DIRECT. War in Ukraine: kyiv struggles to restore power to millions of homes plunged into darkness

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Life in Ukraine is now punctuated by power cuts. In the capital, kyiv, the authorities were working on Friday, November 25 to repair energy infrastructure, damaged by massive Russian strikes. Millions of Ukrainians find themselves without heat and light as winter sets in. Fifteen regions are experiencing problems with the water and electricity supply. “The situation with electricity remains difficult in almost all regions. However, we are gradually moving away from the cuts and every hour we are reconnecting the electricity for new consumers”, assured President Volodymyr Zelensky. Follow our live.

The new Russian strategy will not make kyiv flinch. President Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow’s new strategy to plunge Ukraine into darkness would not weaken his country’s resolve. “It’s a war of strength, of resilience, it’s about who is the strongest”he said, in an interview with the British daily FinancialTimes released on Friday.

A heavy toll after the Russian strikes. Russia fired around 70 cruise missiles at the country on Wednesday, of which 51 were shot down, according to kyiv. Ten people were killed and 50 others injured, said Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriï Kostine. In total, “eight energy installations” were affected, he said.

Distribution of passports by Moscow. The Kremlin announced on Thursday that it had distributed Russian passports to more than 80,000 residents of four annexed Ukrainian territories, making them “citizens of the Russian Federation”.

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