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“Cynical Revenge”: Ukraine Says Russia Targeted Power Grid After Setback


Ukrainian officers stated the targets included water services and a thermal energy station. Reuters

Kyiv/Kharkiv, Ukraine:

Ukraine accused Russian forces of attacking civilian infrastructure in response to a speedy weekend offensive by Ukrainian troops that drove Russia to desert its principal bastion within the Kharkiv area.

Ukrainian officers stated the targets of the retaliatory assaults included water services and a thermal energy station in Kharkiv, and that they brought about widespread blackouts.

“No army services, the aim is to deprive folks of sunshine and warmth,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter late on Sunday.

The US ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, additionally denounced the strikes.

“Russia’s obvious response to Ukraine liberating cities and villages within the east: sending missiles to aim to destroy essential civilian infrastructure,” Brink tweeted.

Moscow denies its forces intentionally goal civilians.

Zelensky has described Ukraine’s offensive within the northeast as a possible breakthrough within the six-month-old conflict, and stated the winter might see additional territorial positive aspects if Kyiv obtained extra highly effective weapons.

Within the worst defeat for Moscow’s forces since they have been repelled from the outskirts of the capital Kyiv in March, 1000’s of Russian troopers left behind ammunition and tools as they fled the town of Izium, which that they had used as a logistics hub.

Ukraine’s chief commander, Normal Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, stated the armed forces had regained management of greater than 3,000 sq. km (1,158 sq. miles) because the begin of this month.

Moscow’s virtually whole silence on the defeat – or any rationalization for what had taken place in northeastern Ukraine – provoked vital anger amongst some pro-war commentators and Russian nationalists on social media. Some referred to as on Sunday for President Vladimir Putin to make speedy adjustments to make sure final victory within the conflict.

‘CYNICAL REVENGE’

Zelensky stated late on Sunday that Russian assaults brought about a complete blackout within the Kharkiv and Donetsk areas, and partial blackouts within the Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy areas.

“They’re unable to reconcile themselves to defeats on the battlefield,” Dnipropetrovsk Governor Valentyn Reznichenko wrote on Telegram.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the president’s workplace, posted a picture on Telegram {of electrical} infrastructure on fireplace however added energy had been restored in some areas.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov described Sunday’s assaults as “cynical revenge” for the success of Ukrainian troops on the entrance, significantly in Kharkiv.

Ukraine’s positive aspects are vital politically for Zelensky as he seeks to maintain Europe united behind Ukraine – supplying weapons and cash – at the same time as an vitality disaster looms this winter following cuts in Russian gasoline provides to European prospects.

Zelensky stated Ukrainian forces would proceed to advance.

“We won’t be standing nonetheless,” he stated in a CNN interview recorded on Friday in Kyiv. “We will probably be slowly, regularly shifting ahead.”

‘SNOWBALL ROLLING DOWN A HILL’

Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov stated Ukraine wanted to safe retaken territory towards a attainable Russian counterattack on stretched Ukrainian provide strains. He instructed the Monetary Occasions that Ukrainian forces may very well be encircled by contemporary Russian troops in the event that they superior too far.

However he stated the offensive had gone much better than anticipated, describing it as a “snowball rolling down a hill”.

“It is a signal that Russia might be defeated,” he stated.

Kyiv-based army analyst Oleh Zhdanov stated the positive aspects might carry an extra push into Luhansk area, whose seize Russia claimed firstly of July.

“If you happen to take a look at the map, it’s logical to imagine that the offensive will develop within the route of Svatove – Starobelsk, and Sievierodonetsk – Lysychansk,” he stated.

The top of Russia’s administration in Kharkiv instructed residents to evacuate the province and flee to Russia, TASS reported on Saturday. Witnesses described visitors jams with folks leaving Russian-held territory.

Leonid Pasechnik, the pinnacle of the Luhansk Folks’s Republic, was quoted by Russian information companies saying that Ukrainian forces have been trying to penetrate that area, which has been held by Russian forces since July.

“Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance teams haven’t stopped their makes an attempt to infiltrate the territory of the republic for the aim of provocation and intimidating our residents,” he stated, including that there had been “no retreat from positions held by the republic.”

Washington appeared to take a cautious public posture, with the Pentagon referring Reuters to Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin’s remarks on Thursday about Kyiv’s “encouraging” battlefield successes.

Britain’s defence ministry stated on Sunday that preventing continued round Izium and the town of Kupiansk, the only real rail hub supplying Russia’s entrance line throughout northeastern Ukraine, which has been retaken by Ukraine’s forces.

NUCLEAR REACTOR SHUTS DOWN

Because the conflict entered its 2 hundredth day, Ukraine on Sunday shut down the final working reactor at Europe’s greatest nuclear energy plant to protect towards a disaster as preventing rages close by.

Russia and Ukraine accuse one another of shelling across the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia plant, risking a launch of radiation.

The Worldwide Atomic Power Company stated a backup energy line to the plant had been restored, offering the exterior electrical energy it wanted to hold out the shutdown whereas defending towards the chance of a meltdown.

French President Emmanuel Macron instructed Putin in a cellphone name on Sunday that the plant’s occupation by Russian troops is the explanation why its safety is compromised, the French presidency stated. Putin blamed Ukrainian forces, based on a Kremlin assertion.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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