Russia’s continued bombardment of energy infrastructure in and around Kiev has left the Ukrainian capital with only enough electricity for about 20% of the city’s 3.3 million residents, officials A situation that forces utilities to conduct longer and more unpredictable outages to maintain stability, energy said. stable grid.
“Unfortunately, ten hours without electricity in Kiev is the new reality,” Serhii Kovalenko, head of the local power company, Yasno, said Monday night.
In latest wave of Russian attacks on Monday, the Ukrainian Air Force reported that it shot down 30 of about 35 drones that targeted targets across the country, but Kovalenko said that a critical part of the infrastructure in Kiev was attacked. . That strike knocked out power to households and businesses on the right bank of the Dnipro River that flows through the city centre.
All of the city’s vital infrastructure has electricity, he said, including hospitals, water utilities and the subway. But officials could not say when utility operators would be able to provide a reliable blackout schedule, which would allow the capital’s roughly two million wartime residents to better plan their lives. their daily lives.
The days of repeated bombardment are over tens of millions of Ukrainians across the country are grappling with increasingly prolonged periods without heat, electricity and running water. After each strike, utility workers raced to repair, but those efforts became more difficult with each new attack on already devastated infrastructure.
As winter blankets the country and temperatures drop below freezing, central heating, heating millions of homes, is also at stake. A survey released on Tuesday by the International Relief Commission, an aid group, found that 25% of those forced from their homes by fighting in Ukraine now live in homes that do not have enough. heating system.
The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, said that due to a power cut in the capital, 10 boiler plants without reliable electricity, the fluctuations are likely to disrupt heating in 144 residential buildings. President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that each wave of Russian missiles and drones could affect tens of millions of people.
Even before the drone strikes on Monday, a missile bombardment on Friday left more than 22 million Ukrainians without power and left another 10 million without water.