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Strikes, power cuts across Ukraine, as Bakhmut said – Usky News



Kyiv, Ukraine: Russian attack Targeting of energy infrastructure was reported across Ukraine on Thursday as fighting continued for control of the eastern city of Bakhmut.
For months, Russia has been shelling key facilities in Ukraine with missiles and drones, disrupting water, heating and electricity supplies for millions of people.
Attacks were reported in the capital Kiev, the city of Kharkiv in the northeast and the southwestern region of Odessa, causing widespread power outages.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been “explosions” in the south of the city and about 15 percent of homes were without electricity.
“All services are on their way to the scene,” he added.
The Kiev division of Ukrainian energy operator DTEK said that “due to an enemy attack, an emergency power cut is in force”.
In the Kharkiv region bordering Russia, governor Oleg Sinegubov said there had been 15 attacks.
“The occupiers have once again targeted critical infrastructure,” he said on social media.
Sinegubov said that information on the victims and the scale of the damage was being “clarified”.
In Kharkiv, the region’s main city, mayor Igor Terekhov said “energy infrastructure” had been targeted and that there were “problems” with electricity in some parts of the city.
In the Odessa region, governor Maxim Marchenko said “projectiles damaged the region’s energy infrastructure as well as residential buildings” following a “massive missile strike”.
“Fortunately, there were no casualties,” he said, adding that “power supply restrictions” were in force.
The wave of attacks comes after Russia reported gains in the months-long battle for the industrial city of Bakhmut.
Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, which spearheaded the assault on Bakhmut, claimed on Wednesday that it had captured the eastern part of the city.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Stockholm on the sidelines of a meeting of EU defense ministers on Wednesday: “What we’re seeing is that Russia is throwing in more troops, more forces, and Russia is losing quality.” trying to fulfill.”
“We cannot rule out that Bakhmut may fall in the coming days,” said the head of the US-led military coalition.
Ukrainian officials have warned that the fall of Bakhmut could lead to a Russian advance into eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Mlyar said on Wednesday that the resistance in Bakhmut should be considered a “victory”.
‚ÄúThis is victory – the fact that our troops have been destroying the most powerful and professional ‘Wagner’ units for several months in a row.
“The enemy has superior forces in terms of manpower and weapons, but in these situations, our fighters bravely face the enemy on an almost equal basis,” he said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Kiev on Wednesday also hosted UN chief Antonio Guterres, who was on his third visit to Ukraine invasion of russia,
Guterres stressed the need to pursue a deal that has allowed Ukraine to export its grain but is about to expire.
“I would like to underline the critical importance of the rollover of the Black Sea Grain Initiative on 18 March,” Guterres said.
At their meeting in Stockholm, EU defense ministers also discussed plans to send one billion euros worth of ammunition to Ukraine, as pressure mounts on Kiev’s allies to ramp up supplies for the war effort.
Ukraine’s Western backers have warned Kiev is facing a severe shortage of 155-millimetre howitzer shells as it fires thousands of them every day in the battle against the Russian offensive.
“The current rate of consumption is not sustainable compared to the current rate of production of ammunition, and therefore we need to increase production,” Stoltenberg said.

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