Kyiv must be ‘prepared’ for blackout, mayor says, as Ukrainian president warns millions without power

The mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, has warned residents that they must prepare for the worst this winter if Russia continues to hit the country’s energy infrastructure – and that means he is not out of the question. having no electricity, water or heating in the freezing cold.

“We are doing everything to prevent this from happening but, let’s be honest, our enemies are doing everything so that the city is without heat, without electricity and without water and, in general, that we all die,” said Mayor Vitali Klitschko .

Earlier on Friday local time, Mr Klitschko confirmed that 450,000 people were without power in the Ukrainian capital, urging people to use energy sparingly.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation on Sunday that around 4.5 million people were without power.

Russia has been focused on striking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure over the past month, causing power shortages and blackouts across the country.

Kyiv had rolling blackouts every hour on Sunday in parts of the city and surrounding region.

Continued power cuts were also expected in Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv and Poltava regions, Ukraine’s state-owned energy operator said.

Kyiv plans to deploy around 1,000 heating points, but it is unclear whether this will be enough for a city of 3 million people.

As Russia intensifies its attacks on the capital, Ukrainian forces advance south.

Residents of the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson have received warning messages on their phones urging them to evacuate as soon as possible, the Ukrainian military said on Sunday.

Russian soldiers warned civilians that the Ukrainian army was preparing for a massive attack and told people to leave immediately towards the right bank of the city.

Russia suffers heavy losses in Donetsk region, says Zelenskyy

Russia is suffering heavy losses in continuing “ferocious” attacks in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region and preparing new attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure, Zelenskyy said.

“The very ferocious Russian attacks on the Donetsk region are continuing. The enemy is suffering heavy casualties there,” he also said in his nightly video address.

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