7 killed in shelling in Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital: Report 25Nov 2022

7 killed in shelling in Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital, Ukraine struggled to reconnect water and electricity services to millions of people....

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7 killed in shelling in Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital
7 killed in shelling in Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital

7 killed in shelling in Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital

Ukraine struggled to reconnect water and electricity services to millions of people after Russia launched dozens of cruise missiles that damaged Ukraine’s already crippled power grid.

Ukraine’s energy system is on the brink of collapse and millions of people have suffered emergency blackouts in recent weeks following systematic Russian bombing of the grid.

The World Health Organization has warned of “deadly” consequences and has estimated that millions of people could be forced to leave their homes as a result.

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As of Thursday evening, more than 24 hours after the Russian attacks in Kyiv, the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said 60 percent of households were still facing emergency power cuts. However, city officials said water services had been fully restored.

But seven people were killed in the shelling in Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital, said Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Kyiv regional military administration.

A senior official said Thursday the latest attack killed at least four people and wounded 10 in the southern city of Kherson, recently annexed by Ukraine.

“Russian invaders opened fire on a residential area with multiple rocket launchers. A large building caught fire,” Yaroslav Yanushevich, head of the Kherson military administration, said on a telegram.

The latest attacks on the power grid come with the onset of winter and temperatures in the capital hovering just above freezing.

Ukraine accused the Russian military of launching about 70 cruise missiles as well as drones, which killed 10 people and injured about 50.

But Russia’s Defense Ministry denied hitting any targets inside Kyiv and insisted that Ukrainian and foreign air defense systems had caused the damage.

Not a single target was hit inside the city of Kyiv, it said.

Moscow is targeting power facilities in an apparent attempt to force a surrender after a nine-month war that has seen its military fail most of its stated territorial objectives.

“The way they fight and target civilian infrastructure can cause nothing but fury,” said Oleksiy Yakovlenko, chief administrator of a hospital in the city of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine.

Despite repeated blackouts, Yakovlenko said his resolve was unwavering.

7 killed in shelling in Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital
7 killed in shelling in Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital

“If they expect us to fall on our knees and crawl to them, it won’t happen,” Yakovlenko told AFP.

Russian soldiers have suffered defeat on the battlefield. This month they withdrew from the only regional capital they had captured, destroying key infrastructure after retreating south to Kherson.

The head of the Kherson military administration, Yaroslav Yanushevich, said on Thursday that at least four people had been killed in the Russian strikes.

“Russian invaders opened fire on a residential area with multiple rocket launchers. A large building caught fire,” he said on Telegram.

Ukraine’s prosecutors also said on Thursday that authorities had discovered a total of nine torture sites used by the Russians in Kherson, as well as “the bodies of 432 killed civilians”.

7 killed in shelling in Vyshgorod, on the outskirts of the capital

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