Russian attacks leave Ukraine without power and water

burned out transformers and destroyed infrastructure as a result of Russian shelling of Ukraine
Burned out transformers and destroyed infrastructure as a result of Russian shelling of Ukraine (Image: Shutterstock)

A barrage of attacks by Russian forces has increasingly left Kyiv residents without power and water, according to Reuters.

Disruptions are becoming increasingly common after Russia began targeting the country’s energy systems in late March, cutting out half of its generating capacity.

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Parts of Kyiv are frequently plunged into darkness, with many residents forced to use  generators and flashlights at night.

“The main challenge is the lack of water,” Valeriy Tkalich told Reuters.

“For cooking, we also had to adjust and purchase a small gas camping stove to heat stuff up. With [a] baby, it seriously complicates our reality.”

It’s a bleak outlook with winter approaching, and Russian forces intensifying missile and drone attacks on Ukraine’s thermal and hydropower stations.

Australia will provide a further $20 million in financial assistance to Ukraine after its ambassador issued a written plea for coal supplies to help keep the nation’s power grid operating.

Ukraine’s Ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko said every single power plant in Ukraine had been targeted or sustained damage, with the country facing widespread blackouts.

Australia declined to provide coal shipments, instead offering the $20 million in financial aid to the Ukraine Energy Support Fund, which will help provide heat and electricity for Ukrainians.

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Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said, “Australia’s $20 million contribution to the Ukraine Energy Support Fund will be used meet the highest priority energy needs and support the Ukrainian people.

“As Russia intensifies its brutal attacks on the people of Ukraine, we also recognise the need for life-saving humanitarian assistance.”

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