On Wednesday 23 November, Russia carried out a major attack against Ukraine.
The attack led to the vast majority of households in the country losing power, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy. In addition, all the country’s nuclear power plants were switched off at the same time for the first time.
Neighboring Moldova was also affected by the wave of attacks, as large parts of the population were without electricity.
President Volodomyr Zelenskyy said in an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that the attacks on the power grid are a crime against human rights.
Norway’s UN ambassador. Mona Juul, stated that it is a premeditated attack on civilians and civilian infrastructure.
Now several Ukrainians are entering a very tough winter, without both electricity and access to clean water.
Operates with flashlight
The power outage on Wednesday had huge consequences for several people around the country.
In the capital Kyiv, a child had to have heart surgery. The surgeons had opened up the chest to get to the child’s heart, when the electricity went out. It writes The New York Times.
An emergency generator was turned on to keep vital machines running.
Nurses and assistants held flashlights over the operating table so that the surgeons could carry out the operation.
On Instagram, the director of The Heart Institute in Kyiv, Borys Todurov, has posted a video where he says that they are doing well so far.
“But every hour it becomes more difficult,” he writes. According to Todurov, they did not lose any patients that day.
according to CNN in a hospital in Dniprodonetsk, there were dozens of patients who were critically injured and were being operated on when the power went out.
On Facebook, one of the doctors at the hospital, Sergii Ryzhenko, writes that several anesthetists and surgeons donned headlamps. They must have managed to save everyone who was operated on.
According to Ryzhenko, it is the first time in the 35 years the hospital has been in operation that they have been without electricity.
On the night of Thursday, millions of residents were still without electricity, according to the report The New York Times. The country’s energy minister said at 04:00 on Thursday night that they had managed to reconnect the power grid, which opened up the possibility of supplying power directly to critical infrastructure.
A constant hum
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said earlier Thursday that as much as 70 percent of the city was still without power. Some places have regained running water.
In Kyiv, you can according to The Wall Street Journal hear a constant hum of generators located around the city.
The units must be located at kiosks, flower shops and cafes.
The fact that the cafes have electricity means that people flock to them to charge various electronics such as mobile phones.
Pictures from Kyiv show people huddled together in tents, where residents can charge phones and get into the heat.
Several people tell stories about burning wood stoves with both wood and everything else that burns.
– It is a very difficult time, but we are sure that we will win in the end, says a woman whom The Wall Street Journal has spoken to.