Several regions in Ukraine have reported interruptions to electricity and water supplies in freezing temperatures after around 70 Russian missiles were fired at targets across the country.
The Ukrainian Air Force said the vast majority of missiles were intercepted, but some appear to have hit their targets.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Russia “tried to carry out its criminal plan – to plunge Ukraine into darkness and cold. The enemy has once again failed in its plan.”
“The country’s energy system is functioning and remains intact,” Shmyhal added.
But he added that there had been “impacts on electrical installations in Kyiv region, Vinnytsia region and Odessa region. In some regions, emergency shutdowns were forced to balance the system and avoid accidents. Rescuers are already working to eliminate the consequences of the attack”.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted that the missile attacks showed Ukraine still needed more air defences.
“Russia has fired another barrage of missiles at our critical civilian infrastructure trying to deprive people of electricity, water and heat in freezing temperatures. The more war crimes Russia commits, the more aid must be provided. arms to Ukraine to end Russian terrorism sooner,” he added. kuleba tweeted.
Areas affected: Odessa appears to have been among the hardest hit regions. Maksym Marchenko, head of the Odessa regional administration, said energy infrastructure was damaged and civilian buildings were also hit, injuring two people.
“Currently, there is no electricity supply in the city of Odessa and in most communities of the Odessa district. All services are on the ground and have already started to restore the power supply” , the official said.
One of Ukraine’s main electricity providers, DTEK, said there were “emergency blackouts” in the Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions. These are in addition to the scheduled power outages already in effect.
“We will resume stabilization programs as soon as the power system situation stabilizes,” DTEK said.
Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Kyiv region military administration, told Ukrainian television that “an energy infrastructure facility was hit in the Kyiv region. The attack was extremely dynamic, there was many targets. We will be able to give a clearer analysis of what happened in the next two hours. I can say that we do not see any critical consequences.”
Kuleba added: “Current shutdowns are currently continuing in the Kyiv region. Currently, about 40% of subscribers are without power. This is an emergency stop. We are currently consulting on when we will be able to supply electricity to all consumers.
The Ivano-Frankivsk region also reported power outages following Russian missile attacks on Monday, with the head of the region’s state administration Svitlana Onyshchuk saying the regional electricity distribution company Electricity had reported that “due to the massive bombardment of energy infrastructure facilities, ” NPC Ukrenergo had reduced electricity capacity in the Prykarpattia region by a third. Prykarpattia is located near the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine.