Officials in east Ukraine on Sunday blamed Russian assaults on key amenities for widespread blackouts that hit massive areas of the nation the place Kyiv’s forces have been making positive factors in a counter-offensive.
The blackouts, which got here after Ukrainian forces stated they’d recaptured dozens of cities and villages in japanese Ukraine, hit areas with pre-war populations of tens of millions of individuals.
The regional governor of the Kharkiv area, the place Ukrainian troops have reported the biggest positive factors, stated Russian forces had “struck critical infrastructure” throughout the area and its primary metropolis, additionally known as Kharkiv.
“There is no electricity or water supply in several settlements. Emergency services are working to control fires at the sites that were hit,” Oleg Synegubov stated in an announcement on social media.
The head of the Dnipropetrovsk area Dmytro Reznichenko additionally stated Russian forces had been chargeable for blackouts throughout his area.
“Several cities and communities in the Dnipropetrovsk region are without electricity. The Russians hit energy infrastructure. They cannot accept defeat on the battlefield,” he stated in an announcement on-line.
The head of the japanese Sumy area in the meantime stated the cuts to electrical energy and water provides had impacted not less than 135 cities and villages.
AFP journalists within the Donetsk regional metropolis of Kramatorsk in the meantime confirmed the cuts had been additionally impacting one of many largest cities within the east nonetheless underneath Ukrainian management.
Its governor had additionally reported cuts throughout the area, which has been partially managed by Moscow-backed separatist since 2014.
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