Power outages reported in Kyiv after Russia attacked “critical infrastructure” in the capital

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Kyiv, Ukraine – Russian missile attacks hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Wednesday, officials said, damaging energy infrastructure, the latest in a series of systematic attacks that have caused nationwide power outages as temperatures plummet.

“The enemy launches rocket attacks on critical infrastructure in the city of Kyiv. Stay in temporary shelters until the air alert ends,” the Kyiv city government said on social media. Meanwhile, AFP journalists reported power outages in northern and central Kyiv.

Energy operator DTEK said that after the strikes “emergency power cuts were imposed in Kyiv”.

The engineers are doing “everything possible to stabilize the situation as quickly as possible,” said DTEK. “A few more explosions in different districts of the capital,” Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram, adding that emergency services and medics were at the scene.

Kyiv Region Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said the Russians had hit “residential buildings and critical infrastructure facilities in the region (Kyiv). There is a threat of repeated shelling. Stay in shelters!”

The World Health Organization warned Monday that millions of Ukrainian lives are at risk this winter as the country’s power grid struggles under a barrage of Russian attacks.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament recognized Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” over its nine-month invasion of Ukraine and called on the 27-nation EU to follow suit.

Earlier, Ukrainian emergency services said Russian missiles hit a hospital in Vilniansk, a city in the southern Zaporizhia region, home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant under Russian control.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the strikes as Russian “terror and murder”.

Official footage showed rescue workers with hard hats and attached headlamps attempting to dig out a man trapped waist-deep in rubble.

“The two-story maternity ward building was destroyed,” emergency services said in a statement, adding that a woman, a baby and a doctor were in the building at the time of the attack.

“The baby… died. The woman and doctor were rescued from the rubble,” they added. No one else was trapped under the rubble.

“Sorrow fills our hearts,” said Oleksandr Starukh, head of the Zaporizhia region.

In this photo provided by the Zaporizhia Region Military Administration, Ukrainian firefighters work in a damaged maternity ward of a hospital in Vilniansk, Zaporizhia Region, Ukraine, November 23, 2022. (Zaporizhia Region Military Administration via AP)

The strikes are only the last to hit Ukrainian medical facilities since Russia invaded on February 24.

The World Health Organization has warned that recent systematic attacks on the power grid are causing severe disruption in Ukrainian hospitals.

At least three people were killed in a notorious attack on a hospital in the war-torn coastal city of Mariupol last March, an attack widely condemned by Ukraine and its allies and which Moscow insisted was “staged”.

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