Ukraine war

Russian drone attack leaves 1.5 million Odesa people without power

A view of buildings of local resort destroyed following recent Russian missile attacks in Odesa region, Ukraine, August 18, 2022. (Photo: AP/Nina Lyashonok/File)

Saturday, more than 1.5 million residents in the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa were without electricity following a nighttime attack by Russian "kamikaze drones," according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The regional energy body warned that repairs would take weeks, even up to three months, following the Friday strikes.

"After the nighttime attack by Iranian drones, Odessa and other cities and towns in the region are in the dark," Zelensky stated.

Currently, more than 1.5 million residents in the Odessa region are without electricity.

The deputy head of the presidential administration, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, stated that only hospitals and maternity wards can access electricity.

Tymoshenko stated, "The situation is challenging, but is under control."

Before February 24, when President Vladimir Putin dispatched soldiers to pro-Western Ukraine, Odesa was a popular vacation resort for many Ukrainians and Russians.

Overnight, according to Maksym Marchenko, the governor of the Odesa area, Russia attacked the city with "kamikaze drones."

"As a result of the strike, practically all districts and communities in our region are without energy," he stated.

Marchenko stated that Ukrainian air defense units shot down two drones.

On Friday, Kyiv reported that southern sections of the war-ravaged country, including Odesa, were experiencing the most significant power disruptions following the most recent Russian assaults on the Ukrainian electrical sector.

Russia fired dozens of cruise missiles at Ukraine's critical infrastructure on Monday, putting more strain on the country's grid, which was already suffering from previous attacks.

During humiliating military setbacks, Russia began to strike Ukraine's infrastructure.

President Vladimir Putin promised on Thursday to continue attacking the energy grid of Ukraine, despite the outrage over the attacks that have put millions into cold and darkness.

Publish : 2022-12-11 09:02:00

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