of Luhansk, according the head of the region installed by the Russians. Moscow-backed administrator Leonid Pasechnik was quoted as saying that Ukraine controlled the village of Belogorovka and two other settlements in the region.

  • A member of the Russian armed forces who took part in the invasion of Ukraine requested political asylum after landing in Madrid, the Guardian learned.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he believed neither Russia nor the United States were considering using nuclear weapons. of Erdoğan comments came after Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) William Burns and Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service SVR, met this week in Ankara in what was the first US-Russian contact of high level known since the war started in February.

  • A Dutch court has found three men guilty of murdering 298 people aboard flight MH17, what was shot down by a Russian surface-to-air missile when it flew over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Julio V. Miller