Russian missiles hit Ukrainian energy facilities on Saturday (22). Power outages occur in various areasInformation KievRussian occupation authorities in the southern city of Kherson They asked the public to evacuate.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, said the Russian attacks had reached a “very broad” scale. He promised that his army would improve its already good record of shooting down missiles with the help of its partners.
In Kherson, the target of Ukraine’s aggressive counteroffensive against the invasion launched by the Russian president, Vladimir PutinOn February 24, occupation authorities advised civilians to leave.
“Due to the tense situation at the front, massive bombardment of the city and the increased threat of terrorist attacks, all civilians must immediately leave the city and cross the (East) bank of the Dnipro!” Russian occupation officials posted on Telegram.
Thousands of civilians fled Kherson after warnings of a Ukrainian offensive to retake the city.
In Oleshki, on the opposite bank of the Dnipro, Reuters saw people arriving from Kherson in boats with boxes, bags and pets. A woman carries a child under one arm and a dog under the other.
“I don’t really want to (leave), I’m still working,” said one resident. “We wanted to stay in the area, but now we don’t know.”
Ukraine’s military said it was making gains as its forces moved south across the region, taking at least two villages that Russian troops said they had abandoned. Kherson connects Ukraine with the peninsula CrimeaIt was annexed by Russia in 2014.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said in a telegram: “Kherson region! A little more time. Wait. Ukrainian armed forces are active.”
Reuters could not independently verify the accounts.
Since October 10, Russia has launched devastating attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, hitting at least half of its thermal power generation and up to 40% of the entire system.
Authorities in several regions on Saturday reported utility strikes and power outages as engineers scrambled to restore the grid. Collectors advised the public to store drinking water.
More than a million people have been left without power, presidential aide Kyrillo Tymoshenko said. Parts of Kiev were cut off overnight, and a city official warned that the Ukrainian capital could be left without electricity and heat for “days or weeks”.
said another presidential aide, Mykhailo Podoliak Moscow He wanted to create a new wave of refugees Europe Along with the attacks, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter that the attacks amounted to genocide.
Moscow has admitted targeting energy infrastructure, but denies targeting civilians.
Zelensky, in his nightly video speech, said the “last mass attack” affected areas in western, central and southern Ukraine.
“Of course, we do not have the technical ability to shoot down 100% of Russian missiles and attack drones. I believe we will gradually achieve that with the help of our allies. We are already shooting down most of the cruise missiles. , most of the drones .”
He said Ukrainian forces shot down 20 missiles and more than 10 Iranian drones on Saturday. Air Force Command previously said 33 missiles were fired at Ukraine and 18 were shot down.
No new developments were reported at the Nova Gakovka Dam. Zelensky on Friday urged the West to warn Moscow not to blow up a Russian-controlled dam on the Dnipro.
Russia accused Kiev of planning to destroy the dam by turning it off, which Ukrainian officials called a sign that Moscow might blow it up and blame Kiev. Neither side provided evidence for its claims.
The Soviet-era structure holds 18 cubic kilometers of water, equivalent to the Great Salt Lake in the US state of Utah. Its destruction could destroy much of the Kherson region. It supplies water to Crimea and the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
Regarding the Zaporizhzhia plant, seen as a potential flashpoint for the disaster, the Group of Seven industrial powers on Saturday condemned Russia’s kidnapping of leaders of the Ukrainian-run plant and demanded the immediate return of full control of the plant. Country.
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