Ukrainian first responders attempt to control a fire at a Kharkiv power plant on Sunday, September 11.
Ukrainian authorities have accused the Russians of bombing strategic infrastructure, which led to power cuts in the east of the country. Meanwhile, kyiv launched a counteroffensive that broke through Russian lines.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed on Sunday that Russia was responsible for power cuts affecting eastern Ukraine and accused Moscow of deliberately hitting civilian infrastructure in a bid to deprive light and heating people.
M. Zelensky mentions a complete power cut in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions and a partial [cut] in the Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy regions, in a social media statement blaming Russian terrorists.
No military infrastructure was targeted, the Ukrainian president added. Power cuts affect territories where millions of people lived before the war.
The Kharkiv streets are plunged into darkness after bombings on “essential infrastructure” that kyiv attributes to Moscow.
Oleg Sinegoubov, the governor of the northeastern Kharkiv region where kyiv claimed the greatest territorial gains during its counteroffensive, said on social media that the Russian military struck critical infrastructure in the area. region and its eponymous capital.
According to Mr. Sinegoubov, there is no more water or electricity in several towns. Emergency services are trying to control fires at sites that have been struck.
The governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region (center-east), Dmytro Reznichenko, also blamed the Russians for the power cuts in his area.
“Several cities and towns in the Dnipropetrovsk region are without electricity. The Russians hit the energy infrastructure. They can't come to terms with their defeat on the battlefield.
— Dmytro Reznichenko, Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
His counterpart in the Sumy region (east) said the water and electricity cuts affected at least 135 towns and villages in his jurisdiction.
Des AFP journalists in Kramatorsk, in the Donetsk region (east), confirmed that the cuts also affected this city, one of the largest in the east still under Ukrainian control. The regional governor also reported cuts elsewhere in his area.
At the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, reactor number 6 was disconnected from the power grid on Sunday before dawn, and preparations are underway for its cooling, Ukrainian operator Energoatom said.
< p class="e-p">For three days, this reactor remained the only one to produce the electricity necessary for cooling the nuclear fuel and for the security of the site.
Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspected the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
According to Energoatom, the decision to shut it down was taken after the restoration, on Saturday evening, of the power supply outside the site with one of the transmission lines. However, the situation of the plant still remains precarious.
In the event of further damage to the transmission lines connecting the site to the electrical system – the risk of which remains high – internal needs [ of the site] will have to be provided by generators running on diesel, warned Energoatom, renewing its call for the establishment of a demilitarized zone around the plant, the only way according to him to ensure this. security.
In a telephone conversation with his French counterpart, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of the catastrophic consequences that regular Ukrainian attacks on this complex of six reactors, including the radioactive waste repository.
Emmanuel Macron retorted that the Russian occupation was the cause of the risks hanging over this southern power plant. Ukraine, the largest in Europe, and asked him to remove all weapons.