10/21/22 By Jordan Pagkalinawan
The latest Russian attacks on Ukraine have impacted the country’s power plants, during a time when winter is fast-approaching.
Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv, and other prominent areas have been hit by Russian drones and missile strikes over the past few days, leaving citizens cold and powerless. This comes a week after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a retaliatory strike for a Crimean bridge that was destroyed by Ukrainian forces. According to the Associated Press, Putin’s onslaught killed 14 people and wounded over a hundred.
On Tuesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted, “Since Oct 10, 30% of Ukraine’s power stations have been destroyed, causing massive blackouts across the country.”
Ukrainian authorities are working to restore electricity to affected regions before repairing water and gas infrastructure. Heat will be restored thereafter. Meanwhile, residents are receiving firewood to brace for the incoming winter, hoping for utilities to be restored to survive the coming months.