After Russian missile assaults on Monday, Ukraine is transitioning to emergency shutdowns to stabilize its electrical grid, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Many areas were impacted, he claimed, and the local government issued a warning that roughly half of the Kyiv region will continue to be without energy in the coming days.
On Monday, there were four fatal attacks.
More missiles reportedly struck vital infrastructure overnight close to the southern city of Zaporizhzhia.
Tuesday saw a different development when the governor of Russia’s Kursk region said an oil storage tank caught fire as a result of a drone strike on an airstrip.
Online videos depict the scene with ferocious flames and thick, black smoke.
Roman Starovoyt said that there were no fatalities, however two nearby schools were closed for the day. He made no mention of the potential perpetrators of the attack in the Ukraine-bordering region.
The energy minister in Ukraine stated that he planned to drastically minimize the power shortfall brought on by the most recent Russian strikes by Tuesday evening and re-connect nuclear power plants to the grid.
Many areas of the country are currently experiencing snowfall and temperatures below zero, and millions of people lack access to running water and electricity. There are worries that some people could pass away from hypothermia.
70 Russian missiles were fired on Monday, according to President Zelensky’s televised speech, and “most of them were shot down.”
In contrast, the Russian defense ministry said that during its “massive strike employing high-precision weaponry,” it successfully struck all 17 of its intended targets.
The largest number of shutdowns, according to Mr. Zelensky, are in the areas of Vinnytsia, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Khmelnytskyi, and Cherkasy, which cover the entire length and breadth of the nation.
He did, however, promise that the government “would do everything to restore stability.”
The head of Ukraine claimed that neighboring Moldova’s electrical supplies had also been impacted, demonstrating that Russia’s activities posed “a threat not only to Ukraine, but also to our entire area.”