February 9, 2023

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Satellite imagery appears to show the destruction at the Russian air base

ImageSat International published images showing what appears to be the aftermath of an explosion at the Dyagilevo air base in Russia.
Members of the public pray at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv on December 4. (Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images)

Several regions in Ukraine reported power and water supplies were cut off amid freezing temperatures after some 70 Russian missiles were fired at targets across the country.

The Ukrainian Air Force said the vast majority of the missiles were intercepted, but some appeared to have reached their targets.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Russia “tried to implement its criminal plan – to plunge Ukraine into darkness and cold. The enemy once again failed in its plan.”

“The country’s energy system is functioning and remains intact,” Shmyhal added.

But he said there were “injuries to power facilities in the Kyiv region, Vinnitsa region and Odessa region. In some regions, emergency shutdowns have been forced to balance order and avoid accidents. Rescuers are already working to eliminate the consequences of the attack.”

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter that the missile attacks showed that Ukraine still needed more air defences.

“Russia unleashed yet another volley of missiles at our vital civilian infrastructure in an attempt to deprive people of electricity, water and heat amid freezing temperatures. The more war crimes Russia commits, the more weapons must be provided to Ukraine to end Russian terrorism sooner.” coliba chirp.

Affected areas: Odessa appears to have been among the hardest hit regions. The energy infrastructure was damaged, and civilian buildings were injured, as a result of which two people were injured, said Maxim Marchenko, head of the Odessa regional state administration.

“Currently, there is no electricity supply in the city of Odessa and most of the communities in the Odessa region. All services are on the ground and they have already started to restore electricity,” the official said.

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DTEK, one of Ukraine’s main electricity companies, said there were “emergency blackouts” in the Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions. These are in addition to the scheduled power outages already in effect.

“We will resume stabilization schedules once the situation in the power system has stabilized,” DTEK said.

Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the military administration of the Kyiv region, said on Ukrainian television that “an energy infrastructure facility was bombed in the Kyiv region. The attack was very dynamic, there were many targets. We will be able to give a clearer analysis of what happened in the next two hours. I can Saying we don’t see any serious consequences.”

Kuleba added: “The emergency shutdown is going on in the Kyiv region now. Currently, about 40% of subscribers are without power. This is an emergency shutdown. We are currently consulting about when we will be able to provide power to all consumers.”

The Ivano-Frankivsk region also reported power outages as a result of the Russian missile attacks on Monday, with the head of the region’s state administration, Svetlana Onychuk, saying that the regional energy distribution company reported that “due to the massive bombing of energy infrastructure facilities,” the National People’s Congress of Ukraine reduced Electricity capacity in the region of Perkarpattia increased by a third. Prykarpattia is located near the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine.