During an operation on a child’s heart at the Heart Institute in Kyiv, the power went out – the lights went out right in the middle of the operation, announced the Nexta channel. Fortunately, the clinic has a generator, thanks to which the doctors were able to complete the procedure without any major problems.
Russia launched another large-scale air strike on Ukraine on Wednesday, killing several people and causing blackouts, according to Ukrainian authorities. Authorities announced the same day that the capital was without water and the adjacent Kyiv region was without power.
“Seventy percent of the capital is still without electricity,” Klitschko said on Telegram, saying that energy companies are making maximum efforts to ensure that supplies are fully restored as soon as possible. “We have already restored water supplies on the left bank of the city. On the right bank, we plan to restore them in the morning hours,” he added. There are no trams in the Ukrainian capital today, the town hall has deployed alternative bus services on seven lines.
According to the Minister of Energy Halushchenko, after Wednesday’s Russian attacks, there was a large-scale blackout of electricity supplies, but this morning, however, the energy system was stabilized and the supply of critically important objects was restored. “We expect the nuclear power plants to start operating by the evening, so the (electricity) deficit will reduce,” said the minister according to the Unian agency.
The deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, announced that as of this morning, supplies have been fully or partially restored in 16 Ukrainian regions. According to him, the supply of heat and water is gradually being restored. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said last night that he expects the restoration of electricity supplies in Kyiv this morning.
“There is no electricity, heating or water. The temperature outside is around zero. The apartment is still warm from the previous days. We’ll see how long it lasts.” described the situation in Kyiv Tymofij Mylovanov, former Minister of Economy, who now heads the Kyiv School of Economics. “Water is another problem. The toilets are the problem. We have about 100 liters of water in stock. There is also snow on our balcony. It’s a surprisingly large supply of water.” he added. According to him, mobile signal and banks are working and stores are sufficiently stocked with food. However, cash is often required for payment, as the bank card terminals do not work.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said last night that the restoration of electricity supplies in Kyiv is expected this morning. Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24. In recent weeks, Moscow, facing setbacks on the battlefield and withdrawing from a number of previously occupied territories, has launched an all-out attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. As a result, Ukraine is experiencing widespread power outages.
Today, despite the differences of opinion, the prime ministers of the countries of the Visegrad Group (V4 – Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czechia) confirmed the common approach in helping and supporting Ukraine. This was stated by the Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala after the joint meeting, according to which there is a need to help Ukraine financially as well.
The Kyiv City Council awarded former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the title of honorary citizen. This was announced today by the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitaly Klitschko. In office, Johnson was one of the biggest supporters of Ukraine in its defense against the Russian invasion, he visited Kyiv three times this year.
“Boris has repeatedly visited the Ukrainian capital – both in calm and in the most dramatic period of our fight against the Russian aggressor. Johnson has done and, I believe, will continue to do everything possible to ensure that the UK and world leaders provide the necessary assistance to Ukraine.” wrote Klitschko on Telegram.
“We are waiting for you again in Kyiv to present this honorable award to you!” added Klitschko towards Johnson.
Representatives of the Russian national team wished good luck at the World Cup in Qatar to the “brothers” Serbs, who will enter the tournament today with an evening match against five-time champions Brazil.
Russia and Serbia have traditionally had warm relations, although in September Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he would not recognize the results of referendums held in four Ukrainian regions partially occupied by the Russian military. “Good luck at the World Cup. We believe in your success, brothers,” wrote representatives of the Russian team on social networks. Russian football players were excluded from participating in the qualifying play-off due to the invasion of Ukraine.
According to Reuters, it can be expected that some Serbian fans will arrive at the stadium in Lusail with Serbian flags. This does not break the rules, as long as none of the banners contain Russian military symbols. Flags carried into stadiums are thoroughly checked during the World Cup.
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