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Ukraine's electricity, water resources are again under Russian attack

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Airstrikes on Tuesday cut off electricity and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians, as part of what the country’s president is calling an expanding Russian campaign to plunge the country into cold and darkness. and make peace talks impossible.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that about a third of power plants in Ukraine were destroyed last week, causing “major power cuts across the country”.

“There is no room left for negotiations with the Putin regime,” he tweeted.

Depriving people of water, electricity and heat with the onset of biting in winter and widespread use of so-called suicide drones flying through the nose Achieving goals opened a new phase in the war of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bombardments seem to aim to erode remarkable flexibility. Ukrainians have demonstrated in about eight months since the invasion of Moscow.

Meanwhile, things continued to be “very difficult” for Russian troops in the southern region along the front line and in the city of Kherson, according to Russia’s new commander, Sergei Surovikin.

He told reporters in Moscow that the Russian military would help evacuate civilians ahead of an expected Ukrainian attack.

Kherson is one of four territories illegally annexed by Russia last month. Residents of Berislav, Belozersky, Snigiryovsky and Alexandrovsky will be removed from Russian troops building “large-scale defensive fortifications” along the Dnieper River, regional head Vladimir Saldo said on Tuesday.

Saldo urged residents to remain calm and said they would “remain under the reliable protection of the Russian army.”

Also on Friday, Saldo urged Kherson residents to evacuate. Russian authorities are promising free travel and accommodation to those going to Russia, which is the only way out they offer.

Across Ukraine, even far from the front lines, essential services are no longer definitive, daily Russian strikes extend far into the country and damage important facilities.

The last city to be deprived of power was Zhytomyr, about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of Kiev, home to military bases, industries, and leafy boulevards. The mayor said the entire city of 250,000 initially lost electricity and water. Regional officials said repairs quickly reconnected some homes, but 150,000 people were still without electricity hours after the morning strike.

In Zhytomyr, 33-year-old computer repairman Pavlo Raboschuk said that only small shops are open without electricity on the way to work.

“I can only think of swearing,” he said. With dehydrated food, warm clothing, and batteries already stocked at home, he’s getting ready for a “hard and dark winter.”

Mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn said city hospitals had switched to backup power following a double missile attack on an energy facility on Tuesday.

City officials said missile strikes damaged two power plants in the capital, Kiev, and killed two. The operator of the facility said the attack left 50,000 people without power for several hours.

The missiles also severely damaged a power plant in the south-central city of Dnipro, and the attacks hit the northeastern Sumy region.

Russia is mixing up the methods of attack.

The regional governor said suicide drones set fire to an infrastructure facility in the partially Russian-occupied southern Zaporizhzhia region.

Air defense S-300 missiles, reused by Russia as ground attack weapons as their stocks dwindlewas used to hit the southern city of Mykolaiv. In the eastern city of Kharkiv, eight rockets fired from the close border with Russia hit an industrial area, the regional governor said.

In Zhytomyr, school principal Iryna Kolodzynska got the students back to their desks within 30 minutes of the airstrike. Without power for their computers, they used the whiteboard to work on their math equations.

“We must not be destroyed,” he said. “There are areas that have suffered much more from war than we do.”

Waves of explosive-laden suicide drones also hit Kiev on Monday.. One crashed into a residential building, four people died.

Iranian-made Shahed drones that hit Kiev have also been widely deployed elsewhere in Ukraine in recent weeks. An Associated Press photographer caught one on camera on Monday, clearly showing its triangular wing and pointed warhead, but the Kremlin refused to confirm their use.

The UN Security Council scheduled closed consultations on Iranian-made drones Wednesday afternoon at the request of the US, UK and France. They claim that supplying them to Russia violated the 2015 UN Security Council resolution ratifying the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the six countries.

Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence, a Western official said that instead of shrinking Russia’s military, Russia is pursuing a strategy of “trying to destroy Ukraine’s power grid” with long-range attacks that cause civilian casualties.

We can see that Iranian drones “are playing an increasingly important role, but Ukraine has effectively neutralized many of them before they reach their goals,” he said.

In a televised speech Monday night, Zelenskyy said Russia used drones because it lost ground in the war.

Russia has no chance on the battlefield and is trying to make up for its military defeats with terrorism,” he said. To put pressure on us, on Europe, on the whole world.”

Zelenskyy’s tweet refusing to meet with Putin is not the first time he has said he will not negotiate with the Russian leader. Russia and Ukraine had several rounds of talks in the first month after the invasion of Moscow, but they broke up. The Kremlin said talks could only be possible if Ukraine meets Russia’s demands and agrees to seize territory on Ukrainian territory. Ukraine flatly refused negotiations on these terms

In other developments:

– Ukraine’s nuclear power operator said Russian forces detained two more senior workers at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.. Energoatom said their whereabouts are unknown. The whereabouts of another executive, who was detained in early October, is also unknown.

— In Russia, the death toll rises to 15 after a Russian warplane crashed into a residential area on Monday. Su-34 bomber crashed The Defense Ministry said it was after one of its engines caught fire during takeoff for a training mission in the port city of Yeysk. Officials said both crew members survived, but the plane crashed into a neighborhood, causing a massive fire.

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