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Russian strikes leave Kharkiv without power

Russian strikes leave Kharkiv without power

Russian strikes leave Kharkiv without power

Russian strikes leave Kharkiv without power

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  • Russian strikes hit energy stations across Ukraine.
  • It leaves Kharkiv without power.
  • Russian soldiers launched 76 missiles and conducted drone operations.
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Russian strikes hit energy stations across Ukraine, leaving Kharkiv without power for hours.

Russian soldiers launched 76 missiles and conducted drone operations Friday, local officials claimed.

Kharkiv’s mayor reported “colossal” damage. By dusk, 55% had power.

Anastaisa said the strikes began Friday morning.

“The lights started flickering in minutes,” a 2-month-mother old’s said. “Within 10 seconds, we lost power and everything stopped.

“There’s no water because pumping stations can’t work without power, so we have a city without power and water.”

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Oleg Synegubov, chairman of Kharkiv’s regional administration, claimed 55% of city inhabitants and 85% in the northeast had power restored. He stated that power would be restored by midnight.

Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s power system operator, warned that the damage could delay repairs.

The authority said the electricity system lost more than half of its capacity due to the recent strikes and that priority will be given to “essential infrastructure” (hospitals, water supply facilities, heat supply facilities, sewage treatment plants).

Defense Ministry adviser Yuriy Sak said emergency services were working to restore electricity, but the situation was “still challenging.” Russia’s attacks make damage repair harder.

A residential building in Kryvyi Rih killed three and injured 13, while a third person perished in Kherson. Kyiv’s metro halted.

General Valeriy Zaluzhny claimed air defenses intercepted 60 of 76 missiles fired, mostly cruise missiles.

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40 missiles were fired at Kyiv alone, one of the largest barrages since Russia’s 24 February invasion. 37 were shot down, officials said.

Oksana, 42, a capital resident, remarked, “It’s stressful, but I’m used to it.” I don’t want our children to live in basements or shelters.

Ukraine accuses Russia of “weaponizing winter” by attacking key facilities as temperatures drop.

Russia’s strikes cut power in Sumy, which borders Russia, and Poltava and Kremenchuk.

According to Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, 15 rockets were fired at Zaporizhzhia in the south. Damage to energy infrastructure has hampered water supply, and metro lines aren’t working, he said.

Russia has launched almost 1,000 missiles and Iranian-made attack drones since 10 October, although most have been intercepted. Mid-largest November barrage featured 100 missiles and drones.

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UN human rights commissioner Volker Turk warned Thursday that attacks on electricity facilities could “worsen the humanitarian situation and cause additional displacement.”

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal called the latest wave of strikes a “genocidal attempt.”

Some areas only have electricity for a few hours a day.

Yelyzaveta, 21, is angry. “They’re wrecking our lives. We’ve adapted. Russia’s absence is crucial.”

Anastasia says cold makes living harder.

“During the day it’s manageable and I can manage the condition, but at night it’s frustrating since I need to see well to measure baby formula and care for the baby,” she said.

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“Being without power produces strain and stress. We survive the night and the day is a bit better, but not like a normal day.

The strikes came as the EU issued the ninth round of Russian penalties. 200 people and businesses were added to a visa restriction and asset freeze blacklist.

Larisa Falkovskaya, chief of Russia’s Department of State Policy for the Protection of Children’s Rights, was sanctioned for “illegally transporting Ukrainian children to Russia and adopting them.”

Several Russian governors faced similar charges. Since the war began, the EU says the government forcibly deported and adopted more than 2,000 Ukrainian children.

Ukrainian officials believe the deportations violate Geneva Convention Article 49.

Russian-backed proxy officials in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas area accused Ukrainian forces of bombarding a town and a village overnight in Luhansk. Deaths were unconfirmed.

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