“70 percent of the capital is without electricity,” said Mayor Vitaly Klitschko on his Telegram channel on Thursday. At least it was possible to supply the districts on the left bank of the Dnipro with water again. Municipal services are working flat out to repair the damage, but Kiev’s electricity supply also depends on the stability of the entire energy system in Ukraine.
Journalists reported that they had never seen the city so dark. The administration of the three-million-inhabitant metropolis wanted to use hand-operated sirens and loudspeakers to warn of possible further air raids in parts of the city without electricity. “The situation in Kyiv is difficult,” said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Russia shot down about 70 missiles and drones on Ukraine on Wednesday. According to the Air Force, 51 missiles and five drones were intercepted. But the remaining missiles killed ten people and again caused serious damage. The country’s nuclear power plants shut down, and most thermal and hydroelectric power plants failed, the Energy Ministry said. Large-scale blackouts occurred.
Zelenskyi: “Crimes against humanity”
“The occupiers do everything to make people suffer, so that we don’t even feel or see each other,” President Zelenskyy said in his evening video address. He was also connected to an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York and described the attacks on the power grid as “crimes against humanity”. Moscow should be condemned as a “terrorist state”. The meeting of the council had previously been put on the agenda at short notice after Zelenskyj’s request.
By the evening, 2,750 emergency contact points had been put into operation nationwide, with heating, light, water, internet and telephone for citizens. More than 4,000 such “stability points” in schools and administration buildings have already been prepared nationwide, it said the day before. More should follow.
Macron wants to talk to Putin again
French President Emmanuel Macron described the attacks on electricity and water supplies as war crimes that should have consequences. At the same time, Macron announced that he would soon be in contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin again. The US and Germany also condemned the attacks. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Putin to withdraw his troops and agree to peace talks with Ukraine.
In the UN Security Council, the UN representative for political affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, had strongly condemned the attacks on critical infrastructure. Such attacks are prohibited under international human rights law and those responsible must be held accountable for violations.
Russia: Kyiv to take ‘realistic stance’
Russia will continue to decimate Ukraine’s military potential until Kyiv takes a “realistic stance” on negotiations, Moscow’s UN ambassador Vasily Nebensia told the Security Council. The attacks on infrastructure are the answer “to the country being pumped full of Western weapons and the unwise calls for Kyiv to achieve a military victory over Russia”. Ukraine aims to expel Russian troops from all occupied territories.
At a defense summit of former Soviet republics, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for a peace agreement. “As for Ukraine, I believe the time has come for a collective search for a peace formula,” Tokayev said at the summit of the Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).