By Vassilis Kapoulas
Ukrainian President V. Zelensky confirmed a while ago that 30% of Ukraine’s power plants have been destroyed due to the sweeping Russian bombings of the last few days.
From the 10th of the month until today, the Russians leveled 30% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, V. Zelensky said, noting that this is the cause of the massive power outages in the country.
He tweeted that the attacks had caused mass blackouts across Ukraine and that there was “no room for negotiations” with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine is in a very difficult situation, as Russia continues to attack energy facilities throughout the country day and night
As WarNews247 reported this morning, at least three explosions took place at the TPP-6 thermal power plant in Kyiv.
The Russian armed forces launched massive strikes against Ukrainian cities and towns, hitting military and energy facilities in Kharkiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Kyiv, Krivoy Rog, Zhytomyr.
In Dnepropetrovsk, the TPP Prydniprovska power station was hit and some parts of the city and adjacent areas are without power.
Ukraine’s largest utility company DTEK reported interruptions in electricity and water supply for residents of the capital’s left bank.
In Dnipro, central Ukraine, Governor Valentin Reznichenko announced that two Russian missiles had hit “energy infrastructure” causing “fire and serious damage”.
In the same region, in Pavlograd, Russian shelling caused a “temporary interruption of water supply” and the shutdown of a local pumping station, the city council said.
Breaks in electricity supply, water supply, heating
Kirill Timoshenko, adviser to President B. Zelensky, describes the situation in Ukraine as extremely critical, referring to the Russian missile attacks on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.
“The situation is now critical across the country because our regions are dependent on each other.
It is necessary for the whole country to prepare for the fact that there may be interruptions in electricity, water and heating ,” Timoshenko stressed.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine “the Russian armed forces (…) launched a missile attack against an energy installation on the left bank of the capital Kyiv: according to preliminary information, two people were killed and one was injured.”
Residents of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv have been asked to conserve electricity and water after two critical infrastructure facilities were hit today, October 18, 2022.
“In Kyiv, as a result of the missile attacks of the Russian barbarians, two critical infrastructure facilities were damaged.
Emergency and rescue services are working on the spot, ” the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said on Telegram.
“Currently, the provision of electricity and water services is partially limited in many houses on the left bank of the capital… I appeal to all residents of Kyiv to save as much electricity as possible,” he said.
Video: Cruise missile barrage from Russia
The communication space station was destroyed
In addition, Russia destroyed the space station of the communications center of Ukraine.
To destroy it, a special operation was organized by the Russian Army. After first pinpointing its location, it hit it using high-precision weapons. This creates extremely serious problems for the Ukrainian government to organize operational and secure communications.
“In the area of Palievka settlement, Odesa region, the communications space station of the Government Communications Center of Ukraine was destroyed, ” the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said during a routine briefing.
According to the Russians, “ the consequences of the impact will be seen after the last pass by the Sentinel-2 and WorldView spacecraft.
The type of satellite communication station has not yet been revealed (probably, we are talking about a NATO station), but its destruction will create serious difficulties for Kyiv and the Ukrainian army.”
According to the announcement of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
The Russian military continues to strike Ukraine’s military command and energy systems with long-range precision weapons from the air and sea.
Strikes are also carried out in arsenals with foreign-made ammunition and weapons
The strikes of operational-tactical and military aviation, missile forces and artillery hit targets in the city of Zaporizhzhya, including:
-the headquarters of the troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Dnepr” and facilities for the repair of radar stations “Iskra”, as well as 56 artillery units in fire positions, manpower and military equipment in 132 areas.
-During the anti-artillery battle, two artillery systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed in the areas of Trifonovka and Novonikolaevka settlements in the Kherson region, as well as a platoon of American HIMARS systems. in the Drobyshevo region of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
-Additionally, in Novoivanovka, Nikolaev region, Odnorobovka, Kharkiv region, and Krasny Liman, Donetsk People’s Republic, three ammunition depots were destroyed.
-In the Artyomovsk, Vyemka and Soledar districts of the Donetsk People’s Republic, three US-made anti-artillery AN / TPQ-37 and AN / TPQ-50 radar stations were destroyed.
-In the Petropavlovka region of the Donetsk People’s Republic, artillery of the Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft system was destroyed.
-During the day, 10 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down in the Kirovo, Sukhanovo, Kucherskoye, Dmitrenko regions of the Kherson region, Evgenovka of the Nikolaev region, Zeleny Gai, Vladimirovka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Krasnoselovka, Ternovoye and Energodar of the Zaporizhia region.
Russia used the Inohodets strike UAV
At the same time, after a long time, Russia bombed Ukrainian positions with the Inokhodets (Orion) drone.
The drone destroyed a tank and a TOMA of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the direction of Kherson.