Ukrainian authorities have reported that a newborn baby has been killed in a nightly Russian rocket attack, one of which hit the maternity ward of a hospital in the town of Vilniansk, in the southern Zaporizhia region. .
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As indicated by the state emergency service, the baby’s mother and a doctor have been rescued from the rubble of the two-story building, which has been destroyed, but the newborn died. A video posted alongside the information on Telegram shows a man, who appears to be a toilet, receiving water as emergency workers try to clear the rubble around him.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has so far verified 703 attacks on healthcare since the war began nine months ago.
A few hours later, the Ukrainian authorities have reported that at least three people have been killed in kyiv and that further power cuts are taking place, including in various parts of the capital, after another Russian bombardment of critical Ukrainian infrastructure. Moldova has also reported a blackout similar to the one it experienced last week after a Russian bombardment in Ukraine.
The deputy head of the Ukrainian presidency, Kirill Timoshenko, said on Telegram that Russia attacked energy facilities on Wednesday. “We have confirmation of impacts on critical infrastructure facilities in various areas.” The state network operator Ukrenergo has indicated that emergency blackouts have occurred in all Ukrainian regions.
Ukrainian air defense has shot down 51 of some 70 Russian-fired cruise missiles and five drones, according to an air force statement from the Ukrainian armed forces.
As Timoshenko has indicated, a residential building has been attacked in Vishgorod, north of the capital. The kyiv regional governor, Oleksiy Kuleba, has reported on his part that there have been several impacts on infrastructure facilities. According to his latest update, four people have been killed and 34, including five children, injured in the region (many of them in Vishgorod).
The mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, has confirmed that there has been an attack against an infrastructure facility in the capital and has reported that there have been “some more explosions” in different areas of the city.
Three people have died as a result of the rocket attack, including a 17-year-old girl, according to Klitschko. At least 11 residents of the capital have been injured, 10 of whom have been hospitalized.
As reported by the mayor, in some areas of the city there is no electricity and there will be emergency blackouts. He has also pointed out that due to the shelling, the water supply has been cut off throughout kyiv.
From Lviv to Kharkiv
Andriy Sadovyi, the mayor of Lviv, located in western Ukraine, had indicated on Telegram that the entire city was without power and that due to the lack of electricity, heating and water supplies had been temporarily suspended. In an afternoon update, he noted that half of Lviv already has power and water supply is 70% restored.
The head of the Lviv regional military administration has confirmed that there have been no impacts on the territory of the city. “Due to the impact of missiles on the electrical substations in the region, there are power supply problems in Lviv,” the mayor said on Telegram.
“We do everything possible to ensure that people have access to electricity and that our specialists can repair the energy infrastructure,” Timoshenko said.
Kharkiv and the region of the same name are also temporarily without electricity, according to the regional governor, Oleg Sinegubov. “At this time, there are no attacks on critical infrastructure in the region. But due to damage to the overall system, emergency shutdowns are used.” In Odessa, to the south, there is no water supply and electric transport has been interrupted, according to the City Council. The governor of the Mykolaiv region, to the south, has warned that “a lot of rockets” are coming from the south and east and that the air defense “is working”.
As happened on November 15, Moldova, which borders Ukraine, has reported that it is experiencing power cuts in the country. “Following Russia’s bombardment of the Ukrainian electrical system in the last hour, we have massive power outages across the country. Moldelectrica is working to re-establish the electrical connection,” Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu reported on Facebook.
Russia has been hitting the power grid and other facilities with explosive missiles and drones for weeks, and blackouts have become common in many parts of Ukraine as a result of the attacks.
Half of the energy infrastructure is damaged or destroyed, the European branch of the WHO warned on Monday, warning that 10 million people, a quarter of the population, do not have electricity as temperatures are expected to drop to – 20˚C in some parts of the country. “This winter will endanger the lives of millions of people in Ukraine,” said WHO regional director Hans Henri P. Kluge.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Tuesday night a new project called “Invincibility Points” to help people across the country. Zelenski said that, to date, more than 4,000 points of this type have already been prepared, where “all basic services, such as electricity, mobile communications and the Internet, heating, water and a first aid kit” will be free of charge. and 24 hours a day.
The European Parliament has declared this Wednesday that Russia as a “State sponsor of terrorism”. A resolution approved in the plenary session in Strasbourg on the invasion of Ukraine states that the Russian Army “has intensified its attacks against civilian targets, including energy infrastructure, hospitals and other health facilities, schools and shelters.”