February 4, 2023

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At least 15 dead, 35 injured: Putin drops bombs on freed Cherson

At least 15 people died and 35 were injured
Putin sends bombs on freed Cherson

After the Russians left Cherson in southern Ukraine, the next ordeal began for the civilians staying there: at least 15 people died in bombings of residential buildings, and several hospitals were evacuated. And a prolonged blackout blankets the entire country.

Ukraine is struggling with the devastating consequences of recent Russian attacks. Russian shelling killed at least 15 civilians in Ukraine’s southern city of Kherson on Friday, officials said. Another 35 people were injured — including a child, a representative of the recently released city said. Meanwhile, technicians across the country scrambled to restore heat, water and electricity to major Ukrainian cities.

According to reports, several residential buildings and multi-storied buildings were damaged in the shelling in Cherson. The military administration of the region announced that hospitals would be evacuated due to “continuous Russian bombardment”. The Kherson city council said it had offered to evacuate civilians to other areas.

Russian forces occupied Cherson for eight months. Two weeks ago, they pulled out of the city after Ukrainian troops continued to advance in the area. Cherson was the only regional capital captured by Russian troops. In late September, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of Cherson and three Ukrainian regions. The Kremlin insisted that Kherson would remain part of Russian territory even after the troops withdrew from the city.

Six million homes are without electricity

Across Ukraine, more than six million households were without power on Friday after Russian attacks on power plants. “Tonight, power outages continue in most areas and in Kiev,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his evening video address. The number has “halved” since Wednesday, with six million households affected. State electricity supplier Ukrenergo explained that the power grid is still 30 percent out of order. His technicians will work “around the clock” to complete the rescue. A good inflow is expected over the weekend.

About 600,000 customers were affected by power outages in the capital Kyiv, according to Selenskiji. As a result of the blackouts, which sometimes lasted more than a day, long queues formed in front of banks in Kyiv, Denis Trubetskoi, a journalist and editor at ntv.de, reports on Twitter. This is “not an expression of panic, but a practical necessity: it is often impossible to pay by card during a power outage.”

Ukraine remembers deadly famine

Apart from the capital, the most affected areas include Odessa in the south, Lviv and Vinnytsia in the west, and Dnipropetrovsk in the interior. Systematic and targeted Russian bombing has brought Ukraine’s energy infrastructure to its knees in recent weeks, and winter has set in. This raises fears of a health crisis and another mass exodus from the war-torn country.

Today, Saturday, Ukraine commemorates the Soviet-led famine in the country 90 years ago – known as the Holodomor. The Ukrainian word Holodomor means killing by hunger and refers to the years 1932 and 1933. At the time, Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin instigated the Great Famine, which killed millions of people in Ukraine, with forced collectivization of agriculture.

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