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In the aftermath of Russia’s devastating strikes on energy infrastructure on Saturday in Kyiv and seven other regions of the country Ukraine’s state electricity operator announced blackouts.

With missiles and drones the move comes as Russian forces continue to pound Ukrainian cities and villages, inflicting damage on power plants, water supplies and other civilian targets that is nearing its nine-month mark in a grinding war.

For the first time acknowledged supplying Moscow before the invasion but the drones it has used in Ukraine came from Iran that Russia has denied With “a limited number” of drones  the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister on Saturday. 

To stop the conflict however, Tehran didn’t know if its drones were used against Ukraine and stated Iran’s commitment, Hossein Amirabdollahian claimed.

Scheduled blackouts will take place in the capital and the greater Kyiv region, as well as several regions around it Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Poltava and Kharkiv, Ukrenergo, the sole operator of Ukraine’s high-voltage transmission lines, initially said in a an online statement on Saturday.

There will be emergency outages for a specific number of hours and aren’t enough instead, which could last an indefinite amount of time. The company released an update saying later in the day, that scheduled outages.

Since Russia started unleashing massive barrages of missile and drone strikes on the country’s energy infrastructure last month Ukraine has been grappling with power outages and the disruption of water supplies.

The region that Russia illegally annexed in 2014. Moscow has said those came in response to what it alleged were Ukrainian attacks on Crimea, and thus Ukraine has denied those allegations.

By Russian shelling of nine Ukrainian regions, where drones, missiles and heavy artillery were used, according to Ukraine’s presidential office at least three civilians were killed and eight others were wounded over the past 24 hours.

The presidential office said in the Russian-occupied Kherson region, where a Ukrainian counteroffensive is underway, the Russian military continues to abduct local residents.

Dnipropetrovsk Gov. Valentyn Reznichenko said on Telegram about 40 shells were fired overnight at the city of Nikopol. As they have done repeatedly since July, the Russian forces targeted the city and the areas around it with heavy artillery. 

Two fires broke out, as well as a gas pipeline, were damaged and more than a dozen residential and utility buildings, he said. 

Ukrainian forces shot down a drone and another projectile, elsewhere in the region, according to Reznichenko.

Mykolaiv Gov. Vitali Kim said on Telegram that in the southern Mykolaiv region, the overnight shelling of rural areas damaged several houses but didn’t cause any casualties.

At the southeastern Zaporizhzhia region Russian forces also fired missiles, by Moscow and large parts of it remain occupied which has been illegally annexed. 

According to the regional Gov. Oleksandr Starukh the attack took place shortly after midnight and damaged three businesses, as well as a number of cars.

Eight Ukrainian cities and villages were shelled including Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Porkovsk in the eastern Donetsk region, also annexed and partially occupied by Russia.

An attempt on the life of a Moscow-appointed judge of the region’s Supreme Court in Donetsk, Russian-installed authorities reported. Kremlin-backed officials said Alexander Nikulin, who was on a judicial panel that in June was sentenced to death, two Britons and a Moroccan fighting for Ukraine, has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds and is in grave condition.

Source:- https://newsmktcap.com/amid-heavy-russian-shelling-power-blackouts-hit-ukraine/

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