Kharkiv without electricity and water after Russian strike
Russian airstrikes in the Kharkiv region have destroyed key infrastructure.
The region lost electricity and water supply again on Monday due to Russian bombardment.
“The situation from last night is repeating itself again,” Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said on Telegram. “Due to the shelling, critical infrastructure has been disabled leading to the loss of electricity and water supply in Kharkiv.”
Terekhov said earlier Monday that 80% of electricity and water supplies had been restored after Sunday’s outage.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian Federation‘s goal was to “deprive people of light and heat”.
“Even through the impenetrable darkness, Ukraine and the civilized world clearly see these terrorist acts,” Zelensky said on Telegram. “Deliberate and cynical missile strikes on critical civilian infrastructure. No military installations.
An employee working at a Kharkiv power and heating plant was killed during the strike on Sunday, according to the head of the military civil administration of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Synehubov.
“As a result of the strikes on critical infrastructure in Kharkiv, one man – a company employee – died. Rescuers are continuing their search,” Synehubov said on Telegram.
In the city of Izium, more than 80% of the city’s infrastructure was destroyed, according to city council member Maksym Strelnikov.
This includes multi-story buildings and private homes, businesses, government institutions, educational institutions and industrial facilities, Strelnikov said during a Monday briefing.
“The central heating system, which was used by the majority of residents in winter, is damaged, so those would be the challenges for local authorities,” Strelnikov said.
He also said that at least 1,000 civilians died, mostly due to a lack of medical care, after Russian forces destroyed health facilities.
“The occupiers looted all the pharmacies, so there was no access to medicine,” he said. “This is the most pressing issue at the moment, with the residents of Izium being hospitalized, in need of urgent medical attention.”