As a result of Russia's attacks on Ukraine's critical infrastructure, part of Kyiv has been cut off from electricity and water supplies. Russian forces also struck Zaporozhye, Kharkiv, Cherkasy and Kirovohrad regions.
Ukraine's four most powerful hydroelectric power stations became the targets of the last strikes: Dneprovskaya, Kremenchugskaya, Kanevskaya and Dniesterskaya hydroelectric power stations.
"As a result of attacks on critical infrastructure facilities, part of the capital has been de-energized. There is no water supply in some areas,” Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote in Telegram.
About 80 percent of Kyiv residents have been cut from water supplies, Klitschko also said. He also urged the people of Kiev to stock up on water from nearby pump-rooms or shops.
After the attacks on infrastructure facilities, part of Ukraine's railway lines were de-energised, the Ukrainian Railways said. Diesel locomotives were operationalised.
Russia has been attacking Ukrainian infrastructure since October 10. The strikes followed the explosion of the Crimean Bridge, which, as the Russian authorities said, was organized by the Ukrainian special services. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the Russian forces would be targeting objects of military command control, communications and energy systems.
As much as 40 percent of Ukraine's energy infrastructure have been damaged so far, Oleksandr Kharchenko, adviser to the Minister of Energy of Ukraine said on October 19. The Kyiv authorities introduced emergency power outages for an indefinite period of time. The city authorities believe that the city may experience a complete blackout that in the worst case may shut down heating supply.
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