A major energy facility in Ukraine’s capital region was severely damaged in a missile attack, the country’s power system operator said on Saturday. russian army Efforts were made to cut off water supply in densely populated areas.
Kyiv governor Oleksiy Kleva said no one was killed or injured in the strike.
Uklenergo, a power transmission company, said repair workers were working to restore power, but warned residents of a possible blackout.
Deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office Kirilo Tymoshenko urged residents of the Kyiv region and three neighboring regions to reduce their energy consumption at night when demand peaks.
The Kremlin has launched what is believed to be the largest coordinated missile attack since the first invasion of Ukraine, after a truck bomb detonation a week ago damaged a bridge linking Russia’s annexed Crimea.
Widespread retaliatory attacks this week have hit residential buildings, killing dozens, but also affecting public infrastructure, including power plants near Kyiv and other cities far from the frontlines of the war. gave.
President Putin of Russia Moscow said on Friday that it does not recognize the need for additional large-scale attacks, but that his forces will continue with selective strikes. Of the 29 targets it had, seven were undamaged and would be gradually removed.
The War Institute, a Washington-based think tank, described Putin’s remarks as “a pro-war Russian blogger who greatly praised the resumption of strikes against Ukrainian cities, but warned that the short-term campaign would be ineffective.” It was intended to counter criticism from “
“Putin knew that the dwindling arsenal of high-precision missiles meant that high-intensity missile strikes could not be sustained for long,” the think-tank said.
The region of southern Ukraine, which Putin illegally designated as Russian territory last month, remained the focus of Saturday’s battle.
Kirill Stremsov, Deputy Chief of the Moscow Administration Russian-occupied Kherson regionrecalled that residents could be evacuated to cities in Crimea and southwestern Russia as Ukrainian forces try to fight their way to the provincial capital.
Moscow said residents who agreed to leave Thursday after Kremlin-backed leaders concerned about the region urged civilians to evacuate to ensure safety and increase the mobility of Russian forces. provided free accommodation to
According to Stremusov, Ukrainian forces tried to advance south along the banks of the Dnieper, but they were able to gain the upper hand.
“The perimeter is working and the situation is completely under the control of the Russian military,” he wrote on the messaging app channel.
In the neighboring Zaporizhia region, Governor Oleksandr Starkh said Russian forces carried out attacks with Iranian-made kamikaze drones and S-300 missiles.Some experts believe that the Russian military’s use of long-range missiles may reflect a shortage Dedicated precision weapon for attacking ground targets.
North and east of Kherson, two civilians were killed by Russian shelling in the Dnipropetrovsk region, Governor Valentin Lesnichenko said. He said shelling from the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant into the city of Nikopol, which is located across the Dnieper, damaged more than a dozen houses, several shops and transport facilities.
Follow AP’s coverage of the war in Ukraine. https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine