Blackouts in Ukraine
Nearly 30% of Ukraine's power stations have been destroyed by Russian airstrikes over the past week, causing blackouts and damaging water supplies for thousands of Ukrainians across the country, officials said yesterday. Russia has broadened the use of Iranian-made kamikaze drones (see 101) in Ukraine since Oct. 10 in retaliation for the explosion of a lone bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean Peninsula.
Energy facilities have been hit in the capital of Kyiv, where at least three people died yesterday; Kharkiv in the east; Dnipro, Mykolaiv, and Kryvyi Rih in the south; and Zhytomyr in the west. In total, more than 100 missiles have struck critical infrastructures and residential buildings in the past week.
Separately, a survey (see here) found that 70% of Ukrainians say their country should continue to fight Russia until it wins the war, of which 91% said victory would include Ukrainian forces retaking all territory seized by Russia, including Crimea. Russia invaded and annexed Crimea in 2014.