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‘Putin’s task is for us to die’: Kyiv mayor warns of evacuations in event of total loss of power

Kyiv’s mayor advised residents to leave the capital in case of complete blackout.

Vitali Klitschko urged residents to consider all possible scenarios, including the worst-case scenario in which the capital loses power or water.

He said that if you have extended family…or friends outside Kyiv, there is an autonomous water supply, an oven and heating.

“His task it is to cause us to die, freeze or flee our land so he can get it. He added that this is what the aggressor wants to accomplish.


In the last few weeks, Russia focuses on attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. This has caused power outages and cutoffs across the country.

Image: People stroll in a park in the Ukrainian capital during a blackout. Pic by AP

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In his nightly video address, the Ukrainian president stated that Russia was preparing for more attacks on Ukraine. He also said that over 4.5 million people are already without power.

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“The terrorist state is consolidating forces and means for the repetition of mass attacks against our infrastructure,” stated Volodymyr Zilenskyy. “First, energy.”

President Zelenskyy urged Ukrainians to persevere through the hardships and said: “We must get over this winter and be stronger in spring than we are now.”

On Sunday, Kyiv experienced hourly rotating blackouts throughout the city and surrounding regions.

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According to the UK Ministry of Defence’s latest intelligence update, Russia is losing its military aircraft faster than it can replace them.

The national energy authorities warned of possible outages and restrictions in Kyiv, as well as the possibility of additional restrictions in the region.

Rolling blackouts are also being planned in the Chernihiv and Cherkasy regions.

Sergei Kovalenko CEO of YASNO, a major energy supplier to Kyiv, stated that Ukraine currently faces a 32% shortfall in its projected power supply.

On his Facebook page, Mr Kovalenko stated that “this is a lot and it’s force majeure.”

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Ukraine war: What’s new on the ground?

Ukraine is moving forward in the south as Russia intensifies its attacks against the capital.

Overnight, the Ukrainian military accused Russian troops in looting Kherson homes and dressing up in civilian clothes in preparation for what both sides believe will be one their most important battles.

According to reports, Russian forces are planning a counteroffensive against the Ukrainians to seize the city in the south. The city was taken during the initial days of the invasion. They have instructed civilians to immediately leave the city’s right bank.

Russia has been simultaneously “occupying” and “evacuating” Kherson, trying to convince Ukrainians that they are leaving, Nataliya Humeniuk, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s Southern Forces stated on state television.

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She said that there are defense units that have dug in there quite strongly, some equipment has been left, and firing positions have been established.

At the weekend, the city was cut off power and water supply. On Monday, Russian-appointed authorities stated that power had been partially restored after a “terrorist attack” by Ukrainians on power lines.

After so-called referenda held in Donetsk and Luhansk as well as Kherson, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Zaporizhzhia were rejected by Ukraine and the West, President Putin signed laws that absorbed four Ukrainian regions.

The annexed areas are not under the full control of Russian forces.

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According to local media reports, 15,000 residents remain in Bakhmut’s Donetsk City. They are still living under constant shelling and without power or water.

Pavlo Kyrylenko (the region’s governor) stated that “the destruction is daily, but not hourly.”

Although the city has been under siege for many months, recent bombardments have intensified.


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