Ukraine accuses Russia of attacking energy grid in revenge for offensive By Reuters


© Reuters. A view reveals a burning thermal energy plant hit by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine September 11, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garnish


By Pavel Polityuk and Tom Balmforth

KYIV/KHARKIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russian forces of attacking civilian infrastructure in response to a speedy weekend offensive by Ukrainian troops that drove Russia to desert its foremost bastion within the Kharkiv area.

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

“No army amenities, the aim is to deprive individuals of sunshine & warmth,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter (NYSE:) late on Sunday.

The U.S. 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 important civilian infrastructure,” Brink tweeted.

Moscow denies its forces intentionally goal civilians.

Zelenskiy has described Ukraine’s offensive within the northeast as a possible breakthrough within the six-month-old conflict, and stated the winter may see additional territorial positive factors 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 gear as they fled the town of Izium, which that they had used as a logistics hub.

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

Moscow’s nearly 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 quick modifications to make sure final victory within the conflict.


Zelenskiy stated late on Sunday that Russian assaults induced 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, notably in Kharkiv.

Ukraine’s positive factors are necessary politically for Zelenskiy 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 clients.

Zelenskiy 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 might be slowly, regularly transferring ahead.”


Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov stated Ukraine wanted to safe retaken territory towards a potential Russian counterattack on stretched Ukrainian provide strains. He informed the Monetary Instances that Ukrainian forces might 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 could be defeated,” he stated.

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

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

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

Leonid Pasechnik, the pinnacle of the Luhansk Folks’s Republic, was quoted by Russian information businesses saying that Ukrainian forces have been making an attempt 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 combating continued round Izium and the town of Kupiansk, the only rail hub supplying Russia’s entrance line throughout northeastern Ukraine, which has been retaken by Ukraine’s forces.


Because the conflict entered its 2 hundredth day, Ukraine on Sunday shut down the final working reactor at Europe’s largest nuclear energy plant to protect towards a disaster as combating 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 informed Putin in a cellphone name on Sunday that the plant’s occupation by Russian troops is the rationale why its safety is compromised, the French presidency stated. Putin blamed Ukrainian forces, in accordance with a Kremlin assertion.

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