Ukraine War: Mass power outages and lack of water in Kyiv and Lviv after Russia’s attacks

Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, the western city of Lviv and parts of neighboring Moldova were plunged into darkness on Wednesday after a fresh barrage of Russian air strikes.

Kyiv’s water supply has also been affected after Russian missiles destroyed energy infrastructure and caused power outages in cities across Ukraine, as well as killing three people.

“Because of the bombing, the water supply has been suspended throughout Kyiv,” Vitali Klitschko said on social media.

Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said that “all” of the surrounding Kyiv region was left without power.

City officials said that Russian strikes in Kyiv left at least three dead and six wounded.

“As a result of the attack, a two-storey residential building was damaged. Three people were killed and six wounded,” the city’s military administration said on Telegram.

The enemy launches missile strikes on vital infrastructure in the city of Kyiv. “Stay in shelters until the end of the air alert,” the Kyiv city administration said on social media.

Meanwhile, AFP journalists reported power outages in northern and central Kyiv. Energy operator DTEK said “emergency power shutdowns were imposed in Kyiv” following the strikes.

DTEK said engineers are “doing everything they can to stabilize the situation as quickly as possible.”

“A few more explosions in different districts of the capital,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram, adding that rescue services and paramedics were at the scene.

The governor of the Kyiv region, Oleksiy Kuleba, said that the Russians “have hit residential buildings and critical infrastructure facilities in the (Kyiv) region. There is a threat of frequent bombing. Stay in shelters!”

Moldova also said it was affected by the strikes.

“As a result of the Russian bombing of the Ukrainian power system, over the past hour we have witnessed a massive power outage across the country. Moldelectrica is working to reconnect the electricity supply,” Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Andrej Spino wrote on Facebook.

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that the lives of millions of Ukrainians are at risk this winter as the country’s power grid struggles under a barrage of Russian attacks.

Earlier, Russian strikes killed an infant in a Ukrainian maternity ward and two other civilians elsewhere.

Ukraine’s emergency services said Russian missiles hit a building overnight in Vilnyansk, part of the southern Zaporizhia region, in the latest attack to damage medical facilities since the war began nine months ago.

They circulated a video of emergency service workers trying to free a man trapped in the rubble of what appeared to be the destroyed maternity ward.

“As a result of a missile attack on the territory of the local hospital, the two-storey building of the maternity ward was destroyed,” they said in a statement.

They added that there was “a woman with a newborn and a doctor” inside the building at the time.

Rescuers said the child died while the woman and doctor were pulled from the rubble

Originally published as Water and electricity cut off in Ukraine and Moldova after Russian airstrikes

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