Some of Kyiv’s 3 million people might need to be evacuated to places where essential services would be less prone to shutdowns caused by Russia’s intensifying missile attacks, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said Monday.
Russia has pounded energy facilities around Kyiv with a barrage of missile strikes, resulting in power outages and disruption in water supplies to the city. Klitschko said the “worst-case scenario” can’t be ruled out and preferred the term “relocation” as opposed to evacuation.
“There will not be a complete evacuation. Perhaps a partial one,” Klitschko told the Ukraine media outlet RBC. “This is a temporary relocation of certain categories of people to the suburbs, where there may be services.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has clashed with Klitschko over the city’s preparations for power outages, warned that Russian troops were preparing new strikes.
“As long as they have missiles, they won’t stop, unfortunately,” Zelenskyy warned. “The upcoming week can be as hard as the one that passed.”
►Zelenskyy acknowledged that the situation at the front remains “very difficult,” and most difficult in the Donetsk region. The Donetsk is part of the eastern Donbas region that Russia has claimed to annex.
►Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied that Russian forces will leave the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Petro Kotin, head of Ukraine’s state nuclear energy operator Energoatom, said last week the company saw signs Russia was preparing to leave the battered plant.
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Ukraine brings back rolling outages, citing demand because of cold weather
Ukraine’s state grid operator Ukrenergo resumed emergency cut-offs across the country Monday, citing the need to balance the power system and ease network emergencies. The company said in a statement that consumption continues to rise because of deteriorating weather conditions. The power deficit was at 27%. The company described damage to its system from Russian rocket attacks as “massive” but added that repairs are ongoing around the clock.
“Once the causes of emergency outages are resolved, the blocs will return to work, reducing power shortages and consumer limitations,” the company said.
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