Power outages hit Ukraine following Russian shelling

Ukraine’s electricity company announced on Saturday power outages in Kyiv and seven other regions of the country following Russia’s devastating attacks on energy infrastructure.

The move comes as Russian forces continue to pound Ukrainian cities and villages with missiles and drones, damaging power plants, water supplies and other civilian targets, in an intensifying war that is nearing the nine-month mark.

Russia has denied that the drones it has used in Ukraine came from Iran, but the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister admitted for the first time on Saturday that it had supplied Moscow with a “limited number” of drones before the invasion. However, Hossein Amirabdollahian insisted that Tehran did not know whether its drones were being used against Ukraine and declared that Iran was committed to ending the conflict.

Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s sole operator of high-voltage transmission lines, initially said in an online statement on Saturday that the planned blackout will occur in the capital and Kyiv region, as well as some surrounding areas – Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Poltava and Kharkiv.

Later that day, however, the company sent out an update stating that the planned power outages for a certain number of hours are not enough and instead there will be emergency outages that could last indefinitely.

Ukraine has been struggling with power outages and water disruptions since Russia began unleashing large-scale missile and drone attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure last month.

Moscow has said it came in response to Ukrainian attacks on Crimea, the region illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. Ukraine has denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, Russian shelling of Ukrainian territories continued into the afternoon on Saturday.

About 40 bombs were fired last night at the city of Nikopol, governorate of Dnipropetrovsk. said Valentyn Reznichenko in Telegram. Russian forces attacked the city and the surrounding areas with heavy artillery. Two fires broke out and more than a dozen residential and utility buildings, as well as a gas pipeline, were damaged, the official said.

Elsewhere in the region, Ukrainian forces shot down drones and other munitions, according to Reznichenko.

In the southern Mykolaiv region, shelling in a rural area overnight damaged several houses, but caused no casualties, the governor of Mykolaiv said. said Vitaly Kim in Telegram.

Russian forces also fired missiles at southeastern Zaporizhzhia province, which has been illegally annexed by Moscow and large parts of which remain occupied. According to regional administration. Oleksandr Starukh, the attack took place shortly after midnight and damaged the buildings of three companies, as well as a number of cars.

In the eastern Donetsk region, which is also annexed and partially occupied by Russia, eight cities and villages have been shelled, including Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Porkovsk.

Russian authorities in Donetsk reported an attempt to kill a Moscow-appointed judge at the region’s highest court. Alexander Nikulin, who sat on a jury that in June sentenced two Britons and a Moroccan to death who fought from Ukraine, has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds and is in serious condition, according to pro-Kremlin officials.

According to the Office of the President of Ukraine, at least three civilians have been killed and eight injured in the past 24 hours by Russian shelling of nine Ukrainian regions, using drones, missiles and heavy artillery.

In the Russian-occupied Kherson region, where a Ukrainian counter-offensive is underway, the Russian army continues to abduct local residents, the presidential office said, with the latest incidents taking place over the past 24 hours.

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