Kiev residents hold their own as repair teams work to restore power and water after heavy Russian attacks

Residents of Ukraine’s bombed-out capital grabbed empty bottles for water and crowded cafes for power and heat, defiantly switching to survival mode after new Russian missile strikes devastated the city and much of the country a day earlier. had poured dark.

In scenes that are hard to believe in a city of 3 million, some Kiev residents resorted to collecting rainwater from downspouts while repair crews worked to reconnect supplies.

Friends and relatives exchanged messages to find out who had electricity and water restored.

The previous day’s airstrike on Ukraine’s power grid left many with neither.

Cafes in Kiev quickly became oases of comfort on Thursday.

Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old investment banker, woke up to find that the water had been reconnected to his third-floor flat, but the power was not connected.

His freezer defrosted in the blackout, leaving a puddle on his floor.

So he got into a taxi and crossed the Dnieper River from the left bank to the right bank, to a café he had noticed had remained open after previous Russian attacks.

Sure, it served hot drinks, hot food and there was wifi.

People walk past a cafe with red and yellow lights shining against a dark night.
Cafes have become important places for Kiev residents to get food, drink and internet.(AP: Evgeny Maloletka)

“I’m here because there’s heating, coffee and light,” he said.

“Here is life.”

Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko said about 70 percent of the Ukrainian capital was still without power Thursday morning.

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But Ukrainians say that if Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to break them, he should think again.

“No one will compromise their will and principles just for electricity,” says Alina Dubeiko, 34.

She said she would rather be without power than live with the Russian invasion, which crossed the nine-month mark on Thursday.

“Without light or you? Without you,” she said, echoing President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s remarks when Russia unleashed the first of what has now become a series of air strikes on key Ukrainian infrastructure on Oct. 10.

People get their things from a damaged house, with one passing things from a smashed window to another.
Authorities said seven people were killed and dozens injured after Russian attacks in and around Kiev.(AP: Efrem Lukatsky)

Western leaders denounced the bombings.

“Strikes against civilian infrastructure are war crimes,” French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov acknowledged on Thursday that it had targeted Ukrainian energy facilities.

But he said they were related to Ukraine’s military command and control system and the aim was to disrupt the flow of Ukrainian troops, weapons and ammunition to the front lines.

Authorities for Kiev and the wider Kiev region reported a total of seven dead and dozens injured.

Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said: “We are carrying out attacks on infrastructure in response to the rampant flow of weapons to Ukraine and Kiev’s reckless calls to defeat Russia.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also tried to pin the blame for the deprivation of the population on the government of Ukraine.

“The leadership of Ukraine has every chance to return the situation to normal, has every chance to resolve the situation in such a way as to meet the demands of the Russian side and, accordingly, end all possible suffering of the civilian population Peskov said. said.

Kherson under its heaviest bombardment

In Kiev, the city’s mayor said engineers are “doing their best” to restore electricity.

Water repair teams also made progress.

A truck with a missile launcher on the back fires a missile while a soldier stands nearby.
The Ukrainian army battles Russian troops on the front line near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.(AP: LIBKOS)

In the early afternoon, Mr Klitschko announced that water supply had been restored throughout the capital, with the caveat that “some consumers may still experience low water pressure”.

Electricity, heat and water gradually returned elsewhere.

In Ukraine’s southeastern Dnepropetrovsk region, the governor announced that 3,000 miners trapped underground due to power outages had been rescued.

To help residents deal with the lack of power and water, authorities have opened more than 3,700 heated areas offering hot meals, electricity and internet.

Kiev residents charge their devices and warm up in the tent.
Kiev residents charge their devices, connect to the Internet and warm up in the centers.(Reuters: Valentin Ogirenko)

As Kiev and other cities rebounded, Kherson came under the heaviest bombardment on Thursday since Ukrainian forces retook the southern city two weeks ago.

The barrage of rockets killed four people outside a coffee shop and a woman was also killed next to her home, witnesses said.

Intensified Russian attacks hit residential and commercial buildings on Thursday, setting some on fire, blowing ash into the air and shattering glass in the streets.

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Residents are slowly returning to looted towns in eastern Ukraine.(Greg Jennett)

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