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Ukraine is trying to regain power after devastating strikes

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KYIV, Ukraine – About 70% of the Ukrainian capital was without power Thursday morning after Moscow unleashed another devastating rocket fire on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Kyiv’s mayor said.

A punitive barrage of Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure on Wednesday caused power outages across large parts of the country, further damaging Ukraine’s already battered power grid and compounding misery for civilians as winter set in. The strikes also caused power cuts in neighboring Moldova.

Russia has launched devastating attacks on Ukraine’s power infrastructure as its forces have suffered battlefield setbacks in the all-out war it launched on Feb. 24, exactly nine months ago Thursday.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegram statement that “power engineers are doing their best to get (electricity) back as soon as possible” and added that water supply has been restored in about half of Kyiv’s left bank. the Dnieper River. .

Ukraine’s General Staff reported Thursday morning that Russian forces fired 67 cruise missiles and 10 drones during Wednesday’s “massive attack on residential buildings and energy infrastructure” in Kiev and several other regions in Ukraine.

Elsewhere in Ukraine, attempts were also made to restore power, heating and water supplies disrupted by Wednesday’s attacks.

Poltava region governor Dmytro Lunin said “an optimistic scenario” suggests residents of his central Ukrainian region will regain electricity on Thursday.

“In the next few hours, we will begin supplying power to critical infrastructure and then to the majority of household consumers,” Lunin said on Telegram, noting that power has already been restored to 15,500 people and 1,500 legal entities in the region.

Lunin added that water supply has resumed in several parts of the city of Poltava and four boiler stations have started heating regional hospitals.

Kirovohrad and Vinnytsia regions were reconnected to the power grid Thursday morning, adding to more than a dozen other regions reconnected Wednesday evening, according to deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

In the southeastern Dnipropetrovsk region, power has been restored to up to 50% of consumers, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said, but noted that “the situation with energy is complicated”.

Amid Russia’s ongoing attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Ukrainian authorities have begun opening up what they call “points of invincibility”: heated and powered areas for people to turn to for hot meals, electricity to power their devices load and to connect to the Internet.

Deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said Thursday morning that a total of 3,720 such spaces have been opened across the country.

According to the project’s website, several locations have been transformed into “points of invincibility,” including government buildings, schools and kindergartens, and emergency services offices.

Follow AP coverage of the war in Ukraine at: https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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