Russian strikes cut off electricity and water in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region | Ukraine

Russian strikes cut off electricity and water to much of the Kharkiv region, plunging its towns into darkness and knocking out power to hospitals there. Ukraine described as an act of “revenge” by Russia for its recent battlefield successes.

In recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the majority of Russian-occupied territory in the region in a blitz offensive.

Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of the city of Kharkiv, said work was underway to restore power and some areas reported power back on around 1 a.m. Monday local time.

Earlier, however, Ukrainian presidential advisers said that a fire was raging at the number 5 power station in Kharkiv.

Initial power cuts were also reported in neighboring Sumy and Poltava regions as well as in Dnipropetrovsk, potentially affecting millions of civilians. Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said power had now been restored.

Tymoshenko said two cruise missiles hit critical infrastructure in Kharkiv and firefighters are now on the scene and power should soon be restored to vital facilities such as hospitals.

“The Russians want to leave us without light, without water and without heating,” Tymoshenko said.

Three explosions were heard in the city of Kharkiv, where the blackout had affected the air raid siren. People had to be evacuated from the Kharkiv metro.

The Ukrainian Air Force tweeted that the Russians launched 11 missiles but most were destroyed.

🇷🇺 launched a missile attack on the eastern regions of 🇺🇦 on Sunday evening. In total, the enemy used 11 cruise missiles. Units of the “East” air command shot down 7 cruise missiles in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Of them, 5 – X-101, 2 – Caliber.

— Ukrainian Air Force (@KpsZSU) September 11, 2022

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🇷🇺 launched a missile attack on the eastern regions of 🇺🇦 on Sunday evening. In total, the enemy used 11 cruise missiles. Units of the “East” air command shot down 7 cruise missiles in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Among them, 5 – X-101, 2 – Caliber.

— Ukrainian Air Force (@KpsZSU) September 11, 2022

Two more missiles were destroyed by units of the Air Force in the Poltava region.

— Ukrainian Air Force (@KpsZSU) September 11, 2022

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Two other missiles were destroyed by Air Force units in the Poltava region.

— Ukrainian Air Force (@KpsZSU) September 11, 2022

“This is a vicious and cynical revenge of the Russian aggressor for the successes of our army at the front, in particular – in the Kharkiv region,” Terekhov said. “I ask everyone to keep calm.”

A Russian missile hits a critical infrastructure object in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, 09/11/2022
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said the strikes were “nasty and cynical revenge”. Photography: Alessio Mamo/The Guardian

In his Telegram, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wrote: “Even through the impenetrable darkness, Ukraine and the civilized world can clearly see that these are acts of terrorists. [They are] deliberate and cynical missile strikes on critical civilian infrastructure. Not military installations.”

Zelenskiy confirmed that the power had been cut in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions. He also said that parts of Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy regions had electricity problems.

Kharkiv region regional governor Oleg Synegubov said in a statement: “There is no electricity or water in several settlements. Emergency services are working to bring the fires under control at the affected sites.

The head of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Dmytro Reznichenko, also said on Sunday evening that Russian forces were responsible for the blackouts in his region. “Several cities and towns in the Dnipropetrovsk region are without electricity. The Russians are hitting energy infrastructure. They cannot accept defeat on the battlefield,” he said in a statement online before power was restored.

The head of the eastern Sumy region said earlier power and water supply cuts affected at least 135 towns and villages.

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