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Ukrainian officials say Russia is behind the power outages across the east of the country

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Ukrainian officials say Russia is behind the power outages across the east of the country

Officials in eastern Ukraine have blamed Russian attacks on key facilities for the blackouts.


Officials in eastern Ukraine on Sunday blamed Russian attacks on key facilities for widespread power outages in large areas of the country as Kyiv’s forces make gains in a counterattack.

The blackout, which came after Ukrainian forces announced that they had regained control of dozens of towns and villages in eastern Ukraine, hit areas with a pre-war population of millions of people.

The regional governor of the Kharkiv region, where Ukrainian forces made the biggest gains, said Russian forces had “bombed vital infrastructure” across the region and its main city, also called Kharkiv.

“There is no electricity or water supply in several settlements. Emergency services are working to control the fires in the sites that were bombed,” Oleg Senegubov said in a statement on social media.

Dnipropetrovsk region chief Dmytro Reznichenko also said that Russian forces were responsible for the power outages in his region.

“Many cities and communities in the Dnipropetrovsk region are without electricity. The Russians have hit 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 the power and water cuts affected at least 135 towns and villages.

AFP journalists in Donetsk regional city Kramatorsk confirmed that the cuts also affected one of the largest cities in the east still under Ukrainian control.

Its governor has also reported cuts across the region, which has been partly controlled by a Moscow-backed separatist since 2014.

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(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by the NDTV crew and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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