Officials in eastern Ukraine on Sunday blamed Russian attacks on key facilities for widespread power outages targeting large areas of the country where Kyiv’s forces are reaching gain many benefits in a counterattack.
The blackout came after Ukrainian forces said they had recaptured dozens of towns and villages in eastern Ukraine, hitting areas with a population of millions before the war.
The governor of the Kharkiv region, where the Ukrainian military has reported the largest increase, said Russian forces have “attacked vital infrastructure” across the region and its main city, also known as Kharkiv.
Oleg Synegubov said in a statement on social media: “There is no electricity or water in some settlements. Emergency services are working to control the fires in the affected locations.”
The head of the Dnipropetrovsk region Dmytro Reznichenko also said Russian forces were responsible for the blackout across his region.
“Some cities and communities in the Dnipropetrovsk region do not have electricity. The Russians attacked the energy infrastructure. They cannot accept defeat on the battlefield,” he said in an online statement.
Meanwhile, the head of the eastern Sumy region said cuts to electricity and water supplies had affected at least 135 towns and villages.
AFP journalists in the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region meanwhile confirmed the cuts were also affecting one of the largest cities in the east still under Ukrainian control.
Its governor has also reported cuts across the region, which have been controlled in part by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014.
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